Robert Hayes

I was raised in Salt Lake City by a single mother who had an atheist world-view. While growing up I was also exposed to Mormon religious beliefs through my father. After reading through the Bible twice, I became a Christian. What I had found was good works and self righteousness would not save me, but rather trusting Jesus' finished work on the cross as the penalty for my sin coupled with giving and living my life to God. By God's grace, my father did teach me the importance of both hard work and following the rules, which enabled me to succeed in school. I went into math, physics, and then nuclear engineering. After 15 years in the industry, I came to NC State and got integrated into the Christian networks available here. The fellowship and encouragement with other believers are essential to my continued growth and maturity as a Christian. For me, being a Christian means a life of humility, mercy, and service to all in the love of Christ, doing everything in whatever way He would have us do it.

My Life

My undergrad alma mater

University of Utah

If I weren't a professor, I would

Work in industry improving peoples standard of living in a sustainable way

Favorite books

bible, church history

Current Research

My research areas span nuclear nonproliferation including nuclear assay and retrospective dosimetry. I also find health physics, nuclear crtiticality safety, burnup, shielding, nuclear waste disposal and novel detection methods of interest, particularly when they relate back to nonproliferation and radiation safety. From industry, I came to academia as a Certified Health Physicist and a licensed Professional Engineer (nuclear) with field experience in radiological emergency response, nuclear waste management, nuclear safety, radiation dosimetry, nuclear criticality safety, air monitoring, ALARA and shielding design.