NBL Program Director Announcement

On January 9th, Yacouba Diawara will begin service as the NBL Program Director.  Dr. Diawara was previously the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Nuclear Science and Instrumentation Laboratory Head.

From 2009-2013 he served as neutron detector group leader at Oak Ridge National Lab’s Spallation Neutron Source.  Prior to that as a research scientist, he led several R&D or Engineering Groups for different organizations such as the Montréal Ecole Polytechnique (1992-1996), National Optics Institute (Quebec, 1996-1997), Bruker AXS (Madison, WI. 1997-2009 as detector group leader).  The Groups developed many commercial radiation (x-ray, gamma-ray and neutron) detectors which are used in scientific instruments and beamlines. 

He received his Bachelor's in Electrical Engineering and an M.Sc in Physics from the University of Québec at Trois-Rivières (Canada) in 1985 and 1987, respectively. He completed his PhD in Engineering Physics from Montréal Ecole Polytechnique in 1990 and held a postdoctoral fellowship at INRS-Energie (Canada, 1991-1992).

Dr. Diawara has authored and co-authored over 70 publications and communications. He holds six US patents and two R&D 100 awards.

The NBL Program Office is responsible for the production and distribution of nuclear reference materials to a variety of customers around the world, and works closely with US government programs in defense, nuclear nonproliferation, international safeguards, nuclear forensics, nuclear energy and other areas. 

Examples of Partnerships:

  • Network Laboratory of International Atomic Energy Agency
  • U.S. Department of Energy Facilities
  • Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM/NBL Agreement)


  • Reference Materials
  • Measurement Evaluation
  • Nuclear Safeguards and Nonproliferation Support

Employment Information

  • Individuals interested in employment at the New Brunswick Laboratory please visit our jobs page.
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