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K-State Today

August 14, 2023

Engineering Extension organizational changes to radon program

Submitted by David Carter

The radon program in the Engineering Extension department has made organizational changes after the retirement of Bruce Snead, former director.

Brian Hanson will assume duties and responsibilities as director of the radon program. Hanson has been with the program since May 2002 and has assisted in the preparation and operation of at least 30 State Indoor Radon grants and National Radon Program Services grants. Hanson is a full member of the Council of Radiation Control Program Directors and the American Association of Radon Scientists and Technicians.

Kristina Snyder will now serve as associate director of the radon program. Snyder has been with the program since 2011 and will be responsible for grant project management, accounting and contracts received through the program. Snyder also teaches, designs radon training and marketing, and manages online courses for radon professionals.

Alexandra Bahadori is lab manager for the radon chamber, which is used for radon device performance tests, spike tests, and EcoSense RadonEye Pro calibrations. Bahadori has a bachelor's degree in physics and mathematics and a master's degree in nuclear engineering sciences. Bahadori serves as the quality assurance office for the Kansas Radon Chamber and is responsible for ensuring the chamber meets its accreditation requirements and that all radon devices are tested within rigorous tolerance parameters.

“Engineering Extension has a long and proud tradition of providing radon services for the State of Kansas and the entire United States,” said Bruce Snead, former director of Engineering Extension and Radon Program Services. “I am extremely grateful for the work these three individuals have accomplished to date for the radon program, and I'm confident the program will flourish under their leadership.”

Engineering Extension provides national radon services and projects by contract for the U.S. EPA. Responsibilities include the National Radon Hotlines, referrals to state radon programs, radon test kit orders, radon mitigation promotion, and other technical assistance and outreach activities. More information is available at sosradon.org and kansasradonprogram.org or by contacting Hanson at bhanson@k-state.edu.