Benjamin L. Welch, PhD

Vice President of Research and Development

Ben Welch is a physicist with close to 30 years experience in radiation detection. He came to Dilon Technologies with 15 years prior experience in spectroscopic plasma diagnostics and has spent the last 14 years gaining additional experience in medical gamma-ray imaging. This experience has allowed him to be the technical lead in the development of the Dilon 6800 gamma camera and the GammaLoc stereotactic localization system.

Prior to coming to Newport News, Welch worked as an Associate Research Scientist at the University of Maryland. He was involved in spectroscopic diagnostics, a prototype fusion reactor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as well as measurements in the vacuum-ultraviolet and soft X-ray regions on laser produced plasmas at the University of Rochester and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Since coming to Newport News he has also been involved in SPECT and PET imaging with the Detector Group at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility and was the principal investigator on the GammaLoc clinical study for the FDA.

Welch received his BS degree from the College of William and Mary, his MS degree from the University of Miami and his PhD degree from the University of Maryland. His thesis involved X-ray laser research at the Naval Research Laboratory. Welch’s scientific publications include thirty-five referred publications, fifty conference publications and over 100 conference presentations. He has also been an author on ten patent disclosures, of which three have been awarded and seven are pending. He has received the Federal Laboratory Consortium “Excellence in Technology Transfer” award for work with the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility and the Alan Berman Research Publication award for work with the Naval Research Laboratory.