Michael Kristo received a PhD in analytical chemistry from Michigan State University and a BS in chemistry from the University of Notre Dame. After obtaining his PhD, Mike spent four years as a US Air Force officer in the Air Force Technical Applications Center and twelve years as a scientist, analyst, and manager at Charles Evans & Associates, a commercial materials analysis company in Silicon Valley.
At LLNL, Kristo is the associate program leader for the Nuclear Forensics Materials Analysis Program and group leader for the Chemical & Isotopic Signatures group. He is principal investigator on a wide variety of projects in the areas of nuclear forensics, non-proliferation, and international collaboration. He is also heavily involved in international engagement in nuclear forensics, including serving as the Guidelines Task Group co-chair for the Nuclear Forensics International Technical Working Group (ITWG).
Kristo’s research interests include the application of analytical techniques to national security problems. He is particularly interested in the application of novel mass spectrometric techniques, imaging methods, and multidimensional statistics to nuclear forensics problems
Awards and Honors
- Global Security Directorate Silver Award, 2017
- Director’s Institutional Award for Operational Excellence, 2016
- PLS Directorate Award for Excellence in Publication, 2016
- Global Security Directorate Gold Award, 2010
“Nuclear Forensic Science: Analysis of Nuclear Material Out of Regulatory Control,” M.J. Kristo, A. M. Gaffney, N. Marks, K. Knight, W. S. Cassata, and I. D. Hutcheon, Annu. Rev. Earth Planet. Sci. 2016, 44, 555–79.