10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Charles D. Ferguson, President, Federation of American Scientists
Nonproliferation Safeguards and Security Programs Seminar
Joint Institute for Computational Sciences (Building 5100), Auditorium (Room 128)
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Charles D. Ferguson is president of the Federation of American Scientists, where he also worked on nuclear proliferation and arms control issues as a senior research analyst and director of the nuclear policy project. At the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), he specialized in arms control, climate change, energy policy, and nuclear and radiological terrorism. Most recently at the CFR, he served as the project director of the Independent Task Force on US Nuclear Weapons Policy. Dr. Ferguson has been a scientist in residence with the Monterey Institute’s Center for Nonproliferation Studies. While there, he coauthored the book The Four Faces of Nuclear Terrorism and was lead author of the award-winning report “Commercial Radioactive Sources: Surveying the Security Risks,” which won the 2003 Robert S. Landauer Lecture Award. He served as a physical scientist in the Office of the Senior Coordinator for Nuclear Safety at the US Department of State. After graduating with distinction from the US Naval Academy, he served as an officer on a fleet ballistic missile submarine and studied nuclear engineering at the Naval Nuclear Power School. Dr. Ferguson has written numerous articles on energy policy, missile defense, nuclear arms control, nuclear energy, nuclear proliferation, and nuclear terrorism. He has also authored or coauthored several peer-reviewed scientific articles and published in top physics journals. In 2008, he was named by Wired magazine as one of the “Fifteen People the Next President Should Listen To.” Dr. Ferguson received his BS degree in physics from the US Naval Academy and an MA degree and PhD in physics from Boston University.