Professor R. Scott Kemp

R. Scott Kemp is the MIT Class of '43 Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering, and director of the MIT Laboratory for Nuclear Security and Policy.

Scott's research combines physics, politics, and history to help define policy options for achieving international security under technical constraints. He co-developed the physical-cryptographic method of verifying nuclear-warhead dismantlement. His current work aims to detect the trace effects of radiation-matter interaction from which one can reconstruct the history of nuclear-weapon activities for treaty verification. His teaching focuses on energy policy and nuclear security. He is a faculty advisor for students in both Nuclear Engineering and the Energy Studies program.

In 2010 and 2011, Scott served as Science Advisor in the U.S. State Department's Office of the Special Advisor for Nonproliferation and Arms Control where he was responsible for framing the technical negotiations on Iran's nuclear program.

Scott received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in Public and International Affairs, and did undergraduate work in Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is a recipient of the Sloan Research Fellowship in Physics, and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society.

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Curriculum Vitae (PDF)