Professor R. Scott Kemp

R. Scott Kemp is Associate Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering at MIT, 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. His current work focuses on novel methods for verifying nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation agreements. He co-developed a physical cryptographic methods for verifying the dismantlement of nuclear warheads, and is currently focused on detecting trace radiation fingerprints left behind in materials used in nuclear-weapon programs. He also works on energy policy and was principal drafter of the APS positional statement on climate change.

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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