Dimitri F. Kusnezov
Dr. Kusnezov received A.B. degrees in Physics and in Pure Mathematics with highest honors from UC Berkeley in 1982. Following a year of research at the Institut fur Kernphysik, KFA-Julich, in Germany in 1983, he went to Princeton University where he completed his MS in Physics (1985) followed by a Ph.D. in Theoretical Nuclear Physics (1988). At Michigan State University, he conducted postdoctoral research and then became an instructor. In 1991, he joined the faculty of Yale University as an assistant professor in physics, becoming an associate professor in 1996. He has served as a visiting professor at numerous universities around the world, is a Visiting Researcher at Yale University, and has published over 100 articles and a book.
Dr. Kusnezov joined federal service at the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) in late 2001 and was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 2005. He led a complex technical program responsible for national laboratory science and technology investments and certification of the US nuclear weapons stockpile, and architected a long-term national security vision and mission for the NNSA national laboratories. Dr. Kusnezov is currently the Chief Scientist and Director of the Office of Science and Policy for the NNSA.