Dr. Howard Hall joined the Department of Nuclear Engineering at the University of Tennessee in May, 2009. He is appointed as the UT and Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair in Nuclear Security. Professor Hall is jointly appointed as part of the faculty of the UTK Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary and Graduate Education (CIRE). He is also a Senior Fellow in Global Security Policy at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy and serves as Director of the Baker Center’s Global Security Policy Program. Dr. Hall also serves as Director of the UT Institute for Nuclear Security.
Professor Hall received his Ph.D. in Nuclear and Radiochemistry from the University of California in 1989, where he worked with Professor Darleane C. Hoffman and Professor Emeritus Glenn T. Seaborg. His BS in Chemistry was granted by the College of Charleston in 1985.
Prior to joining UT, Dr. Hall spent 20 years at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Northern California, where he led major scientific and operational missions in nuclear and homeland security. During his tenure at LLNL, Dr. Hall led efforts supporting US Government programs in aviation safety and security, nuclear threat detection and nuclear emergency response, security of maritime commerce, and specialized technology support to operational entities (such as the United States Secret Service). In 2005, Dr. Hall was part of the team awarded the Department of Homeland Security/Science and Technology Directorate Undersecretary’s Award for Science.
His research interests include nuclear security applications, including proliferation detection, counter-proliferation, detection of and response to radiological or nuclear threats, radiochemistry, nuclear forensics, and applications of nuclear-based methods to other security needs (such as explosives detection). His work with the Baker Center focuses on the intersection of science, security, and public policy.
Professor Hall is a member of the American Nuclear Society, the American Physical Society, the American Chemical Society, the American Society for Engineering Education, and the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management. He holds the rank of Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Institute of Chemists.