Dr. Siegfried Hecker




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Center for International Security and Cooperation, Stanford University

Dr. Siegfried Hecker

Siegfried S. Hecker is a professor emeritus (research) in the Department of Management Science and Engineering and a senior fellow emeritus at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) and the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at Stanford University. Hecker was co-director of CISAC from 2007-2012. He served as the fifth director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory from 1986-1997. Hecker received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in metallurgy from Case Western Reserve University. His current professional interests include nuclear weapons policy, plutonium research, global nuclear risk reduction with Russia, China, Pakistan, India, North Korea and Iran, the safety and security implications of the global expansion of nuclear energy, and threats of nuclear terrorism. In 2016, Dr. Hecker published two edited volumes documenting the history of Russian-U.S. laboratory-to-laboratory nuclear cooperation since 1992.


Dr. Hecker is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a foreign member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, fellow of ASM International and The Metallurgical Society. Among other awards, he received the Presidential Enrico Fermi Award, the National Academy of Engineering Arthur M. Bueche Award, the 2018 American Association of Engineering Societies National Engineering Award, the TMS-AIME Honorary Membership Award, the ASM International Honorary Membership Award, the American Association for the Advancement of Science Award for Science Diplomacy, the American Physical Society Leo Szilard Lectureship Prize, the American Nuclear Society Seaborg Award, the Los Alamos National Laboratory Medal, and the Department of Energy's E.O. Lawrence Award.