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Tom Isaacs

Tom Isaacs works on issues at the intersection of nuclear power, national security, waste management, and public trust and confidence. He is a member of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and a Visiting Scholar at the Stanford University Center for International Security and Cooperation. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences Board on Nuclear and Radiation Studies. He was the lead advisor to the U.S. Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future formed at the request of President Obama that made its recommendations to government in early 2012. Among the organizations Mr. Isaacs recently advises are the U.S. Department of Energy, the Canadian Nuclear Waste Management Organization, the Japanese Nuclear Waste Management Program, and the Korean Atomic Energy Research Institute.
Mr. Isaacs began his career with an extended tenure at the Atomic Energy Commission and the Department of Energy. During his career, Mr. Isaacs has helped design advanced nuclear reactors, developed nuclear safety programs, brought the discipline of decision analysis to nuclear affairs, managed a large government organization responsible for safeguards and security, led a national security analytical organization, help several senior management positions in government, led the U.S. siting effort for waste management facilities, worked directly with Congress to draft and implement new laws, managed a major international program for a decade, sat on advisory committees for university departments, and published and presented papers in a very wide network of domestic and international settings. His degrees are in chemical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and engineering and applied physics from Harvard University.