Dr. William Charlton serves as Research Director for Nuclear Programs, a paramount position to furthering research solutions for Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction at the University of Nebraska, for U.S. Strategic Command, the Department of Defense and the nation.
Prior to joining the NSRI, Dr. Charlton served as the founding Director of the Nuclear Security Science & Policy Institute at Texas A&M University since 2006. He was also a faculty member in the Department of Nuclear Engineering at TAMU, since 2003. An expert in the area of nuclear nonproliferation research and education, Dr. Charlton also served as an Assistant Professor in the Nuclear and Radiation Engineering Program at the University of Texas at Austin from 2000-2003. From 1998-2000, Dr. Charlton was a Technical Staff Member in the Nonproliferation and International Security Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).
He remains heavily involved with many of the National Laboratories including: consultation on nuclear material safeguards and national security projects, providing graduate and undergraduate students for summer programs and new hires, collaborating with laboratory staff on various funded research projects, and helping to provide continuing education opportunities for laboratory employees. He teaches courses which study the technical aspects of nuclear nonproliferation, safeguards, and nuclear security as well as fundamentals of nuclear engineering.
Dr. Charlton earned a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from Texas A&M University. Among his many awards, Dr. Charlton was named the George Armistead Jr. '23 Faculty Fellow at TAMU in 2005, was awarded the Dwight Look College of Engineering Faculty Fellow in 2007, was recognized as the Advisor of the Year by the TAMU Division of Student Affairs in 2009, earned the Special Service Award from the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management in 2010, and was named the Barbara and Ralph Cox ’53 Faculty Fellow for the TAMU College of Engineering in 2013. He has over 200 technical publications in referred journals and conference proceedings.