Dr. Thomas Mueller named Director of Chemical Defense Programs

April 01, 2020

Thomas Mueller, Ph.D.



The National Strategic Research Institute (NSRI) at the University of Nebraska has promoted Thomas Mueller, Ph.D., to director of chemical defense programs. This is a new role for the research institute that continues to expand its capabilities across its national security and strategic deterrence mission.


Mueller, who joined NSRI in 2018, brings forward nearly a decade of senior-level experience in chemical research and development from Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) and Battelle Memorial Institute. He is located at NSRI’s National Capital Region facility in Annapolis Junction, Md.


“Tom’s in-depth understanding of end-user requirements, sponsor needs and the capabilities of academia and industry has already been a tremendous asset to our Institute,” said Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Robert Hinson, NSRI executive director. “As a University Affiliated Research Center (UARC), we understand the importance of leading research in the areas that support the national security mission and deterrence requirements of our sponsors. Chemical threats have been an identified concern throughout our tenure, and there’s tremendous demand for research in this critical area."


Among his many responsibilities, Mueller will continue to grow NSRI’s chemical defense research, development and testing capabilities for both immediate projects as well as long-term strategic needs of the Department of Defense (DoD). He will collaborate directly with project sponsors, University of Nebraska faculty and students to identify and match current and projected federal government capability gaps with solution sets specifically within chemical defense.


Mueller earned his doctorate in inorganic chemistry from the University of California, Irvine, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in applied chemistry and counter-proliferation section at Johns Hopkins APL.


“NSRI has assembled a group of highly talented and mission-focused individuals to deliver capabilities that directly support the warfighter and national security,” Mueller said. “I’m inspired knowing my team can deliver unique solutions that directly address gaps and provide the DoD the upper hand in CBRNE-related missions."


About the National Strategic Research Institute


Founded in 2012, the National Strategic Research Institute (NSRI) at the University of Nebraska is the only University Affiliated Research Center (UARC) in the country dedicated to delivering solutions for Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) to U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) and across other federal agencies. NSRI provides research and development for the U.S. Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security and other governmental agencies in multiple mission-critical competency areas — including development of medical countermeasures to WMD; nuclear detection and forensics; consequence management; chemical and biological weapons detection; and space, cyber, and telecom law. Learn more at nsri.nebraska.edu.