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Bethany L. Goldblum, Ph.D.

Assistant Research Engineer
2150 Shattuck Ave, Ste 230
Berkeley, CA 94704
Additional Affiliation: 

Executive Director, Nuclear Science & Security Consortium (NSSC)

Founder and Director, Nuclear Policy Working Group (NPWG)

Group Leader, Bay Area Neutron Group (BANG)


Ph.D., Nuclear Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2007

M.Sc., Nuclear Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2005

B.S., Chemistry, Fort Lewis College, 2002

B.A., Mathematics, Fort Lewis College, 2002

Teaching and Research: 

Bethany L. Goldblum is a member of the research faculty in the Department of Nuclear Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Founder and Director of the Nuclear Policy Working Group, an interdisciplinary team of undergraduate and graduate students focused on developing policy solutions to strengthen global nuclear security. She also serves as Scientific Director of the Nuclear Science and Security Consortium, a $25M grant established by the National Nuclear Security Administration to train the next generation of nuclear security experts, and Director of the 2014 Public Policy and Nuclear Threats Bootcamp. Goldblum received a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 2007. She held a Clare Boothe Luce Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowship at Berkeley before joining the nuclear engineering faculty at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in August 2010. In January 2012, she returned to Berkeley as a member of the research faculty. Her research interests are in the areas of fundamental nuclear physics for nuclear security applications, nuclear-plasma interactions, scintillator characterization, and nuclear energy and weapons policy. Goldblum maintains active collaborations with the United States Department of Energy national laboratories and is an affiliate at Lawrence Berkeley, Lawrence Livermore and Sandia National Laboratory. 

Honors and Awards: 
  • Project on Nuclear Issues Mid-Career Cadre (2016)
  • American Physical Society Woman Physicist of the Month Award (2014)
  • Clare Boothe Luce Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship, UC Berkeley (2008)
Selected Publications: