Baker Center Talk to Feature Los Alamos National Lab Director Charles McMillan

Charles F. McMillanCharles F. McMillan, nuclear physicist and director of Los Alamos National Laboratory, will give the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy’s annual Distinguished Global Security Lecture on October 1 at UT.

McMillan will speak on “The Timeline of Technology” at 5:30 p.m. in the Toyota Auditorium at the Baker Center. The event is free and open to the public.

McMillan’s lecture will look at how innovations from the previous century are being used to solve today’s national and global security, energy and environmental issues. Then he’ll pose a question to policy makers: “Are we prepared for the policy needed in the twenty-second century with the scientific and technical expertise we have today?”

Baker Center Director Dr. Matt Murray said it’s an honor to have McMillan visit campus.

“Security is such an important issue, and having the director of a national lab here to share his expertise on this subject is exactly what we hope to do with this lecture series. This topic is particularly important in the rapidly changing world of science and technology,” he said.

McMillan became director of Los Alamos National Laboratory and president of Los Alamos National Security LLC in June 2011. Before becoming director, he served as principal associate director for weapons programs, where he was responsible for the science, technology, engineering, and infrastructure that enable the laboratory to fulfill its nuclear deterrent mission. McMillan has more than thirty years of scientific and leadership experience in weapons science, stockpile certification, experimental physics, and computational science. He has earned two awards of excellence from the US Department of Energy and holds four patents.

Based in New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory is one of twenty labs in the Department of Energy system. It executes all of DOE’s missions of national security, science, energy, and environmental management. Los Alamos is one of three nuclear-weapon labs.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory—managed by UT-Battelle for the Department of Energy—is the largest science and energy national laboratory in the DOE. Oak Ridge focuses on neutron science, energy, high-performance computing, systems biology, and national security.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory holds a unique partnership with UT. This partnership generates more than $17 million annually in sponsored research. UT and ORNL have five joint research institutes. ORNL is also one of only eight DOE national labs whose managing partners include a university.

Public parking is available at the Volunteer Hall garage for two dollars an hour. Directions and map are available online.

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Nissa Dahlin-Brown (865-974-8681,