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Bethany L. Goldblum, Ph.D.

Assistant Research Engineer IV
4169 Etcheverry Hall
Additional Affiliation: 

Associate Director, Nuclear Science & Security Consortium (NSSC)

Founder and Director, Nuclear Policy Working Group (NPWG)

Assistant Director, Berkeley Nuclear Research Center (BNRC)


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

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 Associate 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. 

Selected Publications: 
  • L.A. Bernstein, D.L. Bleuel, J.A. Caggiano, C. Cerjan, R.J. Fortner, J. Gostic, P.M. Grant, N. Gharibyan, C. Hagmann, R. Hatarik, E.A. Henry, D. Sayre, D.H.G. Schneider, W. Stoeffl, D.A Shaughnessy, D.P. McNabb, C.B. Yeamans, N.P. Zaitseva, J.A. Brown, B.H. Daub, N.M. Brickner, P.F. Davis, B.L. Goldblum, K. van Bibber, J. Vujic, M.S. Basunia, R.B. Firestone, A.M. Hurst and A.M. Rogers, “Low Energy Neutron Measurements in High Energy Density Plasmas Using the National Ignition Facility,” J. Plasma Fusion Res. (to be published).