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Karl A. van Bibber

4107 Etcheverry Hall
Additional Affiliation: 

2017-                 Associate Dean for Research, College of Engineering
2012-                 University of California Berkeley, Professor & Chairman, Nuclear Engineering 
                          Faculty, Nuclear Science Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
2012-2017         Executive Director, Nuclear Science & Security Consortium (DOE Center of 
2009-2012         Naval Postgraduate School, Vice President & Dean of Research 1985-2008         
                          Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
1985-1991         Senior Physicist, E-Div.
1991-2001        Group Leader for High Energy Physics & Accelerator Technology 1993-99   LLNL Leader, 
                          SLAC-LBNL-LLNL PEP-II B Factory Project
2001-2002         Chief Scientist, Physics & Advanced Technologies
2002-2007         Deputy Director, Laboratory Science and Technology Office 2002-07   Deputy Director 
                          Laboratory Directed R&D Program
2007-2008         Chief Scientist, Physical & Life Sciences Directorate 1980-1985         Stanford 
                          University, Assistant Professor of Physics
1977-1979         Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Postdoctoral Researcher
1977-1978         University of California Berkeley, Lecturer, Dep’t. of Nuclear Engineering 
1976-1977         MIT, Instructor, Department of Physics



B.S. Physics                              MIT (1972)
B.S. Mathematics                      MIT (1972)
Ph.D. Physics                            MIT (1976)
          Ph.D. Thesis – “Study of the Gamma Deexcitation Following Deep Inelastic Scattering of 16O
          with 27Al” (Advisor – Stephen G. Steadman)

Teaching and Research: 

Nuclear physics in high energy density plasmas; Axion experiments and dark-matter searches; plasma-based neutron sources and accelerators; antineutrino reactor monitoring.

Areas of Interest: 

Nuclear Physics; Particle Physics; Particle Astrophysics; Nuclear Instrumentation; Accelerator Science & Technology

Current Research Focus: 

Nuclear Physics Particle Physics Particle Astrophysics
Nuclear Instrumentation
Accelerator Science & Technology


Honors and Awards: 

Professional Societies
Fellow, American Physical Society
Fellow, American Association for the Advancement for Science Member, American Nuclear Society

Professional Recognition
Navy Superior Civilian Service Award (2012)
Elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2007), “For 
distinguished contributions to the field of astrophysics and particle accelerator physics, 
particularly for efforts in the dark matter axion search”
“Karl van Bibber Physics Postdoctoral Research Fellowships” endowed at Stanford University
Five endowed 2005 by anonymous industrialist donor
Elected APS Fellow 2001,  “For his leadership in an ultra-sensitive search for dark-matter axions, 
and the conception of other elegant experiments for detection of the axion”
DOE Deputy Secretary’s Award for the B Factory, on behalf of the LLNL team,  (2000)
LLNL S&T Award,  with BaBar team for discovery of CP-violation in the B-Meson System (2002) LLNL 
Director’s Distinguished Performance Award for the B Factory (1997)
Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship (1982)
Phi Beta Kappa (1972)


Professional Activities: 

HEPAP (2015-2018)
University of Florida, Nuclear Engineering Review Committee (2017)
Chair, University of Illinois, NPRE Department Review Committee (2014)
FESAC Strategic Planning Subcommittee (2014)
Chair, Nuclear & Particles Futures Capability Review, LANL (2014)
Search Committee, LLNL Director (2014)
Member, Board of Directors, John & Fannie Hertz Foundation (2011-2014)
Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship Selection Committee (2006–2017)
Member, Board of Directors, US-Singapore Temesek Defence Sciences Institute (2009-2012)
Edward Teller Centennial Symposium, Chair, Organizing Committee (2008)
Executive Committee, Amer. Phys. Soc., CA-NV Section (2008-2011), Chair (2010)
European Commission VIth & VIIth Framework Program Expert Panel (2002-pres)
National Science Foundation review panels, multiple (2000-present)
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Directorate Review Committees, multiple (2012-2014)
Los Alamos National Laboratory, Capability Review Panels, multiple (2002-2014)
Member, Editorial Board, The SLAC Beam Line (1997-2000)
Member, Board of Directors, Wang NMR, Inc. (1997- 2002)
Member, SLAC Users Organization Executive Committee (1990-1993)
Chairman, Executive Committee, LBNL 88” Cyclotron Users Group (1983-1985)
Phi Beta Kappa Executive Council, Stanford Univ. (1983-1985, President 1984-1985)
APS Division of Nuclear Physics Program Committee (1980-1982)


Selected Publications: 
Additional Info: 

Previous M.S. & Ph.D. students

Prof. Keith Griffioen                  (Ph.D. 1984)               Chair, Department of Physics, College of  William & Mary
Dr. Peter Countryman (Ph.D. 1988) Synarc, San Francisco
Dr. S. Darin Kinion (Ph.D. 2001) Nucl. & Part. Phys. Div., Lawrence Livermore Nat’l Lab
Dr. Cameron Bates (Ph.D. 2015)   Los Alamos National Laboratory
Dr. Lucas Brouwer (Ph.D. 2015) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
ENS Austin Lo (M.S.   2015) US Navy Nuclear Propulsion Program
Mr. Jaben Root (M.S.   2016)  Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Dr. Patricia Schuster (Ph.D. 2016) University of Michigan
Dr. David Weisz (Ph.D. 2016) Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Dr. Cory Waltz (Ph.D. 2016) Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Dr. Alexandra Asghari   (Ph.D. 2016)  Exponent, Inc.
Dr. Albert Yuen (Ph.D. 2016)

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Current doctoral students

Alex Droster
Leona Fan-Chiang
Fumika Isono
Saad Al Kenany
Laurence Lewis
Samantha Lewis
​Jonathan Morrell
Nnaemeka Nnamani
Maria Simanovskaia
Mauricio Ayllon Unzueta