As the world’s superpowers appear ready to rip up a major nuclear arms treaty, an expert in nuclear nonproliferation will deliver the 2019 Walker L. Cisler Lecture Feb. 28 at Lawrence Technological University.
Sara A. Pozzi is professor of physics and nuclear engineering and radiological sciences at the University of Michigan, and director of the Consortium for Verification Technology.
Pozzi’s topic will be “The Physics of Nuclear Nonproliferation.”
The Cisler Lecture will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28 in the Mary E. Marburger Science and Engineering Auditorium, Room S100 of LTU’s Science Building (see www.ltu.edu/map). The event is free and open to the public. For more information on the event, visit www.ltu.edu/cisler.
Pozzi earned her Master of Science and Ph.D. in nuclear engineering at the Polytechnic of Milan, Italy. Her research interests include the development of new methods for nuclear materials detection, identification, and characterization for nuclear nonproliferation, safeguards, and national security programs.
Pozzi is the founding director of the Consortium for Verification Technology (CVT), an organization of 12 universities and nine national laboratories working together to develop new technologies needed for nuclear treaty verification. In this capacity, she directs the work of 25 faculty members and more than 250 students engaged in research projects within the CVT.
Pozzi is the co-author of the Monte Carlo code MCNPX-PoliMi, a method of detection of nuclear fission that is being used at more than 50 institutions worldwide. She has published more than 400 papers in journals and international conference proceedings, and has been invited to give more than 80 seminars around the world. She is also the recipient of many awards, including the 2006 Oak Ridge National Laboratory Early Career Award and the 2006 Department of Energy, Office of Science, Outstanding Mentor Award. She is a Fellow of the American Nuclear Society and a Fellow of the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management.
The Walker L. Cisler lecture series was founded at LTU with a generous gift from the Holley Foundation.
Well known for his leadership of the Detroit Edison Co. from 1954 to 1971, Walker L. Cisler enjoyed a career that spanned a lifetime of personal, professional, civic, and business accomplishments. As an international ambassador for the American electric utility industry, he worked closely with heads of state both in the United States and abroad, including leading the rebuilding of the European electric grid after World War II. As a tireless, dedicated humanitarian, he strived to improve the quality of life for people everywhere.