Nuclear scientist tapped as CISAC's inaugural Perry Fellow

Joseph Martz comes to Stanford with a background in nuclear weapons design and a commitment to solving international security problems.

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Joseph Martz

Joseph C. Martz, a nuclear materials scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, is Stanford's first William J. Perry Fellow in International Security.

Martz, 44, will spend a year at Stanford’s Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) conducting research on how the United States might be able to reduce the size of its nuclear arsenal by configuring the nation’s weapons stockpile more securely and strategically.

Martz's work at Los Alamos related to nuclear weapons design and maintenance, plutonium storage and disposal, stockpile life extension and plutonium aging, nuclear operations, and nuclear systems analysis. He also directed New Mexico’s team in the 2005-2007 nationwide Reliable Replacement Warhead design competition sponsored by the federal government.

The new Perry Fellowship honors an early or mid-career researcher with a record of outstanding work in natural science, engineering or mathematics and a dedication to solving international security problems.

The university established the fellowship in 2007 to celebrate the 80th birthday of William Perry, who served as the U.S. secretary of defense from 1994 to 1997. Perry co-directed CISAC from 1988 to 1993 and currently has a joint appointment in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and in the School of Engineering. He leads CISAC's Preventive Defense Project with Siegfried Hecker, co-director of CISAC, senior fellow at FSI and professor (research) of management science and engineering. The project aims to forestall dangerous security developments before they require drastic military intervention.