Siegfried Hecker wins the Dwight D. Eisenhower Award

Siegfried Hecker
Siegfried Hecker

SIEGFRIED HECKER has won the Dwight D. Eisenhower Award from the American Nuclear Society. He received the honor, along with former Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN) and former Sen. Sam Nunn (D-GA), for his “historic achievements in the advancement of nuclear nonproliferation, arms control and peaceful uses of nuclear energy.”

Hecker is professor (research) of management science and engineering and senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, emeritus. He is also an emeritus director of Los Alamos National Laboratory and the former co-director of Stanford’s Center for International Security and Cooperation.

The announcement from the American Nuclear Society noted:

“Dr. Siegfried Hecker, an international expert in plutonium metallurgy, is being recognized for his nuclear nonproliferation efforts during and following his tenure as the Director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Dr. Hecker was part of a historic visit by a U.S. delegation to Sarov, Russia, known as Arazamas-16 during the Cold War. This was the first visit to the closed city by the U.S., and it laid the foundation for a series of programs aimed at securing nuclear materials in Russia and all of its former republics. Dr. Hecker’s current research at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation is focused on reducing the risks of nuclear terrorism worldwide, the nuclear challenges in India, North Korea, Pakistan and the nuclear aspirations of Iran.”