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Howard Hall

Governor’s Chair in Nuclear Security, UT


Dr. Howard Hall joined the University of Tennessee in 2009. He is appointed as the UT and Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair in Nuclear Security. and serves a Professor in the Department of Nuclear Engineering and the Center For Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education.  Professor Hall is also a Senior Fellow in Global Security Policy at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy at the University of Tennessee (Knoxville), where he is Director of the Baker Center’s Global Security Programs.

Professor Hall received his Ph.D. in Nuclear and Radiochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1989. His BS in Chemistry was granted by the College of Charleston in 1985. Prior to joining UT, Dr. Hall spent more than 20 years at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Northern California, where he led major scientific and operational missions in nuclear and homeland security. During his tenure at LLNL, Dr. Hall led efforts supporting US Government programs in aviation safety and security, nuclear threat detection and nuclear emergency response, security of commerce, and specialized technology support to operational entities. In 2005, Dr. Hall was part of the team awarded the Department of Homeland Security/Science and Technology Directorate Undersecretary’s Award for Science.

Professor Hall is a member of the American Nuclear Society, the American Physical Society, the American Chemical Society, the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management, and is a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemists.


Nuclear forensics, particularly developing faster and more reliable radioanalytical processes, and developing a better understanding of the physical, chemical, and nuclear processes underlying nuclear forensics for reducing uncertainty in the interpretation of forensic data.

Nuclear chemistry and radiochemistry, novel separation methods, the evolution of trace material signatures (both nuclear and stable) in fuel cycle processes, isotope production and purification research, and fundamental physical/chemical properties of isotopes.

Radiation detection and measurement as applied to security-relevant needs, particularly the performance of “systems of systems” against radioactive threats.

Nuclear security policy in the interface between technology, policy and legal frameworks, including treaty verification and arms control, counterterrorism, and nuclear nonproliferation. 


H. L. Hall et al., Nuclear Materials Security:  Integrating Classroom Principles through a Force-on-Force Table-Top Exercise, Manuscript in preparation.

J. R. Garrison et al., Monte Carlo Analysis of Thermochromatography for Nuclear Forensics, Manuscript in preparation.

H. L. Hall et al., Nuclear Engineering and Nuclear Security:  A Growing Emphasis at the University of Tennessee, Proceedings of the Pacific Northwest International Conference on Global Nuclear Security–the Decade Ahead, in press.

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