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Speaker Bio - Leonard Weiss 

lweissLeonard Weiss received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 1962 from Johns Hopkins University. His scientific career began as a researcher in system theory and the theory of automatic control at the Research Institute of Advanced Studies in Baltimore. This was followed by tenured Professorships in Electrical Engineering and Applied Mathematics at Brown University and the University of Maryland. During this phase of his career, he published widely in the mathematics literature.

In 1976 he received a one year Congressional Science Fellowship that resulted in a career change, and from 1976 until 1999 he worked in the U.S. Senate for Senator John Glenn (D-Ohio). He was Senator Glenn’s Staff Director on the Governmental Affairs Committee and its Subcommittee on Energy and Nuclear Proliferation, and was the chief architect of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Act of 1978.

Since leaving the Senate he has been and is currently an independent researcher and writer on energy and nuclear nonproliferation issues, and a consultant to the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. His writings on policy issues have appeared in the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, Arms Control Today, and other journals.

Beginning September 2006 he will be a Senior Science Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University.