Benn Tannenbaum

Professorial Lecturer

Part-time Faculty


Benn Tannenbaum works to ensure Sandia National Laboratories, one of three National Nuclear Security Administration laboratories, will be able to continue to perform critical R&D and production work for NNSA. He has served as the NNSA Associate Administrator for Congressional and Intergovernmental affairs, testified before the House Homeland Security Committee on radiation portal monitors, and has authored or coauthored over 160 scientific or policy-related publications. Tannenbaum has served on the American Physical Society's Panel on Public Affairs, as the Secretary-Treasurer of APS's Forum on Physics and Society, on the steering committee of the American Association for the Advancement of Science's Section on Industrial Science and Technology, and is currently on the American Institute of Physics's Public Policy Panel. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and served as the 2002-2003 APS Congressional Science Fellow, serving in the office of Rep. Edward J. Markey. Trained as an experimental particle physicist, his doctoral dissertation involved a search for evidence of physics beyond the Standard Model in the form of supersymmetry. None was found.

Nuclear weapons policy, research policy, communicating with policy makers

Ph.D., University of New Mexico; MS, Michigan State University, MA, Grinnell College

Nuclear Weapons