Juzaitis to head nuclear engineering division
COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Dr. Raymond J. Juzaitis has been named head of the Department of Nuclear Engineering and holder of the Sallie and Don Davis '61 Professorship in Engineering at Texas A&M University. This will be effective on August 15, 2007. He will also serve as director for the Nuclear Engineering Division of the Texas Engineering Experiment Station as well as hold a joint appointment as a visiting professor in the Bush School of Government and Public Service. Juzaitis comes to Texas A&M Engineering from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where he has served as associate director for Nonproliferation, Homeland and International Security (NHI) since 2004. "Providing leadership for the largest and fastest growing nuclear engineering department in the nation requires an exceptionally talented individual and Dr. Juzaitis is ideal to serve as the leader of our program," said Dr. G. Kemble Bennett, vice chancellor and dean of engineering. "Dr. Juzaitis is a seasoned nuclear engineer whose significant contributions in nuclear weapons research will strengthen our nuclear engineering program, particularly in the areas of nuclear nonproliferation and national security and defense. He will be a tremendous resource for our faculty, staff and students and we look forward to welcoming him to campus this fall." A nuclear and chemical engineer with extensive experience in weapons and computational physics, Juzaitis has 28 years of experience in the management and execution of national security research and development programs at the Department of Energy National Laboratories. His early focus in computational physics paved the way for a broad-based technical career that included nuclear weapons design, development, testing and evaluation. Prior to joining LLNL's nonproliferation program in 2004, Juzaitis was at Los Alamos National Laboratory, first as a doctoral researcher, then as a staff scientist in the weapons program, and later holding various senior management positions, most recently as associate director for Weapons Physics. During his Los Alamos tenure, he also held several senior advisory positions on assignment, including senior technical advisor for the Department of Energy Office of Defense Programs and special scientific advisor to the Office of the Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Atomic Energy. Dr. Juzaitis is a member of the American Nuclear Society and Sigma Xi and has received several prestigious awards from the Department of Energy. Juzaitis holds a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Princeton University and master's and Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from the University of Virginia.