Sig Hecker

The 2016 CNTA Edward Teller Lecture and Banquet

CNTA's 25th Annual Edward Teller Lecture/Banquet was celebrated Wednesday, October 19 at the University of South Carolina at Aiken's Convocation Center in Aiken SC. The event was surrounded by many other events during Nuclear Science Week.

Please click on the link below for a photo gallery from the event.

      2016 Photo Gallery

Our distinguished guest speaker for this year was Dr. Siegfried Hecker, Professor (Research) of Management Science and Engineering and Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. He is a Senior Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation, with special research interest in plutonium science; nuclear weapons policy; international security, nuclear nonproliferation, and counter-terrorism; and cooperative nuclear threat reduction. He is also an emeritus director of Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Over the past 22 years, he has fostered cooperation with the Russian nuclear laboratories to secure and safeguard the vast stockpile of ex-Soviet fissile materials. His current research activities focus on the challenges of nuclear India, Pakistan, North Korea, and the nuclear aspirations of Iran.

Dr. Hecker joined Los Alamos National Laboratory as a graduate research assistant and postdoctoral fellow before returning as a technical staff member following a tenure at General Motors Research. He led the laboratory's Materials Science and Technology Division and the Center for Materials Science before serving as laboratory director from 1986 through 1997, and senior fellow until July 2005.

Dr. Hecker has numerous awards and achievements, including the Presidential Enrico Fermi Award, the American Nuclear Society's Seaborg Medal, the Department of Energy's E. O. Lawrence Award, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science's Award for Science Diplomacy.

Other highlights of the Teller Lecture and Dinner included the presentation of the 2016 Fred C. Davison Distinguished Scientist Award to Dr. Christine Langton and the 2017/2018 Robert Maher Memorial Scholarship award to Samuel Cole, and recognition of the High School Essay Contest winners..

We would like to take the opportunity to thank all of our many sponsors, our CNTA membership, and supporters of the 2016 lecture.

Sponsors for the 2016 event included:

Platinum Sponsors

Bechtel National, Inc.
Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRS)

Gold Speaker's Reception

Applied Research Center / Economic Development Partnership
Georgia Power / Southern Nuclear Company
Stoller Newport News Nuclear (SN3)

Corporate Sponsors

Savannah River Remediation (SRR)

Non-Profit Sponsors

Aiken Technical College
American Nuclear Society - SR
Rickman Group
SouthernCarolina Alliance
SRS Community Reuse Organization
SRS Heritage Foundation / Nuclear Workforce Initiative
University of South Carolina - Aiken

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