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Dwight Williams

professor, nuclear science and engineering, MIT

Dwight L. Williams, a Martin Luther King Visiting Professor, holds a dual appointment in the Security Studies Program and the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering. He earned his Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from the University of Maryland. His dissertation addressed scientific mechanisms required to effectively validate the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT). He spent four year at the international CTBT personnel training and data processing headquarters, where he instructed international scientists prior to their service at the United Nations facility in Vienna, Austria. Afterwards, he began working for the Defense Intelligence Agency where he continues to work today. As Principal Nuclear Physicist in the Weapons Intelligence Office, he is actively involved in defense, intelligence community (IC), and research and development activities. He is working with the White House on a national nuclear research strategy and regularly briefs members of Congress. In 2006, he won a Director of National Intelligence Fellow Award. This is the highest IC award available to scientists and was conferred at a White House ceremony. Other awards include a Certificate of Congressional Recognition and countless commendations for accomplishments in support of the U.S. led war on terrorism and federal technical research.