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William Charlton

Director, Nuclear Engineering Teaching Laboratory; John J. McKetta Energy Professor

University of Texas at Austin

Dr. William Charlton serves as the director of the Nuclear Engineering Teaching Laboratory at the University of Texas at Austin, which, in addition to other research laboratories, houses the newest nuclear research reactor in the United States. Charlton is an expert in the application of nuclear science and engineering to national security, including nuclear nonproliferation, counterproliferation, security and deterrence. Additionally, he has over 15 years of technical expertise in the design, development, testing and evaluation of technological solutions for nuclear threats.

Charlton’s previous responsibilities include serving as research director for the National Research Institute at the University of Nebraska from 2015 to 2018, where he supported U.S. Strategic Command and Department of Defense research programs for combatting chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear weapons; founding director of the Nuclear Security Science & Policy Institute at Texas A&M University, a multidisciplinary research and education organization focused on combatting threats from the malicious uses of nuclear and radiological materials; and technical staff member in the Nonproliferation and International Security Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory.


New Technologies for Securing Government Facilities

Tuesday, September 21st

From advanced communications to biometrics to data analytics technology, innovation is providing greater capabilities for safeguarding government facilities and personnel. In this session, technology leaders from the security industry will discuss the relevance of emerging technologies to emergency communications, situational awareness, harm mitigation, weapons and anomaly detection and other capabilities critical to addressing increased threats to facilities.

Topics to Be Covered:

  • Game-Changing Artificial Intelligence
  • Leveraging 3D Facility Visualization
  • A New Framework for Insider Threat Mitigation