Director, Baker Center Global Security Program
University of Tennessee
Dr. Howard Hall, a nuclear chemist and expert in preventing and responding to nuclear terrorism, directs the Baker Center Global Security Program. Hall is also the University of Tennessee-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor Chair. Dr. Hall earned his doctorate in nuclear chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley. Before coming to UT and ORNL, Dr. Hall worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) as the laboratory division leader for radiological and nuclear countermeasures. He was also the program leader for nuclear assessments and forensics and served as the radiological detection and response program leader. While at the LLNL, Dr. Hall worked in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate. In addition to his role at the Baker Center, Dr. Hall also holds appointments in the UT Knoxville nuclear engineering department and the global nuclear security division at ORNL. His focus at ORNL includes ways to detect the presence of and remove from circulation illicit radioactive material and identifying better methods of responding to and recovering from nuclear incidents.