Professor Steve Fetter

Senior Associate Fellow; Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate School, University of Maryland


Professor Steve Fetter is Professor of Public Policy at the University of Maryland.

He is a fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) and a recipient of the APS Leo Szilard Lectureship and Joseph A. Burton Forum awards. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on International Security and Arms Control, a member of the board of the Union of Concerned Scientists and the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Science and Security Board.

Professor Fetter served for five years in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy during the Obama administration, directing the environment and energy division and the national security and international affairs division. In the Clinton administration, he served as special assistant to Assistant Secretary of Defence for International Security Policy, Ash Carter. He has also been a fellow at the US State Department, a consultant to several US government agencies, and a member of the Intelligence Science Board and the Nuclear Energy Advisory Committee.

He has been a Visiting Fellow at Stanford’s Center for International Security and Cooperation, Harvard’s Center for Science and International Affairs, MIT’s Plasma Fusion Center, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Professor Fetter has also served as Director of the Center for Advanced Study of Language, Associate Director of the Joint Global Change Research Institute, President of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs, and Vice Chairman of the Federation of American Scientists (FAS), and received FAS’s Hans Bethe ‘Science in the Public Service’ Award.

Professor Fetter received a Ph.D. in energy and resources from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1985 and a S.B. in physics from MIT in 1981.

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