Carol Burns PhD

Hertz Fellow: Carol Burns PhD

University of California, Berkeley

Area of Study


Fellowship Years

1983 - 1988

Deputy Principal Associate Director for Science, Technology & Engineering at Los Alamos National Laboratory

Carol Burns is deputy principal associate director for Science, Technology & Engineering at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Previously, she served as the division leader for Chemistry at LANL. She came to LANL as a J. Robert Oppenheimer Postdoctoral Fellow, and has been employed at the laboratory since that time, serving in a variety of line and program management positions, including group leader for Nuclear and Radiochemistry, chemistry division deputy division leader, and program manager for Advanced Concepts in Energy Technology.

Carol served as a senior policy advisor in the Office of Science and Technology Policy in 2003-4, where she provided technical and policy assistance on national and homeland security science and technology issues involving defense infrastructure and threat preparedness, as well as coordination of science and technology policies within the national security and intelligence communities. She continues to support LANL in the coordination of activities in nuclear forensics, including working with the interagency on workforce pipeline and educational program development. She established the first summer undergraduate school in nuclear forensics, funded by the Department of Homeland Security.

Carol was awarded the LANL Fellows Publication Prize in 2002, and was named a Laboratory Fellow in 2003. She also has been a member of two teams recognized with LANL Distinguished Performance Awards. She was named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2008. She is a recognized expert in actinide and radionuclide chemistry, with more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and invited book chapters, and has served on a number of editorial boards, review boards, and advisory panels.

Carol received her BS in chemistry from Rice University, and her PhD in chemistry as a Hertz Foundation Fellow at the University of California at Berkeley.