Bethany Goldblum



  • 2007 PhD, Nuclear Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
  • 2005 M.Sc., Nuclear Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
  • 2002 B.S., Chemistry, Fort Lewis College
  • 2002 B.A., Mathematics, Fort Lewis College


Dr. Goldblum is a member of the research faculty in the Department of Nuclear Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, and Founder and Director of the Nuclear Policy Working Group, an interdisciplinary team of undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars focused on developing policy solutions to strengthen global nuclear security. She also serves as Director of Education for the Nuclear Science and Security Consortium, a multi-institution initiative established by the National Nuclear Security Administration to train the next generation of nuclear security experts. Since graduating from the University of California, Berkeley in 2007 with a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering, she has worked at UC Berkeley and earlier at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in fundamental and applied nuclear physics, nuclear-plasma interactions, scintillator characterization, and nuclear energy and weapons policy. Goldblum maintains active technical collaborations with the United States Department of Energy national laboratories, and is an affiliate at Lawrence Berkeley, Lawrence Livermore and Sandia National Laboratories.

Research Focus:

Fundamental physics for nuclear security applications; Scintillator characterization; Nuclear security policy; Basic science