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News Release

Number: 03-64
Released: August 21, 2003
Contact: Diane Greenberg, 631 344-2347 or Mona S. Rowe, 631 344-5056

Joseph P. Indusi Elected Fellow of the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management

UPTON, NY -- Joseph P. Indusi, Chair of the Nonproliferation and National Security Department at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, has been elected a Fellow of the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management. The institute provides leadership and professional development in nuclear materials management for a worldwide community of professionals in the field. Currently, it has over 900 members, of which about three percent are Fellows.

Indusi was cited for "his distinguished contribution to the field of safeguards and nuclear materials management." In addition, he was commended for his extensive participation in the institutešs activities. Indusi had been chair of several committees within the institute, and, in 1991, with a Brookhaven physicist, the late William Higinbotham, Indusi initiated the institutešs first sessions on arms-control verification.

"I've been entrusted with a job at Brookhaven that is extremely important for the safety of the nation and the world," Indusi said. "I take that role very seriously, and I believe that my staff of about 40 experts and I perform it very well. I've also been an active member of the institute for 30 years, as long as I've been at Brookhaven. Being named a Fellow validates my efforts. I am very pleased."

He added, "Within my department since 1993 ­ after the first terrorist attack on the World Trade Center ­ we have been focusing more of our efforts on anti-terrorism initiatives. Recently, we have been working with the Department of Homeland Security to test and evaluate radiation detectors for use in the New York metropolitan area. We also are developing advanced radiation detectors that can be used to trace radiation from devices such as dirty bombs. The department has also been part of a team conducting vulnerability and risk assessments at critical infrastructure facilities in New York State."

In addition, Indusi's department provides technical assistance to promote enhanced safeguards and security systems for the protection and accountability of weapons-grade nuclear materials, in cooperation with Russian nuclear facilities; develops safeguards systems and arms control verification approaches and technology to stem the spread and reduce the danger from nuclear, chemical and biological weapons worldwide; provides technical oversight of projects designed to strengthen the International Atomic Energy Agency's safeguards; supports nonproliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons by providing sustainable non-weapons related jobs to Russian weapons scientists; and addresses the environmental and proliferation concerns associated with dismantling Russian nuclear submarines.

Indusi earned a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Bridgeport in 1965, an M.S. in applied analysis from Stony Brook University (SBU) in 1969, and a Ph.D. in applied mathematics and statistics from SBU in 1971. After working as a systems consultant at Burndy Corporation in Norwalk, Connecticut, Indusi joined Brookhaven Lab in 1973, working as an assistant mathematician in its Technical Support Organization (TSO). From 1986 to 2000, Indusi was division head of the Safeguards and Arms Control Division, which incorporated the TSO organization. In May 2000, he became acting chair of the Nonproliferation and National Security Department, and in January 2001, he became chair of the department.