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NNSS Course
Brookhaven National Laboratory
Bldg. 197C
PO Box 5000
Upton, NY 11973



Brookhaven National Laboratory


Dr. Michael D. Rosenthal joined Brookhaven National Laboratory in May 2007 as the Head of the Division of Nonproliferation and Safeguards in Brookhaven's Department of Nonproliferation and National Security.  In addition to managing the Division and serving as the principal investigator on numerous projects, he was called upon by DOE headquarters staff to provide policy advice on non-proliferation issues. 

Prior to his tenure at Brookhaven, he served in the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (ACDA) as a member of the Senior Executive Service. He has an extensive background in nuclear nonproliferation and international security issues and broad experience with the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), international safeguards, and U.S. Government and international programs aimed at reducing the risks of nuclear and other radioactive material and technology.

Dr. Rosenthal has made numerous presentations at universities and to annual meetings of the Institute of Nuclear Material Management and produced many reports on important safeguards issues, including budget, IAEA safeguards authorities, and the application of safeguards at the State-level.  He was the principal author of a three volume set that details the negotiation of the IAEA Model Additional Protocol and the lead author of a unique resource, a text book on IAEA safeguards called Deterring Nuclear Proliferation: The Importance of IAEA Safeguards.  The textbook was used as a resource at Brookhaven’s summer course called “Nuclear Nonproliferation, Safeguards, and Security in the 21st Century.”  Dr. Rosenthal was the driving force in creating the NNSS course and managed its delivery, together with Dr. Les Fishbone, from 2009-2013.  It will be offered for the sixth time in the summer of 2014.  While at Brookhaven, he also spent two years on detail to the Domestic Nuclear Detection Organization, supporting its efforts to combat nuclear terrorism. Dr. Rosenthal retired from Brookhaven in January, 2013.

Before his arrival at Brookhaven, he served as Senior Counselor in the Office of the Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State; as Senior Adviser on international cancer control at the U.S. National Cancer Institute; and as Senior Adviser on IAEA issues in the State Department’s Bureau of Verification, Compliance, and Implementation.  Prior to this, Dr. Rosenthal held positions in the Department of State and in ACDA, moving from Physical Science Officer in the Nonproliferation Bureau of ACDA to Director of the Office of Multilateral Nuclear Affairs in the Nonproliferation Bureau of the Department of State. He also served two tours of duty at the IAEA, in the Department of Safeguards from 1981-1986 and in the Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications from 2003-2005.

Dr. Rosenthal has represented the United States Government in numerous bilateral and multilateral consultations and in international meetings, including at the IAEA, at NPT Review Conferences in 1990, 1995, and 2000 (See NPT Review Conferences), and in the Nuclear Suppliers Group and the Zangger Committee. He was part of the first senior level U.S. delegation to visit the DPRK to discuss nuclear nonproliferation issues.

Dr. Rosenthal holds a Ph.D. in Physics from Cornell University and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society. He taught physics at Rutgers University and Swarthmore College and has a B.A. in Physics and Mathematics from Wesleyan University in Connecticut.


Last Modified: January 15, 2014
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