U.S. Particle Accelerator School

William A. Barletta

William Barletta is the Director of the US Particle Accelerator School (USPAS). He is also Adjunct Professor of Physics at MIT, UCLA, and Old Dominion University, Guest Scientist at Fermilab, and Director Emeritus of the Accelerator Division and Homeland Security Program at LBNL.  In Europe he is senior advisor to the President of Sincrotrone Trieste, Italy, and Visiting Professor, Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana, where his specialty is Strategic Management of Research Organization.

He is the coordinating editor-in-chief of NIM-A, the leading international journal on nuclear instrumentation and accelerators.  He is the Chair of the American Physical Society (APS) Panel on Public Affairs and a member APS Physics Policy Committee.  He is a past Chair of the APS Forum on International Physics and the Division of Physics of Beams and was the Convener for Accelerator-Based Capabilities for the “Snowmass 2013” study on the future of high-energy physics. He has been an active member of the APS Committee on Minorities (2004-2006), the APS Committee on International Scientific Affairs (2011-2013), and the American Bar Association Privacy & Computer Crime Committee.

He has chaired the governing boards of USPAS, the Virtual National Laboratory for Heavy Ion Fusion, and been a member of several DOE advisory panels and visiting committees.  His active research interests include major instruments for accelerator-based science, free electron laser science and technology, nanofabrication using ion beams, compact neutron and gamma ray sources with for medicine, research and security applications, and  international legal and policy aspects of cyber-security.  He has organized numerous international schools and workshops in technologies for accelerator-based science and was founding Director of the International School of Innovative Technology for Cleaning the Environment in Erice, Italy. 

He is editor and co-author of four books about accelerator science, co-author of four books concerning cybersecurity, privacy and international cyber-law, and most recently, “Averting Disaster: Science for Peace in a Perilous Age,” The Quest for Cyber Peace, and the “Quest for Cyber Confidence". He holds four patents with three patents pending, and is author of >180 papers plus 30 internal reports on strategic technologies. He holds a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Chicago and is a fellow of the American Physical Society and the Italian Physical Society.