Biographies of Committee Members
Richard A. Meserve (Chairman) is a partner in the law firm of Covington and Burling. He holds a law degree from Harvard Law School and a Ph.D. in applied physics from Stanford University. Earlier in his career, he served as clerk for Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun and as legal counsel and senior policy analyst in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Dr. Meserve has served as chair or vice-chair of a number of National Research Council committees, including the Board on Energy and Environmental Systems, the Committee on Declassification of Information for the Department of Energy Environmental Remediation and Related Programs, and the Panel on Cooperation with the USSR on Reactor Safety.
John F. Ahearne is currently director of the Sigma Xi Center and adjunct professor at Duke University. He has a Ph.D. in physics from Princeton University and a bachelor's degree in engineering from Cornell. He served as deputy and principal deputy assistant secretary of defense from 1972 to 1977, as deputy assistant secretary of energy from 1977 to 1978, and as commissioner of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission from 1978 to 1983 (Chairman, 1979–1981). Dr. Ahearne was also vice-president and senior fellow of Resources for the Future. Prior to his current position, he served as Executive Director of Sigma Xi. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and has served on many National Research Council committees, including committees on plutonium disposition and risk management. He is vice-chair of the Council's Board on Radioactive Waste Management.
Don Jeffrey (Jeff) Bostock recently retired from Lockheed Martin Energy Systems, Inc., as vice-president for Engineering and Construction with responsibility for all engineering activities within the Oak Ridge nuclear complex. Prior to assuming that position, he served as vice-president of Defense and Manufacturing and manager of the Oak Ridge Y-12 plant, a nuclear
weapons fabrication and manufacturing facility. His career at Y-12 included engineering and managerial positions in all of the various manufacturing, assembly, security, and program management organizations. He also served as manager of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant providing uranium enrichment services. Mr. Bostock has a B.S. in industrial engineering from Pennsylvania State University and an M.S. in industrial management from the University of Tennessee. He is a graduate of the Pittsburgh Management Program for Executives.
William C. Potter is a professor and director of the Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS). He also directs the MIIS Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies. He is the author or editor of 12 books, including Dismantling the Cold War: U.S. and NIS Perspectives on the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Program (1997). He has served as a consultant to the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, RAND Corporation, and Jet Propulsion Laboratory. His present research focuses on nuclear exports, nuclear safety, and proliferation problems involving the post-Soviet states. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute for Strategic Studies and serves on the International Advisory Board of the Center for Policy Studies in Russia and the International Institute for Policy Studies in Belarus. Dr. Potter was an adviser on the Kyrgyzstan delegation to the 1995 Nonproliferation Treaty Review and Extension Conference.