Prior to coming to CISAC, Joe was the project director and leader for the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s team in the Reliable Replacement Warhead (RRW) design feasibility study. He will share his experiences and knowledge from over 25 years at Los Alamos and multiple projects related to nuclear weapons design and maintenance, plutonium storage and disposition, stockpile life extension and plutonium aging. Following a slide show, he will be available for a question and answer session.
This is the second in a series of informal gatherings aimed at providing first hand, in-depth information on a variety of topics. Different from more a formal research seminar, these informal discussions will provide first hand information and Q&A opportunities to facilitate wider understanding and to catalyze potential unrealized research opportunities.
Joseph C. Martz is a 25 year employee of the Los Alamos National Laboratory in
which he has served in a variety of research, leadership, and management
positions. His career has focused on
nuclear weapons and materials, and he has lead and participated on a variety of
projects related to nuclear weapon design and maintenance, plutonium storage
and disposition, stockpile life extension and plutonium aging. His early work led to a nationwide evaluation
and repackaging of stored nuclear materials, and he was a co-developer of the
ARIES system, a means to dismantle and safely recover plutonium from excess
nuclear weapons. Dr. Martz technical
focus has been on plutonium surface chemistry and metallurgy, including
oxidation, dispersal mechanisms, and plutonium aging. He is a long-time contributor to the Enhanced
Surveillance Program for the stockpile, including the evaluation and predictive
assessment of aging effects in stockpile materials and components. Most recently, Dr. Martz was the project
director and leader for the New
Mexico team in the recent Reliable Replacement
Warhead (RRW) design feasibility study. Dr.
Martz is the author of over 50 papers and invited presentations in these
areas. He holds a Ph.D. in Chemical
Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.