Miriam "Mim" John

Miriam "Mim" John, PhD


Not in residence

Research Interests

National security with special interests in countering WMD, nuclear deterrence and nonproliferation, cybersecurity


Dr. Miriam John is serving in various consulting and board roles since her retirement as Vice President of Sandia’s California Laboratory in Livermore, California. During her Sandia career, she worked on a wide variety of programs, including nuclear weapons, chemical, and biological defense; missile defense; solar energy; and, provided leadership for a number of the laboratory’s energy, national security, and homeland security programs. She is a member of DoD’s Defense Science Board and Vice-Chair of its Threat Reduction Advisory Committee.  She was appointed a National Associate of the National Academies of Science and Engineering and is the recipient of the Navy’s Superior Public Service Award, in recognition of her chairmanship and studies for the Academies’ Naval Studies Board.

Dr. John is a member of the Board of Advisors for MIT Lincoln Laboratory, the Board of Directors for Draper Laboratory and for the National Institute for Hometown Security, the Missions Committee of the Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore National Security LLCs, and the Board of Directors of Leidos, Inc (formerly SAIC).  She is a Senior Fellow and past Chair of the California Council on Science and Technology.  She is a member of the AAAS Committee on Science and Engineering Public Policy (COSEPP).  Dr. John is a member of the Dean’s advisory board for the School of Science and Engineering and chairs the Advisory Board for the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Tulane University, where she has been recognized as an outstanding alumna.

Dr. John has co-authored dozens of reports and technical papers through her various affiliations covering topics associated with nuclear weapons and survivability, chemical and biological defense, cyber security and energy systems.