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Steve Fetter, PhD

Steve Fetter, PhD

Steve Fetter, PhD

Associate Provost and Dean

Steve Fetter is Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate School. He has been a professor in the School of Public Policy since 1988, serving as dean from 2005 to 2009.

He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a fellow of the American Physical Society, and a recipient of the APS Leo Szilard Lectureship and Joseph A. Burton Forum awards. He has been president of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs and a member of the Director of National Intelligence's Intelligence Science Board and the Department of Energy's Nuclear Energy Advisory Committee. He served as vice chairman of the Federation of American Scientists and received its Hans Bethe 'Science in the Public Service' award and is currently a member of the board of the Union of Concerned Scientists and the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. He has served on several committees of the National Academy of Sciences.

In 2009-12 and 2015-16 Fetter was on leave to the White House, where he served as assistant director at-large and led the energy and environment and national security and international affairs divisions in the Office of Science and Technology Policy. In 1993-94 he served as special assistant to Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy Ash Carter, and he worked in the State Department as an American Institute of Physics fellow and as a Council on Foreign Relations international affairs fellow. He has been a visiting fellow at Stanford’s Center for International Security and Cooperation, Harvard’s Center for Science and International Affairs, MIT’s Plasma Fusion Center, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He also served as associate director of the Joint Global Change Research Institute, and has been a consultant to several U.S. government agencies.

He received a Ph.D. in energy and resources from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1985 and a S.B. in physics from MIT in 1981. 

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