Thomas Tierney

Senior Scientist (Scientist-5)
Los Alamos National Laboratory

Ph.D., Physics, UC Irvine and Los Alamos National Laboratory, 2002

M.S., Physics, UC Irvine, 1997

B.S., Physics/Astrophysics, UC Irvine, 1995

Career Path: 

Currently team leader for an emerging technologies research and analysis team. My work requires extensive program management and interactions with the Federal Government. Most of my research is in the development of novel materials and laser diagnostics. My career path is toward program management at Los Alamos; however, I have been considered for several government appointments, including Congressionally confirmed positions. I am currently Vice-President for Government Relations in the Institute for Electronics and Electrical Engineers.

Career Experience: 
Physics, International Affairs (Military Technologies and Doctrine, Arms Control), National Security Policy, Technology Policy, Nuclear Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Space Technologies, Emerging and Disruptive Technologies
Los Alamos National Laboratory
University of New Mexico
Zia Credit Union
Personal Interests: 
Physics: advanced technologies building off of fusion engineering and quantum technologies.
Technology policy: R&D policy, export controls, intellectual property, and emerging technologies.
Outside work: swimming, skiing, snowboarding, fishing, camping, sailing, skydiving, flying, biking, and writing.
Type of Students: 
A physics or engineering student with an affinity for technology policy or work at a national laboratory
Number of Students I can Mentor: 
Joined Date: 
22 years 8 months ago
Ideal Mentoring Relationship: 
remote correspondence would be best, but I am on campus annually.
Remote Mentor: