Our institute, founded in 1981, is a research and advocacy center for preventing nuclear proliferation. Non-profit and non-partisan, we play a watchdog role in a complex and dangerous field. Active both at home and abroad, we engage government and industry officials, public-interest organizations and the media in our work. Our track record indicates an impact on policies and events in the U.S. and overseas that far exceeds what might be expected of an organization of modest size. Our credo is "Be effective."

Dr. Edwin Lyman became president of Nuclear Control Institute in June 2002. He earned a doctorate in theoretical physics from Cornell University in 1992, where he was an A.D. White Scholar, and was a postdoctoral research associate at Princeton University's Center for Energy and Environmental Studies from 1992 to 1995.  Dr. Lyman joined the Institute's staff in 1995 as scientific director.  His research focuses on security and environmental issues associated with the management of nuclear materials.   He has published numerous articles in journals including The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and Science and Global Security, and is an active member of the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management.

Our board of directors and technical and legal consultants include distinguished experts on civilian and military applications of nuclear energy. A number of them have held high positions in the United States government. Our professional staff  brings to the Institute experience from Capitol Hill, academe, journalism and the sciences. We have established this website to help make a wider public aware of important developments in nuclear proliferation and to increase understanding of the complex issues and potential solutions.

Our institute functions like a de facto Congressional oversight committee, seeking to ensure that the nation's nuclear non-proliferation laws are enforced in letter and spirit and educating the public in the process. Congress often lacks the political will, technical expertise and long-term commitment to pursue these matters. We have a reputation of being uniquely effective and coming up with tangible results.

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NCI Staff

  • President: Dr. Edwin Lyman
  • Vice President: Sharon Tanzer
  • Research Director: Steven Dolley
  • President Emeritus: Paul Leventhal
  • Senior Consultant: Alan Kuperman

NCI Board of Directors

  • Paul Leventhal

  • Peter Bradford

  • Roger Richter

  • Sharon Tanzer

  • Theodore Taylor