Vaughn Standley Ph.D

DOE Faculty Chair


Areas of Expertise: 31 years practical and theoretical experience with military and civil applications of nuclear power, the design, effects, and detection of nuclear weapons, and the technical and diplomatic instruments of nuclear nonproliferation. 

Dr. Standley has been with the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration since 2003 serving as a program manager for space-based nuclear detonation detection research and development.  Dr. Standley was appointed to be the DOE Faculty Chair to the College of Information in Cyberspace at the National Defense University beginning in November, 2017, after serving one year at the College of International Security Affairs as visiting faculty.  Prior to the DOE, Dr. Standley was a nuclear inspector in the International Atomic Energy Agency and nuclear scientist in the U.S. Air Force. 

Dr. Standley earned a Ph.D. in physics from the Technical University of Vienna, Austria, an MS in Operations Research and Management Science from George Mason University, an MS in Nuclear Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology, and a BS in Nuclear Engineering from Oregon State University.