2012 Assembly of Delegates Keynote Speaker
Glenn Schweitzer

Glenn Schweitzer

Glenn Edwin Schweitzer
Director for Central Europe and Eurasia
National Research Council
Washington, DC 20001

Glenn Schweitzer became a member of Sigma Xi in 1961, upon receiving his M.S. in Nuclear Engineering from the California Institute of Technology. Since that time he has served in a variety of positions as a foreign service officer, civil service officer, and nongovernmental specialist. His responsibilities have involved many aspects of the intersection of science and foreign policy. His government assignments have included: the first science officer at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, senior staff scientist for marine affairs in the Office of the Vice President, Director of USAID's Office of Science and Technology, Director of EPA's Office of Toxic Substances, and Director of EPA's Environmental Monitoring Systems Laboratory in Las Vegas.

Since 1985, Schweitzer has been the Director for Central Europe and Eurasia of the National Research Council. From 1992 to 1994, he was on special assignment for the Department of State as the first Executive Director of the International Science and Technology Center in Moscow, which was established by the governments of the Russian Federation, United States, European Commission, and Japan. At present, he also serves as a nonresident Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Environment of the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), a Senior Adviser to the Science Diplomacy Center at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Chairman of the International Science and Commercialization Board for Kazakhstan, established by the World Bank.

Schweitzer is the author of twelve books on international scientific affairs, in addition to the many reports he has directed for the National Research Council. His most recent book, titled Containing Russia's Nuclear Firebirds, will be published by the University of Georgia Press in December 2012. He has received awards from the Department of State, USAID, and Environmental Protection Agency. He is a recipient of the President's Award of the National Academies and the Science Diplomacy Award of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In addition, he has received awards from several foreign universities and organizations.