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WSU Research Vice President

Vice president for research

Dr. Christopher Keane

ChristopherKeaneDr. Christopher Keane joined Washington State University in 2014 as vice president for research and professor of physics. He has taken significant steps to reshape the University’s research enterprise. Dr. Keane spearheaded the 120-day study, which identified WSU’s areas of research excellence. He led top faculty members in articulating “grand challenges”—institutional research priorities that focus on urgent regional, national, and global problems. He continues to address those priorities, aiming to, in his words, “define and realize research opportunities that will strengthen WSU, the state of Washington, and our nation.”

Previously Dr. Keane led the user office of the National Ignition Facility (NIF)—the world’s most energetic laser—at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. There he worked with a user group of approximately 400 members. He worked at the lab since 2007, following positions of increasing responsibility with the U.S. Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration.

Dr. Keane serves on a number of national and international advisory committees. An astrophysicist by training, he has authored more than 100 scientific publications.

Professional background

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

2014
Acting deputy principal associate director for science and technology within the NIF and Photon Sciences Directorate, in addition to his role as director of the NIF User Office

2009
Director of the NIF User Office

2007
Assistant associate director of physics

National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)

2004
Appointed to the Senior Executive Service, concurrent with his selection as the NNSA assistant deputy administrator for Inertial Fusion and the National Ignition Facility (NIF) Project

2000
Director of the Division of Secondaries and Inertial Fusion

U.S. Department of Energy

1996
Associate Director of the Office of Inertial Fusion within the Office of Defense Programs

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

1986
Working in the Inertial Confinement Fusion Program, performed computational and experimental research in x-ray lasers, inertial confinement fusion, and ultra-high intensity laser–matter interaction

Research

  • Computational and experimental research in x-ray lasers
  • Inertial confinement fusion
  • Ultra-high intensity laser-matter interaction

Honors and affiliations

  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  • NNSA Silver Medal
  • Defense Programs Award of Excellence 
  • Fusion Power Associates Special Award
  • Member, American Physical Society

Education

Ph.D., astrophysics
Princeton University, 1986

Bachelor of science, physics and bachelor of science, engineering, magna cum laude
University of Rochester, 1980

Contact

Office of Research
Lighty 280
509-335-3574
509-335-5515
chris.keane@wsu.edu

Washington State University