Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Siegfried S. Hecker
Hecker's parents came from Sarajevo, Bosnia and were moved during World War II to Tomaszew, where Hecker was born. When his father had not returned from the war at the Eastern Front, his mother remarried and settled in Rottenmann, Austria. The family emigrated to the US in 1956. Hecker completed his Bachelor of Science in Metallurgy in 1965, his Master of Science in Metallurgy in 1967, and his Doctor of Philosophy in Metallurgy in 1968, all from Case Western Reserve University. Hecker began his professional career as a senior research metallurgist with theGeneral Motors Research Laboratories in 1970 after two years as a postdoctoral appointee at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Since 1988 Hecker has been a visiting Professor in Materials Engineering at Stanford University. In 2007 he became co-director of the Stanford University Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. He also acts as advisor to the Nuclear Threat Initiative board of directors and belongs to the advisory council of CRDF Global, an independent nonprofit organization that promotes international scientific and technical collaboration.