Joseph D. Bauer received his B.A. (1983) and Ph.D. (1989) in physics from Columbia University. His doctoral research was in condensed matter physics and focused on the theory of transport in disordered systems. He subsequently became a postdoctoral fellow at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in the Energetic Materials Section of the Chemistry Department and performed research in the areas of liquid state theory and highly compressed matter. In 1992, following his postdoctoral appointment, he joined the weapons program at LLNL as a nuclear design physicist where he has spent the majority of his career. During his tenure at LLNL he has been active in the US Stockpile Stewardship Program involved in nuclear weapon assessment, research in the area of nuclear explosives and high energy-density physics. He has held various technical leadership roles and was an Associate Program Director for Stockpile Systems in the Weapon’s and Complex Integration Directorate. During a break in LLNL employment, he performed medical physics research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, and acted as the Director of Biosurveillance and Environmental Monitoring for the NYC Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene. His scientific interests include problems related to U.S. national security, many-body theory, and quantum computing.