Karl van Bibber

Karl Van Bibber

Position Title
Member, Physics Advisory Board


Dr. Karl van Bibber offers his knowledge as an awarded physicist with many years of experience working with prominent laboratories, universities and governmental agencies to the UC Davis Physics Advisory Board. In 1985, after serving as Stanford University faculty, he joined Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), where he founded and led the High Energy Physics and Accelerator Technology Group. Dr. van Bibber has held many positions with LLNL, including chief scientist for the Physics and Space Technology Directorate and deputy director of the Laboratory Science and Technology Office. In 2012, he joined the faculty of UC Berkeley as professor of nuclear engineering and acceded to department chair, serving also as executive director of the Nuclear Science and Security Consortium. Dr. van Bibber currently serves as associate dean for research in the College of Engineering at UC Berkeley.

Dr. van Bibber is the recipient of many honors and awards, including the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, the Department of Energy Deputy Secretary Award, and the Navy Superior Civilian Service Award for the establishment of degree and executive education programs in Energy, the first within the Department of Defense. He received his bachelor's degree and doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in experimental nuclear physics.