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Dr. Mary Anne Yates

Dr. Mary Anne YatesDr. Mary Anne Yates

Senior Technical Advisor
Senior Chemist
Nuclear Engineering Division

Mary Anne Yates is a Senior Technical Advisor and Senior Chemist in the Nuclear Engineering Division at Argonne National Laboratory. Dr. Yates received her Ph.D. in nuclear chemistry from Carnegie Mellon University. As a postdoctoral fellow at the Los Alamos Meson Physics facility, she worked on several university collaborations resulting in publications in nuclear, atomic, and particle physics. Dr. Yates joined the staff of Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) to develop nuclear chemistry based diagnostics for laser fusion and published in the field of plasma physics. Following that project, she developed diagnostics and designed experiments for underground testing of nuclear devices, “Starwars” technologies, advanced accelerator applications, and studies related to nonproliferation. In 1993, Dr. Yates was assigned to DOE Headquarters as a technical advisor on arms control issues. During her three year tenure she was the technical lead at DOE for the Fissile Material Cutoff Treaty (FMCT), the executive secretary for the bilateral negotiations with Russia on the Production Reactor Shutdown/Conversion Agreement, technical advisor to the US Delegation to the Conference on Disarmament (CD) on FMCT, and coordinator for the US Ambassador to the CD for the Host Country Agreement for the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization negotiations with the Government of Austria. In 1996 she returned to LANL as acting program manager for Nonproliferation and Arms Control. The next year she became the Lead Project Leader and Laboratory Coordinator for START III issues. In the spring of 1998, Dr. Yates was asked by Dr. Donald D. Cobb, the new Associate Laboratory Director for Threat Reduction, to be his Chief of Staff and help build the new organization dedicated to using the broad scientific base of LANL to address emerging threats to US national security. From June through October of 2001, Dr. Yates served in the Policy Planning Office of the National Nuclear Security Administration where she supported their work in non proliferation and homeland security. She returned to LANL to lead the 9-11 Response Team and serve in the role of coordinator for Homeland Security Initiatives. In April of 2004, Dr. Yates became the Deputy Center Director for the Los Alamos Center for Homeland Security. In May 2006, Dr. Yates joined the staff at Argonne National Laboratory as Deputy to Mr. Alan Foley, Director of the Office of National Homeland Security Programs. Her duties included coordinating work with the National Nuclear Security Administration, leading the National Security Initiative for Laboratory Directed Research and Development, and leading the Argonne Strategic Initiative in National Security. In addition, Dr. Yates did special projects for the DOE Deputy Undersecretary for Counter Terrorism. In February of 2011 she joined Argonne's Chemical Sciences Engineering Division as Theme Leader for National Security. In 2015 she joined Argonne's Nuclear Engineering Division as a Senior Technical Advisor.

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