Dr. Albert Carnesale, chancellor of UCLA, is an NC State alumnus who has had a distinguished career in his field of American foreign policy and international security as well as in higher education.
Prior to his UCLA appointment in March 1997, Carnesale served as Harvard University’s acting president, provost and dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government, and Don K. Price Professor of Public Policy. His teaching and research have focused on the implications of the end of the Cold War and on issues associated with nuclear weapons and arms control.
Having earned a bachelor’s degree at Cooper Union (1957) and a master’s degree at Drexel University (1961), Carnesale was awarded a doctorate in nuclear engineering from NC State in 1966. As a member of the university’s faculty from 1962 to 1969, he received the alumni Award for Outstanding Teaching and was named to the Academy of Outstanding Teachers.
From NC State, he went on to become chief of the defensive weapons systems division of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency’s Science and Technology Bureau. He was a member of the U.S. delegation to the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT I) with the Soviet Union from 1970 to 1972. He led the U.S. delegation to the International Nuclear Fuel Cycle Evaluation, a 66-nation study of the relationship between civilian nuclear power and proliferation of nuclear weapons. He joined the Harvard faculty in 1974.
Carnesale consulted widely on foreign and defense policy matters with private firms and governmental agencies, and has written extensively about international affairs, defense policy and nuclear energy. He is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Pi Sigma and Sigma Xi honorary societies.