William Charlton is a new UNL associate vice chancellor for research and professor of mechanical and materials engineering. Charlton came to Nebraska in June 2015 and divides his time between UNL and the University of Nebraska’s National Strategic Research Institute, where he is research director for nuclear programs. As associate vice chancellor, Charlton works with UNL faculty and sponsors on defense-related research. An expert in nuclear nonproliferation research and education, Charlton joined Nebraska from Texas A&M University, where he was the founding director of the Nuclear Security Science & Policy Institute since 2006 and a nuclear engineering faculty member since 2003. He has been a consultant and technical staff member in the Nonproliferation and International Security Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He continues to work closely with several national laboratories. Charlton holds doctorate, master’s and bachelor’s degrees in nuclear engineering from Texas A&M.