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Joseph Stainback

Joseph Stainback IV

Research Associate Professor


Research Associate Professor and Baker Research Fellow at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, performing research for UT’s Institute for Nuclear Security focusing efforts on five principal thematic areas within the nuclear industry, including: policy, law, and diplomacy; education and training; science and technology; operational and intelligence capabilities; and real world missions, while taking a systems engineering approach to nuclear security.

During Stainback’s tenure at UT, his active research awards and assignments involve a variety of federal agencies (Department of Energy, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State) relating to global and nuclear security. He regularly participates as a lecturer and an advisement role on nuclear security-related topics for various international academic institutions across the globe. His focused research interests include human reliability enhancements within nuclear, high consequence (biological–chemical) and industrial systems resulting from aberrant behavior including, but not limited to, work place violence (WPV), espionage, sabotage, petty crime, insider threat, malicious mischief and unethical behavior. This research includes the causes and predictability of certain behaviors, weaknesses, and disruptors in the physical, mental, and social well-being of the human state within the organizational construct for the prevention of aberrant behavior.

In 2014, Stainback achieved the status of a Global Security Baker Fellow within UT’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy. Baker Fellows are experts in their fields and assist the center by conducting research in within the center’s primary Global Security policy initiative.


Security topics including policy, law, and diplomacy; education and training; science and technology; operational and intelligence capabilities; and real world missions.


PhD, Industrial Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, 2010

MS, Engineering Administration, George Washington University, Washington, DC, 1987

BS, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, 1984

Professional Service

American Nuclear Society

Institute of Industrial Engineers

Navy League (former local chapter president)

Leadership Anderson County Board of Directors Ex Officio (former chairman)

Institute of Nuclear Materials Management National Chapter

Institute of Nuclear Materials Management Local Chapter (member-at-large)

Former Keystone Adult Day Care Board of Directors

East Tennessee Regional Leadership Board of Directors

World Institute of Nuclear Security

East Tennessee Economic Council - Regular Attendee

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) International Nuclear Security Education Network (INSEN)—Regular Attendee—Contributor

Finance Committee—United Way

Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce Event Center Committee

Professional Employment Selection and Recruiting Committees

Post-9/11 Security and Facility Upgrade Committee and Leader

Keystone Adult Day Care Finance Committee

Anderson County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Committees

Institute of Nuclear Materials Mgmt. Student Professional Development Committee

Institute of Nuclear Materials Mgmt. Facility Operations Committee

Leadership Anderson County

East Tennessee Regional Leadership Program

Y-12 National Security Complex Mentoring Program Mentor

Y-12/UT Engineering Management Graduate Program Committee and Advisor

Y-12 National Security Complex Mentor Protégé Selection CommitteeY-12 National Security Complex History Tour Guide and History Center Advisor

Y-12 Invention Review Board Member

Nuclear Non-proliferation and Verification Procedures Panelist with Ambassador Thomas Graham, Jr., Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins, Howard Hall, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Y-12 National Security Complex, University of Tennessee, 2011

Howard Baker Center for Public Policy Research/Funding Program Committee

Institute for Nuclear Security Charter (Advisory) Board Member

Facilitator, US Department of State, “Partnership for Nuclear Security (PNS) Curriculum Development Workshop: Sharing and Applying Best Practices, United Arab Emirates, 2013

Subject Matter Expert Lecturer, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Program for Leading Graduate Schools, “International Symposium and Seminar on Global Nuclear Human Resource Development for Safety, Security and Safeguards,” Tokyo, Japan, 2014

University of Tennessee’s Howard H. Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy, “Baker Café”, Security and Policy expert forum, 2014.

Institute of Nuclear Materials Management (INMM) University of Tennessee’s Nuclear Engineering Student Chapter Faculty Advisor, 2014–present

Subject Matter Expert Lecturer, Kings College of London, “Professional Development Courses,” Johannesburg and Cape Town, Republic of South Africa, 2014

Facilitator—Lecturer, Department of Energy, “Human Reliability Program Workshop,” Albuquerque, NM, 2014

Baker Fellow, The University of Tennessee’s Howard H. Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy, 2014

Panelist, (INMM) Workshop on Reducing the Risk from Radioactive and Nuclear Material, March 2015, George Washington University, Washington DC

Subject Matter Expert Lecturer, Kings College of London, “Professional Development Courses,” Marrakech, Morocco, 2015

Subject Matter Expert Lecturer, Université Ibn Tofaïl, “Security Culture Fundamentals Workshop,” May 2015, Kenitra-Morocco

Presenter, “Case Study on Uranium Oxides and Chemicals,” Institute of Nuclear Materials Management (INMM), Central Region Chapter Spring Meeting, 70 Years of Managing Nuclear Materials/Weapons: The Nuclear Fuel Cycle,” 2015

Panelist, “Nuclear Security and Physical Protection: Panel Discussion on International Perspectives on Trustworthiness Programs,” for the US Department of State and CRDF Global at the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management Conference 2015, Indian Wells, CA.

Awards and Recognitions

Recipient of six levels of performance-based promotions (director, program manager, project manager, supervisor, unit manager, engineer)

Various engineering and management positions within the Engineering Department; actively supported programs involving the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)

Space reactor designs and in the New Production Reactor (Particle Bed) projects for Tritium production

For the Nuclear Materials Control department within Safeguards and Security at B&W NOD, implemented the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspections for the “Project Sapphire” Down-blending project

Exhibited a unique and solid relationship with NNSA personnel and coordinated the implementation of the IAEA project into a tightly controlled national defense facility

Nuclear Materials Accountability, Security and new programs involving down-blending of Highly Enriched Uranium (HEU)

Tasked with leading a project involving the creation and development of a large manufacturing facility; oversaw conceptual design, construction and turnover of $10 million project

Effectively delivered on project parameters including construction safety, budget and timeline; met NRC and DOE requirements

Championed post-9/11 crash projects totaling $15 million; received personal accolades from the NNSA for select achievements

Recipient of five NNSA Defense Program Awards of Excellence for B&W Y-12 transformation projects

Regular participant in special workshops on nuclear defense, chairs sessions in professional organizations and has served in panel discussions held in academic settings


Dahunsi, Stephen O. A.; Hale, Hannah; Ibrahim, Yakubu V.; Yasin, Fareed; Hackett, Rosalind I. J.; Hall, Howard; Stainback IV, Joseph R., “Cultural Influence on Nuclear Security: A Nigerian Perspective”, Institute of Nuclear Materials Management Conference Proceedings (2015), Indian Wells, CA.

Hale, Hannah; Laghouazi, Taha; Yasin, Fareed; Hakam, Oum Keltoum; Hall, Howard; Stainback IV, Joseph R.; “Development of a Culture Factors Matrix for Human Reliability and Nuclear Security Culture Applications”, Institute of Nuclear Materials Management Conference Proceedings (2015), Indian Wells, CA.

Ibrahim, Yakubu V.; Hale, Hannah; Dahunsi, Stephen O. A.; DeWet Dane; Hall, Howard; Stainback IV, Joseph R., “Development of Next Generation Nuclear Security Experts in Nigeria”, Institute of Nuclear Materials Management Conference Proceedings (2015), Indian Wells, CA.

Joseph Stainback

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