Clifford E Singer

Clifford E Singer
Clifford E Singer
Professor Emeritus
Professor Emeritus


  • Ph.D., Biochemistry, University of CA, Berkeley, 1971
  • B.S., Mathematics, University of Illinois, 1966

Academic Positions

  • Director of the Program in Arms Control, Disarmament, and International Security, 1998–2005
  • Professor, August, 1992 – present
  • Associate Professor, January, 1986 - 1992

Other Professional Employment

  • Plasma Physics Lab., Princeton University - Sept. 1977 - January, 1986
  • Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Queen Mary College, London - May 1974 - Aug. 1977
  • NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, Queen Mary College, London - Oct. 1972 - Feb. 1974
  • NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Tech. - Nov. 1971 - Aug. 1972

Major Consulting Activities

  • Hamburg University, Summer 2009 and 2010
  • Argonne National Laboratory, Summer 2007 and 2008

Research Interests

  • Advanced propulsion systems, nuclear proliferation, nuclear power economics, South and East Asian nuclear programs, energy econometrics, climate change

Books Authored or Co-Authored (Original Editions)

  • Energy and International War: From Babylon to Baghdad and Beyond, Singapore: World Scientific Press, 2008.

Books Edited or Co-Edited (Original Editions)

  • Elson, A., G. Knaap, and C. E. Singer, "Using Tax Increment Financing to Provide Affordable Housing: A Financial Analysis of the King Park TIF District in Urbana, Illinois," in Craig Johnson and Joyce Mann, eds., Tax Increment Financing: Uses, Structures, and Impact (New York NY: Suny Press, 1998).

Selected Articles in Journals

Articles in Conference Proceedings

  • Singer, C.E., “An Analytical Uranium Sources Model,” Proc. Technical Committee Meeting on Recent Developments in Uranium Resources, Production and Demand (Vienna, 10-13 June, 1997), IAEA-TECDOC-1258, International Atomic Energy Agency (1998), pp. 27-38.
  • Singer, C.E. and B. Youman, "Radwaste Considerations for Economics and Siting of ITER and Fusion Power Reactors in Illinois and Elsewhere in the U.S.," Proc. 16th IEEE/NPSS Symposium on Fusion Engineering (Champaign, 1-6 Oct., 1995) 0335.
  • Qiang, J., A. Levinson, and C. E. Singer, "Application of a Calibrated Tokamak Transport Model to ITER Start-up Study," Proc. 16th IEEE/NPSS Symposium on Fusion Engineering, 288 (Champaign, 1-6 Oct., 1995).


  • Rethinaraj, T. S. G., and C. E. Singer, "Fissil Material Cut-off Treaty: Revisiting Indian and Pakistani Options," Swords and Ploughshares XVIII #1, 24-29 (Fall 2010)
  • Singer, Clifford E. “Will Mankind Survive the Millennium?” Swords and Plougshares XIII #1, 3-6 (Spring 2001), University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign Program in Arms Control, Disarmament, and International Security
  • Singer, C.E., “Space Weapons and the CD,” Bull. International Network of Engineers and Scientists Against Proliferation, 20, (2002).
  • Singer, C.E. and J. Qiang, "Application of a Calibrated Transport Model to ITER Start-up Study," Bull. Am. Phys. Soc., 40, (1995).

Magazine Articles

  • Singer, C.E., "What the ISWDA Taught Us," News-Gazette Guest Commentary B-3 (Nov. 1997).


Journal Editorships

  • Swords and Ploughshares, 1998–2005

Other Scholarly Activities

  • Course Development: NPRE 480, Topics in Energy Security NPRE 491, Writing Seminar NPRE 492, Civilian and Military Uses of Nuclear Energy NPRE 493, Seminar in Technology and Security Preliminary and Final Examinations: Dept. of Nuclear Engineering

Professional Societies

  • American Physical Society
  • American Nuclear Society

Service on University Committees

  • Formed and chaired Student Service Advisory Committee to the UI-Integrate project.
  • Convinced all three campus Senates and administrations to adopt uniform grade notation, values and course numbers systems.
  • Formed and chaired Faculty Advisory Committee to the UI-Integrate project.

Service on College Committees

  • Ad Hoc Committee on Energy and Environmental Sustainability Chair, 2007
  • Engineering-Biology/Chemistry Liaison Subcommittee Chair, 2003 - 2004
  • Physics Liaison Committee, 2000 - present

Service on Campus Committees

  • Campus Energy Conservation Committee, 2007
  • Illinois Energy Systems Institute Preparatory Steering Committee, 2007
  • Joint Area Centers Symposium Planning Committee, 2003–2004

Other Outside Service

  • Committee on Nuclear Policy, 1997- 2000

Research Honors

  • Madhuri and Jagdish Sheth Distinguished Faculty Award for International Achievement, 2008

Other Honors

  • Alexander von Humboldt Fellow (Federal Republic of Germany)
  • NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship

Improvement Activities

  • Faculty Teaching Seminar on the History of Strategic Weapons Proliferation, UCSD
  • Peace and World Security Studies Faculty Workshop, Hampshire College
  • International Atomic Energy Agency Conferences
  • IMS Class Visitation and Evaluation Program
  • Dean's Seminars and Workshops on Teaching
  • University of Illinois Science Technology and Society Forum
  • Princeton University Management Training Course
  • Princeton University Alumni School
  • University of London Extension Service Course

Recent Courses Taught

  • NPRE 480 (PS 480, GLBL 480) - Energy and Security
  • NPRE 483 (GLBL 483) - Seminar on Security

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