Arden L. Bement, Jr. is Purdue University’s David A. Ross Professor of Nuclear Engineering Emeritus, Inaugural Director of the Global Policy Institute Emeritus, and Chief Global Affairs Officer Emeritus. At Purdue University he also served as the Basil S. Turner Distinguished Professor of Engineering in the Schools of Materials Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering. Previously, he was Professor of Nuclear Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering at MIT and held adjunct professorships At Washington State University, Oregon State University, and Case Western Reserve University.
His past government appointments include: Director of the National Science Foundation, Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Member of the National Science Board, Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Advanced Technology, and Director of DARPA’s Office of Materials Science. In industry he was Vice President of Science and Technology for TRW, Manager of the Fuels and Materials Department at the Battelle Pacific Northwest Laboratory, and Senior Research Fellow at the General Electric Company Hanford Atomic Products Operation. He has served on the Board of Visitors of the U.S. National Intelligence University and the Board of Trustees of the Russian Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology.
In the military he served thirty-eight years as a reserve officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, retiring with the rank Lt. Colonel. Among his honors and awards are: induction in the National Academy of Engineers, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the faculty of the Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Science. He is the recipient of seven honorary doctorates in the U.S., Korea, and China, the Distinguished Civilian Service Award from the Department of Defense, the Order of the Rising Sun with gold and silver star from the Emperor of Japan, the rank of Chevalier in the Legion of Honor from the Republic of France, and Chieftain, Sagamores of the Wabash from The Governor of Indiana.