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April 23, 2012: USC Viterbi Alum Tom Reed to Discuss “Iran’s Nuclear End Game”

Press Release
Contact: Katie Dunham - 213-663-0807 or knd@usc.edu
April 23, 2012 —


WHEN: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 2 p.m.

WHERE: Friends of the USC Libraries Lecture Hall
Doheny Memorial Library – 240

WHAT: On Wednesday, April 18, 2012, USC Viterbi School of Engineering will host alumnus and national security expert Tom Reed for “Iran’s Nuclear End Game,” a discussion with USC students and faculty in honor of his critically acclaimed new book, “The Tehran Triangle.” USC University Professor and California State Librarian Emeritus Kevin Starr will conduct the interview.

Tom Reed began his career in physics at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Air Force Ballistic Missile Division. In Edward Teller’s words, “Tom Reed was one of Livermore’s most creative designers of thermonuclear devices.” Two of his designs were fired over the Pacific in 1962.

A graduate of both Cornell and USC’s engineering programs, Reed served in the U.S. Air Force, later serving as Secretary of the Air Force and the youngest-ever Director of the National Reconnaissance Office during the Ford and Carter years. Reed was also Special Assistant for National Security Policy to President Reagan.

With the end of the Cold War, Reed turned his attention to documenting the history of those times in his “At the Abyss: An Insider’s History of the Cold War,” followed by “The Nuclear Express: A Political History of the Bomb and Its Proliferation.” His new history-based thriller, “The Tehran Triangle” infers one possible end game for Iran’s current nuclear ambitions.

About USC Viterbi: Engineering Studies began at the University of Southern California in 1905. Nearly a century later, the Viterbi School of Engineering received a naming gift in 2004 from alumnus Andrew J. Viterbi, inventor of the Viterbi algorithm now key to cell phone technology and numerous data applications. Consistently ranked among the top graduate programs in the world, the school enrolls more than 2,100 undergraduate students and 4,200 graduate students, taught by 168 tenured and tenure-track faculty, with 50 endowed chairs and professorships. For more information, visit viterbi.usc.edu.

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