Ashok K. Vaseashta
Director of Research
Institute for Advanced Sciences Convergence
International Clean Water Institute
Vaseashta received a Ph.D. from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA in 1990. Before joining as the Director of Research at the Institute for Convergence of Information, Science, Technology, and Knowledge (CISTecK) (formerly Institute for Advanced Sciences Convergence) and International Clean Water Institute (ICWI), he served as a Professor of Physics and Physical Sciences and Director of Research at the Nanomaterials Processing and Characterization Laboratories, Graduate Program in Physical Sciences at Marshall University. Concurrently, he holds a visiting professorship at the 3 Nano-SAE Research Centre, University of Bucharest, Romania; and chaired professorship at the Academy of Sciences of Moldova, Chisinau, Moldova. He was visiting scientist at the Helen and Martin Kimmel Center of Nanoscale Science at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel. In 2007-08, he was detailed as a William C. Foster fellow to the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation (ISN) at the US Department of State working with the Office of Weapons of Mass Destruction and Terrorism (WMDT) and Foreign Consequence Management (FCM) program. He served as Franklin Fellow and currently as S&T advisor the office of Verification and Transparency Technologies/Arms Verification and Control in the Bureau of Arms Control Verification and Compliance, Office of Verification and Transparency Technologies (AVC/VTT) at the US Department of State. He is fellow of the American Physical Society (FAPS), Institute of Nanotechnology (FIoN), New York Academy of Sciences (FNYAS). He was awarded Gold medal by the State Engineering University of Armenia for his contribution to Nanotechnology. In addition, he has earned several other fellowships and awards for his meritorious service including 2004/2005 Distinguished Artist and Scholar award. His research interests include counter-terrorism; advanced and nano materials for development of chemical-bio sensors/detectors; water safety and security; environmental pollution monitoring, detecting and remediation; and green nanotechnology. He is one of the leading researchers in the field of Green Nanotechnology. He authored over 230 research publications, edited/authored five books on nanotechnology, presented many keynote and invited lectures worldwide, served as the NATO Project Director (NPD) of five NATO Advanced Study Institutes (ASI)/Advanced Research workshops (ARW), multi-year SPS program, and co-chair of an International Symposium on Nanotechnology and Environmental Pollution Prevention (ISNEPP). He is listed as one of the most “sought-after speaker” in Europe, Balkans, and Eurasia. He led the U.S. position on Nanotechnology in High Technology Coordination Group (HTCG) to joint US and India delegation. In addition, he served as a member of the U.S. Department of Commerce, NIST, and ANSI delegation to the U.K. representing the U.S. position on Standards in Nanotechnologies at the inaugural meeting of the ISO/TAG to TC-229. He is a member of NATO-SET-040, an exploratory team panel investigating security and surveillance applications of nanotechnology. He serves as an expert counsel to the UNESCO, ObservatoryNANO, and COSENT – south-east consortium on Nanotechnologies on NANO-Science and Technologies. He is an active member of several national and international professional organizations.
His research interests include counter-terrorism; advanced and nano materials for development of chemical-bio sensors/detectors; water safety and security; environmental pollution monitoring, detecting and remediation; and green nanotechnology.