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Albert Carnesale is an American educator. He is a Chancellor Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of Public Policy, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of California in Los Angeles.


Carnesale was born on July 2, 1936 in Bronx, New York, United States. His father was a taxi driver and his mother was an office clerk.


Carnesale received a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cooper Union in 1957. Four years later he earned his Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University. Then in 1966, Albert was given a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Nuclear Engineering from North Carolina State University.


Carnesale began his career as a lecturer on the nuclear engineering faculty at North Carolina State University in 1962 and held it for seven years. He served as a chief of the Defensive Weapons Systems Division, Science and Technology Bureau of the United States Arms Control and Disarmament Agency in Washington from 1969 to 1972.

In 1972, he became a professor and head of the Division of University Studies at North Carolina State University. Then in 1974, Albert took a position of a member of the faculty at Harvard University. In 1981, he was promoted to academic dean of the Kennedy School of Government. Ten years later Carnesale became a dean at the same school, where he worked until 1995. Also in 1994 he was appointed a provost at Harvard University, where he served until 1997.

In November 1994, Carnesale was appointed acting president of Harvard while President Rudenstine was on leave. He worked in that position for three months. On July 1, 1997 Albert held the position of a chancellor of the University of California in Los Angeles and served it until June 30, 2006.

In 2009, Carnesale chaired a National Academies committee. A year later the United States Department of Energy appointed Albert to a high-level national commission on nuclear waste production, the 15-person Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future. Also in 2014, he was appointed to the United States Secretary of Energy's Advisory Board.


  • Carnesale is the author or co-author of six books and more than 100 articles on a wide range of subjects, including national security strategy, arms control, nuclear proliferation, the effects of technological change on foreign and defense policy, domestic and international energy issues and higher education.


Carnesale is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Pacific Council on International Policy, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Also, he is a member of the Board of Directors of Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, the Advisory Board of the RAND Corporation’s Center for Global Risk and Security and Secretary of Energy’s Advisory Board.

He serves on the National Academies Committee on United States Air Force Strategic Deterrence Capabilities, chaired the National Academies Committees on NASA’s Strategic Direction, on America’s Climate Choices, on Nuclear Forensics and on U. S. Conventional Prompt Global Strike.


On April 6, 2002 Albert Carnesale married Robin Gerber. They have 2 children.

Robin Gerber

Keith Carnesale

Kimberly Carnesale