The Deputy Attorney General named Doctor Vahid Majidi, Chief Science Advisor for the Department of Justice (DOJ) in February 2003. Dr. Majidi is on a detail to the Department from the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in New Mexico. Dr. Majidi is responsible for coordinating science and technology policy among the Departmentís component agencies and with state and local law enforcement entities. He also serves as a Department liaison to the scientific community.
Dr. Majidi earned his BS degree in chemistry from Eastern Michigan University and his PhD degree from Wayne State University. After his graduate work, Dr. Majidi spent two years as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Texas (Austin).
Prior to his assignment at DOJ, Dr. Majidi was the Group Leader for Actinide Analytical Chemistry Group (C-AAC) at Los Alamos. The Groupís main objectives were to serve the laboratory in national security and the nuclear materials characterization arena. Specifically, the Group provided specialized chemical analysis for the pit manufacturing, 238-heat source, MOX (mixed Pu/U oxides), surveillance, and ARIES (nuclear material recovery) programs. Research efforts were concentrated on development of new technologies for materials characterization, development of in-situ sensors, fiber-optic based analysis and process analytical chemistry for the intelligence community.
Dr. Majidi was also the Group Leader for Analytical Chemistry Sciences Group at LANL. This Group was responsible for evaluating biological and environmental samples to ensure that LANL was compliant with all legal requirements established by EPA, New Mexico Environmental Department, and OSHA. Research efforts were concentrated on development of new technologies for biological detection, hand-held sensor platforms, biological mass spectrometry, process analytical instrumentation and real-time analyzers.
Dr. Majidi was a tenured associate professor at the University of Kentucky where he conducted research on laser-based techniques, gas phase chemistry, and solid substrates from 1989-1996.