Kathryn Huff named DOE assistant secretary for nuclear energy

President Joe Biden appointed Catherine HuffPrincipal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Office of Nuclear Energy at the Department of Energy, to serve as Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy at DOE.

In May 2021, Huff joined the DOE from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she served as an assistant professor in the Department of Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering, leader of the Advanced Reactors and Cycles Research Group. Fuel and Blue Waters Assistant Professor at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications.

“Dr. Huff has been a trailblazer throughout her career as a leading nuclear scientist, and she brings endless enthusiasm and curiosity to her work,” noted DOE Secretary Jennifer Granholm.

“If confirmed, she will continue her groundbreaking work at DOE to advance carbon-free nuclear power technologies to combat the climate crisis and provide affordable, safe, and reliable energy to all Americans,” Granholm added. .

Huff previously served as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley in the Nuclear Science and Security Consortium and the Berkeley Institute for Data Science.

She is a fellow of the American Nuclear Society and past chair of the Division of Nuclear Policy and Nonproliferation and the Division of Fuel Cycle and Waste Management at ANS.

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