DOE names new secretary

Dr. Peter B. Lyons was confirmed by the Senate on April 14 as the Department of Energy’s Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy.

As Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy, Dr. Lyons will serve as the primary policy advisor to the Secretary of Energy and the Department on issues involving nuclear energy research, development and demonstration, as well as international nuclear activities. His responsibilities will include managing federal programs aimed at fulfilling the potential of nuclear power as a major contributor in meeting U.S. energy supply, environmental and energy security needs.

Before his Senate confirmation, Dr. Lyons served as the acting assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy and as the principal deputy assistant Secretary of the Office of Nuclear Energy at the Department of Energy. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Lyons served as a commissioner with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission from 2005 until his term ended in 2009. From 2003 to 2005, Dr. Lyons served as science advisor on the staff of Senator Pete Domenici and the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, where he focused on military and civilian uses of nuclear technology, national science policy and nuclear non-proliferation.

He received his Ph.D. in Nuclear Astrophysics from the California Institute of Technology in 1969 and his undergraduate degree in Physics and Mathematics from the University of Arizona in 1964.

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