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April 7, 2018 at 10:26 am

Alumni News | Park Heads U.S. Nuclear Nonproliferation Program

Brent Park, portrait

Dr. Brent Park. Photo from Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Ohio University alum Dr. Brent K. Park was sworn in April 3 as head of the U.S. nuclear nonproliferation program in the National Nuclear Security Administration, according to an NNSA news release.

Park earned a Ph.D. in Physics in 1991 from the College of Arts & Sciences at Ohio University.

WASHINGTON – Dr. Brent K. Park was sworn in today as the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration’s (DOE/NNSA) Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation.

Dr. Park now heads up NNSA’s nuclear nonproliferation program, leading the agency’s efforts to enhance national and global nuclear security to eliminate proliferation-sensitive materials.

The program closely collaborates with the Department’s National Laboratories to develop technology to limit or prevent the spread of radiological sources and provide expertise related to nuclear and radiological weapons and programs.

“Dr. Park brings vast technical and policy experience to this position,” said Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty, DOE Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and NNSA Administrator.  “His understanding of the complex and multi-faceted nonproliferation mission, both domestically and internationally, will be an asset to the Department.”

Dr. Park is a nuclear physicist with extensive experience in management of complex interdisciplinary science and engineering programs supporting the nation’s efforts in energy security, defense, nuclear deterrence, and global threat reduction.

His previous work in government includes serving as Associate Laboratory Director at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Director of the DOE/NNSA Remote Sensing Laboratory. Dr. Park began his career as a physics division postdoctoral researcher at Los Alamos National Laboratory before becoming a technical staff member at the lab.

Dr. Park has a Bachelor of Science in physics and mathematics from Illinois State University, a Master of Arts in physics from Indiana State University, a Master of Science in nuclear physics from Indiana University, and a doctorate in physics from Ohio University.

Read his bio at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

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