American Nuclear Society urges Senate committee to advance Dr. Kathryn Huff's nomination to be Assistant Secretary of Energy

March 16, 2022, 8:01PMPress Releases

La Grange Park, Ill. (March 14, 2022) ⁠— The American Nuclear Society (ANS) endorsed the nomination of Dr. Kathryn Huff to be the U.S. Department of Energy’s Assistant Secretary of Energy.

In a letter to the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, ANS President StevenNesbit and ANS Executive Director and CEO Craig Piercy vouched for Dr. Huff's credentials and experience; and urged the Committee to favorably report Dr. Huff’s nomination to the full Senate.

"Dr. Huff is a highly respected and widely known member of the American nuclear community,"Nesbit and Piercy wrote. "Dr. Huff’s recent experience at the U.S. Department of Energy as well as her research on modeling and simulation of advanced nuclear reactors and fuel cycles make her highly qualified for this position."

Dr. Huff holds a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.A. in Physics from the University of Chicago.

The letter noted that Dr. Huff has been an active member of the premier scientific and professional organization for nuclear engineers and technologists, including service as chair of the ANS Fuel Cycle and Waste Management Division and the ANS Nuclear Nonproliferation Policy Division. Dr. Huff is also the recipient of both the ANS Young Member Excellence and Mary Jane Oestmann Professional Women's Achievement awards.

"If confirmed, we are confident that Dr. Huff will build upon her extensive work in academia and in government to advance nuclear energy’s critical role in securing affordable, reliable emissions-free energy around the world," ANS said.

"We urge the Committee to favorably report Dr. Huff’s nomination to the full Senate."

Read the full letter from ANS here.

The committee hearing to consider the nomination of Dr. Huff will be held on Thursday, March 17, starting at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time.


Established in 1954, the American Nuclear Society (ANS) is an international professional organization of engineers, scientists, and technologists devoted to the peaceful applications of nuclear science and technology. Its more than 10,000 members represent government, academia, research laboratories, medical facilities, and private industry. ANS’s mission is to advance, foster, and spur the development and application of nuclear science, engineering, and technology to benefit society.


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