National lab veteran Goff named to position at DOE-NE

January 18, 2023, 12:00PMNuclear News


Michael Goff, a renowned nuclear engineer with decades of management and research experience in national laboratories and the Department of Energy, has been named as the principal deputy assistant secretary for the DOE Office of Nuclear Energy (NE). The DOE announced the appointment on January 17 after a competitive, nationwide selection process.

NE, White House, national labs: Goff, an American Nuclear Society member, had been serving his third term at NE as a senior advisor to the assistant secretary. He had also previously served as the assistant director for nuclear energy and as a senior policy advisor in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. He spent more than 30 years at Idaho National Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory in a number of management and research positions. His research interests have focused on the nuclear fuel cycle, including separations technology, high-level waste development, and safeguards. He has had more than 70 papers published on these and other research topics.

Praise from Huff: DOE assistant secretary for nuclear energy Kathryn Huff welcomed Goff to his new position by saying, “Dr. Goff is a seasoned professional who has distinguished himself as a leader in nuclear science and energy both domestically and abroad. It’s been a joy to work with Mike as a senior advisor. I have come to trust his knowledge and judgment immensely, and I feel fortunate that we’ll be able to lead this office together.”

Goff, in turn, praised Huff, noting, “Because of strong support for nuclear energy and the vibrant leadership of Dr. Huff, now is an exciting time to be joining the outstanding NE team as we expand this clean energy source.”

Advanced reactors: Goff has received numerous honors for his work during his long career. In January 2022, for example, the DOE Secretary’s Honor Awards event recognized Goff and his colleagues on the Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program team at INL. The team was lauded for its efforts in selecting 10 advanced reactor projects. In April 2022, Goff spoke about the Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program as part of a presentation on the importance of public-private partnerships in the nuclear energy industry.

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