Dr. Rita Baranwal has been sworn as the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Nuclear Energy, according to the official Twitter handle of the office. She is the first woman to hold the post.
"It is an honor to be part of an organization that is leading the U.S. in game-changing, innovative nuclear technologies," said Dr. Baranwal. "Advanced reactors are smaller, cleaner, and more efficient, and will equip the U.S. nuclear energy industry to lead the world in deployment, supplying urgently needed clean energy both domestically and globally."
Dr. Baranwal has a bachelor's degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in materials science and engineering and a master's degree and PH.D. in the same discipline from the University of Michigan.