Kathryn Huff, US Department of Energy Assistant Secretary, visited University of Michigan

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The Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences (NERS) department at the University of Michigan welcomed the Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy, Kathryn Huff, on April 7, 2023. Dr. Huff gave the 10th annual Osborn Lecture Series in the White Auditorium.

Her lecture, More Important Than Bombs, discussed the state of nuclear energy in the U.S. and the world, career paths in the field of nuclear engineering, and computational methods in nuclear engineering, the focus of Osborn lectures and her technical area of expertise. During her visit to the University of Michigan, Dr. Huff visited NERS laboratories, including the Detection for Nuclear Nonproliferation Group (DNNG) lab. The DNNG’s interests include the development of new methods for nuclear materials identification and characterization for nuclear nonproliferation, nuclear material control and accountability, and national security programs.

Prior to her current role, Dr. Huff served as a Senior Advisor in the Office of the Secretary. She also led the office as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy. Before joining the Department of Energy, she was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she led the Advanced Reactors and Fuel Cycles Research Group.

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