Theoretical physicist Dimitri Kusnezov chosen to head the Directorate of Homeland Security Science and Technology



WASHINGTON, November 23, 2021 – President Joe Biden announced (November 17) his intention to appoint Dr Dimitri Kusnezov play a key role: Under Secretary for Science and Technology, Department of Homeland Security.

Dr Dimitri Kusnezov

Dr Dimitri Kusnezov is a theoretical physicist working at the US Department of Energy (DOE), who is currently focusing on emerging technologies. He has held numerous positions at DOE, most recently as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Artificial Intelligence and Technology, where he led efforts to spur AI innovation and integrate it into the missions, activities and operations of the DOE, in particular through the creation of a new AI. Office. Previously, he was Senior Advisor to the US Secretary of Energy, Chief Scientist of the National Nuclear Security Administration, Director of Information Technology, Director of Simulation and Advanced Computing, and Director of Science and multi-billion dollar national security technology. and engineering programs. He has created numerous programs, including for institutions serving minorities, international partnerships, with the private sector and philanthropy, through agencies, and achieved milestones such as the 10-year DOE challenge. for a 100 teraflops supercomputer, and the first of its kind and the fastest supercomputers in the world.

Dr. Kusnezov received AB degrees in Physics and Pure Mathematics with top honors from UC Berkeley. After a year of research at the Fur Kernphysik Institute, KFA-Julich, Germany, he attended Princeton University, completing his master’s degree in physics and his doctorate. in Theoretical Nuclear Physics. After serving as a postdoctoral fellow and instructor at Michigan State University, he joined the faculty at Yale University as a professor of theoretical physics and was a visiting professor at many universities around the world. Dr Kusnezov has published over 100 articles and edited 2 books. After more than a decade at Yale faculty, he left academia to pursue public service at the Department of Energy and became a member of the Senior Executive Service.




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