Leading Initiatives and Current Priorities at the Office of Nuclear Energy

Event Date: October 17, 2018
Speaker: Dr. John Herczeg
Speaker Affiliation: Office of Nuclear Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
Time: 3:30 pm
Location: WTHR 200
Priority: No
School or Program: Nuclear Engineering
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Overview: The Administration views nuclear energy as a key source of electricity generation—providing clean, baseload energy around the clock. 

  • President Trump ordered the review of nuclear energy policy and recently signed a bill that eliminates some of the financial and technological barriers standing in the way of advanced nuclear innovation.
  • As Secretary Perry put it: “If you really care about this environment that we live in… then you need to be a supporter of this amazingly clean, resilient, safe, reliable source of energy.”
  • Nuclear energy is a national strategic asset with a global market opportunity.



Dr. John W. Herczeg currently serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Technology Research and Development (NTRD) with the Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy (NE).  The innovative research and development (R&D) work supported and conducted by NTRD supports NE’s mission which promotes nuclear power as a resource capable of meeting the Nation's energy, environmental and national security needs. Dr. Herczeg manages an R&D budget of approximately $350 million and a federal staff workforce of about 30 employees. Prior to his current position, Dr. Herczeg served as the Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fuel Cycle technologies from 2011 to 2013 and the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fuel Cycle Technologies from 2013 until 2016.

Dr. Herczeg has made significant contributions to the development of innovative energy technologies throughout his professional career.  In 2016, Dr. Herczeg was awarded the Presidential Rank of Meritorious Executive to recognize his sustained record of exceptional professional, technical, and scientific achievement on a national and international level.

He has played an instrumental role in launching key NE initiatives and establishing offices of several important programs within NE. For example, in 1998, he established NE’s first Nuclear Energy Research Advisory Committee (now known as the Nuclear Energy Advisory Committee(NEAC)), comprised of outside experts who provide independent advice to the Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy on the long-range plans, priorities, and strategies of the NE programs.  Furthermore, Dr. Herczeg established and led a team that developed the first Nuclear Energy Research Initiative (NERI) solicitation and awards.

As a recognized expert in the nuclear energy field both in the United States and worldwide, Dr. Herczeg served as the United States representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency Standing Advisory Group on Nuclear Energy (SAGNE) from 2004-2010. Since 2007, he has been the Chair of the Nuclear Science Committee of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development Nuclear Energy Agency (OECD/NEA) where he has been instrumental in the reorganization of the Committee’s reactor physics and fuel cycle activities.

Before joining the Department of Energy, Dr. Herczeg worked at Brookhaven National Laboratory as a member of the scientific staff.  He also worked in private industry at the Nuclear Electric Utility Industry Office in Control Data Corporation.

Dr. Herczeg holds a Ph.D. and an M.S. in Nuclear Engineering from Purdue University.  He also holds a B.S. in Physics from Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

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