He is a former aide to Sen. Pete Dominici
The White House has nominated a former NRC Commissioner to run the Department of Energy’s civilian nuclear programs. Senate confirmation is required, and will likely take place when the new Congress returns in 2011.
Dr. Peter B. Lyons (right) is currently the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Office of Nuclear Energy at the Department of Energy (2009-present).
For an overview of what this office does, see a budget briefing Lyons delivered in early 2010 about its budget request for 2011. See also DOE NE Program Factsheets for information on specific projects.
From 2003 to 2005, Dr. Lyons served as Science Advisor on the staff of U.S. Senator Pete Domenici and the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, where he focused on military and civilian uses of nuclear technology, national science policy, and nuclear non-proliferation.
As readers of this blog know, Sen. Domenici was a strong advocate in the Senate for the resurgence of nuclear energy in the U.S. Senate. The Committee is now chaired by New Mexico Democrat Sen. Jeff Bingaman.
Los Alamos connection
From 1997 to 2003, Dr. Lyons was assigned by the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) to serve as Science Advisor on the staff of U.S. Senator Pete Domenici and the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, where he focused on military and civilian uses of nuclear technology, national science policy, and nuclear non-proliferation.
From 1969 to 1996, Dr. Lyons held several positions at the Los Alamos National Laboratory including: Director for Industrial Partnerships, Deputy Associate Director for Energy and Environment, and Deputy Associate Director-Defense Research and Applications.
Technical background and education
Dr. Lyons has published more than 100 technical papers, holds three patents related to fiber optics and plasma diagnostics, and served as chairman of the NATO Nuclear Effects Task Group for five years.
He received his Ph.D. in Nuclear Astrophysics from the California Institute of Technology (1969) and his undergraduate degree in Physics and Mathematics from the University of Arizona (1964).
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