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John E. Kelly - Deputy Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Reactor Technologies

John E. Kelly

Dr. John E. Kelly was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Reactor Technologies in the Office of Nuclear Energy in October 2010. His office is responsible for the Department of Energy (DOE) civilian nuclear reactor research and development portfolio, which includes DOE’s programs on Small Modular Reactors, Light Water Reactor sustainability, and Generation IV reactors. His office also is responsible for the design, development, and production of radioisotope power systems, principally for NASA missions. In the international arena, Dr. Kelly chairs the Generation IV International Forum and the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Standing Advisory Group on Nuclear Energy.

Prior to joining the Department of Energy, Dr. Kelly spent 30 years at Sandia National Laboratories where he has been engaged in a broad spectrum of research programs in nuclear reactor safety, advanced nuclear energy technology, and national security. His reactor safety research focused on core melt progression phenomena, which led to an improved understanding of the Three Mile Island accident.

Dr. Kelly is an active member of the American Nuclear Society and has served on the Nuclear Installations Safety Division in a number of leadership positions.

Born in Detroit, Michigan, Dr. Kelly received his B.S. in nuclear engineering from the University of Michigan in 1976 and his Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1980. Dr. Kelly married his wife, Suzanne, in 1976. They have three grown children, Julie, John, and Michael.