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Shane Johnson - Deputy Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Technology Demonstration and Deployment

Shane Johnson

Mr. Johnson serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Science and Technology Innovation in the Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) where he is responsible for NE’s competitive research and infrastructure development programs, NE’s advanced modeling and simulation programs, and the Nuclear Science User Facilities. Prior to his current assignment, Mr. Johnson spent over seven years of service as NE’s Acting Assistant Secretary, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, and Chief Operating Officer.  He has previously held other senior NE management positions including: Deputy Director for Technology, Associate Director for Advanced Nuclear Research, and Associate Director for Technology and International Cooperation.


Mr. Johnson has been instrumental in the renaissance of nuclear energy in the U.S. launching several important initiatives, such as the highly successful Nuclear Power 2010 program which resulted in the design and licensing approval and start of construction of four new commercial nuclear power plants in the U.S. and the Nuclear Energy University Program which has resulted in over $400 million in R&D, infrastructure, and scholarship/fellowship awards to the nation’s universities since 2009. In addition, Mr. Johnson’s leadership has been instrumental in the development of critical R&D capabilities necessary to support nuclear energy, especially at the Idaho National Laboratory, and at many of the U.S. nuclear engineering universities.  


In 2006, Mr. Johnson served as the inaugural Co-Chair of the U.S.-India Civil Nuclear Energy Working Group and was instrumental in the normalization of U.S. nuclear cooperation with India.  In addition, Mr. Johnson served as the U.S. representative to the Generation IV International Forum and was instrumental in expanding membership of the intergovernmental forum to include China and Russia during his 2005-2006 chairmanship. 


Mr. Johnson has been responsible for the Department's national and international civilian nuclear energy technology development programs including development of next-generation reactor and fuel cycle technologies, nuclear-assisted hydrogen generation systems, and support of the Nation's university nuclear engineering programs and research reactors. He has negotiated and finalized multiple international research and development agreements on behalf of the U.S. government.


Mr. Johnson has over 30 years of management and engineering experience in both government and private industry. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. He is also a licensed Professional Engineer. Mr. Johnson was a 2006 recipient of the Presidential Rank Award - recognized for his exceptional leadership, long-term accomplishments, and consistent demonstration of strength, integrity, industry, and commitment to excellence in public service.