President Donald J. Trump on Thursday nominated a national security leader at Oak Ridge National Laboratory to a nuclear nonproliferation job in the U.S. Department of Energy.
Brent K. Park is currently an associate laboratory director at ORNL, where he is responsible for national security programs.
Trump nominated him to be deputy administrator for defense nuclear nonproliferation in the Department of Energy.
The nomination announcement posted on the White House website said Park now leads and manages national security programs for the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Nuclear Security Administration (a semi-autonomous agency within DOE), and other sponsors. A nuclear physicist, Park was previously director of the DOE/NNSA Remote Sensing Laboratory, the White House said.
Park has a bachelor’s degree, two master’s degrees, and a doctorate from Illinois State University, Indiana State University, Indiana University, and Ohio University, respectively, the White House said. He is on the faculty of the University of Tennessee’s Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education, and he is an adjunct professor of engineering at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
ORNL said Park is the associate laboratory director of the Global Security Directorate, or GSD, at ORNL. The mission of that directorate include supporting national priorities in global and homeland security for the U.S. Department of Energy and other agencies, providing research and development in areas that include nuclear nonproliferation and threat reduction, arms and export control, homeland security, energy, and counterterrorism technologies for DOE’s National Nuclear Security Administration and for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.