US President Donald Trump has announced to rope in a top Indian Amercian nuclear expert in the department of energy. He has taken the decision after a signing a new legislation to speed up the development of advanced reactors.
Trump has nominated the name of Indian-origin Rita Baranwal to be an assistant secretary of energy (nuclear energy) at the department of energy.
Currently, Rita is serving as director of the Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) initiative.
If Rita will be selected as a head of the energy department then she will be responsible for the department’s nuclear technology research and the development and management of the department’s nuclear technology infrastructure.
She has also served as Director of Technology Development & Application at Westinghouse and was also a manager in Materials Technology at Bechtel Bettis.
Baranwal has completed her BA in Materials Science and Engineering from MIT and also did PhD from the University of Michigan. She has also served as an advisory board for MIT’s Materials Research Laboratory and UC Berkeley’s Nuclear Engineering Department.
Trump has signed the Nuclear Energy Innovation Capabilities Act to speed up the development of advanced reactors in the US.
"The unconventional and energetic spirit that created the commercial nuclear energy industry will again transform our country. New, smaller and more efficient reactors are being developed to combat climate change and meet the energy demand," Ms Baranwal said in a blogpost last week.
-With ANI inputs