WASHINGTON, Nov. 23, 2021 — President Joe Biden announced (on Nov. 17) his intent to nominate Dr. Dimitri Kusnezov to serve in a key role: Under Secretary for Science and Technology, Department of Homeland Security.
Dr. Dimitri Kusnezov is a theoretical physicist working at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), currently focusing on emerging technologies. He has served in numerous positions at DOE, most recently as the Deputy Under Secretary for Artificial Intelligence & Technology where he led the efforts to drive AI innovation and bring it into DOE missions, business, and operations, including through the creation of a new AI Office. Prior to that, he has served as Senior Advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Energy, Chief Scientist for the National Nuclear Security Administration, CIO, Director of Advanced Simulation and Computing, and the Director of the multi-billion-dollar National Security Science, Technology and Engineering programs. He created numerous programs, including for Minority Serving Institutions, International partnerships, with the private sector and philanthropy, across agencies, and has delivered major milestones such as the DOE’s 10-year grand challenge for a 100 Teraflop supercomputer, and first of their kind and world’s fastest supercomputers.
Dr. Kusnezov received A.B. degrees in Physics and in Pure Mathematics with highest honors from UC Berkeley. Following a year of research at the Institut fur Kernphysik, KFA-Julich, in Germany, he attended Princeton University, completing his M.S. in Physics and Ph.D. in Theoretical Nuclear Physics. After time as a postdoc and Instructor at Michigan State University, he joined the Yale University faculty as a professor in theoretical physics and has served as a visiting professor at numerous universities around the world. Dr. Kusnezov has published over 100 articles and edited 2 books. After more than a decade on the Yale faculty, he left academia to pursue public service at the Department of Energy and became a member of the Senior Executive Service.