Carolyn L. Huntoon

EMAB Board Member

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Carolyn L. Huntoon

Carolyn L. Huntoon is an independent consultant with expertise in the fields of energy and aerospace. She advises governmental and private companies on the cleanup of nuclear weapons byproducts, the handling of large volumes of highly radioactive nuclear wastes, safeguarding materials that could be used in nuclear weapons, developing and deploying new technologies to address intractable cleanup problems, and remediating extensive surface and groundwater contamination. Dr. Huntoon also consults on space policy and physiologic responses to space travel.

Before becoming a consultant Dr. Huntoon had a distinguished career of over 30 years with the Federal Government serving at both the Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Most recently, Dr. Huntoon served Presidents George W. Bush and William Clinton as DOE’s Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management, a Senate-confirmed position.

As the Assistant Secretary, Dr. Huntoon oversaw the DOE’s cleanup of the nation’s nuclear weapons complex at 113 sites in 30 states and one territory. Additionally, she was responsible for the management of seven of the Department’s field offices (Idaho, Savannah River, Richland, Carlsbad, Ohio, Rocky Flats, and the Office of River Protection at Hanford).

Dr. Huntoon served in various scientific and management positions at NASA including serving as the Director of the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, and as a Special Assistant to the Administrator of NASA in Washington, DC. In addition, she served as an Executive in Residence in the George Washington University Project Management Program and spent two years at the White House in the Office of Science and Technology Policy where she was responsible for several interagency science programs.

She is a Fellow in the American Astronautical Society, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and the Aerospace Medical Association. Dr. Huntoon’s scientific and executive achievements have earned her the Secretary of Energy’s Gold Medal, and the Outstanding Leadership, Exceptional Service, Scientific Achievement and Distinguished Service Medals from NASA. Also, Russia with the Uri Gagarin Medal honored her for her work in space biology and medicine, and the Russian Cosmonautics Federation’s S. P. Koralov Medal was given for her leadership in the Shuttle-Mir Program. Dr. Huntoon is the recipient of the Senior Executive Service Presidential Rank Awards for Meritorious and Distinguished Service.

A native of Leesville, Louisiana, Dr. Huntoon received her undergraduate degree from Northwestern State College, Natchitoches, Louisiana, and her M.S. and Ph.D. from Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas.

Dr. Huntoon serves on EMAB as a special Government employee. She provides expert advice on large project planning, science, and technology, and was originally appointed to the Board in September 2011.