Brenda L. Hawks is the Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Field Operations Oversight and Chief of Nuclear Safety.

Brenda L. Hawks has over 30 years of nuclear and quality experience including qualifications as a Chief Refueling Engineer for nuclear submarines at Charleston Naval Shipyard, Facility Representative at Y-12 Enriched Uranium Operations, and other senior management positions in nuclear safety, operations, and quality assurance to ensure effective and safe mission and project success.  She has a Master of Science degree in Polymer Chemistry with a Chemical Engineering minor and two Bachelor of Science Degrees in Chemical Engineering and Polymer Chemistry.