William "Ike" White is the Acting Assistant Secretary for the Office of Environmental Management (EM). Prior to being appointed in this capacity on Jan. 22, 2021 he served as the Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary for Science overseeing the Office of Environmental Management from June 2019 to January 2021. He provides leadership for the safe cleanup of the environmental legacy brought about from five decades of nuclear weapons development and government-sponsored nuclear energy research.
Under his leadership, EM made major progress in liquid waste treatment systems, including beginning operations at the Salt Waste Processing Facility at the Savannah River Site and completing construction of the facilities supporting the Direct Feed Low-Activity Waste Treatment approach at Hanford. At Oak Ridge demolition was completed at the East Tennessee Technology Park, making it the first site in the world to remove an entire uranium enrichment complex. He issued EM’s 10-year Strategic Vision outlining planned accomplishments over the next decade.
Before joining EM, he served as the Chief of Staff and Associate Principal Deputy Administrator for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) where he served as the primary point of contact within the Office of the Administrator for field office managers, providing leadership and coordination on operational and technical issues. Previously, White was the Deputy Associate Administrator for Safety and Health where he enabled the NNSA mission in the areas of nuclear and occupational safety, directly supporting the Administrator and senior managers throughout the NNSA enterprise. Earlier in his career, White served in a variety of leadership and technical positions in NNSA and at the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board focused on nuclear safety and operations.
White has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Mississippi and a Master of Science in engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.