J’Tia Hart headshot.

Dr. J'Tia Hart is the chief science officer of the National and Homeland Security directorate at Idaho National Laboratory (INL). Her efforts focus on enhancing the research environment, developing scientists and engineers, and aiding the application of scientific discoveries and engineering concepts to issues of critical importance.

A nuclear engineer, Dr. Hart has actively worked within the Department of Energy (DOE) complex for her entire professional career beginning at INL, continuing at Argonne National Laboratory and DOE-HQ. During her time as a federal employee, she led multi-laboratory teams providing analysis of high-priority foreign nuclear programs for DOE’s Office of Intelligence and Counterintelligence. She later served as an executive intelligence briefer to the Secretary of Energy.

Dr. Hart holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Florida State University and advanced degrees in nuclear engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. She has published academic articles and book chapters, and finished intelligence products on unconventional reactors, nuclear economics, the nuclear fuel cycle and international energy development.

She is a strong advocate for women and underrepresented minorities and their participation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Dr. Hart is the creator of the YouTube series, STEM Queens and partnered with the American Association for the Advancement as Ambassador for STEM outreach to young women.