Dr. Michael Goff
Dr. Michael Goff presents to the IAEA in Vienna, Austria.

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced Dr. Michael Goff as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Nuclear Energy (NE). Dr. Goff previously served as senior advisor to the office and held several management and research positions across DOE, the national laboratories, and the White House. He was selected through a competitive, nationwide search and will help manage NE’s $1.8 billion research and development portfolio to support the nation’s transition to a 100 percent clean energy economy by 2050 to the benefit of all Americans.  

“Dr. Goff is a seasoned professional who has distinguished himself as a leader in nuclear science and energy both domestically and abroad,” said Dr. Kathryn Huff, DOE Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy. “It’s been a joy to work with Mike as a senior advisor. I have come to trust his knowledge and judgment immensely, and I feel fortunate that we’ll be able to lead this office together.” 

Dr. Goff has more than 30 years of professional experience working in the national laboratories and across the federal government. He served three separate terms as senior advisor to NE and previously worked as assistant director for nuclear energy and senior policy advisor in the Office of Science and Technology Policy for the President of the United States. Dr. Goff held several research and management positions over his career at Idaho and Argonne national laboratories and has authored more than 70 publications related to the nuclear fuel cycle, including separations technology, high-level waste development, and safeguards.  

“I am honored to be chosen for this position,” said Dr. Goff. “Because of strong support for nuclear energy and the vibrant leadership of Dr. Huff, now is an exciting time to be joining the outstanding NE team as we expand this clean energy source.” 

Dr. Goff has a bachelor’s degree, master of science, and Ph.D in nuclear engineering from Georgia Tech. 

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