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I am proud to say I have created bridges between different programs at NNSA, relying on my experience working in different offices in various capacities. 

Rengin Gok
NNSA Technical Advisor

How do you support NNSA?

I am technical advisor for the NNSA Office of Nuclear Detonation Detection. I help solve the technical challenges and guide the future direction of nonproliferation research and development while coordinating with DOE’s national labs.

What is your personal background, and how has that shaped you and your approach to your career? 

I immigrated to the United States 22 years ago as postdoctoral researcher with no educational experience in the U.S. It was challenging at the beginning, but I was supported by a great group of people who have always encouraged me throughout my career. My international background helped me develop a capacity-building program overseas to raise awareness in nuclear explosion monitoring. 

What did you study in school and how did it impact you personally and professionally?

My Bachelor of Science is in geophysics and engineering, and my master’s and doctorate are in seismology. Education in science changed my perspective by improving my curiosity. 

I am motivated and get satisfaction out of making technical contributions to challenging problems in nuclear security. Collaboration is a key to success and a happy work environment for me.

Rengin Gok
NNSA Technical Advisor

What led you to a career in nuclear security?

My Ph.D. research topic was related to underground nuclear explosion monitoring while I was a researcher at the national monitoring center in Turkey.

What is the best part about your job?

I am motivated and get satisfaction out of making technical contributions to challenging problems in nuclear security. Collaboration is a key to success and a happy work environment for me.

What is your proudest accomplishment while working at NNSA?

I am proud to say I have created bridges between different programs at NNSA, relying on my experience working in different offices in various capacities. 

Tell us something interesting about yourself. 

I love cooking and trying new recipes. I am learning how to play piano since I moved to Washington, D.C. 

What advice would you have for anyone interested in a career in nuclear security?

Develop strong analytical, communication, and problem-solving skills, as these will be essential for success. Seek out internships or entry-level positions in the field to gain experience and build your network. 

How do you plan to celebrate/commemorate Women’s History Month?

I would like to use it as an opportunity to reach out and influence young women who are uncertain about their potential success and ability regardless of their background and challenges they may have. I attended various voluntary events and symposiums in the past that honor the spirit of Women’s History Month. A highlight in 2023 was being invited to Vienna, Austria, and participating as a panel member on a Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization Preparatory Commission discussion of promoting female and young experts in STEM.