As NNSA’s Director for the Office of Cost Estimating and Program Evaluation (CEPE), Mr. Ho reports directly to the NNSA Administrator and as the principal advisor to the Administrator and Secretary of Energy on cost estimating and program analysis within NNSA. He also leads CEPE in conducting independent cost estimates on NNSA’s construction projects and programs, managing the annual program review of NNSA’s budget, advising on policies and procedures, providing independent review on analysis of alternatives, and executing corporate analysis of programs and cross-cutting issues across NNSA.
Prior to joining NNSA, Mr. Ho served as a cost analyst for more than eight years in the Office of the Secretary of Defense Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation where he was instrumental in restructuring several major defense acquisition programs. In both positions, he created and briefed analyses to the highest political and career federal leadership in the Departments of Defense and Energy.
Mr. Ho received the Science Policy Fellowship from the American Association for the Advancement of Science at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency where he managed basic science programs. He was also a project manager for a NASA-funded nanotechnology research center at the University of California Los Angeles, including standing up the new center. Mr. Ho earned a doctorate and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from UCLA and a bachelor’s degree in applied physics from Yale University.