United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

William C. Ostendorff

On July 7, 2011, the Honorable William C. Ostendorff was sworn in for a second term as a Commissioner of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to a term ending on June 30, 2016. His first term was from April 1, 2010, to June 30, 2011.

Mr. Ostendorff has had a varied and distinguished career as an engineer, legal counsel, policy advisor, and naval officer. Just before joining the NRC, Mr. Ostendorff served at the National Academies where he was the director of the Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy. He was also the director of the Board on Global Science and Technology.

From April 2007 to April 2009, Mr. Ostendorff was the principal deputy administrator at the National Nuclear Security Administration. From 2003 to 2007, he was a member of the staff of the House Armed Services Committee. There, he served as counsel and staff director for the Strategic Forces Subcommittee with oversight responsibilities for the U.S. Department of Energy's atomic energy defense activities as well as the U.S. Department of Defense's space, missile defense, and intelligence programs.

Mr. Ostendorff was an officer in the United States Navy from 1976 until he retired in 2002 with the rank of Captain. During his naval career, he commanded an attack submarine and an attack submarine squadron. While in the Navy, he also served as director of the Division of Mathematics and Science at the United States Naval Academy.

Mr. Ostendorff earned a bachelor’s degree in systems engineering from the United States Naval Academy and law degrees from the University of Texas and Georgetown University. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas.

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