United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Alice Caponiti

Alice Caponiti is the Director of Department of Energy's Office of Nuclear Energy Technologies, which provides strategic direction and execution of nuclear energy programs to improve research infrastructure and industry access to unique national laboratory and university experimental user-facilities, test capabilities and expertise, university research reactor fuel and infrastructure enhancements and university nuclear research, and advanced modelling and simulation and other cross-cutting research areas.  Ms. Caponiti also serves on the Generation IV International Forum Policy Group that advises on research and development needed internationally to establish the feasibility and performance capabilities of the next generation nuclear energy systems.

Ms. Caponiti previously led the Office of Advanced Reactor Technologies which conducts research and development to reduce long-term technical barriers for advanced nuclear technologies and energy systems. Ms. Caponiti also previously led efforts to design, build, test, and deliver safe and reliable nuclear power systems for space exploration and national security applications and conduct detailed safety analyses for each mission.  She served as the as the technical advisor to the Department of State and a United Nations working group on space nuclear power sources, as well as a risk communications spokesperson for the New Horizons mission to Pluto and the Mars Science Laboratory mission that delivered the Curiosity rover to the surface of Mars.  Prior to joining the Office of Nuclear Energy in 2001, Ms. Caponiti worked on a nonproliferation program to reduce stockpiles of excess Russian weapons plutonium.

Ms. Caponiti earned her B.S. degree in civil engineering from the University of Maryland in 1991 and M.S. degrees in nuclear engineering and the Technology and Policy Program from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1995.

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