PKI Distinguished Lecture Series - Victor Reis

Victor H. Reis is Senior Advisor, Office of the Undersecretary of Energy for Science where he is currently working on a broad range of departmental strategic issues. He is a member of the Strategic Advisory Group of the U.S. Strategic Command. He returned to the DOE in 2005 to help start the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership and was Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Energy.

From 1999 to 2005 Reis was Senior Vice President of Hicks and Associates, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), where he led the Nuclear Strategies Project.  He served as a member Strategic Advisory Group of the U.S. Strategic Panel, the Argonne National Laboratory Board of Governors, the NNSA's Predictive Science and Independent Capability Review Committees and chaired the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory National Security Panel and the Los Alamos National Laboratory Weapons Physics External Review Committee.
He served as Assistant Secretary for Defense Programs in the U.S. Department of Energy from 1993 to 1999, where he led the development of the DOE’s Stockpile Stewardship Program.

From 1991 to 1993 he was Director of Defense Research and Engineering (DDR&E) at the Pentagon, the principal advisor in the Office of the Secretary of Defense for scientific and technical matters, basic and applied research, laboratories and early development of defense weapons systems. He also chaired the Nuclear Weapons Council. From 1989 to 1991 he served as Deputy Director and then Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

He has been Senior Vice President for Strategic Planning, SAIC; Assistant Director for National Security and Space, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President, (OSTP); Senior Staff Member, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory and other positions in industry and government. He was a member of the Director of Central Intelligence Science and Technology Advisory Panel and participated in numerous advisory panels for the Department of Defense, (Defense Science Board), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the National Research Council.

Reis earned a B.M.E. in Mechanical Engineering from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, (1957) an M.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering from Yale University (1958); and an M.A. and Ph.D.(1962) from Princeton University. His awards include two Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service Medals, the Department of Energy’s 2009 James R. Schlesinger Award, and an Honorary Medal from the French Atomic Energy Commission. He has authored numerous scientific and policy publications.

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