Victor H. Reis

Victor Reis, U.S. Department of EnergyDr. Victor H. Reis is Senior Advisor, Office of the Under Secretary for Science, U.S. Department of Energy, where he works on various DOE issues – mostly involving small modular nuclear reactors. He is a member of the Strategic Advisory Group of the U.S. Strategic Command. He returned to the DOE in 2005 to help formulate the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership.

Dr. Reis led the development of the DOE’s Stockpile Stewardship Program when he was Assistant Secretary for Defense Programs in the U.S. Department of Energy.

His past government appointments include serving as Director of Defense Research and Engineering (DDR&E) in the Defense Department; Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA); and Assistant Director for National Security and Space, Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), Executive Office of the President.

He was Senior Vice President for Strategic Planning at SAIC, Senior Staff Member at MIT Lincoln Laboratory and has held other industrial research and management positions. He has chaired and served on numerous government and laboratory advisory committees for the DOD, CIA, NASA, NNSA, U.S. Navy and Los Alamos, Sandia, Argonne and Idaho National Laboratories.

Dr. 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. He has authored numerous scientific and policy publications and his awards include two Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service Medals, the Department of Energy James R. Schlesinger Award and an Honorary medal from the French Atomic Energy Commission.