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Dennis R. Spurgeon

Assistant Secretary of Nuclear Energy, U. S. Department of Energy

B.S., United States Naval Academy

M.S., Nuclear Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Dennis Spurgeon was sworn in on April 3, 2006, as the Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy at the Department of Energy. As the senior nuclear technology official in the U.S. Government, Mr. Spurgeon is responsible for the Department’s nuclear energy enterprise, including nuclear technology research and development, management of the Department’s nuclear technology infrastructure, and support to nuclear education in the United States. Prior to his appointment, Assistant Secretary Spurgeon has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for USEC, Inc.; Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and principal owner of Swiftships Inc.; and executive positions at the former United Nuclear Corporation, and the General Atomic Company. Mr. Spurgeon graduated with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy and served in the U.S. Navy, achieving the rank of Captain. He holds a Masters of Science in nuclear engineering and the degree of Nuclear Engineer from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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