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Dr. Monica C. Regalbuto is the former assistant secretary for the Office of Environmental Management for the U.S. Department of Energy, which is charged with the safe cleanup of the environmental legacy resulting from five decades of nuclear weapons development and government-sponsored nuclear energy research.

The Office of Environmental Management directs the cleanup of contaminated nuclear weapons manufacturing and testing sites across the United States.

As assistant secretary for the Office of Environmental Management, she was responsible for managing the environmental cleanup, which resulted from five decades of nuclear weapons production and government-sponsored nuclear energy research. In this capacity, she managed 16 sites across 11 states, including the management, operations and strategic directions for the Savannah River National Laboratory, an applied research and development laboratory at the Department of Energy.

She has been instrumental in facilitating projects in which the Savannah River National Laboratory and its partners have used advanced robotics technologies to enhance safety, improve and accelerate cleanup operations and reduce costs at the SRS H-Canyon.

A stalwart champion of developing the next generation of STEM professionals who will tackle Environmental Management’s complex challenges, she has led efforts to establish new programs at the Department of Energy that collaborated with universities in robotics and radiochemistry.

Currently, a senior management advisor at the Department of Energy, she provides expert support to senior Department of Energy leaders in critical areas related to the development of programmatic and technical processes in support of the reduction of the Environmental Management program lifecycle cost.

A recognized international expert in her field, Dr. Regalbuto represents U.S. interests at the Fukushima cleanup in Japan, the Republic of Korea Joint Fuel Cycle Study and the International Atomic Energy Agency Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management.

Dr. Regalbuto is a visionary who has been responsible for environmental management research and development and developing and implementing comprehensive programs among universities, national laboratories, small businesses and the international community.

She has facilitated the development of innovative energy technologies throughout her professional career Dr. Regalbuto has been a key contributor to the development of nuclear fuel cycle technologies, where she combines her experience in separations, computer simulations and proliferation resistance.