Today, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Rand Beers officiated the ceremonial swearing in of Dr. Huban Gowadia as Director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO).
Under Dr. Gowadia’s leadership, DNDO will continue to develop nuclear detection capabilities, measure detector system performance, ensure effective response to detection alarms, conduct transformational research and development, and coordinate the improvement of technical nuclear forensics capabilities across the U.S. Government. Prior to this role, Dr. Gowadia served in DNDO as Acting Director from 2012 to 2013, Deputy Director from 2010 to 2012, Assistant Director of the Mission Management Directorate from 2007 to 2010, and Assistant Director for Assessments from 2005 to 2007.
Before joining DNDO, Dr. Gowadia led the DHS Science & Technology Directorate Countermeasures Test Beds as Program Executive from 2003 to 2005. Dr. Gowadia also worked as Checkpoint Program Manager with the Transportation Security Administration from 2001 to 2003 and as an engineer with the Federal Aviation Administration from 2000 to 2001.
Dr. Gowadia received a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Alabama and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University.
The Domestic Nuclear Detection Office is a jointly staffed agency within the Department of Homeland Security. It is the primary entity in the U.S. government for implementing domestic nuclear detection efforts for a managed and coordinated response to radiological and nuclear threats, as well as integration of federal nuclear forensics programs. For more information, please visit http://www.dhs.gov/dndo.