On September 20th, 2013, President Obama appointed Dr. Huban A. Gowadia as the Director of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO).
Under her leadership, DNDO develops nuclear detection capabilities, measures detector system performance, ensures effective response to detection alarms, conducts transformational research and development, and coordinates the improvement of technical nuclear forensics capabilities across the U.S. Government. Prior to this role, Dr. Gowadia served at DNDO as the 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 DHS’s Science & Technology Countermeasures Test Beds as Program Executive from 2003 to 2005. Dr. Gowadia also worked as Checkpoint Program Manager in the Office of Security Technologies in the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) from 2001 to 2003. She previously served with the Federal Aviation Administration at the Aviation Security Laboratory 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.