Khaleel appointed Associate Laboratory Director for National Security Sciences

Moe Khaleel has been selected to lead the National Security Science Directorate, or NSSD, at the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Bill Peter, director of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Manufacturing Demonstration Center, front, discusses a car developed by three-dimensional additive manufacturing Dec. 6 with federal and University of Maine officials.  From left to back are Moe Khaleel, Associate Laboratory Director for Energy and Environment;  Craig Blue, Director of the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Program Office;  U.S. Senator Angus King, I-Maine;  U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.  ;  and Chancellor Dannel Malloy of the University of Maine System.
Moe Khaleel, then Associate Director of ORNL's Laboratory for Energy and Environmental Sciences, presents the joint 3D printer project on Tuesday, September 17, 2019.
Greg LeMond, center, meets with Mark Johnson, left, director of the DOE's Office of Advanced Manufacturing and Moe Khaleel, ORNL Associate Laboratory Director for Energy and Environmental Sciences at the time, meet at a reception celebrating LeMond Composites' partnership with ORNL to manufacture low-cost carbon fiber.  The reception was held at LeMond Composites in Oak Ridge on Wednesday, October 12, 2016.

In his role as Associate Laboratory Director, he oversees efforts in nuclear security, non-proliferation, biosecurity, cybersecurity, network security, and security for manufacturing, autonomous systems, and other emerging areas. , said a press release from the ORNL.

“I am delighted to work with NSSD personnel at the forefront of addressing national security challenges, and I look forward to the accomplishments we will make,” Khaleel said in a press release.

Khaleel has been a Projects Assistant since April 2020, responsible for the DOE’s Office of Science’s largest portfolio of projects. During the past year, he also served as Acting Deputy for Science and Technology, helping ORNL achieve all of the notable outcomes set by the DOE.

In his previous position as Associate Laboratory Director for Energy and Environmental Sciences, Khaleel led 600 staff members responsible for annual research in excess of $300 million for multiple DOE offices. Under his leadership, the directorate has grown in numbers and impact, applying ORNL research in areas such as biosecurity, secure additive manufacturing, and cyberphysical security for the power grid and autonomous systems.

“Moe’s impact since joining ORNL in 2015 reflects his passion for the Laboratory, its missions, and our commitment to solving the toughest scientific and technical challenges,” said ORNL Director Thomas Zacharia. , in the press release. “We are fortunate to have a scientific leader of his caliber to lead our national security mission.”

Prior to joining ORNL, Khaleel held various technical and senior leadership positions at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, developing visual data analytics and high-performance data-intensive computing capabilities for national security, energy and scientific discovery. In a decade as Director of PNNL’s Computational Science and Mathematics Division, he led programs in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, Atmospheric Radiation Measurement, Data-Intensive Computing, High Performance Computing, Applied Mathematics, and Computational Materials and Engineering. .

Khaleel earned his Ph.D. in Structural Mechanics from Washington State University and an MBA from the University of Washington Foster School of Business. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a Fellow of the Washington State Academy of Sciences.

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