Senior Science and Technology Advisor
Office of the Deputy Director for Science Programs
U.S. Department of Energy
1000 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20585-1290
Primary work location: Germantown, MD
Ben Brown joined the Office of the Deputy Director for Science Programs as Science and Technology Advisor in September 2008. His responsibilities include advising the Deputy Director on science program management and policy issues, and providing coordination and analysis of budget, scientific, technical, programmatic, and operational issues regarding the SC Program Offices and national laboratories. Ben also currently serves as a primary liaison to the Office of Basic Energy Sciences, the Office of Fusion Energy Sciences, and the Office of Project Assessment. During the twelve months prior to his joining DOE Ben worked on energy and climate policy as an AAAS Congressional Fellow in the office of U.S. Senator Ken Salazar. Ben is an experimental atomic, molecular, and optical physicist who received his Ph.D. in Optics from the University of Rochester and his A.B. in physics magna cum laude from Harvard University. His doctoral research was carried out at the University of Oxford, where he was in residence for three years following the move of his thesis advisor from Rochester to Oxford. After graduating in 2005 he spent two years at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Maryland as a National Research Council postdoctoral research associate working in the Laser Cooling and Trapping Group. Ben's postdoctoral and doctoral research focused on the use of lasers to control quantum systems.