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Ivan Oelrich Appointed Acting President of FAS

Ivan Oelrich Appointed Acting President of FAS
07-22-2009

Author: Monica Amarelo

Type: Release


At a 21 July meeting, the Board of Directors of the Federation of American Scientists appointed Ivan Oelrich, the Vice President of the Strategic Security Program, as Acting President of FAS.  Henry Kelly, the previous president of the Federation, resigned his post to become the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Energy for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.  Oelrich has worked at FAS since 2002 and has devoted his career to national security.

Oelrich studied chemistry at the University of Chicago and obtained a doctoral degree in chemistry from Princeton University.  He worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory as a pre-doctoral research associate, and also conducted research in nuclear physics and taught in the physics department of the Technical University of Munich in Germany.

“I’m honored to be appointed acting president.  The Federation of American Scientists has a tremendous legacy.  It was founded by scientists and engineers who worked on the Manhattan Project and the organization has been working ever since to make the world a safer and better place.  FAS has made a difference in the world and it will continue to,” Oelrich said.

Prior to joining FAS, he worked at the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA), the Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard University, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, and Congress’s former Office of Technology Assessment.

As Acting President during the leadership transition, he will guide FAS, working with the Board of Directors, the Board’s search committee and the FAS staff and members.

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