ORNL National Security Sciences Directorate joins Gender Champions in Nuclear Policy


On March 28th, 2024, Gender Champions in Nuclear Policy welcomed the newest members of its leadership network: Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s (ORNL) Associate Laboratory Director for National Security Sciences, Dr. Moe Khaleel. Khaleel became the 87th leader of a nuclear policy organization to join the Gender Champions in Nuclear Policy network.

“It is truly an honor to join the Gender Champions in Nuclear Policy,” said Khaleel. “As we’ve been celebrating Women’s History Month, it is important that we also look to the future and ensure we are actively including all voices as we seek to reduce nuclear risk around the globe.”

As a Gender Champion, Dr. Khaleel will uphold the Panel Parity Pledge, and implement three SMARTIE commitments:

  • Ensure ORNL National Security Sciences Directorate (NSSD) tours and visits will be comprised of a gender diverse set of briefers
  • Provide NSSD funding to the Women’s Alliance Council (WAC) organization at ORNL to strengthen its engagement opportunities across ORNL
  • Ensure that delegations of authority through the fiscal year for NSSD line management (Associate Lab Director, Division Directors, Section Heads, Group Leaders) consist of a gender diverse set of delegates

“I’m thrilled to see Moe join to this network and make such an important commitment,” said ORNL Director Dr. Stephen Streiffer. “This is another great example of ORNL’s continued efforts to enhance inclusion and build talented teams to take on the nation’s toughest scientific challenges.”


ORNL’s National Security Sciences Directorate rapidly advances science-based solutions for the national security community. The Directorate’s core missions include:

  • reducing nuclear risk and enabling the peaceful use of nuclear materials globally
  • securing critical infrastructure from multi-faceted threats
  • advancing human security in communities around the world
  • accelerating manufacturing innovation for defense applications, and
  • solving emerging challenges in a dynamic, evolving threat environment