Donald Trump nominates three Indian-Americans, including nuclear expert Rita Baranwal, to key administrative posts

Washington: US President Donald Trump has nominated three influential Indian-Americans, including a woman nuclear expert, to powerful administration positions.

Rita Baranwal was nominated for the post of Assistant Secretary of Energy (Nuclear), Aditya Bamzai for member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board and Bimal Patel as the assistant secretary of Treasury.

The nominations for Baranwal, Bamzai and Patel were sent to the Senate on Wednesday.

Donald Trump nominates three Indian-Americans, including nuclear expert Rita Baranwal, to key administrative posts

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So far, Trump has nominated or appointed more than three dozen Indian-Americans in key positions.

Nikki Haley, the first cabinet ranking Indian-American and Raj Shah, the first Indian-American deputy Press Secretary, have left the Trump administration.

Baranwal holds the post of Director at the Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) initiative.

If confirmed by the Senate, she will be heading the powerful Office of Nuclear Energy. She will also be responsible for the department's nuclear technology research and the development and management of the department's nuclear technology infrastructure.

Previously, Baranwal served as director of the Technology Development and Application at Westinghouse and was a manager in Materials Technology at Bechtel Bettis, where she led research and development in nuclear fuel materials for US naval reactors.

A Yale graduate, Bamzai teaches and writes about civil procedure, administrative law, federal courts, national security law and computer crime. He has earlier served as a law clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia of the US Supreme Court and to Judge Jeffrey Sutton of the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Before entering the academy, Bamzai served as an attorney-adviser in the Office of legal counsel of the US Department of Justice, and as an appellate attorney in both private practice and for the National Security Division of the justice department.

Patel currently serves as deputy assistant secretary of the Treasury for the Financial Stability Oversight Council. Before joining the United States Department of the Treasury, Patel was a partner and head of the Financial Advisory and Regulation practice in the Washington office of O'Melveny and Myers LLP, the White House said.

Patel previously served as senior advisor to Director Jeremiah O Norton on the Board of Directors of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. He also served as an adjunct associate professor at Stanford University, teaching an undergraduate course on banking regulation.

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Updated Date: Jan 17, 2019 15:13:19 IST

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