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Deputy Director, Research and Development

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Steven V. Cary became the deputy director of Research and Development for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in April 2010. In this role, he assists the director of Research and Development in developing policy, setting direction and providing oversight for Corps research and development supporting the Department of Defense and other agencies in military and civilian projects.

Prior to his current position, Cary served for ten years in the Department of Energy (DOE) as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environment, Safety and Health, helping the Assistant Secretary in creating new health and safety rules for Beryllium protection of the DOE workforce, and landmark legislation providing medical services and compensation for workers made ill from their work in support of Cold War era nuclear weapons research, development and production. He served as Acting Assistant Secretary for Environment, Safety and Health from 2000-2001, where he was responsible for an annual budget of $250M, an applied research and advanced development program budget of $90M, and for managing over 400 line managers, engineers and scientists.

At the Department of Energy, Mr. Cary led the internationally renowned Radiation Effects Research Foundation, a joint U.S./Japan $24M annual research program of atomic bomb survivor mortality, responsible for international radiation standards. Mr. Cary also worked with the European Union on funding research for radiation dosimetry and health effects investigations of Russian Nuclear Workers, and the areas of the Eastern Urals affected by contamination from former Soviet nuclear weapons production and operations.

From 1994-1999, Mr. Cary served as the Deputy Director of Program Integration for the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense(Environmental Security), where he was responsible for cross-cutting issues involving compliance, pollution prevention, environmental cleanup, conservation and technology. Mr. Cary also led the annual presentation of the $5B Environmental Security Budget to the Congress, and the Under Secretary of Defense’s efforts to increase the use of modeling & simulation to resolve environmental and installation issues.

Mr. Cary worked as a water resources engineer and hydrogeologist in Long Island, New York for 15 years before transitioning to the federal government. He received his bachelor’s degree in Geology and master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Tufts University. He is a Professional Engineer in Virginia, New York and New Mexico, a Registered Geologist in North Carolina, and a Certified Radiation worker.