Harriet Kung, Ph.D., has served as the Director of Basic Energy Sciences (BES) in the Department of Energy’s Office of Science since June 9, 2008. With an annual budget of more than $1.8 billion in 2016, BES is the nation's leading supporter of fundamental research in materials sciences, chemistry, geosciences and aspects of physical biosciences.
BES is also a major supporter of scientific user facilities, including the nation's premier x-ray synchrotron light sources, neutron scattering facilities and nanoscale science research centers. These facilities serve over 14,000 users annually in 2015, and they provide the tools for the preparation and examination of materials and the study of their physical and chemical properties and transformations. Dr. Kung received her Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Cornell University. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Presidential Meritorious Executive Rank Award in 2010.