Department of Energy
Thomas H. Phan serves as Senior Advisor for Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy. He provides leadership and advice to maintain, enhance, and disseminate scientific and technical information (STI) produced by the DOE national laboratories and by research through DOE funding sources. He also served three years as the Director of the Office of Business Policy and Operations with oversight of three Divisions: Business Management and Planning, SC Systems and Operations, and the Human Capital, Resources and Administration.
Prior to 2009, he served as the Deputy Assistant Inspector General with the Commerce OIG. He has over 25 years of professional experience, knowledge, and expertise within the Federal government, private sector and non-profit community. Mr. Phan has been responsible for corporate business strategic management and policy, capital planning and investment, resource management and administration, information technology, cyber security, and human resources. He received the Distinguished Leadership and Technological Innovation award for the innovative design of the first DOD Navy Telemedicine Initiative in the Joint Warfighters Interoperability Demonstration (JWID) and successfully deployed this lifesaving technology in Operation Storm during the Croatian and Bosnian conflict. He also received the Inspector General’s Bronze Medal Award, and the Surgeon General’s Prestigious Leadership Award, as well as other numerous awards and commendations for outstanding leadership, professional excellence and innovation.
Mr. Phan’s leadership strength was forged by severe trials throughout his life. He is a vibrant example of the enduring vitality of the American dream. A Vietnam War veteran, he served as a special combat officer until captured and kept as a P.O.W. in a communist concentration camp. He escaped the camp and fled from Vietnam as a “boat people” refugee, surviving starvation and pirate attacks. When he came to the U.S. he successfully adapted to and was assimilated into America’s culture. He fortified his spiritual life and dedicated his efforts to public and community service with compassion and zeal. Mr. Phan has survived many difficult tests —tortured, buried alive and even near-death experiences. These trials have strengthened his character by instilling emotional intelligence, prudence, justice, courage, and temperance.
Prior to joining the Office of Science, Mr. Phan served in numerous senior roles in Federal agencies including Chief Information Officer, Acting Deputy Chief Financial Officer, Administrator and Human Resources Director. He received his M.S. in Electrical Engineering and Communications from the Johns Hopkins University. He also serves as Montgomery County, Maryland, Inspector General Advisory member, the White House Initiative on AAPI (WHIAAPI) Interagency Working Group (IWG) Designee, Vice President for Association of Vietnamese Americans (AVA), and currently serves as Chair of Asian American Government Executives Network (AAGEN). He is an active member of several professional organizations including IEEE, ACM, and AAAS.