Paul Dabbar, Under Secretary of Energy for Science

Paul Dabbar

Under Secretary of Energy for Science

Paul M. Dabbar was born in July 1967. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and received an MBA from Columbia Business School. He served as a nuclear sub marine officer, and his deployments include to the North Pole where he conducted environmental research.

He has been a lecturer at the U.S. Naval Academy and has conducted research at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory.

He served as the managing director for mergers and acquisitions at J.P. Morgan & Co. 

He was nominated by President Donald Trump to be Under Secretary of Energy for Science and assumed that office in November 2017. He also serves on the department’s Environmental Management Advisory Board.

Dabbar is married to Andrea and they have two children.

In the News…

In a recent interview, the Department of Energy’s Under Secretary of Science discussed the department’s investment in Antarctica.

“There’s a global treaty that says Antarctica is solely dedicated for research and discovery, so everything we do is based on R&D,” he said. “There are three major bases in Antarctica, the largest being 1,000 people and the smallest at 45 people. Palmer, which is at the geographic South Pole, has 100 people there.

“The main core of operations was built by the U.S. Navy in the 1950s and we and other federal agencies do research in Antarctica on a number of different things.

“At the South Pole station itself, we’re putting telescopes to understand and study the universe. It has very low light pollution, it’s high up in the atmosphere at 1.7 miles above sea level and almost all of it is ice, making it a great spot for a telescope. It’s also very dry, with very low humidity in the air, so the light being collected in the air is not disturbed.

“The main telescope in Antarctica is cosmic microwave background (CMB), which looks for the residual light from the formation of the universe. It’s a big challenge on how far we can look back. The CMB detector is a form of light in microwave light, so we are able to look back at the formation of the universe right at the Big Bang.”

Contact this Leader…

Did you pray for Under Secretary Dabbar today? You can let him know at:

The Honorable Paul Dabbar
Under Secretary of Energy for Science
Department of Energy
1200 First St. NE
Washington, DC 20002


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