Indian American Vijay Sazawal appointed to US Civil Nuclear Trade Advisory Committee

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Dr. Sazawal is the only Indian American in the advisory committee.

Dr. Vijay Sazawal (Courtesy of YouTube)
Dr. Vijay Sazawal (Courtesy of YouTube)

Indian American Vijay Sazawal, a well-known atomic industry expert, has been re-appointed to the prestigious Civil Nuclear Trade Advisory Committee (CINTAC) of the US Department of Commerce.

The 69-year-old Srinagar born Sazawal is the only Indian American in the advisory committee along with 38 other members.

“Maintaining US leadership in the nuclear industry is critical to our country’s economic vitality and to global efforts to combat climate change,” US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker said while announcing the appointments.

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“The Civil Nuclear Trade Advisory Committee is a valuable mechanism for private sector representatives to contribute to policy discussions and work with government leaders to create the conditions that will strengthen US competitiveness in this sector,” Pritzker said in a statement.

Sazawal was born, raised and schooled in Srinagar and came to the US in 1970 to pursue his PhD in Structural Mechanics at Michigan Tech.

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In 2015, he received a distinguished alumina award from the university. After completing his doctoral degree in 1975, Sanzawal joined Westinghouse Electric Corporation in the Advanced Reactors Division as part of the design and technology team working on the Clinch River Breeder Reactor Project.

As a director of Government programmes of US Enrichment Corporation (USEC) Inc, Sazawal was involved in Track-2 discussions preceding the completion of the 123 agreement between India and the US.

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Dr. Sazawal, who was first appointed to CINTAC in 2011 for a two-year term, is a long term advocate of Kashmiri Padits. He is also a founding member of the Indo-American Kashmir Forum (IAKF) and served twice as its president.