William Bryan was nominated July 5 to officially take up the role of Undersecretary for Science and Technology after serving as the official performing the duties of that position since May 2017.

“As the science and technology advisor to the DHS Secretary, he leads the research, development, innovation, and testing activities in support of DHS operational components and first responders across the nation,” the White House announcement said.

Bryan is an Army veteran and former Virginia National Guard service member, with experience in both the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy.

Prior to joining the Science and Technology Directorate at DHS. Bryan was the president of ValueBridge International’s Energy Group in Reston, Virginia.