Department of Energy
Steve Isakowitz - Chief Financial Officer
It may not be the traditional path for a Chief Financial Officer but Isakowitz says his background in aerospace engineering has served him well, allowing him to understand the diverse, technical mission areas supported by the department's budget. He says that practical scientific knowledge also helps up front in evaluating the risks of large, all or nothing projects. Finally, he says being able to understand the financial and scientific aspects of the department's mission pays off in other critical ways, especially since research is something which does not always lend itself to be measured simply or easily.