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January 17, 2019 09:58
Trump Nominates Three Indian Americans to Key Positions

President Donald Trump has nominated three Indian Americans to key administration positions, according to White House.

The three Indian Americans are Rita Baranwal, Aditya Bamzai, and Bimal Patel. Though Trump announced the intent to nominate the three earlier, the nomination was sent to Senate on Wednesday.

Rita Baranwal has been nominated for the post of assistant secretary of Energy (Nuclear Energy), Aditya Bamzai for Member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board and Bimal Patel as the assistant secretary of Treasury.

Up to now, over three dozen Indian Americans have been nominated by Trump in key positions.

Baranwal holds the post of Director, Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) initiative.

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If confirmed by the Senate, as assistant secretary of Energy Baranwal will be heading the powerful Office of Nuclear Energy. She will also be accountable for the department's nuclear technology research and the development and management of the department's nuclear technology infrastructure.

Earlier Baranwal served as director of the Technology Development and Application at Westinghouse and was a manager in Materials Technology at Bechtel Bettis, where she led research and development in nuclear fuel materials for the United States naval reactors.

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Bamzai, a Yale graduate, writes and teaches about civil procedure, administrative law, federal courts, national security law, and computer crime.

Earlier he served as a law clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia of the U.S. Supreme Court and to Judge Jeffrey Sutton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Before entering the academy, Bamzai served as an attorney-adviser in the Office of legal counsel of the U.S. Department of Justice, and as an appellate attorney in both private practices and for the National Security Division of the justice department.

Currently, Patel serves as deputy assistant secretary of the Treasury for the Financial Stability Oversight Council.

Prior to joining the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Patel was head and partner of the Financial Advisory and Regulation practice in Washington, D.C., office of O'Melveny & Myers LLP, the White House said.

Earlier he served as senior adviser to Director Jeremiah O Norton on the Board of Directors of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. He also served as an adjunct associate professor at Stanford University, teaching an undergraduate course on banking regulation.

-Sowmya Sangam

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