Thomas W. Hicks
Thomas W. Hicks, Acting Under Secretary of the Navy and Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy (Management) February 2017
|Alma mater||University of Maryland|
|Occupation||Engineer, Consultant, Public Servant|
Thomas W. Hicks was an acting Under Secretary of the Navy (2014-2016, 2017) as well as Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy for Management (2013-2017). Prior to this, Hicks served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy (2010-2013).
As Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Hicks led the department of the Navy's 1 Gigawatt renewable energy initiative announced by President Obama, Obama Administration Announces Additional Steps to Increase Energy Security, Navy's Commitment to Renewable Energy Takes the Nation's Center Stage. In Jan 2012 state of the Union addressed: completed four years ahead of 2020 goal, the 1 Gigawatt renewable energy initiative ultimately procured 1.2 GW at a net present value saving of over $400 million.
Led the creation of the Department of the Navy's $800 million public-private partnership designed to accelerate the capacity of the U.S. advanced alternative fuels industry to provide military-compatible, low-emission alternative fuel price-competitive with conventional fuel. Hicks received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from University of Maryland.
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