Keith Klein has worked for the Atomic Energy Commission and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) since graduating college. Klein attended Cornell University, where he studied Electrical Engineering, and MIT for Nuclear Engineering. While working with the AEC and DOE, he held positions on their Liquid Metal Fast Breeder Reactor program, nuclear waste disposal, and with Tritium production.
Klein was active in the efforts to clean up the Rocky Flats plant site after the FBI raid in 1989 and coordinated the opening of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad, New Mexico. He oversaw the DOE’s cleanup effort at Hanford for eight years and helped establish DOE’s Office of River Protection.