Texas Tech Alumnus to Serve As Deputy Undersecretary for Department of Defense

DATE: June 30, 2006
CONTACT: John Davis, john.w.davis@ttu.edu

LUBBOCK – A Texas Tech University alumnus has been named as deputy undersecretary of defense for laboratory sciences and basic sciences for the Department of Defense.

Dr. William S. Rees Jr., who in 1980 received an American Chemical Society Certified bachelor’s degree in chemistry from TTU, was named to the position June 2.

In this position, Rees will provide scientific leadership, management oversight, policy guidance and coordination of the more than $1.3 billion annual basic research programs of the military services and defense agencies.

Prior to joining the Department of Defense, Rees was a program manager for the CBRNE Countermeasures and the Critical Infrastructure Protection portfolios at the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency, in the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate.

Rees was born in Quanah, raised in Turkey and graduated from Mount Pleasant High School in Pleasant Grove.