Washington, Jan 18 (Agencies): Indian-American Vijay Sazawal, a well-known atomic industry expert, was appointed by US Commerce Secretary Gary Locke to the Civil Nuclear Trade Advisory Committee (CINTAC) to advise him on trade issues facing the key sector.

"CINTAC will provide consensus advice on the development and administration of programmes and policies to expand US civil nuclear exports and strengthen the competitiveness of the industry," Locke said.

Sazawal, currently Director of Government Programmes of US Enrichment Corporation (USEC) Inc, was involved in Track-2 discussions preceding the completion of the 123 Agreement between India and the US.

"When the US and India, during the Bush administration, began to negotiate a civil nuclear agreement, my input and advice was sought by the US State Department and the Department of Energy, and I was actually involved briefly in 'Track-2' discussions preceding the completion of the 123 Agreement with India," Sazawal said.

"I have since participated in promotion of US nuclear export trade and given technical lectures to the legal community advising companies on nuclear export controls. Therefore, this appointment is a logical culmination of my efforts in the last few years to help US exports in civil nuclear trade to India and other major markets in the world."

Sazawal was born and raised in Srinagar and came to the US in 1970 for doing PhD.

As Director of programmes funded or supported by the US Federal Government, he provides corporate programme oversight and coordination of various government projects within the company.

He analyses the impact of federal budgets, policies and regulations on various USEC activities and interfaces with federal officials and members of the Congress, as necessary.

He is a member of the management team involved in the American Centrifuge Project (ACP), the leading initiative by USEC Inc, to build a state-of-the-art centrifuge nuclear enrichment plant based on American technology.

He is also a member of the Sigma Xi, the American Academy of Mechanics, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Nuclear Society. He has authored nine published technical papers and articles.