The U.S. Department of Energy today announced Arun Majumdar, Jay Precourt Provostial Chair Professor at Stanford University, as the Vice Chair of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board (SEAB).
SEAB is the independent advisory board to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. The board is comprised of technologists, business executives, academics, and former government officials, and provides advice and recommendations to the Secretary on the Department’s major mission areas: science, energy, nuclear security, and environmental stewardship.
“Arun’s expertise in energy research and innovation at Berkely and experience at the Department of Energy position him well to help guide SEAB in its important work,' said Secretary Moniz. 'He will bring a unique perspective to advising me on the Department's path forward in its critical mission areas.'
Prior to joining Stanford, Dr. Majumdar was Vice President for Energy at Google, where he created several energy technology initiatives and advised the company on its broader energy strategy. In 2009, Dr. Arun Majumdar was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate to become the Founding Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E). He also served as the Acting Under Secretary of Energy, and a Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Energy. Prior to joining the Department of Energy, Dr. Majumdar was the Almy and Agnes Maynard Chair Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley and the Associate Laboratory Director for Energy and Environment at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His research career includes the science and engineering of nanoscale materials and devices as well as large engineered systems.
“Arun is an outstanding engineer who has made important contributions to U.S. energy technology as Director of DOE’s ARPA-E. I look forward to working closely with Arun,” said John Deutch, Chair of the advisory board.