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Dr. Dan Arvizu — Laboratory Director

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Dan E. Arvizu has served as the Director and Chief Executive of the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado, and President of Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC since January 2005. He is also an Executive Vice President with MRIGlobal, headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri.

He was appointed by two successive U.S. presidents to serve six-year terms on the National Science Board, which governs the National Science Foundation and advises the President and Congress on science policy. He is presently serving as Chairman. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Public Administration.

Prior to joining NREL, Dr. Arvizu was a chief technology officer with CH2M HILL Companies, Ltd. Before joining CH2M he was an executive with Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico, leading organizations in energy technologies, material science, and technology commercialization. He started his career and spent four years at the AT&T Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Dr. Arvizu serves on a number of boards, panels and advisory committees including the American Council on Renewable Energy Advisory Board, the Singapore International Advisory Panel on Energy, the Colorado Renewable Energy Authority Board of Directors, and the Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy Advisory Council.

Dr. Arvizu has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from New Mexico State University, and a Master of Science and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.

Read what Dan Says in NREL’s Continuum Magazine.

Presentations and Testimony

Clean Energy Transition: Reflections on the Past Decade
NREL Industry Growth Forum 2015, Denver, Colorado, November 3, 2015

The Outlook for Clean Energy in a "4D World"
Silicon Valley Energy Summit 2015, Stanford University, June 25, 2015

Maximizing the Potential of Renewable Energy
11th International Conference on Ceramic Materials and Components for Energy and Environmental Applications, Vancouver, British Columbia, June 15, 2015

Maximizing the Potential of Renewable Energy: A U.S. Perspective
SNEC 9th International PV Power Generation Conference, Shanghai, China, April 27, 2015

Clean Energy Technology: American and Global Progress
CU Energy Frontiers, March 19, 2015

Clean Energy Technology: American and Global Progress
Vail Global Energy Forum, March 14, 2015

Renewable Energy: American and Global Progress
World Affairs Council of Northern California Peninsula Chapter, January 7, 2015

R&D Efforts for Enabling High Penetration Photovoltaics in U.S. Distributed Generation
Asia Clean Energy Summit, PV Scientific Conference Singapore, October 29, 2014

Maximizing the Potential of Renewable Energy
Naval Postgraduate School Defense Energy Seminar Lecture Series, Monterey, California, September 5, 2014

Innovation: Enabling a Sustainable Energy Future
SunShot Grand Challenge Summit, Anaheim, California, May 21, 2014

National Science Board (NSB) Chairman on Science and Engineering Indicators 2014
A "snapshot of where the United States stands domestically and globally" Watch the video and view the full report.

Invited Testimony before the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space & Technology Subcommittee on Energy, Hearing on Oversight and Management of Department of Energy National Laboratories and Science Activities, July 11, 2013

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