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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.