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Robin Newmark — Executive Director for Strategic Initiatives

A photo of Robin Newmark.

At NREL, Robin Newmark focuses on the development of strategy for the laboratory’s highest-level initiatives.

Prior to her current role, Newmark served as Associate Laboratory Director, Energy Analysis and Decision Support, the organization developing analytic insights and providing information to inform R&D decisions and guide energy system investment and policy formulation, both domestic and internationally.  During her tenure, this organization doubled in size and diversified its support. She previously served as the Director of the Strategic Energy Analysis Center, leading the largest energy analysis group in the national laboratory complex.

Prior to joining NREL, Newmark was at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where she conducted research focused on energy, environment, and national security, and held several management positions, most recently Deputy Program Director, Energy and Environmental Security.  She led integrated field, experimental and modeling imaging programs, and developed technologies for chemical plume characterization, monitoring subsurface processes, unexploded ordnance detection, to facilitate enhanced oil recovery or CO2 injection for sequestration, and remote cargo inspection. She co-invented an award-winning suite of environmental remediation technologies and supported their commercialization by private industry and their successful application to clean up and close legendary Superfund sites. More recently, she has led or participated in programs involving energy, climate and water issues, including the interdependence of water and energy systems.

An author of more than 100 papers and reports in the open literature and five patents, Newmark is a Fellow of research institutes in Colorado and California, was a lead author for the U.S. Climate Assessment, serves on editorial boards of technical journals, is a frequent invited speaker, and advises diverse groups. Among her awards are the U.S. EPA’s Outstanding Remediation Technology Innovation Award and the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer Recognition Award. 

Newmark received a B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Phi Beta Kappa), a M.S. from the University of California at Santa Cruz, an M.Phil. and a Ph.D. from Columbia University.