Advisory Committees

Advanced Research for Integrated Energy Systems (ARIES) oversight and management is a coordinated effort among a steering committee, advisory boards, and R&D subcommittees for research and governance.

Steering Committee

The ARIES Steering Committee comprises the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and NREL executive leadership. This committee meets quarterly and has oversight of and responsibility for ARIES R&D management, research impact, and financial and business practices.

Alejandro Moreno
Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Michael Berube
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Sustainable Transportation

Christy Cooper
Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Operations

Becca Jones-Albertus
Acting Assistant Secretary for Renewable Power

Kevin Lynn
ARIES Lead and Director of Grid Modernization

Derek Passarelli
Golden Field Office Director

Carolyn Snyder
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency

External Advisory Board

The ARIES External Advisory Board provides an external perspective from industry, academia, and other government agencies and programs to NREL, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy on the research direction, development, and deployment of the ARIES research platform.

Chair: Gary Smyth
Executive Director, Global R&D Laboratories
General Motors (retired)

Jeffrey Baumgartner
Vice President, Security and Resilience
Berkshire Hathaway Energy

Colton Ching
Senior Vice President, Planning and Technology
Hawaiian Electric Co.

Lauren Faber O’Connor
Operating Partner
Lowercarbon Capital

Alice Jackson
Senior Vice President, System Strategy, and Chief Planning Officer
Xcel Energy

Danielle Merfeld
Chief Technology Officer

Teresa Pohlman
Executive Director, Sustainability and Environmental Programs
Department of Homeland Security

Paula Glover
Alliance to Save Energy

Christopher Herbst
Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Innovation

Robert Horton
Director, Vice President, Environmental Affairs and Sustainability
DFW Airport 

Ronald Sega
Chief Technology Officer
U.S. Army Futures Command 

Timothy D. Unruh
Executive Director
National Association of Energy Service Co.

Evan Wolff
Crowell and Moring LLP