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News Release: Director Arvizu Named Leading Hispanic in Science and Technology

October 13, 2008

Dan Arvizu, who has served as director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) since 2005, was inducted into the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Conference (HENAAC) Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Houston, Texas on Saturday.

The Hall of Fame’s purpose is to “enlighten a nation, honor the Hispanic community and contribute to the advancement and betterment of society by inspiring future generations of engineers and scientists,” HENAAC said in its announcement.

 “I am deeply honored to receive this recognition and to be included among some of the most successful scientists and engineers in the nation,” Arvizu said.  “Stimulating interest in science education and technology careers among Hispanic students is an important goal that will have lasting benefits for many individuals, for the science community and for the nation at large.”

Also this year, Arvizu was named to the “Most Influential in Technology” list by Hispanic Engineer and Information Technology Magazine.

Prior to joining NREL, Arvizu was the chief technology officer for CH2M HILL Companies, and an executive with Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He began his career at the AT&T Bell Telephone Laboratories.

In addition to being NREL’s director, Arvizu is president of the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC, a partnership of Midwest Research Institute and Battelle.  The Alliance serves as the management contractor for the Laboratory.

In 2004, Arvizu was appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate to the National Science Board (NSB), the governing board of the National Science Foundation and national science policy advisory body to the President and the Congress.

Arvizu serves on American Council on Renewable Energy Advisory Board; the Energy RD&D Policy Project Advisory Committee at the Harvard Kennedy School; the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Alternative Energies; the Singapore Clean Energy International Advisory Panel; and the Colorado Renewable Energy Authority Board of Directors. He is presently co-chairing the Task Force on Sustainable Energy for the National Science Board.

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

NREL is the U.S. Department of Energy's primary national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development. NREL is operated by the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC.

—Gary Schmitz