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Samantha Bench Reese is a member of the Strategic Energy Analysis Center and works with the Clean Energy Manufacturing Analysis Center (CEMAC) in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center. She collaborates with researchers to understand technoeconomic tradeoffs of early stage research. As an analyst, she helps put research problems in context and analytically shows technology potential through supply-chain analysis, trade-flow mapping, market research, and building bottoms-up cost models.

Samantha's background is in mechanical and electrical engineering. Prior to joining NREL, she helped transition products from R&D to volume manufacturing overseas, in addition to other manufacturing- and quality-focused efforts.

Areas of Expertise

System Engineering and Fundamentals
Technoeconomic Analysis
Manufacturing Cost Models
Cost Reduction Roadmaps
Supply Chain Analysis
Levelized Cost of Electricity Assessments

Research Interests

Clean Energy Technologies
Advanced Manufacturing
Wide-Bandgap Semiconductors
Solid-State Lighting
Combined Heat and Power
Buildings and Building Systems


M.S. in Engineering and Applied Science, Yale University
B.S. in Engineering and Applied Science, California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

Prior Work Experience

Quality Engineer, SpectraLogic, Boulder, CO (2007–2015)
Application Engineer, ZYGO, Middlefield, CT (2004–2007)
Senior Analysis Engineer/Product Engineer, Finisar, Sunnyvale, CA (2001–2004)
General Computing Administrator, LIGO, Pasadena, CA (1998–2001)

Featured Publications

Regional Manufacturing Cost Structures and Supply Chain Considerations for SiC Power Electronics in Medium-Voltage Motor Drives, Materials Science Forum (2018)

A Technoeconomic Look at SiC WBG from Wafer to Motor Drive, CS International Conference (2018)

A Manufacturing Cost and Supply Chain Analysis of SiC Power Electronics Applicable to Medium-Voltage Motor Drives, NREL Technical Report (2017)

Entrepot Trade and Its Effect on Trade Flow Perception, CEMAC (2016)

Mitigating Maritime Shipping Impacts on Manufacturing, CEMAC (2016)

View all NREL publications for Samantha Bench Reese.