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Staff Directory

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Acting Director

Dr. Cheryl Martin is the Acting Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-E) responsible for oversight of the Agency. Additionally, Dr. Martin leads ARPA-E’s Technology-to-Market program, which helps breakthrough energy technologies succeed in the marketplace. Prior to joining ARPA-E, Dr. Martin was an Executive in Residence with Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, a venture capital firm based in Menlo Park, California.

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Deputy Director for Operations

Shane Kosinski is the Deputy Director for Operations for the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), responsible for oversight and operations of all ARPA-E programs. Previously, Kosinski served as the Acting Deputy Director for ARPA-E.

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Deputy Director for Technology

Dr. Eric A. Rohlfing is the Deputy Director for Technology of the Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-E), responsible for oversight of all technology issues relating to ARPA-E’s programs. Dr. Rohlfing joins ARPA-E from the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, where he most recently served as Director of the Chemical Sciences, Geosciences, and Biosciences Division in the Office of Basic Energy Sciences (BES).

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Chief Counsel

William Bierbower is ARPA-E’s Chief Counsel. Before joining ARPA-E, Bierbower served as Chief Counsel at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Bierbower also served as Lead Counsel for NASA’s Directorates for Exploration Systems and Science Missions at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C., and as senior attorney at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

Dr. Paul Albertus
Fellow

Dr. Paul Albertus is an ARPA-E Fellow who is interested in energy storage, renewable electricity generation, and energy efficiency. Dr. Albertus completed his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, under the guidance of Professor John Newman. Following the completion of his Ph.D. Dr. Albertus spent over four years at the Bosch Research and Technology Center in Palo Alto, California, working on electrochemical energy storage systems.

Deputy Chief Counsel

Kathryn Aleda is ARPA-E’s Deputy Chief Counsel. Before joining ARPA-E, Ms. Aleda served as an Attorney-Advisor to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in Golden, Colorado. Prior to her work at DOE, she served as Vice-President and General Counsel for a business and data consulting firm which she co-founded. She also previously worked as an attorney at DC-area law firms, where she specialized in commercial and environmental law and litigation.

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Technology to Market Advisor

TJ Augustine is a Technology-to-Market Advisor at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) where he helps prepare breakthrough energy technologies for transition from the lab to the market. He is responsible for leading the commercialization strategy for the Reducing Emissions through Methanotrophic Organisms for Transportation Energy (REMOTE), Plants Engineered to Replace Oil (PETRO), and other ARPA-E programs in the area of liquid transportation fuels.

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Senior Commercialization Advisor

Sue Babinec is a Senior Commercialization Advisor at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). She helps lead ARPA-E's Technology-to-Market effort, which focuses on preparing breakthrough energy technologies for the transition from lab to market. Sue has spent her career focused on research and commercial programs in materials, electro-active materials, displays, sensors, and electrochemistry, with extensive experience in Li-Ion batteries.

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Program Director

Dr. Dane Boysen currently serves as a Program Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). His main focuses include: electrochemical energy conversion and storage; natural gas conversion and storage technology; and materials for energy storage and conversion. Prior to joining ARPA-E, Boysen led the development of a grid-scale energy storage liquid metal battery at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) under Professor Donald Sadoway.

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Program Director

Dr. Howard Branz currently serves as a Program Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). His program focuses include advanced solar energy, building efficiency, and industrial efficiency. Branz is on assignment from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), where he is a Research Fellow in the National Center for Photovoltaics.

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