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Dr. Patrick McGrath

Dr. Patrick McGrath

Dr. Patrick McGrath currently serves as the Deputy Director for Technology at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). McGrath oversees the Advanced Management and Protection of Energy Storage Devices (AMPED) program, which is developing novel sensors & diagnostics, advanced physics-based models & controls, and flexible power architectures to unlock greater performance, reliability, and safety from Lithium-ion batteries. McGrath also launched and continues to oversee the Accelerating Low-cost Plasma Heating and Assembly (ALPHA) program to demonstrate new approaches and technologies for low-cost development of fusion power.

Prior to ARPA-E, McGrath served as a technical advisor at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), where he played a central role in program development, execution, and technology transition of DARPA programs in portable fuel cells for unmanned systems, hybrid energy storage systems, new catalytic approaches for carbon-based solar fuels, and novel electrochemical systems to handle Department of Defense logistics fuels. 

McGrath received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Virginia.

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