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White House nominates Ellen Williams as head of ARPA-E

Posted on November 14, 2013 at 9:15 AM

WIN is pleased to report that the White House has nominated a nanoscientist, Dr. Ellen Williams, to head the Department of Energy's (DoE)'s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). If confirmed, she will head the agency and oversee DoE's more "blue sky" research projects focusing on energy production, storage, and transfer issues.


President Obama said in the press release, “I am grateful these accomplished individuals have agreed to join this Administration, and I’m confident they will serve ably in these important roles. I look forward to working with them in the coming months and years.”


Dr. Williams is currently the Chief Scientist at British Petroleum. Prior to 2010, she was a Distinguished university professor at the department physics at the University of Maryland, College Park. She was the founding director of a multimillion dollar NSF MRSEC at UMD for 13 years. Her research focuses on using surface science techniques to study the dynamics of surfaces, as well as advances in nanotechnology and new nanoprobes. She is a fellow of the American Physical Society and a member of the National Academy of Sciences.


For the White House press release, please click here.

For a video interview with Dr. Williams, click here.

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