Arun Majumdar

Jay Precourt Professor
Stanford University

Co-Director
Precourt Institute for Energy

Affiliations: 

U.S. Secretary of Energy Advisory Board, Member
National Academy of Engineering, Council Member
Electric Power Research Institute, Council Member
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Science Policy Committee Member
Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Science Policy Committee Member
Singapore Ministry of Trade and Industry, International Advisory Panel Member

Honors: 

National Academy of Engineering, Member
American Academy of Arts & Sciences, Member

Education: 

BA: Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology--Bombay (1985)
PhD: Mechanical Engineering, UC Berkeley (1989)

Biography: 

Arun’s research in the past has involved the science and engineering of nanoscale materials and devices, especially in the areas of energy conversion, transport and storage as well as biomolecular analysis. His current research focuses on using electrochemical reactions for thermal energy conversion, thermochemical water splitting reactions to produce carbon-free hydrogen, understanding the limits of heat transport innanostructured materials and a new effort to re-engineer the electricity grid. In October 2009, President Obama nominated Arun and the Senate confirmed him as the first director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy, where he served until June 2012. Between March 2011 and June 2012, Arun was also the acting under secretary of energy and a senior advisor to Secretary of Energy Steven Chu. After leaving Washington, DC and before joining Stanford, Arun was the vice president for energy at Google, where he created several energy technology initiatives, especially on the electricity grid, and advised the company on its broader energy strategy. Prior to joining the Department of Energy, Arun was the Almy & Agnes Maynard Chair Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering at University of California–Berkeley and the associate laboratory director for energy and environment at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Arun serves on the U.S. Secretary of Energy’s advisory board, the councils of the National Academy of Engineering and the Electric Power Research Institute, the science policy committee of SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He is a member of the international advisory panel for energy of the Singapore Ministry of Trade & Industry and the U.S. delegation for the U.S. –India Track II dialogue on climate change and energy. The U.S. State Department recently appointed him as a U.S. science envoy with an emphasis on energy and innovation in Poland and the Baltic region.