Dr. Dan Arvizu has been the Director and Chief Executive of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) since January 15, 2005. NREL, in Golden, Colorado, began operations in 1977 and is the DOE’s primary laboratory for energy efficiency and renewable energy research and development. NREL is operated for DOE by Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC (Alliance). Dr. Arvizu is President of Alliance and also is an Executive Vice President with MRIGlobal, headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri.
After more than three decades of professional engagement in the clean energy field, Dr. Arvizu has become one of the world’s leading experts on renewable energy and sustainable energy. He frequently engages with national leaders in Congress, the Administration, academia, non-governmental organizations, and industry. As NREL’s Director, he has established and implemented a new institutional strategy to position the lab for higher impact and contributions to national energy challenges. In the past five years, he has overseen an increase of more than 50% in the lab’s operating budget, overseen a doubling of lab technical staff, and has helped attract over $400M for new infrastructure.
Dr. Arvizu serves on a number of boards, panels, and advisory committees including:
- American Council on Renewable Energy Advisory Board
- Singapore Energy International Advisory Panel
- Great Minds in STEM (formerly Hispanic National Achievement Award Conference) Board of Directors
- Colorado Renewable Energy Authority Board of Directors
- Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Working Group III — where he is currently serving as a coordinating lead author on a special report on renewable energy
- National Science Board — where he is serving his second Presidentially appointed six-year term. (The Science Board is the governing body of the National Science Foundation.)
- Elected Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration
Prior to joining NREL, Dr. Arvizu was the chief technology officer with CH2M HILL Companies, Ltd. Before joining CH2M, he was an executive with Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He started his career and spent four years at the AT&T Bell Telephone Laboratories.
Dr. Arvizu has a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from New Mexico State University and a master of science degree and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Stanford University.