Dr. Eric A. Rohlfing

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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.

Rohlfing joined 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). As Director, Rohlfing provided leadership and direction in establishing vision, strategic plans, goals, and objectives for the research activities supported by the Division. He joined BES in 1997 and later served as program manager for the Atomic, Molecular and Optical Sciences program (2000-2003) and team leader for Fundamental Interactions (2003-2006) before becoming Director.

Rohlfing held postdoctoral appointments at Exxon Research and Engineering Company and Los Alamos National Laboratory before joining the staff at the Combustion Research Facility at Sandia National Laboratories in 1986. His research interests include the experimental characterization of transient molecules relevant to combustion processes, linear and nonlinear laser spectroscopies, trace detection of pollutants, molecular beam and mass spectrometric studies of carbon and metal clusters, and vibrational relaxation dynamics. He is the author of approximately 50 peer-reviewed articles, holds membership in the American Chemical Society and the American Physical Society, and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Rohlfing received a B.S. degree in Chemistry from the University of Virginia in 1977 and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Princeton University in 1982.