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Staff Directory

ARPA-E Program Director Dr. Kory Hedman

Dr. Kory Hedman currently serves as a Program Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). His focus at ARPA-E includes electric power systems, power systems operations and planning, management of renewable and distributed resources, power flow control technologies, and electric energy markets.

ARPA-E Fellow Lakshana Huddar

Dr. Lakshana Huddar currently serves as an ARPA-E Fellow. Her interests include heat transfer, fluid mechanics, and advanced nuclear reactor design. 

ARPA-E Program Director Dr. Joseph King

Dr. Joseph King currently serves as a Program Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E). His focus at ARPA-E includes oil and gas efficiencies, thermoelectric conversion, and next generation battery technology.

ARPA-E Program Director Dr. Isik C. Kizilyalli

Dr. Isik C. Kizilyalli currently serves as a Program Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E). Kizilyalli’s focus at ARPA-E includes electrification, power electronics, high efficiency power conversion, wide bandgap semiconductors, electronic systems for extreme environments, solar PV, instrumentation for intrinsically safe nuclear energy, comminution, and enhanced geothermal systems. .

ARPA-E Assistant Director for External Coordination Peder Maarbjerg

Peder Maarbjerg currently serves as the Assistant Director for External Coordination at ARPA-E and is responsible for legislative and public policy outreach.

ARPA-E Assistant-Chief of Staff Gaye Lynn Mackie

Gaye Lynn Mackie currently serves as Assistant-Chief of Staff at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) where she provides support to the leadership team and helps manage the day-to-day operations of the agency.

Dr. Joseph Manser

Dr. Joseph Manser currently serves as a Fellow at the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E). His interests include innovations in energy storage, solar heat and light energy conversion, and transportation.

ARPA-E Program Director Michael Ohadi

Dr. Michael Ohadi currently serves as a Program Director at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E). His focus includes heat/mass transfer enhancement and process intensification utilizing innovative designs, materials, and manufacturing techniques.

Michael Olsen

Mike Olsen is a Technology-to-Market Advisor at the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E), where he helps prepare breakthrough energy technologies for transition from the lab to the market and deepen ARPA-E's private sector engagement.

Lisa Persson - Contract Specialist at ARPA-E

Lisa Persson currently serves as a Contract Specialist at the Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) where she is responsible for full life-cycle management of contracts and financial assistance awards. Prior to ARPA-E, Ms. Persson served as a Contract Specialist within the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Headquarters Procurement Services providing procurement support to the DOE Loan Programs Office.

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