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Staff Directory

ARPA-E Government Partnership Advisor John D. Jennings

John D. Jennings currently serves as a Government Partnership Advisor at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) where he helps prepare breakthrough energy technologies for transition to government partners, particularly the Department of Defense (DOD).

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.

Dr. Fadl Saadi

Dr. Fadl Saadi currently serves as an ARPA-E Fellow, with interests in renewable fuels and transportation, advanced materials for energy storage, and building efficiency.

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