Headshot of ARPA-E Program Director Dr. Cory Phillips

Dr. Cory Phillips

Program Director

Dr. Cory Phillips currently serves as a Program Director for the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). As a chemical engineer, his focus at ARPA-E is on Catalysis (discovery & scale-up) & Reaction Engineering (CRE) for renewable fuels and energy related applications and process technology, as well as tribochemical engineering of surfaces for energy conservation applications.

Prior to ARPA-E, Dr. Phillips served as Director of Engineering Development for Air Company in Brooklyn, NY. There he embarked on the technical challenges of converting captured CO2 into alcohols and Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) in a single step, thereby providing a key enabling sustainability technology solution for the industrial and chemical processing sectors attempting to curtail GHG emissions. In addition, Dr. Phillips has assumed various other engineering and leadership positions, including Laboratory Team Lead for Phillips 66, FCC Team and Process Development Center Engineering Lead for ConocoPhillips, and Sr. Research Engineer for Honda R&D Americas.

Dr. Phillips earned his undergraduate degree and post-doctoral credential in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), alongside his Ph.D. in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering from the University of Iowa.

Technical Focus: Catalysis & Reacting Engineering, Surfaces Engineering