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Dr. Jenifer Shafer

Program Director

Dr. Jenifer Shafer currently serves as a Program Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). Her focus at ARPA-E is developing innovative and proliferation resistant technologies to manage nuclear waste and used nuclear fuel.

Before joining ARPA-E, Shafer served on the faculty at Colorado School of Mines as an Associate Professor in the Chemistry Department and Nuclear Science & Engineering Program. Prior to that, she worked for two years at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. 

Shafer received a Ph.D. from Washington State University in 2010, and a B.S. from Colorado State University in 2005. She was the 2019 Chair of the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) Division of Nuclear Science & Technology, a member of the 2017 ACS Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research’s Class of Influential Researchers, and a 2014 Department of Energy (DOE) Early Career awardee. Dr. Shafer currently serves on the ACS Committee on Science. She is the co-author of several book chapters, nearly 50 technical manuscripts and has lead or collaborated on a number of projects for the Departments of Energy, Homeland Security, and Defense.