Dr. Patrick McGrath

Dr. Patrick McGrath

Chief Scientific Advisor

Dr. Patrick McGrath currently serves as the Chief Scientific Advisor at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), providing strategic support and guidance in program formation and technology transition.

Prior to his appointment as Chief Scientific Advisor, Dr. McGrath served as a Deputy Director for Technology from 2018-2020.  As Deputy Director, Dr. McGrath led the development of $555 million in new programs in grid, carbon capture, energy storage, electrified aviation, next-generation nuclear, low-carbon agriculture and biofuels, methane abatement, low-carbon cement, floating offshore wind, marine hydrokinetic technologies, and materials for extreme environments.  Dr. McGrath also led the launch of the SCALEUP program, with the ARPA-E Technology to Market team, to create a pathway for promising ARPA-E technologies to partner with investors and industry to transition to the marketplace. 

Dr. McGrath served at ARPA-E as a Program Director. He led the Accelerating Low-cost Plasma Heating and Assembly (ALPHA) program on low-cost development of fusion power; the Advanced Management and Protection of Energy Storage Devices (AMPED) program on advanced sensors, models, and controls for Battery Management Systems; as well as a range of materials and systems technology projects in the Modern Electro/Thermochemical Advances in Light Metals Systems (METALS), Rare Earth Alternatives in Critical Materials (REACT), and ARPA-E OPEN programs.

Before joining ARPA-E, Dr. McGrath served as a technical advisor at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), where he played a central role in program development, execution, and technology transition of DARPA programs in portable fuel cells for unmanned systems, hybrid energy storage systems, new catalytic approaches and novel electrochemical systems to handle Department of Defense logistics fuels.

Dr. McGrath received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Virginia.