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Dr. Jennifer Gerbi
Acting Director

Dr. Jennifer Gerbi, Acting Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), leads the Agency’s development, launch, and execution of high-risk, high-reward energy R&D programs.

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Dr. Isik C. Kizilyalli
Associate Director for Technology & Program Director

Dr. Isik C. Kizilyalli currently serves as the Associate Director for Technology at the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E). In this role, Dr. Kizilyalli supports the Deputy Director for Technology in oversight of all technology issues relating to ARPA-E’s programs as well as assisting with program development, Program Director and Fellow recruitment, and coordinating project management across the Agency.

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Dr. David Babson
Program Director

Dr. David Babson currently serves as a Program Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA‑E). His focus at ARPA-E includes bioenergy, agricultural systems innovation, and carbon management.

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Dr. Olga Blum Spahn
Program Director

Dr. Olga Blum Spahn currently serves as a Program Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). Her focus at ARPA-E is on grid resiliency, power management and distribution, aviation and instrumentation for harsh environments leveraging optical and semiconductor device technologies.

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Dr. Halle Cheeseman
Program Director

Dr. Halle Cheeseman is a Program Director at ARPA-E with a focus on batteries and other electrochemical devices.

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Dr. Peter de Bock
Program Director

Dr. Peter de Bock currently serves as a Program Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy. His focus at ARPA-E includes electronics thermal management and aviation propulsion systems.

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Dr. Simon Freeman
Program Director

Dr. Simon Freeman serves as a Program Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA‑E). His focus at ARPA-E is on maritime energy and environmental sensing technologies.

Dr. Mario Garcia-Sanz
Dr. Mario Garcia-Sanz
Special Government Employee

Dr. Mario Garcia-Sanz currently serves as a Special Government Employee at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). His focus at ARPA-E includes advanced control engineering, wind energy systems, renewable and conventional power generation, electrical distribution systems, smart grid technologies, and water treatment plants and networks. 

Dr. Scott Hsu
Program Director

Dr. Scott Hsu currently serves as a Program Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA‑E). His focus at ARPA-E is on potentially transformative R&D to enable timely commercial fusion energy.

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Dr. Philseok Kim
Program Director

Dr. Philseok Kim is a Program Director at ARPA-E. His interests include functional materials and composites, engineered surfaces and structures that enable and accelerate electrification and decarbonization of energy infrastructure with high energy-efficiency, resilience, and low carbon emissions.