Sam Wurzel currently serves as a Technology-to-Market Advisor at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), where he helps prepare innovative energy technologies for transition from the lab to the market.
Wurzel began his career as the co-founder and CEO of Octopart in 2006. Octopart began as a project that grew out of his and his co-founders’ experience in physics graduate school as they grew frustrated with the process of searching for electronic components for their experimental physics research. In 2015, Octopart was acquired by Altium, a company that develops design software for the electronics industry. At Altium, Wurzel was the VP of Online Content and Corporate Development where he lead mergers and acquisitions activities in the electronic design and manufacturing space.
Wurzel holds a M.S. in physics from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a B.S. in engineering physics from Brown University.