Headshot of ARPA-E Program Director Dr. David Babson
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.

ARPA-E Contracting Officer Mary Barnes
Mary Barnes
Contracting Officer

Mary Barnes currently serves as a Contracting Officer at the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E). As a Contracting Officer, Barnes is responsible for awarding and administering financial assistance awards and contracts in accordance with federal laws and regulations. Prior to ARPA-E, Barnes served as a Contracting Officer at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Headquarters Procurement Services. 

ARPA-E Chief Counsel William Bierbower
William Bierbower
Chief Counsel

William Bierbower is ARPA-E’s Chief Counsel. Before joining ARPA-E, Bierbower served as Chief Counsel at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Bierbower also served as Lead Counsel for NASA’s Directorates for Exploration Systems and Science Missions at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C., and as senior attorney at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

Supervisory Contract Specialist with the Advanced Research Projects Agency
Bart Bridwell
Supervisory Contract Specialist

Bart Bridwell currently serves as a Supervisory Contract Specialist with the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy. In that role, he leads ARPA-E’s Contracting Team and their acquisition and assistance award activities. Before joining ARPA-E, he worked for the National Science Foundation as a Branch Chief in its Division of Acquisition and Cooperative Support.

Dr. Christina Chang
Fellow

Dr. Christina Chang currently serves as an ARPA-E Fellow. Her interests focus on new chemistry for sustainable manufacturing, including advanced materials, renewable fuels, and waste-to-resource technologies.

Headshot of ARPA-E Program Director Dr. Halle Cheeseman
Dr. Halle Cheeseman
Program Director

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

Nicole Clopton - Contract Specialist at ARPA-E
Nicole Clopton
Contract Specialist

Nicole Clopton currently serves as a Contract Specialist at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). Clopton performs cradle-to-grave administration of cooperative agreements as well as other financial assistance and acquisition awards. Prior to ARPA-E, Clopton served as a Federal Grants Contracts Manager at the Northern Virginia Regional Commission.

Charles Conway
Charles Conway
Legal Analyst

Charles Conway currently serves as a Legal Analyst at the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E). As Legal Analyst, Conway works with the Office of Chief Counsel to provide legal advice and counsel on a wide variety of legal and policy matters relevant to ARPA-E’s mission.

ARPA-E Technology-to-Market Advisor Daniel Cunningham
Dr. Daniel Cunningham
Technology-to-Market Advisor

Dr. Daniel Cunningham is 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.

Headshot of ARPA-E Program Director Dr. Peter de Bock
Dr. Peter de Bock
Program Director

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