Dr. Evelyn Wang Sworn In as Director of Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Dr. Evelyn N. Wang was sworn in as Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E).

“Our innovation ecosystem is vital to clean, secure, and affordable energy,” said ARPA-E Director Evelyn Wang. “I am grateful for the opportunity to lead ARPA-E, and I look forward to strengthening the ties between research and development to bolster our economy, domestic energy, and national security.”

About Dr. Evelyn Wang

Dr. Evelyn N. Wang served as Head of the Mechanical Engineering Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Ford Professor of Engineering. Her research combines heat and mass transport processes with nanoengineered materials to create innovative solutions for clean energy and water. She is a leading researcher in phase-change heat transfer, which she has applied to thermal management of electronics, thermal batteries, solar thermal energy conversion, water harvesting, and desalination devices.    

She served as Associate Director of the MIT Solid-State Solar-Thermal Energy Conversion Center, a DOE Energy Frontiers Research Center. She was also a consultant for the Defense Science Study Group, where she advocated for increased collaboration between academia and national defense. 

Dr. Wang grew up in California, received her B.S. degree from MIT, earned her S.M. and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University, and worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Bell Laboratories, Alcatel-Lucent.

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