2012 University-Federal Dialogue

University-Federal Dialogue on Energy Research and Education & Congressional Visit Day

May 7-8, 2012

American Assoc. for the Advancement of Science
1200 New York Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20005

This exclusive two-day event was designed to maximize personal exchange between attendees and key leaders of energy research, development and education programs within the Federal government. 

The Dialogue on May 7th  provided leading energy administrators and faculty members, vice-presidents for research, federal affairs officers and others with direct and personal access to the leaders of the federal programs that fund energy research, development and education. Following a keynote address by Dr. Daniel Cassidy, Senior Advisor for the Office of the Chief Scientist, USDA, federal officials of programs that fund energy research and education particpiated in head-to-head conversations with individuals and small groups of energy leaders from a number of academic institutions. This flexible format allowed each attendee to customize his or her experience and talk with leaders of the programs of most interest. Dr. Tim Killeen, Assistant Director for Geosciences at the National Science Foundation, proceeded to talk about NSF's Science, Engineering and Education (SEES) Initiative. 

In addition, Capitol Hill veterans briefed attendees about how to make their case effectively during Congressional visits the following day. Given the budget-cutting mood on Capitol Hill that is targeting programs of energy research and development critical to our national future, it behooves us to make the case for investment in the foundations of a new energy economy.


9:00 a.m. Plenary

National Bioeconomy Blueprint

Dr. P. Daniel Cassidy, Senior Advisor

Renewable Energy and Natural Resources, Office of the Chief Scientist, USDA

11:30 a.m. Plenary

Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability (SEES)

Dr. Tim Killeen, Assistant Director for Geosciences

National Science Foundation

Speakers Included:

Peder Maarbjerg

Assistant Director for External Coordination, ARPA-E, DoE

Presentation: ARPA-E: Who and How We Fund

Dr. Thom Mason

Director, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Presentation: ORNL: Overview

Michael Worley

Lead Program Manager, Nuclear Energy University Programs (NEUP), DoE


Dr. Alan Thornhill

Chief Environmental Officer, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM)


Presentation: Environmental Stewardship: Applied Science for Informed Decision Making

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Dr. Jud Virden

Acting Associate Laboratory Director, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

 Presentation: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Peter Arbuckle

Program Specialist- Energy and Bioproducts, NIFA, USDA

Presentation: National Institute of Food and Agriculture Bioenergy Programs

Dr. Gary Geernaert

Director of Climate & Environmental Sciences Division, DoE

Presentation: Biological and Environmental Research at the Office of Science


Linda Silverman

Senior Advisor, Workforce Development & Education, Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, DoE

Presentation: DOE/EERE Overview

Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy

Financial Opportunitites


Dr. Laura Adolfie

Director, STEM Development Office, Office of the Asst. Secretary of Defense for R&E


DaNel Hogan

Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow, DoE

Energy Literacy Document

Emily Therese Cloyd

Public Participation and Engagement Coordinator, National Climate Assessment, US Global Change Research Program

National Climate Assessment  


USGCRP Strategic Plan


Jeff Hoffmann

Senior Project Manager, Office of Major Demonstrations, National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), DoE

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Former staff members from Senator McCain, and Representatives Pelosi and Waxman provided background for the Congressional visits.

DOE Funding Opportunities:
Office of Science
Office of Electricity
Office of Fossil Energy