Dr. Ellen Williams appointed as director of ARPA-E

Dr. Ellen Williams last week was confirmed by the United States Senate as the Director of the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E).

Dr. Williams will oversee a novel program that funds high-potential, high-impact energy technologies that are too early for private-sector investment. She will ensure that the technologies assisted through ARPA-E will help change the energy landscape.

Prior to joining the Department, Dr. Williams was the Chief Scientist for BP, a position she has held since 2010.