Co-director, Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy, Stanford University
Arun Majumdar is the Jay Precourt Professor at Stanford University, a faculty member of the departments of mechanical engineering and materials science and engineering (by courtesy) and co-director of the Precourt Institute for Energy, which integrates and coordinates research and education activities across all seven schools and the Hoover Institution at Stanford. In 2009, Majumdar was appointed by President Obama and confirmed by the United States Senate as the founding director of the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E), and also served as the acting undersecretary of energy. In 2012, he joined Google, where as vice president of energy, he was tasked with driving Goole.org's energy initiatives and advising the company on their broader energy strategy. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.