The Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) was established eight years ago to support R&D emphasizing high-risk but with the potential for significant impact in changing what is possible in energy technology. This presentation will provide an overview of the agency – its short history, the continuing evolution of the ARPA-E model, the development of R&D programs, early indicators of impact, and examples of successful projects. An update on the current status of the agency will be provided and some guidance on how to write successful funding applications to the agency will be given.
Dr. Eric A. Rohlfing serves as Acting Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-E), responsible for oversight of the agency. Dr. Rohlfing also serves as Deputy Director for Technology, in which he oversees all technology issues relating to ARPA-E’s programs. He joined ARPA-E from the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, where he most recently served as Director of the Chemical Sciences, Geosciences, and Biosciences Division in the Office of Basic Energy Sciences (BES). As Director, Rohlfing provided leadership and direction in establishing vision, strategic plans, goals, and objectives for the research activities supported by the Division. He joined BES in 1997 and later served as program manager for the Atomic, Molecular and Optical Sciences program (2000-2003) and team leader for Fundamental Interactions (2003-2006) before becoming Director.
Rohlfing held postdoctoral appointments at Exxon Research and Engineering Company and Los Alamos National Laboratory before joining the staff at the Combustion Research Facility at Sandia National Laboratories in 1986. His research interests include the experimental characterization of transient molecules relevant to combustion processes, linear and nonlinear laser spectroscopies, trace detection of pollutants, molecular beam and mass spectrometric studies of carbon and metal clusters, and vibrational relaxation dynamics. He is the author of approximately 50 peer-reviewed articles, holds membership in the American Chemical Society and the American Physical Society, and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Rohlfing received a B.S. degree in Chemistry from the University of Virginia in 1977 and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Princeton University in 1982.