The U.S. Department of Energy is a major supporter of research and development activities addressing a wide range of science and technology issues. In this talk, Dr. Ali Douraghy will provide an overview of the DOE and its role in the U.S. innovation ecosystem with partners across academia, universities, and national laboratories to advance climate change priorities. The talk will cover a wide range of topics from agency structure to the Energy Earthshots program to career transition opportunities for scientists and engineers interested in climate and energy policy.  

Ali Douraghy’s interests revolve around the design of multi-disciplinary teams and science strategies to address complex challenges for energy and the climate. Ali was appointed by President Biden in January 2021 to serve as Chief of Staff in the Office of the Under Secretary for Science and Energy at the Department of Energy, which is responsible for oversight of DOE’s Office of Science, 10 applied energy offices, and 13 of its national laboratories. Ali was previously Chief Strategy Officer for Berkeley Lab’s Earth and Environmental Sciences Area. Ali began his career at the U.S. Agency for International Development where he helped lead science diplomacy efforts in response to President Obama’s 2009 Cairo address, serving in Washington, DC and the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta. Ali is a former policy fellow of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a Fulbright fellow. He received his PhD in Biomedical Physics from the UCLA School of Medicine, MS and BS in Biomedical Engineering.

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