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Dr. Michael Knotek - Deputy Under Secretary for Science and Energy

Michael Knotek

Dr. Michael Knotek is the Deputy Under Secretary for Science and Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and currently oversees the day-to-day operations of the Office of the Under Secretary for Science and Energy (US/S&E). For DOE to more closely integrate basic science, applied research, technology demonstration and deployment, the Office of the US/S&E manages the programs and laboratories of the Office of Science (SC) and the programs and laboratories of DOE’s applied energy portfolio in the offices of Fossil Energy (FE), Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Nuclear Energy (NE), Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE), Indian Energy (IE) and the Technology Transfer Coordinator. The US/S&E provides coordination among the DOE elements that facilitate the implementation of the President’s Climate Action Plan and all-of-the-above energy strategy.

Dr. Knotek, a physicist, brings more than 40 years of research and management experience to this position. From 2010 to 2013 he was Director of the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute at the University of Colorado. He has extensive research, management or consulting experience with Sandia, Brookhaven, Pacific Northwest, Argonne, Oak Ridge, Los Alamos, Idaho, Lawrence Berkeley, and Ames National Laboratories and the National Renewable Energy Lab. During this career, Knotek has led DOE-wide program formulation activities in Synchrotron Science and Facilities, Environmental Science, Fusion Sciences, High Performance Computation and post-genomic Biology.

In addition to senior Lab Management positions, Knotek previously served as senior science and technology adviser to the U.S. Secretary of Energy and was chief technology officer with the Battelle Memorial Institute. Dr. Knotek was a private consultant from 2001 through 2010, working with a wide range of Laboratories, DOE program offices, and other national Science and Technology concerns across a wide swath of renewable, fossil and nuclear energy science and technology. He is widely published as a scientist and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Physical Society.