Joyce Yang - Director, The National Laboratory Impact Initiative
Joyce Yang is the Director of the National Laboratory Impact Initiative at the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). In that role, Joyce is responsible for overseeing and coordinating new technology to market (T2M) activities and initiatives that are designed to significantly increase the industrial impact of EERE's $600 million national laboratory R&D portfolio. She also advises senior DOE and other government leadership on overall laboratory policies and management strategies, and participates as the EERE representative for the DOE Technology Transfer Policy Board. Among these T2M initiatives that Joyce has personally developed is the Small Business Vouchers pilot, which was launched in July, 2015.
Before her current role, Joyce was a technology manager within EERE's Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO). Her responsibilities included managing laboratory, academic and industrial R&D projects to develop and optimize biological conversion technologies that led to renewable fuels and chemicals from biomass, as well as providing strategic input for the BETO Multiyear Program Plan and congressional budget justifications. She was also BETO's main point of contact for the crosscutting Advanced Composites for Clean Energy initiative and the manager for renewable carbon fiber projects. Previously, Joyce led BETO's algal biofuel initiative, under which she managed a $50 million biofuels R&D consortium funded by the Recovery Act. Recently, Joyce was invited by the National Academy of Engineering to speak about hydrocarbon biofuels technologies. She has also taught courses at the Smithsonian Science Education Center and the University of Pennsylvania. Her former role as a DOE-AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow was highlighted in the AAAS Fellowship Annual Review publication.
Joyce received her BA in Biochemistry from Rutgers University, her PhD in Genetics and Microbiology from MIT, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship on marine bacterial genomics with a focus on enzymatic hydrolysis. She is an author on eight peer-reviewed articles, serves on the editorial board of Algal Research and as an ad-hoc peer reviewer for the journals, Process Biochemistry and Energy Policy.