U.S. Department of Energy

    DOE Announces Appointment of Dan Arvizu as New NREL Director

    January 4, 2005


    Photo of Dan Arvizu

    Dan Arvizu will take the helm at NREL in mid-January.
    Credit: University of Chicago

    Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham announced on January 4th the appointment of Dan Arvizu as director of DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado. Formerly senior vice president and chief technology officer for CH2M Hill, Dr. Arvizu succeeds Vice Admiral Richard Truly, who announced his retirement last June. Midwest Research Institute (MRI) also appointed Dr. Arvizu as senior vice president. MRI, headquartered in Kansas City, has operated and managed NREL for DOE since the lab first opened in 1977, and has teamed with Battelle to run the lab since 1998.

    "Dan shares our view about the importance of getting our technology out of the lab and into the marketplace, and he is an excellent choice to lead NREL," said DOE Assistant Secretary of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, David K. Garman. "Under Dan's leadership, we expect NREL to achieve new heights of technical excellence and market relevance."

    Dr. Arvizu holds both a doctorate and master's degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University and a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from New Mexico State University. He will assume his new post on January 15th. See the DOE press release.