Arun Majumdar, Jay Precourt Professor and professor of mechanical engineering, has been selected as a U.S. Science Envoy. Majumdar was cited for expertise in energy, climate change and innovation, and will focus on interactions with Poland and the Baltic Region. He joins three other scientists who have agreed to serve as U.S. science envoys beginning in January.
The US Science Envoy program was launched by President Obama in 2009 to demonstrate the United States’ commitment to science, technology and innovation as tools of diplomacy and economic growth.
Science envoys travel as private citizens and interact extensively with foreign citizens and governments to help stimulate scientific cooperation and foster economic prosperity. They advise the White House, the Department of State and the scientific community about opportunities for cooperation.
Majumdar is a senior fellow at Stanford's Precourt Institute for Energy.
In 2009, he became the founding director of the U.S. Department of Engergy's Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy and was acting Undersecretary of Energy from 2011-2012.
He serves on the U.S. Secretary of Energy’s Advisory Board, the Council for the National Academy of Engineering and the Electric Power Research Institute, as well as the Science Board of the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.