Arun Majumdar, director of the Energy Department’s research and development agency, plans to resign from his current position on June 9 to return to California, Reuters reports.
Secretary Steven Chu announced Majumdar’s plan to leave his post after two years in a note to agency staff sent out Wednesday, according to the report.
Since assuming his position with DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency, Majumdar has been located in Washington, but his family has remained in California.
Deputy Director of Technology Eric Toone will assume Majumdar’s position next month.
Majumdar has also been serving as Chu’s acting undersecretary of energy and David Sandalow will assume that post Wednesday, adding to his current position as assistant secretary for policy and international affairs.
ARPA-E was created in 2007 in order to research and develop programs that would potentially revolutionize the energy market.
Reuters notes ARPA-E was awarded $400 million under the 2009 stimulus package, which has led to projects developing weeds that can break down sugars to make biofuels, batteries that run on wind and solar power, among other projects.
Majumdar previously served as associate director at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and has taught engineering courses at the University of California at Berkeley.