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Senate Confirms Ellen Williams as Energy Research Agency Head

Ellen Williams
Ellen Williams

Dr. Ellen Williams, formerly chief scientist at energy company BP, has received Senate confirmation to serve as director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy.

She will be responsible for overseeing energy technology development projects that are funded through ARPA-E in her new position, the Energy Department said Monday.

Dr. Williams has also taught physics at the University of Maryland as well as founded and directed the university’s research science and engineering center.

She has been a member of the Science Magazine’s board of reviewing editors since 2003 and performed technical reviews for DOE, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the National Security Administration and the Defense Department.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Michigan State University and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology.

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