The ARPA-E Newsletter: July 31, 2014

Save the Date for the
2015 Energy Innovation Summit!

The 2015 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit is six months away! This year's summit will be held February 9-11, 2015 at the Gaylord National Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. As the preeminent energy innovation event, the annual conference gathers experts from different technical disciplines and professional communities to think about America’s energy challenges in new and innovative ways. 

Now in its sixth year, the Summit offers a unique, three-day program aimed at moving disruptive energy technologies out of the lab and into the market. Additionally, attendees can hear insightful keynotes from industry leaders and participate int the interactive pitching session. 

The 2015 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit will include:
  • More networking sessions, including focused seminar sessions around targeted energy technologies
  • Hands-on workshops designed to provide early-stage technologists with the skills and knowledge to commercialize their technologies
  • Larger Corporate Acceleration Program pairing corporate partners/investors/utilities with technologists to collaborate on research and development efforts to move promising technologies forward
Registration will open soon for the 2015 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit. Stay tuned for August Newsletter to reserve your spot at the preeminent energy event of the year!
Apply to the Technology Showcase
Looking for a way to participate in the 2015 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit? Apply to the Technology Showcase! Companies, organizations, and other teams who are not current awardees have until Friday, November 28 to submit an application to exhibit in the Technology Showcase. There is no fee to apply and you will be notified of your acceptance by December 12, 2014. Learn more about the Showcase and submit your application
For more information on the summit and to apply to the technology showcase, visit the official ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit website,

Acting Director Dr. Cheryl Martin Travels to England and Ireland

ARPA-E Acting Director Dr. Cheryl Martin visited London last week to participate in the Mission-Oriented Finance for Innovation Conference organized by the University of Sussex. Dr. Martin participated in two panel sessions: Provocation by Practitioners and Innovation in the Public Sector both aimed at highlighting the importance of financing high-impact technological advances. 

Dr. Martin also traveled to Ireland to visit the United Technologies Research Center to learn about ongoing research energy projects at the facility and throughout the country. 

ARPA-E Welcomes New Senior Commercialization Advisor

Earlier this month, ARPA-E welcomed Ryan Umstattd, Ph.D, Lieutenant Colonel (ret.) as a Senior Commercialization Advisor. Mr. Umstattd will identify and facilitate partnerships between ARPA-E and the Department of Defense (DoD) to foster greater collaboration on energy technologies.  

Recently retired from the Air Force, Mr. Umstattd brings an extensive knowledge of research development and market funding to ARPA-E. Previously, he served as Deputy Director for Space and Sensor Systems within the Research Directorate of the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering for the Air Force. He was responsible for directing, planning, and allocating resources for the $550M annual DoD science and technology investment in space programs. Mr. Umstattd is excited to use his understanding of research investment portfolios to enhance the commercial viability of ARPA-E’s projects.

“Through the various jobs I performed during my Air Force career, I experienced first-hand what it takes to deliver new capabilities. My combination of experience will be useful as I help guide successful ARPA-E projects toward development, particularly within the community of Department of Defense users,” states Mr. Umstattd.

Mr. Umstattd received his B.Sc. in Physics from Santa Clara University and his M.Sc and Ph.D in Applied Science from the University of California, Davis. He has received several medals and honors for his service in the military including the Meritorious Service Medal and the Air Force Commendation Medal, among others. 

ARPA-E Projects Named to Top 100 List

R&D Magazine named two ARPA-E awardees to its annual list of the 100 most technologically significant products introduced into the marketplace over the past year. Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Arkansas Power Electronics International (APEI) were featured in the 52nd annual R&D 100 list which highlights industry, academia, and government-sponsored research. ORNL was recognized for their Continuously Variable Series Reactor (CVSR) project, along with APEI which was honored for their High Performance Silicon Carbide based Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle Battery Charger. 

Read about these transformational energy projects and see the full R&D list