The ARPA-E Newsletter: July 21, 2016 
ARPA-E Director Named Foreign Member of the Royal Society

 
ARPA-E Director Dr. Ellen D. Williams was recently named a Foreign Member of the Royal Society of London. Going back to 1660, the Royal Society is the oldest organization for science in the world, counting Fellows including Isaac Newton, Benjamin Franklin, and Albert Einstein in its ranks.

Election to the society is one of the highest honors in science, and there are fewer than 200 Foreign Members out of approximately 1,600 current Fellows.
MONITOR Project Teams Develop Innovative Methane Detection Technologies 
          

ARPA-E's Methane Observation Networks with Innovative Technology to Obtain Reductions (MONITOR) program, now in its second year, is making tremendous technical progress in developing low-cost, highly sensitive technologies for improved methane detection and measurement in the natural gas supply chain.

As a sample of the entire portfolio, learn about three MONITOR project teams developing innovative technologies to detect methane.


Additional information is available on ARPA-E’s online application portal, ARPA-E eXCHANGE.

MISO and ARPA-E Partner for 
Inaugural MISO Market Symposium

 
The Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) is partnering with ARPA-E for the inaugural MISO Market Symposium on Aug. 18 – 19 in Indianapolis, IN. The symposium will bring together leading experts to discuss industry trends and explore how MISO’s wholesale market can adapt to future changes. ARPA-E will participate in the symposium to share its vision for the future of energy technology and how innovations, including those supported by ARPA-E, can transform the power system to address future opportunities and challenges.

The symposium will address the market challenges of a decarbonized wholesale fleet and distributed energy resources, including storage, distributed solar, and other new technologies. To learn more about the MISO Market Symposium 2016, visit the registration site
ARPA-E's Patrick McGrath Named Associate Director of Technology

                     
ARPA-E recently named Dr. Patrick McGrath as the new Associate Director of Technology. McGrath is also a Program Director at ARPA-E. In this new role, McGrath will assist ARPA-E with program development, Program Director and Fellow recruitment, and coordinating project management across the Agency. 

In his programmatic duties at ARPA-E, McGrath oversees the Advanced Management and Protection of Energy Storage Devices (AMPED) program, which is developing novel sensors & diagnostics, advanced physics-based models & controls, and flexible power architectures to unlock greater performance, reliability, and safety from Lithium-ion batteries. McGrath also launched and continues to oversee the Accelerating Low-cost Plasma Heating and Assembly (ALPHA) program to demonstrate new approaches and technologies for low-cost development of fusion power.

McGrath received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Virginia.
ARPA-E Seeks Fellows! 
ARPA-E is looking for the next generation of scientific leaders to help solve the most pressing and exciting challenges in energy. ARPA-E Fellows assist the agency in identifying possible breakthrough energy technologies through technical and economic analyses.

During their two-year tenure, Fellows undergo a full-immersion experience in energy technology development, engaging with world-class researchers in academia and industry, entrepreneurs, and government officials.

Interested applicants can view the requirements and instructions for the position in the Job Opportunities tab of the ARPA-E website.

The deadline to apply for a Fellows position is Monday, August 15, 2016.

Want to know more? Read this ARPA-E blog on "A Day in the Life of an ARPA-E Fellow" and get the inside scoop.

Upcoming ARPA-E Workshops 
Workshop: Advanced Circuit Topologies for Power Systems 
Date: September 13, 2016
Location: Washington, D.C. 
This workshop will convene leading experts in power electronics, power systems, circuit design, wide bandgap materials, semiconductor devices, packaging and module design, and end use applications to identify innovative research paths forward for the development of disruptive advanced circuit topologies that lead to higher efficiency, more reliable, reduced size and weight, and lower cost devices and/or system architectures. For more information, please visit the workshop page on the ARPA-E website.  
    
Workshop: Unified - Highly Utilized Grid
Date: September 29-30, 2016
Location: Washington, D.C. 
This workshop will convene leading experts in power systems, data analytics, and control systems to identify paths forward for the development of disruptive technologies for real time adaptation to power events enabling increased integration of distributed generation and storage into a Unified Power Grid. For more information, please visit the workshop page on the ARPA-E website.