For a comprehensive schedule of presentations, including the full list of plenary and technical presentations, download the detailed meeting agenda.
Opening Remarks and Plenary Panel Speakers
The plenary session of the 2021 Hydrogen Program AMR will feature opening remarks from Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm followed by a panel of other U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) leaders discussing H2@Scale opportunities and activities at DOE.
Following the H2@Scale panel, Dr. Sunita Satyapal, Director of the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office, will present an overview of the DOE Hydrogen Program and moderate a panel discussion with representatives from other DOE Hydrogen Program participating offices.
Jennifer M. Granholm
Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy
Jennifer M. Granholm was sworn in as the 16th Secretary of Energy on February 25, 2021, becoming just the second woman to lead DOE. Secretary Granholm will lead DOE in helping America achieve President Biden’s goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 by advancing cutting-edge clean energy technologies, creating millions of good-paying union clean energy jobs, and building an equitable clean energy future. Secretary Granholm will also oversee DOE’s core missions of promoting American leadership in scientific discovery, maintaining the nuclear deterrent and reducing nuclear danger, and remediating the environmental harms caused by legacy defense programs. Read more about Jennifer M. Granholm.
Acting Assistant Secretary and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Kelly Speakes-Backman is the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and Acting Assistant Secretary at DOE. In her role, Speakes-Backman leads and directs EERE, focused on creating and sustaining American leadership in the transition to a global clean energy economy. She oversees the planning and execution of the organization's $2.8B portfolio of research, development, demonstration, and deployment activities in energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainable transportation. Read more about Kelly Speakes-Backman.
Acting Assistant Secretary and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Fossil Energy
Dr. Jennifer Wilcox, the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Office of Fossil Energy at DOE, was the Presidential Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering and Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. As a senior fellow at the World Resources Institute, she led WRI's Carbon Removal Program. Wilcox's research takes aim at the nexus of energy and the environment, developing both mitigation and adaptation strategies to minimize negative climate impacts associated with society's dependence on fossil fuels. Read more about Jennifer Wilcox.
Acting Assistant Secretary and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Nuclear Energy
Dr. Kathryn D. Huff serves as the Acting Assistant Secretary and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Nuclear Energy. Prior to her current role, she was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she led the Advanced Reactors and Fuel Cycles Research Group. She was also a Blue Waters Assistant Professor with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. Read more about Kathryn Huff.
Acting Director and Principal Deputy Director, Office of Science
Dr. J. Stephen (Steve) Binkley is the Principal Deputy Director in the Office of Science at DOE. In this capacity, Dr. Binkley is the senior career science official in the Office of Science, which is third largest Federal sponsor of basic research in the United States, the primary supporter of the physical sciences in the U.S., and one of the premier science organizations in the world. As Principal Deputy Director, Dr. Binkley serves as the principal overall advisor to the Director on all aspects of the Office of Science. Read more about Stephen Binkley.
Director, Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office
Dr. Sunita Satyapal is the Director of DOE's Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office within EERE. In this capacity, she is responsible for the overall strategy and execution of hydrogen and fuel cell activities, including oversight and coordination of about $150 million per year of research and development (R&D) programs, as well as staff. She has about two and a half decades of experience, including academia, industry, and government. Prior positions within the office included Chief Engineer, Deputy Program Manager, and Hydrogen Storage Team Leader, and she has coordinated hydrogen and fuel cell activities across DOE, with other agencies, and with international stakeholders. Read more about Sunita Satyapal.