Dan Arvizu is the eighth director of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the Department of Energy’s primary laboratory for energy efficiency and renewable energy research and development.  NREL is operated for the DOE by Alliance for Sustainable Energy LLC. Arvizu is president of Alliance and an executive vice president with MRIGlobal.  Prior to joining NREL, he was the chief technology officer at CH2M HILL Companies, Ltd., and an executive at Sandia National Laboratories.  He started his career at AT&T Bell Telephone Laboratories. He was appointed by two successive U.S. presidents to serve six-year terms on the National Science Board, which governs the National Science Foundation and advises the President and Congress on science policy. 


He is presently serving as Chairman.  He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Public Administration.  Arvizu also serves on the American Council on Renewable Energy advisory board, the Singapore International Advisory Panel on Energy, the board of the Colorado Energy Research Authority, and on the Board of Directors of State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company.  He has three degrees in mechanical engineering – a BS from New Mexico State University, and a MS and PhD from Stanford University.