Mike McKittrick, Ph.D., serves as the acting director for the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). He is serving concurrently as the program lead for R&D Consortia where he oversees AMO’s public-private R&D consortia, which bring together manufacturers, small businesses, universities, national laboratories, and state and local governments to pursue early-stage R&D in high-priority areas essential to energy in manufacturing.
Dr. McKittrick previously managed the Critical Materials Institute, an Energy Innovation Hub led by Ames Laboratory, as a technology manager within AMO. Dr. McKittrick was a co-author of the 2011 DOE Critical Materials Strategy, which assessed the challenges associated with the use of rare earth elements and other critical materials in clean energy technologies.
Before joining DOE, he led efforts within the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Research and Development to develop extramural research programs on rare earth elements and also managed nanotechnology related grants. Prior to the EPA, Dr. McKittrick was at the University at Buffalo as an assistant professor, focusing on developing energy efficient catalytic materials for pollutant degradation.
Dr. McKittrick received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Georgia Tech. He also holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from Virginia Commonwealth University.