Sunita Satyalpal
Sunita Satyalpal
U.S. Department of Energy

Sunita Satyapal is the Director of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and is also responsible for coordinating across DOE offices on hydrogen activities. She is responsible for the overall strategy and execution of hydrogen and fuel cell programs, including oversight of more than $1.6 billion in research, development, demonstration, and deployment (RDD&D) activities, as well as staff. She also coordinates more than $9.5 billion in hydrogen activities in partnership across DOE offices and her office has been leading the Interagency Working Group on hydrogen across agencies for nearly two decades.

In addition, Dr. Satyapal coordinates international hydrogen activities as Vice-Chair of the International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy, a partnership among over 20 countries to accelerate progress in hydrogen and serves as the U.S. co-lead for hydrogen efforts within the Clean Energy Ministerial and Mission Innovation. 

She has more than two and a half decades of experience, including academia, industry, and government. Prior positions within the office included Chief Engineer and Hydrogen Storage Team Leader. Before joining DOE in 2003, she managed R&D, as well as business development at United Technologies Research Center and at UTC Fuel Cells in Connecticut. She also served as a visiting assistant professor at Vassar College, a visiting scientist at Columbia University and visiting student at Hokkaido University. In addition to hydrogen and fuel cell research, she has worked on laser diagnostics in photodissociation, combustion of chemical warfare agents, and various environmental and energy related areas.

Dr. Satyapal received her Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Columbia University and did her postdoctoral work in Applied and Engineering Physics at Cornell University. She has numerous publications, including in Scientific American, has 10 patents issued, and several recognitions including a Presidential Rank Award.