Josh Mengers is a project manager and Army veteran with a PhD in mechanical engineering. He has been with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for nine years, where he managed renewable energy Research & Development projects at DOE Headquarters for seven years before coming to ETEC in 2019. Hired as a President Management Fellow by the Department in 2012, Josh was a project manager in EERE’s Geothermal Technologies Office and also spent a six-month detail with the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency where he worked on an airbreathing hypersonic project. While at headquarters, Josh also served as the chairman of the DOE’s EnergyVets employee resource group from 2017-2019.
Josh was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army in 2001. He served as a platoon leader and staff officer for a combat engineer battalion in Bamberg, Germany, where he deployed to Kosovo and Iraq. He left the service as a captain in 2005 to pursue graduate degrees at the University of Notre Dame. There he earned an MS and PhD in aerospace and mechanical engineering, focused on thermodynamic modeling; he also holds a BS in mechanical engineering from Johns Hopkins University.