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Washington, DC – On December 14, 2017, Steven Winberg was ceremonially sworn in by Energy Secretary Rick Perry as the new Assistant Secretary for the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy (FE). Mr. Winberg was officially sworn in as Assistant Secretary on November 22, 2017. 

As Assistant Secretary, Mr. Winberg oversees FE’s research and development program, encompassing coal, oil, and natural gas, as well as the Office of Petroleum Reserves. He serves as a primary policy advisor to Secretary Perry and the Department on issues involving U.S. fossil fuels. He also supervises FE staff, which includes over 1,000 scientists, engineers, technicians, and administrative staff throughout the nation.

Mr. Winberg has 39 years of experience in the energy industry. He began his career at the engineering firm Foster Wheeler as an engineer on coal-fired utility boilers. From there, he spent 14 years with Consolidated Natural Gas working in a variety of positions before becoming Vice President for CONSOL Energy Research & Development. Immediately prior to coming to DOE, Mr. Winberg served as a Senior Program Manager at Battelle Memorial Institute.

Over the span of his career, Mr. Winberg has participated in a number of policy and energy initiatives.  He has also gained extensive experience in numerous energy technologies, including advanced fossil energy combustion, coal-to-liquids, fluidized bed combustion, emulsified fuels, fuel cells, alternative fuel vehicles, and carbon utilization.

Mr. Winberg received a bachelor’s degree in nuclear science from the State University of Maritime College in 1978 and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh in 1991.