Dr. Vanessa Chan DOE

Dr. Vanessa Z. Chan

Dr. Vanessa Z. Chan is the Chief Commercialization Officer for the Department of Energy and Director of the Office of Technology Transitions. In this role she is responsible for driving private sector uptake of clean energy technologies as the steward of commercialization activities across DOE, the 17 National Laboratories, and the Department’s other research and production facilities across the country.

Dr. Chan is an innovator who has worked across a wide range of ecosystems, from academia to Fortune 1000 companies to startups. She has two decades of experience helping organizations grow at the interface of technology and business, across a diverse set of industries.

Chan is currently on a leave of absence from her position as Undergraduate Chair of the Materials Science & Engineering department and the Jonathan and Linda Brassington Professor of Practice in Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. At Penn she was redesigning how engineers are being educated by formally incorporating real world skills (understanding of supply chains & ecosystems, presentation skills, etc.) to better prepare her students to have an impact when they graduate. 

She is a former McKinsey & Company partner, experienced Venture Board Director for Vanguard and United Technology Corporation, and a board member at multiple startups. Chan was the first woman and the first East Asian elected partner in McKinsey’s North American Chemicals practice. She is a nationally respected educator who is the first Practice Professor at Penn’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, awarded an endowed scholarly chair.

Chan earned her Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her B.S.E. in Materials Science & Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Marcos Gonzales Harsha
Principal Deputy Director
Julius Goldberg-Lewis
Chief of Staff, Office of Technology Transitions

Commercialization Programs

Victor Kane
Director of Commercialization Programs
Mary Yamada
Associate Director of Innovative Partnerships
Mary McManmon
Associate Director for Commercialization Programs
Carolina Villacis
Commercialization Program Manager
Felipe Barcia
Commercialization Program Manager
Dr. Kyle Fricker
Commercialization Program Manager
Katherine Harsanyi
Commercialization Program Manager
Kirsten Hillyer
Commercialization Program Manager
Edward Rios
Commercialization Executive
Rebecca Szymkowicz
Commercialization Program Manager
Kelsey Hamilton
General Engineer
Bahar Sayed
Commercialization Program Specialist

Business Operations

Tanisha Parker
Chief Operating Officer & Deputy Director for Operations
Robert Bectel
Commercialization Executive
Matt Hill
Budget Analyst
Jennifer Nelden
Human Resources Advisor
Steve Palmeri
Procurement Manager
Janice Staten
Administrative Officer
Mayra Barbosa
Procurement Analyst
Sean Sullivan
Communications Lead
Rima Oueid
Senior Commercialization Executive
Jake Mees

Technology Transfer Policy

Vanessa Peña
Director of Technology Transfer Policy
Andrew Dasinger
Policy Analyst
Charles Russomanno
Special Advisor
Akbar Naqvi
Policy Analyst

Market Analysis

Stephen Hendrickson
Director of Market Analysis
Amit Samra
Market Analyst
Katheryn Scott
Market Analyst