Joseph P. Strakey
Chief Technology Officer
National Energy Technology Laboratory
Department of Energy
Dr. Joseph Strakey is the Chief Technology Officer at the Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory. In this capacity, he is responsible for providing strategic direction and oversight for all of NETL’s research, development and demonstration programs including its in-house research efforts.
NETL is owned and operated by DOE, and is the lead field laboratory for the Department’s Office of Fossil Energy. The laboratory’s RD&D programs encompass a broad range of advanced technology development initiatives in the areas of coal gasification and combustion technology, environmental control technology, hydrogen and fuels production, carbon capture and sequestration, gas turbines, and fuel cells. The program also includes the FutureGen initiative for development of near-zero emission coal technology, as well as the Clean Coal Power Initiative that is demonstrating advanced coal-based power technologies with a current focus on carbon capture technology.
During his 36 years of Federal service, Dr. Strakey has held senior management positions leading major RD&D programs, including the national RD&D programs related to both coal and natural gas. He previously headed NETL’s Strategic Center for Coal, and prior to that, the Strategic Center for Natural Gas.
Dr. Strakey has a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Engineering and Applied Science from Yale University, where he also performed postdoctoral research. He began his Federal career as a researcher with the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Mines. Dr. Strakey has authored or coauthored over 100 publications in technical journals and the proceedings of various energy and environmental conferences.
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