Dr. Ellen Williams

Professor, University of Maryland

Dr. Williams comes to CO2 Sciences after two years at the U.S. Department of Energy. As the Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), Dr. Williams focused on accelerating transformational energy projects to the point where they can be evaluated by the private sector for possible commercial development.

Before moving to ARPA-E, Dr. Williams served as the Chief Scientist for BP where she was responsible for strategic research and program development. In this role, Dr. Williams advocated for adopting cutting edge technological advances to exploit opportunities for more efficient and sustainable energy production.

Dr. Williams is currently a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Physics and the Institute for Physical Science and Technology at the University of Maryland. While at Maryland, Dr. Williams founded the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center and served as its Director from 1996 through 2009. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, The American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Royal Society (London).

As a member of the Board of Directors, Dr. Williams will be a key voice and adviser in identifying promising energy technologies to scale and partnerships to develop to further the organization’s mission throughout the world.