Dan Arvizu, Ph.D.

Dan Arvizu

Dr. Dan Arvizu presently serves as Senior Advisor to the Emerson Elemental practice of Emerson Collective. He previously served as Chief Technology Officer and STEM Evangelist. Emerson Elemental’s mission is to restore and strengthen the symbiosis between humanity and nature. His roles include advising on organizational strategy, reviewing investments and conducting technical due diligence for Emerson portfolio technology companies, and supporting strategic initiatives with Emerson’s network partners. He also currently serves as a Precourt Institute Energy Scholar and adjunct professor at Stanford University.

Dr. Arvizu has had a long distinguished career in advanced energy research and development, materials and process sciences, and technology commercialization. He started his career in 1973 at Bell Labs, and after 4 years transferred to Sandia National Labs, where he spent the next 21 years, 14 years in executive roles.  In 1998 he joined CH2M Hill Companies, Ltd for 6 years, his last two years as a CTO.  In January of 2005 he was appointed the 8th Director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado and became the first Hispanic Lab Director in the history of any of the 17 U.S. DOE’s National Labs. He retired in December of 2015, and is presently Director Emeritus.

Dr. Arvizu serves on a numberof boards, panels and advisory committees including the State Farm Mutual Insurance Board of Directors, the Singapore International Advisory Panel on Energy, and the Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy Advisory Council. He also currently serves on several other panels and committees.  In 2004 he was appointed by President George W. Bush, and subsequently in 2010 reappointed by President Barack Obama (twice confirmed by the full Senate), to serve 6 year terms (2004-2010;2010-2016) on the National Science Board (NSB). He was twice elected NSB Chairman by his peers and served as Chair for four years (2012-2016) where he testified annually on NSF’s budget before Congress.  He was the first Hispanic NSB chair of the National Science Foundation, founded in 1950.

He is an elected Fellow of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Public Administration and in 2016 received the Secretary of Energy’s Exceptional Service Award for more than 3 decades of energy contributions.  He has received numerous awards and recognitions including induction as a member of the U.S. News and World Report STEM Leadership Hall of Fame, induction as a member of the Great Minds in STEM Hispanic Science and Engineering Hall of Fame, and in 2010 was awarded the Hispanic Scientist of the Year, by the Museum of Science and Industry, Tampa, Florida.

Dr. Arvizu has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from New Mexico State University, and a Master of Science and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.