Dr. Phelan will be filling a critical function that requires a world-renown expert with significant exposure to cutting-edge technologies. The Emerging Technologies Program is innovative, by design. It requires a continually fresh perspective that can only come from talent that is rotated through on a continual basis. With the hiring of Dr. Phelan, we will start this process of rotating through the very best and brightest in the industry to lead this effort. Dr. Phelan is the ideal candidate to fill this position. For the last five years, he has served as the Associate Director for Arizona State University's National Center of Excellence on SMART (Sustainable Materials& Renewable Technologies) Innovations. The Center is known worldwide as a hotbed of innovative thinking, producing advances in some of the very best ideas in sustainable energy technologies. In addition, Dr. Phelan's innovative work on heat transfer, working with the National Science Foundation and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, has placed him at the forefront of energy technology design. Dr. Phelan is ideally suited to lead and energize a BTP team to screen, develop and ultimately accelerate the use of innovative energy efficient technologies. Bringing to DOE such a vast experience base will ultimately improve our decision making, and therefore improve the effectiveness of each dollar DOE invests in these innovative technologies. Dr. Phelan's participation in this IPA will benefit Arizona State University as he will be able to return to teaching with a broader experience base, working with a wide-array of new technologies. In addition, he will have the opportunity to see how the design and use of these emerging technologies fits in with other building and industrial technologies from EERE's Advanced Manufacturing Office, the Federal Energy Management Program, and the Solar Technologies Program, as well as BTP.
|Effective start/end date||7/23/12 → 7/22/16|
- DOE: Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE): $743,795.00