Dr. Nancy Haegel (ND '81)
Center Director, Materials Science Center
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory is the U.S. Department of Energy’s primary national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficient research and development. The Materials Science Center, within the Materials and Chemical Science and Technology Directorate, provides fundamental and applied materials science discovery and problem-solving in support of the nation’s energy and environmental goals. Dr. Haegel will highlight recent activity in the Center’s areas of focus, including materials physics, electronic structure theory, microscopy and imaging, interfacial and surface science, materials discovery and thin film materials science and processing for photovoltaics and other energy applications. NREL works with a wide range of organizations, including universities, industry and other national laboratories, and Dr. Haegel will review mechanisms for collaboration and identify emerging partnership areas.