Colin is the senior advisor for R&D in the Office of the Under Secretary at the US Department of Energy. He focuses on coordinating research efforts on applied energy technologies (renewables, efficiency, carbon capture, grid, and nuclear power) and developing international energy research collaborations. He previously served as the team lead for Emerging Technologies in the Building Technologies Program of the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

Prior to joining the Department of Energy he was an energy and security analyst at the Federation of American Scientists, a professional staff member with the House of Representatives Committee on Science and Technology, and an AAAS Congressional Fellow on the staff of Representative Ed Markey of Massachusetts.

He received his PhD in atomic and optical physics from the University of California, Berkeley, and did post-doctoral work in quantum optics at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in the group of 1997 Physics Nobel Laureate William Phillips.

Outside of work, Colin is an avid runner, hiker and rock climber, and plays trombone with DC local funk band ‘Bonjour, Ganesh!’ 

A short recent chat with Colin

What are your favorite things to do outside of work?
One of my favorite things to do outside of work is play trombone and trumpet with my band, Bonjour, Ganesh! (the exclamation point is part of our name). We're a 9-piece local DC funk/jazz band, and we perform every 1-2 months in bars and clubs around town. We recently released our first album, "Trunk", which is available on iTunes and Amazon. We're at .

What are you most excited to do, learn, or see during your upcoming trip to France as part of the program?
In France, I'm excited to get to know smart young rising French leaders and hear their views on a range of issues, particularly climate and energy policy. I'm also especially excited to get to share some music with them -- I'm hoping we get to go out to hear some local music in the evenings after our sessions!

When you were 10 years old, what job did you imagine yourself having?
When I was 10, I thought I would be a detective, like Sherlock Holmes. Since I wound up in science (and science policy), I think I actually came pretty close.