Colin McCormick

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!’