Jay Precourt Professor, Stanford University
Arun Majumdar is the Jay Precourt Professor at Stanford University, where he serves on the faculty of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and is a senior fellow of the Precourt Institute for Energy. Prior to joining Stanford, he was the vice president for energy at Google, where he created several energy technology initiatives and advised the company on its broader energy strategy.
In October 2009, Dr. Majumdar was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate to become the founding director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E), where he served till June 2012. Between March 2011 and June 2012, Dr. Majumdar also served as the Acting Under Secretary of Energy, and a senior advisor to the Secretary of Energy.