CMU Welcomes Costa Samaras as New Director of the Scott Institute for Energy Innovation

Costa Samaras has returned to Carnegie Mellon University as the director of the Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation(opens in new window). Since 2021, Samaras has been on public service leave at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), serving as principal assistant director for energy and OSTP chief adviser for the clean energy transition…

During his time at the White House OSTP, Samaras worked with the OSTP director, the deputy director for industrial innovation, and senior leaders throughout the government in coordinating federal technology policy to meet U.S. climate commitments. Samaras helped launch an effort(opens in new window) to accelerate clean energy innovation to achieve a net-zero emissions economy no later than 2050, as well as President Biden’s Bold Decadal Vision for Commercial Fusion Energy(opens in new window)

In addition, he led the conceptualization of a new forward-looking clean energy transition assessment capability, the White House ARPA-I Summit(opens in new window)…

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