CU and NREL Name New Director of Joint
August 10, 2010 10:03 AM Eastern Daylight Time
BOULDER, Colo.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--The University of Colorado at Boulder and the U.S.
Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden today named Michael L. Knotek as
director of the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute, or RASEI.
Knotek brings more than 35 years of experience to RASEI, a joint institute between CU-Boulder and NREL. Since
2001 he has served as a consultant specializing in transitions and creating new research directions in agency and
institutional programs, projects and major research facilities. He also has been involved in strategic planning and
project management for multidisciplinary and multi-institutional programs and facilities, including DOE biological
programs, high-performance computing, national facilities such as synchrotrons, environmental research and many
aspects of energy science and technology.
Knotek, one of the nation’s most experienced leaders in multidisciplinary energy research, will focus on renewable
energy research within RASEI, one of the world’s leading university and federal laboratory partnerships.
“The appointment of Dr. Knotek continues our tradition of attracting the highest quality leadership, and will foster
new opportunities for Colorado’s scientific and private sector communities to collaborate on new energy solutions,”
said CU-Boulder Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano.
Knotek will have overall responsibility for management of RASEI’s CU-Boulder and NREL research fellows and
private-sector Leadership Council.
“The breadth and depth of experience and knowledge that Dr. Knotek brings to RASEI is exactly the kind of
leadership we need to help shape the nation’s energy future,” NREL Director Dan Arvizu said.
Knotek previously served as senior science and technology adviser to the Secretary of Energy at the U.S.
Department of Energy; the distinguished science executive at Argonne National Labor