Mario Garcia-Sanz appointed program director of ARPA-E

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Mario Garcia-Sanz, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, has been selected for a two-year stint as a program director at the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E).

During his appointment at ARPA-E, Garcia-Sanz will work on projects related to the following areas:

  • Advanced control engineering;
  • Wind energy systems;
  • Renewable and conventional power generation;
  • Electrical distribution systems;
  • Smart grid technologies; and
  • Water treatment plants and networks.

“The ARPA-E program is designed to engage incredible leaders in energy to catalyze and manage projects that have the potential to transform how energy is generated, delivered and used in our country,” says Alexis Abramson, interim chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and co-director of the university’s Great Lakes Energy Institute. “ARPA-E chooses only the best and the brightest to serve as program directors—we are thrilled that Mario will be representing Case Western Reserve in this role. His background in wind energy and more broadly, in controls, is unmatched.”

Garcia-Sanz joined the Case Western Reserve faculty in 2009. He also serves as director of the Control and Energy Systems Center at the university.

The ARPA-E program advances high-potential, high-impact energy technologies that are too early for private-sector investment. Learn more.