Pittsburgh, Pa. – Sean I.
Plasynski, Ph.D., a 28-year veteran of federal fossil energy research,
has been named acting director of the National Energy Technology
Plasynski was named to the leadership
post by U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Assistant Secretary for Fossil
Energy Steven Winberg following the retirement of Grace Bochenek, Ph.D.,
who served as director for three years.
Laboratory has a long history of helping to provide energy security for
the people of the United States,” he said. “It is a history accentuated
by bold research and solid contributions that have had long-lasting
impacts. It is an honor to have the privilege of working with a roster
of talented researchers and administrators who have the skills and
expertise to continue moving our nation forward.”
to the assignment after having served as the executive director of
NETL’s Technology Development and Integration Center where he was
responsible for overseeing NETL’s national programs with sister DOE
National Laboratories, universities and industrial partners. In the
role, he led integrated technical and business teams in managing
federally sponsored, extramural research in coal, oil, and gas, and
energy technology development.
He has held numerous
management and technical positions over his NETL career, including
acting deputy director and chief operating officer, director of the
Strategic Center of Coal, director of the Office of Coal and Power
R&D, and Sequestration Technology manager. He has been involved in a
wide spectrum of energy technology development, including advanced
power and environmental systems, solids transport, biomass co-firing,
and carbon capture and storage.
Plasynski holds a
B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of
Pittsburgh, and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz Graduate
School of Business.
NETL, part of DOE’s national
laboratory system, supports the DOE mission to advance the energy
security of the United States. The Laboratory implements a broad
spectrum of energy and environmental research and development programs.
with research sites in Pittsburgh, Morgantown, W.Va., and Albany, Ore.,
has expertise in coal, natural gas, and oil technologies; contract and
project management; analysis of energy systems; and international energy
issues. The Laboratory had an FY 17 federal budget of $927 million with
a research portfolio that includes more than 900 projects and
activities in all 50 states, with a total value that exceeds $7 billion.
More than 1,200 employees work at NETL.
to research conducted onsite, NETL’s project portfolio includes R&D
conducted through partnerships, cooperative research and development
agreements, financial assistance, and contractual arrangements with
universities and the private sector. Together, these efforts focus a
wealth of scientific and engineering talent on creating commercially
viable solutions to national energy and environmental problems.
current mission is to discover, integrate, and mature technology
solutions to enhance the nation’s energy foundation and protect the
environment for future generations. NETL is the only national lab
dedicated to fossil energy. Over the past 20 years, NETL’s scientists
have earned 46 R&D 100 Awards, and 33 regional and national awards
from the Federal Laboratory Consortium. These awards, along with the
many other individual awards won by NETL scientists and research
partners, recognize NETL’s contribution to the nation’s energy future.
Shelley Martin, DOE National Energy Technology Laboratory, 3/1/2018
Contact: Shelley Martin