Dr. Grace M. Bochenek

boheneck.pngAs Director of NETL, Dr. Grace M. Bochenek brings a tradition of leadership, technical expertise, and precision to the laboratory’s mission of protecting the nation’s environment and enhancing its energy independence. Dr. Bochenek manages a diverse $9 billion, 1,800-project NETL portfolio that seeks to create commercially viable solutions to energy and environmental challenges; oversees NETL partnerships with research universities and the private sector; and manages onsite research in computational and basic sciences, energy system dynamics, geological and environmental systems, and materials science. Dr. Bochenek’s vision is to build upon NETL’s expertise in coal, natural gas, and oil technologies; energy systems analysis; and international energy issues to effectively address the energy and environmental challenges of the 21st Century and create innovations that will benefit generations to come.

Dr. Bochenek has more than 25 years of technical and management experience in the federal government with the Department of Defense. She was most recently the first Chief Technology Officer of the U.S. Army Materiel Command where she served as the principal technical advisor on all engineering and scientific activities within the command. She also provided management oversight to the command’s six regional centers, the Army Research Laboratory and the Army Materiel Systems Analysis Agency with a budget of more than $2.5 billion. Prior to this position, Bochenek led research, development and engineering strategies as Director of the U.S. Army Tank and Automotive Research division.

Dr. Bochenek has a B.S. in electrical engineering from Wayne State University, an M.S. in engineering from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in industrial and systems engineering from the University of Central Florida.