Dr. Grace M. Bochenek

NETL Welcomes New Director

The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) turned a new page today in its long and storied history by welcoming Dr. Grace M. Bochenek as the laboratory’s new director.

Dr. Bochenek joins the Energy Department with more than 25 years of technical and management experience in the federal government with the Department of Defense. She most recently served as 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 an annual budget of more than $2.5 billion. Prior to this, Dr. Bochenek led research, development, and engineering strategies as Director of the U.S. Army Tank and Automotive Research division.

Dr. Bochenek will manage the day-to-day operations of NETL, the national laboratory for the Office of Fossil Energy’s research and development program. With more than 1,400 federal and contractor employees at five sites across the nation, NETL’s mission is to advance energy options to fuel the nation’s economy, increase national security, and protect the environment.

“In her new role at NETL, Dr. Bochenek will oversee DOE’s lead laboratory for fossil energy and a portfolio of research critical to the Department’s work addressing our nation’s energy and environmental challenges,” said Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz when Bochenek’s appointment was announced in August. “She will lead NETL as it seeks transformative scientific and technological solutions in support of our nation’s all-of-the-above energy strategy.”

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