Keynote Speakers


Martin Keller, Ph.D.
Director National Renewable Energy Laboratory       Golden, Colorado

Martin Keller became the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) director on November 30, 2015.  NREL is the Department of Energy’s primary laboratory for energy efficiency and renewable energy research and development.  NREL is operated for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) by Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC (Alliance).  Martin also serves as the President of Alliance.

Martin joined Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in July 2006.  He was appointed to the role of Associate Laboratory Director at ORNL on July 1, 2009.  On November 1, 2010, a new directorate was formed, Energy and Environmental Sciences, and he was asked to lead this newly-established directorate.  As Associate Laboratory Director of this directorate, he was responsible for the energy, biological, and environmental research programs at ORNL supported by DOE, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Institutes of Health. Martin served as the Founding Director of the DOE BioEnergy Science Center, and, before being named Associate Laboratory Director at ORNL, he served as the Director of the Biosciences Division.

Between 1996 and 2006 Martin held a series of research management positions within Diversa Corporation, a publicly-traded biotechnology company in San Diego.  Martin joined Diversa Corporation in June 1994 as a consultant to build and develop the microbiology expertise within Diversa, before joining Diversa Corporation full time in 1996.

Martin was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2013. Martin received his Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Regensburg, Germany.

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Samuel F. Baldwin
Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
US Department of Energy

Sam Baldwin is a PhD. Physicist and serves as the Chief Scientist for Strategic Programs in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). He most recently served for three years in the Office of the Under Secretary for Science and Energy, leading the Quadrennial Technology Review 2015 on the RDD&D opportunities for the Science and Energy programs at DOE over coming years, coordinating crosscutting R&D teams, conducting portfolio analysis, and many other activities. In previous positions he has served with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment (OTA), Princeton University, the Sahelian Anti-Drought Committee (CILSS) in West Africa, the U.S. Senate, and elsewhere. He is the author or coauthor of more than a dozen books and monographs at DOE, OSTP, OTA, and elsewhere, and more than 30 papers and technical reports on energy technology and policy, physics, and other issues. He was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2007.