Robert Bectel

Robert Bectel
Senior Policy Advisor/Chief Technology Officer
U.S. Department of Energy

Robert Bectel serves as Chief Technology Officer, Senior Policy Advisor and Acting Director for IT Services for EERE where he helps accelerate the commercialization of new energy solutions and seeks to establish a uniform, efficient, agile, and user-friendly IT infrastructure which facilitates the performance of every employee’s work and the achievement of EERE’s mission. To do this, he brings a unique passion, focus and expertise on using cutting-edge technologies to enable the development of low cost and easily accessible distributable content, mobile applications, robust software and interactive solutions – all with the goal of helping transform and expedite market acceptance, transparency and efficiency. Prior to his transition to government, Rob’s more than 16 years of experience including both the non-profit and commercial sectors. He built and managed the first vertical business network for pharmacists,, for the National Community Pharmacists Association, and led its Committee on Innovation and Technology.

Prior to NCPA, Rob directed the development of the USDA consumer website and was the marketing director for As the portal manager for the TruSecure Corporation, he performed interactive outreach activities to customers and the public on matters of information and network security. Rob has co-authored several publications and textbooks on long-term care systems in the United States and Europe.

He is a graduate of Michigan State University where he earned his degree in public administration.