Austin Brown is a senior analyst in the Washington, DC office of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). His work focuses on clean transportation, including efficient and electrified vehicles, renewable fuels, and transportation system interactions with the built environment. He also moonlights as Deputy Chief Technology Officer for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in the U.S. Department of Energy, specializing in energy analysis, tools, and opening up data sets for innovation.
Austin was a scientist in his previous life. He has a B.S. in Physics from Harvey Mudd College and received his Ph.D. in Biophysics from Stanford University. With this scientific training, he transitioned to Washington to connect science to policy decisions, especially federal clean energy research.
Austin’s primary career interest is to see the United States begin on a pathway that leads towards a future where energy is clean, sustainable, affordable, and reliable domestically and worldwide. This overall goal is selfish as it will ensure he can continue doing the things he loves – appreciating the outdoors, running, SCUBA diving, skiing – and help save these invaluable resources for fut