Don Hillebrand, Division Director of Energy Systems

Don Hillebrand

Division Director
- Energy Systems

Don Hillebrand is the director of Argonne's Center for Transportation Research. In this role, Don is responsible for leading a team of engineers and physicists who are actively seeking to solve transportation problems related to the nation’s reliance on imported energy by developing advanced tools for the analysis of the latest transportation technologies.

Don came to Argonne from DaimlerChrysler A.G. in Stuttgart, Germany where he worked as the manager of Research and Technology Policy in the DaimlerChrysler research labs. He was responsible for environment, energy and research policy with the European Commission on Research.

Don worked two years in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy as a Senior Policy Advisor for Transportation to the Executive Office of the President. Previously, Don spent 20 years as a product engineer with Chrysler Motors working on a range of advanced technology programs that resulted in patents, publications, and commercial products on the road.

Awards, Honors and Memberships

  • SAE Board of Directors 2000 – 2003
  • AAAS Washington/White House Fellow 1996 – 1998
  • ESD (Engineering Society of Detroit), Michigan Outstanding Engineer 1993
  • Society of Automotive Engineers – Outstanding Young Engineer 1998
  • Charles DeVlieg Fellow – 1994

A Little Can of Sunshine: Don Hillebrand and Jeff Chamberlain on TEDxUIllinois