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Adria R. Wilson

Entrepreneurial Program Lead, Chain Reaction Innovations


Adria is a chemist with a passion for enabling energy innovation and accelerating its development into accessible, transformative technology.

Adria has a diverse set of experiences in the clean energy field, from policy development to technical research and management. As a legislative fellow in the Washington, D.C. office of Senator Bernie Sanders, Adria developed legislation as part of the Senator’s energy and environment portfolio, including a bill to provide solar power to low income families. She joins Argonne after a role as a program manager with the Fuel Cell Technologies Office within the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. There she managed applied research and development projects aimed at advancing the widespread adoption of fuel cells, and was actively engaged in several EERE technology-to-market efforts, including the Energy I-Corps and SBIR programs. While at the agency Adria also developed several programs to increase the development of promising R&D into high impact commercial products, including one program to teach early-career researchers lean startup principles in a low-risk environment.

Adria’s passion for energy innovation has also led her to engage with the DC innovation ecosystem as an entrepreneur. She participated in a Department of Defense I-Corps program, going through the customer discovery process for a NASA-developed sensor technology, and has experience developing her own energy harvesting technology.

Adria earned her PhD in chemistry from Duke University.