Dr. Suresh Sunderrajan is Associate Laboratory Director for Advanced Energy Technologies (AET) at Argonne National Laboratory. He leads an organization of scientists, engineers, and analysts working to enable a sustainable, secure, equitable, and prosperous energy future. AET solves the most pressing energy, mobility, materials, and manufacturing challenges by using the laboratory’s world-class scientific and engineering expertise and facilities. The AET team collaborates with internal and external partners on cutting-edge research, development, demonstration, and deployment of clean energy technologies.
Dr. Sunderrajan was previously the Associate Laboratory Director for Energy and Global Security, from which the Advanced Energy Technologies and Nuclear Technologies and National Security directorates were formed in 2022. In that role, he led an organization that applied crosscutting expertise in science, engineering, and technology to develop solutions to challenging problems related to energy, transportation, manufacturing, and global security including nuclear nonproliferation, CBRN threat detection and critical infrastructure security.
Before that, he served as Associate Laboratory Director for Science and Technology Partnerships and Outreach, Argonne’s commercialization and licensing organization which works with the laboratory’s research directorates to develop strategies that sustain and expand Argonne’s relationships with industry, academia, government, and other sectors.
Prior to his career at Argonne, Dr. Sunderrajan worked at United Technologies Corporation, where he served as Director of Innovation Business Development, the Corporate Intellectual Property monetization organization that is responsible for patent and technology licensing, patent sales, and new business incubation opportunities. Before working at United Technologies Corporation, Dr. Sunderrajan was a seasoned entrepreneur who was part of the founding teams for four different start-ups.
Dr. Sunderrajan also worked at the International Copper Association, where he supervised several globally dispersed, early-stage technology commercialization activities; at Eastman Kodak Company, where he led the commercialization of several generations of photographic imaging supports, led the creation of a silver nanomaterial-based antimicrobial business, and was a Director with the Corporate Venture Capital group; and at Union Camp Corporation (International Paper) as a Senior Process Engineer, where he led the first alkaline conversion of a coated board machine in the United States.
He holds more than 30 U.S. patents and received the Distinguished Inventor Award at Eastman Kodak. He is a Certified Licensing Professional. Dr. Sunderrajan earned his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, and his Master of Science in Management and Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.