Susan Babinec leads a comprehensive strategy that expands the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) vision for a future electric grid that includes a range of optimized energy storage capabilities.
Babinec previously served six years as senior commercialization advisor for both transportation and grid energy storage at the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E). Prior to ARPA-E, she led several research groups as a technical director for A123 Systems, Inc. at its Ann Arbor, Michigan, site. Babinec spent the first two decades of her career at Dow Chemical Corp., where she was awarded the Inventor of the Year Award, was senior advisor to the Venture Capital group, and was the company’s first woman Corporate Fellow. She was co-inventor of a low-cost display technology that was spun out as the venture-funded start-up, holds more than 45 patents, and has authored or co-authored dozens of journal articles and book chapters.