ARPA-E Seminar: February 2

Douglas Wicks

Title: Catalyzing the Renaissance of American Mining to Enable the Energy Transition
When: February 2, 2024, 1:30 - 2:15 p.m.
Online: Attend via Zoom

Douglas Wicks, PhD, program director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), will host a seminar on February 2 from 1:30 - 2:15 p.m. The Energy Department's ARPA-E advances high-potential, high-impact energy technologies that are too early for private-sector investment. Wicks's area of focus at ARPA-E is on waste-to-energy technologies. Faculty, staff, and students are invited to join Wicks to learn more about ARPA-E's research activities and programs.

Wicks joined ARPA-E from Imerys, a French industrial minerals production and processing company, where he was most recently the director of transformational and external innovation. At Imerys, Wicks developed an innovation network of academic, contract research organizations, startups, and strategic partners. Before joining Imerys, Wicks worked in a variety of roles at several startup companies focused on innovative materials. Wicks began his career at Bayer Corporation, where he ultimately became vice president of research for the Coatings and Colorants division.


The America COMPETES Act of 2007 authorized the establishment of ARPA-E within the US Department of Energy. However, ARPA-E did not officially come into existence until early 2009, when it received $400 million in funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.