Berkeley Lab has named BIDS Research Affiliate Rachel Slaybaugh to lead Berkeley Lab’s Cyclotron Road Division. Until recently, Slaybaugh served as a program director at DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), whose mission is to advance high-potential and high-impact energy technologies. Over the last four years, she has also led programs supporting research in advanced nuclear fission reactors, agriculture technologies, and sensing and data analytics.
Since 2015, Cyclotron Road, a division of Berkeley Lab’s Energy Technologies Area, has supported leading entrepreneurial scientists in the development of globally impactful and commercially viable technology products through its fellowship program, which is operated in partnership with the nonprofit organization Activate. Each year, the fellowship program recruits a cohort of innovators who spend two years developing technologies that transform energy- and resource-intensive industries. At Berkeley Lab, these innovators have access to state-of-the-art facilities and world-renowned scientists, and they also participate in a program of intensive mentorship, professional development, and networking co-managed with Activate.
“The Cyclotron Road Division Director needs to have a deep scientific understanding as well as a great discernment of what are game-changing technology ideas, how to support them, and what it requires to take a very early-stage idea to market,” said Ravi Prasher, Berkeley Lab’s director for the Energy Technologies Area. “Rachel’s strong research background at UC Berkeley and her program leadership experience at ARPA-E make her exceedingly qualified to lead Cyclotron Road.”
Rachel Slaybaugh to Lead Berkeley Lab’s Cyclotron Road
January 8, 2021 | Laurel Kellner | Department of Energy News