[Assam] [assam] Indian-American scientist to leave top energy job
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Wed May 16 14:57:10 IST 2012
Times of India (May 16, 2012)
Arunava Majumdar, a top Indian-American scientist, is leaving his job
at the US energy department as the Senate has not confirmed his
elevation as an undersecretary at the department.
WASHINGTON: Arunava Majumdar, a top Indian-American scientist, is
leaving his job at the US energy department as the Senate has not
confirmed his elevation as an undersecretary at the department.
President Barack Obama on Tuesday withdrew Majumdar's nomination, which
was sent to the Senate on Nov 30 last year, a brief White House
However, Science journal citing Energy Secretary Steven Chu reported
that Majumdar, who has led the energy department's Advanced Research
Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) for nearly two-and-a-half years, will
leave June 9.
"Under Arun's leadership, we have seen ARPA-E grow from a fledgling
programme to become a leading agency for innovation and energy
research," Chu wrote to agency staff members in an e-mail last week.
"Arun has recruited some of the most talented professionals across the
country to join the ranks at ARPA-E and create programs that have the
potential of changing the entire energy landscape."
Majumdar came to Washington from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
"Arun's departure is a kick in the stomach," Barton Gordon, a former
member of the US House of Representatives who spearheaded the creation
of ARPA-E in 2007, was quoted as saying.
Gordon, now a lobbyist with K&L Gates in Washington, DC, said Majumdar
is a "good scientist and a good organizer who created a good bipartisan
following [in Congress] for ARPA-E. I don't think people realised what
a good politician he is. He's a what-you-see-is-what-you-get kind of
Modelled after the Pentagon's Defence Advanced Research Projects
Agency, ARPA-E is designed to funnel money quickly to high-risk,
"transformational" efforts to develop new energy technologies.
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