In his role as deputy laboratory director for Science and Technology, Green is responsible for NREL’s science and research goals, strengthening the laboratory’s core capabilities, and enhancing NREL’s research portfolio. In addition, he oversees the Laboratory Directed Research and Development Program, NREL-university interactions, and the postdoctoral research program.
Prior to his appointment at NREL, Green spent 20 years in academia and 11 years at Sandia National Laboratories, where his professional career began in 1985. At Sandia, he became manager of the Glass and Ceramics Research department in 1990. He subsequently moved to The University of Texas in 1996, where he became a professor of chemical engineering and the B.F. Goodrich Endowed Professor of Materials Engineering. In 2005, he moved to the University of Michigan, where he was the Vincent T. and Gloria M. Gorguze Endowed Professor of Engineering as well as professor of chemical engineering, applied physics, and macromolecular science and technology. He served as chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and the director of the Energy Department’s Energy Frontiers Research Center: Center for Solar and Thermal Energy Conversion.
Green’s prior leadership experience includes serving as president of the Materials Research Society, with members from more than 50 countries, in 2006. He has been a member of a number of advisory boards for the national academies, national laboratories, scientific journals, and universities.
His awards include election to position of fellow of a number of societies: the American Physical Society, the American Ceramics Society, the Royal Society of Chemistry, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in physics from Hunter College and a master's and doctorate in materials science and engineering from Cornell University.