Dr. Bret Strogen, Director, consults with technology organizations to inform federal policies and participate in programs that support national energy, infrastructure, and environmental objectives. With nearly two decades of experience working across the energy-environment-economics nexus, his expertise spans energy innovation, sustainability analysis, and federal program management.
Prior to joining SMI, Dr. Strogen spent more than seven years working at the Pentagon—as an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow and contractor in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and as the Army’s Special Assistant for Energy and Sustainability—followed by a year as the research director for a start-up that evaluates the life-cycle sustainability of emerging technologies. Bret’s defense-related portfolio entailed advising interagency and defense-specific energy policies and strategies; overseeing and supporting utilities privatization, energy performance contracts, and alternative fuel development programs; and preparing briefings and reports to Congress on the department’s energy management and energy technology RDT&E initiatives.
Earlier in his career, Dr. Strogen worked as an environmental project engineer at construction, demolition, remediation, and active industrial sites, and he maintains his Professional Engineer license in Pennsylvania. Dr. Strogen holds a BS in Environmental Engineering from the University of Delaware and a MS and PhD in Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley