Martin Keller

Director, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Martin Keller became the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) director on November 30, 2015. NREL is the Department of Energy’s (DOE) primary laboratory for energy efficiency and renewable energy research and development and is operated for the DOE by Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC. Martin also serves as the President of Alliance.

Martin joined Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in July 2006. He was appointed to the role of Associate Laboratory Director on July 1, 2009. On November 1, 2010, he was asked to lead the newly-established directorate, Energy and Environmental Sciences. As Associate Laboratory Director, he was responsible for the energy, biological, and environmental research programs supported by DOE, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Institutes of Health. Martin served as the Founding Director of the DOE BioEnergy Science Center, and, served as the Director of the Biosciences Division.

Between 1996 and 2006 Martin held a series of research management positions within Diversa Corporation. He joined Diversa in June 1994 as a consultant to build and develop their microbiology expertise, before joining Diversa full time in 1996.

Martin was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2013. He received his Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Regensburg, Germany.