• CERAWeek
  • March 18 - 22, 2024

Vanessa Chan

United States Department of Energy

Chief Commercialization Officer & Director, Office of Technology Transitions

Dr. Vanessa Z. Chan is the Chief Commercialization Officer for the Department of Energy and Director of the Office of Technology Transitions. In this role she is responsible for driving private sector uptake of clean energy technologies as the steward of commercialization activities across DOE, the 17 National Laboratories, and the Department’s other research and production facilities across the country She is an innovator who has worked across a wide range of ecosystems, from academia to Fortune 1000 companies to startups. She has two decades of experience helping organizations grow at the interface of technology and business, across a diverse set of industries. Chan is currently on a leave of absence from her position as Undergraduate Chair of the Materials Science & Engineering department and the Jonathan and Linda Brassington Professor of Practice in Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. At Penn she was redesigning how engineers are being educated by formally incorporating real world skills (understanding of supply chains & ecosystems, presentation skills, etc.) to better prepare her students to have an impact when they graduate. She is a former McKinsey & Company partner, experienced Venture Board Director for Vanguard and United Technology Corporation, and a board member at multiple startups. Chan was the first woman and the first East Asian elected partner in McKinsey’s North American Chemicals practice. She is a nationally respected educator who is the first Practice Professor at Penn’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, awarded an endowed scholarly chair. Chan earned her Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her B.S.E. in Materials Science & Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

Sessions With Vanessa Chan

Monday, 6 March

Tuesday, 7 March

Wednesday, 8 March

  • 08:30am - 09:00am (CST) / 08/mar/2023 02:30 pm - 08/mar/2023 03:00 pm

    Pathways to Commercial Liftoff

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) plays a critical role in accelerating the commercialization of clean energy technologies and enabling the nation’s broader industrial strategy. The historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) and Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) have reinforced this mandate, positioning the DOE to invest billions of dollars in large-scale demonstration and deployment of these technologies over the next decade. These investments are intended to drive commercialization and unlock trillions in private investment over the same period, to set the nation on a course to hit critical long-term targets. DOE’s Demonstration & Deployment Pathways Reports provide public and private sector capital allocators and decision makers with a perspective as to how various technologies could reach full-scale adoption and commercial bankability.
  • 06:00pm - 06:30pm (CST) / 09/mar/2023 12:00 am - 09/mar/2023 12:30 am