The U.S. Senate has confirmed President Barack Obama's appointment of Dan Arvizu, director of the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), to a seat on the National Science Board (NSB).
The 25-member body advises the president and Congress on science and engineering issues and is the policy-setting and budget-approving body for the National Science Foundation.
Arvizu, who has served as director of NREL since 2005, will serve a six-year term ending in May 2016.Â
‘The board plays a vital role in setting national science policy, promoting science, technology, engineering and math education, and in furthering the goal of a clean energy future,’ says Arvizu.
Arvizu was first appointed to the NSB in 2004, chaired the audit and oversight committee for four years and co-chaired the NSB Task Force on Building a Sustainable Energy Future.
Before NREL, he served as chief technology officer of CH2M HILL and worked for more than 20 years with Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, N.M.