MRIGlobal's Dan Arvizu Named Chairman Of National Science Board

May 21, 2012, 05:00 ET from MRIGlobal

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KANSAS CITY, Mo., May 21, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dan Arvizu, Ph.D., MRIGlobal Executive Vice President and Director of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, was elected Chairman of the National Science Board.

The National Science Board is the governing board of the National Science Foundation, which, with an annual budget of $6.9 billion, funds about 20 percent of all federally supported basic scientific research at U.S. colleges and universities. The board also serves as policy advisers to the President and Congress.

Arvizu was first appointed to the board in 2004 by President George W. Bush; in 2011 he was re-nominated by President Barack Obama and reconfirmed by the Senate. He was elected Chairman on May 4, 2012.

"This is a tremendous honor," said Michael F. Helmstetter, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of MRIGlobal. "Dan is an exceptional choice to guide the nation's research at the frontiers of science and technology. We are very proud of Dan and his work."

"It is an honor to serve in this capacity on behalf of an incredibly talented and accomplished group of Board Members, dedicated to maintaining U.S. scientific leadership," Arvizu said.

Arvizu has a Ph.D. and Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University, and a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from New Mexico State University.

He joined MRIGlobal in 2005, and in 2008 was named President of the Alliance for Sustainable Energy LLC, which manages the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colo.

Prior to joining MRIGlobal, Arvizu was Chief Technology Officer with CH2M HILL Companies Ltd. He also was an executive with Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, N.M. With 30 years of experience, Arvizu is one of the world's leading experts on renewable and sustainable energy

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