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Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010

Wadia Appointed to White House Science Policy Office

wadiaBerkeley Lab scientist Cyrus Wadia has accepted an invitation from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) to go to Washington, D.C. and advise the Obama Administration on renewable energy issues, with an emphasis on solar energy. Wadia will take a one-year leave of absence from his duties at the Lab and at the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business to pursue this assignment, starting February 22.

Wadia’s research concerns scalable, low-cost solar photovoltaic systems that use naturally occurring, Earth-abundant materials. He has also served as the lead organizer of Berkeley Lab’s new Carbon Cycle 2.0 initiative, including the Lab-wide symposium from Feb. 1-4.

His main charter at OSTP is to directly support the President’s stated mission of making solar energy economically viable at a global scale. His role will be to carry out a broad range of advisory tasks, cross-agency coordination, and program management activities toward this goal, including the start of an active dialogue with the solar industry to help accelerate responsible growth of domestic solar energy while maintaining manufacturing jobs in the United States.

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