Dr. Martin Keller
Director, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Dr. Martin Keller has served as director of the National Renewable Energy
Laboratory (NREL) and president of the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, the
company that operates NREL for the U.S. Department of Energy, since 2015. Under
his leadership, the number of full-time employees at NREL has increased by more
than 32%. Dr. Keller is a visionary leader who is committed to people, teams, and
partnerships. Guided by innovation and pragmatism, he applies private sector best
practices at NREL to achieve game-changing scientific outcomes. Working
collaboratively with his leadership team, Dr. Keller developed a strategy for NREL
focused on three key initiatives: Integrated Energy Pathways, Circular Economy,
and Electrons to Molecules. This strategy drives advanced scientific research,
programs, projects, and partnerships at NREL. For example, NREL’s partnership
portfolio—which includes Eaton Corporation, Wells Fargo, Hewlett Packard
Enterprise, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, and more than 900 private and
public sector organizations—has generated over $1 billion of research and development for the Laboratory.
From 2006 to 2015, Dr. Keller led energy, biological, and environmental research programs at the Oak Ridge
National Laboratory (ORNL). His efforts culminated in his being promoted to serve as the Associate
Laboratory Director for the Energy and Environmental Sciences Directorate during his last six years at ORNL.
Earlier in his career, Dr. Keller’s dedicated work in a variety of research management positions at Diversa
Corporation enhanced and developed the microbiology expertise of this biotech company.
Dr. Keller received his Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Regensburg, Germany.