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Noël Bakhtian

Noël Bakhtian


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Dr. Noël Bakhtian leads coordination and strategy efforts on Energy-Water Nexus activities for the Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of International Affairs as a Science & Technology Policy Fellow. In this role, she supports and coordinates bilateral and multilateral DOE nexus engagements including the new $50M U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center energy-water track, the proposed Clean Energy Ministerial energy-water workstream, and the Memorandum of Understanding between the U.S. and the United Arab Emirates on energy and water. She also manages the U.S. interagency working group on the international water-energy nexus (IWEN) and produces a monthly newsletter as a resource to the energy-water community, with over 200 subscribers worldwide. She is a member of the DOE Water-Energy Tech Team, and was instrumental in pulling together the first draft of the DOE Water-Energy Nexus report requested by Secretary Moniz.

Noël also has experience within DOE's Wind and Water Power Technologies Office, works with the Wind and Water Power Technologies Office to accelerate development and deployment of an innovative technology portfolio for clean, domestic power generation through improved performance, lower costs, and reduced market barriers. Noël served as the technical lead of the $8M Wave Energy Prize, involving program conceptualization, facilitating creating of an InterAgency Agreement with the Navy, development of the Funding Opportunity Announcement, and outreach to stakeholders.  She was actively involved in techno-economic analyses for marine and hydrokinetic energy, the OpenWARP coding challenge to develop hydrodynamic computational capabilities, and support of SBIR and national lab projects.  On the wind side, Noël served as technical lead on the Technology Incubator for Wind Energy Innovations, was been involved in the development and launch of the Atmosphere to Electrons (A2e) Initiative, and monitored the progress of several on- and offshore R&D wind projects. 

Prior to joining DOE in 2013, Noël’s work experience included formulating energy policy in the U.S. Senate, energy consulting for the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA), inventing new technologies for Mars missions as a member of the Advanced Supercomputing Division at NASA, and analyzing bird flight through experimental analysis and field work as a Churchill Scholar.

Noël completed her undergraduate work at Duke University, holds Masters degrees from University of Cambridge and Stanford University, and completed her doctorate at Stanford University's Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Noël previously served as a MIT Climate CoLab Fellow for the 2013 Electric Power Sector contest and the 2014 U.S. Carbon Price contest.


Water-Energy NexusJul 20, 2014

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Noël Bakhtian is no longer a team member of proposal Water-Energy NexusJul 21, 2014
Noël Bakhtian is supporting proposal Water-Energy NexusJul 21, 2014
Noël Bakhtian updated a proposal Water-Energy NexusJul 20, 2014