Arun Majumdar, a professor of mechanical engineering at Stanford University and former vice president for energy at Google, is a leading contender for secretary of energy in a Biden administration, according to a November 12 Bloomberg story.
Chosen on November 10 to lead Biden’s Department of Energy transition team, Majumdar was also the first director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-–Energy (ARPA-E), serving in that role from 2009 to 2012. Bloomberg quotes Jeff Navin, director of external affairs at TerraPower, as saying, “He had as good relationships with Republicans as he did with Democrats as the first director of ARPA-E, and he took the time to get to know key legislators personally.”
Majumdar has been asked to resign from all organizations associated with energy to eliminate any potential conflicts of interest, Bloomberg said, and on November 10 he resigned from the board of the Electric Power Research Institute.
The Bloomberg piece also names Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, a former deputy secretary of energy in the Obama administration, as another top candidate for the DOE post.