The Energy and Environmental Sciences Directorate (EESD) portfolio includes biological and environmental research for DOE’s Office of Science and an extensive set of research and development programs supported by DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability and Office of Fossil Energy.
“Moe brings a rich background as both a researcher and scientific leader,” ORNL director Thom Mason said. “In his new position, he will oversee activities that translate basic science into applied R&D, with direct benefits for energy production, transmission and conservation.”
Before joining ORNL in fall 2015 to manage the lab’s Office of Institutional Planning and Advanced Research Project Agency-Energy program, Khaleel was executive director of the Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute, where he led the establishment and execution of programs in renewable energy, water conservation and atmospheric sciences. His time in Qatar followed a 20-year career at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). Khaleel directed PNNL’s Computational Sciences and Mathematics Division from 2003 to 2013.
In 2000, Khaleel and his colleagues received an Award of Excellence in Technology Transfer from the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer for transferring superplastic forming technology to General Motors. He has published some 250 refereed articles and holds two patents
Khaleel has also received ASME’s Robert J. McGrattan Literature Award and the lifetime achievement award from the University of Siegen, Germany, for his contributions to fuel cell science and technology.