A longtime employee of the Department’s Sandia National Laboratories, Torres steps into the role vacated by Bryan Hannegan, who will remain until June 23 to ensure a smooth transition.
Torres, an electrical engineer who joined Sandia 27 years ago, has served as deputy to the VP for energy and climate programs for the past year. In that position, Torres has led efforts in cybersecurity, guided investments in advanced energy research, and played a key role in the DOE’s multi-lab effort to modernize the nation’s electrical grid.
“Juan’s expertise encompasses many of NREL’s core program areas,” said NREL Director Martin Keller. “He will lead research teams that include renewable energy systems integration, cybersecurity, grid modernization, and energy systems security and resilience.”