Deputy Laboratory Director
Bob McGrath presently serves as Deputy Laboratory Director for Science & Technology at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado. In this role, he oversees NREL’s entire R&D portfolio which includes the National Center for Photovoltaics (NCPV), the National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) and the National Bioenergy Center (NBC), along with extensive programs in Transportation Technologies, Renewable Electricity, Building Efficiency, and Chemical, Biological and Material Sciences for energy applications.
Prior to joining NREL, McGrath served as Senior Vice President for Research at The Ohio State University from 2004 through 2008. Under his leadership, Ohio State’s research programs grew dramatically to over $740 million per year. From 1996 through 2004, McGrath worked at Penn State University where he served as Associate Vice President for Research, Director of Interdisciplinary Programs and Professor of Engineering Science.
McGrath received his Ph.D. in Nuclear Science & Engineering from The University of Michigan in 1980. He earned Baccalaureate and Masters degrees from Penn State University in Honors Engineering Sciences (BS–1972), Mathematics (MA–1975), and Physics (MS–1974).
He has author on over fifty journal publications, many co–authored by the numerous graduate students, post docs or junior researchers that have worked under his direction. He has similarly authored over eighty published abstracts and conference presentations, in addition to numerous technical reports and seminars.