Dr. Andrew R Schwartz

Dr. Schwartz

Associate Director (Acting), Basic Energy Sciences

Division Director, Materials Sciences and Engineering Division

Dr. Andrew Schwartz is the Acting Associate Director of Science for Basic Energy Sciences. He has also served as Division Director for Materials Sciences and Engineering since 2022, after serving as Acting Division Director since July 2020. From 2013 to 2022 he served as Senior Technical Advisor for Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs), leading the team of BES Program Managers and support staff in management of the EFRC program. From 2008 to 2013 Dr. Schwartz was Program Manager for the BES Experimental Condensed Matter Physics program, one of the largest core research areas in BES, supporting a diverse research portfolio with major emphasis on topics such as superconductivity, magnetism, spin physics, and low-dimensional systems.

In addition to program management duties, Dr. Schwartz has represented BES in various other capacities. He served on the committee that developed and executed the inaugural DOE Office of Science Early Career Research Program solicitation and award process in 2010. Since 2009 he has represented DOE on the Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology (NSET) subcommittee, the interagency group charged with coordination of federal government activities related to the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), and since 2019 he has served as one of two agency co-chairs of NSET. In this role, Dr. Schwartz has coordinated all NNI-related activities for DOE, interfacing with personnel in other DOE offices, as well as with personnel at the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO), the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), and the other federal agencies involved in the NNI. Dr. Schwartz also represents DOE on the OSTP Subcommittees for the Materials Genome Initiative and for Microelectronics Leadership.

Prior to joining BES, Dr. Schwartz spent seven years in industry leading a multi-disciplinary scientific and engineering team in the research and development of a new technology for semiconductor metrology. In this role he was actively involved in project planning, strategic planning, budgeting, project execution, and business development.

Dr. Schwartz received a B.A. in physics from Amherst College and an M.S. and Ph.D. in physics from the University of California Los Angeles. His research focused on the electrodynamic response of various materials, including high temperature superconductors, low-dimensional conductors, and colossal magnetoresistive oxides. Dr. Schwartz has co-authored over 30 technical papers and holds seven U.S. patents.

Contact Information:

Office of Basic Energy Sciences
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U.S. Department of Energy
1000 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20585-1290
Phone: (301) 903-3535
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