Robert Marlay

Senior Advisor for Sustainable Transportation, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, US Department of EnergY


Robert Marlay is a career member of the U.S. Government’s Senior Executive Service. At the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), he is currently the Senior Advisor for Sustainable Transportation in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), where he is helping to further develop DOE’s overall transportation research strategy. Previously, as the Director of the Office of International Science & Technology Collaboration, Marlay represented the United States in a number of international fora in the fields of energy, science, and climate change.

After graduating from Duke University, Marlay served on active duty as an officer in the Navy’s Civil Engineer Corps, eventually commanding an expeditionary construction battalion and a regiment (Navy Seabees), and rose to the rank of Rear Admiral (O-8), a U.S. Senate confirmed position. He last served as Deputy Commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command (formerly Navy’s Bureau of Yards and Docks).

Marlay holds a PhD in Nuclear Engineering and two Master’s degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as well as a BS in Engineering from Duke University. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the District of Columbia. Marlay is a recipient of DOE’s Meritorious Service (Silver) Medal and Meritorious Rank Award for Senior Executives, and he is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.