Robert Marlay

Director, Wind Energy Technologies Office, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy


Dr. Robert Marlay is a career member of the U.S. Government’s Senior Executive Service. Over the course of his public service career, he has held numerous leadership positions in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and with the U.S. Navy, where has worked on policies and programs in national security, science, energy research, technology development, and international affairs.

Marlay is currently Director, Wind Energy Technologies Office, at DOE, where he manages an R&D portfolio in land-based, offshore, and distributed wind energy and its integration with the grid. Earlier, he was Director, Office of Science and Technology Cooperation, in DOE’s Office of International Affairs. He was also the founding Director of the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center, a DOE-sponsored collaborative platform for joint research to benefit both countries.

Marlay is the recipient of DOE’s Distinguished Career Service (Gold) Medal and a Meritorious Presidential Rank Award for Senior Executives. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was recently recognized as Champion of the Year by the Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment.

Marlay holds a PhD in Nuclear Science and Engineering, two master’s degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a BS in Engineering from Duke University. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the District of Columbia.