Dr. Susan G. Hamm serves as the Director for the Geothermal Technologies Office in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) at the U.S. Department of Energy Department. In this role, she leads efforts to improve performance, lower costs, and accelerate deployment of geothermal technologies. Under her leadership, the budget for GTO has doubled from $55M to $110M, and the Office has seen exciting successes in hydrothermal, enhanced geothermal systems, and low-temperature R&D.
Prior to DOE, Dr. Hamm worked in the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences at the National Science Foundation, spent four years at the Department of Homeland Security in the Science and Technology Directorate, and served as an advocate for professional science societies and as a legislative assistant on Capitol Hill.
She holds a bachelors degree in Geology from Amherst College as well as a Masters in Geophysics and a PhD in Material Sciences from the University of Minnesota.