Former Contractor to the Office of the Secretary of Defense
Dr. Bret Strogen has two decades of experience working across the energy-environment-economics nexus, his expertise spans energy innovation, sustainability analysis, and federal program management.

Previously, Dr. Strogen worked at SMI where he consulted with technology organizations to inform federal policies and participate in programs that support national energy, infrastructure, and environmental objectives. Before that he spent more than seven years working at the Pentagon—as an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow and contractor in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and as the Army’s Special Assistant for Energy and Sustainability—followed by a year as the research director for a start-up that evaluates the life-cycle sustainability of emerging technologies. Bret’s defense-related portfolio entailed advising interagency and defense-specific energy policies and strategies; overseeing and supporting utilities privatization, energy performance contracts, and alternative fuel development programs; and preparing briefings and reports to Congress on the department’s energy management and energy technology RDT&E initiatives.

Earlier in his career, Bret worked as an environmental project engineer at construction, demolition, remediation, and active industrial sites, and he maintains his Professional Engineer license in Pennsylvania. Bret holds a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Delaware and a M.S. and Ph.D in Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

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