Michael Kearney is a PhD candidate in Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Strategy at MIT's Sloan School of Management. Mike is an applied economist interested in understanding the forces that shape the rate and direction of scientific, technological and commercial progress. His current research focuses on the levers used by the federal government to spur innovation, and he recently served as a consultant to the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine Review Committee for the Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy. Mike has an M.S. in Technology and Policy from MIT and a B.A. from Williams College, where he was also the captain of the Men's Basketball Team.
The Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) more effectively generates new ideas that are useful to energy innovators than its older brethren in the federal R&D establishment, and it bridges the gap between research and use in ways that these other agencies simply do not.