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Bryan Willson, Colorado State University

Dr. Bryan Willson currently serves as a Program Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency—Energy (ARPA-E). His program focus includes natural gas—stimulating new technologies to reduce the environmental impact of production and developing beneficial new uses for natural gas.  Willson is on assignment from Colorado State University (CSU) where he is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and served as the founding director for CSU's Clean Energy Supercluster, a university-wide initiative to accelerate the development and commercialization of clean energy solutions across the entire university. Willson is founder and co-director of CSU's Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory (EECL), a leader in the study of internal combustion engines, natural gas technology, algae biofuels, intelligent electric grids, advanced building technology, technology for the developing world, and clean biomass cook stoves.  Dr. Willson received his B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He publishes in several fields and hold patents in robotics, laser ignition systems, high-powered optics, and algae cultivation systems. He has worked in over 40 countries.