Adam Rosenberg, *03, PPPL

Democratic Staff Director for the Energy Subcommittee of the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

Adam Rosenberg is the Democratic Staff Director for the Energy Subcommittee of the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, which he joined in April 2013, and previously served as a professional staff member on the Committee from mid-2007 through 2010. In these roles, he was lead staffer in the House for the comprehensive set of enacted energy science and innovation provisions in the CHIPS and Science Act and the Energy Act of 2020, lead Democratic staff for the Department of Energy (DOE) Research and Innovation Act, enacted in 2018, and lead for several enacted energy research provisions in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.

Dr. Rosenberg holds a B.S. in applied & engineering physics from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in plasma physics from Princeton University, where he studied magnetohydrodynamic instabilities and interactions between radio frequency waves and energetic ions in a large magnetic fusion experiment at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. While an undergraduate, he also completed internships at Argonne National Laboratory and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

From mid-2003 through 2004, Dr. Rosenberg was an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Congressional Fellow on the Democratic staff of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, where he worked on improving the direction for advanced scientific computing research, support for the physical sciences, overall U.S. competitiveness in high technology industries, and a variety of other issues. He then accepted a position as a Program Manager in the DOE Office of Science’s Fusion Energy Sciences Program, where he directly oversaw a major research facility at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as well as several other research activities across the nation.

Prior to his current position, Dr. Rosenberg served as Deputy Director for Technology Strategy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy Plans and Programs. There he managed the coordination of the Department of Defense’s joint activities with DOE to accelerate the development and deployment of advanced energy technologies for military applications. In addition, he served as the Assistant Secretary’s lead staffer on alternative fuels policy and technical analysis.