On January 1, 2016, Pat Dobson assumed the position of Program Lead for Geothermal Systems in the Energy Geosciences Division (which was previously held by Mack Kennedy since 2001). In this role, Pat will be responsible for strategic development, identification and coordination of funding opportunities related to geothermal energy, and for serving as a point of contact for the DOE Geothermal Technologies Office. Pat will also work with Curt Oldenburg to advance the overall strategies for the Energy Resources Program Domain.
Pat joined Berkeley Lab in 2000 and has been involved in a variety of geologic and geochemical research projects. He has led Berkeley Lab’s efforts in the study of the Peña Blanca uranium deposits, which is a natural analogue for flow and transport processes at Yucca Mountain. From 2007 to 2009, he served as a detailee for the Geosciences Research Program of DOE’s Office of Basic Energy Sciences. Currently, he is a member of the DOE Geothermal Technologies Office Technical Monitoring team for the enhanced geothermal systems and hydrothermal resources programs.