George Maracas

George Maracas

Program Director

National Science Foundation

George Maracas is a Program Director in the Energy, Power and Adaptive Systems (EPAS) area within the Division of Electrical, Communications, and Cyber Systems (ECCS) at the National Science Foundation. Dr. Maracas joined NSF from Arizona State University in January of 2010. His program is in Energy, Power and Adaptive Systems and supports research in renewable energy collection, conversion and interfaces to the electric power grid. He is also Program Director for the Sustainable Energy Pathways Program. At Arizona State University he is on the Faculty of the School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering (ECEE) and a Senior Sustainability Scientist in the School of Sustainability.

Dr. Maracas received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University (1982) and a B.A. in Physics from New York University (1977). In 1982 he joined North Carolina State University in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. In 1984 joined the Arizona State University Department of Electrical Engineering where he became Associate and Full Professor.

In 1994 Dr. Maracas joined Motorola where he established the Molecular Technology Lab which had programs in quantum devices, molecular self-assembly and molecular diagnostics. He was the Founder and Director of Advanced Technologies of Motorola Life Sciences. In 2005 he became Director of Nanotechnology at Motorola Labs where he was responsible for coordinating Corporate R&D efforts in nanotechnology.

Dr. Maracas received the Motorola Master Innovator award, elected to the Motorola Scientific Advisory Board Associates (SABA) and received the National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator award. He received the Green Pioneer Award for his contributions to furthering research, education and the Solar economy in Arizona and NSF Director’s Award “Collaborative Integration for Accelerating Innovation Research.” He is a Senior Member of IEEE and has authored/co-authored over 110 technical publications and presentations, 2 book chapters and holds 33 issued US patents.

Speaking in the Nanotechnology for Solar Energy Collection and Conversion - NNI Signature Initiative Symposium.

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