16 & 17 April 2024 – Hyatt Regency West, Houston, Texas

Dr. Nikkia McDonald

Sr. Engineer, U.S. Department of Energy

Topic: Programming activities at U.S Department of Energy

Dr. Nikkia McDonald is a materials scientist by training with experience investigating the performance and properties of materials for use in energy conversion applications. In her current role as a support contractor to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Technologies office, McDonald supports the planning, execution and management of federally funded energy projects that advance agency mission and facilitate a healthy transition to a more sustainable clean energy economy. She will discuss the agency’s programming activities.

She has conducted research in England, Turkey and Ukraine, and facilitated collaborations with scientists in Czech Republic, Russia and Brazil in support of international science diplomacy initiatives. This international experience shaped her global perspective towards capacity building and strengthened her desire to collaborate with international partner countries to develop policy frameworks anchored in science diplomacy and clean energy technology innovation. Dr. McDonald is also committed to broadening the participation and strengthening the success of underrepresented groups in STEM. Nikkia serves on several advisory boards and maintains membership in professional societies.