As the Associate Vice President for Economic Development & Innovation, T.J. Augustine is responsible for providing strategic leadership in identifying potential public-private partnerships and enhancing connections among internal and external stakeholders to foster innovation and technology commercialization. His efforts will focus on developing national and international strategic plans to support our emerging initiatives.
Previously, T.J. was a Technology-to-Market Advisor and Acting Deputy Director for Commercialization at the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA-E) where he helped prepare breakthrough energy technologies for transition from the lab to the marketplace. His key responsibilities included leading the commercialization strategy for the Reducing Emissions through Methanotrophic Organisms for Transportation Energy (REMOTE), Plants Engineered to Replace Oil (PETRO), and other ARPA-E programs in the area of liquid transportation fuels.
Before joining ARPA-E, T.J. was a Special Assistant to Secretaries Steven Chu and Ernest Moniz at the Department of Energy where he acted as the Secretary’s principal liaison to senior staff in the execution of policy and management directives in areas including energy technology development, environmental management, and national security.
Prior to working for the Department of Energy, T.J. was an OSA/SPIE/AAAS Science and Technology Fellow in the Office of Senator Richard Durbin. There he was an advisor for energy and environmental policies and developed legislative strategies for issues including the Department of Energy’s National Labs, the Clean Air Act, Great Lakes preservation, and federal investment in energy technology and environmental protection programs. He began his career with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy where he worked with the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology in preparation of the “Report to the President on Accelerating the Pace of Change in Energy Technologies through an Integrated Federal Energy Policy.” He also assisted in development of the Obama Administration’s Advanced Manufacturing Initiative.
T.J. is an alumnus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (BS in Chemistry), and he earned both a Master’s in Public Policy and PhD in Chemistry at Stanford University.