Dorothy Robyn is a public policy expert who writes and consults on issues related to energy, transportation, and telecommunications. She is a Nonresident Senior Fellow at Boston University’s Institute for Sustainable Energy. From 2009-2014, Dr. Robyn served in the Obama Administration, first as a Deputy Under Secretary in the Department of Defense with overall management responsibility for U.S. military bases and related energy and environmental issues, and later as head of the U.S. General Services Administration’s Public Buildings Service. From 1993-2001, she was on the staff of the White House National Economic Council, where she coordinated issues related to aviation, defense and aerospace, telecommunications, and science and technology policy. Dr. Robyn has also been a principal with The Brattle Group, an economic consultancy, where she focused on aviation and telecommunications; an assistant professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government; and a Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution. She currently serves on two standing National Academy of Sciences boards, on energy and infrastructure, respectively; on the World Resources Institute’s Global Leadership Council; and on the boards of two technology-oriented non-profits. She has an MPP and Ph.D. in public policy from the University of California, Berkeley, and is the author of two books.
Podcasts / Webinars
In part one of this two-part podcast series on Battery Technology and Impact on National Security, Dr. Hart and Dr. Robyn overview drivers of battery innovation and how the needs of both warfighters and military installations shape the Department of Defense’s role in creating energy storage solutions. The future importance of different energy storage technologies that are currently in use is also discussed.
In part two of this two-part podcast series, the conversation shifts to the rise of electrification and the intersection of the electric vehicle industry and the Department of Defense. Dr. Hart and Dr. Robyn also discuss the battery supply chain, touching on issues with foreign sourcing and production, as well as how best to educate the next generation about building toward sustainable energy solutions.