Adam Cohen (government official)

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CitizenshipUnited States of America
EducationB.S. in metallurgy
Alma materColumbia University
OccupationPresident and CEO of Associated Universities, Inc

Adam Cohen is the President and CEO of Associated Universities, Inc.[1] He formerly served as Deputy Under Secretary of Energy for Science from 2015 to 2017 and deputy director for operations of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory.[2][3]


Cohen received a B.S. in metallurgy with honors from Columbia University in 1985. After Columbia, he served in the United States Navy as a nuclear submarine officer and worked for Babcock & Wilcox in Virginia.[4]

He then spent twenty years at Argonne National Laboratory and became its chief operating officer. In the meantime, he also received a Ph.D. in materials science from Northwestern University in 1997, and a M.B.A. from the University of Chicago in 2000.[3]

From 2006 to 2008, he was a senior advisor to Raymond Orbach. In 2009, he joined the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory and became deputy director for operations. In that post, he was responsible for engineering and operations of the laboratory.[4]

In 2015, he was named Deputy Under Secretary of Energy for Science|Under Secretary for Science and Energy, reporting to Undersecretary Franklin Orr and Ernest Moniz. In this position, he oversaw day-to-day operations of the energy and science organizations in the United States Department of Energy as well as 13 of the 17 United States national laboratories. He also led the United States delegation to ITER.[5]

In 2017, Cohen was named president of Associated Universities, Inc., an organization dedicated to building and managing federally-funded research facilities in the physical, biological, and engineering sciences, including the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, the Atacama Large Millimeter Array, the Green Bank Observatory, and the Very Long Baseline Array|Long Baseline Observatory.[6]

He is also a senior associate of the Center for Strategic and International Studies.[7]


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  2. "Adam Cohen becomes Deputy Under Secretary for Science and Energy in Washington | Princeton Plasma Physics Lab". Retrieved 2021-07-24.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Adam Cohen". Retrieved 2021-07-24.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Adam B. Cohen, Ph.D. - Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy" (PDF). Seton Hall University. October 28, 2011. Retrieved July 24, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. "ITER". Retrieved 2021-07-24.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. "AUI Names New President | AUI". Retrieved 2021-07-24.
  7. "Adam Cohen". Retrieved 2021-07-24.

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