Saul Griffith

Author, Electrify: An Optimist’s Playbook For Our Clean Energy Future Founder and Chief Scientist at Otherlab MacArthur Fellow
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Dr. Saul Griffith is an inventor and entrepreneur but was trained as an engineer. He received his Ph.D. at MIT in the junction between materials science and information theory. Prior to MIT, he studied in Sydney, Australia and at UC Berkeley in metallurgical engineering. Saul was awarded the MacArthur Fellowship grant in 2007.

Saul’s new book, Electrify: An Optimists Playbook for Our Clean Energy Future, is an optimistic — but realistic and feasible — action plan for fighting climate change while creating new jobs and a healthier environment: electrify everything.

Since graduating in 2004 Dr. Griffith founded and co-founded numerous technology companies based in the Bay Area. These include Treau, Sunfolding, Roam Robotics, Fablight, Wattzon, Canvas Construction, Makani Power (acquired by Google), (acquired by Autodesk), Squid Labs, Howtoons, Optiopia, and Potenco. Currently, he is Founder and Chief Scientist at Otherlab, an independent R&D lab that helps government agencies and Fortune 500 companies understand energy infrastructure and build transformational technologies that bring us closer to 100% decarbonization.

He also is Founder and Chief Scientist for Rewiring America, a non-profit dedicated to widespread electrification as a means of fighting climate change, creating jobs, making our air cleaning, and saving the future for our children.

Dr. Griffith has been a principal investigator and project lead on federally funded research projects for agencies including National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-e), National Science Foundation, National Institute of Health, and United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM).

He is a father of two, and a consistent champion of STEAM education (including the A for ART!). His hobbies include vintage car restoration and inventing increasingly dangerous new sports.


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