Dr. Mark C. Petri



Dr. Petri was named Director of the Iowa Energy Center in January 2013 . Prior to this, he was an engineer at Argonne National Laboratory for 23 years. From 2008-2013 he was the technology development director with the laboratory’s Energy Engineering and Systems Analysis Directorate, where he coordinated a $40 million portfolio of multidisciplinary applied and basic research programs aimed at sustainable energy production, transmission and efficiency.

In 1989 Dr. Petri joined Argonne as a metallurgical engineer and provided leadership to several teams and programs at Argonne over the years, including assisting the Department of Energy’s nuclear plant safety evaluation program to improve the safety of Soviet-designed nuclear power plants in Eastern Europe.

He began working on emerging energy technology for Argonne in 2006, leading the laboratory’s efforts on alternative energy and efficiency. In 2007 he accepted a year-long appointment to provide technical assessments and policy recommendations for a wide range of energy, environmental and science issues for Sen. Richard Durbin as his science and technology advisor.

Dr. Petri has a B.S. and an M.S. in nuclear engineering, and a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering, all from Purdue University. He was named a Purdue University “Outstanding Materials Engineer” in 2010.