U.S. President Barack Obama has appointed Indian American Arun Majumdar as in-charge of advanced research in the field of energy, one of the key posts in his administration.

A product of Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, Mr. Majumdar has been nominated as Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency — Energy in the U.S. Department of Energy.

Currently, Mr. Majumdar is the Associate Laboratory Director for Energy and Environment at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley.

Mr. Obama also announced his intent to nominate Daniel W Yohannes as Chief Executive Officer of Millennium Challenge Corporation and Gustavo Aranavat as U.S. Executive Director to the Inter-American Development Bank.

“These individuals have proven that they will bring skill, dedication and expertise in these important areas to my administration, and I look forward to working with them in the coming months and years,” Mr. Obama said in a statement.

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