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Carolyn Vea Lauzon, Ph.D., deputy director, U.S. Department of Energy Artificial Intelligence and Technology Office

Carolyn Vea Lauzon, Ph.D.

Current Position: Deputy Director, U.S. Department of Energy Artificial Intelligence and Technology Office


  • B.A., Biochemistry, Occidental College
  • Ph.D., Molecular Biophysics, Johns Hopkins University


  • 2019 – Secretary’s Appreciation Award – U.S. Department of Energy for the creation, establishment, and public announcement of the Department of Energy’s Artificial Intelligence and Technology Office.

Areas of Interest: Artificial intelligence, data science, supercomputing, physical sciences, biophysics

What do you love about your job?

“I feel sometimes like a kid at a science museum because everywhere I look I'm learning new and exciting science and technology. . . I work on projects across the physical sciences, life sciences, medical science, environmental science, energy security – I mean artificial intelligence and supercomputing impacts all of us and is advancing nearly every discipline. Learning about the cutting edge across all these science and technology fields - it's one of the best parts of my job.”

Past ORISE Participant: Yes

Name of Program: American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology (S&T) Policy Fellowship, Sponsor: U.S. DOE, Office of Science, Advanced Scientific Computing Research

Current ORISE Mentor: In the past five years, I have mentored other AAAS S&T Policy Fellows at the U.S. Department of Energy.