Personal Profile

Samantha Bench Reese is a member of the Strategic Energy Analysis Center and works with the Clean Energy Manufacturing Analysis Center (CEMAC) under the Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis. She collaborates with researchers to understand technoeconomic tradeoffs of early stage research. As an analyst, she helps put research problems in context and analytically shows technology potential through supply-chain analysis, trade-flow mapping, market research, and building bottoms-up cost models.

Samantha's background is in mechanical and electrical engineering. Prior to joining NREL, she helped transition products from R&D to volume manufacturing overseas, in addition to other manufacturing- and quality-focused efforts.

Research Interests

Advanced Manufacturing

Wideband Gap Semiconductors

Solid-State Lighting

Combined Heat and Power


Buildings and Building Systems

Battery Storage

Global Supply Shain Analysis

Technical and Economic Feasibility Analysis

Power Electronics

Professional Experience

Quality Engineer, SpectraLogic, Boulder, CO (2007–2015)

Application Engineer, ZYGO, Middlefield, CT (2004–2007)

Senior Analysis Engineer/Product Engineer, Finisar, Sunnyvale, CA (2001–2004)

General Computing Administrator, LIGO, Pasadena, CA (1998–2001)

Education/Academic Qualification

Bachelor, Engineering and Applied Science, California Institute of Technology

Master, Engineering and Applied Science, Yale University


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