Kevin Doran
Institute Fellow • Research Professor

SEEC, Suite N327B
027 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0027

Kevin L. Doran, J.D., is an Institute Fellow and Research Professor at the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI), a joint institute of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he leads the Law & Policy Group. He is an expert in the policy dimensions of power systems and electric grids, fossil energy, energy security, and technology innovation.

Professor Doran is Director of the Oppenheimer Science and Energy Leadership Program, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) premier leadership program for developing talent throughout the National Laboratory system. He is also the University of Colorado representative for the Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis (JISEA), a collaborative energy analysis effort between NREL, University of Colorado, Colorado State University, Colorado School of Mines, MIT, and Stanford.

Previously, Professor Doran served as the Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary for Science and Energy at DOE, where he provided organizational leadership for major planning and strategy initiatives encompassing ~$10B in research and development, thousands of program elements, and 13 DOE National Laboratories constituting a workforce of ~4000 Federal staff and 30,000 National Laboratory staff. He also served as Director of the Office of Technology Transfer at DOE, where he led a team of senior federal employees tasked with technology transfer, policy analysis, inter-agency coordination, and stakeholder engagement.

Prior to his election as RASEI Fellow and appointment as Research Professor at CU Boulder, Kevin served as Managing Director for the Carbon Management Center, a research collaboration between the University of Colorado, NREL, the Colorado School of Mines, and Colorado State University. Earlier in his career, he worked as a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Colorado Law School, specializing in legal scholarship and interdisciplinary analysis related to international law, clean energy, climate change, oil and gas, and environmental security. Professor Doran holds a faculty appointment at the Colorado Energy Research Institute located at the Colorado School of Mines. He is the author and co-author of numerous scholarly articles and book chapters on energy law and policy. He graduated from the University of Colorado Law School in 2003, where he was editor of the Law Review.