Timothy  Heidel

Timothy Heidel


Tim Heidel is an ARPA-E Fellow and is focused on new approaches for controlling and optimizing the transmission and delivery of electric power. He is also investigating the reliable and cost-effective integration of renewable power generation and ways to accelerate the growth of demand response technologies.

Prior to joining ARPA-E, Heidel was a Postdoctoral Associate at MIT and served as the Research Director for MIT's 2011 "Future of the Electric Grid" study. He coordinated the research efforts of more than 20 faculty and students from economics, policy, and electrical engineering on the most important challenges and opportunities that are likely to face the U.S. electric grid between now and 2030.

Heidel completed his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at MIT, where he worked in the Soft Semiconductor Group under the supervision of Marc Baldo. He demonstrated new device architectures for organic photovoltaic devices inspired by photosynthesis. These devices exhibited increased light absorption and improved charge separation efficiency. Heidel also completed an M.S. in the Technology and Policy Program at MIT where he studied the economic s and emissions benefits of coupling energy storage and photovoltaics. During graduate school, Heidel held a variety of leadership roles in the student energy community at MIT. He served as Managing Director for the MIT Energy Conference and as a Co-President of the MIT Energy Club.

Heidel received S.B. and M.Eng degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT and spent a year studying electrical engineering at the University of Cambridge, UK.