Senior Program Manager,
Department of Energy
Ms. Melchert is a petroleum engineer with over 30 years of experience in the oil and gas sector including exploration and production, field operations, research and development, and domestic and international policy development [Latin America]. She is currently the Department of Energy’s Director for Upstream Oil and Gas Research & Acting Director for the Office of Technology Transfer that includes shale development and offshore spill prevention, and a portfolio value of over $500 million. In 2014, she led the development of the “fuels” section of the Department’s Quadrennial Technology Review. In 2012, she served as a Subject Matter Expert on the Spill Prevention Subcommittee of the Department of the Interior’s Ocean Energy Safety Advisory Committee. In 2011, she supported the Shale Gas Subcommittee, Secretary of Energy Advisory Board as a subject matter expert. In 2010, she served as the Committee Manager for the President’s National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling where she also served as the Designated Federal Officer for several of the Commission’s Subcommittees, and at times for meetings of the full Commission. A lifelong learner, her education includes BS Soil Science at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, MSC in Petroleum Engineering at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles; Executive Certificate in International Business at Georgetown University, Washington, DC; and, is a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute, Charlottesville, VA. She and her husband are the proud parents of one daughter, an aerospace engineer with a concentration in astronautics and a minor in physics.