Thomas J King Jr

Director, Sustainable Electricity Program

Thomas J. (Tom) King, Jr. is the Director of the Sustainable Electricity Program at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tennessee. He is responsible for leading, coordinating and implementing ORNL's research and development portfolio conducted within the DOE's the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability and Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. The diverse R&D portfolio consists of renewable energy integration, grid modeling and analysis, systems integration, advanced components & materials and energy security. In 2012, Mr. King took on a joint role with the University of Tennessee, where he serves as the Director of Innovation & Industry for the NSF/DOE Engineering Research Center, CURENT. The Center focuses on wide area situational awareness and wide area controls of the electric grid. Prior to joining ORNL, Tom was employed at Progress Energy where he held various management positions in the fossil generation area. He also was a program manager at DOE working in areas of distributed energy and industrial technologies. He holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Clarkson University and an M.S. in Materials Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He also received a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Tennessee.