Associate Director, Strategic Partnerships
U.S. Department of Energy – National Energy Technology Laboratory
3610 Collins Ferry Road
Mike is an Elkins native and has lived in West Virginia for nearly his entire life. Following graduation from West Virginia University in 1990 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering, Mike worked for WVU’s School of Engineering as a Graduate Research Assistant and then the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Morgantown Energy Technology Center (METC) as a cooperative education engineer. Upon graduating in 1994 with a MS in Mechanical Engineering, Mike went to work full-time for METC in Morgantown and has been with the energy research organization ever since. Shortly after METC merged with the similar DOE Pittsburgh Energy Technology Center (PETC) to become the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), the nation’s 17th DOE National Laboratory in 1999, Mike transitioned out of in-house research and development and into project management. As the new lab matured in its role as the nation’s premier scientific and engineering laboratory for Fossil Energy technologies, Mike’s responsibilities transitioned first to Fuels Division Director, then Director of the Office of Major Demonstrations, and then in early 2016 to his current position as Associate Director for Strategic Partnerships. Along the way Mike acquired his Professional Engineer registration for West Virginia and several technical certifications related to project management, in addition to being awarded the Gold Award for Excellence from the Federal Executive Board in 2011 as an Outstanding Supervisor/Manager in a Professional Series. Mike is a lifetime member of the American Energy Society and, in addition to his professional activities, has served for eight years as the Board Chair for METC Kids, Inc., a non-profit organization that collaborates with NETL to make daycare services available to NETL employees and the Morgantown community at the Future Steps Child Services Center. Mike is married to Stacy Strano-Knaggs, who teaches math and Statistics courses at Morgantown High School. Mike and Stacy live in Morgantown and have two daughters: Kaylee, a pre-Med Senior at Shepherd University, and Ayden, an 8th grader at South Middle School. Mike, Stacy, and their daughters enjoy travel, WVU football, and off-road powersports in their 4-seater UTV.
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