Dr. Helena Khazdozian


Advanced Manufacturing Office, U.S. Department of Energy


After receiving a dual-BA in Physics and Art History from Hartwick College (2010), Dr. Helena Khazdozian completed her MS in Electrical Engineering at the University of Virginia (2013) where she focused on thin film semiconductor fabrication for photovoltaics. Her interest in renewable energy took her to Iowa State University, where she earned her PhD in Wind Energy Science, Engineering, and Policy with a co-major in Electrical Engineering (2016). There she developed designs to reduce size, weight, or critical materials in wind turbine generators. She joined the Critical Materials Institute, a Department of Energy (DOE) Energy Innovation Hub, at the Ames Laboratory from 2016 to 2018, evaluating critical magnetic materials in permanent magnet machine applications using finite element analysis. Dr. Khazdozian is currently a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy where she leads and coordinates much of AMO’s work on critical materials.