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Christopher P. Fall

U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science

Dr. Chris Fall serves as Director of the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, the lead federal agency supporting fundamental scientific research for energy and the nation’s largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences. He oversees the Office’s two principal thrusts: direct support of scientific research, and development, construction, and operation of unique, open-access scientific user facilities that are made available to external researchers. The Office of Science also is responsible for stewardship of 10 of the Department’s 17 national laboratories. Before joining the Office of Science, Fall served as a Senior Advisor to the Undersecretary for Energy and as Acting Director of DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). He came to DOE from the Office of Naval Research (ONR). Before government service, Fall was a faculty member at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He earned a Ph.D. in Neuroscience and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia. Fall also holds an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

Falling Walls Circle has welcomed and inspired a high-profile and multidisciplinary audience from science-focused institutions including AAAS, African Institute of Mathematical Sciences, European Research Council, Helmholtz Association, and UNESCO; renowned universities including MIT, NTU Singapore, Oxford and Stanford; global companies including BASF, Robert Bosch, Dow Europe, and X; senior government officials from Germany, the Russian Federation, the UK, and the USA; non-governmental organisations such as the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the Nobel Foundation, the World Economic Forum and the XPRIZE Foundation; as well as industry pioneers from D-Wave, Element AI and Google DeepMind.

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