Dr. Angeliki Diane Rigos is a scientist, educator, and consultant interested in working across disciplines to promote sustainable solutions to global problems. She is the Executive Director of the Tata Center for Technology and Design.
Dr. Rigos began her career as a Principal Scientist at Physical Sciences Inc. where she worked on defense and energy contracts involving the electrochemical modeling of molten carbonate fuel cell stacks, the analysis and modeling of laser induced high temperature effects on defense related materials, and the modeling of internal vaporization occurring during the laser irradiation of porous materials.
She transitioned to an academic position as first Assistant and then Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Merrimack College where she has served as President of the Faculty Senate, Chair of her department, Director of Women’s Studies and Associate Director of the National Microscale Chemistry Center. She has taught courses in chemistry, women in science and sustainable energy at the undergraduate level and science and energy policy at the graduate level. Her areas of research have included corrosion studies of supercritical water oxidation reactors used to destroy military toxic waste, Brownian dynamics simulations of order-disorder transitions in sheared colloidal suspensions, modeling of diffusion controlled reactions and conformational interconversion in protein crystals.
For the past twelve years, she has also worked as an energy consultant at Levitan & Associates, Inc. with a focus on power price forecasting, LNG, fuel cells, and renewable technologies including onshore / offshore wind and solar photovoltaics. Some of her assignments have included the Gas-Electric Interface Study of the Eastern Interconnection Planning Collaborative, estimates of reduction in air emissions and price suppression effects due to the installation of large offshore wind projects in Lake Erie and Maryland, and an analysis of wind potential in New England in support of ISO-NE’s Scenario Analysis.
Dr. Rigos has been a visiting scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University and Northeastern University. She volunteers in startup accelerators, as an industry mentor in Cleantech Open and an industry champion at MassChallenge.
Dr. Rigos received a B.A. in Chemistry from Cornell University, a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an M.B.A. from Northeastern University and is an alumna of HERS Denver 2015.