Daniel King
Science, Technology and Environmental Policy Area

Daniel King

Adjunct Faculty Member

Dan King is a Product Developer at Xcel Energy where he leads cross-functional teams in the creation of new customer-facing offerings. Prior to joining Xcel Energy, Dan held government and non-profit positions in the energy industry. He spent three years as a Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, DC. Dan advised senior agency leadership to inform the strategy for federal R&D investments. He received the Secretary’s Appreciation Award from Secretary Ernest Moniz for his contributions to several chapters of the 2015 Quadrennial Technology Review. After returning to his home state of Minnesota, Dan spent two years as the Program and Policy Director for the Midwest Renewable Energy Tracking System (M-RETS).

Earlier in his career, Dan was an accomplished research scientist with a strong publication record in Earth Sciences. His research involved field work in New Zealand and innovative laboratory experiments to learn about how rocks deform at high pressure and temperature. He was awarded a National Science Foundation post-doctoral fellowship, which he carried out at Penn State University. Dan holds a PhD in geophysics from the University of Minnesota, a MSc in geology from the University of Vermont, and a BS in geology from Brown University.