Allen Barnett is the Executive Director of the High Efficiency Solar Power Program in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is also a Senior Policy Fellow in the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy. His engineering research is focused on developing very high performance, next generation photovoltaic solar cells and on the interdisciplinary basic research needs to further advance solar power. As the Program Manager and Principal Investigator for the $53 million DARPA Very High Efficiency Solar Cell program he is leading the development of a 50% efficient solar cell for portable applications. Policy work is focused on further developing the value propositions for the solar electric power industry. Key projects included providing leadership for the United State's Solar Power Industry Roadmap - a national, domestic solar power plan.