Jeff D., Muhs is currently the Managing Director of the Rockies/Plains Energy Accelerator for Commercializing Hardtech (REACH) and CSU’s NSF I-Corps Program Manager. Mr. Muhs holds a B.S. in Electro-Optical Sciences from the University of Houston and has managed over $120M in R&D contracts ranging from small SBIR/STTR Phase 1 projects to large-scale DOD, DARPA, ARPA-E-, and FHWA-funded programs. He holds 14 patents and successfully took three of his inventions from concept-to-commercialization. Jeff won a prestigious R&D 100 Award in 2006 and was named ORNL’s 1997 Engineer of the Year in 1997 and Science Communicator of the Year in 2004. While working in the U.S. Senate, Mr. Muhs drafted provisions included in the Energy Policy Act of 2005, legislation leading to the creation of ARPA-E, and input for two initiatives announced in the 2006 State-of-the-Union Address. In 2009, Jeff testified on energy R&D issues before the U.S. Senate Energy & Water Appropriation Committee. While at WiTricity Corp., Mr. Muhs fortified intellectual property and sublicensed technology to automotive and consumer electronics OEMs.