Critical Materials Program Manager
Office of Manufacturing & Supply Chains, U.S. DoE
Mr. Bhabhrawala (he/his/him) is currently the Critical Materials Program Manager in the Office of Manufacturing and Supply Chains (MESC) at the Department of Energy (DOE). Prior to that, he was the Critical Materials Sector Lead at the Office of Materials Industry at the Department of Commerce. He is originally from the Detroit area and has a bachelor’s degree in international economics from Michigan State University, and a master’s degree in Global Finance from the University of Denver.
In his current role, Mr. Bhabhrawala and his team is tasked with catalyzing the development of the domestic clean energy sector industrial base through targeted investments under the provisions of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act. These investments via grants, awards, loans, and tax provisions will establish and secure domestic supply chains and recycling policies for the critical minerals needed to make the transition to a clean-green economy. Mr. Bhabhrawala currently lives on Capitol Hill in Washington DC with his partner and two children.
He also sits on several U.S. Government Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Councils and Advisory Committees.
Developing the North American permanent magnet and materials supply chain for energy technologies: Industry and government perspectives
This panel discussion will focus on both government and industry efforts to develop a robust North American supply chain of permanent magnets to support the energy sector industrial base (ESIB). Rare earth magnets, such as sintered neodymium-iron-boron (NdFeB) magnets, are especially important to the ESIB as they are critical components of traction motors in electric vehicles and direct drive generators in offshore wind turbines. Yet, nearly all supply chain stages of sintered NeFeB magnets are concentrated in China, posing a potential vulnerability for ESIB supply chains required to meet climate goals.
Moderator: Braeton J. Smith, Argonne National Laboratory
Helena Khazdozian, Advanced Manufacturing & Materials Technology Office, U.S. Department of Energy
Salim Bhabhrawala, Critical Materials Program Manager, Office of Manufacturing & Energy Supply Chains, U.S. Department of Energy
Alan Lund, MP Materials
Frank Johnson, Chief Technology Officer, Niron Magnetics