Stephen Gramsch
Research Scientist and DOE Programs Coordinator
(202) 478-8939

As DOE Programs Coordinator, Steve Gramsch oversees operations of two DOE-funded centers headquartered at the Geophysical Laboratory.  

The Carnegie-DOE Alliance Center (CDAC) is a Center of Excellence for High Pressure Science and Technology funded by Stockpile Stewardship Academic Programs, a DOE/NNSA initiative focused on graduate student education and training in key areas of fundamental science important to the NNSA mission.  CDAC is composed of 14 Academic Partner groups with 19 graduate students receiving support for their graduate studies.  Also participating in the CDAC program are several Laboratory Partners, who come from the high pressure research groups at all three NNSA Laboratories (Los Alamos, Livermore and Sandia).  CDAC also supports two key experimental facilities, the High Pressure Collaborative Access Team (HPCAT), Sector 16 at the Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory, and U2A, the dedicated high pressure infrared spectroscopy beamline at the National Synchrotron Light Source, Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Learn more about CDAC at

Energy Frontier Research in Extreme Environments (EFree) is one of 32 Energy Frontier Research Centers funded by DOE/BES.  The mission of EFree is to carry out fundamental scientific research aimed at understanding the behavior of materials in extreme conditions of pressure and temperature  and to use this understanding as a means to discover revolutionary structural, energy transport and energy conversion materials to address our nation’s energy needs.  Joining staff and postdoctoral researchers at GL are five Academic Partners, along with personnel at the Geophysical Laboratory.  EFree is organized into several key projects that address specific aspects of energy materials research:  solar energy conversion, mesoporous materials, nanophase carbon materials, superconductivity and ion transport.  EFree also carries out a program of technical development in high P-T devices, x-ray techniques and neutron techniques to support frontier energy research.

For more about EFree, go to

Steve also coordinates the Summer Scholars Program, a 10-week research experience designed for college undergraduates.  Summer Scholars carry out research with a Carnegie researcher and learn not only about a  specific area of scientific endeavor, but also the fundamentals of carrying out scientific research.  

Visit the Summer Scholars page at