Dr. Adrienne Little is currently the Thermal Systems Technical Lead at Malta Inc., an independent grid-scale energy storage company spun out of X (formerly known as Google [X]), Alphabet’s “Moonshot Factory.” At X, she helped launch project Malta and various other hardware-based challenges in the energy space. Dr. Little was previously a Fellow at the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy (ARPA-E) at the U.S. Department of Energy where she pursued concepts in advanced manufacturing, performed technical due diligence on the ARID portfolio (Advanced Research in Dry Cooling), and investigated opportunities for modular nuclear reactor concepts. Dr. Little graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with both her MS and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering, and received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley. Her PhD work at Georgia Tech focused on the development of waste heat recovery technologies and analysis of supersonic internal flows for passive compression devices. She performed additional research activities at the Thermal Fluids Laboratory at the Université catholique de Louvain in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, as well as in the Renewable Energy Systems Laboratory at General Electric Global Research Headquarters near Munich, Germany. She is the recipient of multiple awards, studying the nexus between science, technology, and policy.