A.J. Simon

A.J. Simon

Head of Industrial Decarbonization

Carbon Utilization + Hydrogen + Point Source Capture

A.J. Simon leads Carbon Direct’s hybrid and engineered carbon technologies group.

A.J. translates scientific and engineering expertise into actionable strategies for client organizations seeking permanent carbon removal.

Background & Bio

A.J. Simon is a mechanical engineer and energy systems expert, whose passion for efficiency and insatiable curiosity has led to a 20+ year career spanning industry, academia and the U.S. Department of Energy.

Prior to joining Carbon Direct, he managed the Energy Group at Lawrence Livermore National Lab where he led assessments of technologies as diverse as carbon capture and removal, the energy-water nexus, nuclear energy, hydrogen fuel, building energy efficiency, and soldier-portable power.

From 2003 to 2008, he helped to manage a large portfolio of university-led clean energy research at Stanford's Global Climate and Energy Project. From 2001 to 2003, he developed combustion and emissions control technologies for General Electric's diesel and gas turbine product lines.


MS, Mechanical Engineering

Stanford University

BS, Mechanical Engineering

Stanford University


Oppenheimer Science and Energy Fellow (2018)

Department of Energy

Secretary’s Honor Award (2016)

Department of Energy

Scientific Editor for Science & Technology Review (2013)

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Centennial Teaching Assistant (2000)

Stanford University