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Jared Cohon, (NAE), Chair, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
David Allen, (NAE), University of Texas, Austin
W.Terry Boston, (NAE), GridLiance GP, LLC and Grid Protection Alliance
William Brinkman, (NAS), Princeton University. Princeton, New Jersey
Barbara Kates-Garnick, Tufts University, Boston, Massachusetts
Joann Milliken, Independent Consultant, Alexandria, Virginia
Margo Oge, Office of Transportation and Air Quality, Environmental Protection Agency, McLean, Virgina
Michael Ramage, (NAE), ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company (retired), New York Ciity
Dorothy Robyn, Consultant, Washington D.C.
Kelly Sims-Gallagher, The Fletcher School, Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts
John Wall, (NAE), Cummins Inc (retired), Belvedere, California
Robert Weisenmiller, California Energy Commission, Sacramento, California


K. John Holmes, Acting Director/Scholar


Biographical Information
Jared Cohon, (NAE) is currently director, Scott Institute for Energy Innovation, and President Emeritus, Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He recently chaired the National Research Council Committee on Fuel Economy Technologies for Light-Duty Vehicles and the Committee on Health, Environmental, and Other External Costs and Benefits of Energy Production and Consumption and previously chaired the Committee on Measuring and Improving Infrastructure Performance. He has more than 25 years of technology, research, policy, and management experience. Dr. Cohon is also Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Professor of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon. He was a Professor of Geography and Environmental Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, where he also served as Vice Provost for Research from 1986 to 1992, Associate Dean of Engineering from 1983 to 1986, and Assistant Dean of Engineering from 1981 to 1983. Dr. Cohon began his teaching career at Johns Hopkins University, where he served as Assistant, Associate, and full Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering. Following his tenure at Johns Hopkins, he became Dean of the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and Professor of Environmental Systems Analysis at Yale University. Dr. Cohon also served as Legislative Assistant for Energy and Environment on the staff of U.S. Senator Moynihan from 1977 to 1978. He has been a Director of American Standard Companies Inc. since October 1999. Dr. Cohon has been a Director of Mellon Financial Corp. since 1998 and also serves as a Member of the Audit Committee, Corporate Governance, and Nominating Committee. He has been a Director of Freemarkets Inc. since July 21, 2003 and is a Director Emeritus of Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse. President George W. Bush appointed him in 2002 to serve on his Homeland Security Advisory Council. In January 1995, Dr. Cohon was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board. In 1997, he assumed the role of Chairman of the Board, a position he held until 2002. Dr. Cohon is a national authority on environmental and water resource systems analysis and is the author, co-author or editor of more than 80 professional publications. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Masters degree and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


David T. Allen is Melvin H. Gertz Regents Professor in Chemical Engineering at the University of Texas in Austin. He is also director of the university’s Center for Energy and Environmental Resources. Dr. Allen serves as chair of the U.S. EPA Science Advisory Board. He is Editor-in-Chief of the American Chemical Society journal: Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering. His research focuses on urban air quality and the engineering of sustainable systems, and he has been lead investigator for multiple air quality studies, which have had a substantial impact on the direction of air quality policies. Dr. Allen served on several NRC committees and the Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology and is currently a member of the NRC Committee on Scientific Tools and Approaches for Sustainability. He holds a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the California Institute of Technology.

W. Terry Boston (NAE) is president and CEO, Terry Boston, LLC. Previously, he served as CEO of PJM Interconnection, the largest power grid in North America and the largest electricity market in the world. Mr. Boston is president of the Association of Edison Illuminating Companies and past president of GO 15, the association of the world’s largest power grid operators. He also served as a U.S. vice president of the International Council of Large Electric Systems and is a past chair of the North American Transmission Forum. He also was one of the eight industry experts selected to direct the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) investigation of the August 2003 Northeast/Midwest blackout. In 2011, Mr. Boston was honored with the “Leadership in Power” award from the IEEE Power and Energy Society. He also was chosen by Intelligent Utilities Magazine as one of the Top 11 Industry Movers and Shakers, and led PJM to win Platts Global Energy Awards in Industry Leadership 2010 and Excellence in Electricity in 2012. He received a B.S. in Engineering from the Tennessee Technological University and an M.S. in Engineering Administration from the University of Tennessee.

William F. Brinkman (NAS) is currently a research physicist in the Physics Department at Princeton University. He previously served as Director, Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy from 2009 to 2013. He retired as vice president of research from Bell Laboratories/Lucent Technologies on September 30, 2001. In that position his responsibilities included the direction of all research to enable the advancement of the technology underlying Lucent Technologies' products. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has served on a number of NRC committees, and he chaired the NRC’s Physics Survey Committee and the Committee on Solid-State Sciences. He is past president of the American Physical Society. Dr. Brinkman was the recipient of the 1994 George E. Pake Prize. He received a Ph.D. degree in physics from the University of Missouri, Columbia.

Barbara Kates-Garnick is Professor of Practice at The Fletcher School. Most recently she served as the Undersecretary of Energy for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts where she was responsible for guiding energy policy. She also served as the Co-chair of Massachusetts’ Global Warming Solutions Act Implementation Advisory Committee that oversees the implementation of the Commonwealth’s Global Warming Solutions Act. She has had an extensive career in energy, environment, and clean technology that has spanned the private and public sectors and included the creation of a clean technology incubator at New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering where she also taught courses on energy policy. She served as corporate officer at a major U.S. utility, a consultant on strategic energy initiatives, and as a public utility regulator. At Fletcher, in addition to teaching, she is a Fellow at the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy where she pursues her interests in energy innovation, clean energy technology, and energy policy. Kates-Garnick holds a Ph.D., Master of Law and Diplomacy, and an MA from The Fletcher School, Tufts University, and an A.B. cum laude from Bryn Mawr College.

JoAnn Milliken is currently self-employed as a Senior Energy Consultant. She has 34 years of Federal program management experience, more than 20 of those with the Department of Energy, where she developed and directed clean energy R&D portfolios having budgets of up to $200 million per year. She has a strong track record of success in advancing energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, practices and policy, working in collaboration with industry, universities, small businesses and national laboratories. Dr. Milliken is a recognized expert in hydrogen and fuel cell systems, and experienced in leading Federal programs in energy efficient buildings, solar, wind, and geothermal energy. Prior to joining DOE in 1994, Dr. Milliken was a research chemist at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory and a program manager at the Office of Naval Research where she conducted and managed mission-related materials research. She earned a B.A. degree in chemistry from LaSalle University and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania, researching electronically conducting polymers under Nobel Laureate Professor Alan MacDiarmid. She also worked on carbon materials as a post-doctoral fellow under Professor Jack Fischer at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Milliken retired from DOE in 2015.

Margo Tsirigotis Oge
is Former Director, Office of Transportation and Air Quality (OTAQ), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Previously, Ms. Oge served as Director of the Office of Air and Radiation (OAR) and served more than 30 years at EPA. During her tenure and leadership at OTAQ she was a key architect of EPA’s efforts to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that included programs to significantly reduce emissions from automobiles and gasoline fuel, trucks, buses, off-road vehicles including locomotives, marine vessels, and diesel fuel. She also led the EPA’s first-ever national GHG emission standards for cars and heavy-duty trucks and to double fuel efficiency of light-duty vehicles by 2025. She also helped to establish the renewable fuels standard. She was also instrumental in establishing the U.N. process on global harmonization of transportation emissions standards worldwide, including helping China to design policies and programs to address pollution from cars and fuels. Under her leadership of OAR, EPA addressed indoor air pollution and developed the scientific findings on the health effects of radon and second-hand smoke. She received the Presidential Distinguished Executive Rank Award in 2004, the Presidential Meritorious Award, and EPA’s Distinguished Service Career Award. She was also the recipient of the Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment Woman of Achievement Award, as well as the California Air Resources Board’s Haagen-Smit Clean Air Award for her efforts to protect California’s air quality and public health. She earned a Masters Degree in Engineering from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell.

Michael P. Ramage (NAE) is retired Executive Vice President, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company. Previously he was Director, Executive Vice President, and Chief Technology Officer of Mobil Oil Corporation. He held a number of positions at Mobil including Manager of Process Research and Development Division; General Manager of Exploration and Production Research, Development, and Technical Services; Vice President of Engineering; and President of Mobil Technology Company. He has broad experience in many aspects of the petroleum industry including R&D, chemical processes, and capital project management. He was a Director of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and was a member of DOE’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee. He has served on a number of university visiting committees and is a member of a number of professional societies. He has served on several Academies committees including as Chair, Committee on Resource Needs for Fuels Cells and Hydrogen Technologies; Member, Committee on America’s Energy Future (AEF); Chair, AEF’s Panel on Alternative Liquid Transportation Fuels; and Chair, Committee on Alternatives and Strategies for Future Hydrogen Production and Use. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and served on the NAE Council. He has a B.S., M.S., and PhD. in chemical engineering from Purdue University.

Dorothy Robyn writes and consults on public policy issues related to energy and infrastructure. From September 2012 to March 2014, she served as the Commissioner of the Public Buildings Service (PBS) in the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). PBS is the real estate arm of the federal government and has been a leader in making federal buildings more energy efficient and sustainable. Prior to joining GSA, Dr. Robyn spent three years as the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Installations and Environment, where she provided Department-wide oversight of U.S. military bases around the world and led DoD's facility energy initiative. From 1993 to 2001, Dr. Robyn served as Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and a senior staff member of the White House National Economic Council. Previously, she was an assistant professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a principal with The Brattle Group. She is co-author (with William Baumol) of Toward an Evolutionary Regime for Spectrum Governance: Licensing or Unrestricted Entry? (Brookings Press, 2006) and author of Braking the Special Interests: Trucking Deregulation and the Politics of Policy Reform (University of Chicago Press, 1987). Dr. Robyn holds a B.A. from Southern Illinois University and a Ph.D. and M.P.P. in public policy from the University of California at Berkeley.

Kelly Sims Gallagher is Professor of Energy and Environmental Policy at The Fletcher School, Tufts University. She directs the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy at Fletcher. From June 2014-September 2015 she served in the Obama Administration as a Senior Policy Advisor in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and as Senior China Advisor in the Special Envoy for Climate Change office at the U.S. State Department. Gallagher is a member of the board of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University, where she previously directed the Energy Technology Innovation Policy (ETIP) research group. She is also a faculty affiliate with the Harvard University Center for Environment. Broadly, she focuses on energy and climate policy in both the United States and China. She specializes in the role of policy in spurring the development and deployment of cleaner and more efficient energy technologies, domestically and internationally. A Truman Scholar, she has a MALD and Ph.D. in international affairs from The Fletcher School, and an AB from Occidental College. She speaks Spanish and basic Mandarin Chinese, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She is the author of China Shifts Gears: Automakers, Oil, Pollution, and Development (The MIT Press 2006), editor of Acting in Time on Energy Policy (Brookings Institution Press 2009), The Global Diffusion of Clean Energy Technologies: Lessons from China (MIT Press 2014), and numerous academic articles and policy reports.

John Wall (NAE) is retired Vice President and Chief Technical Officer for Cummins Inc. In this role, he oversaw more than 6,000 engineers working to design internal combustion engines, power generation systems and related technologies in Cummins technical centers around the world. Dr. Wall’s earlier positions at Cummins include Chief Engineer–Heavy-Duty Projects; Director–Emissions Research; Vice President–Research & Development; and Vice President–Advanced Engineering and Technology Planning. Prior to joining Cummins, Dr. Wall held research and engineering positions at Chevron Research Company, most recently serving as the Unit Leader of Diesel & Aviation Fuels Research. Dr. Wall’s interests include advanced internal combustion engine design, emissions control and fuels, and engineering in a global environment. He serves on advisory boards at MIT and Purdue University. Dr. Wall currently chairs the National Academy of Engineering Bernard M. Gordon Prize committee and has previously served other NAE committees. Dr. Wall earned his S.B., S.M. and Sc.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Robert Weisenmiller was appointed as member and Chair to the California Energy Commission in January 2011 by Governor Jerry Brown and re-appointed in January 2015. He fills the Engineer/Scientist position on the five-member Commission where four of the five members by law are required to have professional training in specific areas - engineering or physical science, environmental protection, economics, and law. Commissioner Weisenmiller brings more than 30 years energy experience to the Commission including expertise in electricity and gas markets and California regulatory policies. He has served as an expert witness in more than 100 state and federal regulatory commission proceedings and has authored numerous publications on electricity and natural gas markets. Chair Weisenmiller is the lead commissioner on the Energy Commission's budget and management, legislative and intergovernmental matters, international relations, military partnerships, energy research, development, demonstration and deployment, climate change, combined heat and power and electricity and natural gas markets. Before his appointment, as a co-founder of MRW & Associates, he used his expertise to assist businesses, financial institution, regulatory commissions, and public agencies in strategic planning, policy development, analyzing energy markets and regulations, power pricing for qualifying facility projects, marginal cost analysis, rate design and implications of utility mergers. Commissioner Weisenmiller was also the co-founder and Executive Vice President of Independent Power Corporation. His career also included a previous period of public service with the Energy Commission as Advisor to Commissioner, Manager of the Special Projects Office, and Director of the Office of Policy and Program Evaluation in the period between 1977 and 1982. He holds a Doctorate in Chemistry and a Masters in Energy and Resources from University of California Berkeley and received his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Providence College.