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Andrew Brown, Jr. (NAE), Chairman, Executive Director and Chief Technologist, Delphi Corporation
William Banholzer (NAE), Executive Vice President and chief Technology Officer, The Dow Chemical Company, Midland, Michigan
Marilyn Brown, Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta
William Cavanaugh (NAE), Chairman, Progress Energy (retired), Raleigh, North Carolina
Paul A. DeCotis, Vice President of Power Markets, Long Island Power Authority, Albany, New York
Christine Ehlig-Economides, Professor, Texas A&M University, Austin, Texas
Sherri Goodman, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, CNA, Alexandria, Virginia
Narain Hingorani (NAE), Consultant, Los Altos Hills, California
Robert J. Huggett, Consultant and Professor Emeritus, College of William and Mary, Seaford, Virginia
Debbie A. Niemeier, University of California - Davis
Daniel Nocera (NAS), Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Michael Oppenheimer, Professor of Geosciences and International Affairs, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey
Dan Reicher, Director, Climate Change & Energy Initiatives,
Bernard Robertson (NAE), Senior Vice President, DaimlerChrysler Corporation (retired), Bloomfield, Michigan
Gary Rogers, President, CEO, and Director, FEV, Inc., Auburn Hills, Michigan
Alison Silverstein, Consultant, Pflugerville, Texas
Mark Thiemens (NAS), Dean, Division of Physical Sciences and Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Chancellors' Associates Chair, University of California, San Diego, California
Richard White, Managing Director, Oppenheimer & Company, New York, New York

James J. Zucchetto, Director



Andrew Brown, Jr. (NAE) is Executive Director of Engineering, Delphi Corporation. Dr. Brown came to Delphi from the GM Research and Development Center in Warren, Michigan, where he was Director-Strategic Futures. He served as Manager of Saturn Car Facilities from 1985 to 1987. At Saturn, he was on the Site Selection Team and responsible for the conceptual design and engineering of the manufacturing facility. Dr. Brown began his GM career as a Project Engineer at Manufacturing Development in 1973. He progressed in the engineering field as a Senior Project Engineer, Staff Development Engineer, and manager of R&D for the Manufacturing Staff. During this period, he worked on manufacturing processes and systems with an emphasis on productivity improvement and environmental efficiency. Before joining GM, he supervised process development at Allied-Signal Corporation, now Honeywell, Incorporated, in Morristown, NJ. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from Wayne State University in 1971. He is currently a member of the NRC Committee on Review of the 21st Century Truck Partnership. He received a Master of Business Administration in Finance and Marketing from Wayne State University in 1975 and a Master of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Detroit-Mercy in 1978. He completed the Penn State Executive Management Course in 1979. A registered Professional Engineer, Dr. Brown earned a Doctorate of Engineering in September 1992.

William F. Banholzer (NAE) is Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of The Dow Chemical Company. He is a member of the Dow’s Executive Leadership Committee, Management Committee, chairs the company’s Innovation Committee, and leads Dow’s research and development activities across the globe.  Banholzer serves on Dow’s Venture Capital Board, Dow AgroSciences' Members Committee, the Dow Foundation, and the governing Council of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering.  He is a member of the Board of Directors of Dow Corning Corporation and serves on the Board’s Corporate Responsibility Committee. Prior to Dow, Banholzer had a 22-year career with General Electric Company (GE), where he was vice president of Global Technology at GE Advanced Materials, responsible for worldwide technology and engineering. He joined GE in 1983 as a staff chemical engineer in the company’s Corporate Research and Development Laboratory. In 1989, he led GE R&D Center's chemical vapor deposition material program and later was promoted to laboratory manager for Advanced Inorganic Materials. In 1992, Banholzer transferred to GE's Superabrasives business, where he held numerous management positions culminating in responsibility for the division's worldwide engineering and quality efforts. Banholzer was elected a company officer and moved to GE Lighting as vice president of Global Engineering in 1997. In 1999 he transferred to GE’s Advanced Materials business as the vice president of global technology, leading a worldwide team responsible for process and product engineering, new capacity technology and product quality initiatives. During his GE career, Banholzer was honored with GE’s Bronze, Silver, and Gold Patent Awards; GE Superabrasives’ Leadership Award; GE Plastics’ CEO Six Sigma Award; and election to the Whitney Gallery of Technical Achievers. In 2002, Banholzer was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, He also sits on the advisory board for chemistry and chemical engineering at UC Berkeley, is a member of the American Chemical Society and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Banholzer earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Marquette University and master’s and doctorate degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois

Marilyn Brown joined the Georgia Institute of Technology in August 2006 as a Full Professor in the School of Public Policy. In addition to teaching, conducting research, and expanding the various energy initiatives at Georgia Tech, she will maintain her ties with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) as a Distinguished Visiting Scientist. During her 22 years at ORNL, Dr. Brown held leadership positions in the Engineering Science and Technology Division, one of the laboratory’s largest research divisions, and in the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Program, one of the lab’s largest applied research programs. In addition, she has researched the impacts of policies and programs aimed at accelerating the development and deployment of sustainable energy technologies. She has led several energy technology and policy scenario studies and is a national leader in the analysis and interpretation of energy futures in the United States. She has authored more than 150 publications and has been an expert witness in hearings before Committees of both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U. S. Senate. Dr. Brown serves on the boards of directors of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy and the Alliance to Save Energy, on the editorial boards of several journals, and is a member of the National Commission on Energy Policy. Dr. Brown has a Ph.D. in Geography from the Ohio State University and a Masters Degree in Resource Planning from the University of Massachusetts. She is also a Certified Energy Manager.

William Cavanaugh III, NAE,
is retired chairman and chief executive officer of Progress Energy, a Raleigh, N.C.-based diversified energy holding company serving 2.8 million electric and natural gas customers in the Carolinas and Florida. Cavanaugh came to Carolina Power and Light (CP&L), currently one of Progress Energy’s two major utility subsidiaries, in 1992 after a 23-year career at Entergy Corp. and its subsidiaries. At Entergy, Cavanaugh held a number of management positions, including group president of Energy Supply; chairman, president and CEO of Entergy Operations Inc.; and chairman, president and CEO of System Energy Resources Inc. Earlier in his career at Entergy, he held management positions with Arkansas Power & Light, Louisiana Power & Light and Mississippi Power & Light. He assumed the role of CEO of CP&L in 1996 and was named chairman in 1999. He has extensive experience in nuclear engineering, nuclear plant operations, and the electric utility system. He has received a number of awards including the American Nuclear Society’s Walter H. Zinn Award, an Honorary Juris Doctorate from Campbell University, the American Nuclear Society Utility Leadership Award, and the Nuclear Energy Institute’s William S. Lee Award for Industry Leadership. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2001. A native of New Orleans, Cavanaugh earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Tulane University in 1961. He also has completed several utility management programs and the Harvard University Advanced Management Program. Cavanaugh served an eight-year tour with the U.S. Navy, primarily in the nuclear-powered submarine program.

Paul A. DeCotis  is Vice President of Power Markets at Long Island Power Authority where he oversees strategic resource planning; fuel, energy and capacity purchases and sales; power project development and management; and participation in the region’s wholesale power markets. Prior to this Paul was Deputy Secretary for Energy in New York, serving as senior energy advisor to Governor Spitzer and Governor Paterson. Paul was also Chair of the State Energy Planning Board.  Paul previously served as Director of Energy Analysis for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority where he oversaw corporate strategy and planning, forecasting and analysis, and energy program evaluation. Prior to this, Paul was Chief of Policy at the State Energy Office. Until his appointment as Deputy Secretary, Paul was President of a management consulting business, specializing in executive and Board development, strategy, and mediation. Since 1985, he has served as an adjunct faculty member at several colleges and universities including Cornell University, Rochester Institute of Technology, and Sage Graduate School.  Paul is a member of the Board on Energy and Environmental Systems of the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC; Editorial Board member of the Energy Efficiency Journal; Executive Committee member of the New York State Reliability Council; New York’s representative to the Eastern Interconnection States Planning Council, and a member of Montclair Publishing LLC. “Who’s Who in North America” among other boards and committees. Paul has served on and chaired many professional organizations and associations and has extensive community service experience. Paul has published dozens of articles and professional papers on energy and industry matters.  Paul received his Bachelor of Arts in International Business Management from the State University College at Brockport, his Master of Arts in Economics from the University at Albany, and his Master of Business Administration in Finance from the Sage Graduate School at Russell Sage College.

Christine Ehlig-Economides (NAE)
is a professor in the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University and is holder of the Albert B. Stevens Chair in Petroleum Engineering. She was previously a tenured professor of chemical engineering at the University of Houston for twenty years. Ehlig-Economides was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2003. She is a distinguished member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and has held a variety of leadership positions in the society. In 1982, she was named the Alaska SPE Engineer of the Year and received the SPE Distinguished Achievement Award for Petroleum Engineering Faculty. She received the SPE Formation Evaluation Award in 1995 and the society's Lester C. Uren Award in 1997, and was named distinguished lecturer in 1997. Ehlig-Economides is also a member of Sigma Xi, the national research honor society. Her degrees include a bachelor's degree in math-science from Rice University, a master's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Kansas, and a Ph.D. degree in petroleum engineering from Stanford University.

Sherri Goodman is General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of CNA, a non-profit think tank which provides analysis and solutions for national security leaders and public sector organizations.  She is also the Executive Director of the Military Advisory Board for CNA’s project on National Security and the Threat of Climate Change.  She is member of the Council on Foreign Relations Task Force, Confronting Climate Change:  A Strategy for U.S. Foreign Policy.   From 1993 to 2001, Ms. Goodman served as Deputy UnderSecretary of Defense for Environmental Security.  In this role, Ms. Goodman was responsible for climate change policies for the US Department of Defense, international military environmental cooperation, as well as world wide environmental, safety and occupational health policies and programs for DOD. Ms. Goodman has twice received the DoD medal for Distinguished Public Service, the Climate Change Award from the US Environmental Protection Agency, and the Gold Medal from the National Defense Industrial Association. Ms. Goodman has served on the staff of the Senate Armed Services Committee for then Chairman, Senator Sam Nunn. She has also worked at RAND and SAIC. Ms. Goodman serves on the Boards of the National Academy of Sciences’ Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology; the Atlantic Council of the US; and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.  She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She has served on the Department of Energy’s Environmental Management Advisory Board and as a consultant to DOE’s Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board. Ms. Goodman has been an Adjunct Lecturer in International Affairs and Security at the Kennedy School of Government. She was an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Center for Science and International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government. Ms. Goodman received a J.D. cum laude from the Harvard Law School and a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government. She received her Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude from Amherst College.

Narain G. Hingorani (NAE) is an independent consultant who retired from the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) following a twenty year career, including last 5 years as Vice President of Electrical Systems. Prior to joining EPRI, Dr. Hingorani spent 6 years at Bonneville Power Administration; his responsibilities included the commissioning of the Pacific HVDC Intertie and Series Capacitor compensation. He has helped many utilities in specifying, purchase and commissioning of HVDC, and application of Power Electronics. Presently, Dr Hingorani provides consulting services to ONR, DARPA and Utilities in the area of development and application of power electronics and devices for transmission, distribution, industrial power and marine power system. Dr. Hingorani is credited with originating the concepts of Flexible AC Transmission System (FACTS) and Custom Power, which are expected to revolutionize future ac power transmission and distribution systems, respectively. He has authored over 150 papers and articles on HVDC and ac transmission, and co-authored two books, one on HVDC power transmission (1960) and the other on Flexible AC Power Transmission (1999). In 1985, Dr. Hingorani received the Uno Lamm Award by the IEEE Power Engineering Society for outstanding contributions in High Voltage Direct Current Technology; in 1995 received the 1995 IEEE Lamme Gold Medal for leadership and pioneering contributions to the transmission and distribution of electric power, and 2005 received The Benjamin Franklin Institute Bower ASward and Prize for achievement in Science. In 2004, IEEE Power Engineering Society decided to name its FACTS and Custom Power Awards as Nari Hingorani FACTS Award and Nari Hingorani Custom Power Award, in recognition of Dr. Hingorani’s pioneering these technologies. He is a Life Fellow of IEEE. Dr. Hingorani is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He was Chairman of CIGRE Study Committee 14: DC Links and Power Electronics; been a member of the IEEE Foundation Board. He has served on the NRC Panel on Sensors and Electron Devices and is an unpaid consultant taking an active role in the National Academies’ America’s Energy Future study. Dr. Hingorani received a B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from Baroda University in India, and M.Sc., Ph.D. and Doctor of Science degrees from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology in England.

Robert J. Huggett is an independent consultant and professor emeritus and former chair of the Department of Environmental Sciences, Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences at the College of William and Mary, where he was on the faculty for over 20 years. He also served as Professor of Zoology and Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies at Michigan State University from 1997 to 2004. Dr. Huggett is an expert in aquatic biogeochemistry and ecosystem management whose research involved the fate and effects of hazardous substances in aquatic systems. From 1994 to 1997, he was the Assistant Administrator for Research and Development for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where his responsibilities included planning and directing the agency’s research program. During his time at the EPA, he served as Vice Chair of the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources and Chair of the Subcommittee on toxic substances and solid wastes, both of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Dr. Huggett founded the EPA Star Competitive Research Grants program and the EPA Star Graduate Fellowship program. He has served on the National Research Council’s (NRC) Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology, the Water Science and Technology Board, is chair of the Committee on Sustainable Water and Environmental Management in the California Bay-Delta, and numerous study committees on wide ranging topics. Dr. Huggett earned an M.S. in Marine Chemistry from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California at San Diego and completed his Ph.D. in Marine Science at the College of William and Mary.

Debbie A. Niemeier is a Professor in the Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Davis. She joined UC Davis in 1994 as an Assistant Professor after completing her Ph.D. at the University of Washington. She has served as Dept. Chair and she recently served for four years as the Director of the John Muir Institute and Associate Vice Chancellor in the Office of Research at UC Davis. Several previous positions include Transportation Project Engineer, T.Y. Lin International, Falmouth, Maine; and Engineer, Texas Dept. of Highways, Austin. She is an expert in transportation-air quality modeling, energy consumption, land use interactions and sustainability and the project development process for major infrastructure projects. She is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Transportation Research, Part A and is a member of the MARs Corp. Scientific Advisory Council (Sustainability). She is also the Director of the UC Davis-Caltrans Air Quality Project, a continuing state and federally funded research program, which began in 1999, aimed at improving vehicle emissions modeling and developing regulatory responses for state and local agencies. She has received a number of awards including the Aldo Leopold Leadership Award (2005), the Chancellor’s Fellow Award (2001-2004), an NSF CAREER award (1997), and UC Davis Outstanding Faculty Mentor (1997) and Faculty Advisor (1995) Awards. Working with an interdisciplinary research group of graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, and faculty collaborators, she has published more than 110 journal articles and book chapters. She has served on several National Research Council committees and as an expert reviewer for the Bay Bridge Cost Analysis and Panama Canal 3rd Lock proposal. She is a member of the graduate faculty in computer science, geography, and ecology. She has a Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, U. of Washington (Seattle); an M.S., Civil Engineering, U. of Maine, Orono; and a B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Texas (Austin).

Daniel Nocera (NAS) is a Henry Dreyfus Professor of Energy and Professor of Chemistry at Massachusetts institute of Technology.  The Nocera group focuses on basic mechanisms of energy conversion in biology and chemistry, as well as chemosensing on the nanoscale and magenetic layered materials.  The group is well versed in synthetic methodologies of inorganic, organometallic, organic, materials and biological chemistry.  Dr. Nocera is also director of the Solar Evolution Project at MIT.  This project seeks to create innovations towards the use of solar energy in large scale, mainstream applications. Dr. Nocera has received numerous awards including the American Institute of Chemists Award,the MIT School of Science Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, Eni-Italgas Prize for Energy & the Environment, the Inter-American Photochemistry Award in Photochemistry, Burghausen Chemistry Award, and the American Chemical Society Award in Inorganic Chemistry.  Dr. Nocera has published over 225 papers.  Dr. Nocera received his B.S. from Rutgers University and his Ph.D. from California Institute of Technology-both in Chemistry.

Michael Oppenheimer is the Albert G. Milbank Professor of Geosciences and International Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School and the Department of Geosciences at Princeton University. He is also the current director of the program in science, technology and environmental policy at the Woodrow Wilson School and faculty associate of the Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences Program and the Center of International Studies. Dr. Oppenheimer's interests include science and policy related to the atmosphere, particularly climate change and its impacts. His research explores the potential effects of global warming, including the effects of warming on atmospheric chemistry, on ecosystems and the nitrogen cycle, ocean circulation, and on the ice sheets in the context of defining "dangerous anthropogenic interference" with the climate system. Dr. Oppenheimer joined the Princeton faculty after more than two decades with Environmental Defense, a non-governmental, environmental organization, where he served as its chief scientist and manager of the Global and Regional Atmosphere Program. Recently, Dr. Oppenheimer served as a lead author of the Third Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Dr. Oppenheimer was a member the NRC Panel on Climate Variability and Change. He received an S.B. degree in chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. degree in chemical physics from the University of Chicago. Ronald F. Probstein is Ford Professor of Engineering Emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dan W. Reicher currently serves as Director of Climate Change and Energy Initiatives for Google’s recent venture called  He also currently is co-chairman of the board of the American Council on Renewable Energy and a member of the boards of the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy and the Apollo Alliance. He also serves as a member of General Electric’s Ecomagination Advisory Board. He has over 20 years of experience in business, government and non-governmental organizations focused on energy and environmental technology, policy, finance and law.  Prior to his position at Google, Mr. Reicher served as President and Co-Founder of New Energy Capital Corp., a New England-based company that develops, invests in, owns and operates renewable energy and distributed generation projects. In 2002, Mr. Reicher became Executive Vice President of Northern Power Systems, a venture capital-backed renewable energy and distributed-generation company. From 1997-2001, Mr. Reicher was Assistant Secretary of Energy for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).  Prior to that position, Mr. Reicher was DOE Chief of Staff (1996-97), Assistant Secretary of Energy for Policy (Acting) (1995-1996), and Deputy Chief of Staff and Counselor to the Secretary (1993-1995).  He was also a member of the U.S. Delegation to the Climate Change Negotiations, Co-Chair of the U.S. Biomass Research and Development Board, and a member of the board of the government-industry Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles. He has also been a consultant to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee; a Visiting Fellow at the World Resources Institute; an adjunct professor at the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and Vermont Law School; a senior attorney, Natural Resources Defense Council; and Assistant Attorney General for Environmental Protection in Massachusetts. He holds a B.A. in Biology from Dartmouth College and a J.D. from Stanford Law School. He also studied at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Bernard Robertson (NAE) is president of BIR1, LLC, an engineering consultancy specializing in transportation and energy matters that he founded in January 2004, upon his retirement from DaimlerChrysler Corporation. During the latter part of his 38-year career in the automotive industry, Bernard Robertson was elected an officer of Chrysler Corporation in February 1992. He was appointed senior vice president coincident with the merger of Chrysler Corporation and Daimler-Benz AG in November 1998, and was named senior vice president of engineering technologies and Regulatory Affairs in January 2001. In his last position, he led the Liberty and Technical Affairs Research group, Advanced Technology Management and FreedomCAR activities, and hybrid electric, battery electric, fuel cell and military vehicle development. In addition, he was responsible for regulatory analysis and compliance for safety and emissions. Mr. Robertson holds an MBA degree from Michigan State University, a master's degree in automotive engineering from the Chrysler Institute, and a master's degree in mechanical sciences from Cambridge University, England. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (UK), a Chartered Engineer (UK), and a Fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers.

Gary W. Rogers
is president, chief executive officer, and sole director, FEV, Inc., and executive vice president, FEV GmbH.  His previous positions included  director, Power Plant Engineering Services Division, and senior analytical engineer, Failure Analysis Associates, Inc.; design development engineer, Garrett Turbine Engine Company; and Exploration Geophysicist, Shell Oil Company.  He has extensive experience in research, design, and development of advanced engine and powertrain systems, including homogeneous and direct-injected gasoline engines, high-speed direction injection passenger car diesel engines, heavy-duty diesel engines, hybrid vehicle systems, gas turbines, pumps, and compressors.  He provides corporate leadership for a multinational research, design, and development organization specializing in engines and energy systems.  He is a member and Fellow of the SAE and has served on a number of advisory boards. He serves on President’s advisory board, Clemson University and on the advisory board to the College of Engineering and Computer Science, Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan.  He served as a member of the NRC Committee on Review of DOE’s Office of Heavy Vehicle Technologies Program, the NRC Committee on Assessment of Technologies for Improving Light-Duty Vehicle Fuel Economy, the NRC Committee on the Effectiveness and Impact of Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) Standards, and the NRC Panel on Benefits of DOE’s Light-Duty Hybrid Vehicle R&D Program.  He also recently supported the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration by conducting a peer review of the NHTSA CAFE Model.  He has a BSME, Northern Arizona University, and a Masters of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering), University of California.

Alison Silverstein
works as a consultant, lecturer and writer on electric transmission and reliability, infrastructure security, energy efficiency, demand response and technology adoption issues. She serves as a member of the U.S. DOE’s GridWise Architecture Council.  Silverstein worked as Senior Energy Policy Advisor to Chairman Pat Wood, III, at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission from July 2001 through July 2004. She advised the Chairman on legal, economic, strategic and administrative issues spanning the agency’s electric, hydro, and pipeline responsibilities.  She served as the agency’s lead on infrastructure security, cyber-security and energy reliability and co-chaired the Electric Systems Investigation for the US-Canada Joint Power System Outage Task Force and is principal author of the Interim and Final Blackout Reports. Before moving to the FERC, she worked as Advisor to Chairman Wood at the Public Utility Commission of Texas from 1995-2001, covering both electricity and telecommunications matters.

Mark H. Thiemens (NAS) is Dean, Division of Physical Sciences, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, and Chancellor's Associates Chair, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, San Diego. He also served as Chair, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Prior to joining the faculty of the University of California at San Diego, he held positions at the Enrico Fermi Institute and Brookhaven National Laboratory. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2006 for discovering and exploring isotope anomalies in oxygen and sulfur not predicted by classical theory, which led to a deeper understanding of Earth's atmospheric composition and evolution. He developed new insights into atmosphere-surface interaction on Earth and Mars, and stimulated a new approach to theories of isotopic reaction mechanisms. He has received numerous awards including the Alexander Von Humboldt Award (1990; 1993); elected Fellow of the American Meteoritical Society (1996); the Ernest O. Lawrence Award, U.S. Department of Energy (1998); the Chancellors Associates Endowed Chair (1999); Distinguished Scientist of the Year (2002), American Chemical Society; and elected Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2002). He received a B.S., University of Miami; an M.S., Old Dominion University in Oceanography; and a Ph.D, Florida State University in Oceanography.

Richard White is a Managing Director and head of Oppenheimer’s Private Equity and Special Products department.  Prior to rejoining Oppenheimer in 2004, Mr. White was President of Aeolus Capital Group LLC, a private equity and investment management firm. Until 2002, Richard White was a Managing Director of CIBC Capital Partners, the private equity merchant banking division of Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce.  Mr. White was one of four U.S. partners responsible for managing CIBC Capital Partners’ venture capital/private equity portfolio. Prior to joining CIBC Capital Partners in 1997 (following CIBC’s acquisition of Oppenheimer & Co., Inc.), Mr. White was a Managing Director and one of approximately 30 General Partners of Oppenheimer.  Mr. White joined Oppenheimer in 1985 and was responsible for founding and building several of its investment banking industry groups including consumer products, business services, industrials, technology, gaming and leisure, and real estate.  Mr. White also headed Oppenheimer’s mergers and acquisitions department. From 1981 until 1985, Mr. White was a Managing Director and Partner of Ardshiel, Inc., a private equity firm in New York City focused on providing growth and buyout capital for medium sized firms. From 1978 until 1981, Mr. White served as a consultant in the Management Consulting Services department of Coopers & Lybrand. Mr. White is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Aquus Energy, Inc. (solar energy integration and installation) and a member of the Board of Directors of Escalade, Incorporated (office products and sporting goods) (NASDAQ “ESCA”), G-III Apparel Group Ltd. (manufacturer and distributor of apparel) (NASDAQ “GIII”), and Lakes Entertainment, Inc. (development and management of casinos)  (NASDAQ “LACO”).  He also serves on the Board of Directors of The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc., an independent not-for-profit research laboratory that serves the national interest in applied research, engineering development, technology transfer, and advanced technical education. Mr. White is a CPA, as well as NASD Series 7, 24 and 63 certified.  Mr. White holds a MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from Tufts University.