The board oversees all related study activities, hosts convening functions, and serves on study committees.
Andrew Brown, Jr. (NAE), Chairman, Vice President and Chief Technologist, Innovation and Technology Office, Delphi Corporation, Troy, Michigan
David T. Allen, Melvin H. Gertz Regents Chair in Chemical Engineering, University of Texas, Austin
William F. Banholzer (NAE), Research Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering Department, University of Wisconsin, Madison
William F. Brinkman (NAS), Research Physicist, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey
William Cavanaugh, III (NAE), Chairman (retired), Progress Energy, Raleigh, North Carolina
Paul A. DeCotis, Director, West Monroe Partners, New York, New York
Christine Ehlig-Economides (NAE), Professor, Department of Petroleum Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
Sherri Goodman, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, CNA, Alexandria, Virginia
Narain G. Hingorani (NAE), Consultant, Los Altos Hills, California
Debbie A. Niemeier, Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, University of California, Davis
Margo Tsirigotis Oge, Former Director, Office of Transportation and Air Quality, EPA, McLean, Virginia
Michael Oppenheimer, Professor of Geosciences and International Affairs, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey
Jackalyne Pfannenstiel, Former Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations, and Environment, Piedmont, California
Dan Reicher, Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California
Bernard Robertson (NAE), President, BIR1, LLC, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Gary W. Rogers, Former President, CEO, and Sole Director (retired), FEV, Inc., Auburn Hills, Michigan
Alison Silverstein, Consultant, Pflugerville, Texas
Mark H. Thiemens (NAS), Dean, Division of Physical Sciences and Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Chancellor's Associates Chair, University of California, San Diego
Richard White, Managing Director, Oppenheimer and Company, New York, New York
Adrian Zaccaria (NAE), Vice Chairman (retired), Bechtel Group, Inc., Frederick, Maryland
Mary Lou Zoback (NAS), Consulting Professor, Stanford University, Stanford, California
James J. Zucchetto, Director
Andrew Brown, Jr. (NAE) is Vice President and Chief Technologist, Innovation and Technology Office, 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, New Jersey. He is currently chair of the NRC Committee on Technologies and Approaches for Reducing Fuel Consumption of Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicles. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from Wayne State University in 1971. 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.
David T. Allen is Melvin H. Gertz Regents Chair in Chemical Engineering at the University of Texas at 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.
William F. Banholzer (NAE) is Research Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering Department, at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Formerly, he was the Executive Vice President at Dow Chemical Company leading Dow’s Venture Capital, New Business Development and Licensing activities, and was also the Chief Technology Officer. At Dow, he was a member of the Executive Leadership Committee, Management Committee, chaired the company’s Innovation Committee, and led Dow’s research and development activities across the globe. Banholzer served on Dow’s Venture Capital Board, Dow AgroSciences Members Committee, and the Dow Foundation. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Dow Corning Corporation and served 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, and 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.
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.
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 8-year tour with the U.S. Navy, primarily in the nuclear-powered submarine program.
Paul A. DeCotis is Director, Energy and Utilities, West Monroe Partners, LLC. Formerly he was Vice President of Power Markets at Long Island Power Authority where he oversaw 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; Board member of US Offshore Wind Collaborative; Board member of the Clean Energy States Alliance; 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 Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of CNA, a non-profit research organization that provides analyses and solutions for national security leaders and public sector organizations. Known as an innovative and multidisciplinary leader, Ms. Goodman has been recognized for her leadership in creating the CNA Military Advisory Board and leading its projects on National Security and the Threat of Climate Change (2007), Powering America’s Defense: Energy & the Risks to National Security (2009), Powering America’s Economy: Energy Innovation at the Crossroads of National Security Challenges(2010), and Ensuring America’s Freedom of Movement: A National Security Imperative to Reduce US Oil Dependence (2011). From 1993 to 2001, Ms. Goodman served as Deputy Undersecretary of Defense (Environmental Security). As the chief environmental, safety, and occupational health officer for the Department of Defense (DoD), she oversaw an annual budget of over $5 billion. She established the first environmental, safety and health performance metrics for the Department and, as the nation’s largest energy user, led its energy, environmental and natural resource conservation programs. Overseeing the President’s plan for revitalizing base closure communities, she ensured that 80% of base closure property became available for transfer and reuse. Ms. Goodman has twice received the DoD medal for Distinguished Public Service, the Gold Medal from the National Defense Industrial Association, and the EPA’s Climate Change Award. Ms. Goodman served on the staff of the Senate Armed Services Committee for Committee Chairman Senator Sam Nunn. She has practiced law at Goodwin Procter, serving as both a litigator and environmental attorney, and has worked at RAND and SAIC. Ms. Goodman serves on the boards of the Atlantic Council of the U.S., including its Executive Committee, Blue Star Families, Committee on Conscience of the U.S. Holocaust Museum, Marshall Legacy Institute, National Academy of Sciences’ Board on Energy and Environmental Systems, and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. She is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the Board of its Center for Preventive Action. Ms. Goodman also serves on the Alliance Commission on National Energy Efficiency Policy, the Joint Ocean Commission Leadership Council, and the Responsibility to Protect Working Group co-chaired by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. In 2010, Ms. Goodman served on the Quadrennial Defense Review Independent Panel co-chaired by former National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley and former Secretary of Defense Bill Perry. Ms. Goodman has testified before numerous committees of the U.S. Congress, and conducted interviews with print, television, radio and online media. She has published widely in various print and online media and in legal and scholarly journals. She has been an Adjunct Lecturer in International Affairs and Security at the Kennedy School of Government and an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Kennedy School’s Center for Science and International Affairs. A graduate of Amherst College, Ms. Goodman has a law degree from Harvard Law School and a master's degree in public policy from Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Narain G. Hingorani (NAE) is an independent consultant who retired from the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) following a 20-year career, including his last five years as Vice President of Electrical Systems. Prior to joining EPRI, Dr. Hingorani spent six 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, purchasing and commissioning of HVDC, as well as 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 IEEE Lamme Gold Medal for leadership and pioneering contributions to the transmission and distribution of electric power; and in 2005 received The Benjamin Franklin Institute Bower Award 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 and 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.
Debbie A. Niemeier is a Professor in the Department 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).
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 thirty 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 Master's Degree in Engineering from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell.
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.
Jackalyne Pfannenstiel is the former Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations, and Environment, where she was responsible for achieving aggressive energy goals for renewable resources, energy efficiency, and biofuels. She was also responsible for enhancing the environmental quality on shore and afloat. Prior to this, she served a 5-year term as Commissioner and Chairman of the California Energy Commission, a full-time energy regulatory and policy agency responsible for licensing thermal power plants, mandating energy efficiency standards for buildings and appliances, and managing a $100 million public interest research program, as well as developing strategies promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency and assuring the development of stable, long-term supplies of electric power, natural gas, and transportation fuels. As chair, she had overall responsibility for the Commission’s policies and programs and was responsible for a number of key initiatives, such as a 2008 energy roadmap for reducing the state’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 to 1990 levels. She has also been an energy consultant, held a number of positions during a 20-year career at Pacific Gas and Electric Corporation including Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, and Vice President, Corporate Planning. Prior to 1980, she was Senior Economist, California Public Utilities Commission (PUC), and Economist, Connecticut PUC. She has a wealth of energy policy experience in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and electric utility systems. She has been a member, Board of Directors, Alliance to Save Energy, and the Western Interstate Energy Board. She served as Chair, Energy Conservation Study, Energy Modeling Forum (1992-1993); she received the Civilian Service Award (2012) from the Navy, and the Star of Energy Efficiency award (2011) from the Alliance to Save Energy. She has a B.A. in economics, Clark University, an M.A. in economics, University of Hartford, and attended the Executive Program, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University.
Dan Reicher is Executive Director of the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance at Stanford University, a joint center of the Stanford Law School and Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he also holds faculty positions. Reicher has more than twenty-five years of experience in energy technology, policy, and finance, including serving in the Clinton administration at the Department of Energy as Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and recently as a member of President Obama’s Transition Team. Reicher came to Stanford in 2011 from Google, where he served since 2007 as Director of Climate Change and Energy Initiatives. Reicher also serves as Senior Advisor to the Atlantic Wind Connection, a project backed by Google and other investors to build an underwater transmission line for offshore wind power along the US east coast. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences Board on Energy and Environmental Systems and Chairman of the Board of the American Council on Renewable Energy. He is also a member of the boards of the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, the Hewlett-Packard Environmental Advisory Council, and the University of California-Davis Energy Efficiency Center. Before his position at Google, Reicher served as President and Co-founder of New Energy Capital Corp., a private equity firm funded by the California State Teachers Retirement System and Vantage Point Venture Partners to invest in clean energy projects. He also served as Executive Vice President of Northern Power Systems, one of the nation’s oldest renewable energy companies and a recipient of significant venture capital investment. Reicher was also an adjunct professor at the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and Vermont Law School. In the Clinton Administration, Reicher served for eight years at the Department of Energy as Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Chief of Staff and Deputy Chief of Staff, and Acting Assistant Secretary for Policy and International Affairs. He also worked for the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and the World Resources Institute. Earlier in his career he served as an attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council, Assistant Attorney General in Massachusetts, a law clerk to a federal district court judge in Boston, and a legal assistant in the Hazardous Waste Section of the U.S. Department of Justice. He also was a staff member of President Carter's Commission on the Accident at Three Mile Island. Reicher 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 and MIT. An avid kayaker, Reicher was a member of the first expedition on record to navigate the entire 1888-mile Rio Grande (with support from the National Geographic Society) and to kayak the Yangtze River in China. He is married to Carole Parker and has three children. They live in Piedmont, California.
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 currently an independent consultant. Formerly, he was President, chief executive officer, and sole director, FEV, Inc., and executive vice president, FEV GmbH. His previous positions also include 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 B.S.M.E., Northern Arizona University, and a Masters of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering), University of California.
Alison Silverstein is an independent consultant, providing advice and research in areas such as electric transmission and reliability, energy efficiency, renewable energy, smart grids, electricity technology and marketing strategy, and infrastructure security. Previous positions include Senior Energy Policy Advisor to Chairman Pat Wood, III, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC); Advisor to Chairman Pat Wood, III, Public Utility Commission of Texas (Austin); Supervisor, Information & Communications Services, Pacific Gas & Electric Co.; Economist, Environmental Law Institute; and Operations Research Analyst, U.S. Department of Interior, Office of Policy Analysis. Recent work has included serving as project manager for the North American SynchroPhasor Initiative; working with Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory supporting DOE on Interconnection-wide Long-term System Planning; supporting the National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency; and a U.S. country expert team member for the International Energy Agency Demand Side Management Project XVII. She is a Board member, American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy; Member, Smart Grid Interoperability Panel; Member emeritus, GridWise Architecture Council; and Advisory Board member, Ice Energy. She has a B.A. in Economics and an M.S.E. in Systems Analysis and Economics, The Johns Hopkins University, and an M.B.A. from Stanford University.
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 Chancellor's 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 thirty 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 an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. from Tufts University.
Adrian Zaccaria (NAE) retired as Vice Chairman, Bechtel Group., Inc. He has held numerous positions at Bechtel since joining Bechtel’s Power and Industrial Division in 1971. These positions included President and Chief Operating Officer, Bechtel Group, Inc.; President, Global Energy, Bechtel Group, Inc.; President, Bechtel Power Corporation; and Director of Bechtel Group, Inc. In serving in progressively more responsible positions at Bechtel, he has extensive experience in the electric power sector and in construction, operation and planning for fossil energy and nuclear power plants, as well as on renewable power projects. Prior to joining Bechtel, he was employed by General Dynamics Corporation. He is a member of the Board of Directors & Executive Committee, the U.S. Council for Energy Awareness (USCEA); and the Nuclear Power Oversight Committee (NPOC). He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and was elected in 2007 for “for leadership in the design, construction, and maintenance of power plants and other types of engineering facilities all over the world.” Mr. Zaccaria holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, which has bestowed upon him a Distinguished Alumni Award.
Mary Lou Zoback (NAS) is currently a Consulting Professor in the Department of Geophysics, Stanford University. Previously, she was Vice President, Earthquake Risk Applications with Risk Management Solutions in Newark, CA. RMS is the world's leading catastrophe modeling firm. Her responsibilities at RMS include leading initiatives on the significance of risk quantification for expanding the societal role of earthquake insurance, disaster management, and risk reduction activities worldwide. She previously served as Chief Scientist of the USGS Earthquake Hazards team in Menlo Park, CA, and also as Regional Coordinator for the Northern California Earthquake Hazards Program. From 2003-2006 she was Chair of the Steering Committee for the 1906 Earthquake Centennial Alliance, a non-profit promoting public outreach on seismic safety and coordinating more than 280 groups and organizations that put on events to commemorate the 1906 earthquake. She has served on numerous national committees and panels on topics ranging from defining the next generation of Earth observations from space, storage of high-level radioactive waste, facilitating interdisciplinary research, and science education. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a past-President of the Geological Society of America, a member of the Board of Directors of the Seismological Society of America, and currently serves on the National Research Council’s Disasters Roundtable. She is the recipient of the 2007 GSA Day Medal, 2007 GSA Public Service Award, the "Leadership, Innovation, and Outstanding Accomplishments in Earthquake Risk Reduction" Award from the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (2006), and the AGU Macelwane Award for Young Scientists (1987). She joined the USGS in 1978 after receiving her B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in geophysics from Stanford University.