DEPS Executive Office Staff
Peter D. Blair, Executive Director
Sheryl Bottner, Manager, Web Communications
Dennis Chamot, Associate Executive Director
Liz Fikre, Editor
Sylvia Gilbert, Executive Assistant
Cathy Gruber, Managing Editor
Maria Jones, Report Review/Administrative Coordinator
Liz Panos, Reports Officer
Dick Rowberg, Deputy Executive Director
Sharon Segal, Financial Officer
Andrea Shelton, Administrative Assistant
Susan Wyatt, Administrative Officer
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Dr. Peter Blair is executive director of the National Research Council’s Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences. Dr. Blair also directed the Council’s America's Energy Future series of studies, initiated in 2007 by the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering at the request of Congress to inform the national debate about the role of science and technology in shaping the nation’s energy future.
From 1992 to 1996, Dr. Blair served as Assistant Director of the of the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) and director of its Division of Industry, Commerce, and International Security and earlier as OTA’s energy research program manager. He received the agency’s distinguished service award in 1991. He was executive director of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, and publisher of American Scientist from 1997 to 2001. Dr. Blair was cofounder (in 1978) and principal of Technecon Analytic Research, Inc., which was acquired by the Reading Energy Corporation in 1985.
He served on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania (1976–1996) and as an adjunct faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1997–2001). Dr. Blair is the author or co-author of the books Multiobjective Regional Energy Planning, Geothermal Investment Decision Analysis (1979), and Input-Output Analysis: Foundations and Extensions (1st edition, 1985, and 2nd edition, 2010); and co-edited Trends in Industrial Innovation: Industry Perspectives & Policy Implications (1997). He has written more than 100 technical articles in areas of energy and environmental policy, electric power systems, operations research, economics and regional science, and science policy.
Dr. Blair holds a B.S. in engineering from Swarthmore College (1973) and graduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania: M.S.E. in systems engineering (1974) and M.S. (1975) and Ph.D. (1976) in energy management and policy. Dr. Blair is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and chair-elect of the AAAS Section, Societal Impacts of Science and Engineering.
Dr. Richard E. Rowberg serves currently as Deputy Executive Director in the Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences of the National Research Council of the National Academies. He retired from the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress at the end of 2001. He was a Senior Specialist in Science and Technology with the Resources, Science, and Industry Division of CRS from 1994 to his retirement. From 1985 to 1994, he was Chief of the Science Policy Research Division of CRS. From 1975 to 1985 he worked for the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment where he was manager of the Energy and Materials Program from 1979 to 1985. He also served as a research engineer and adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering of the University of Texas at Austin from 1969 to 1974. He received a BA in physics from UCLA in 1961, and a Ph.D. in plasma physics from UCLA in 1968.
Dr. Dennis Chamot serves currently as Associate Executive Director in the Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences of the National Research Council of the National Academies. Prior to the creation of the division, he was the Deputy Executive Director of the NRC’s Commission on Engineering and Technical Systems. Dr. Chamot began his professional career as a research chemist with DuPont. Subsequently he served in several positions with the AFL-CIO, leaving in 1994, when he was executive assistant to the president of the Department for Professional Employees, to join the senior staff of CETS. Dr. Chamot has served as a member of advisory and study committees, including at the National Science Foundation, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the U.S. Department of Labor, and prior to employment, at the National Research Council. He is currently a member of the board of directors of the American Chemical Society. Dr. Chamot earned BS and MS degrees from the Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute (now Polytechnic University), Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Illinois, and MBA from the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania.