Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability
DAVID DZOMBAK (NAE) (Co-Chair) is the Hamerschlag University Professor and Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. The emphasis of his research and teaching is on water resources and water quality engineering, and energy-environment issues. Dr. Dzombak is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania, and a Board Certified Environmental Engineer by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists. His professional service activity has included the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (2002-present); the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) Strategic Environmental Research and Development Science Advisory Board (2013-present); the EPA National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology, Environmental Technology Subcommittee (2004-2008); the National Research Council (various committees, 2000-present); Editorial Advisory Board for Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering (2012-present); Associate Editor of Environmental Science & Technology (2005-2012); chair of committees for the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists, American Society of Civil Engineers, Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors, and Water Environment Federation; and advisory committees for Allegheny County and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Dr. Dzombak received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (environmental engineering focus) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1986. He also holds an M.S. in Civil Engineering (1981, environmental engineering focus) and a B.S. in Civil Engineering (1980) from Carnegie Mellon, and a B.A. in Mathematics from Saint Vincent College (1980).
(Co-Chair), former Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Department of the Interior, is worldwide Managing Director for Public Policy at The Nature Conservancy (TNC). In this role, Honorable Scarlett directs all policy in the United States and the 35 countries in which TNC operates. She also served at Interior as the Acting Secretary of the Interior in 2006. While Interior’s Deputy Secretary, Honorable Scarlett initiated and chaired the Department’s Cooperative Conservation Working Group and its first-ever Climate Change Task Force. She established the Interior’s Ocean and Coastal Activities office to coordinate cross-departmental ocean and coastal work. She chaired the nation’s Wildland Fire Leadership Council. She served on the Executive Committee of the President’s Management Council. She is author or co-author of publications on climate change adaptation; ecosystem services; large landscape conservation; and science and decision making. She chairs the Science Advisory Board of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and serves on the National Research Council Sustainability Linkages Committee, the U.S. Global Change Research Program Committee, and is a co-convening lead author of the National Climate Assessment. She also chairs the Landscape Conservation Cooperatives Council established in 2014 by the U.S. Department of the Interior. She is on the Dean’s Advisory Council of the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at University of California (UC) Santa Barbara. She also serves on the boards of trustees of the National Wildlife Refuge Association and is a member of the Coordinating Council of the Practitioners’ Network for Large Landscape Conservation. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in political science from the UC Santa Barbara, where she also completed her Ph.D. coursework and exams in political science and political economy.
ANN BARTUSKA is Deputy Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics (REE) in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Previously, she was Deputy Chief for Research & Development, the USDA Forest Service, a position she has held since January 2004. She recently served as Acting USDA Deputy Undersecretary for Natural Resources and Environment from January - October of 2009, and was the Executive Director of the Invasive Species Initiative in the Nature Conservancy. Prior to this, she was the Director of the Forest and Rangelands staff in the Forest Service in Washington, DC. She is an ecosystem ecologist with degrees from Wilkes College (B.S.), Ohio University (M.S.) and West Virginia University (Ph.D.). She co-chaired the National Academies Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability from 2010 to 2013. She currently co-chairs the Ecological Systems subcommittee of the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources of the White House National Science and Technology Council. She is active in the Ecological Society of America, serving as Vice-President for Public Affairs from 1996-1999 and as president from 2002-2003. She has served on the Board of the Council of Science Society Presidents and is a member of AAAS and of the Society of American Foresters.
STEVE BERGMAN is a former Principal Regional Geologist in the Global Geology Upstream Exploration Research team at Shell International Exploration & Production Co. (Houston, TX), and adjunct professor with Southern Methodist University (SMU, Dallas). Prior to Shell, he was Principal Research Geologist with ARCO R&D for 20 years in Dallas, TX, and a Visiting Scholar at Bullard Laboratories, Cambridge University in 1996-1997. Dr. Bergman is exploration research geologist and geoscience educator with over 30 years industry experience applying unconventional integrated field and laboratory approaches (completing over a hundred worldwide minerals and petroleum exploration and production projects) and 5 years University teaching at UT Dallas and SMU. Dr. Bergman is a world-class expert in tectonics, regional structure, field geology, basin analysis, hard rock petrology, volcanology, and geochronology with 30 months of field expeditions in 17 USA states and 22 countries. He is co-author of one textbook (Petrology of Lamproites, Plenum Press, New York), over 40 journal papers, 120 internal company reports, and 150 conference and seminar presentations. He has served on the National Research Council Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability since 2012, the NRC STS Landscape Analysis Committee in 2015, and as an advisor to the US State Dept. on Arctic Geology Matters. Dr. Bergman earned his M.A. & Ph.D. in Geology from Princeton University (1979 & 1982) and his B.S. in Geology from University of Dayton (1977), and is a Fellow of the Geological Society of London.
E. WILLIAM COLGLAZIER is Editor-in-Chief of Science & Diplomacy and Senior Scholar in the Center for Science Diplomacy at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He served as the fourth Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State from 2011 to 2014. From 1994 to 2011, he was Executive Officer of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Research Council where he helped to oversee the studies that provide independent, objective scientific advice on domestic and international public policy issues. Dr. Colglazier received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the Caltech in 1971, and prior to 1994 worked at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and the University of Tennessee. He is past chair of the Forum on Physics and Society of the American Physical Society (APS) and a Fellow of the AAAS and APS. In 2015 he received the Joseph A. Burton Forum Award from the APS for “outstanding contributions to the public understanding or resolution of issues involving the interface of physics and society,” and from the Japanese Government the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, for “contributing to science and technology exchange and mutual understanding between Japan and the United States.” In 2016, Dr. Colglazier was appointed by the U.N. Secretary General as one of the ten international members to promote the role of science, technology, and innovation for achieving for the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
FRANCE A. CÓRDOVA was sworn in as director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) on March 31, 2014. Dr. Córdova leads the only government science agency charged with advancing all fields of scientific discovery, technological innovation, and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. Dr. Córdova is president emerita of Purdue University, where she served as president from 2007 to 2012. From 2002 to 2007, she led the University of California, Riverside, as chancellor and was a distinguished professor of physics and astronomy. Dr. Córdova was the vice chancellor for research and professor of physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, from 1996 to 2002. From 1993 to 1996, she served as NASA’s chief scientist. Prior to joining NASA, she was on the faculty of the Pennsylvania State University where she headed the department of astronomy and astrophysics from 1989 to 1993. Dr. Córdova was deputy group leader in the Earth and space sciences division at Los Alamos National Laboratory from 1988 to 1989 and staff scientist from 1979 to 1989. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University and her doctorate in physics from the California Institute of Technology. Dr. Córdova’s scientific contributions have been in the areas of observational and experimental astrophysics, multi-spectral research on x-ray and gamma ray sources and space-borne instrumentation. She has published more than 150 scientific papers. In 1997, she was awarded an honorary doctorate by Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles. She is a recipient of NASA’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Medal, and was recognized as a Kilby Laureate in 2000. Dr. Córdova was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is a National Associate of the National Academies. She is also a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Association for Women in Science (AWIS).
ANA DIEZ ROUX (NAM) has been serving as the dean of the Drexel University School of Public Health since February 2014. Dr. Diez Roux is a physician and epidemiologist known worldwide for seminal research on multilevel determinants of population health. Her work has had a major impact on public health research and practice. In her previous position at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health, she was chair of the Department of Epidemiology and also led two distinguished research and training centers. Dr. Diez Roux built the Center for Integrative Approaches to Health Disparities, a collaboration between Michigan and two Mississippi-based partner institutions, from the ground up into an important locus for research and training on the determinants of minority health and health disparities. She has led research programs on health disparities and the social and physical determinants of health, the impact of neighborhood environments on health, the role of psychosocial factors in health, environmental health and urban health issues. Her work on neighborhood health effects has had a major impact on policy discussions by highlighting the impact of urban planning and community development policies on health. Before joining Michigan in 2003, Dr. Diez Roux held joint appointments in medicine and public health at Columbia University. She received master’s and doctoral degrees in public health from Johns Hopkins University after beginning her career as a pediatrician in her native Argentina, where she earned her medical degree from the University of Buenos Aires and served as chief resident at the Ricardo Gutierrez Children’s Hospital. She is an elected member of the American Epidemiological Society, the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research and the National Academy of Medicine.
PAULO FERRÃO is the President of the board of directors of the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (the Portuguese national science and technology foundation). He was the National Director of the MIT-Portugal Program, a major international partnership on Science and Technology in Portugal, in the field of Engineering Systems, and was also the coordinator of the Sustainable Energy Systems Ph.D. program at IST. He is Full Professor at IST. Dr. Ferrão is co-founder of IN+, Center for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research. His scientific career has evolved within the areas of “Laser diagnostics for turbulent combustion systems,” “Analysis of Energy Systems” and “Industrial Ecology,” where the principles of Thermodynamics have been complemented with social and economic fundamentals in order to promote the analysis of the complex systems that characterize the major issues that are relevant for sustainable development of modern societies. Dr. Ferrão has been active on the area of “Sustainable Cities,” where he published a book at MIT-Press on “Sustainable Urban Systems” co-authored with John Fernandez from MIT. He is author of three books and co-author of two other in the area of Industrial Ecology, its principles, tools and different case studies. He is author of more than one hundred papers published in journals and book chapters and over hundred papers presented in conferences and invited talks in different domains. He has co-organized more than a dozen international conferences and leaded more than thirty scientific projects in the areas of Energy Efficiency and Industrial Ecology. Dr. Ferrão received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering (1993) and his master in energy transfer and conversion (1998) from IST.
BARRY GOLD is the Environmental Program Director for the Walton Family Foundation. Dr. Gold leads the foundation’s freshwater and marine initiatives to find lasting solutions that benefit the environment and strengthen local economies. Before joining the foundation, Dr. Gold served as director of Marine Conservation at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, where he led efforts to keep the world’s oceans healthy through approaches that take both environmental and community needs into account. Prior to joining Moore, Dr. Gold managed the David and Lucile Packard Foundation’s work on ecosystem-based management and linking science to policy. Before Packard, he was chief of the Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center where he led an effort to restore the Colorado River ecosystem throughout the Grand Canyon. The National Academy of Sciences called the program “…a science-policy experiment of local, regional, national, and international importance.” Dr. Gold has held senior positions with the U.S. Department of the Interior, the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Science, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He has served as board president for the Consultative Group on Biological Diversity, the leading affinity group for environmental foundations, and was vice-chair of the California Ocean Science Trust Board. Dr. Gold received a B.S. from the University of Miami, an M.S. from the University of Connecticut, an M.A. from George Washington University and a D.Sc. from Washington University in St. Louis. In 2007, Dr. Gold was elected a Fellow of the AAAS.
MARILU HASTINGS is Vice President, Sustainability Program for the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation in Austin where she leads all of the foundation’s strategic grantmaking programs. Current programs include clean energy, shale sustainability, water, and sustainability education. She has a 25 year career specializing in the interaction of science, public policy, and philanthropic investment. Ms. Hastings convenes high-profile, collaborative efforts to promote Texas’s transition to sustainability, including initiatives to modernize its oil & gas regulations, address ongoing drought, and adopt clean energy policies. She is also a sought-after strategic and organizational-development advisor to non-profit organizations, foundations, and academic organizations. Prior to moving to the foundation, Ms. Hastings held leadership positions from 1996 to 2008 at the Houston Advanced Research Center, a non-profit research organization founded by George P. Mitchell. Ms. Hastings is a member of the Energy Institute Advisory Board of the University of Texas at Austin; a member of the Science Advisory Board of the Environmental Law and Policy Center in Chicago; a trustee of the Regional Endowment for Sustainability Science, and a stakeholder advisor to the Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program, a Regional Integrated Science Assessment Team of NOAA. Ms. Hastings is a Fellow of the Houston Advanced Research Center. Ms. Hastings earned a Bachelor of Arts in economics and political science from Duke University, an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Master of Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin.
MICHAEL KAVANAUGH (NAE) is a Senior Principal of Geosyntec Consultants, Inc., an engineering and consulting firm with offices throughout the United States and abroad. His research interests have included hazardous waste management, soil and groundwater remediation, process engineering, industrial waste treatment, technology evaluations, strategic environmental management, compliance and due diligence auditing, water quality, water and wastewater treatment, and water reuse. He has served as chair to the National Research Council’s (NRC) Board on Radioactive Waste Management and the Water Science and Technology Board. Dr. Kavanaugh is a registered chemical engineer in California and Utah, a Diplomat (DEE) of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He received his B.S. in chemical engineering from Stanford University and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.
currently serves as Associate Director for Research of the Earth Science Division within NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. He has been a member of the Senior Executive Service since August, 1999, managing NASA’s Earth Science Research Program. Earlier positions in his 25 year career at NASA include being a Space Scientist at the Goddard Space Flight Center and Manager of the Atmospheric Chemistry Modeling and Analysis Program at NASA HQ. His academic training is in chemistry (B.S. Adelphi University, 1976; Ph.D., California Institute of Technology, 1982). As Associate Director for Research, Dr. Kaye is responsible for the research and data analysis programs for Earth System Science, covering the broad spectrum of scientific disciplines that constitute it. He represents NASA in many interagency and international activities and has been an active participant in the US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) in which he currently serves as NASA principal and Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Global Change Research, as well as NASA’s representative to the Senior Users’ Advisory Group for the National Polar Orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System and to the Joint Subcommittee on Ocean Science and Technology. Since January, 2009, he has served as Acting Director of the USGCRP. He is a member of the Steering Committee for the Global Climate Observing System. He has received numerous NASA awards, most recently with the Outstanding Leadership Medal in 2009. He was recognized as a Meritorious Executive in the Senior Executive Service in 2004. He was elected to serve as co-secretary of the Atmospheric Sciences Section of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) for 1998-2000. The AGU has recognized him on two occasions with a Citation for Excellence in Refereeing. He has published more than 50 refereed papers, contributed to numerous reports, books, and encyclopedias, and edited the book Isotope Effects in Gas-Phase Chemistry for the American Chemical Society.
SUZETTE KIMBALL is a Senior Advisor of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the chief science agency of the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI). She was sworn in on January 8, 2016 as the director of the USGS. Prior to becoming the Director, Dr. Kimball was the USGS Deputy Director. In 2008, she became the Associate Director for Geology, and prior to that was the Director of the USGS Eastern Region, starting in 2004. She joined the USGS as Eastern Regional Executive for Biology. In that position, she built many partnerships, helped shape programs, and led the establishment of the USGS Florida Integrated Science Center. She came to the USGS from the National Park Service in Atlanta, where she was Associate Regional Director. She entered the National Park Service as a research coordinator in the Global Climate Change Program, became Southeast Regional Chief Scientist, then Associate Regional Director. She was assistant professor of environmental sciences at the University of Virginia, co-director of the Center for Coastal Management and Policy and marine scientist at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, and managed coastal morphology and barrier island studies in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. She serves on executive boards and many State and national committees, including the Consortium for Coastal Restoration through Science & Technology, the Council of Examiners of the National Association of State Boards of Geology, and the Department of Interior’s Senior Executive Service Advisory Council. She was on the board of directors of the Coastal Society and has served as secretary of the American Geophysical Union’s Ocean Sciences Section. She has authored numerous publications on barrier island dynamics, coastal ecosystem science, coastal zone management and policy, and natural resource exploration, evaluation and management. She has received the Presidential Rank Award and the Secretary of the Interior’s Meritorious Service Award. Dr. Kimball has a doctorate in environmental sciences with a specialty in coastal processes from the University of Virginia, a master’s in geology and geophysics from Ball State University, and a bachelor’s in English and geology from the College of William & Mary.
STEVEN E. KOONIN (NAS) serves as the Director of the new Center for Urban Science and Progress, an applied science and engineering institute created by New York University as a consortium of world-class universities, global technology corporations, and innovative urban designers. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Koonin served as the Under Secretary for Science for the U.S. Department of Energy. He was previously Chief Scientist for BP, plc, where he was responsible for guiding the company’s long-range technology strategy, particularly in alternative and renewable energy sources. Dr. Koonin joined BP in 2004 following a 29-year career at the California Institute of Technology as a Professor of Theoretical Physics, including a 9-year term as the Institute’s Provost. He has served on numerous advisory bodies for the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Energy and its various national laboratories. Dr. Koonin’s research interests have included theoretical and computational physics, as well as global environmental science. Dr. Koonin received his B.S. in physics at California Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
FRANCIS O’SULLIVAN is Director of Research for the MIT Energy Initiative, and a Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management. His research interests span a range of topics related to energy technologies, policy, and economics. His current research is focused on unconventional oil and gas resources, the energy-water nexus, and solar energy. He has extensive expertise regarding the production dynamics and associated economics of North America’s shale plays. His work also includes the study of global gas market dynamics and the LNG trade, and he is actively studying the implications for international energy markets of emerging unconventional hydrocarbon resource plays, particularly those in China and Australia. Dr. O’Sullivan has written and spoken widely on these topics, and has made presentations to the President’s Office of Science and Technology Policy; the United States Environmental Protection Agency; the Brookings Institute; the Bipartisan Policy Center; the Center for Strategic and International Studies; the National Governors’ Association; the National Association of Regulated Utility Commissioners at CERAWeek; the American Physical Society, and to a range of other academic, policy and industry forums. He is an author of the 2011 MIT Future of Natural Gas Study, and a member of the MIT Future of Solar Energy study group. Prior to joining MIT, Dr. O’Sullivan was a consultant with McKinsey & Company, where he worked extensively in the areas of economic, investment and risk analysis, strategic planning, and operations in the private equity, oil and gas, electric utility, and renewable energy sectors. Dr. O’Sullivan received his BE degree from the National University of Ireland, and his EE, SM, and PhD degrees from MIT, all in electrical engineering.
PRABHU PINGALI (NAS) has been appointed by the Cornell University as director of the Tata-Cornell Initiative in Agriculture and Nutrition (TACO-AN), a long-term project established through a $25 million endowment from the Tata Trusts, to help reduce poverty and malnutrition in India. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Pingali was deputy director of the Agriculture Development Division of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He has three decades of experience analyzing global food, agriculture and development policy and was director of the Agricultural and Development Economics Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). He has served as director of the Economics Program at CIMMYT; agricultural economist at the International Rice Research Institute; and economist within the World Bank’s Agriculture and Rural Development Department. Dr. Pingali has authored ten books and over 100 referred journal articles and book chapters on food policy, technological change, productivity growth and resource management in the developing world. Dr. Pingali earned a Ph.D. in Economics from North Carolina State University in 1982. He was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences as a Foreign Associate in May 2007, and was elected Fellow of the American Agricultural Economics Association in 2006.
DONALD SCAVIA is the Graham Family Professor of Sustainability and Director of the Graham Sustainability Institute, a Provost unit at University of Michigan. He also serves as the Special Counsel to the University of Michigan President for Sustainability. He is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and of Natural Resources and Environment, and his research supports development and application of Integrated Assessment, a tool that brings together natural science, social science, engineering, and environmental policy making. His most recent work focuses on impacts of climate and land use on the Gulf of Mexico, Chesapeake Bay, and Great Lakes. Dr. Scavia serves on advisory committees for a diverse group of external and internal organizations, and has served as Associate Editor for Estuaries and Coasts and Frontiers in Ecology and Environment, and on the Boards of Directors for the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, the International Association for Great Lakes Research and the Great Lakes Observing System. He was director of Michigan Sea Grant from 2004-2009, School of Natural Resources and Environment’s Research Associate Dean from 2004-2006, and Director of the Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystems Research from 2004-2007. Prior to joining the Michigan faculty in 2004, he was Chief Scientist for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) National Ocean Service, Director of the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, Director of NOAA’s Coastal Ocean Program, and research scientist with NOAA’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory. He holds Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate degrees in Environmental Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the University of Michigan.
VAUGHAN TUREKIAN assumed his role as the fifth Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State on September 8, 2015. Dr. Turekian draws upon his background in atmospheric chemistry and extensive policy experience to promote science, technology, and engineering as integral components of U.S. diplomacy. Prior to becoming the Science and Technology Adviser, Dr. Turekian was Chief International Officer for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and Director of AAAS’s Center for Science Diplomacy (2006-2015). In this capacity he worked to build bridges between nations based on shared scientific goals, placing special emphasis on regions where traditional political relationships are strained or do not exist. As Editor-in-Chief of Science & Diplomacy, an online quarterly publication, he published original policy pieces that have served to inform international science policy recommendations. In addition, Turekian worked at the State Department as Special Assistant and Adviser to the Under Secretary for Global Affairs (2002-2006) on issues related to sustainable development, climate change, environment, energy, science, technology, and health. Also, he served as Program Director for the Committee on Global Change Research at the National Academy of Sciences (2000-2002) where he was study director for a White House report on climate change science. Dr. Turekian holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology and Earth Science from Yale University (1993) and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Virginia (2000). A former AAAS fellow himself, Dr. Turekian not only brings both technical expertise and 14 years of policy experience to the position, but also a decorated track-record and steadfast commitment to utilizing our nation’s capital in science and technology innovation to advance U.S. diplomacy.
CYRUS WADIA is Vice President, Sustainable Business & Innovation, NIKE, Inc., where he is responsible for enabling the company’s sustainability strategy with the goal of driving change across Nike and the wider industry. The team he leads focuses on several areas including testing and prototyping of new business models, accelerating partnerships for scaling sustainable innovations, and supporting Nike’s broad innovation agenda through science and analytics. Dr. Wadia is the former Assistant Director for Clean Energy & Materials R&D with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy where he advised the White House and Executive Branch leadership in the design of national policy in energy, climate, advanced materials, manufacturing, and critical minerals. In this role, which he held from 2010-2015, Dr. Wadia was responsible for the creation and expansion of more than $1 billion in new budgetary initiatives, including the Materials Genome Initiative, and he led the development of the nation’s first policy framework and strategy on critical minerals. Prior to joining the White House, Dr. Wadia held a dual appointment with Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and the Haas School of Business where he was the Co-Director of Cleantech to Market and a research scientist. He also spent more than seven years in Silicon Valley as an entrepreneur, working with several successful venture backed tech startups. Dr. Wadia earned his Ph.D. in Energy & Resources from University of California, Berkeley and holds both an M.S. and S.B. in Chemical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
is the Deputy Director of the Energy Institute, Josey Centennial Fellow in Energy Resources, Co-Director of the Clean Energy Incubator at the Austin Technology Incubator, and Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, where he trains a new generation of energy leaders through research and education at the intersection of engineering, policy, and commercialization. He has authored more than 200 scientific articles, columns, books and book chapters, including a recent op-ed in the New York Times and frequent features in Scientific American. A highly sought public speaker, he has given more than 175 lectures, speeches, and invited talks in the last few years, such as testimony for hearings of U.S. Senate committees, keynotes for business meetings, plenary lectures for scientific conferences, invited speeches at the United Nations and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and briefings for executives at some of the nation’s leading companies. His TV special “Energy at the Movies” is scheduled for broadcast on more than 30 PBS stations nationwide in April 2013, and his capstone class “Energy Technology and Policy” is scheduled for distribution as a MOOC (massive online open course) through a partnership with edX in Fall 2013. Dr. Webber is on the board of advisors for Scientific American, holds four patents, and is one of the originators of Pecan Street Incorporated, which is a public-private partnership in Austin, TX running the nation’s largest smart grid experiment. Previously, he studied energy, innovation, manufacturing, and national security at the RAND Corporation. Prior to that, he was a Senior Scientist at Pranalytica, where he invented sensors for homeland security, industrial analysis, and environmental monitoring. Dr. Webber’s education includes a B.A. with High Honors (Plan II Liberal Arts) and B.S. with High Honors (Aerospace Engineering) from UT-Austin, and an M.S. (Mechanical Engineering) and Ph.D. (Mechanical Engineering, Minor in Electrical Engineering) from Stanford University, where he was a National Science Foundation Fellow from 1995-1998.