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Peter D. Blair, Executive Director
Kim DeRose, Communications/Media Specialist
Liz Fikre, Editor
Cathy Gruber, Managing Editor
Maria Jones, Report Review/Administrative Coordinator
Liz Panos, Reports Officer
Sheryl Porter, Web Communications Manager
Richard E. Rowberg, Deputy Executive Director
Sharon Segal, Financial Officer
Alice Williams, Executive 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 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.