26th USAEE/IAEE North American Conference - September 24-27, 2006
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John Anderson

Dr. John Anderson is the President & CEO of the Electricity Consumers Resource Council (ELCON). He joined ELCON in 1980. He was named Executive Director in 1984. He has presented papers and spoken extensively on a wide range of electricity issues of importance to large industrial firms. Dr. Anderson holds both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Florida with concentration in public utility and industrial organization.

ELCON is the national association representing large industrial electricity consumers. ELCON’s member companies come from virtually every sector of the

manufacturing community. They own and operate facilities throughout the United States and in many foreign countries. The member companies of ELCON consume over 5 percent of all electricity in the United States. Many ELCON members cogenerate some of their electricity requirements.




Rosina M. Bierbaum

Rosina Bierbaum is a leading authority on environmental issues, climate change and the role of science in policymaking. Her scholarship and professional activities focus on bridging the gap between policy and science, and on translating science into usable information for society’s decision makers.

Before coming to the University of Michigan in 2001, Dr. Bierbaum served both the U.S. Congress and the U.S. President through twenty years of science policy leadership in Washington, D.C.  As Acting Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, she was the Administration’s senior scientific advisor on environmental research and development, with responsibilities for scientific input and guidance on a wide range of national and international environmental issues.  She currently serves on the boards of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research; the American Association for the Advancement of Science; the National Research Council’s Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate; the Federation of American Scientists; the Environmental and Energy Study Institute; and the Energy Foundation.  She is also a member Design Committee for The Heinz Center’s The State of the Nation’s Ecosystems project and of the Executive Committee for the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement. 

Dr. Bierbaum received her B.S. in Biology and B.A. in English from Boston College, and earned her Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolution at the State University of New York, Stony Brook.



Guy Caruso

In February 2002, President Bush nominated Guy F. Caruso to the position of Administrator of the Energy Information Administration (EIA), a statistical agency within the United States Department of Energy (DOE) that provides policy-independent data, forecasts and analyses regarding energy. Mr. Caruso has acquired over 30 years of energy experience, with particular emphasis on topics relating to energy markets, policy and security.

He first joined DOE as a Senior Energy Economist in the Office of International Affairs and soon became the Director of the Office of Market Analysis. Other leadership roles held by Mr. Caruso during his tenure at DOE include: Director, Office of Oil and Natural Gas Policy, Office of Domestic and International Energy Policy and Director, Office of Energy Emergency Policy Evaluation. Prior to joining DOE, Mr. Caruso worked at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) as an International Energy Economist in the Office of Economic Research.

Mr. Caruso recently served as the Executive Director of the Strategic Energy Initiative Project, under the Energy and National Security Program of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) a position he had held since 1998. CSIS is a private, nonpartisan organization dedicated to providing world leaders with strategic insights on, and policy solutions, to current and emerging global issues.

Moreover, before joining EIA, Mr. Caruso was also the Director of the National Energy Strategy (NES) project for the United States Energy Association (USEA). During this time, Mr. Caruso spearheaded the USEA publication "Toward a National Energy Strategy," which was released in February 2001 and a follow up study entitled, "National Energy Strategy Post 9/11" which was released in July 2002.

Mr. Caruso has worked at the Paris-based International Energy Agency (IEA), first as the Head of the Oil Industry Division where he was responsible for analyzing world oil supply/demand and developments in the oil industry; and later, as Director of the Office of non-members Countries where he directed studies of energy-related developments.

Mr. Caruso holds a B.S. in Business Administration and an M.S. in Economics from the University of Connecticut. He also earned a Masters of Public Administration from Harvard University. Guy Caruso and his wife, Donna, reside in Virginia. They have two daughters, Dawn and Lisa.



Juan R. I. Cole

Juan R. I. Cole is Professor of Modern Middle East and South Asian History at the History Department of the University of Michigan.  He has written extensively about modern Islamic movements in Egypt, the Persian Gulf, and South Asia. He has given numerous media and press interviews on the War on Terrorism since September 11, 2001, as well as concerning the Iraq War in 2003. His current research focuses on two contemporary phenomena: 1) Shiite Islam in Iraq and Iran and 2) the "jihadi" or "sacred-war" strain of Muslim radicalism, including al-Qaeda and the Taliban among other groups. Cole commands Arabic, Persian and Urdu and reads some Turkish, knows both Middle Eastern and South Asian Islam, and lived in a number of places in the Muslim world for extended periods of time. His most recent book is Sacred Space and Holy War (IB Tauris 2002). This volume collects some of his work on the history of the Shiite branch of Islam in modern Iraq, Iran and the Gulf. He treated Shi`ism in his co-edited book, Shi`ism and Social Protest (Yale, 1986), of his first monograph, Roots of North Indian Shi`ism in Iran and Iraq (California, 1989). His interest in Iranian religion is further evident in his work on Baha’I studies, which eventuated in his 1998 book, Modernity and the Millennium: The Genesis of the Baha'i Faith in the Nineteenth Century Middle East (Columbia University Press). He has also written a good deal about modern Egypt, including a book, Colonialism and Revolution in the Middle East: Social and Cultural Origins of Egypt's `Urabi Movement (Princeton, 1993). His concern with comparative history and Islamics is evident in his edited Comparing Muslim Societies (Michigan, 1992).


James Duderstadt

Dr. James J. Duderstadt is President Emeritus and University Professor of Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Duderstadt received his baccalaureate degree in electrical engineering with highest honors from Yale University in 1964 and his doctorate in engineering science and physics from the California Institute of Technology in 1967. After a year as an Atomic Energy Commission Postdoctoral Fellow at Caltech, he joined the faculty of the University of Michigan in 1968 in the Department of Nuclear Engineering. Dr. Duderstadt became Dean of the College of Engineering in 1981 and Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs in 1986. He was appointed as President of the University of Michigan in 1988, and served in this role until July, 1996. He currently holds a university-wide faculty appointment as University Professor of Science and Engineering and also directs the University’s program in Science, Technology, and Public Policy.

Dr. Duderstadt's teaching and research interests have spanned a wide range of subjects in science, mathematics, and engineering, including work in areas such as nuclear fission reactors, thermonuclear fusion, high powered lasers, computer simulation, science policy, higher education, and information technology.

During his career, Dr. Duderstadt has received numerous national awards for his research, teaching, and service activities, including the E. O. Lawrence Award for excellence in nuclear research, the Arthur Holly Compton Prize for outstanding teaching, the Reginald Wilson Award for national leadership in achieving diversity, and the National Medal of Technology for exemplary service to the nation. He has been elected to numerous honorific societies including the National Academy of Engineering, the American Academy of Arts and Science, Phi Beta Kappa, and Tau Beta Pi.

Dr. Duderstadt has served on and/or chaired numerous public and private boards. These include the National Science Board; the Executive Council of the National Academy of Engineering, the Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy of the National Academy of Sciences; the Nuclear Energy Research Advisory Committee of the Department of Energy; the Big Ten Athletic Conference; the University of Michigan Hospitals, Unisys, and CMS Energy.

He currently chairs several major national study commissions in areas including federal science policy, higher education, information technology, and engineering research.



Joseph Dukert

Dr. Joseph M. Dukert, an independent energy analyst who focuses particularly on the North American market, is an adjunct fellow with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). As a political economist with a reputation for objectivity he has been instrumental in fostering government-stakeholder cooperation under the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America. Dr. Dukert has headed research efforts in the future economic competitiveness of various fuels; and he headed three study teams on natural gas for Washington Policy and Analysis. He has also been a consultant to the International Energy Agency (IEA) and a senior advisor to the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation; and in this country he has often been involved in the development of critical government documents and reports, including five national energy policies. His B.A. is from Notre Dame (magna cum laude), and his M.A. and Ph.D. in international relations are from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), where he has served on the Advisory Board of the International Energy and Environment Program for about 15 years. He also lectures in American University’s summer program on North America. He is a Vice President and senior Fellow of USAEE.



Alex Farrell

Alex Farrell is an Assistant Professor in the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California at Berkeley. He has a bachelor’s degree in Systems Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and served as a nuclear engineer onboard a submarine. After that, Alex worked for Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. Alex received his Ph.D. in Energy Management and Policy from the University of Pennsylvania and then worked as a research fellow at Harvard, and a research engineer at Carnegie Mellon University before taking a position at UC Berkeley, where he teaches courses on energy systems and energy/environmental policy. For the last decade Alex has conducted research on energy and environmental policy and has published over two dozen peer-reviewed papers on these topics in journals such as Science, Environmental Science & Technology, and Energy Policy.



Jean-Pierre Favennec

Jean Pierre Favennec has a degree from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Industries Chimiques – master in chemical engineering - (Nancy - France)  and a degree in Oil Economics from the IFP School.

He began his career as a consultant in the oil industry and worked on a number of projects in the field of gas production, refining, and petrochemical complexes, including  numerous studies concerning the strategies, pricing, and profitability of these sectors. He was a project manager  in over fifty different countries from South America, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Europe.

Since 1990 Jean Pierre Favennec has been a professor at the IFP School where initially he was  head of the "Economics and Corporate Management". He was  responsible for training seminars for the major energy companies in France and worldwide. He was appointed Director of the Centre for Economics and Management at the IFP School in October 2000.

Jean Pierre Favennec is a specialist in  energy, including energy economics, geopolitics and the strategic aspects. He has also worked more specifically on the downstream sector of the hydrocarbons industry, and  has written a number of papers on these subjects. He  is the editor of three books : Refining Economics and Management, Research and Production of Oil and Gas : Reserves, Costs, Contracts and Energy Markets (published in January 2006 in French). Several books are under preparation, including a book on Energy Geopolitics in 2006.

Jean-Pierre Favennec is also speaking in many international conferences, all over the world, about the situation of the energy, oil and gas industries.


Mark Finley

Mark Finley is Head of Energy Analysis for BP plc in London. He is responsible for BP's coverage of oil and natural gas markets as well as the annual BP Statistical Review of World Energy. He previously served as BP's senior US economist in Washington DC. He currently serves as an appointed IAEE Council member. Mr. Finley has 20 years of private- and public-sector experience as an energy economist. He is a Phi Beta Kappa

graduate of the University of Michigan (Economics), and holds graduate degrees from Northwestern University (Economics) and the George Washington University (Finance). He and his wife Leigh Ann have two very cute little girls--Rachel (9) and Anna (6).



Dermot Gately

Dermot Gately is Professor of Economics at New York University.  He has served as a consultant on oil demand analysis and modeling OPEC behavior for DOE, IEA, the World Bank, the IMF, Exxon-Mobil, Saudi Aramco, and others.  He graduated from Holy Cross College and received a Ph.D. in economics from Princeton.



Michael Grubb

Michael is a leading international researcher on the economic dimensions of and policy responses to climate change and energy policy issues including renewable energy sources. He has been a lead author for several reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) addressing the economic, technological and social aspects of limiting greenhouse gas emissions and has advised a number of governments, companies and international studies on climate change policy. He is editor-in-chief of the journal Climate Policy and is on the editorial board of Energy Policy.

Michael was formerly Head of the Energy and Environmental Programme at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, before becoming Professor of Climate Change and Energy Policy at Imperial College. He remains a Visiting Professor at Imperial College, and is also a Senior Research Associate at the Faculty of Economics in Cambridge University. He  gained his PhD in energy systems analysis from Cambridge.



Gurcan Gulen

Dr. Gürcan Gülen, Senior Energy Economist, Center for Energy Economics, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin

At the CEE, Dr. Gülen manages grants, coordinates research products, conducts analysis on research projects and grants, provides instruction in training programs, and assists with outreach.  He is currently co-managing a five-year cooperative agreement with the U.S. AID, focusing on capacity building in energy sectors of emerging economies in Africa.  This agreement builds on two similar efforts in Bangladesh and Ghana, also sponsored by the U.S. AID.  He also directs content development for the New Era in Oil, Gas & Power Value Creation, CEE’s flagship international capacity building program.  He developed and managed a 14-week custom program for 17 Assistant Energy Experts from Energy Markets Regulatory Authority of Turkey.  He served as president, vice president and secretary of the Houston Chapter of the U.S. Association for Energy Economics (USAEE) between 1998 and 2001.  He is currently the VP-Conferences for the USAEE.  He acted as the contributing editor of Dünya ENERJI, a monthly industry publication in Turkey until September 2004, authoring 46 articles.  He regularly referees articles for The Energy Journal and Energy Policy among other academic journals.  He received a Ph.D. in Economics from Boston College and a B.A. in Economics from Bosporus University in Istanbul, Turkey.


William Hogan

William W. Hogan is Raymond Plank Professor of Global Energy Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.  He is research director of the Harvard Electricity Policy Group (HEPG); director of the Repsol YPF-Harvard KSG Fellows Program in Energy Policy; and chairman of the Doctoral Programs in Public Policy and in Political Economy and Government at the Kennedy School of Government.  Professor Hogan also serves as director of LECG, LLC.

Professor Hogan's primary research interests have focused on energy policy.  For more than a decade, he has been actively engaged in the design and improvement of competitive electricity markets in many regions of the United States and around the world.  He has worked to design the market structures and market rules by which transmission system organizations coordinate bid-based markets for energy, ancillary services, and financial transmission rights. 

Professor Hogan has been the recipient of honors and awards for distinguished public service.  Currently he serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Regulatory Economics, Energy Economics, and The Electricity Journal.  He has been a member of the faculty of Stanford University where he founded the Energy Modeling Forum (EMF), and he is a past president of the International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE). Professor Hogan received his undergraduate degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy and his PhD from UCLA.



Stephen Holland

Stephen Holland is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics in the Bryan School of Business and Economics at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  He has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Iowa and served for two years in the U.S. Peace Corps.  Stephen received an M.S. degree in agricultural economics from Iowa State University and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Michigan.  He then worked on staff at the Federal Trade Commission where he analyzed mergers in the petroleum, natural gas and electricity industries.  After two years as a visiting researcher at the University of California Energy Institute, he returned to academia for his current job in Greensboro.  Stephen’s research on energy and natural resources has been published in the RAND Journal of Economics, the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Environmental and Resource Economics, and the Energy Journal



John Jimison

John W. Jimison is a recognized expert on energy policy, a practicing energy lawyer, and a specialist in energy regulation and economics with 35 years of domestic and international experience.  He currently serves as Executive Director and General Counsel to the United States Combined Heat and Power Association, and is the lead advocate nationally for clean, efficient CHP.   Mr. Jimison also practices law from his own office on Capitol Hill, specializing in energy regulation, transactions, and policy for a variety of clients, principally related to natural gas and municipal utility issues.  Prior to opening his office in 2003, he was a partner in the international law firm Cameron McKenna LLP, and earlier a Partner with Berliner, Candon & Jimison, a Washington-based energy firm.  He was a senior associate with Jensen Associates, a natural gas consulting firm, in 1986-87.   From 1982-1985, he was a Principal Administrator at the International Energy Agency in Paris, France, responsible for electricity policy and natural gas analyses.  During the period from 1971 through 1981 he held several positions on Capitol Hill, including Counsel to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Head of the Energy Section of the Congressional Research Service (Library of Congress), and Professional Staff to the Senate Commerce Committee.  His energy career started with the American Public Gas Association in 1970.  He currently serves as General Counsel of the International Association for Energy Economics and as General Counsel of the United States Association for Energy Economics, and is a past President of the National Capital Area Chapter of the USAEE.  He holds a B.A. from the College of Wooster, 1968, and a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center, granted in 1975.  He is a Member of the Virginia State Bar, District of Columbia Bar, and the Energy Bar Association.



John Kelly

John M. Kelly has served as director of economics and research for the American Public Power Association in Washington since 1982. Previously, he served in economics posts at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Library of Congress’ Congressional Research Service, and the President’s Council on Wage and Price Stability.

Mr. Kelly has specialized in such areas as electric utility performance measurement, public and private utility efficiency comparisons, utility taxes, costing and pricing of utility services, subsidies, transmission access and deregulation issues, and utility rates of return.
Mr. Kelly received a B.A. in Economics from American University and an M.A. in Economics from George Washington University, both in Washington.



Matthew Kevnick

Biography coming.



Lynne Kiesling

Dr. Lynne Kiesling is a Senior Lecturer at Northwestern University and Director of the IFREE-supported Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER), housed at the Interdisciplinary Center for Economic Science (ICES).

CAER - formed in October 2003 with Dr. Smith - promotes experimental economic research on regulatory, policy, and market design issues pertaining to energy industries and environmental questions. Dr. Kiesling's research focuses on regulation and technological change, particularly in the electricity industry.

Before founding the Center for Applied Energy Research, Lynne was Director of Economic Policy at Reason Foundation, where she performed research on energy policy issues. Lynne holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Northwestern University, specializing in industrial organization, information theory, public finance, and economic history. She also holds a B.S. in Economics from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.


David Knapp

David Knapp is Senior Editor, Global Oil Markets, Editor of Oil Market Intelligence and Co-Editor of the Energy Intelligence Briefing Service. He also serves as Managing Director of Energy Intelligence Research.

Before joining Energy Intelligence in late 2000, Dr. Knapp was Head of the International Energy Agency’s Oil Industry and Markets Division and Editor of the IEA’s Monthly Oil Market Report during much of the 1990s.

He has analyzed energy markets for over 30 years in the international, government, business and financial sectors. For 11 years, he served as Energy Economist and Energy Team Leader for the prestigious Wall Street banking and investment firm of Brown Brothers Harriman & Co.

Following the Arab oil embargo, he worked at the Federal Energy Administration and the Department of Energy in Washington and Chase Manhattan Bank’s Energy Economics Division in New York.

Dr. Knapp holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara and is a member of numerous professional organizations in the energy area. He is an Advisory Board member for the New York Energy Forum, a Charter Member of the International Association For Energy Economic and a Senior Fellow of the U.S. Association for Energy Economics as well as serving on the Advisory Board of the Geopolitics of Energy.



Drew Kodjak

Drew Kodjak is Executive Director of the International Council on Clean Transportation, a group of government environmental regulators and international experts dedicated to improving the environmental performance and efficiency of vehicles and fuels around the world. Prior to joining the ICCT in 2005, Drew served as Program Director for the DC-based National Commission on Energy Policy (NCEP), a bipartisan 16-member Commission of energy experts that released a highly influential report, Ending the Energy Stalemate, in December 2004.  While serving as Attorney-Advisor to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality, Drew was awarded the EPA Gold Metal for his work on the heavy-duty diesel rule. Drew is a member of Bar Associations in Minnesota, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.



Klaus Lackner

Degrees from Heidelberg University, Germany; Vordiplom, (equivalent to a B.S.) in 1975, Diplom (or M.S.) in 1976 and Ph.D. in theoretical particle physics, summa cum laude, in 1978.  Clemm-Haas Price for outstanding Ph. D. thesis at Heidelberg University;  Cold Spring Harbor Summer School on Computational Neuroscience, 1985.

Prof. Lackner joined the faculty of Columbia University in 2001, where he is now the Ewing-Worzel Professor of Geophysics in the Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering.   He received his Ph.D. in 1978 in theoretical physics from the University of Heidelberg, Germany.  He held postdoctoral positions at the California Institute of Technology and the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center before joining Los Alamos National Laboratory in 1983.  He has been a scientist in the Theoretical Division for much of that time, but also has been part of the Laboratory’s upper management.  He held several positions among them Acting Associate Laboratory Director for Strategic and Supporting Research, which represents roughly a third of Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Klaus Lackner’s scientific career started in the phenomenology of weakly interacting particles. Later searching for quarks, he and George Zweig developed the chemistry of atoms with fractional nuclear charge. He is still participating in matter searches for particles with a non-integer charge in an experiment conducted at Stanford by Martin Perl and his group.  After joining Los Alamos National Laboratory, Klaus Lackner became involved in hydrodynamic work and fusion related research.  In recent years, he has published on the behavior of high explosives, novel approaches to inertial confinement fusion, and numerical algorithms.  His interest in self-replicating machine systems has been recognized by Discover Magazine as one of seven ideas that could change the world.  Presently he is developing innovative approaches to energy issues of the future.  He has been instrumental in forming ZECA, the Zero Emission Coal Alliance, which is an industry-led effort to develop coal power with zero emissions to the atmosphere.  His recent work is on environmentally acceptable technologies for the use of fossil fuels.


Thomas Lyon

Dow Professor of Sustainable Science, Technology and Commerce
Professor of Business Economics
Professor of Natural Resources

Ph.D. Stanford University, Engineering-Economic Systems, 1989
M.S. Stanford University, Engineering-Economic Systems, 1984
B.S.E. Princeton University, Civil Engineering, 1981

Professor Lyon's primary research interest is the interplay between corporate strategy and public policy, which he has pursued in a number of application areas, including corporate environmentalism, electric utility investment practices, natural gas contracting, innovation in the health care sector, and the introduction of competition in regulated industries.  His book Corporate Environmentalism and Public Policy was published by Cambridge University Press in November 2004.  Professor Lyon's teaching experience includes managerial economics, business and government, game theory, business strategy, and the management of innovation.

He has been a visiting professor at the University of Chicago and at the University of Bonn, and a Fulbright Scholar at the Scuola Sant'Anna in Pisa, Italy.  He spent the academic year 2002/2003 as a Gilbert White Fellow at Resources for the Future in Washington, D.C., and 2003/2004 as a visiting economist in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.  Professor Lyon serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Regulatory Economics, and his research has been published in such journals as the RAND Journal of Economics, the Journal of Law and Economics, the Journal of Public Economics, the Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, and the Journal of Law, Economics and Organizations.


David MacInnis

As President of the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA), David is responsible for the day-to-day operations of CEPA, including recommending policy direction to achieve the goals and further the mission of the association.

A former journalist, David has worked in both the oil and gas and public sectors. He most recently held a senior position with Global Public Affairs, an Ottawa-based public affairs agency. Prior to that, he was Vice President, Public Affairs with the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. David has also worked in the Government of Canada, first in the Prime Minister’s Office, and later as Senior Advisor to then Minister of Natural Resources Canada, Ralph Goodale.

David is a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Centre for Energy Information, the Energy Council of Canada, the Natural Gas Council, the Petroleum Human Resources Council of Canada and the SEEDS Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting student literacy on energy, sustainability and the environment.



J. Byron McCormick

Dr. McCormick is Executive Director of the Fuel Cell Activities group for General Motors Corporation.  He has been leading GM fuel cell activities since 1997.  Dr. McCormick joined GM Delco Electronics in 1986, at Delco Systems Operations in Santa Barbara, California, where he held various technical and business leadership positions.  From 1994 to 1997, Dr. McCormick was Managing Director of Delco Propulsion Systems (DPS).

Prior to joining GM (1975-1986), Dr. McCormick was a Deputy Division Leader at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the Electronics Division. He led R&D activities that included basic fuel cell and fuel processors, as well as fuel cell propulsion system evaluation.

Dr. McCormick earned a B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Arizona.



Vijay Modi

Vijay Modi is currently Professor of Mechanical Engineering.  He received the Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Cornell University in 1984.   He joined Columbia in 1986 after two years as a post-doctoral research associate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He leads the UN Millennium Project efforts on "Energy Services to meet the MDGs" and is involved with the Earth Institute efforts on energy and rural infrastructure.   His current research projects include: energy services and infrastructure planning in meeting the Millennium Development Goals, low-cost lighting systems design, infrastructure priorities for economic and social development, use of spatial data in energy technology choices, and energy technologies for decentralized applications. His past energy related work encompasses thermal power plants, gas turbines,  solar energy resource assessment, wind speed measurement and sensing and design of environmental systems for energy and paper industry. Prof. Modi is a dedicated teacher. He won the inaugural Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award in 1996 and also the Greater Teacher Award in 1997 from the Society of Columbia Graduates.   He is author/co-author of more than forty journal publications.



Reginald Modlin

Reginald R. Modlin, JD is Director, Environmental Affairs for DaimlerChrysler Corporation, a position to which he was appointed in 1999.

As Director of Environmental Affairs, Mr. Modlin is responsible for all aspects of product and facility environmental compliance.  Key responsibilities include policy development to guide creation of legislation and regulations in the NAFTA regions, vehicle emissions certification, fuel economy strategy and reporting, and facility environmental permitting.

Prior to his current position, Mr. Modlin served a variety of capacities during his 34 years with the Company.  Previous positions included Manager-Stationary Environmental Affairs, Manager-Special Projects Engineering, and Manager-Powertrain Operations.  His experience includes involvement in all aspects of vehicle and component design, development and manufacturing activities.

Outside associations:

Past – Ozone Transport Assessment Group; Ozone Transport Commission Federal Advisory Committee 

Current – Chairman of the Board of DaimlerChrysler Engineering Services S.A. headquartered in Villeneuve Switzerland; Chairman of the USCAR-Environmental Leadership Council; Member of the Board of Directors for the Engine Manufacturers Association; Chairman of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers Mobile Source Policy Committee; Member of Michigan Environmental Council’s Auto Advisory Panel; Member of EPA’s Mobile Sources Technical Review Subcommittee; Member of Western (States) Region Air Partnership; Board Member of Electric Drive Transportation Association; Member of NextEnergy Advisory Panel

Mr. Modlin received his Juris Doctorate from the Detroit College of Law and was Editor-In-Chief of the School’s Law Review.  He holds a bachelors degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan.


Stephen Morrisseau

Stephen Morisseau is the Vice President of Corporate Affairs, and brings 20 years of experience in both the public and private sectors.
Before joining Globeleq he was Director, Public Affairs, for Duke Energy International. Prior to that Stephen spent over 15 years in diplomatic service with the U.S. Department of State. During his State Department career, he lived and worked in Greece, Cyprus, Washington DC, Bolivia, and Mexico.
He holds a dual degree in International Relations and German Studies from Tufts University in Massachusetts, USA


Shirley Neff

Shirley Neff is an adjunct lecturer and research scholar at the Center for Energy, Marine Transportation and Public Policy at Columbia University. She is the President of the U.S. Association for Energy Economics (USAEE) and the Executive Director of the New York Energy Forum. She is also a consultant to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Goldwyn International Strategies.

She was the economist for the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources for seven years. While on the staff of the Committee, she was responsible for international energy security issues, oil and gas, renewable energy policy, and energy tax matters. She was the lead staff responsible for development and passage of the OCS Deep Water Royalty Relief Act (1995) and Senate passage of a federal renewable portfolio standard in 2002. She was a member of the Congressional delegation to the international negotiations on the Framework Convention on Climate Change and participated in and led Congressional staff delegations to Western Europe, the Caspian region, China, Indonesia, Japan, and Singapore.

In addition to her career in the Senate, she has extensive private and public energy sector experience. She was a senior governmental affairs director for Royal Dutch Shell, 1996-1998, where she advised senior management on energy and environmental policy matters, including U.S. politics on sensitive international oil issues and global climate change. She held a similar role at with the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA), from 1989-93.

She served as member of an Independent Task Force on Strategic Energy Policy for the Council on Foreign Relations (2001). She is a recipient of the Senior Fellow Award from the USAEE and received the international distinction of being named one of 50 Key Women in Energy in 2003. She has an M.S. in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


David Nissen

Professor of Professional Practice, School of International and Public Affairs;
Director, Program in International Energy Management and Policy

David Nissen holds a B.S. from the California Institute of Technology as well as an M.A. in Statistics and a Ph.D. in Economics, both from the University of California at Berkeley.  For 12 years prior to joining SIPA, Nissen managed the LNG and the gas strategic consulting practice at Poten and Partners, Inc., a leading commercial and energy consulting firm.  He has held senior positions with Exxon's Corporate Planning Department and Chase Manhattan's Corporate Lending Group.  Nissen also served in the U.S. Federal Energy Administration (precursor to the Department of Energy) during the Carter Administration, where he directed the quantitative assessment of the Carter Administration's National Energy Plan.  Professor Nissen has held faculty positions at the Rutgers School of Business and the Rice University Department of Economics.



Tom O'Donnell

Thomas W. O'Donnell is a nuclear physicist (PhD Michigan) with significant research and teaching experience in social sciences and humanities.  His present energy-and-transport research examines the natural-resource and technological basis for new market-control institutions and practices in the globalizing oil sector, and their geo-strategic implications. He is currently writing a book on this work.  Before earning his PhD, he spent a decade working in the transportation and energy sectors, including several U.S. automotive and railway companies in the Detroit and Chicago areas.

In nuclear physics, recent theoretical papers examine the systematics of symmetry and pairing energies of atomic nuclei, and previous experimental work at national laboratories produced and identified a number of new, highly neutron-rich nuclei, using a novel superconducting solenoid spectrometer he developed.

He is presently Lecturer at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in the Science, Technology and Science Program (STS), the Center for Middle East and North African Studies, (CMENAS) and the Residential College (RC) and is an Associate of the Michigan Center for Theoretical Physics (MCTP). In 2005 he lectured in the Graduate Economics Departments of The University of Algiers, Algeria and at The New School for Social Research in New York City as Visiting Professor.  His Michigan courses on energy, and non technological history and society are cross-listed in the departments of History, Sociology, the Program in the Environment, Urban Planning and Geological Sciences.



Jaeson Rosenfeld

Biography coming.


Ben Schlesinger

Dr. Schlesinger, founding president of BSA Inc., is one of North America’s leading independent energy consultants, specializing in gas and electricity marketing, pricing, infrastructure, trading practices, strategic planning, and power plant development worldwide.  He has thirty-two years of experience in managing and carrying out engineering/economic analyses of complex energy issues, with particular focus on North American energy commodity movements and pricing, policies and programs.  Dr. Schlesinger has advised over 400 clients in the U.S., Canada, and 25 other countries, including the top utility, energy trading and producing, manufacturing, regulatory, educational, private power, and financial services companies.  A former vice-president of the American Gas Association, Dr. Schlesinger has testified before the U.S. Congress and in 16 states and provinces on the direction of the gas industry, gas contracting, purchase and sales prices, royalty valuations, market value, hedging and risk management, and related industry practices.



Wayne Shirley

Wayne Shirley is a Director of The Regulatory Assistance Project, where he has been extensively involved in distributed resource policy, transmission policy and international power sector restructuring.

Mr. Shirley was a commissioner on the New Mexico Public Utility Commission from March 1995 to December 1998, serving as Chairman from August 1995 to December 1998.

Mr. Shirley also served on the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment and the NARUC Ad Hoc Committee on Electric Industry Restructuring. He also served as Co-chair of the Western Ad Hoc Committee on Electric Utility Consumer Disclosure and Information Tracking.

Mr. Shirley’s experience with utility regulation includes service as General Counsel for the New Mexico State Corporation, Director of the Energy Unit for the New Mexico Attorney General, where he was the state’s utility ratepayer advocate, and as counsel for the New Mexico Industrial Energy Consumers.

He received his J.D. in 1976 from the Southern Methodist University School of Law and a Bachelor of Business Administration (Finance) in 1973 from the University of Texas at Austin.  He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the New Mexico State Bar Association.


Adam E. Sieminski

Adam E. Sieminski is the Chief Energy Economist for Deutsche Bank. He is currently working with the commodities research and trading unit in Deutsche Bank's New York offices, having returned in mid-2005 from three years in the London office as part of the DB Global Oil & Gas Equity Team.  Drawing on extensive industry, government and academic sources, he forecasts oil market trends and writes on a variety of topics involving energy economics, politics and prices. From 1988 through 1997, Mr. Sieminski was the senior energy analyst for NatWest Securities in the US, where he covered the major US international integrated oil companies.  From 1973-8, he was the energy specialist at Washington Analysis Corporation, an investment research group in Washington. He received both his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering and a masters in Public Administration from Cornell University. He has testified on energy topics before the US Congress, the US Department of Energy, and the International Energy Agency, and has lectured at Oxford University and the US National Defense University. He has been president of the US Association for Energy Economics and the National Association of Petroleum Investment Analysts. He has also served as chairman of the Supply-Demand Committee of the Independent Petroleum Association, and as an advisory member of the Strategic Energy Task Force of the US Council on Foreign Relations.  He is a member of the London, New York and Washington investment professional societies, and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.



Lori Smith Schell

Lori Smith Schell, currently serves as President of Empowered Energy, an independent energy consulting firm that specializes in regulatory analysis, litigation support, contract analysis, risk management, and fuel procurement.  Dr. Schell has 20 years of energy-related experience, including policy analysis work done at the U.S. Department of Energy and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Dr. Schell’s corporate experience includes three years with Trigen Energy Corporation as Director of Energy Risk Management, where she oversaw electricity and natural gas hedging for Trigen’s operating units.  While at Trigen, Dr. Schell also served on the Board of Directors of the Independent Power Producers of New York, Inc. (IPPNY).  She earlier served as the Manager of Regulatory Affairs & Market Analysis for Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., providing expert witness testimony in numerous natural gas pipeline proceedings at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).  In addition, Dr. Schell has provided contractual, regulatory, and deliverability risk evaluation for many project-financed natural gas-fired cogeneration projects.

Dr. Schell received a Ph.D. in Mineral Economics and Operations Research from the Pennsylvania State University and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Washington.



Glen E. Sweetnam

In October 2005, Glen Sweetnam was named Director of the International, Economic, and Greenhouse Gases Division of the Energy Information Administration.  This Division produces the International Energy Outlook, the macroeconomic assumptions underlying the Annual Energy Outlook, and two congressionally mandated reports on U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.


Mr. Sweetnam has 25 years of leadership experience in the energy industry in both the private and public sectors.  Prior to joining the EIA, he was a Vice President with Lukens Energy Group, a part of the Enterprise Management Solutions division of Black & Veatch Corporation.


Prior to joining Lukens, Mr. Sweetnam worked at senior levels for both energy merchants and E&P companies, including Reliant Energy, ARCO, and Fina Oil and Chemical.


In the early 1980s, Mr. Sweetnam was the Director of Economic Analysis in the Department of Energy, where he played a significant role in the deregulation of the domestic natural gas industry.   


Glen received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and a Masters of Public Policy from University of California, Berkeley.


Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran

Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran is a global correspondent for The Economist.

He joined the magazine’s staff as the London-based Latin America Correspondent in 1992. Two years later, he opened its first bureau in that region in Mexico City. He wrote about political, financial and cultural developments in that part of the world until 1997, when he returned to the editorial headquarters in London. As the newspaper’s Global Environment & Energy Correspondent, he covered the politics, economics, business and technology involved in those topics from 1998 to 2006.

Vijay is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He has lectured at Stanford, Yale and Oxford, and is an adjunct faculty member at New York University. He is a commentator on NPR and Marketplace radio, and a regular guest on the BBC, PBS’s NewsHour, ABC’s Nightline and other television programs.

He is also the author of a book on the future of energy, “POWER TO THE PEOPLE: How the Coming Energy Revolution will Transform an Industry, Change our Lives, and Maybe Even Save the Planet” (www.vijaytothepeople.com). . Harvard’s John Holdren, reviewing the book in Scientific American, called it “by far the most helpful, entertaining, up-to-date and accessible treatment of the energy-economy-environment problematique available.”

Vijay holds a degree in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He lives in New York.



Kevin Warr

Kevin Warr heads up the Energy Market Development Group in USAID’s Office of Infrastructure and Engineering.  His work focuses on strengthening energy sector economic and democratic governance and energy markets through policy, legal, regulatory, and commercial reform; increasing energy security through reliable access to adequate and affordable energy supplies; improving the operational and commercial performance of public and private sector utilities and regulatory institutions; and enhancing public understanding and participation in the provision of energy services.

Prior to coming to USAID, Dr. Warr worked in the Operations Evaluation Department of the World Bank, where he evaluated completed World Bank energy projects in light of their outcome, sustainability and institutional development impact.  Dr. Warr holds a Ph.D. in International Relations (African Politics and Comparative Politics) from the American University in Washington DC, and a Master's Degree in International Affairs/International Business from the George Washington University.  He has also worked on energy issues for the law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld in Washington, DC. 







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