Advisory Council

The OurEnergyPolicy Advisory Council is made up of leading experts who are committed to the improvement of the national energy policy dialogue and who work with OurEnergyPolicy in an advisory capacity.

Marilyn Brown

Professor of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology

Marilyn A. Brown is a Brook Byers Professor of Sustainable Systems in the School of Public Policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she created and directs the Climate and Energy Policy Lab. Her research focuses on the design and modeling of energy and climate policies, with an emphasis on the electric utility industry, energy efficiency, and resources on the customer side of the meter. Since 2010, she has been a Presidential appointee to the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority where her efforts have helped put the agency on a track to reduce its CO2 emissions in 2020 by 40% below 2005. She has authored more than 250 publications and six books. Among her honors and awards, she is a co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for co-authorship of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report on Mitigation of Climate Change. She has served on eight committees of the National Academies and is in her second term on the U.S. Department of Energy’s Electricity Advisory Committee.

Wil Burns

Co-Executive Director, The Institute for Carbon Removal Law and Policy, American University

Wil Burns, PhD, is a Scholar in Residence at the School of International Service, at American University and a Senior Fellow in the International Law Research Program at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). From 2012 to 2014 he founded and directed the MS in Energy Policy and Climate Program at Johns Hopkins University, where he taught courses in domestic and international climate change law and domestic energy law. He holds a PhD in International Environmental Law from the University of Wales-Cardiff School of Law. He also serves as the Co-Chair of the International Environmental Law Committee of the American Branch of the International Law Association and is the President of the Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences. He is also the former Co-Chair of the International Environmental Law interest group of the American Society of International Law. He has taught at Williams College, Colby College, Santa Clara University School of Law and the Monterey Institute of International Studies of Middlebury College. Prior to becoming an academic, he served as Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs for the State of Wisconsin and worked in the non-governmental sector for twenty years, including as Executive Director of the Pacific Center for International Studies, a think-tank that focused on implementation of international wildlife treaty regimes, including the Convention on Biological Diversity and International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling. He has published over 75 articles in law, science, and policy journals and has co-edited four books. His current areas of research focus are: climate geoengineering; international climate change litigation; adaptation strategies to address climate change, with a focus on the potential role of microinsurance; the effectiveness of international treaty regimes to conserve cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises); and how to effectively operationalize the precautionary principle in international environmental treaty regimes. His edited volume, Climate Change Geoengineering: Philosophical Perspectives, Legal Issues, and Governance Frameworks, is available from Cambridge University Press.

Dr. Bruce Dale

University Distinguished Professor, Michigan State University, Dept. of Chemical Engineering

Professor Dale is Distinguished University Professor of Chemical Engineering and former Chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering at Michigan State University. He also serves as Editor in Chief of the Wiley journal Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining. In 1996 he won the Charles D. Scott Award for contributions to the use of biotechnology to produce fuels, chemical and other industrial products from renewable plant resources. In 2007 he won the Sterling Hendricks award for contributions to the chemical science of agriculture. He was elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers in 2011 and also in 2011 he won the Award of Excellence of the Fuel Ethanol Workshop. In 2013 he was named University Distinguished Professor, a designation held by approximately 1% of university faculty. Professor Dale is interested in the environmentally sustainable conversion of plant matter to industrial products -- fuels, chemicals and materials -- while still meeting human and animal needs for food and feed. He occupies a leadership role in the DOE Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC). The GLBRC will receive $275million in Federal funding over 10 years to develop cellulosic biofuels.

Robert Grant

Director of International Public Policy and Advocacy, Global Innovation Policy Center, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Robert Grant presently oversees energy as well as international government relations for Mitsubishi Corporation, from its Washington office. For the past decade, Robert has served as a policy-maker, political adviser and diplomat for both the British and American Governments, and as a consultant to think tanks and corporations. Most recently he advised the US State Department's Energy and Resources Bureau on strategy, outreach and communications. Immediately prior to that, he served as the UK Government’s chief representative on energy issues, at the British Embassy in Washington. During his time at the Embassy, Robert represented national and commercial interests to the US administration and Congress on international and domestic energy and environment policy. Before coming to Washington, Robert held various policy positions at the UK Environment Ministry, including as Deputy Chief of Staff to the Minister of State. Having worked at the center of US, European and global energy policy, Robert brings a sophisticated understanding of the intersection of international energy markets, environmental regulations and geo-politics. Robert received his undergraduate degree from the University of York, and a Master’s degree in Political Theory and Government from London School of Economics and Political Science.

David Hammer

J.C. Ward Jr. Professor of Nuclear Energy Engineering , Cornell University

DAVID A. HAMMER is the J. Carleton Ward Professor of Nuclear Energy Engineering and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. His current research interests are in the dynamics and radiative properties of high energy density plasmas produced by pulsed power machines. He presently serves as the Director of Cornell’s Center for Pulsed-Power-Driven High-Energy-Density Plasma Studies. Professor Hammer received the B.S. degree in physics from the California Institute of Technology in 1964 and the Ph.D. degree in applied physics from Cornell University in 1969. He then spent seven years at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C., where he carried out theoretical research on streaming instabilities in plasmas and initiated experimental research on intense relativistic electron beam interaction with gases and plasmas. He was also a Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Maryland from 1973-1976, where he studied non-neutral plasmas. Immediately before returning to Cornell as a faculty member in 1977, Dr. Hammer was an Associate Professor of Electrical Sciences and Engineering at UCLA. He spent the summer of 1977, the academic year 1983-84, the Spring semester 1991 and the Spring semester of 2005 in the Physics Department at Imperial College, London, as a Senior Visiting Fellow studying z-pinch plasmas, the Spring of 1998 at Applied Materials, Inc., working with a plasma-processing group, and January – July, 2011 studying plasma jets for application to laboratory plasma astrophysics with colleagues at the Paris Observatory and at the CEA laboratory in Gramat, France. Professor Hammer’s teaching in recent years has concentrated on plasma physics, controlled fusion and a seminar course on energy issues. Hammer was elected to serve as Vice Chair and then Chair of DPP in 2003 and 2004, respectively. He represented DPP on the APS Council from 2006 until 2010 and has been a member of the APS Executive Board, the Budget Committee, the Committee on Committees and the Committee on Meetings. Currently, he serves on the APS nominating committee. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). Dr. Hammer is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS), of IEEE and of the AAAS. In 2004, he was the winner of the IEEE Plasma Science and Applications Committee Award. He served as the Chair-Elect of the Division of Plasma Physics (DPP) of the American Physical Society (APS) in 2003, and as the Chair of the division in 2004. Dr. Hammer was elected Division Councillor of the DPP in 2006 and is serving a 4-year term on the APS Council as a result (2007-2010). He is serving as a member of the APS Executive Board during 2009 and 2010.

Elias Hinckley

Partner, KL Gates

Elias Hinckley is a strategic advisor on energy finance and energy policy to investors, energy companies and governments. He is an energy and tax partner with the law firm KL Gates where he helps his clients solve the challenges of a changing energy landscape by using his understanding of energy policy, regulation, and markets to quickly and creatively assemble successful energy deals. His prior experience also includes leading the clean energy practice at two large law firms and building the national alternative energy tax practice for one of the world’s largest professional services firms. Elias also acts as a strategic advisor on energy policy and markets, and as an adjunct professor of International Energy Policy at the Georgetown University Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. Follow him on Twitter @EliasHinckley

Dr. Andrew C. Kadak

President, Kadak Associates, Inc.

Andrew C. Kadak is a President of Kadak Associates, Inc., a consulting firm in the nuclear field specializing in operations, advanced reactors, and executive management. He was formerly a Professor of the Practice in the Nuclear Science and Engineering Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research interests include advanced reactors, nuclear safety, waste management and nuclear space applications. He presently serves on the US Nuclear Waste Technology Review board overseeing the Department of Energy's nuclear waste program. Prior to joining MIT in 1998, he was president and CEO of Yankee Atomic Electricity Company, a nuclear utility and service company to New England's nuclear plants. He was President of the American Nuclear Society from 1999 to 2000. He has a Ph.D. and Master's degree in nuclear engineering from MIT and a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Union College in Schenectady, New York.

Daniel Kammen

Distinguished Professor of Energy, University of California, Berkeley

Daniel M. Kammen is the Class of 1935 Distinguished Professor of Energy at the University of California, Berkeley, where he holds appointments in the Energy and Resources Group, the Goldman School of Public Policy, and the department of Nuclear Engineering. He works on energy and environmental science, policy and analysis, and has extensive field experience in Latin American, southeast Asia and China, and in Africa, which has been a focal point of his work for two decades. Kammen is the founding director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL).

Nathan S. Lewis

George L. Argyros Professor of Chemistry; Director, Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis, California Institute of Technology

Michael S. Lubell

Professor of Physics, City College of the City University of New York

Michael Lubell is a Professor of Physics at the City College of the City University of New York and former Director of Public Affairs of the American Physical Society. He received his B.A from Columbia University and his M.S. and Ph.D. from Yale, where he was a faculty member for ten years before assuming his position at CCNY. He has held fellowships from the U.S. National Science Foundation, the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and visiting appointments at Brookhaven National Laboratory, the University of Texas-Austin, the University of Bielefeld and the Santa Barbara Institute of Theoretical Physics. He served as CCNY Physics Department Chairman for six and half years. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Lubell's publications comprise more than 300 articles, abstracts and columns in scientific journals, books, conference proceedings and newspapers in the fields of high-energy physics; nuclear physics; atomic, molecular and optical physics; and science policy. He appears on radio and TV in North America, Europe and Asia and is one of the experts most frequently quoted by the U.S. media on science policy issues. He has been a newspaper columnist and presently writes a bimonthly opinion piece, “Inside the Beltway,” for APS News. He has worked on many political campaigns, has held elective office and has been a policy advisor to several members of the United States Congress. He is credited as being one of the pioneers of science lobbying in Washington.

David J. Manning

Director, Stakeholder Relations/External Affairs, Brookhaven National Laboratory

After 2 years running the New York Smart Grid Consortium as Executive Director, and leading the energy practice of VHB Engineering, Mr. Manning was appointed on the 1st of February, 2013 as the Province of Alberta, Canada's Representative to the United States. Alberta accounts for over half of the world's oil reserves available to investor owned producers [79% are controlled by governments, 21% available for development.] Alberta represents 28% of US oil imports and supplies 12% of US natural gas consumption. It also has over 100 megawatts of installed wind and is starting major solar projects. Previously Mr. Manning spent 10 years in the uitility sector as Executive Vice President and Chief Environmental Officer of Keyspan/National Grid, one of the largest power and gas utilities in the United States. Mr. Manning had responsibility for all external affairs, including government relations on the local, state, and national level, public relations and communications, as well as community strategy. Mr. Manning also managed both environmental policy and environmental operations for KeySpan. KeySpan operated throughout the U.S. Northeast, and was acquired by National Grid, the London based utility. Prior to his role with KeySpan / National Grid, Mr. Manning was the President of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, the industry trade group representing the entire Canadian upstream, including Canada’s Oil Sands. In that capacity, he was a delegate to Kyoto and introduced the first industry-lead voluntary CO2 reduction program in 1995. In addition to Mr. Manning’s corporate and trade association leadership, he served as the Deputy Minister of Energy for the Province of Alberta in the early 90’s, following five years as Alberta’s International Trade Counsel and representative in the United States. In that capacity, he was actively involved in the creation of the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement and the North America Free Trade Agreement on behalf of the Province. He also participated in the successful efforts to develop infrastructure and significantly expand Canadian energy exports to U.S. markets.

Andrew Revkin

Founding Director, Initiative on Communication and Sustainability, The Earth Institute, Columbia University

Andrew Revkin, one of America’s most honored and experienced journalists focused on environmental and human sustainability, is the founding director of the new Initiative on Communication and Sustainability at Columbia University's Earth Institute. Before moving to Columbia this year, he spent a year as a strategic adviser at the National Geographic Society, where he helped expand funding, training and support systems for worldwide environmental journalism. From 2016 through early 2018, he was the senior reporter for climate change at the nonprofit investigative newsroom ProPublica. That move, in 2018, followed three decades of ground-breaking journalism, including 14 years at The New York Times as a reporter and 6 after his Dot Earth blog moved to the Opinion section in 2010. From 2010 to 2016, he was also senior fellow for environmental understanding at Pace University, where he developed courses in online communication and filmmaking focused on sustainability. He has written acclaimed books on humanity’s weather and climate learning journey, global warming, the changing Arctic and the assault on the Amazon rain forest.

Herschel Specter

President, Micro-Utilities, Inc.

Herschel is a professional engineer with over 50 years of experience in the electric power industry. After graduating from MIT and serving as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army, he started his career in physics, thermal hydraulics, and heat transfer. In 1965, he joined the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) where he established national containment acceptance criteria. Later, as the AEC licensing manager for the Indian Point 3 (IP3) Plant, he completed its safety review, wrote the safety evaluation report, and presented his results before the Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards (ACRS). This led to the licensing of this plant. He was then selected by AEC Commissioner Doub to serve at diplomat rank at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, Austria (1974-1979). He returned in 1979 to the Department of Energy where he worked on the safety of our Defense Nuclear Systems. In 1981 the New York Power Authority (NYPA) offered him the position of Manager of an adjudicatory hearing defending IP3. Later, as Technical Advisor to NYPA’s Executive Vice President, he was asked by the Department of Energy to chair a national committee on emergency planning. The final report was forwarded to Congress. He also chaired NUMARC’s Task Force on Emergency Planning. The NUMARC report (NUMARC/NESP-005) was distributed to all U.S. nuclear utilities. He was a guest lecturer at Harvard for over five years on emergency planning. In 1992 he initiated a national effort on “Risk-Based Regulation” (RBR) and presented this concept to all five NRC Commissioners at a public hearing. Risk based regulation has become the centerpiece for modernizing the nuclear regulatory process at the NRC and within the nuclear industry. He has written fundamental papers on this subject, assisted EPRI in initiating its program on risk-based regulation, appeared before national regulatory and industry groups, been a guest lecturer and invited international speaker, chaired industry committees on this subject and have been an active member on others. In 1993 he wrote the ANS Policy Statement on RBR. In addition to my RBR activities, he has published extensively on other nuclear safety issues, on the environment, and on energy policy matters. He has served on an editorial board of an international energy journal.

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