Robert C. Armstrong, Chevron Professor of Chemical Engineering, has been a member of the MIT faculty since 1973 and served as head of the Department of Chemical Engineering from 1996 to 2007. His research interests include polymer fluid mechanics, rheology of complex materials and energy. In 2008, Armstrong was elected into the National Academy of Engineering for conducting outstanding research on non-Newtonian fluid mechanics, co-authoring landmark textbooks, and providing leadership in chemical engineering education. Armstrong received the Warren K. Lewis Award and the Professional Progress Award in 1992, both from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and the 2006 Bingham Medal from the Society of Rheology, which is devoted to the study of the science of deformation and flow of matter.
Angela M. Belcher, the Germeshausen Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Biological Engineering and director of MIT's Biomolecular Materials Laboratory, has been on the MIT faculty since 2002. She is a materials chemist with expertise in biomaterials, biomolecular materials, organic-inorganic interfaces and solid state chemistry. Her research focuses on understanding and using the processes by which nature makes materials to design novel hybrid organic-inorganic electronic and magnetic materials on new length scales. Among her awards are the Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering (2000) and the Du Pont Young Investigators Award (1999). In 2004, she was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship for her use of genetically engineered viruses to manufacture microelectronic devices. Belcher is serving as the faculty co-chair of the Energy Initiative's Education Task Force.
Vladimir Bulović is the Professor of Electrical Engineering, leading the Organic and Nanostructured Electronics laboratory, co-directing the MIT-ENI Solar Frontiers Center and the MIT Solar Revolutions Project, and co-heading the MIT Energy Studies program. In 2008 he was named the Class of 1960 Faculty Fellow in recognition of his contribution to Energy Education. In 2009 he was named the Margaret MacVicar Faculty Fellow, MITs highest teaching honor. Bulović’s research interests include studies of physical properties of organic and organic/inorganic nanocrystal composite thin films and structures, and development of novel optoelectronic nano-scale devices. He is an inventor of 45 U.S. patents in areas of organic and nanostructured light emitting diodes, lasers, photovoltaics, photodetectors, chemical sensors, and programmable memories, founding two start-up companies in these fields. Prof. Bulović is a recipient of the U.S. Presidential Early Carrier Award for Scientist and Engineers, the National Science Foundation Career Award, and was named to Technology Review TR100 List.
John M. Deutch is an Institute Professor at MIT, where he has been a faculty member since 1970. At MIT, he has been chairman of the Department of Chemistry, dean of science and provost. He has published widely in the area of physical chemistry as well as on technology, energy, international security and public policy issues. Deutch served in a number of positions for the U.S. Department of Energy, including director of energy research, acting assistant secretary for energy technology and undersecretary of the department. He served as director of the Central Intelligence Agency from 1995 to 1996 and deputy secretary of defense from 1994 to 1995.
Leon R. Glicksman, Professor of Building Technology and Mechanical Engineering, has been on the MIT faculty since 1966 and has been the director of MIT's Building Technology Program for 19 years. His research focuses on energy-efficient, sustainable building technologies and designs, including natural ventilation, software design tools and the integration of energy-efficient measures with indoor air quality considerations. He is an expert on energy-efficient urban housing for the developing world. Glicksman's awards include the George Macomber Professorship of Construction Management, the Melville Medal and the Robert T. Knapp Award, both from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Glicksman is serving as the faculty co-chair of the Energy Initiative's Campus Energy Task Force.
Michael Greenstone, the 3M Professor of Environmental Economics in the Department of Economics, has been a member of the MIT faculty since 2003. His energy related research is focused on estimating the costs and benefits of environmental quality. This work includes examinations of the costs of climate change, costs and benefits of the Clean Air Act, benefits of the clean-up of hazardous waste sites under the Superfund program, value of a statistical life, and health and economic impacts of exposure to indoor and outdoor air pollution in developing countries. He is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a member of the Environmental Economics Advisory Committee of EPA's Science Advisory Board and edits The Review of Economics and Statistics. His research has been funded by the NSF, NIH, and EPA and he received the 12th Annual Kenneth J. Arrow Award.
Richard Schmalensee is the Howard W. Johnson Professor of Economics and Management at MIT and Director of the MIT Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research (CEEPR). He served as the John C Head III Dean of the MIT Sloan School of Management from 1998 through 2007. He was a Member of the President's Council of Economic Advisers from 1989 through 1991, where he was involved in the creation of the tradable allowance program to deal with acid rain, and served as CEEPR Director from 1991 through 1999. Professor Schmalensee's research centers on industrial organization economics and its applications, with particular emphasis on antitrust, regulatory, and environmental policies. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the National Commission on Energy Policy.
Melanie A. Kenderdine joined the MIT Energy Initiative in March, 2007. She is a member of a three-person management team of this large and growing program, designed to help meet the world's energy challenges through research, education and outreach. In this capacity, she was a member of the research team for MIT's Future of Natural Gas Study and is the rapporteur, report author and editor for the MITEI Symposium Series reports which include Retrofitting Existing Coal Plants for Carbon Capture and Sequestration, Electrification of the Transportation System and the Impacts of Intermittent Generation on Baseload Power Plant Operations. Before joining MITEI, she served as the Vice President of Washington Operations for the Gas Technology Institute and from 1993 to 2001, Kenderdine served in several key posts at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as an appointee of President Bill Clinton. Her last position at DOE was Director of the Office of Policy. Concurrently, Kenderdine served as the Senior Policy Advisor to the U.S. Secretary of DOE for oil, gas, coal and nuclear issues. She was the primary architect of the exchange of Strategic Petroleum Reserve oil in 2000, managed DOE's response to the Japan nuclear accident, helped manage the federal response to the California electricity crisis, and oversaw the establishment of the Home Heating Oil Reserve in the northeastern US. Prior to joining DOE, she worked as chief of staff and as legislative director for New Mexico Congressman Bill Richardson, who was later named US Secretary of Energy.
Karen L. Gibson joined the MIT Energy Initiative as assistant to the director in March 2008, bringing 20 years of administrative experience in both government and academic settings. She joined MIT in 1997 as program coordinator for the Alliance for Global Sustainability, a multidisciplinary, multigeographical program focused on building a network of researchers interested in the scientific, technological, and social issues related to global sustainability. Prior to coming to MIT, she served as a research analyst for Texas Legislature's House Appropriations Committee where she was responsible for budget hearings for 35 state agencies dealing with natural resources and general government. Previously she was chief clerk for the House Natural Resources Committee, overseeing the committee process for water and air legislation.
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