Energy Expert in Renewable Energy, Alternative Energy, Superconductivity Technology, Hydrogen and Solar Energy Economic

Technical Consultant #613


Expertise

  • Creative scientist with exceptional ability to see hidden relationships.
  • Skilled in both theoretical and practical side of science, engineering and business.
  • Experienced leader of successful innovative research and development teams that span many disciplines.
  • Energy policy issues.
  • Advising elected officials and political candidates on technology policy, particularly in the alternative energy and renewable energy sectors.
  • Superconductivity technology and applications.
  • Hydrogen economy, economic evaluation and technology assessment.
  • Author of scientific textbooks.
  • Evaluation of the profitability of solar-energy innovations.

Experience

Undisclosed Company, President and CEO, Present

  • Specializing in technology issues with business implications. Typical projects include:
  • Using large Excel model to forecast long-term economic impact of superconducting devices.
  • Modeling growth of electricity in developing countries and their associated CO2 emissions.
  • Writing Amicus Curiae brief for federal court case involving scientific principles.
  • Planning a coordinated research plan for developing economical cryogenic devices.
  • Computationally analyzing rate of return and profitability of competing research and development opportunities under uncertain economic conditions.
  • Expert testimony given for the energy conservation of Pennsylvania PUC.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Washington, DC, Senior Analyst, Systems Integration Office, 2005 - 2009

  • Member of a team that guided a Department of Energy (DOE) interdisciplinary research and development program directed toward a future hydrogen economy.
  • Cognizant of a multi-year horizon subject to Congressional scrutiny, the hydrogen economy task was to anticipate obstacles, evaluate progress, recommend course-corrections and assemble the research and development components to "make it all come true."

Science Applications International Corporation, Energy Systems Group, Senior Scientist, 1993 - 2002

  • Technical anchorman on projects supporting U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), in cooperation with private sector utilities.
  • Led team of evaluators in selecting renewable energy projects for support by NREL Commercialization Ventures program assessment involved both technical and business judgment about the likely profitability of proposed energy projects, and required insight to see through inflated assertions by proposers.
  • Other activities included evaluating superconductivity research, analysis of isotope-separation technologies and leading marketing effort for Renewable Energy technology.

Argonne National Laboratory, 1988 - 1992

  • Author of textbook.
  • Principal author of topical reports to EPRI explaining key concepts in superconductivity.
  • Converted latest reports from technical literature into understandable prose for managerial and policy-making audience.
  • Introduced peer-review method of evaluating Technology Transfer projects, which led to winning a Gold Medal from Technology Transfer Society.

Energy Research Advisory Board to DOE, Executive Director, 1985 - 1986

  • Guided the spending of several billion dollars annually in non-military energy research and development at national laboratories.
  • Responsibilities demanded technical participation in the full range of energy issues, ranging across nuclear power, fossil fuel supplies, solar and renewable energy, to efficient use of energy by industry.
  • Steering this board required resolving conflicts between expert scientists having disparate views and anticipating future policy directions of the board.

SRI International, Washington, D.C., Program Manager, 1983 - 1984

  • Market technical capabilities of SRI to clients such as DARPA, NSF and NASA.
  • Won NSF contract by originating novel approach to evaluation of patents.

Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, Senior Policy Analyst, Industrial Energy Program, 1980 - 1982

  • Studied legislative options available to congress to enhance capital formation.
  • Principal author of OTA report Industrial Energy Conservation (1982).
  • Emphasized multi-objective goals as key to understanding corporate management response to new legislation.
  • Originated and carried out computational modeling of capital decision-making process, including tax aspects.
  • Interacted with financial officers of major corporations to verify conclusions impacting tax law.

National Bureau of Standards, 1975 - 1983

  • Held a series of increasingly responsible positions concerned with management of research and development relating to energy and industrial productivity.

Division Chief, 1979 - 1980

  • Responsible for 20 people, focused on research in industrial process control, including development of microprocessor based sensors.
  • Started with a staff reassigned from acoustics, built a unified interdisciplinary team to improve measurement technology for energy-intensive industries.
  • In less than 1 year, National Academy of Sciences review panel termed this redirection "highly successful".
  • Initiated cooperative research and development with both university faculty and industry.

Manager of Smart Sensor Program, 1980

  • Responsible for development of research and development program to utilize microprocessors in industrial control systems.
  • Program activities included establishing research and development collaboration with universities, industry and other agencies and budgeting and securing support for the program.
  • Obtained a 4-year contract from DOE for development of smart sensors for the paper industry.

Congressional Science Fellowship, 1977 - 1978

  • Served as Legislative Aide for Energy and Science to U.S. Senator.
  • Held a fellowship awarded by the American Physical Society, on leave from NBS.
  • Responsible for developing positions on all aspects of major energy legislation.

Industrial Nucleonics Corp., Columbus, Ohio, Senior Physicist, 1973 - 1975

  • Responsible for initiating and carrying out development of new measurement systems and sensors for on-line industrial process controls.
  • Scientific lead-off man on teams who visited customers to sell total-factory process control systems.

Bell Telephone Laboratories, Whippany, New Jersey, Member of Technical Staff, 1966 - 1973

  • One of team of five Bell Labs scientists who designed, subcontracted and directed an Army study of missiles re-entering the atmosphere.
  • Shared responsibility for the supervision, design and analysis of rugged, remote-sensing instruments mounted on-board space vehicles.

Honors & Publications

Academic and Professional Affiliations

  • John Carroll University: George Gund Lecturer in Environmental Sciences
  • Technology Transfer Society: Lang-Rosen Gold Medal for publication
  • American Physical Society: Congressional Science Fellow

Publications

  • Author and co-author of two college text books.
  • Author of selected journals and book contributions in Applied Science.
  • Oral reports and presentations.
  • Inventions

Education

  • Ph.D. Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
  • B.S. Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
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