Prior to joining NYSERDA, Mr. DeCotis was chief of policy analysis at the New York State Energy Office. He is the record access officer for the State Energy Planning Board and chair of the Interagency Energy Coordinating Working Group, made up of staffs of the state departments of Public Service, Environmental Conservation, Transportation, and Economic Development, which is charged with preparing New York’s energy plan. He is also a member of the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) Management Committee, the Business Issues Committee, and the Energy Working Group of the Coalition of Northeastern Governors (CONEG). Mr. DeCotis is president of Innovative Management Solutions, a management consulting practice specializing in strategic planning and policy development, mediation, and organizational and executive management training and development. He is an adjunct professor in the M.B.A. program at the Sage Graduate School and in the Public Policy Department at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), and was formerly at the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University. He is currently on the board of directors of the Association of Energy Service Professionals (AESP), serving as executive vice president and U.S. Department of Energy experts review panel chair for the weatherization study program evaluation. Mr. DeCotis was past peer review panel chair of the U.S. DOE Federal Energy Management Program and was also a member of the Committee on Prospective Benefits of DOE’s Energy Efficiency and Fossil Energy R&D Programs. He has a B.S. in international business management from the State University of New York College at Brockport, an M.A. in economics from the State University at Albany, and an M.B.A. in finance and management studies from Russell Sage College.
Ramon L. Espino is currently research professor, University of Virginia, Charlottesville; he has been on the faculty since 1999. Prior to joining the Department of Chemical Engineering, he was with ExxonMobil for 26 years. He held a number of research management positions in petroleum exploration and production, petroleum process and products, alternative fuels and petrochemicals. He has published about 20 technical articles and holds 9 patents. Dr. Espino’s research interests focus on fuel cell technology, specifically in the development of processors that convert clean fuels into hydrogen and of fuel cell anodes that are resistant to carbon monoxide poisoning. Another area of interest is the conversion of methane to clean liquid fuels and specifically the development of catalysts for the selective partial oxidation of methane to synthesis gas. He served on the NRC Committee on R&D Opportunities for Advanced Fossil-Fueled Energy Complexes, and is currently a member of the NRC Committee on Review of DOE’s Vision 21 R&D Program. He received a B.S. in chemical engineering from Louisiana State University and an M.S. and a doctor of science in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Robert W. Fri is a visiting scholar and senior fellow emeritus at Resources for the Future, where he served as president from 1986 to 1995. From 1996 to 2001 he served as director of the National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian Institution. Before joining the Smithsonian, Mr. Fri served in both the public and private sectors, specializing in energy and environmental issues. In 1971 he became the first deputy administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In 1975, President Ford appointed him as the deputy administrator of the Energy Research and Development Administration. He served as acting administrator of both agencies for extended periods. From 1978 to 1986, Mr. Fri headed his own company, Energy Transition Corporation. He began his career with McKinsey and Company, where he was elected a principal. Fri is a senior advisor to private, public, and nonprofit organizations. He is a director of the American Electric Power Company and of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and a trustee of Science Service, Inc. (publisher of Science News and organizer of the Intel Science Talent Search and International Science and Engineering Fair). He is a member of the National Petroleum Council and a member of the Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee at the Department of Energy (DOE). In past years, he has been a member of the President’s Commission on Environmental Quality, the Secretary of Energy’s Advisory Board, and the University of Chicago Board of Governors for Argonne National Laboratory. He has chaired advisory committees of the National Research Council (NRC); the Carnegie Commission on Science, Technology and Government; EPRI; and the Office of Technology Assessment. He served as chair of the NRC Committee on Benefits of DOE R&D on Energy Efficiency and Fossil Energy. From 1978 to 1995 he was a director of Transco Energy Company, where he served as chair of the audit, compensation, and chief executive search committees. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi and a national associate of the National Academies. He received his B.A. in physics from Rice University and his M.B.A. (with distinction) from Harvard University.
W. Michael Hanemann is the Chancellor’s Professor, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley. His previous positions include teaching fellow, Department of Economics, Harvard University; staff economist/consultant, Urban Systems Research & Engineering, Inc. (Cambridge); assistant professor and associate professor, University of California, Berkeley. He is Director, California Climate Change Center, UC Berkeley; member of the U.S. EPA’s Environment Economics Advisory Committee; and a university fellow, Resources for the Future. He has served on several National Academies committees; was chair of the Organizing Committee, Second World Congress of Environmental & Resource Economists (2004); and received an honorary Ph.D. from the Swedish University of Agricultural