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engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1946 to 1965. He received degrees from Colgate and California Institute of Technology. He was National Academy of Engineering foreign secretary from 1984 to 1988. In 1991, he was awarded the National Medal of Science.


Alvin L. Alm became assistant secretary for environmental management at the Department of Energy in May 1996. Before assuming that position, Mr. Alm was sector vice president and director responsible for the Environmental Business Area in the Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). From 1985 to early 1987, Mr. Alm was chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Thermal Analytical Corporation. He stayed on the board until 1989. From 1987 to 1989, he was chief executive officer of Alliance Technologies Corporation and senior vice president of the parent company, TRC Companies, Inc. He became senior vice president and SAIC board member in June 1989. Mr. Alm received his B.A. in 1960 from the University of Denver and his MPA in 1961 from Syracuse University.

Barbara l. Bentley is a professor of ecology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where she has been since 1973. While on the faculty, she was also dean of the Graduate School in 1983–1987. Her research interests include nitrogen fixation in tropical environments, plant and insect interactions, geographic variation in termite populations, and plant-herbivore interactions in Lupinus. She has been vice president for education for the Organization for Tropical Studies (1978–1985) and a member of the board of directors since 1974; vice president of the Ecological Society of America; director on the board of the Community Health Plan of Suffolk County, Long Island, New York; an appointee to the Environmental Conservation Board for the Village of Head of the Harbor, New York; a consultant to Brookhaven National Laboratory; a National Science Foundation visiting professor; a Fulbright fellow; and a member of the board of directors of the American Institute of Biological Sciences. Dr. Bentley received an M.A. from the University of California at Los Angeles and a Ph.D. in ecology from the University of Kansas.

Jan E. Beyea is a consultant and former senior scientist with the National Audubon Society in New York. Before his current position, he was on the research staff at Princeton University from 1976 to 1980, an assistant professor of physics at Holy Cross College from 1970 to 1976, and a research associate in physics at Columbia University from 1968 to 1970. He is a member of the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Health Physics Society. Dr. Beyea received a B.A. from Amherst College in 1962 and a Ph.D. in physics from Columbia University in 1968.

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