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The Impact of Selling the Federal Helium Reserve (2000)

Chapter: C: Biographical Sketches of Committee Members

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Suggested Citation:"C: Biographical Sketches of Committee Members." National Research Council. 2000. The Impact of Selling the Federal Helium Reserve. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/9860.
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Biographical Sketches of Committee Members

ROBERT RAY BEEBE, Co-chair, is former senior vice president of Homestake Mining Company. He has broad expertise in mineral economics and public policy, mineral processing and extractive metallurgical research, and mining and mineral project development and administration. Mr. Beebe is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the Society for Mining, Minerals and Exploration, and the Mining and Metallurgy Society of America.

JOHN D. REPPY, Co-chair, is currently the John L. Wetherill Professor of Physics at Cornell University. Dr. Reppy's research focuses on low-temperature and microgravity physics. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is a fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the New York Academy of Science, and the Institute of Physics. Dr. Reppy is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Fritz London Award, a Guggenheim fellowship, a Fulbright-Hays fellowship, and an NSF fellowship.

ALLEN M. GOLDMAN is currently head of the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Minnesota. A superconductivity specialist, he is an expert on physical phenomena at very low temperatures. His research is in experimental condensed-matter physics. This includes work on superconductivity, electron tunneling, time-dependent effects, fluctuation phenomena in superconductors, superconducting devices and materials, and high-temperature superconductors. Dr. Goldman is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

HERBERT R. LANDER is a member of the staff at Boeing/Rocketdyne. Dr. Lander is a chemical engineer who specializes in jet fuels and jet propulsion, including cryogenic propellants.

MOLLY K. MACAULEY is an economist at Resources for the Future. Dr. Macauley's research interests include public finance; the economics of energy, the environment, and advanced materials; and economic and policy issues related to space.

Suggested Citation:"C: Biographical Sketches of Committee Members." National Research Council. 2000. The Impact of Selling the Federal Helium Reserve. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/9860.
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MARK A. MILLER is a member of the Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. Formerly employed by the Getty Oil Company in reservoir and operations engineering, he has written a long series of technical publications on modeling flow processes in subsurface reservoirs of natural gas and oil. Dr. Miller's research interests are reservoir engineering, natural gas engineering, and naturally fractured reservoirs.

ADAM Z. ROSE is head of the Department of Energy, Environmental, and Mineral Economics at the Pennsylvania State University; he is also head of the Minerals Economics Program at the university. Dr. Rose's research has been primarily in the areas of energy, environmental, and regional economics. He has served as the American Economic Association Representative to the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is also the recipient of a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship and the American Planning Association's Outstanding Program Planning Honor Award. Among his publications is the book Forecasting Natural Gas Demand in a Changing World.

THOMAS A. SIEWERT is a member of the Materials Reliability Division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Dr. Siewert is an expert on both the use of helium as a shielding gas component and the cryogenic properties of welds. He is a fellow of the American Welding Society and chairman of the American Council of the International Institute of Welding.

ROBERT M. WEISSKOFF directs imaging development at EPIX Medical, Inc. He is an associate professor in radiology at Harvard Medical School and is on the faculty of the Health Science and Technology Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He served as director of the High Speed Imaging Laboratory and as research director for Quantitative Therapy Visualization at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Weisskoff is an authority on medical uses of magnetic resonance imaging. He has received recognition and numerous honors in biomedical engineering.

Suggested Citation:"C: Biographical Sketches of Committee Members." National Research Council. 2000. The Impact of Selling the Federal Helium Reserve. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/9860.
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Suggested Citation:"C: Biographical Sketches of Committee Members." National Research Council. 2000. The Impact of Selling the Federal Helium Reserve. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/9860.
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The Helium Privatization Act of 1996 (P.L. 104-273) directs the Department of the Interior to begin liquidating the U.S. Federal Helium Reserve by 2005 in a manner consistent with �minimum market disruption� and at a price given by a formula specified in the act. It also mandates that the Department of the Interior �enter into appropriate arrangements with the National Academy of Sciences to study and report on whether such disposal of helium reserves will have a substantial adverse effect on U.S. scientific, technical, biomedical, or national security interests.�

This report is the product of that mandate. To provide context, the committee has examined the helium market and the helium industry as a whole to determine how helium users would be affected under various scenarios for selling the reserve within the act�s constraints.

The Federal Helium Reserve, the Bush Dome reservoir, and the Cliffside facility are mentioned throughout this report. It is important to recognize that they are distinct entities. The Federal Helium Reserve is federally owned crude helium gas that currently resides in the Bush Dome reservoir. The Cliffside facility includes the storage facility on the Bush Dome reservoir and the associated buildings pipeline.

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