Council of Energy Research & Education Leaders

FRANKLIN (LYNN) ORR - Sworn in as UNDER SECRETARY FOR SCIENCE AND ENERGY, 12/17/2014

http://www.energy.gov/contributors/franklin-lynn-orr

Dr. Franklin (Lynn) M. Orr was sworn in as the Under Secretary for Science and Energy on December 17, 2014.

As the Under Secretary, Dr. Orr is the principal advisor to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary on clean energy technologies and science and energy research initiatives. Dr. Orr is the inaugural Under Secretary for the office, which was created by Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz to closely integrate DOE’s basic science, applied research, technology development, and deployment efforts. As Under Secretary, he oversees DOE’s offices of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Fossil Energy, Indian Energy Policy and Programs, Nuclear Energy, and Science.  In total, these programs steward the majority of DOE’s National Laboratories (13 of 17).

Prior to joining the Department of Energy, Dr. Orr was the Keleen and Carlton Beal Professor Emeritus in the Department of Energy Resources Engineering at Stanford University. He joined Stanford in 1985.  He served as the founding director of the Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford University from 2009 to 2013.  He was the founding director of the Stanford Global Climate and Energy Project from 2002 to 2008, and he served as Dean of the School of Earth Sciences at Stanford from 1994 to 2002.  He was head of the miscible flooding section at the New Mexico Petroleum Recovery Research Center, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology from 1978 to 1985, a research engineer at the Shell Development Company Bellaire Research Center from 1976 to 1978, and assistant to the director, Office of Federal Activities, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 1970 to 1972. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and a B.S. from Stanford University, both in Chemical Engineering.

Dr. Orr is also a member of the National Academy of Engineering.  He served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute from 1987 to 2014, and was a member of the Board of Trustees of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation from 1999 to 2008, for which he has also chaired the Science Advisory Panel for the Packard Fellowships in Science and Engineering from 1988 to 2014.  He served as a member of the 2008/09 National Research Council Committee on America’s Energy Future.


 

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The Council of Energy Research and Education Leaders (CEREL) is a multidisciplinary membership organization made up of heads of academic energy research and education centers, institutes, and programs. It provides the means for leaders in energy research, education, and communication to collaboratively use knowledge about energy to improve education, decision-making, and, more generally, the well-being of society.

Rationale

Energy is the common link between the living and non-living realms of the universe, and thus it is an integrator across all fields in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, education, and research.  Virtually every discipline investigates some aspect of energy, including history, anthropology, public policy, international relations, human and ecosystem health, economics, technology, physics, geology, ecology, business management, environmental science, and engineering.  The concept of energy also is applicable at all levels of formal education and lifelong learning, and it includes many topics and tools that motivate successful learning.  Consumers are increasingly confronted with decisions about the cost and availability of different forms of household energy, while diverse groups in civil society organize around political, social, and environmental ramifications of the energy system.

Despite its overarching importance, there is no coherent field of energy studies; the scientific, engineering, economic, and sociological communities share no common energy journals, conferences, or identity.  There is a wealth of information about energy, but it is spread across many books, journals, websites, disciplines, ideologies, and user communities.

CEREL provides the means for leaders in energy research, education, and communication to collaboratively use knowledge about energy to improve education, decision-making, and, more generally, the well-being of society.

Composition

CEREL includes the full range of institutions, programs, people and perspectives that comprise the energy field.  In the academic arena this includes public and private institutions of every size and academic orientation, including education, research, and communication issues.

Membership is open to leaders of all college and university-based energy centers and programs as well as related research and education units that pay the membership fee. Institutions may have multiple representatives.

Role of NCSE

NCSE serves as the Secretariat for the Council. The group selects its own leadership and determines its own policies and activities. NCSE plays the roles of facilitator and service provider, but not decisionmaker, for the group. NCSE has a similar function with the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors (CEDD), which NCSE helped form in 2001.

Please contact David Blockstein at NCSE with any questions or for additional information:  david@NCSEonline.org or 202-207-0004.

 

Career Opportunities

 

Ohio State to power campus with wind energy from Ohio wind farm

September 30, 2012

COLUMBUS – The Ohio State University today announced it has signed a letter of intent with Iberdrola Renewables to purchase 50 megawatts (MW) of wind energy capacity from the Blue Creek Wind Farm, located in Van Wert and Paulding counties in Ohio. The purchase of clean, renewable wind energy capacity equates to approximately 25 percent of the entire Columbus campus electricity load, and is one of the single largest purchases of actual renewable energy by any university in the country.

Director, Berkeley Energy & Climate Institute, UC Berkeley

Type: 
Job
Start and End Date: 
September 28, 2012 - February 3, 2013
Application Deadline: 
December 3, 2012

The University of California, Berkeley is poised to take its leadership role addressing energy and climate challenges to a new level, to catalyze a sustainable future through innovation and education for responsible stewardship of the planet through the Berkeley Energy & Climate Institute (BECI).

Position in Sustainable Energy Solutions, Aalto University

Type: 
Job
Start and End Date: 
September 28, 2012 - January 15, 2013
Application Deadline: 
November 15, 2012

The professor is expected to play a strong role in the multidisciplinary research and teaching activities relevant for sustainable and efficient energy solutions, and lead the recently started university-wide research programme (AEF).

SESYNC Postdoctoral Fellows Program

Type: 
Job
Start and End Date: 
September 28, 2012 - January 1, 2013
Application Deadline: 
November 1, 2012

The National Socio-environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) located in Annapolis, Maryland invites applications for 2 year postdoctoral fellowships that begin February 2013.  Fellows will undertake independent social, environmental, or cyberinfrastructure synthesis projects that are consistent with the mission of SESYNC.

Faculty Position in Bioenergy-Related Synthetic Biology, Arizona State University

Type: 
Job
Start and End Date: 
September 28, 2012 - December 28, 2012
Application Deadline: 
October 28, 2012

The School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the level of Assistant Professor in the area of Synthetic Biology / Metabolic Engineering related to Bioenergy.

Assistant Professor, Energy Sciences Institute, Yale University

Type: 
Job
Start and End Date: 
September 28, 2012 - December 15, 2012
Application Deadline: 
October 15, 2012

Yale University seeks to recruit faculty at the ASSISTANT PROFESSOR level to the newly established Energy Sciences Institute.

Contact Info: 
For further information, contact: Ryan Nystrom at e-mail: ryan.nystrom@yale.edu or P.O. Box 27394 West Haven, CT 06516-7390. The review of applications will begin on October 15, 2012.

Lawrence Postdoctoral Fellowship

Type: 
Internship
Start and End Date: 
September 20, 2012 - December 1, 2012
Application Deadline: 
November 1, 2012

The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has openings available under its Lawrence Fellowship Program. This is a highly desirable postdoctoral position that provides freedom to conduct independent, cutting-edge research, directed by the candidate, in an area of the candidate's choice.

Potential IPA/ Sabbatical Position at the Department of Energy

Type: 
Job
Start and End Date: 
September 13, 2012 - November 13, 2012

The Emerging Technologies R&D portfolio in the Building Technologies Program, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, US Department of Energy, is seeking inquiries for qualified applicants to fill a full-time IPA (Intergovernmental Personnel Agreement) or sabbatical position.  Emerging Technologies (ET) manages research and development in solid-state lighting, HVAC, water heating, sensors and controls, building energy modeling, and windows/envelope, and includes international activities

NSF Announces Reorganization

September 13, 2012

The National Science Foundation (NSF) plans to realign four programs that are currently housed in the Office of the Director. The Office of Polar Programs will be moved from the Director’s Office to the Directorate for Geosciences. The Office of International Science and Engineering would be merged with the Office of Integrative Activities to become the Office of International and Integrative Activities.

Director of Geoscience Policy, American Geosciences Institute (AGI)

Type: 
Job
Start and End Date: 
September 6, 2012 - November 6, 2012

The American Geosciences Institute (AGI), a nonprofit federation of 50 geoscience societies representing 250,000 geoscientists in the United States, is seeking a Director of Geoscience Policy.

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