Dr. Richard G. Newell is the Gendell Professor of Energy and Environmental Economics at the Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University and Director of Duke's university-wide Energy Initiative. In 2009, he was confirmed by the Senate as the head of the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the agency responsible for official U.S. government energy statistics and analysis, where he served until 2011. Dr. Newell has also served as the Senior Economist for energy and environment on the President's Council of Economic Advisors. He is on the Board of Directors and is a University Fellow of Resources for the Future, where he was previously a Senior Fellow. He is a Research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and has provided expert advice and consulted with many private, governmental, non-governmental, and international institutions.
Dr. Newell has published widely on the economics of markets and policies for energy, the environment, and related technologies, including incentives for technological innovation and adoption. He has served on numerous boards and National Academy of Sciences (NAS) expert committees related to energy, environment, and innovation, including NAS committees on Energy R&D, Innovation Inducement Prizes, Energy Externalities, and Energy Efficiency. He has also participated in the National Petroleum Council (NPC) studies on the Future of Transportation Fuels, the North American Resource Base, and Global Oil and Gas. Dr. Newell holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University, a M.P.A. from Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and a B.S. and B.A. from Rutgers University.
Postdoctoral Energy Fellow
Kyle brings experience in machine learning and statistical modeling to energy problems. He completed his Ph.D. at Duke University, with research focused on modeling the reliability and cost trade-offs of energy storage systems for integrating wind and solar power into the grid. Kyle holds a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Duke University where he specialized in statistical signal processing and machine learning, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University. He has worked for ISO New England, MIT Lincoln Laboratories, and Dominion.
Director of Engagement and Administration
David has more than 30 years of experience in the energy sector, including as the CEO of Genscape, Tenneco Energy Resources, EnTrade and several other energy trading, midstream and information companies. With a strong background in business and entrepreneurship, David has founded and fostered numerous start-ups, raised angel, venture and conventional financing, and negotiated high-value mergers. He has served on many corporate boards and led the strategy groups for two Fortune 500 energy subsidiaries. From 1997-2005, David was the Bank One Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Louisville’s College of Business, where he introduced an experiential learning approach to new venture finance in the MBA Program. He holds a B.A. from the University of Detroit.
Stuart has held positions in government, nonprofit organizations and consulting, dealing with environmental and energy topics. Previously, Stuart worked in the information technology sector as an engineer and consultant. Stuart received his Master of Environmental Management degree from Duke University and a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of California, San Diego.
Assistant to the Director
Michelle serves as the assistant to Richard Newell, provides administrative support to the Energy Initiative and helps with communications. She brings 15 years of administrative and marketing experience to the team. Having worked primarily with small to mid-size businesses, Michelle welcomes the opportunity to explore the world of academia. She is an avid volunteer in and around the Triangle community. Michelle earned a B.A. in psychology from the University of Tennessee.
Associate Director for Communications
Margaret brings nearly 30 years of journalism and marketing experience to the Energy Initiative. Her career began at the weekly LaFollette (TN) Press; within two years she joined United Press International as a newswoman and correspondent. Margaret joined The Associated Press in 1988 and reported from Tennessee and New Hampshire before moving to AP headquarters in New York City as a supervisor and national desk editor. In 2000, she was named AP's North Carolina state news editor. Margaret joined the Conservation Trust for North Carolina as communications director in 2007, developing CTNC’s communications strategy and managing outreach including its website, media relations and publications. She earned a B.S. in communications from the University of Tennessee.
Energy Education Staff Assistant
Stacy provides administrative support for program directors and faculty in partnering schools. She works to build connections across campus by researching and developing new projects for the education office. Stacy has experience in areas such as higher education student support and international nonprofit membership organization support. Stacy earned her B.A. in History and the Humanities from UNC-Greensboro and is now enrolled in a Master of Education program in Adult and Distance Education at Penn State University.
Daniel joined the Energy Initiative after earning a master's degree in public policy from the Sanford School at Duke University. He specializes in economic and social issues surrounding unconventional oil and gas development, energy security, and political analysis. He has worked with Research Triangle Institute, NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources, NC Department of Commerce and NC Center for Nonprofits. Previously, Daniel worked as a music composer in New York and Los Angeles.
Graduate Assistants, 2012-13
Masters of Environmental Management/Masters of Business Administration, 2015
Clayton is reviewing and analyzing data on energy-related organizations at peer universities.
Masters of Environmental Management, Energy and the Environment, 2014
Emily is collecting, collating and compiling data from Duke University researchers working on energy-related projects to update the Energy Initiative's online database.
Masters of Environmental Management, Energy and Environment, 2014
John is providing administrative support to the Nicholas School’s Energy and Environment graduate program and undergraduate certificate; he is also gathering information and working to develop strategy for education projects within the Energy Initiative.
C. Alex Osteen
Masters of Environmental Management, Energy and the Environment, 2014
Alex is leading a project to design and compile a comprehensive directory of leading domestic energy companies and organizations for the Energy Initiative.
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