D. W. North
D. Warner North is president and principal scientist of NorthWorks, Inc., a consulting firm in Belmont, California. He previously served as a consulting professor in the Department of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University. He has carried out applications of decision analysis and risk analysis for electric utilities, for the petroleum and chemical industries, and for government agencies with responsibility for energy and environmental protection.
He has served as a member and consultant to the Science Advisory Board of the US Environmental Protection Agency since 1978 and as a member of the US Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board (1989-1994). He has served on multiple National Research Committees working on issues in risk assessment and decision making. He is a past president of the Society for Risk Analysis and a recipient of the Frank P. Ramsey Medal from the Decision Analysis Society for lifetime contributions to the field of decision analysis. He received his Ph.D. in operations research from Stanford University and his B.S. in physics from Yale University.
University of Washington
Aseem Prakash is a professor of political science and the Walker Family Professor for the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington. Professor Prakash studies environmental issues, international political economy, and NGO politics. His work focuses on voluntary environmental programs, corporate social responsibility, and voluntary regulation in the nonprofit sector, among other topics. His books include Greening the Firm: The Politics of Corporate Environmentalism (2000) and The Voluntary Environmentalists: Green Clubs, ISO 14001, and Voluntary Environmental Regulations (2006). He is the founding, General Editor of the Cambridge University Press Series on Business and Public Policy and the co-editor of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. He holds a joint Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University, Bloomington, an MBA degree from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and a B.A. from St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi.
University of Michigan
Barry Rabe is J. Ira and Nikki Harris Family Professor of Public Policy and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Environmental Policy at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan, where he also directs the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy. His research examines the adoption and implementation of policies relevant to climate change, environmental protection and energy, with particular attention to the role of state governments in the American federal system. His work also examines other federal systems such as Canada, as well as the link between public opinion and policy development. He holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Chicago and a B.A. degree from Carthage College.
Susan F. Tierney
Susan Tierney is a principal in the Analysis Group. Dr. Tierney is an expert on energy policy and economics, specializing in the electric and gas industries. She has consulted to companies, governments, non-profits, and other organizations on energy markets, economic and environmental regulation and strategy, and energy facility projects. Her expert witness, business consulting, and arbitration services have involved industry restructuring, market analyses, regulatory policies for renewables and energy efficiency, transmission planning, siting and cost-allocation, wholesale and retail market design, contract disputes, resource planning, resource procurement analysis, market monitoring, and asset valuations. In addition, Dr. Tierney’s work has covered regional transmission organizations, siting of generation and transmission facilities and natural gas pipeline projects, natural gas markets, electric system reliability, and environmental policy and regulation. A former Assistant Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Energy and state public utility commissioner, she is a member of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s energy project and the Secretary of Energy's Advisory Board. She has been appointed to the National Petroleum Council. Dr. Tierney also serves as an ambassador for the U.S. Clean Energy Education & Empowerment program, an initiative of the Department of Energy and MIT. She has published widely, and frequently speaks at industry conferences. She served on the DOE’s 90 Shale Gas committee. She has a Ph.D. in regional planning from Cornell University.
Desert Research Institute
Barbara Zielinska is research professor and the director of the Organic Analytical Laboratory
at the Desert Research Institute. Prior to coming to DRI, she was an associate research
Chemist for the Statewide Air Pollution Research Center, University of California,
Riverside, where she conducted research on the mechanism of formation of mutagenic derivatives of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons under the influence of gaseous atmospheric pollutants. Her primary research interests include development of measurement methods for organic compounds present both in gas- and particle phases in ambient air and emission sources; atmospheric transformations of organics; and exposure measurements to hazardous air pollutants. She served three consecutive terms (from 2000 to 2006) as a member of the US EPA
Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee. She has a M.S. in chemistry from the Technical University of Lodz, Poland, and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the Polish Academy of Sciences.