G. E. Gibson, Jr.
G. EDWARD (EDD) GIBSON, JR., is Professor and Sunstate Chair of Construction Management and Engineering in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment (SSEBE) at Arizona State University (ASU). Dr. Gibson served as the school director from 2011 to 2018 and before that as programs chair of the Del E. Webb School of Construction from 2009-2011. In addition to ASU, he has served on the faculty of North Carolina State University, University of Texas, Austin, and University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. Dr. Gibson’s educational background includes a B.S. and a Ph.D. in civil engineering from Auburn University and an M.B.A. from the University of Dallas. He has been principal investigator (PI) or co-PI on over $9.5 million worth of funded research in his career. Dr. Gibson’s research and teaching interests include front end planning, organizational change, asset management, alternative dispute resolution, and risk management, and he has received several awards for research excellence including the Construction Industry Institute’s (CII’s) Outstanding Researcher twice. Dr. Gibson has authored or coauthored over 230 publications, taught over 210 short courses to industry, and given more than 250 presentations in his career. He has been active on many national committees, among them a National Research Council (NRC) committee investigating project management practices at the U.S. Department of Energy, the Architectural Engineering Institute, and he also served as a Fulbright senior specialist in Norway in fall 2004. Dr. Gibson was awarded the 2016 ASCE R. L. Peurifoy Award for outstanding research. He has several years of industry experience and is a licensed professional engineer in Texas. Dr. Gibson is an elected member of the National Academy of Construction and a fellow in the American Society of Civil Engineers and through January 2019 was a member of the NRC Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment.
GERALDINE KNATZ (NAE) is professor of the practice of policy and engineering, a joint appointment between the University of Southern California (USC) Price School of Public Policy and USC Viterbi School of Engineering. Knatz served as the executive director of the Port of Los Angeles from 2006 to January 2014. Prior to directing the Port of Los Angeles, Knatz served as the managing director of the Port of Long Beach. Knatz is a past president of the American Association of Port Authorities and past president of the International Association of Ports and Harbors, and currently serves as the founding chairman of the World Port Climate Initiative. Knatz has received numerous awards, including Outstanding Women in Transportation from the Journal of Commerce, 2007; Woman Executive of the Year from the Los Angeles Business Journal, 2007; Compass Award from the Women’s Leadership Exchange, 2008; an honorary Ph.D. from the Maine Maritime Academy, 2009; the Peter Benchley Ocean Award from the Blue Frontier Campaign in 2012; and a lifetime achievement award from Containerization Intermodal Institute in 2014. In 2014, she was named a member of the National Academy of Engineering in recognition of her international leadership in the engineering and development of environmentally clean urban seaports. Knatz serves on the board of directors for Dewberry, a privately held professional services firm headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia. Knatz earned a Ph. D. in biological sciences from the University of Southern California, a Master of Science in environmental engineering from the University of Southern California, and a Bachelor of Arts in zoology from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey-New Brunswick.
ROBERT PRIETO is chairman & CEO of Strategic Program Management LLC. Previously he was senior vice president of the Fluor Corporation’s Industrial and Infrastructure Group. Fluor Corporation provides services on a global basis in the fields of engineering, procurement, construction, operations, maintenance, and project management. Mr. Prieto has extensive experience in developing world-class projects for the global infrastructure industry and has participated internationally on task forces and forums focused on delivering critical infrastructure to meet the growing needs of cities and of homeland security. He is the author of Strategic Program Management, which addresses some of the major strategic issues that affect all large construction programs and projects, including changes in program governance structures. Previously Mr. Prieto served as one of three presidential appointees to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Advisory Council, as well as serving on the boards of several international, industrial, and educational organizations. He co-chaired the New York City Partnership’s Infrastructure Task Force, established following September 11, 2001, and chaired the historic meeting of the World Economic Forum’s Engineering and Construction Governors held in New York City in February 2002. Under his leadership, the Disaster Response Network of the World Economic Forum was initiated. Mr. Prieto holds a bachelor’s degree from New York University and a master’s degree from the Polytechnic Institute of New York, where he currently serves as a trustee.
Geoffrey S. Rothwell
GEOFFREY ROTHWELL is the Chief Consulting Economist for Turner|Harris, specializing in all aspects of the economics of nuclear power. Between 2013 and 2018 he was the principal economist at the Nuclear Energy Agency of the OECD in Paris, France. From 1986 to 2012 at Stanford University he was the Director of Honours Programmes in the Department of Economics and the Public Policy Program, Associate Director in the Public Policy Program, and a senior lecturer in the Department of Economics and Public Policy Program. While at Stanford, he advised the U.S. Department of Energy through the Argonne National Laboratory, Idaho National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Dr. Rothwell has written extensively on energy economics and electricity markets. His book, “Economics of Nuclear Power,” was published by Routledge in 2016. D.r Rothwell received his M.A. in Jurisprudence from Boalt Law School, University of California, Berkeley, in 1984, and his Ph.D in economics from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1985. After a post-doctoral fellowship at the California Institute of Technology, he taught at Stanford University for over 25 years.
Kirk R. Smith
KIRK R. SMITH is Professor of Global Environmental Health with the School of Public Health of the University of California, Berkeley; and Director of the Collaborative Clean Air Policy Centre, New Delhi. Previously, he was founder and head of the Energy Program of the East-West Center in Honolulu. He serves or has served on a number of national and international scientific advisory committees including the Global Energy Assessment, National Research Council’s Board on Atmospheric Science and Climate, the Executive Committee for WHO Air Quality Guidelines, the Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health, and the International Comparative Risk Assessment of the Global Burden of Disease Project. He has conducted field research on air pollution, both ambient and in households, in more than 20 countries of Asia and Latin America. He has published about 400 articles in peer-reviewed journals and books on air pollution, climate change, energy, and development. He participated, along with many other scientists, in the IPCC’s 3rd and 4th assessments for which he shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize and was Convening Lead Author for Climate and Health for the 5th Assessment. He holds visiting professorships in India and China and bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees from UC Berkeley and, in 1997, was elected a member in the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors awarded to U.S. scientists by their peers. In 2009, he received the Heinz Prize in Environment and in 2012 was awarded the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement.
Hans A. Van Winkle
MAJOR GENERAL HANS A. VAN WINKLE (Retired) is president of Van Winkle Consulting. He has been an engineer leader for over 40 years. Serving in the United States Army’s Corps of Engineers, he culminated his career of over 30 years as the Director of Civil Works and then as the Deputy Director of the United States Army Corps of Engineers. As Director of Civil Works, he oversaw the corps’ work building the nations navigation, flood control and environmental restoration projects and as the deputy director of the corps, planned, coordinated, and controlled the Corps’ $17 Billion annual budget. After retirement, he initially worked as the director of the Construction Industry Institute (CII) at the University of Texas. There he oversaw CII’s research program, creating best practices for the leading owner and industry companies working around the world. Following this, he became the president of Hill International, a private company employing project management practices for companies throughout the nation. Later, he moved to Parsons Brinkerhoff and employed these best practices in work situations such as the Medupi Power Plant in South Africa, at the time, world’s largest air cooled power plant and then as the project manager of the California High Speed Rail project, a $70 Billion program designed to link San Francisco and Los Angeles with a high speed train system. After retirement from PB, he works as a private consultant for a variety of companies.