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The University of Delaware Energy Institute is organized under the University of Delaware Senior Vice Provost for Research and Strategic Initiatives. The direction of the UD Energy Institute is set by a Steering Committee composed of faculty research leaders in the energy field from across the University. Broader perspectives on national needs and opportunities are provided by an External Advisory Board, consisting of respected leaders from both the public and private sectors.

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Dr. Dionisios G. Vlachos, Director

Dr. Vlachos is the Director of both the University of Delaware Energy Institute (UDEI) and the Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation (CCEI). He is the Elizabeth Inez Kelley Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Allan and Myra Ferguson Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, as well as a Professor of Physics & Astronomy.

Neeloo Bhatti-McAndrew, Associate Director

Dr. Bhatti-McAndrew is Associate Director of the University of Delaware Energy Institute. She has played a major role in its establishment and helping set its direction.

Dr. Bhatti-McAndrew received her BS degree in Biochemistry from McGill University, and M.E.S., MS and PhD degrees in Environmental Science all from Yale University. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Argonne National Laboratory before joining the staff there as an Environmental Scientist. She has extensive experience in issues relating to climate change, air quality, energy science, and environmental impact analysis. She served as Technical Coordinator for the U.S. Country Studies Program which was part of the U.S. commitment to the 1992 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change that was signed at the 1992 Rio Earth Summit Conference and participated in a number of high-level international missions to Eastern Europe, China, and Asia to provide technical assistance in the areas of climate change, air quality, and human health impacts.

Dr. Bhatti-McAndrew was also a part of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change team that was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. Her research includes a pioneering work that assessed the vulnerability of the Asian region to the potential threat of acid rain. She has also worked as an environmental effects specialist for the World Bank and served as an environmental advisor for the Village of Homer Glen in Illinois.

She has written numerous scientific and journal articles and book chapters.

Council of Fellows and Structure

The University of Delaware Energy Institute was organized under the Senior Vice Provost for Research and Strategic Initiatives. A Steering Committee was set up in 2007 to chart its course and guide its activities. The committee has grown over the past few years and has been re-named Council of Fellows. Members of the Council of Fellows are drawn from a wide variety of UD departments and colleges to include:

Dr. Neeloo Bhatti-McAndrew
Associate Director, UD Energy Institute
Dr. Robert W. Birkmire
Director, Institute of Energy Conversion
Professor John M. Byrne
Director, Ctr for Energy & Environmental Policy
Professor Douglas J. Doren
Associate Dean, Arts and Sciences
Dept of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Assistant Professor Matthew Doty
Dept of Materials Science and Engineering
Professor Keith W. Goossen
Co-Director, Industrial Assessment Center
Professor George Hadjipanayis
Dept of Physics and Astronomy
Professor Willett M. Kempton
Dept of Marine and Earth Studies
Professor Mike Klein
Dept of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Professor Raul Lobo
Director, Ctr for Catalytic Science and Technology
Dept of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Professor Michael E. Mackay
Dept of Materials Science and Engineering
Professor Robert Opila
Dept of Materials Science and Engineering
Professor Ajay Prasad
Director, Ctr for Fuel Cell Research
Dept of Mechanical Engineering
Dr. Charles G. Riordan
Vice Provost, Research Office
Professor James Thomas Sims
Associate Dean, Agriculture & Natural Resources
Professor Dion Vlachos
Director, Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation
Professor Yushan Yan
Dept of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering


External Advisory Board

An External Advisory Board was assembled by the UDEI to provide insight into energy related industrial, political and academic initiatives and partnerships:

Daniel Broderick
Resident Engineering Senior Manager
Gamesa Corporation
Phil Cherry
Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control
Dr. Uma Chowdhry
Chief Science and Technology Officer Emeritus
DuPont Company
Mike Gudgeon
Delaware City Refining Company
Dr. Lawrence L. Kazmerski
Director, National Center for Photovoltaics
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Dr. Frank Petrocelli
Tonnage Gases, Equipment and Energy - Technology
Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
Dr. William Provine
Director, Science and Technology External Affairs
DuPont Company
Dr. Ajit Sapre
Reliance Industries Limited
Dr. Ben Jurcik
VP, Research & Development
Air Liquide North America
Dr. Jeff Siirola
Purdue Univesity / Carnegie Mellon University
Gary Stockbridge
President, Delmarva Power Region
Dr. Scott Wasserman
Associate R&D Director/ICM
Dow Electrical & Telecommunications
The Dow Chemical Company

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