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BILL RITTER, Director, Center for the New Energy Economy

Colorado's 41st Governor and former District Attorney for the City and County of Denver, is the founding director of the Center for the New Energy Economy.  The Center is a privately-funded initiative to support the growth of a clean energy economy across the United States at Colorado State University.  The mission of the Center is to incorporate best practices from around the nation and world to accelerate the development of clean energy, which includes technologies and resources who life-cycle impacts are beneficial to national security, economic vitality, energy supply sustainability, environmental health, public health, the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, the conservation and restoration of ecosystem services, social equity, high-quality jobs, and wise use of water and other critical natural resources.  Ritter and his Center’s team has been working directly with Governors, legislators, regulators, planners, policy makers and other decision makers by providing technical assistance to help them create the policies and practices that will facilitate America's transition to a clean energy economy that includes encouraging environmentally sound practices in natural gas production and use. He has been recognized internationally and has received numerous awards for his efforts.  

DIANA WALL, Director, School of Global Environmental Sustainability

A soil ecologist and environmental scientist, Dr. Wall is actively engaged in global research to sustain soils and has spent more than 20 seasons in the Antarctic McMurdo Dry Valleys examining how global changes impact soil biodiversity, ecosystem processes and ecosystem services. She is Director of the School of Global Environmental Sustainability, is a University Distinguished Professor, Professor of Biology and a Senior Research Scientist at the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory. She was honored by The British Ecological Society as the 2011 Tansley Lecturer and Wall Valley, Antarctica was designated in recognition of her research contributions. Dr. Wall is a National Associate of the National Academy of Sciences, has an Honorary Doctorate from Utrecht University, The Netherlands and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She served as member of the US Antarctic Program Blue Ribbon Panel (2012), the US Commission of UNESCO and was co-lead author of the Millennium Development Goals Committee Chapter of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. She is a Board Member of the World Resources Institute and Island Press, and has served as President of the Ecological Society of America, the American Institute of Biological Sciences, Chair, Council of Scientific Society Presidents and other scientific societies. Her edited books include two on sustaining soil biodiversity and ecosystem services. She received her Ph.D. at the University of Kentucky, Lexington.

BRYAN WILLSON, Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Founder and Co-director, Engines and Energy Conversion Lab; Co-director, The Energy Institute at Colorado State University

In the role as professor and co-director, he has worked for over 25 years to develop large-scale solutions for global energy needs with a significant focus on reducing environmental impacts from natural gas production and use. Dr. Willson is on assignment from CSU serving as Program Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). The Energy Institute serves as a nucleus of research, education, and outreach for the faculty, staff, and students of Colorado State University. Energy is a central element of almost every major challenge and opportunity the world faces today. CSU has a long history of pioneering work in energy, with over 160 faculty developing energy technologies, exploring the economics, environmental, and sociological impacts of energy use, and proposing energy policy solutions. The Institute aims to grow the impact, reach, and reputation of energy research and education at Colorado State University by increasing collaboration with industry and governmental partners, creating new research and educational opportunities for CSU faculty and students, and accelerating the dissemination of CSU solutions. This cross-campus, interdisciplinary effort is operated under the Office of the Vice President for Research. The extensive network of researchers, research programs, and centers, spans all eight colleges at CSU, and extends off campus to a global network of public and private partners.

ALAN RUDOLPH, Vice President of Research, Colorado State University

Dr. Alan S. Rudolph is currently the VP of Research as well as a Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Rudolph is a former member of the Senior Executive Service and served as Director for Chemical and Biological Directorate, Research and Development Enterprise, Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), Fort Belvoir, VA. Conducting research that can improve our understanding and help invoke positive change in the lives of people worldwide is a cornerstone of Colorado State University’s mission. Colorado State is one of the nation’s top research universities, with annual research expenditures topping $300 million. Research spending for fiscal year 2013 totaled $313.2 million, representing a third of the University’s budget. The Vice President of Research works with CSU faculty and research partners to advance their discovery capabilities and to foster an environment where research can translate into real-world solutions. The VPR serves as the chief institutional advocate and facilitator for faculty research activities and is responsible for programmatic excellence in research for CSU. The Office of the Vice President for Research is the primary liaison with federal research officials and agencies; identifies and manages research opportunities; and develops and oversees interdisciplinary programs and research centers, institutes and other special programs.