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Chaired by K. Krishnamurthy, vice provost for research, Missouri University of Science and Technology
Dr. Muthanna H. Al Dahhan, professor and chairman of the Chemical & Biological Engineering Department and Professor of Nuclear Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, Missouri.
He was a member of the Washington University faculty since 1994. He was a professor of Energy, Environment and Chemical Engineering. Dr. Al Dahhan also served as co-director of the Chemical Reaction Engineering Laboratory, an industry sponsored consortium. His research activities are related to advancement of multiphase reaction engineering and catalytic processes knowledge, and methodology of multiphase reactors via advanced measurement and computation techniques and via modeling of transport – kinetic interactions for energy efficient and environmentally responsible design, scale-up and performance. Dr. Al Dahhan has applied these to various multiphase processes for sustainate energy and environment and in production of clean energy, bio-energy, fuels, chemicals and in biomass and coal conversion and clean utilization, waste treatment, environmentally responsible and risk free proliferation nuclear energy, etc.
Dr. Al Dahhan holds three degrees in chemical engineering. He received his doctoral degree from Washington University in 1993, his Master of Science degree from Oregon State University in 1988 and his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Baghdad in 1979.
Dr. Al Dahhan held various engineering positions, from 1978-1985 with companies and research laboratories in Baghdad, Italy and the former republic of Yugoslavia. After a short industrial experience (1993-1994), he first joined Washington University in 1994 as an adjunct assistant professor of chemical engineering and became associate director of the Chemical Reaction Engineering Laboratory (CREL) that same year. In 1999, he became and assistant professor and director of Washington University’s Clean Alternative Energy Using Slurry Bubble Column Reactors Consortium, a multi-university (Ohio State University and Rensselaer Polytechnic) initiative to convert syngas (a mixture of hydrogen and carbon monoxide obtained from partial oxidation of methane gas, biogas, coal and biomass) to liquid fuels and chemicals from 1999-2008. The consortium was sponsored by ConocoPhillips (USA), Eni (Italy), Sasol (South Africa), Statoil (Norway) with a new addition of Johson Matthey (UK). In addition, he had as principal investigator, a grant from DOE – University coal research on converting syngas to clean liquid fuels (1999-2003) in collaboration with Ohio State University. Dr. Al Dahhan was a director of joint project (sponsored by DOE (~2.1 million) from 2002-2007) with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Iowa Energy Center on converting animal and farm wastes to biogas (bioenergy) via anaerobic digestion. Dr. Al Dahhan has been active and collaborating with industry on various joint projects and research contracts. He has obtained since 1995 over $8 millions in external funding as PI and Co-PI. He has supervised over 40 graduate students (most of them PhD students) and a large number of postdocs and undergraduate students on a wide range of topics. All of his students and co-workers are holding leading positions in industry and academia in the United States and around the world.
Dr. Al Dahhan is also active with the International Atomic Energy Agency, where he chairs an advisory group for the agency’s proposed research projects and on missions to various developing countries to train groups of engineers and scientists.
Dr. Al Dahhan became associate professor in 2002 and full professor in 2005. Since 2003, he has served as co-leader of the National Science Foundation Engineering Center and Environmental Beneficial Catalysis at University of Kansas – the headquarters. Also in 2003, he was named CREL co-director.
His research activities include more than 150 publications and proceedings in refereed scientific and technical journals and over 300 of conference presentations. He is also a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the American Society of Engineering Education and the American Chemical Society. (Back to top)
K. Krishnamurthy received his bachelor's. degree in mechanical engineering from Bangalore University, India, and his master's and doctorate degrees in mechanical engineering from Washington State University, Pullman, Wash.
He is the vice provost for research and a professor of mechanical engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology. Prior to being the vice provost, Krishnamurthy was the associate chair for graduate affairs in the department of mechanical and aerospace engineering and engineering mechanics and associate dean for research and graduate affairs in the school of engineering at Missouri S&T.
His research interests are related to advanced manufacturing systems, alternative energy, intelligent control and robotics. A recipient of several teaching awards at Missouri S&T, Krishnamurthy has also received the Faculty Service Excellence Award from the Missouri S&T Academy of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineers. He has served as a Boeing A. D. Welliver Faculty Summer Fellow and as an associate editor for Control and Intelligent Systems, an international journal. He is active in the dynamic systems and control division within the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. (Back to top)
Thomas C. Melzer is a co-founder and managing director of RiverVest Venture Partners, a venture capital firm headquartered in St. Louis focusing on medical device and biopharmaceutical investments.
He is a director of Goldman Sachs Bank USA and Isto Technologies Inc., a development-stage orthobiologics company, and a former director of Centerre Healthcare Corporation, the Federal Farm Credit Banks Funding Corporation, Kereos Inc. and Residential Capital LLC, a subsidiary of GMAC.
Melzer was previously president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, directing the activities of the bank's head office in St. Louis, as well as its three branches in Little Rock, Louisville and Memphis. In addition, he represented the bank on the Federal Open Market Committee , the Federal Reserve System's chief monetary policymaking body. He also chaired the system's committee that oversees the investment of the Federal Reserve's pension and thrift plan assets and the committee that directs the system-level activities of the 12 reserve banks in financial services provided to banks, other depository institutions and the U.S. Treasury.
Prior to joining the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Melzer was with Morgan Stanley & Co. Incorporated for 16 years.
Melzer attended Stanford University, where he received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering in 1966 and a master's of business administration degree in 1968.
Melzer is active in the community as a director of InvestMidwest Venture Capital Forum and Parents as Teachers National Center Inc., and as a member of the Advisory Board of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research and the National Council of the Olin School of Business at Washington University. He is a former director and chairman of Junior Achievement of Mississippi Valley Inc. and has served as a member of the Advisory Council of Stanford University Graduate School of Business, the President's Council of Saint Louis University, which he chaired, and the Chancellor's Council of the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He has also been active in the United Way of Greater St. Louis, chairing its Loaned Executive Recruiting Committee. (Back to top)
John C. Pazik is the director of the Ship Systems and Engineering Science and Technology Division at the Office of Naval Research and leads a group of scientists and engineers involved in the development of technologies for advanced naval power systems, platform survivability, advanced platform concepts and sea base enablers.
He was promoted to senior executive service in December 2002 and has over 20 years of civilian service. Pazik is responsible for portfolio of basic, applied and advanced technology development programs that range from topics in nanotechnology to aircraft carrier technologies. He has worked extensively with Navy and Marine Corps acquisition and requirements communities on the integration of various science and engineering projects in ship design, hydrodynamics, propulsion, mechanical and electrical systems as well as integrating research activities in surface connectors, expeditionary logistics, at-sea warehousing and cargo transfer technologies with acquisition programs of record. Pazik is currently engaged in development of S&T strategy for incorporation into the Navy's Next Generation Integrated Power Systems master plan. As the Navy's S&T Advanced Naval Power and Energy lead he has worked extensively with OSD and the services to coordinate and plan power and energy programs.
Previously, Pazik was director of the physical sciences division at ONR where he led a group of chemists, physicists and materials scientists in developing new science and technology options for future naval forces. As director of physical sciences, Pazik focused resources on power and energy transfer and environmental quality to address future naval needs in these areas.
He developed a balanced portfolio of programs in energy storage, energy conversion/generation, tribology, anti-fouling coatings, membranes for waste water treatment and desalination, platform emissions and thermal management. Prior to his selection to the SES, Pazik was a program officer at the Office of Naval Research where he developed and managed programs in nanotechnology, solid state chemistry, electronic materials, thermoelectric materials and devices.
As a program officer at ONR he developed and managed joint programs with DARPA on energy conversion and molecular electronics. Pazik was a member of the technical staff at the Naval Research Laboratory, where he performed research and published technical papers on development of semiconductor materials for high power electronic devices.
Pazik received a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the State University College of New York at Fredonia in May 1982. He received his doctorate degree from the SUNY Buffalo in the area of inorganic chemistry in May 1987. He was an ASEE postdoctoral fellow at the Naval Research Laboratory in June 1987 for designing and synthesizing new organometallic precursors for semiconductor compounds. (Back to top)
Senator Kurt U. Schaefer was elected to the Missouri Senate in 2008 representing the citizens of the 19th senatorial district. Although a newly-elected member of the senate, he is no stranger to Missouri legislation as his occupation has placed him in the midst of both the judicial and legislative arenas throughout his career.
Sen. Schaefer is the former General Counsel and Deputy Director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Special Counsel to the Governor, Special Counsel to the Missouri Department of Agriculture, Missouri Assistant Attorney General and Special Assistant United States Attorney.
As General Counsel and Deputy Director at DNR, he was responsible for all legal aspects of the State's Environmental Regulatory and Enforcement Agency, which also owns and manages the State's 83 state parks and historic sites, including litigation management, environmental, administrative, employment, personal injury, Sunshine Law and open records/meetings, contracts, and constitutional law.
Sen. Schaefer has litigated bench and jury trials of all kinds and complexities in numerous circuit and federal courts throughout Missouri and elsewhere. He has handled approximately 100 appellate actions before all three districts of the Missouri Court of Appeals and Missouri Supreme Court, and more than 90 administrative proceedings before various state permitting and licensing agencies and the Missouri Public Service Commission.
Prior to his recent election, Sen. Schaefer drafted legislation that has been codified into Missouri law, and engaged in state agency rule making.
Vic Svec is senior vice president of investor relations and corporate communications for Peabody Energy, the world's largest private-sector coal company. In 2008, Peabody was recognized as the most-admired company in America in the mining and crude oil sector by Fortune Magazine.
Svec has 16 years of experience in the coal industry. He is a frequent speaker on energy, coal and Peabody and has directed major advocacy and awareness campaigns such as the multi-million-dollar "Coal Can Do That" initiative. Svec previously served in communications positions with other industry leaders Anheuser-Busch Companies and Brunswick Corporation.
Svec is co-chairman of the communications committee for the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity. He also serves on the communications committee for the National Mining Association and the advisory board for the American Coal Foundation. He is a past member of the editorial board for the American Coal Council and the public relations committee of the Bituminous Coal Operators' Association.
He is a member of the National Investor Relations Institute, the Public Relations Society of America and the International Association of Business Communicators. He serves on the advisory board of the International School of Business at St. Louis University, and the board of trustees of the St. Louis Science Center. Svec is a recipient of more than 50 investor relations and communications awards.
Svec is a graduate of Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville with degrees in journalism and government, and has completed graduate-level course work in business administration and jurisprudence. (Back to top)