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  • Keynote: T. Boone Pickens, founder and chairman of BP Capital Management, creator of the Pickens Plan Video Available Video Available
  • Michael Chesser, chairman and chief executive officer, Great Plains Energy and KCP&L Video Available
  • Daniel F. Cole, senior vice president, Ameren Corp.
  • Bob Dixon, senior vice president and global head of efficiency and sustainability, Siemens Building Technologies Video Available
  • Robert K. Dixon, leader, Climate Change and Chemicals Team at the Global Environment Facility Video Available
  • Robert Duncan, vice chancellor for research and a professor of physics, University of Missouri-Columbia
  • Karen Harbert, president and chief executive officer, U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for 21st Century Energy Video Available
  • Darwin Hindman, mayor, City of Columbia
  • Dale Klein, chairman, Nuclear Regulatory Commission
  • Robert Kruse, executive director of global vehicle engineering for hybrids, electric vehicles and batteries, General Motors
  • Jay Nixon, governor, State of Missouri
  • Himadri B. Pakrasi, director, International Center for Advanced Renewable Energy and Sustainability, Washington University, St. Louis Video Available
  • Richard Sayre, director, Enterprise Rent-A-Car Institute for Renewable Fuels at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
  • Mark Templeton, director, Missouri Department of Natural Resources Video Available
  • Joan Woodard, Ph.D., executive vice president and deputy laboratory director, Integrated Technology Programs at Sandia National Laboratories

T. Boone Pickens Video Available Video Available

T. Boone PickensT. Boone Pickens is founder and chairman of BP Capital Management, which manages one of the nation's most successful energy-oriented investment funds. Pickens frequently uses his wealth of experience in the oil and gas industry in the evaluation of potential equity investments and energy sector themes. He also aggressively pursues a wide range of other business interests, including water marketing and Clean Energy, a company he founded that is advancing the use of natural gas as a cleaner-burning and more cost-effective transportation fuel alternative to gasoline and diesel.

Boone graduated as a geologist from Oklahoma State University and started work with Phillips Petroleum Co. in Bartlesville, Okla. Today, he is a generous philanthropist, giving away almost a half-billion dollars. In 2006, he formed the T. Boone Pickens Foundation, which is improving lives through grants supporting educational programs, medical research, athletics, corporate wellness, at-risk youth, the entrepreneurial process, and conservation and wildlife initiatives. (Back to top)

Michael Chesser Video Available

Michael ChesserMike Chesser joined Great Plains Energy and KCP&L in October 2003 as chairman and chief executive officer after a distinguished career in the utility industry that began at Baltimore Gas and Electric. He previously served as president and chief operating officer at Atlantic Energy Inc., chairman and CEO of Itron, an automated meter supplier to the utility industry, and president and CEO at GPU Energy, an electric utility serving New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Prior to joining Great Plains Energy, he was chairman and CEO of United Water, which owns and operates several regulated water utilities along with its contract operations.

Chesser has taken a national role in energy technologies through his chairmanship of the Electric Power Research Institute's Board of Directors. He is also a member of the executive committee of the Edison Electric Institute and chair of the Energy Efficiency Task Force, which is looking for ways to make energy efficiency a viable alternative for utilities around the country.

Active in the business community, Chesser serves as a trustee of the Midwest Research Institute (MRI) and the Committee for Economic Development in Washington D.C., as well as co-chair of the CED's Sub-Committee on Education. (Back to top)

Daniel F. Cole

Daniel F. ColeDaniel F. Cole was named Ameren's senior vice president, administration, in October 2003. In this position, he directs a range of key business and corporate services, including information technology, purchasing, environmental and safety services and corporate communications.

Cole joined Union Electric, now known as AmerenUE, in 1976 as an engineer at the Callaway Nuclear Plant, where he progressed to supervising engineer before working in rate engineering, corporate planning and resource planning. He was named general manager of the corporate planning function in 1997 and senior vice president of Ameren Corporation in 1999.

Cole holds both a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in engineering management from the University of Missouri-Rolla, now known as Missouri University of Science and Technology. (Back to top)

Bob Dixon Video Available

Bob DixonBob Dixon is an industry veteran and visionary with over 30 years of experience in building systems, facility operations and energy conservation and management.

Currently serving as senior vice president and global head of efficiency and sustainability at Siemens Building Technologies, Bob leads all strategic global initiatives on building efficiency and sustainability including strategic planning, operations, product/solution development, program implementation, business development and mergers and acquisitions.

Bob is a past president of National Association of Energy Service Companies and currently serves as industry vice chair for the Alliance to Save Energy. He is the industry member on the Buildings and Appliances Task Force under the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate and leads SBT's strategic global partnership with the Clinton Climate Initiative. A well respected and sought after speaker on energy efficiency topics around the globe, Bob earned his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, and is a graduate of the Minnesota Executive Program at the University of Minnesota. (Back to top)

Robert K. Dixon Video Available

Robert K. DixonRobert K. Dixon is currently leader of the Climate Change and Chemicals Team at the Global Environment Facility in Washington, D.C.

Dixon has a wealth of experience working in the White House, including as part of a task force on energy security and climate change for the National Security Council. He also served as associate director for international affairs for the Council on Environmental Quality, was a contributor to the 2007 Energy Security Act and worked in several positions at the Department of Defense, eventually becoming deputy assistant secretary.

Dixon was also head of the Energy Technology Policy Division of the International Energy Agency in Paris and, along with other members of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

He has also served as executive director of the International Partnership for the Hydrogen Economy in Washington, D.C. and deputy assistant secretary for power technologies from 1999 to 2002.

In 1989, Dixon joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Research and Development as a senior scientist to support the Clean Air Act and amendments.

Dixon has led or developed energy and environment projects for bilateral and multilateral organizations in more than 80 countries worldwide, including working on energy science and policy for the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Dixon earned his bachelor's, master's and doctorate degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He has also taught or lectured at the University of Minnesota, Auburn University, Columbia University, Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins University, Britain's Oxford University, Humboldt University in Germany, and Delhi University in India and is the recipient of an Exxon Fellowship and Smithsonian Fellowship.

Robert Duncan

Robert DuncanRobert Duncan received his bachelor's degree in physics from MIT in 1982 and his doctorate in physics from the University of California-Santa Barbara in 1988. He has served as a professor of physics and astronomy at the University of New Mexico, as a visiting associate on the physics faculty at California Institute of Technology, as a joint associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at UNM and as the associate dean for research in the College of Arts and Sciences at UNM.

As an expert in low temperature physics, Duncan has served as principal investigator on a fundamental physics research program for NASA. As the director of the New Mexico Consortium's Institute for Advanced Studies at Los Alamos National Laboratory, he has worked to fund major conferences and summer schools in quantitative biology, information science and technology, energy and environment and astrophysics and cosmology. To date, Duncan has received more than $8 million in funding from various sources on research efforts that he leads. He joined the University of Missouri as the vice chancellor for research in August 2008, accepting responsibility for MU's research enterprise, including $250 million-plus per year in contracts and grants and MU's major research facilities, including U.S.'s largest research reactor in academia, multiple interdisciplinary research centers and associated economic development and technology incubation efforts.   

Duncan is a fellow and life member of the American Physical Society. He was named the Gordon and Betty Moore Distinguished Scholar in the Division of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy at Caltech in 2004, and he chaired the Instrumentation and Measurement Topical Group for the American Physical Society in 2002 and the International Symposium on Quantum Fluids and Solids in 2003. He has consulted extensively to industry, co-invented and assisted in the formation of three companies in alternative energy and in minimally invasive cancer surgery and diagnostics. (Back to top)

Karen Harbert Video Available

Karen HarbertKaren Alderman Harbert is president and chief executive officer of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for 21st Century Energy. In this role, Harbert leads the Institute's efforts to build support for meaningful energy action nationally and internationally through policy development, education, and advocacy.

Harbert previously served as executive vice president and managing director of the Institute for 21st Century Energy from March 2008 until her January 2009 appointment to lead the institute. Previously, she served as the assistant secretary for policy and international affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy, where she designed and oversaw the implementation of major energy policy programs, including the Advanced Energy Initiative. Harbert was also the deputy assistant administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean at the U.S. Agency for International Development.

In the private sector, Harbert worked for a developer of international infrastructure and power projects valued at more than $9 billion in countries in the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America. She was also involved in the implementation of energy sector privatization strategies for foreign governments. (Back to top)

Darwin Hindman

Darwin HindmanDarwin Hindman was first elected mayor of Columbia in 1995 and is serving his fifth term.

He has always been interested in environmental and economic development issues and recreation and healthy community issues. He has served as a chair of various Columbia visioning committees and headed various issue campaigns including for the wetlands wastewater treatment bond issue and for the city's beverage container deposit ordinance in several elections. He also headed the citizens' committee to establish the Katy Trail State Park.

While he has been mayor, Columbia has aggressively pursued demand side conservation programs through Columbia's municipally owned water and light systems, including an extensive CFL rebate campaign, and has acquired the total output from three wind turbines in Northeast Missouri and is making solar energy available working with the private sector and is using methane gas from the city's landfill to produce electricity.

Hindman serves on the boards of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, the Regional Economic Development Inc., the Missouri Innovation Center, which operates the bio business incubator on the university campus, and the University's Economic Development Cabinet and has served on the state's Economic Development Finance Board. He firmly believes that the proper economic development strategy for Columbia is to cooperate with the university in commercializing research and to make Columbia the best possible city in which to live.

Hindman is a strong advocate of parks and trails and an interconnected non-motorized transportation system as a means of saving energy, money and the environment and encouraging active healthy lifestyles.

He served two tours of active duty as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force.

He has received many awards, including the Columbia Chamber of Commerce's Outstanding Citizen, Osage Group of the Sierra Club's citizen of the year, University of Missouri Faculty/Alumni, Chevron Times Mirror Publications Citizen Conservationist, Martin Luther King Jr., Memorial Association and MU College of Arts and Science Distinguished Alumnus awards and has been inducted into the Missouri Recreation and Parks Association Hall of Fame.

Mayor Hindman has been married nearly 49 years to Axie. They have two children and four grandchildren. (Back to top)

Dale Klein

T. Boone PickensAs chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Dale Klein is committed to ensuring the safety and security of current operating reactors, as well as insisting the NRC remain a strong regulator that articulates its requirements clearly and holds licensees accountable. In his day-to-day job, he is responsible for conducting the administrative, organizational, long-range planning, and budgetary functions of the agency.

Before joining the NRC, Klein served as the assistant to the secretary of defense for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Defense Programs, a position he was appointed to by President George Bush. He also has served as the vice chancellor for Special Engineering Programs at the University of Texas System and a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. (Back to top)

Robert Kruse

Robert KruseBob Kruse is the executive director of global vehicle engineering for hybrids, electric vehicles and batteries at General Motors.

As part of GM's commitment to fuel diversity, Kruse's division addresses strategic national interests and climate change risk by developing innovative vehicle design, reshaping the workforce and forging partnerships both inside and outside the automotive industry.

He and his team have played a key role in developing the Volt, an electric hybrid vehicle being developed by GM.

Kruse holds a bachelor's degree from Missouri University of Science and Technology and a master's in management from MIT's Sloan School. He led the development of all parts and subsystems for vehicles and general assembly engineering, as well as global powertrain integration, where he was responsible for the first hybrid powertrain developed for full-size trucks.

Kruse went on to direct vehicle integration engineering, which created some the best automobiles in GM's history, such as the new Chevy Malibu, Buick Enclave, Cadillac CTS and the current generation of full-size trucks. He also led the performance division that executed award-winning vehicles during his tenure, including the second-generation Cadillac CTS-V, the Chevy Cobalt and HHR turbo SS.

Kruse's team has also developed the largest automotive advanced technology battery lab in the world in Warren, Mich., and helped establish the Advanced Battery Coalition of Drivetrains laboratory at the University of Michigan. Together, the two facilities partner in a wide range of work, including addressing critical workforce shortage issues. Under Kruse, GM also partners with the University of Michigan to offer master's-level online distance learning for engineers studying electrification technologies. (Back to top)

Jay Nixon

Jay NixonA native of the small town of DeSoto, Mo., Gov. Jeremiah W. (Jay) Nixon was raised in a family of public servants. His mother, the late Betty Wilson Nixon, was a teacher and served as president of the local school board. His father, Jerry Nixon, was elected mayor of DeSoto and was a police judge for the community.

After earning both his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia, Gov. Nixon returned to DeSoto to practice as an attorney. In 1986, he was elected to his first term in the Missouri State Senate, where he would represent the people of Jefferson County for six years. As a young State Senator, Gov. Nixon reached across the aisle to pass several major pieces of legislation, including an expansion of pre-natal care for expectant mothers.

Then, in 1992, the people of Missouri elected Gov. Nixon to serve as their attorney general. Inheriting an office tainted by scandal, Gov. Nixon restored integrity to the attorney general's office by cleaning up corruption, cracking down on crime and protecting consumers and the environment. Because of his effective leadership, the people of Missouri elected Gov. Nixon to a record four terms as Attorney General.

Missourians overwhelmingly elected Jay Nixon their 55th governor on Nov. 4, 2008, to lead the state in a new direction. During these difficult economic times, Gov. Nixon has put forward an agenda to make government more efficient, effective and responsive to the needs of Missouri families. He is committed to attracting the jobs of the future to Missouri, making health care more affordable and placing a college education within reach for middle-class students. (Back to top)

Himadri B. Pakrasi Video Available

Himadri B. PakrasiHimadri B. Pakrasi, Ph. D., is currently the director of the International Center for Advanced Renewable Energy and Sustainability at Washington University in St. Louis. 

He is also the George William and Irene Koechig Freiberg professor in the School of Arts & Sciences and professor of energy in the School of Engineering & Applied Science. 

Pakrasi is a biochemist recognized for his work on photosynthesis and bioenergy production. He has a keen interest in bridging the differences between the biological and physical sciences and leads large-scale multi-institutional systems biology projects. Pakrasi has been an Alexander von Humboldt fellow at Munich University, Germany; a distinguished fellow at the Biosciences Institute, Nagoya University, Japan; and a Lady David visiting professor at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Pakrasi serves as the Washington University ambassador from the McDonnell International Scholars Academy to the Jawaharlal Nehru University in India.

Richard Sayre

Richard SayreRichard Sayre is the director of the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Institute for Renewable Fuels at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. Sayre, a prominent scientist in the field of renewable fuels leads a team of 10 researchers who focus on using algae to produce "third-generation" biofuels that someday could be used to power cars, trucks and aircraft. This work complements the larger body of biofuels research currently underway at the Danforth Center.

Sayre was the co-founder and past president of Phycotransgenics LLC and is currently the chief technology officer for Phycal LLC, a start-up biotechnology company developing microalgal-based carbon capture and biofuel production systems. Sayre was formerly chair of the Department of Plant Cellular and Molecular Biology at the Ohio State University.

Sayre has served on the editorial boards of Plant Molecular Biology and Photosynthesis Research and is the author of more than 80 articles on a diverse range of the biological science topics. He has also served on various national committees of the American Society of Plant Biologists and is an honorary member of Phi Beta Kappa. During the spring of 2007 Sayre was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry working on Microalgal biotechnology. Sayre received his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa and did post-doctoral work at Harvard University. (Back to top)

Mark Templeton Video Available

Mark TempletonMark N. Templeton is the director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. 

With a background that incorporates environmental stewardship, alternative energy and sound business practices that transcend the public, private and nonprofit sectors, he brings a unique skill-set and perspective to the department. 

From 2001 to 2005, Templeton developed environmental and sustainability strategies for clients while with McKinsey & Company, a global management consultancy headquartered in New York. While there, he worked with clients to explore new "green" markets for products and services and to develop next-generation jobs in the environmental and energy sectors. While at McKinsey, Templeton advised major organizations including the United Nations Development Programme's Commission on the Private Sector and Development. In 2005, Templeton left McKinsey to become associate dean and chief operating officer of Yale Law School, his alma mater.

Prior to joining McKinsey, Templeton was special assistant and senior adviser to the U.S. assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labor and an adviser to the U.S. Delegation to U.N. Commission on Human Rights. He worked as office director of the Human Rights Documentation Center in Bangkok, Thailand from 1999 to 2000 and as a research associate with the South Asia Human Rights Documentation Center in New Delhi, India in 1997.

Hailing from Olivette, Missouri, Templeton earned his bachelor's degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard College in 1994 and his legal degree from Yale Law School in 1999. He graduated from Horton Watkins High School in Ladue. (Back to top)

Joan Woodard, Ph.D.

Presentation: The Dimensions of Energy SecurityJoan Woodard

Joan Woodard is executive vice president and deputy laboratory director for Integrated Technology Programs at Sandia National Laboratories with responsibilities including managing the development and engineering activities that provide science, technology, systems and expertise in support of U.S. programs in military technology, proliferation prevention, technology assessments, counterintelligence, energy science and conservation, and homeland security.

Woodard currently serves on the Engineering Advisory Board, Energy Advisory Council and Board of Trustees for Missouri University of Science and Technology. She received an Alumni Achievement Award in 1997 and the Robert V. Wolf Alumni Service Award in 2007. She also has been named “One of the 20 Women to Watch in the New Millennium” by the Albuquerque Journal. (Back to top)

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