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Panelists' Biographies

Sally Benson
Sally Benson (moderator) is Executive Director of GCEP and Professor (Research) in the Department of Energy Resources Engineering in the School of Earth Sciences at Stanford. She is also the GCEP Theme Leader in the area of Carbon Capture and Storage. Prior to joining the Project, Benson was the Director of the Earth Sciences Division and Deputy Director for Operations, both at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. A ground water hydrologist and reservoir engineer, she has conducted research to address a range of issues related to energy and the environment. The author or co-author of over 160 scientific publications, Benson is a member of the American Geophysical Union, the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Chemical Society.

Chris Field
Christopher Field is the Director of the Carnegie Institution's Department of Global Ecology and Professor in the Department of Biology at Stanford. He is also the GCEP Research Theme Leader in the area of Bioenergy and is also currently a principal investigator conducting research on Technology Potential of Biofuels: Feasibility Assessment for GCEP. Trained as an ecologist, he has conducted environmental research from tropical rainforests to deserts to alpine tundra. Field is a specialist in climate-change impacts and a coordinating lead author for the Fourth Assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences and a leader in several national and international efforts to provide the scientific foundation for a sustainable future.

Jeff Koseff
Jeffrey Koseff is the William Alden Campbell and Martha Campbell Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the Michael Forman University Fellow in Undergraduate Education, and the Perry L. McCarty Director of the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University. Koseff's research area falls in the emerging interdisciplinary domain of environmental fluid mechanics and focuses on the interaction between physical and biological systems in natural aquatic environments, including phytoplankton dynamics in estuarine systems, and coral reef, sea-grass and kelp-forest hydrodynamics. Koseff is the recipient of the Robert T. Knapp Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and has received five teaching awards while at Stanford.

Philippe Lacour-Gayet
Philippe Lacour-Gayet is currently Senior Scientific Advisor to the Chairman of Schlumberger. From 1997 to 2006, he was the Chief Scientist of Schlumberger, in charge of the R&D function and managing directly the five Research Labs of Schlumberger. Philippe spent all his career in Schlumberger, starting in France in 1974. He worked in the US, UK, France and Japan, in Research, Engineering and Marketing positions. Prior to 1997, he managed Schlumberger Technology Centers in France and in Japan. A mining engineer and physicist by training, he graduated from “Ecole des Mines de Paris” in 1969, and obtained a Ph.D. in Physics from University of Paris in 1974. A French citizen, Philippe was born in 1947. He has been married to Catherine Bourliere since 1970. They have two children. Philippe’s hobbies include sailing, astronomy, number theory and Chinese and Japanese history and art.

Pam Matson
Pamela Matson is the Chester Naramore Dean of the School of Earth Sciences, the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Professor of Environmental Studies and the Burton and Deedee McMurtry University Fellow in Undergraduate Education. As a leader among scientists working to reconcile the needs of people and the environment in the 21st century, she works with multi-disciplinary teams of researchers and decision makers to develop land management approaches that are economically and environmentally sound. A MacArthur Fellow and Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Science, she is the founding co-chair of the National Academies Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability.


Sherri Stuewer
Sherri Stuewer is Vice President - Safety, Health and Environment for Exxon Mobil Corporation. In this role she is responsible for developing, reviewing, and coordinating ExxonMobil's worldwide efforts in the environment, safety, and health areas. Prior to her current assignment, Stuewer was strategic planning manager for ExxonMobil, general manager of the Exxon Company U.S.A. supply department, and manager of the Exxon refinery in Baytown, Texas. Over her 30-year career with ExxonMobil, she has held a variety of technical and managerial positions in refining, planning, and logistics. Stuewer is a member of the Board of Trustees and the Engineering College Council at Cornell University. She is also a board member of the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas and the Bermuda Institut of Ocean Sciences. She is a past chair of the Industry Advisory Board to the International Energy Agency. Stuewer holds a B.S. and M.S. in Engineering from Cornell University. She is married and has two daughters.

James Sweeney
James Sweeney, of Stanford University, is Director of the Precourt Institute for Energy Efficiency; Professor of Management Science and Engineering; Senior Fellow of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research; Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace; and Senior Fellow of the Stanford Institute for International Studies. He is a Senior Fellow of the U.S. Association for Energy Economics, a Fellow of the California Council on Science and Technology, and a member of Governor Schwarzenegger’s Council of Economic Advisors. His professional activities focus on economic policy and analysis, particularly in energy, natural resources, and the environment. He holds a B.S. degree from MIT in Electrical Engineering and a Ph.D. from Stanford University in Engineering-Economic Systems.

 

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