MSE Seminar Series: James T. Bartis
Friday, April 19, 2013
1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Room 2110 Chemical and Nuclear Engineering Bldg.
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Alternative Fuels and the Role of Scientists and Engineers in Policy Analysis
James T. Bartis Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Scientists and engineers have made important contributions to both energy and national defense policy. This lecture will introduce the field of policy research using, as a case study, a recent and highly controversial analysis of "Alternative Fuels for Military Applications." This research was called for by the U.S. Congress and undertaken by the RAND Corporation.
About the Speaker James Bartis has over 30 years of experience in policy analyses and technical assessments in energy and related environmental and national security topics. Recent research topics include critical materials, petroleum geopolitics, energy security in the Gulf of Guinea and the Caspian, protection of the petroleum supply chain to Asia, alternative fuels for military and commercial applications, development prospects for coal-to-liquids and oil shale, managing greenhouse gas emissions, and an examination of Japans energy and foreign policies.
Dr. Bartis was a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation between 1997 and 2012, and is now a member of RANDs adjunct staff. He is the principal author of the 2011 RAND report Alternative Fuels for Military Applications and directed the preparation of the four-volume 2012 RAND report Promoting International Energy Security.
Dr. Bartis joined the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in 1978 shortly after it was established. He served in the Office of Fossil Energy, where he directed program planning and technology assessments covering the coal, oil, oil shale, and gas research and development programs. He also worked in DOE's main policy office, where he directed the Divisions of Fossil Energy and Environment.
He received his Ph.D. in chemical physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.