California Public Interest Energy Research (PIER)
COMPLETED: June 2005
Carl J. Wienberg, Chair
Linda R. Cohen, Vice-Chair
Robert P. (Chris) Caren
T. Kenneth Fowler
Harold M. (Hub) Hubbard
Alan C. Lloyd
William J. McLean
Peter M. Miller
Maxine L. Savitz
Arnold M. Sowell, Jr.
James L. Sweeney
Irwin L. (Jack) White
Committee Members' Bios
Miriam John Ph.D
Vice President, California Division
Sandia National Laboratories
Miriam John is currently vice president of Sandia’s California Division. Prior to her current position, John served as the director of the Center for Exploratory Systems and Development and in a number of managerial and technical roles for the laboratory, including nuclear weapons development, systems analysis, and thermal analysis/fluid mechanics R&D. John received a B.S. in chemistry from Rice University, an M.S. in chemical engineering from Tulane University, and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Princeton University. Concurrent with her Sandia assignments, John has been recruited for a number of defense community efforts. She is a member of the Department of Defense’s Threat Reduction Advisory Committee (for which she chairs the Nuclear Deterrent Transformation Panel), the National Research Council’s Naval Studies Board and Board on Army Science and Technology. She is a recent past member of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board and DOE’s National Commission on Science and Security. She is a National Associate of the National Academies of Science and Engineering.
Richard E. Balzhiser Ph.D
President & CEO (Retired), President Emeritus
Electric Power Research Institute
Richard E. Balzhiser retired as president and chief executive officer of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) in August 1996. He remains active in a president emeritus role at EPRI in addition to serving on the boards of Reliant Energy, Aerospace, Electrosource, and Nexant. Balzhiser joined EPRI in 1973 at the time of its founding as director of the Fossil Fuel and Advanced Systems Division. He became vice president of Research and Development in 1979 and executive vice president in 1987 before assuming the presidency in 1988. Prior to joining EPRI, he served in the White House Office of Science and Technology as assistant director for Energy, Environment and National Resources, 1971-1973. He was professor of Chemical Engineering from 1960-70, except for 1967-68 when he served as a White House Fellow in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He was twice elected to serve on the Ann Arbor City Council. Balzhiser received his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in chemical engineering and his M.S. in nuclear engineering from the University of Michigan and was an Academic All American on Michigan’s 1953 football team.
Michael R. Anastasio Ph.D
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Michael R. Anastasio is the ninth director to lead Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) since it was founded in 1952. Anastasio received a bachelor’s degree in physics from Johns Hopkins University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in theoretical nuclear physics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. His career at Lawrence Livermore began in 1980 as a physicist in B- Division, one of the two nuclear weapons design physics divisions. Most recently, as deputy director for Strategic Operations, Anastasio played a key role in relationships with the University of California and the National Nuclear Security Administration. He is the recipient of the 1990 DOE Weapons Recognition of Excellence Award for technical leadership in nuclear design.
Lawrence B. Coleman Ph.D
Vice Provost for Research, Professor of Physics
University of California, Davis
Lawrence B. Coleman is the University of California vice provost for Research and professor of Physics at the University of California, Davis. He served as chair of the University-wide Academic Senate in the 1999-2000 academic year following a year as vice chair of the University of California Senate. Arriving at Davis in 1976, he was promoted to associate professor in 1982. While at the University of California, Davis he has held the positions of chair, Davis Division of the Academic Senate, 1995-1997; director, The Internship and Career Center, 1988-1994; acting vice provost, Academic Programs and dean, Undergraduate Studies, 1991-1992; and acting associate vice chancellor, Academic Programs, 1990-1991. Lawrence Coleman received a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1975 in experimental condensed matter physics. He received a B.A. in physics from The Johns Hopkins University in 1970.
Susan Hackwood Ph.D
California Council on Science and Technology
Susan Hackwood is currently professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of California, Riverside and executive director of the California Council on Science and Technology. Hackwood received a Ph.D. in solid state ionics in 1979 from DeMontfort University, UK. Before joining academia, she was department head of Device Robotics Technology Research at AT&T Bell Labs. In 1984, she joined the University of California, Santa Barbara as professor of electrical and computer engineering and was founder and director of the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center for Robotic Systems in Microelectronics. In 1990, Hackwood became the founding dean of the Bourns College of Engineering at the University of California, Riverside.
G. Scott Hubbard Ph.D
NASA Ames Research Center
Scott Hubbard serves as director of the NASA’s Ames Research Center in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley. Prior to his appointment, Hubbard was the deputy director for Research at Ames. In March of 2000, Hubbard was called to NASA Headquarters, where he served as the first Mars program director and successfully restructured the entire Mars program in the wake of mission failures. Some of Hubbard’s previous key roles include Ames associate director for Astrobiology and Space Programs; first director of NASA’s Astrobiology Institute, and manager of the Lunar Prospector Mission. He is also credited with creating the Mars Pathfinder Mission. Prior to coming to Ames in 1987, Hubbard was vice president and general manager of Canberra Semiconductor and a staff scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Hubbard received a B.A. in physics and astronomy from Vanderbilt University and his graduate education in solid state and semiconductor physics at the University of California, Berkeley. He was awarded NASA’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Medal, for his contributions to the Columbia accident investigation.
John P. McTague Ph.D
Professor of materials
University of California, Santa Barbara
John P. McTague is currently professor of Materials for the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the past vice president, Laboratory Management at the University of California, Office of the President. A physical chemist, McTague received his undergraduate degree with honors in chemistry from Georgetown University in 1960 and his Ph.D. from Brown University in 1965. Brown also bestowed on him an honorary Sc.D. in 1997. McTague was founding co-chair of the Department of Energy National Laboratory Operations Board and a member of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board from its inception in 1990 through 2000. In January 1999, he retired from Ford Motor Company, where he served more than 12 years, first as vice president of Research and then as vice president of Technical Affairs. Prior to 1986 McTague served as deputy director and acting director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and was acting science advisor to President Reagan. During the Bush administration he was a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and U.S. Chair of the U.S.-Japan High Level Advisory Panel on Science and Technology.
Anneila Sargent Ph.D
Owens Valley Radio Observatory & Combined Array for Research in Millimeter-wave Astronomy
Anneila Sargent is professor of astronomy at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), director of Caltech’s Owens Valley Radio Observatory, and director of the Combined Array for Research in Millimeter-wave Astronomy (CARMA). She received her B.Sc. with honors in physics from the University of Edinburgh, and her Ph.D. in astronomy from Caltech. Her career has been spent at Caltech where, following her Ph.D., she moved through the research faculty ranks to become a senior research associate in astronomy in 1990. She was named associate director of Owens Valley Radio Observatory in 1992 and director in 1996. She has been a professor of astronomy since 1998 and is now the first director of CARMA.
Professor Sargent was the California Institute of Technology’s 1988 “Woman of the Year.” She was awarded the NASA Public Service Medal in 1998 and named an associate of the Royal Astronomical Society in 2001. In 2002, she was University of Edinburgh Alumna of the Year, and was awarded the George Darwin Lectureship of the Royal Astronomical Society in 2003.
Sargent has served on a wide variety of national advisory committees, including the National Research Council (NRC) Committee on Astronomy & Astrophysics and the NSF’s Mathematical and Physical Sciences Advisory Committee.