Ronald E. Miller is Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Carleton University. He has worked in the area of multiscale materials modeling for over 15 years and has published more than 40 scientific articles in the area.
Peter Blair is executive director of the National Research Council's Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences. Dr Blair also directed the Council's America's Energy Future series of studies, initiated in 2007 by the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering at the request of Congress to inform the national debate about the role of science and technology in shaping the nation's energy future. From 1992 to 1996, Dr Blair served as Assistant Director of the of the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) and director of its Division of Industry, Commerce, and International Security, and earlier as OTA's energy research program manager. He received the agency's distinguished service award in 1991. He was executive director of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society and publisher of American Scientist from 1997 to 2001. Dr Blair was co-founder (in 1978) and principal of Technecon Analytic Research, Inc., which was acquired by the Reading Energy Corporation in 1985. He served on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania (1976-1996) and as an adjunct faculty member at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (1997-2001). Dr Blair is the author or co-author of the books Multiobjective Regional Energy Planning, Geothermal Investment Decision Analysis (1979) and Input-Output Analysis: Foundations and Extensions (1st edition, 1985, and 2nd edition, 2010), and co-edited Trends in Industrial Innovation: Industry Perspectives and Policy Implications (1997). He has written more than 100 technical articles in areas of energy and environmental policy, electric power systems, operations research, economics and regional science, and science policy. Dr Blair holds a B.S. in engineering from Swarthmore College (1973) and graduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania: an M.S.E. in systems engineering (1974) and an M.S. (1975) and Ph.D. (1976) in energy management and policy. Dr Blair is a fellow of the American Association for