Panel Discussion

Four Carnegie Mellon professors cover the latest open access news and lead discussion about the future of open access in chemistry

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Jay Apt is Executive Director of the Carnegie Mellon Electricity Industry Center at Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business where he is an Associate Research Professor and the CMU Department of Engineering and Public Policy, where he is a Distinguished Service Professor. He received an A.B .in physics from Harvard College in 1971 and a Ph.D. in experimental atomic physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1976. His research, teaching and consulting interests are in economics, engineering, and public policy aspects of the electricity industry, economics of technical innovation, management of technical enterprises, risk management in policy and technical decision framing, and engineering systems design. Recent publication include, “Promoting Low-Carbon Electricity Production”, “Storing Syngas Lowers the Carbon Price for Profitable Coal Gasification”, “The Spectrum of Power from Wind Turbines”, “The Character of Power Output from Utility-Scale PV Systems”, “Should a Coal-Fired Power Plant be Retrofitted or Replaced?”, “Economics of Electric Energy Storage for Energy Arbitrage and Regulation in New York”, “Power and People”, “Deregulation Has Not Lowered US Industrial Electricity Prices” , and "Electrical Blackouts: A Systemic Problem." He has co-authored with Lester Lave op-ed pieces for the New York Times and the Washington Post. A former NASA Astronaut, he flew four missions aboard the U.S. Space Shuttles Atlantis and Endeavour. He received the NASA Distinguished Service Medal in 1997and the Metcalf Lifetime Achievement Award for significant contributions to engineering in 2002.

David Dzombak is the Walter J. Blenko, Sr. Professor of Environmental Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon. The emphasis of his research and teaching is on water quality engineering and environmental remediation. At Carnegie Mellon he is Associate Dean for Graduate and Faculty Affairs for the College of Engineering, and Faculty Director of the Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research. Dr. Dzombak is an Associate Editor of Environmental Science & Technology (2005-present), a leading journal in environmental science and engineering that is published by the American Chemical Society. He has also served as an Associate Editor for Water Environment Research (1993-1998), published by the Water Environment Federation, and Ground Water (1991-1993), which is published by the National Ground Water Association.

Hyung Kim is professor and head of the Chemistry department. His research centers on theoretical understanding of condensed-phase chemical processes, or the chemistry and physics of free energetics, dynamics and related spectroscopy.

David Yaron teaches chemistry and leads the Yaron Research Group. Research focuses on the theoretical description of the photophysics of conjugated polymers and other organic semiconductors, to better understand the electronic structure theory of large systems.