Meet the Scientists

Bruce Bursten, Ph.D.

Bruce Bursten, Ph.D., is Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and Distinguished Professor of Chemistry. The author or co-author of more than 140 scientific papers, Bursten’s research in inorganic chemistry focuses on the correlation of theoretical and experimental electronic structural data with the bonding and reactivity patterns of metal-containing molecules. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Chicago and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Bursten is president of the American Chemical Society.


Raymond Lee Orbach, Ph.D.

Raymond Lee Orbach, Ph.D., was sworn as the U.S. Department of Energy’s first Under Secretary for Science on June 1, 2006. In this role, Dr. Orbach is an advisor on science policy and the scientific aspects of all that DOE does, from basic research, to nuclear energy, to the environmental clean-up of Cold War legacy sites, to defense programs. He is responsible for planning, coordinating, and overseeing the Energy Department’s research and development programs and its 17 national laboratories, as well as the department’s scientific and engineering education activities.


Christopher L. Weber, Ph.D.

Christopher L. Weber, Ph.D., is a research assistant professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. His doctoral research at Carnegie Mellon focused on the connections between international trade, economic growth, and the environmental and climate impacts of household consumption in the United States and China. His current research interests involve climate change and the use of life-cycle assessment and input-output analysis in business and government.


Dianne Wiley, Ph.D.

Dianne Wiley, Ph.D., is Senior Associate Dean in the Graduate Research School at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. She is a lead researcher for the Australian Cooperative Research Centre for Greenhouse Gas Technologies (CO2CRC). Dr. Wiley is an expert in the modeling of fluid dynamics in membrane modules and the design and optimization of reverse osmosis and ultra-filtration systems. She collaborates with Guy Allinson from the UNSW School of Petroleum Engineering on the integrated economic assessment of technologies for carbon capture and storage


Frank Zeman, Eng. Sc.D.

Frank Zeman, Eng. Sc.D., is a Post Doctoral Scholar in the Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering at Columbia University. He is working on Air Capture using sodium and calcium sorbents, reducing emissions from the cement industry, and sulfur disposal, among other topics. Dr. Zeman will be become the Director of the Center for Metropolitan Sustainability at the New York Institute of Technology beginning in September 2008.