Bob Ballard came to the University of Wyoming with over 35 years of electrical power development, engineering and construction experience with nearly 20 years in nuclear power and 15 years in international fossil and renewable power project development. He has successfully completed power and energy projects throughout the US and in Poland, Turkey, Italy, Egypt, Tunisia, Oman and India.
After receiving his BS in Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech, Bob entered the Army where he tested weapons and weapon systems at the Army's Test and Evaluation Command. As a young 1st Lieutenant he was responsible for testing small arms, aircraft weapons and the weapons on the Army's first armored air cushion vehicles. He joined Westinghouse Nuclear Energy Systems and throughout the ‘70s worked in Quality Engineering, Nuclear Safety & Licensing and NSSS Projects. While working at Westinghouse, Bob completed an MBA attending night school at the Katz Graduate School of Business Administration of the University of Pittsburgh.
In early 1979, he was recruited to join Gibbs & Hill, a noted nuclear and fossil architect-engineer in NYC. He joined the firm as a Senior Project Engineer and rose to Director of Power Projects by his departure in 1988. His largest project was as design Project Manager for a two unit 2300 MWe nuclear power plant, Comanche Peak near Fort Worth, TX.
Since 1990 Bob has worked for various Architect-Engineers (Nuclear Energy Services, Kuljian Corp., & Parsons Brinckerhoff); OEM/Contractors (Alstom Power & Conti Corp.); and Power Project Developers (Community Energy Alternatives, Alternity Wind Power and NRG Energy) always in the forefront of international power project development and construction. His experience spans nuclear, coal, natural gas, biomass, gasification, oil, hydro, solar and wind projects.
Bob is currently working for the University of Wyoming as Project Director of the High Plains Gasification - Advanced Technology Center, a sub-Bituminous coal gasification research facility, in conjunction with GE Energy. The Joint Development & Implementation Agreement was signed in October 2008, and the facility will be commissioned in late 2012 or early 2013. He lives with his wife in Chester, NJ, and commutes to and from Laramie as required to complete this important project for the University and the State of Wyoming.