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UW Professor Takes on National Energy Leadership Role
July 27, 2009 — A University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources associate director has taken on a leadership role in a national organization that promotes energy research, education and communication.
KJ Reddy, the SER's associate director for academics, recently was elected secretary/treasurer for the Council of Energy Research & Education Leaders (CEREL).
"Energy and the environment are becoming more critical issues in society, and university leaders in the United States felt a need to bring together energy education and research leaders together to provide a national focus on these issues," says Reddy. "The CEREL organizers said they recognized that the School of Energy Resources was two steps ahead in university energy research and education and asked UW to be engaged in their efforts to support advances in energy fields."
He says his executive position with CEREL will allow UW to continue and expand its interactions not only with other universities but with federal agencies such as the Department of Energy and National Science Foundation, nonprofit organizations such as the Electric Power Research Institute and private energy firms.
Last month, CEREL invited Reddy to an energy meeting in Washington, D.C., where he presented information about UW's new Energy Resource Science degree program, and discussed UW partnerships with the energy industry, such as a clean coal project to sequester flue gas carbon dioxide at the Jim Bridger Power Plant in Sweetwater County.
"Professor Reddy's election provides an opportunity to showcase UW's emerging leadership role in conducting interdisciplinary research on energy-related topics," says Mark Northam, SER director at UW.
Reddy is widely known for his work on processes to store carbon dioxide in industrial solid wastes, geochemistry of coalbed natural gas produced water, and for his work on arsenic removal from water. He teaches courses that emphasize water, air quality, climate change associated with land uses including energy, agriculture and solid waste disposal.
Posted on Monday, July 27, 2009