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Published June 05, 2023
John Litynski, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) former director of carbon transport and storage in the Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management, will join the University of Wyoming’s School of Energy Resources (SER) as a senior adviser.
Litynski, who has over 25 years of experience working on environmental compliance, carbon sequestration and technology development for the energy sector, will help guide SER-led carbon-management strategies, including developing objectives and implementation plans for research and demonstration programs.
“John is one of the most well-respected and distinguished experts in the field of carbon capture and storage,” says SER Executive Director Holly Krutka. “He is a brilliant leader with an extensive resume that complements the mission and values of SER, and his forward-thinking vision for innovative energy systems will be an incredible asset in the launch of new technologies and economic development opportunities in the state. We are thrilled to have him be a part of our team.”
Drawing on his prolific career and experience, Litynski will support SER leadership and help strengthen SER research programs -- especially the Center for Energy Regulation and Policy Analysis (CERPA) and the Center for Economic Geology Research (CEGR) -- as they advance toward commercial-scale carbon storage deployment and other energy technologies.
He will further assist in statewide support and external engagement for SER research projects and identify new opportunities for Wyoming.
“I am excited to join the incredible team at the UW SER,” Litynski says. “This is a historic time for Wyoming and the university to be leaders in shaping the economic and energy future of the state. I’ll dedicate my knowledge and experience to support SER’s ongoing efforts and help find new opportunities for research and energy infrastructure investments in Wyoming. It’s also great to call Wyoming home.”
During his time as director of carbon transport and storage, Litynski led DOE efforts to promote the development of carbon-management technologies at commercial scales while also managing a portfolio of applied research and development projects on geologic storage, CO2 utilization and pre-combustion capture.
Litynski previously served as the deputy director for research and development in the Office of Clean Coal and Carbon Management; program manager for carbon capture at DOE; technology manager for carbon sequestration at the National Energy Technology Laboratory; and a senior team leader on environmental compliance and assessment with the U.S Army.
He received his B.S. in civil engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and an M.S. in environmental engineering and science from Johns Hopkins University.