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Clean Diesel Speaker Bios

May 3, 2006

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Carolyn Fischer

Fellow, Resources for the Future 

Carolyn Fischer's research focuses on policy mechanisms and modeling tools that cut across environmental issues, including environmental policy design and technological change, international trade and environmental policies, and resource economics. In the areas of climate change and energy policy, she has investigated the implications of different designs for emissions trading programs, particularly with respect to allocation schemes, and has conducted research on Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards, renewable portfolio standards, and energy efficiency programs. In the area of natural resources management, her research addresses issues of wildlife conservation, invasive species, and biotechnology, with particular emphasis on the opportunities and challenges posed by international trade.

With RFF since 1997, Fischer also has taught at Johns Hopkins University and was a staff economist at the Council of Economic Advisers. She holds a bachelor's degree in international relations and economics and a Ph.D. in economics, both from University of Michigan.

David Friedman

Research Director, Clean Vehicles Program, Union of Concerned Scientists

David Friedman is the author or co-author of more than 30 technical papers and reports in the areas of advancements in conventional, fuel cell, and hybrid electric vehicles, with an emphasis on clean and efficient technologies. He is currently a member of the Committee for the National Tire Efficiency Study of the the National Academies Transportation Research Board. Before joining UCS in 2001, Friedman worked for the University of California-Davis in the Fuel Cell Vehicle Modeling Program, developing simulation tools to evaluate fuel cell technology for automotive applications. At UC-Davis, he also worked on the FutureCar team to build a hybrid electric family car that doubled its fuel economy. He previously worked at Arthur D. Little researching fuel cell, battery electric, and hybrid electric vehicle technologies, as well as photovoltaics.

He holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and is currently finishing his doctoral dissertation on transportation technology and policy at UC-Davis. For his dissertation, Friedman conducted a systems-based analysis on maximizing the fuel economy of fuel cell vehicles, through simulating and optimizing the interaction of fuel cell stack and subsystem components.

David Geanacopoulos

Director of Industry,  Government Relations, Volkswagen of America, Inc.

David Geanacopoulos joined Volkswagen of America in 2003. He is responsible for the company's government relations activities throughout North America, including regulatory policy, legislation, and public affairs. He also oversees special projects and strategic alliances in the areas of advanced automotive technology and alternative fuels and other corporate initiatives driven by public policy.

Prior to joining Volkswagen of America, Geanacopoulos was a partner in the firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP, in Washington, DC, specializing in lobbying on automotive, international trade, and foreign relations matters before Congress and the executive branch. 

Geanacopoulos holds a bachelor's degree in psychology and social relations from Harvard University. He received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1983.

Andrew P. Morriss

Professor and Director, Center for Business Law and Regulation

Case Western Reserve University School of Law 

Andrew Morriss is Galen J. Roush Professor of Business Law and Regulation and Director of the Center for Business Law and Regulation at Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio. He is also a research fellow of the New York University Center for Labor and Employment Law; a senior fellow at the Property and Environment Research Center, Bozeman, Montana; a senior scholar at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia; and a regular visiting professor at Universidad Francisco Marroquín, in Guatemala.           

He received his bachelor's degree from Princeton University, his J.D. and a master's degree in public affairs from The University of Texas at Austin, and his Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the author or coauthor of more than forty book chapters and scholarly articles.

Allen Schaeffer

Executive Director, Diesel Technology Forum                     

Since May 2000, Allen Schaeffer has served as Executive Director of the Diesel Technology Forum, the nation?s leading advocate for diesel power. In this capacity, he has testified before EPA and state governments as well as the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee, and has been quoted in numerous publications.

Prior to joining the Forum, Schaeffer spent 13 years as vice president of Environmental Policy with the American Trucking Associations (ATA), where he was responsible for the legislative and regulatory aspects of environmental and highway policy and served as an adviser to the litigation center and trucking research foundation. He was principal environmental adviser to 50 state trucking associations. He was the principal architect and spokesperson for the ?On the Road to Clean Air? campaign, a joint effort by ATA and the Engine Manufacturers Association to reach out to the trucking industry and key decisionmakers about the role of diesel engines in air quality and the steps truckers can take to reduce pollution.

Schaeffer holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland and a Master of Environmental Health Sciences from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health.