August 29, 2006
Indiana governor, Ford VP join national leaders at energy summitWEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. Indiana's governor and Ford Motor Co.'s vice president of environment and safety engineering joined other national leaders as part of an energy summit convened by U.S. Sen. Richard G. Lugar and Purdue University to discuss national energy issues.
Gov. Mitch Daniels' remarks opened the Richard G. Lugar-Purdue Summit on Energy Security on Aug. 29. Ford Vice President Sue Cischke spoke as part of a panel discussion on "Implementing Strategies to Reduce Foreign Oil Dependence."
Other panelists were: Carol Battershell, vice president for alternative energy for BP Inc., and Amy Myers Jaffe, Wallace S. Wilson Fellow in Energy Studies at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy of Rice University. Brian Lamb, president and CEO of C-SPAN, served as the panel moderator.
Lugar and Purdue President Martin C. Jischke had major speaking roles at the summit, and U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Ind., the ranking Democrat on the House Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee, was the luncheon speaker.
"The interest from government, industry and academic leaders in the energy summit is a clear indication that America is ready to develop a strategic plan to move toward alternative energies," said Lugar, R-Ind., who is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. "This summit will help lay the groundwork for future public and private polices and address the national security issues with regard to energy dependence on foreign oil."
Jischke, who was recently named to the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, said energy is a principal area of research at Purdue.
"Researchers at Purdue are leaders in the development of alternative fuels," Jischke said. "There is an interdisciplinary approach at Purdue to work in the field of energy research, including biofuels and clean-coal technology, as well as other alternative energy sources, including nuclear, hydrogen, wind and solar. Energy policy also is a strong area of study at Purdue."
Before becoming governor, Daniels was president of Eli Lilly and Co.'s North American Operations and CEO of the Hudson Institute, a public-policy think-tank now based in Washington, D.C. He has a law degree from Georgetown University and completed his bachelor's degree at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
She earned a bachelor's degree in engineering from Oakland University in Rochester, Mich., and holds master's degrees in mechanical engineering and management from the University of Michigan-Dearborn.
Battershell serves as vice president in BP's new alternative energy division, which includes businesses such as solar, wind, hydrogen power and clean natural gas. Previously as director of alternative fuels, Battershell was responsible for the company's hydrogen and fuel cells division. In her 20 years in the oil and gas industry, she also has been involved in retail fuels marketing, strategy and financial roles in business-to-business fuels marketing, as well as corporate direction in environmental policy. She earned a bachelor's degree in engineering from Purdue where she specialized in environmental engineering and a master's degree from Case Western Reserve University.
The energy summit program chair was Wallace Tyner, Purdue professor of agricultural economics. Tyner does research in energy economics, and his past work has encompassed oil, natural gas, coal, oil shale, biomass, ethanol from agricultural sources and solar energy. Tyner also has worked on agricultural trade and policy issues with developing countries in the Middle East and North and West Africa. He has extensive overseas experience in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Central and Eastern Europe, India, and Morocco.
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