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Technical Advisory Board

The Conn Center is supervised by a Technical Advisory Board. This 6-member Board ensures that the efforts of the Center remain congruent with the legislative mandate from the state, accomplish the goals set forth by the University, and are responsive to the current state-of-the-science for renewable energy research, environmental stewardship, and public energy policy. This Board meets formally twice a year to set the Center's short-term and long-term strategies, monitor progress toward established goals, and advise on specific issues.

Hank Conn

Mr. Henry "Hank" Conn

Hank Conn was the 2009 UofL Alumnus of the Year, is a senior executive advisor for corporations worldwide and guides chief executive officers and executive teams in leading their organizations through complex changes. He is the former vice president of the global management consulting firm A.T. Kearney, Inc. Hank received his bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering from the Speed School in 1964 and 1972, respectively, and his MBA from the UofL College of Business in 1969. Mr. Conn has held top executive positions at Allis-Chalmers Corp., Siemens-Allis Inc., and TRW Inc. He was the 2002 Alumni Fellow for the Speed School of Engineering, received a Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Speed School in 2006, and is a member of the Speed School's Industrial Board of Advisors. Mr. Conn co-wrote "Maximum Performance Management," a best-selling guide to innovative management and compensation practices. In 2009, Mr. Conn and his wife, Rebecca, pledged more than $20 million to the UofL Speed School of Engineering to support the center's work; the center is named in their honor.

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Techincal Advisory Board

Leonard Peters, PhD
Cabinet Secretary for the Energy and Environment Cabinet

Leonard Peters, PhD is the Cabinet Secretary for the Commonwealth of Kentucky's Energy and Environment Cabinet. Governor Steve Beshear's choice to oversee Kentucky's energy and environmental protection program is an internationally renowned chemical engineer with demonstrated leadership in research, academia, and management. Dr. Peters served for the past five years with Battelle Memorial Institute, a leading non-profit applied science and technology development company. During his tenure at Battelle, Dr. Peters was senior vice president and director of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, where he oversaw a staff of 4,200. Under his leadership, he realigned the laboratory's research priorities to meet the needs of its diverse customer base. Dr. Peters has held senior academic and administrative positions at leading universities, including Virginia Tech and the University of Kentucky. He holds a doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and is a prolific author and lecturer. Dr. Peters has been recognized for his achievements with honors ranging from the National Science Foundation Award to the Oak Ridge Associated Universities' Outstanding Leadership Award.

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