Operating Committee

Chris Gould is Associate Dean for Administration in the College of  Physical and Mathematical Sciences at North Carolina State University. He is an Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor of Physics and previously served for a decade as Head of the Department of Physics at NCSU. He is a nuclear physicist by training, with interests in cosmology, nuclear energy, science education, and neutron and neutrino physics. He has a PhD degree from the University of Pennsylvania (1969) and a bachelor’s degree from Imperial College, London (1965). He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, and a member of the American Association of Physics Teachers and of Sigma Xi. He has held visiting appointments at Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Institut fur Kernphysik, Frankfurt, the Atomic Energy Institute, Beijing, the University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, and at the Oak Ridge Centerfor Advanced Studies.

Thomas J. Meyer rejoined the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as Arey Professor of Chemistry on July 1, 2005. From 1994 to 1999, he was Vice Chancellor for Graduate Studies and Research and Kenan Professor of Chemistry at UNC. In 2000, he was named Associate Director for Strategic Research at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. At Los Alamos, Meyer was responsible for the oversight and management of a large part of the R&D portfolio including research in support of the Laboratory’s nuclear weapons, threat reduction, and energy and environment missions. He is a member of the American Chemical Society and American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is on the Board of Editors of Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology, Analytical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, and Structure and Bonding. He was coeditor (with Professor Jon McCleverty) of Comprehensive Coordination Chemistry II, Elsevier, 2004. Meyer is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has won many awards for his research in chemistry including the ACS Inorganic Chemistry Award, and ACS Award for Distinguished Service to Inorganic Chemistry. He was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine for service to the State of North Carolina. He received his bachelor’s and doctorate in chemistry from Ohio University (1963) and Stanford University (1966), respectively. He has published over 570 papers, holds three patents, and has been one of the most highly cited chemists in the world.

James (Jim) Trainham, PhD, Distinguished Fellow (appointed August 2010) in chemical engineering, is vice president of strategic energy initiatives at RTI. He also holds a joint appointment at NC State University. Dr. Trainham’s focus is on the development of solar fuels as part of a new solar fuels institute in the Research Triangle Park. He is known nationally and internationally as an expert in technology commercialization. He specializes in both product and process technologies, including alternative energy, specialty chemicals, coatings, polymers, and synthetic fibers. Before RTI, Trainham directed research and development, engineering design, and scale-up for Sundrop Fuels, Inc., as senior vice president. He served as vice president of Science and Technology at PPG Industries for 4 years and had a 25-year career at the DuPont Company. Trainham was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1997. In 2008, he was selected as “one of the 100 chemical engineers of the modern era” by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Trainham currently serves on a number of university advisory boards, including the College of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley.

Lincoln Pratson has headed up the Nicholas School Energy & Environment Program since its inception in spring 2004. His expertise is in sediment transport and strata formation, particularly along the submerged margins of continents. His research has bearing on the locations, sizes and quality of both modern and ancient marine oil and gas reservoirs, as well as submarine geohazards that can threaten current offshore energy infrastructure. He has consulted for major oil companies and helped co-found an energy service company that provides state-of-the-art gravity data used to explore for oil and gas reserves hidden beneath salt structures. He has degrees in geology (BS, Trinity University, 1983; MPh and PhD, Columbia University, 1992 and 1993, respectively) and in oceanography (MS, University of Rhode Island-Narrangansett, 1987).  As well as overseeing the E&E Program and serving as an advisor for its current slate of students, Dr. Pratson teaches two of the program’s core energy courses to both undergraduate and graduate students: Energy & Environment, and World Trade in Energy Resources. Dr. Pratson is now focusing his future research on energy resources and the impact of their use on the environment.