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Robert Fri
Visiting Fellow

2001-present: Visiting Scholar, Resources for the Future

1996-2001: Director, National Museum of Natural History

1985-1995: President and Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future

1978 – 1985: President, Energy Transition Company

1975 – 1977: Deputy Administrator, U.S. Energy Research and Development Administration

1971 – 1973: Deputy Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

1963 – 1971, 1973-1975: Associate and Principal, McKinsey & Co., Inc

2007 – present: Electric Power Research Institute, Advisory Council

2003 – 2007: Electric Power Research Institute, Board of Directors (vice-chair 2006-2007)

2001 - present: Board on Energy and Environmental Systems, National Research Council (vice chair 2002 – present)

1995 – 2008: American Electric Power Company, Board of Directors

1995 – 2001 University of Chicago Board of Governors for Argonne National Laboratory

1994 – present: National Petroleum Council

1989 – present: Society for Science and the Public, Board of Trustees, Vice Chair

1991 – 1992: President’s Commission on Environmental Quality

1990 – 1995: Secretary of Energy Advisory Board

2008: National Academies Summit on America’s Energy Future (chair, planning committee); report in review

2007 – present: National Research Council Committee on America’s Energy Future (member)

2006 – 2007: National Research Council Committee on the Department of Energy Nuclear Energy R&D Program (chair); report published as Review of DOE’s Nuclear Energy Research and Development Program, National Academy Press 2008

2003 – 2005: National Research Council, Committee on Prospective Benefits of DOE’s Energy Efficiency and Fossil Energy R&D Programs (chair); report published as Prospective Evaluation of Applied Energy Research and Development At DOE (Phase One): A First Look
Forward, National Academy Press 2005

2000 – 2001: National Research Council, Committee on Benefits of Department of Energy R&D (chair); report published as Energy Research at DOE: Was It Worth It?, National Academy Press 2001

1998 – 1999: National Research Council, Committee on Science, Technology, and Health Aspects of the Foreign Policy Agenda of the United States (member); report published as The Pervasive Role of Science, Technology, and Health in Foreign Policy: Imperatives for the State Department, National Academy Press, 1999

1997 – 1998: National Academy of Sciences Joint Study of U.S.-Chinese Energy Futures (member); report published as Cooperation in the Energy Futures of China and the United States, National Academy Press 2000

1993 – 1995: National Research Council, Committee on the Yucca Mountain Standard (chair); report published as Technical Bases for Yucca Mountain Standards, National Academy Press 1995

1991 – 1993: Secretary of Energy Advisory Board Task Force on Radioactive Waste Management (member); report published as Earning Public Trust and Confidence: Requisites for Managing Radioactive Wastes, U. S. Department of Energy, November 1993

1991 – 1992: Carnegie Commission on Science, Technology, and Government, Task Force on the Organization of Federal Environmental Research and Development Programs (co-chair); report published as Environmental Research and Development: Strengthening The Federal Infrastructure, Carnegie Commission on Science and Technology 1992

1990: Carnegie Commission on Science, Technology and Government, task force on Energy, Economy, and Environment; report published as E3: Organizing for Environment, Energy, and the Economy in the Executive Branch of the U.S. Government, Carnegie Commission
on Science, Technology, and Government 1990

Featured Publications
From Energy Wish Lists to Technological Realities
Fri, Robert
Issues In Science and Technology | Fall 2006 | Vol. 23
Where Do We Go From Here? Four RFF Experts Share Their Views on Life Post-Kyoto
John W. Anderson, Robert Fri, Raymond J. Kopp, William A. Pizer
Resources | Spring 2005 (157)
Using Science Soundly: The Yucca Mountain Standard
Robert W. Fri
The RFF Reader in Environmental and Resource Policy, 2nd Edition | Wallace Oates, ed. | RFF Press | 2006
Taking the Lead on Climate Change
Robert W. Fri
New Approaches on Energy and the Environment: Policy Advice for the President | Richard D. Morgenstern and Paul R. Portney, eds. | RFF Press | 2004 | Chapter 1
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