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Lynn Orr

Lynn
Orr

Professor in Petroleum Engineering, Emeritus, Stanford University

Dr. Franklin (Lynn) M. Orr served as the U.S. undersecretary for science and energy from December 2014 to January 2017. As the inaugural undersecretary, Dr. Orr was the principal advisor to the secretary and deputy secretary on clean energy technologies and science and energy research initiatives. He oversaw DOE’s offices of electricity delivery and energy reliability, energy efficiency and renewable energy, fossil energy, Indian energy policy and programs, nuclear energy, and science. Prior to joining the Department of Energy, Dr. Orr was the Keleen and Carlton Beal professor emeritus in the department of energy resources engineering at Stanford University. He served four years as the founding director of the Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford University.  He was the founding director of the Stanford Global Climate and Energy Project, and he served as dean of the School of Earth Sciences at Stanford.  He served as the head of the miscible flooding section at the New Mexico Petroleum Recovery Research Center, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology; as a research engineer at the Shell Development Company Bellaire Research Center, and as assistant to the director, office of federal activities, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He served as a member of the board of directors of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute and was a member of the board of trustees of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation for which he has also chaired the science advisory panel for the Packard Fellowships in Science and Engineering.  He served as a member of the 2008/09 National Research Council Committee on America’s Energy Future. Dr. Orr is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.