Dianne D. Anderson, who has held numerous executive and managerial positions at BP since 1983, has been named the first executive director of the Great Lakes Institute for Energy Innovation at Case Western Reserve University.
The vision of the Great Lakes Institute for Energy Innovation is to enable the transition to advanced, sustainable energy generation, storage, distribution and utilization through coordinated research, development and education. The distinctive feature of the institute will be its ability to translate results from Case Western Reserve's research in renewable power, energy storage and efficiency to the next generation of energy technologies.
As executive director of the institute, Anderson – whose last position at BP was as president of the company's West Coast Fuels Marketing division – will provide national and international leadership in the formation of strategic partnerships and alliances with industry, government and other academic institutions.
‘Case Western Reserve clearly has the expertise in, for example, fuel cell and electrochemical research, wind energy technology and sensor technology,’ says Anderson. ‘Part of our task with the institute is to make sure these and other research areas are included in solution that industry desires. We want to be an institute that is delivering.’
Anderson has a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from West Virginia University. She also has completed senior executive development programs at Harvard, Cambridge and Northwestern universities and was a guest faculty member within the Stanford University Program on customer focused innovation.
SOURCE: Great Lakes Institute for Energy Innovation