As Interim Director of the Energy Dynamics Laboratory, Dr. Lemon provides strategic guidance and leadership to the organization. Dr. Lemon also serves as a member of the USU Executive Committee and as the President of the Utah State University Research Foundation (USURF).
Prior to joining USURF, Dr. Lemon spent 30 years with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). As PNNL’s Director of Laboratory Strategy, Dr. Lemon was instrumental in developing an integrated institutional-level strategy for the organization. Earlier in his career at PNNL, he served as a scientist, program manager, group leader and division director for PNNL engineering organizations that develop leading-edge instrumentation for electro-optic and ultrasonic measurements, millimeter wave imaging, and other custom instrumentation.
As president and CEO of a small business, Dr. Lemon combined advanced science and technologies from PNNL with the capabilities of two existing companies to develop new image processing methods and advanced GPS guidance systems.
Dr. Lemon is also an active member of the Cache Valley community. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre and the American Festival Chorus and Orchestra.
B.S. Physics, Utah State University
Ph.D. Physics, Utah State University
Jeff Muhs serves as Strategy and Business Development Director for the Energy Dynamics Laboratory (EDL). In this role, Jeff is responsible for developing new R&D programs. Jeff also directs the Utah Energy Research Triangle for the Utah Office of Energy Development.
Jeff came to the USU system as a Utah Science Technology and Research (USTAR) strategic hire. Initially, he served as Executive Director to launch and grow the USU Biofuels Center. He later joined EDL and was Laboratory Director and Vice President of the Utah State University Research Foundation from 2010 - 2011.
Prior to joining USU, Mr. Muhs spent 18 years at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) where he was named “Engineer/Scientist of the Year” and “Science Communicator of the Year” in 1997 and 2004, respectively. Mr. Muhs is a Battelle Distinguished Inventor with over a dozen patents to his credit, three of which are now commercial products. Jeff received an R&D 100 Award in 2006. In addition to his work at ORNL, Jeff briefly served as Vice President of Research for Sunlight Direct, Inc., an ORNL spinout. He also served as an energy and science policy advisor in the U.S. Senate, where he drafted several provisions included in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and the America COMPETES Act. Jeff has testified before the U.S. Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Committee and is widely-known as a leader and champion of transformational energy systems.
Dr. Hill currently works in the Bingham Energy Research Center (BRC) in Vernal, Utah, where he serves as Associate Director for EDL’s Eastern Utah Operations. Dr. Hill also serves as the eastern region representative for Utah Science Technology and Research and the chairman for the process engineering focus area of Eastern Utah Secure Energy Partnership and Program. In these capacities, his primary responsibility is working with industrial companies, government agencies, and educational institutions to support development of the energy resources in the Uintah Basin in an environmentally and socially responsible manner.
Previously, Dr. Hill was instrumental in the development and growth of Combustion Resources, Inc. He currently serves as their vice president. Dr. Hill also worked as research associate in the Advanced Combustion Engineering Research Center (ACERC), which was established by the National Science Foundation (NSF) jointly at Brigham Young University and University of Utah. Dr. Hill also has significant experience in computer simulations of flow, combustion, gasification, and oil shale systems.
B.S. Chemical Engineering
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering
Dr. Kevin Shurtleff leads the Algae Energy Systems branch at EDL. Previously, he was Associate Director of USTAR's Eastern Utah Energy Group. He holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Marriott School of Management, and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Brigham Young University. Dr. Shurtleff is the founder and President of Mountain West Energy (MWE), which is developing in-situ vapor extraction for recovering oil from unconventional resources. Dr. Shurtleff was also the founder and President of Trulite Technology and Synexus Energy.
Dr. Shurtleff has been involved with alternative and unconventional energy projects for the past 10 years. Early in his career, Dr. Shurtleff worked as a senior scientist, a project manager, and a product manager at MOXTEK Inc., where he helped this start-up grow into a 40 employee company with $3M per year in revenue. Throughout his career, he has developed innovative, high-tech products and companies.
M.B.A., Marriot School of Management
Ph.D., Brigham Young University
Selma Sierra is the Director for Energy and Environmental Policy at EDL. In addition, Selma directs policy for the Eastern Utah Secure Energy Program and Partnerships (EUSEP2). Prior to joining EDL, Selma was State Director for the Bureau of Land Management in Utah. Recognized for her strong leadership, Selma led a 2009 General Management Evaluation of the Minerals and Realty Program (MRM) for the national BLM office, which strategically aligned program operations to BLM goals and objectives. Additionally, Selma developed a 3-tier organizational structure to enable Utah's BLM to achieve higher performance levels. Under her leadership, an employee scholarship program was established, mass transit subsidies were provided to employees, wellness and employee health were supported, and office space for employees with newborn babies was provided. Prior to Selma's appointment to State Director, she was the Chief of Staff in the national office of the BLM.
Selma has also served as Assistant Director for Communications for the BLM’s national office, Director of External Affairs and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Human Resources Management for the Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior, Deputy Chief of Staff and Chief Legislative Liaison to the Governor in New Mexico, and Director of Public Affairs for the City of Las Cruces. Selma is a native of New Mexico and a graduate of New Mexico State University.
B.A., Political Science B.A., Journalism
Dr. Michael Wojcik is currently the Branch Chief for Environmental Sensing and Science at EDL where his research interests are remote sensing of wind and aerosols as well as trace level detection of atmospheric gas species using molecular laser spectroscopy. Prior to working at EDL, Dr. Wojcik was a senior scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and worked to develop laser-based chemical sensors for CBRN non-proliferation applications; during this time he acted as a Visiting Scientist at US Army Dugway Proving Ground to provide expertise on chemical and biological warfare agent detection. Dr. Wojcik received a B.S. in Chemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from University of Idaho and was a post-doctoral fellow at JILA at the University of Colorado in Boulder, CO. Dr. Wojcik is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).
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