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Leadership

Mark Zoback, Director of the Natural Gas Initiative, is the Benjamin M. Page Professor in the Department of Geophysics in Stanford’s School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences. An acclaimed expert on reservoir geomechanics, Zoback is the author/co-author of more than 300 scientific papers and has advised industry and government leaders worldwide on shale gas development and environmental protection.

NGI Staff

Brad Ritts
Brad Ritts is the Managing Director of the Stanford Natural Gas Initiative. Ritts is an expert on oil and gas exploration and the upstream petroleum industry. Prior to joining Stanford, he held a variety of technical and management positions with Chevron in California and Singapore and was on the faculty of Indiana and Utah State universities. Ritts earned a doctorate in geological and environmental sciences at Stanford.

Tisha Schuller
Tisha Schuller, who earned a bachelor's degree in Earth systems from Stanford, is Strategic Advisor to the Stanford Natural Gas Initiative. Schuller was president of the Colorado Oil & Gas Association when that state's energy companies and the Environmental Defense Fund worked with state regulators to enact the first rules in the United States to reduce methane emissions and volatile gases.

Claudia Baroni
Claudia Baroni is NGI's Program Manager. Claudia has a degree in Communications and more than 10 years of administrative experience at Stanford. She is also the Program Manager for the Stanford Center for Induced and Triggered Seismicity.

Initial Faculty and Research Staff

Jeffrey Ball
Scholar-in-Residence
Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance

Sally Benson
Director, Precourt Institute for Energy
Director, Global Climate and Energy Project
Professor of Energy Resources Engineering

Adam Brandt
Assistant Professor, Energy Resources Engineering
Center Fellow, Precourt Institute for Energy

Ken Caldeira
Professor (by courtesy), Environmental Earth System Science
Department of Global Ecology, Carnegie Institution of Washington

Matteo Cargnello
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Stanford University
Terman Faculty Fellow
SUNCAT Center for Interface Science and Catalysis

Jeremy Carl
Hoover Research Fellow, Hoover Institution
PhD Student, Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources

William Chueh
Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
Center Fellow, Precourt Institute for Energy

Eric Dunham
Assistant Professor, Geophysics
Affiliated Faculty Member, Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering

Louis Durlofsky
Professor, Energy Resources Engineering

Chris Edwards
Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Senior Fellow, Precourt Institute for Energy

Margot Gerritsen
Associate Professor, Energy Resources Engineering
Associate Professor (by courtesy), Mechanical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Director, Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering

Larry Goulder
Professor, Environment and Resource Economics
Senior Fellow, Precourt Institute for Energy
Senior Fellow, Institute for Economic Policy Research

Stephan Graham
Professor, Geological and Environmental Sciences
Professor (by courtesy), Geophysics, Energy Resources Engineering

Dian Grueneich
Senior Research Scholar, Precourt Energy Efficiency Center
Shultz-Stephenson Task Force

Stefan Heck
Consulting Professor, Precourt Institute for Energy

Leo Hollberg
Professor (Research), Physics

Roland Horne
Professor, Energy Resources Engineering
Senior Fellow, Precourt Institute for Energy

Hillard Huntington
Senior Research Engineer, Management Science and Engineering

Gianluca Iaccarino
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Robert Jackson
Professor, Environmental Earth System Science
Senior Fellow, Precourt Institute for Energy
Senior Fellow, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Tom Jaramillo
Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering

Tony Kovscek
Professor, Energy Resources Engineering

Arun Majumdar
Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Professor (by courtesy), Materials Science and Engineering
Senior Fellow, Precourt Institute for Energy

Pamela Matson
Chester Naramore Dean, School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences
Richard and Rhoda Goldman Professor of Environmental Studies

Gary Mavko
Professor (Research), Geophysics

Anna Michalak
Associate Professor (by courtesy), Environmental Earth System Science
Department of Global Ecology, Carnegie Institution of Washington

Jens Norskov
Professor, Chemical Engineering
Professor, Photon Science Directorate
Senior Fellow, Precourt Institute for Energy
Affiliate, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Friedrich Prinz
Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
Senior Fellow, Precourt Institute for Energy
Affiliate, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Dan Reicher
Professor of the Practice, Law School
Steyer Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance
Graduate School of Business

Eric Shaqfeh
Professor, Chemical Engineering
Professor, Mechanical Engineering

The Hon. George Shultz
Distinguished Fellow, Hoover Institution
Shultz-Stephenson Task Force

Tom Stephenson
Hoover Institution
Shultz-Stephenson Task Force

Hamdi Tchelepi
Professor, Energy Resources Engineering

Tiziana Vanorio
Assistant Professor, Geophysics

Michael Wara
Associate Professor, Law School

John Weyant
Professor (Research), Management Science and Engineering
Senior Fellow, Precourt Institute for Energy
Deputy Director, Precourt Energy Efficiency Center

Jennifer Wilcox
Assistant Professor, Energy Resources Engineering

Frank Wolak
Professor, Commodity Price Studies
Professor (by courtesy), Law School
Senior Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
Senior Fellow, Precourt Institute for Energy
Senior Fellow, Institute for Economic Policy Research
Program on Energy and Sustainable Development

Xiaoling Zheng
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering