Clean Technology 2009
Robert Hebner

Robert Hebner

Director, Center for Electromechanics
University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Hebner joined the University of Texas at Austin in 1999. He is the Director of the Center for Electromechanics. The Center focuses on the production, conversion, and storage of power and energy.

Prior to joining UT, Dr. Hebner was the acting Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce. He also served as Deputy Director of NIST, the Chief Financial Officer of NIST, and the Director of NIST’s Electronics and Electrical Engineering Laboratory.

Dr. Hebner also worked in the Office of Management and Budget, where he helped prepare the technology portions of the Administration’s 1990 budget; at Sandia, where he worked in accelerator design; and at the Advanced Research Projects Agency of the Department of Defense, where he developed programs to stimulate technical advances in semiconductor manufacturing. He has served on a number of government review teams to assess the management of technical programs in other organizations. He was the principal investigator and the government’s key witness in a celebrated court case involving an alleged novel approach to the efficient generation of electricity.

Dr. Hebner has had extensive experience in international technology programs, particularly in the areas of modernization of the measurement systems needed to support global trade. He was responsible for the modernization and operation of the watthour meter calibration service that serves as the reference for all electricity metering in the United States.

Throughout his career, Dr. Hebner has been active in technical activities having received a Ph.D. in physics and having authored or coauthored more than 115 technical papers and reports. He is a past president of the Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. In addition, he has served on numerous technical committees that develop voluntary standards for the electric utility industry.

Speaking in the symposium on Grid Technologies & Management

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