Non-Resident Fellows

Dr. Marc Kodack
CESP Non-Resident Fellow

Dr. Marc Kodack is Fellow at the Center for Energy Science and Policy. Before retiring from federal service in 2018 with over 31 years of experience, Marc served as the Water Program Manager in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Energy and Sustainability within the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment. As the Water Program Manager, he assisted with policy, advocacy, management oversight, technical direction and control of Army programs for their effect on installation and operational sustainability, climate adaptation, resource security (water and energy), and strategic research and development. He assessed emerging issues affecting the long-term resource sustainability of Army facilities and operations. He made recommendations to senior officials through presentations, briefings, and information papers. He also represented the Army in multiple forums. He also served as the net zero water lead. He represented the Army in Department of Defense forums and workgroups including those related to climate change and adaptation. He served as the Department of Defense representative to the Western States Federal Agency Support Team (WestFAST). WestFAST is a collaboration between 12 federal agencies with water management responsibilities in the western U.S. WestFAST supports the Western States Water Council and the Western Governors Association in coordinating federal efforts on water resources. Marc has a Ph.D. and masters, both in Anthropology, from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has master’s degrees in Government Information Leadership and National Security Strategy from the National Defense’s University’s College of Information and Cyberspace and the National War College, respectively. He has a master’s degree in Anthropology from Northern Arizona University. He has a bachelor’s in Anthropology from Queens College of the City University of New York.

Dr. Ronald Whitfield
CESP Non-Resident Fellow

Dr. Ronald Whitfield is an Executive Professor and founding director of the Business Sustainability Initiative at the D’Amore-McKim School of Business, Northeastern University. Ron is a seasoned economist and business consultant with expertise in techno-economics modeling and analysis, strategic planning, international trade, litigation support, and market/technology assessments. His experience spans the chemical and plastics, energy, and related industries. He has consulted to a wide variety of businesses, government agencies, trade associations, law firms, and investment companies. With over thirty years of experience, he has assisted clients by combining a strong background in economic methodologies with creative and practical business strategies to solve a diverse set of economic and environmental issues. Prior to joining the faculty at Northeastern, he had a successful consulting career at Charles River Associates and Data Resources, Inc (now part of S&P Global Inc.). He holds a PhD in Business and Applied Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA (with Honors) from Tulane University.

Dr. Francis C. Brown
CESP Non-Resident Fellow

Dr. Francis C. Brown has over 50 years of experience in staff positions and management consulting in the chemical, manufacturing, and process industries. His areas of specialization include project organization and management; technical feasibility studies dealing with market analysis, economics, safety, and environmental control; and process development and optimization. He also has extensive experience in chemical and extractive metallurgical process technology, and materials development, and in the use of computer-aided techniques for process design, evaluation, and synthesis. Dr. Brown’s experience in chemical and metallurgical processing includes process definition and cost studies for a variety of chemical and metallurgical processes; evaluation of markets for various chemicals, minerals and metals, and technologies for their production; technical and economic evaluation studies of the production of specialty materials and chemicals by conventional, biochemical, and electrochemical routes; and studies of the safety, environmental characteristics, and compliance costs of a variety of processes and plants.

Dr. Brown earned a Ph.D. in biochemical engineering at Tufts University and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate-level courses in chemical engineering, as well as continuing education courses and seminars. He has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Northeastern University and is a Registered Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

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