Dr. Keairns has over 40 years experience in industry, consulting, teaching and service through professional society initiatives. The last ten years have focused on energy systems analysis and planning activities to guide technology research and development needs for the Nation’s energy future, supporting energy research programs, management responsibility for strategic energy projects, and supporting the development of technology roadmaps for future energy systems. This work was carried out through a support contract to the Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory and commercial projects. Prior to this, he had 32 years experience with Westinghouse as a senior executive leading the development and commercialization of technology to meet emerging energy and environmental needs.
Responsibilities included corporate technical and financial responsibility for energy and environmental research and development, responsibility for business planning, and management of a commercial business. Dr. Keairns has over 200 publications reporting on research, commercial development and systems analysis. Accomplishments were realized through multidisciplinary project teams and effective relations with private, university and government customers in the U.S. and the international community. Dr. Keairns served as the 2008 President of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers – the centennial year of AIChE. He chairs the AIChE Center for Energy Initiatives, serves on the Board of the American Association of Engineering Societies and serves as chair for a cooperative professional engineering society initiative on technologies for carbon management. Dr. Keairns has served the larger engineering community through his initiatives to engage multi-disciplines to address technical and societal challenges for the past 35 years. Dr. Keairns is a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE).
PhD, Chemical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, 1967
M.S., Chemical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, 1964
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK, 1962