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New EIA Administrator announced

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Dr. Linda Capuano began service yesterday as Administrator of the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). As EIA's ninth administrator, Capuano is responsible for directing the nation's primary energy statistical and analytical agency.

"I am grateful to the President and to Secretary Perry for their confidence in trusting me with this important assignment," said Capuano. "There are important challenges facing the US Energy Information Administration in the current dynamic energy environment, and I look forward to leading this distinguished organisation to set and achieve goals."

Prior to her appointment as EIA Administrator, Capuano was the fellow in energy technology at the Baker Institute Centre for Energy Studies. She was also on the faculty of Rice University's Jones Graduate School of Business, where she taught operations strategy for the executive MBA programme. Her research interests in the energy-water-food nexus focused on accelerating the treatment and use of non-fresh water sources.

Capuano's career has centred on commercialising technology innovation through a network of contacts and experience in high-tech companies, where she has guided new technologies from design to successful commercialisation. She previously served as an Officer and company Vice President of Technology at Marathon Oil Corp.; Senior Vice President of Engineering Design at Solectron Flextronics; Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Advanced Energy Industries; Corporate Vice President of Technology Strategy at Honeywell; General Manager of wide body aircraft auxiliary product units at Honeywell AlliedSignal Aerospace; and Manager in computer memory product development at IBM. She co-founded and served as Chief Financial Officer of Conductus, a Silicon Valley start-up that commercialised ceramic superconductor technology discovered in the 1980s.

Capuano has served on the board of directors of Peak Reliability, which provides bulk electricity system oversight within the Western Electricity Coordinating Council's footprint; and the Board of Governors of California Independent System Operator. She is an associate member of the National Academy of Sciences, an elected lifetime position.

Capuano was awarded the Technical Excellence Award by the Society of Women Engineers and the IBM Outstanding Achievement Award, recognizing contributions to computer memory storage. She received her PhD in materials science and engineering and her MS in engineering management from Stanford University; an MS in chemistry and a BS in chemical engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder; and a BS in chemistry from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Capuano's complete biography can be found here.

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