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For Immediate Release February 22, 1999
Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson has named Dr. Robert L. San Martin, a 20 year employee of the department, as the new Manager of the Chicago Operations Office. He is expected to be in this new assignment in mid-March 1999.
"Bob San Martin's broad background in managing various research and development programs within the department and the academic community is an excellent addition to the department's field operations," said Secretary Richardson. "I also want to express my appreciation to John Kennedy who has been serving as the Acting Manager, for his contributions and excellent work." Kennedy will return to his former position as the Group Manager, Technical and Administrative Services, at the Chicago Operations Office.
In his new position, San Martin will play an important role in managing facilities that conduct basic research and technology development spanning the broad range of the department's missions. The Chicago Operations Office is responsible for about $1.7 billion a year in Department of Energy research, development, and other programs carried out at two multi-program laboratories and five single purpose laboratories. The Chicago office is also responsible for a large share of the Office of Science's agreements with educational institutions for basic research and continues to be recognized for its experience and expertise in competitive procurements involving business and industry, as well as the educational community.
San Martin has been the director of Scientific Initiatives and chief scientist in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy since January 1995. In addition, he has concurrently served as the Executive Director of the Energy Resources Board since 1996. The Board, chaired by the Deputy Secretary, provides strategic direction for the Energy Resources mission.
In 1993 he served as the Acting Assistant Secretary for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. This office conducts research and development for buildings, industry, transportation, and utilities. During this period the office also administered Federal grant programs for low-income home weatherization and energy efficiency improvements in schools and hospitals, and coordinated the management of the department's Federal Power Marketing Administrations. From 1979 to 1993 he served the office in several Deputy Assistant Secretary positions and was responsible for programs in renewable energy, electric energy systems, field operations, and international collaborations.
A former Professor of Mechanical Engineering at New Mexico State University, San Martin served as Director of the New Mexico Solar Energy Institute, as well as the New Mexico Energy Institute. While at New Mexico State University, he was a consultant to White Sands Missile Range, Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory, Atlantic Richfield Corporation, and Systems Development Corporation among others. He attended the University of Florida where he earned Doctor of Philosophy, Master, and Bachelor degrees in Mechanical Engineering.