BNL Associate Lab Director Gerald Stokes Will Head State Energy Policy Institute

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Gerald Stokes

New York Governor David Paterson has announced that the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center headquartered at Stony Brook University (SBU) will lead the newly created New York Energy Policy Institute (NYEPI). The new institute will assist state government agencies and officials with critical energy decisions.

Brookhaven’s Associate Laboratory Director for Global and Regional Solutions Gerald Stokes will serve as president of the NYEPI. Before joining the staff at Brookhaven, Stokes was CEO of Battelle-Japan in Tokyo. Earlier, he served as director of the Joint Global Climate Change Institute, located at the University of Maryland. Guodong Sun, a professor in Stony Brook’s Department of Technology and Society, was named executive director of the institute, which will be led by three core organizations: SBU, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Syracuse University, assisted by 15 partner institutions including Brookhaven Lab.

“Our entire team is pleased and honored to be selected to establish this new institute in the service of the State of New York,” said Stokes, who also teaches at SBU. “This is a challenging time for the State and as it seeks to frame its strategy and select policies that will create a 21st century energy system that will sustain and enhance its economic, social and environmental well being. Guodong Sun and I are looking forward to working with our talented colleagues around the state in support of NYSERDA and the rest of the state’s leadership in achieving the vision for energy that Governor Patterson has laid out for the future.”

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