Eric Spiegel President and CEO
Dorothy Robyn Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Installations & Environment
U.S. Department of Defense
Kai Ryssdal Host
American Public Media's Marketplace
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Robert Atkinson is the founder and president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a Washington, DC-based technology policy think tank.
He is also author of the forthcoming book, The Global Race for Innovation Advantage, and Why the U.S. is Falling Behind (Yale, 2011), the book, The Past And Future Of America's Economy: Long Waves Of Innovation That Power Cycles Of Growth (Edward Elgar, 2005), and the State New Economy Index series.
He has an extensive background in technology policy, he has conducted ground-breaking research projects on technology and innovation, is a valued adviser to state and national policy makers, and a popular speaker on innovation policy nationally and internationally.
Dorothy Robyn became the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Installations and Environment in July 2009. In this position, she provides management and oversight of military installations worldwide and manages environmental, safety, and occupational health programs for the Department. The Department's installations cover some 28 million acres, with 539,000 buildings and structures valued at more than $800 billion. Her responsibilities include the development of installation capabilities, programs, and budgets; installation-energy programs and policy; base realignment and closure; privatization of military housing and utilities; and integration of environmental needs into the weapons acquisition process. She is also responsible for environmental management, safety and occupational health; environmental restoration at active and closing bases; conservation of natural and cultural resources; pollution prevention; environmental research and technology; fire protection; and explosives safety. Dr. Robyn also serves as the Department's designated Senior Real Property Officer and the DoD representative to the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.
Before her appointment to the Department of Defense, Dr. Robyn was a principal with The Brattle Group, an economic consulting firm that specializes in competition and antitrust, energy and the environment. She focused principally on economic analysis of public policy issues related to the aviation and telecommunications sectors, including such issues as: proposed changes in the governance and financing of the U.S. air traffic control system; antitrust issues affecting international airline alliances; and mechanisms for FCC allocation of vacant radio spectrum. Prior to joining The Brattle Group in 2002, she was a Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution.
From 1993 to 2001, Dr. Robyn served as Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and a senior staff member of the White House National Economic Council. She managed interagency coordination on high-priority issues in aviation and transportation, aerospace and defense, science and technology, and competition policy. Most relevant to her current job, she oversaw the development and implementation of the Clinton Administration's Defense Reinvestment and Transition Initiative, which encompassed adjustment programs for workers and communities hurt by defense downsizing; a comprehensive strategy to accelerate reuse of closing military bases; and efforts such as housing privatization, defense acquisition reform and "dual-use" R&D that were designed to allow for greater DoD reliance on commercial markets.
Prior to joining the White House staff, Dr. Robyn was with the Joint Economic Committee of Congress and the congressional Office of Technology Assessment (OTA). From 1983-1987, she was an assistant professor at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, where she taught courses in public management, policy analysis and the business-government relationship.
She is co-author (with William Baumol) of Toward an Evolutionary Regime for Spectrum Governance: Licensing or Unrestricted Entry? (Brookings Press, 2006) and author of Braking the Special Interests: Trucking Deregulation and the Politics of Policy Reform (University of Chicago Press, 1987). Dr. Robyn has served as an associate editor for the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management (1991-93) and as book editor for Issues in Science and Technology (1986-89). She wrote the 1995 White House report, Second to None: Preserving America's Military Advantage through Dual-Use Technology and co-authored the 1988 OTA report, Commercializing High-Temperature Superconductivity. She has a B.A. from Southern Illinois University and a Ph.D. and M.P.P. in public policy from the University of California at Berkeley. She is a native of St. Louis, Missouri.
Kai Ryssdal took the reins as host of Marketplace in August 2005. He previously hosted the Marketplace Morning Report for more than four years.
Before joining Marketplace, Kai was a reporter and substitute host for The California Report, a news and information program distributed to public radio stations throughout California by KQED-FM in San Francisco.
His radio work has won first place awards from the Radio and Television News Directors Association and the national Public Radio News Directors Association.
After graduating from Emory University in Atlanta, Kai spent eight years in the United States Navy, first flying from the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt, and then as a Pentagon staff officer. Before his career in public radio, Kai was a member of the United States Foreign Service and served in Ottawa, Canada, and Beijing, China.
Kai is married and the father of four. He also enjoys running, a fact featured in a Runner's World magazine article.
Eric Spiegel joined Siemens in January, 2010, as President and Chief Executive Officer of Siemens Corporation and CEO of the U.S. Region. As CEO of the global engineering and technology company's largest single market, Mr. Spiegel, 53, is responsible for growing the U.S. business in the Industry, Energy and Healthcare sectors. Siemens had $25 billion in U.S. sales in FY 2010 and exported ~$2 billion in products from the U.S. With more than 60,000 American employees and nearly 100 manufacturing locations, Siemens is represented in all 50 states.
Mr. Spiegel brings to Siemens twenty-five years of global consulting experience with complex organizations in the energy, power, chemical, water, industrial and automotive fields. Prior to joining Siemens, Mr. Spiegel was at Booz Allen Hamilton from 1986-2008. From 2008-2010, Mr. Spiegel was a senior partner and served as the Managing Partner of Booz & Company's Global Energy, Chemicals and Power consulting practice and led the firmâ€™s Washington D.C. office.
From 1999-2003, he served as the Managing Director of Booz Allen Hamilton International while living in Tokyo. This role included managing the firm's business in Asia, South America and the Middle East. He was an original member of the Board of Directors for Booz & Company and was previously a member of the Board of Directors for Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc. Earlier in his career, Mr. Spiegel worked at Brown Boveri (now ABB) and Temple, Barker & Sloane, Inc. (now Oliver Wyman).
An expert on the global energy industry, Mr. Spiegel co-authored the 2009 book Energy Shift: Game-changing Options for Fueling the Future, which has been translated into Arabic, Spanish, Korean and Japanese.
Mr. Spiegel holds an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College where he was an Edward Tuck Scholar and received his A.B. with Honors in Economics from Harvard University. He is a member of the Executive Committee of Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C. and The Board of Overseers at Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business. He is also a member of the Business Roundtable, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Electrification Coalition.
Dorothy Robyn, Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Installations and Environment, discusses how the Department of Defense can advance green technology. "We are uniquely positioned to play a role as a test bed for next generation energy technology," says Robyn. "If we try ten new technologies and five of them fail, the other five we can deploy at hundreds of places and make a lot of money."
Monthly journal of literature and opinion, one of the oldest and most respected of U.S. reviews. Published in Boston, it was founded in 1857 by Moses Dresser Phillips. It soon became noted for the quality of its fiction and general articles, contributed by distinguished editors and authors such as James Russell Lowell, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry W. Longfellow, and Oliver Wendell Holmes. In the early 1920s it expanded its scope to political affairs, featuring articles by figures such as Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and Booker T. Washington. In the 1970s increasing costs nearly shut down the magazine; it was purchased in 1980 by Mortimer B. Zuckerman and was sold to the National Journal Group in 1999.