Fellows

Senior Fellows

William F. Hederman

Independent Senior Adviser
Deloitte and Touche, LLP

William Hederman is an independent senior advisor at Deloitte and Touche. He most recently served as senior advisor to U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, providing leadership on Department of Energy (DOE) missions to Ukraine, the Baltics, and Germany. In this position, he was also the chief architect for the analytic framework developed for DOE's groundbreaking Quadrennial Energy Review. 

Hederman began his professional career as a systems integration engineer at Bell Labs in the directorate that later developed the cell phone system. He served on the RAND Corporation's research team, worked as the Congressional Budget Office's first energy and science budget analyst, and led the establishment of: the policy analysis department at INGAA (pipeline association), the International Energy Agency's gas technology center, and the Washington office for RJ Rudden Associates (now Black & Veatch). Additionally, he was vice president for Business Development and Strategic Initiatives at Columbia Transmission Companies on the management team that brought Columbia out of bankruptcy. During the Enron and California crises, he joined the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and formed the Office of Market Oversight and Investigations, which has been credited with playing a major role in the restoration of confidence in electricity and natural gas regulatory oversight.

Hederman holds engineering degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Notre Dame, and a professional degree (M.P.P.) from the University of California at Berkeley.

Ken Kulak

Partner
Morgan Lewis

Ken Kulak is a partner at the law firm of Morgan Lewis, where he advises clients on energy regulation and complex energy transactions. Ken has worked on a wide variety of renewable energy projects and helps clients navigate the legal issues associated with the development, purchase, sale and financing of renewable energy in evolving regulatory frameworks. His clients include utilities, developers, investors, and corporate energy users whom he counsels on retail and wholesale electricity market issues, distributed generation, renewable portfolio standards, and energy efficiency. Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Ken worked as a trial attorney in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., where he represented the United States in contract and employment law cases. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he is currently a lecturer and teaches a seminar on energy law and climate change.

Kulak earned a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a B.S. from Carnegie Mellon University.

Anna Mikulska

Nonresident Scholar
Rice University

Anna Mikulska is a nonresident scholar in energy studies at the Baker Institute. She joined the institute's Center for Energy Studies following her two-year postdoctoral appointment at Rice University’s Local Elections in America Project. Anna's research interests center around European energy markets and energy policy. She has presented papers at numerous national and international conferences and co-authored articles in the European Journal of Political Research and the Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties, as well as a chapter in the “Introduction to American Government” textbook. She has served as a reviewer for numerous scholarly journals and was on the editorial board of the law review at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poland. She speaks Polish, English, German, Farsi, and Russian.

Mikulska earned a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Houston, a master's degree in international relations from the University of Windsor in Canada, and a law degree from Adam Mickiewicz University.

Scott Moore

Water Resource Specialist
World Bank Group

Scott Moore is a political scientist whose research focuses on environmental politics and policy reform, especially climate change, water resources, and ocean issues. Moore is currently a Young Professional with the World Bank Group’s Water Global Practice, where he helps lead institutional reform and capacity-building efforts with the Bank’s client countries. He co-authored a flagship World Bank report on water and climate change (High and Dry: Climate Change, Water, and the Economy) and is currently leading a high-level study on water governance reform requested by the Chinese government.  

Previously, Moore served as environment, science, technology, and health officer for China at the U.S. Department of State through a Council on Foreign Relations International affairs fellowship. In that capacity, he was responsible for developing and coordinating all aspects of U.S.-China environmental cooperation, and worked extensively on the Paris Agreement on climate change as well as ocean conservation and civil space cooperation. Before joining State, he was the Giorgio Ruffolo Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University, where he focused on water scarcity in China.  

Moore's research and commentary has appeared in a variety of leading scholarly journals and media outlets, including Nature, Foreign Affairs, and The New York Times. Scott holds master’s and doctoral degrees from Oxford University and an undergraduate degree from Princeton. He is a Truman, Fulbright, and Rhodes scholar.

Howard Neukrug

Principal
CASE Environmental, LLC

Howard Neukrug is a national expert and leader in drinking water, water resource and wastewater utility management, recognized as a builder of regional and inter-agency coalitions and trust-based relationships with regulators, legislators, environmental and consumer advocates, and communities.   He is currently the Principal of CASE Environmental LLC, a Senior Fellow at the US Water Alliance (USWA), an Advisor to the US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Forest Service, and an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania. where he teaches classes on “Water, Science and Politics”, “Sustainable Cities” and “Future Trends in the Water Industry”. 

Neukrug most recently retired as CEO of Philadelphia Water, a $1 Billion (USD) integrated drinking water, wastewater, stormwater and water resource public utility serving over 2 million persons in a city located between New York City and Washington, DC.  The defining initiative in his tenure as CEO is his Green Cities, Clean Waters program that places an unprecedented reliance on innovative green infrastructure to managing urban runoff. He is a Professional Engineer, Board Certified Environmental Engineer and an Honorary Diplomat of the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers. 

Neukrug earned a degree in Civil and Urban Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. 

Steve Viscelli

Lecturer
School of Arts and Sciences

Steve Viscelli is an economic and political sociologist. He is currently a lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, and a Robert and Penny Fox Family Pavilion Scholar. His research focuses on work, labor market economics, and economic regulation. He has a recent book with the University of California Press entitled The Big Rig: Trucking and the Decline of the American Dream. In addition to his academic research, he works with a range of public and private stakeholders to make the trucking industry safer, more efficient, and a better place to work. In particular, Viscelli has worked with public and private organizations to develop new ways to move freight through urban areas to increase fuel efficiency and reduce the negative impacts of truck traffic. Viscelli was a visiting assistant professor at Swarthmore College and a senior associate at the Center on Wisconsin Strategy. He was also a National Science Foundation post-doctoral fellow in economic sociology at the University of Wisconsin. 

Viscelli earned a Ph.D.in sociology from Indiana University, a M.A. in anthropology from Syracuse University, and a B.A. in philosophy from Colgate University.

 

 

Michael Levy

Associate Professor
Perelman School of Medicine

Michael Levy is an associate professor of epidemiology at the Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania. He founded the Zoonotic Disease Laboratory in the city of Arequipa, Peru, where he and his collaborators work at the interface of epidemiology, ecology and statistics to understand, and prevent, the transmission of infectious diseases in urban environments. At the Kleinman Center, Levy is concentrating on the wider social, political, and economic phenomena surrounding issues of insects, climate and health. He is particularly interested in feedbacks between climatic change, insects and deforestation, and how to incorporate the risk of deforestation into carbon budgeting. 

David Roberts

Energy and Climate Writer
Vox

David Roberts is an energy writer at Vox, where he covers climate change, clean energy, and politics. Prior to Vox, Roberts was an energy and climate writer at Grist. Known for his ability to interpret complex topics with candor and clarity, Roberts has explained everything from Shell’s zero emissions targets to why nuclear plants should remain open.

Roberts lives in Seattle with his wife, two boys, dog, and two cats. 

Faculty Fellows

Arthur van Benthem

Assistant Professor
Wharton

Arthur van Benthem specializes in environmental and energy economics. He is an assistant professor of business economics and public policy at Wharton. His recent work focuses on unintended consequences of environmental legislation and the economic efficiency of energy policies.


Before pursuing his doctoral studies at Stanford, he worked in various roles at Royal Dutch Shell, most recently in corporate strategy as an energy economist in the Long-Term Energy Scenarios Team. During his undergraduate studies, Arthur enjoyed working as an evening stock trader at IMC Trading in Amsterdam.

He received his Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University, a masters degree in management science and engineering from Stanford, and his undergraduate degree from the University of Amsterdam.

Nicholas Pevzner

Lecturer
PennDesign

Nicholas Pevzner is a full-time lecturer in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, and is co-editor-in-chief of Scenario Journal, an online publication devoted to showcasing and facilitating the emerging interdisciplinary conversations between landscape architecture, urban design, engineering, and ecology. Prior to joining the PennDesign faculty, he was a senior designer at the landscape architecture firm Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates in New York. Pevzner’s research focuses on the public and civic potential of infrastructure, and on the integration of urban ecological systems and their metrics into design methodology. At Penn he has taught core studios in urban design and elective studios on the territorial landscape potential of energy infrastructure. 

Pevzner holds a bachelor of architecture from the Cooper Union and a master of landscape architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.

Research Fellows

DeShaun Bennett

DeShaun Bennett is a business translation consultant at IBM. He received dual master's degrees in education policy and public administration from the Graduate School of Education and Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to Penn, he graduated from Morehouse College where he obtained a B.A in Sociology with Mathematics minor. DeShaun was a Gates Millennium Scholar and was recently selected as a Woodrow Wilson – Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellow. Originating from Little Rock, AR, DeShaun aspires to obtain his PhD, focusing on social, economic, and community development. 

Thomas Lee

Thomas Lee first joined the Kleinman Center as a student research assistant. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with undergraduate degrees in economics and computer science, and a master's in electrical engineering. While at Penn, he was a KPCB Engineering Fellow interning at Opower, and has written for the Wharton Public Policy Initiative Student Group, Wharton Undergraduate Energy Group, and Penn Sustainability Review. He now works as a quantitative research analyst for an investment management firm.

 

Dillon Weber

Dillon Weber is a former research fellow for the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy. He first joined the Kleinman Center as a student from the University of Pennsylvania's School of Engineering and Applied Science. While at Penn, he wrote as a guest contributor to the Penn Sustainability Review and The Daily Pennsylvanian. He  graduated in 2016 with majors in chemical and biomolecular engineering and economics. Weber now works as a production engineer for The Dow Chemical Company.

Julie Ufford Keenahan

Julie is a second-year Wharton MBA candidate pursuing a Certificate in Energy Management and Policy. In addition to her Kleinman research, Julie is co-president of the Wharton Energy Club and recently interned with LinkedIn's Sustainability team to build a roadmap towards decarbonization. Prior to Wharton, Julie worked in Accenture's Utilities Retail practice, supporting digital customer engagement and analytics initiatives. Julie is from Silver Spring, Maryland and holds a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. 

Brandon Burke

Brandon Burke is a former graduate research assistant at the Kleinman Center and is a practicing attorney. In August 2018, he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Master of Environmental Studies program, with a Certificate in Energy Management and Policy from the Kleinman Center.
 

Andy Stone

Energy Policy Now Host

Andy Stone is producer and host of the Kleinman Center podcast series Energy Policy Now. He’s a former senior reporter at Forbes Magazine, where he began covering the energy industry more than a decade ago—just as renewable energy appeared to be getting its second wind (pun intended). Prior to joining the Kleinman Center, Andy ran an executive meeting series on energy investment in New York and worked on corporate planning issues at PJM Interconnection.