Iowa Energy Center

Leadership and Advisory Council

PROGRAMS AND PARTNERSHIPS

The Iowa Energy Center director is appointed by the president of Iowa State University. The director reports to the Office of the Vice President for Research. The director and staff are employees of Iowa State University.

The Advisory Council assists the Iowa Energy Center director in fulfilling the Iowa Energy Center’s mission by providing advice on budgets, planning, and policies.

Research and Education Sector

David Cwiertny
Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Iowa
Public Policy Center
212 South Quad
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-335-6813
Term expires: April 30, 2017
Appointed by: President, University of Iowa

Catherine Zeman
Professor, Health, Physical Education & Leisure Services
Professor, Recycling & Reuse Technology Transfer Center
University of Northern Iowa Wellness and Recreation Center
207 Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0181
Phone: (319) 273-7090
Term expires: April 30, 2019
Appointed by: President, University of Northern Iowa

Kristen Constant
Wilkinson Professor of Interdisciplinary Engineering
Morrill Professor and Chair – Materials Science and Engineering
Iowa State University
2240 Hoover Hall
528 Bissell Road
Ames, IA 50011-1096
Phone: (515) 294-3337
Term expires: April 30, 2020
Appointed by: President, Iowa State University

Valerie Newhouse
President
Iowa Lakes Community College
19 South 7th Street
Estherville, IA 51334
Phone: (712) 362-0434
Term expires: April 30, 2020
Appointed by: Iowa Department of Education

Gary Steinke
President
Iowa Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
505 Fifth Ave., Suite 1030
Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone: (515) 282-3175
Fax: (515) 282-8177
Term expires: April 30, 2019
Appointed by: Iowa Coordinating Council for Post High School Education

Public Sector

Jennifer Easler, J.D. 
Iowa Department of Justice
Office of Consumer Advocate
1375 East Court Avenue, Room 63
Des Moines, IA 50319-0063
Phone: (515) 725-7224
Fax: (515) 725-7221
Term expires: April 30, 2019
Appointed by: Office of Consumer Advocate

Geri Huser
Chair
Iowa Utilities Board
1375 East Court Ave., Room 69
Des Moines, IA 50319
Phone: (515) 725-7313
Fax: (515) 725-7398
Term expires: April 30, 2018
Appointed by: Iowa Utilities Board

Brian Selinger
Iowa Economic Development Authority
200 East Grand
Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone:(515) 725-0434
Fax: (515) 725-3010
Term expires: April 30, 2017
Appointed by: Iowa Economic Development Authority

Stuart Anderson
Director
Planning, Programming and Modal Division
Iowa Department of Transportation
800 Lincoln Way
Ames, IA 50010
Phone: (515) 239-1133
Fax: (515) 239-1120
Term expires: April 30, 2018
Appointed by: State Department of Transportation

Utility Sector

Rob Berntsen
Senior VP and General Counsel
MidAmerican Energy Company
P.O. Box 657
Des Moines, IA 50303-0657
Phone: (515) 242-4042
Fax: (515) 419-3124
Term expires: April 30, 2020
Appointed by: Iowa Utility Association (Gas)

Rick Olesen
President/CEO
Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative
702 S. 1st St.
Estherville, IA 51334
Phone: (712) 362-7870
Term expires: April 30, 2020
Appointed by: Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives

Joel Schmidt
Vice President
Regulatory Affairs
Alliant Energy
200 First Street SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
Phone: (319) 786-4525
Fax: (319) 786-4492
Term expires: April 30, 2018
Appointed by: Iowa Utility Association (Electric)

Tim Whipple
General Council
Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities
1735 NE 70th Ave
Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone: (515) 289-5218
Term expires: April 30, 2017
Appointed by: Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities