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Les-E-ShephardRobert F. McDermott Distinguished Chair in Engineering Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering University of Texas at San Antonio

Les Shephard joined the University of Texas – San Antonio as the Robert F. McDermott Distinguished Chair in Engineering and Founding Director for the Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute. The Institute is actively involved in fundamental and applied energy research, technology demonstrations, systems analyses and addressing various dimensions of the energy-water nexus in Texas and across the nation.

Previously, Dr. Shephard served as the Vice President of the Energy, Security and Defense Technologies Division at Sandia National Laboratories where he was engaged in pursuing technology solutions that contributed to U. S. economic prosperity and to global stability in regions of high strategic importance to the United States.