Faculty and Staff
Andrew R. Thomas
Executive-in-Residence, Energy Policy Center
Mr. Thomas administers the EPC. He has worked in the energy business for 30 years as a scientist and an attorney. His principal areas of research include oil and gas, electricity and the energy/water nexus. Mr. Thomas teaches courses on energy law at Cleveland State University and internationally at various venues.
Dr. William Bowen
Professor, Public Administration and Urban Studies
Dr. Bowen is the faculty research director for the EPC. His expertise is in research-based decision-making and problem solving in regional analysis and planning, especially in relation to economic development, environmental issues, and energy studies.
David J Fornari
Senior Fellow, Energy Policy Center
Mr Fornari is an executive with over 35 years of business experience in management consulting and hands-on corporate management. Mr Fornari recently retired from Deloitte after 31 years, 22 years as an Energy Consulting partner with 10 years as the Global or US Energy & Resources Consulting Leader. As a Deloitte Eminence Fellow, Mr. Fornari was a frequent speaker and author on energy and resources strategy and management.
Dr. Iryna Lendel
Research Associate Professor, Director, Center for Economic Development
Dr. Lendel works with the EPC on economic development research. She conducts research associated with energy intensive manufacturing, electricity industries and with shale development. She specializes in international shale development. She graduated from both Ivano-Frankivsk National Technical University of Oil and Gas in Ukraine and Moscow Gubkin Academy of Oil and Gas in Russia.
Heidi Gorovitz Robertson
Professor of Environmental Studies, Levin College of Urban Affairs
In addition to her appointment to the law faculty, Professor Robertson is a member of the Environmental Studies faculty at the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs. She has been researching and presenting on issues concerning the Gulf Coast oil spill, and the regulation of oil and gas production in Ohio. She teaches a course on "Environmental Law Seminar: A Cross Disciplinary Look at the BP/Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill" at Cleveland State University.
Robert A. Simons
Professor, Real Estate and Urban Planning and Development, Economics and Urban Studies
Dr. Simons researches and teaches courses on real estate market analysis and development finance, among other topics. He is the faculty adviser for the graduate certificate program in Real Estate Development and Finance. He has authored over 60 papers and 4 books, and has provided expert testimony on the economic effects of environmental contamination and resource extraction, including natural gas development and transport, on property values and infrastructure.
Mr. Samuel is a strategic policy development consultant. He is actively involved as a shale development and renewable energy policy advisor. A detailed biography for Mr. Samuel can be found at: Click here