Dr. Fred C. Beach
Center for International Energy & Environmental Policy
Dr. Beach is a Fellow in both the Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy (Jackson School of Geosciences) and the Webber Energy Group (Department of Mechanical Engineering) at The University of Texas at Austin. His research covers the interplay between the development of Energy Policy, Environmental Policy, and Technology Policy. The focus of his research is to investigate the degree to which sound physics, science, and systems engineering play in the development of successful policy. His current research areas include: Developing a National roadmap for Natural Gas to include replacement of Coal as the primary source of electricity generation. The other is evaluating how the Department of Defense is responding to federal mandates to simultaneously improve the security of its energy sources, minimize it’s dependence on petroleum based fuels, and reduce green house gas emissions.
Prior to joining The University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Beach served for twenty-five years in the United States Navy where he was a qualified Submariner, Naval Aviator, Surface Warfare Officer, and Acquisition Professional. In addition to his broad and global operational experience, he was responsible for: formulating and leading the Navy’s global Y2K operational test, remediation, and validation process, establishing and leading the Foreign Technology Exchange program for Electric Ship and Directed Energy Weapons, developing and leading the Navy Electromagnetic Railgun Program, and developing and implementing smart grid and energy surety plans at the Navy’s largest research and development laboratory. Since retiring in 2003 he has also served as a consultant on defense-related topics for the U.S. Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group, MITRE, Naval Research Advisory Committee, Naval Research Laboratory, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and the Defense Science Board.
Dr. Beach holds a Ph.D. from the LBJ School of Public Policy, University of Texas at Austin an M.S. in Physics from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a B.S. in Chemistry with a minor in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Oklahoma. He is also a graduate of the Defense Acquisition University and Certified Level III DoD Program Manager.