Biden-Harris administration taps KU alumnus for role in Department of Energy

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A 2013 graduate of a University of Kansas doctoral program has been appointed by the Biden-Harris administration to serve as a senior adviser in the Department of Energy. 

Tony Reames, who is now a professor at the University of Michigan, was a fellow in the National Science Foundation C-CHANGE (Climate Change, Humans and Nature in the Global Environment) Program during his time at KU, according to a news release from KU’s School of Public Affairs and Administration. He also had a research fellowship with KU’s Institute for Policy and Social Research.


Reames’ advising role will be in the DOE’s Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, according to the release. 

Reames established the Urban Energy Justice Lab at the University of Michigan, where he conducts research on how racial, economic and geographic disparities affect access to energy, according to the news release. “He is also studying how to equitably shift to a ‘green’ economy.” 

Charles Epp, director of the doctoral program at the School of Public Affairs, said in the release that Reames is a national leader in research on energy equity, and “His appointment brings to the Administration a strong voice for fairness and justice in energy policy.”

Reames received his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, and his master’s from Kansas State University in Engineering Management, according to the release. He also served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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