Distinguished Senior Fellow
Mary J. Hutzler is a Senior Fellow at IER. Until she left Government in 2006, she was a top energy analyst for the U.S. Government, having spent more than 25 years at the Energy Information Administration (EIA), where she specialized in data collection, analysis, and forecasting.
Beginning in 2004, Hutzler worked as the Associate Director of Statistical Programs at the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), serving 14 months as the Associate Director and 6 months as the Acting Director of BTS. In the latter job, Hutzler ran the bureau’s daily operations, briefed Administration officials and Congressional staff, and managed BTS’s data and analysis programs. As Associate Director, Hutzler managed large-scale freight and travel surveys and all analytical research, including new statistical methods and estimation of transportation data.
In 2001, Hutzler was named by President Bush to lead the EIA as Acting Administrator. In this role, she testified before Congressional committees, briefed policymakers on energy issues, held press conferences on EIA products, and interacted with energy organizations on controversial issues dealing with EIA data collections. In recognition of her achievements, Hutzler received a 2004 Presidential Rank Award, an honor by which the president “recognizes and celebrates a small group of career senior executives.”
Before and after her stint as the acting administrator and deputy administrator of EIA, which lasted from June 2001 to March 2003, Hutzler was director of the EIA’s Office of Integrated Analysis and Forecasting. As such, she planned, directed, and managed all mid- and long-term analysis and forecasting at EIA, as well as the production of EIA’s annual forecasting publications. Hutzler oversaw development of the National Energy Modeling System, for which she received a Presidential Rank Award in 1999. She also produced numerous studies for both Congress and the Administration on various key topics, such as the Kyoto Protocol, low-sulfur diesel rules, the depletion of oil and gas reserves, and Renewable Portfolio Standards.
Hutzler received her B.A. in mathematics from Adelphi University, her M.A. in applied mathematics from the University of Maryland, and completed her course work and exams for a D.Sc. in operations research at George Washington University.
Robert P. Murphy is an economist with IER specializing in climate change. His research focuses on the proper discount rate to be used in cost-benefit analyses and the implications of structural uncertainty for policy solutions.
Murphy received his Ph.D. in economics from New York University in 2003, where he wrote his dissertation on capital and interest theory. After teaching at Hillsdale College for three years, he moved to the financial sector to work as an analyst for Arthur Laffer (of Laffer Curve fame). In addition to his role at IER, Murphy is a financial consultant, providing forecasts on interest and exchange rates, growth, and inflation.
Murphy has written over 100 articles for the layman on free-market economics and is the author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Capitalism (Regnery 2007). He has also given numerous radio interviews and public lectures on economic topics.
Besides employing these popular outlets, Murphy has written study guides for the economic treatises of Murray Rothbard and Ludwig von Mises, and designed a Home Study Course in Austrian School economics. He has also published several scholarly articles and notes in peer-reviewed journals, including The Journal of the History of Economic Thought, The American Journal of Economics and Sociology, and The Review of Austrian Economics.
Andrew P. Morriss is the inaugural H. Ross and Helen Workman Professor of Law & Professor of Business. He is also a Research Fellow of the NYU Center for Labor and Employment Law, a Senior Fellow at the Property & Environment Research Center, Bozeman, Montana; a Senior Scholar at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University; and a regular visiting professor at Universidad Francisco Marroquín, in Guatemala. Prior to coming to the University of Illinois, he served as Galen J. Roush Professor of Business Law and Regulation at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, where he was also associate dean from 2000 to 2003.
He received his A.B. degree from Princeton University, his J.D. and a masters degree in public affairs from The University of Texas at Austin, and his Ph.D. (Economics) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After law school he clerked for U.S. District Judge Barefoot Sanders in the Northern District of Texas and worked for two years at Texas Rural Legal Aid in Hereford and Plainview, Texas.
Professor Morriss is the author or coauthor of more than forty book chapters and scholarly articles, including Signaling and Precedent in Federal District Court Opinions (with Michael Heise and Gregory Sisk) 13 Supreme Court Economic Review 63-98 (2005); Defining What to Regulate: Silica & the Problem of Regulatory Categorization (with Susan E. Dudley), Administrative Law Review (forthcoming 2006); and The Public-Private Security Partnership: Counterterrorism Considerations for Employers in a Post-9/11 World, in Work Place Privacy Here and Abroad: Proceedings of the New York University 58th Annual Conference on Labor (Kluwer 2006). He is the co-editor of Cross-Border Human Resources, Labor and Employment Issues: Proceedings of the New York University 54th Annual Conference on Labor (Samuel Estreicher and Andrew Morriss, eds.) (Kluwer 2004); Property Stories (Gerald Korngold and Andrew Morriss, eds.) (Foundation Press, 2004); and The Common Law and the Environment (Roger Meiners and Andrew Morriss, eds.) (Rowman & Littlefield, 2000). His book on Regulation by Litigation (with Bruce Yandle and Andrew Dorchak) is forthcoming from Yale University Press. He also regularly writes for The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty and Books & Culture: A Christian Review .
Professor Morriss was recently named a Senior Fellow for the Houston-based Institute for Energy Research (IER). IER conducts historical research and evaluates public policies in the oil, gas, coal, and electricity markets.
Professor Morriss recently authored the Illinois’ Energy Outlook , a thorough examination of the energy situation in the state of Illinois. His chapter is contained in the 2008 edition of The Illinois Report , an extensive survey of statewide issues intended to serve as an information aide for Illinois’ political leaders. The Illinois Report is produced by the Institute of Government and Public Affairs.
Robert J. Michaels, senior fellow of IER, is Professor of Economics at California State University, Fullerton and an Adjunct Scholar of the Cato Institute .
Dr. Michaels holds an A.B. from the University of Chicago and a PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles. His expertise is in the economics of industrial organization, and his research is centered on deregulation and the emergence of competitive markets in electricity and natural gas. He has been named Outstanding Professor in the College of Business and Economics and serves as Co-Editor of Contemporary Economic Policy, a major peer-reviewed journal. His research regularly appears in academic, industry and legal journals, including Public Utilities Fortnightly, The Electricity Journal and Energy Law Journal.
He is also a consultant who has advised and provided expert testimony on behalf of independent power producers, natural gas producers, power marketers, industrial electricity users, domestic and foreign electric utilities, regulatory commissions and public interest organizations (including IER). He has testified before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, California Public Utilities Commission, and other regulatory bodies, as well the the U.S. House of Representatives. He frequently speaks on emerging economic and political issues at corporate and industry events. His column, “Power Moves” appears biweekly in Scudder Publications’ New Power Executive and The Desk.
His more recent research includes work on electricity market monitoring. He has presented invited testimony before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in its ongoing rulemaking on market monitors. Other research includes several publications on “renewable portfolio standards” that will require utilities to purchase certain quotas of power from unconventional generation sources.
Senior Research Fellow
Roger Donway is a senior research fellow at the Institute for Energy Research (IER). Donway’s previous endeavors include a position as assistant editor at the Middle East Forum, managing editor of Orbis: A Journal of World Affairs , and editor of Navigator: An Objectivist Review of Politics and Culture . The Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Walter McDougall said of Donway, “An editor of his experience, loyalty, high standards, and erudition is almost impossible to find nowadays.”
Donway has published more than one hundred articles in philosophy, politics, economics, and the arts and is co-author of Laissez-Parler: Freedom in the Electronic Media (Social Philosophy and Policy Center, Bowling Green State University). He has also written a book-length manuscript, The Steelmasters, a history of steel technology told through the biographies of the men who created it.
Most recently, Donway has been editing and performing research for a forthcoming book by Robert L. Bradley Jr., Political Capitalism: Insull, Enron & Beyond.
Donway received a Bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Brown University where he also pursued graduate studies.
David W. Hutzelman
Fellow; Director of Special Projects
Hutzelman combines a life-long interest in energy and free markets in his current position.Prior to joining IER, Hutzelman had a 30-year career in information technology at a Fortune 100 energy company, overseeing a staff of more than 100 and an annual budget of $20 million.
Hutzelman holds a BA in Mathematics from Kenyon College and MS in Statistics from Stanford University. He has been published in a variety of publications on private property, free market approaches to social problems.