Photo of Gene WhitneyGene Whitney

Committee on Increasing National Resilience to Hazards and Disasters at the National Academy of Sciences

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Gene Whitney is a member of the Committee on Increasing National Resilience to Hazards and Disasters at the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council, which recently published the report Disaster Resilience: A National Imperative.  Dr. Whitney served as the head of the Energy and Minerals Section of the Congressional Research Service (CRS) at the Library of Congress from 2008 to 2011, providing policy analysis for the entire range of energy issues addressed by Congress for Members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives and their staff.  He served in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) from 2001 to 2008 and became Assistant Director for Environment.  His areas of responsibility at OSTP included science and technology policy of natural hazards and disasters, energy, climate change, water, environment, earth sciences, Earth observations, and natural resources.  Under the auspices of the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), he directed the Subcommittee on Disaster Reduction which produced the report Reducing Disaster Vulnerability Through Science and Technology, the interagency strategic document Grand Challenges for Disaster Reduction to guide federal agencies in priority setting in budget and planning of R&D programs and Tsunami Risk Reduction for the United States: A Framework for Action in the wake of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.  Prior to his service at the White House, Dr. Whitney worked for 28 years as a research scientist and manager in the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) energy research and assessment group.