Robert E Hebner
Robert Hebner is the Director of the Center for Electromechanics at The University of Texas at Austin. Before joining the University, he had been the acting Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce. He also served as Deputy Director of NIST, the Chief Financial Officer of NIST and the Director of NIST's Electronics and Electrical Engineering Laboratory. He worked in the Office of Management and Budget to help prepare the Administration's 1990 budget, at Sandia to help in accelerator design, and at the Advanced Research Projects Agency of the Department of Defense where he developed programs in technology for semiconductor manufacturing. He has served on government review teams to assess the management of technical programs in other organizations. He was the principal investigator and key witness in a celebrated court case involving an alleged novel approach to the efficient generation of electricity. Dr. Hebner has extensive experience in international technology programs particularly in the modernization of the measurement systems needed for global trade. He is a past president of the Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). In addition, he has served on numerous technical committees that develop voluntary standards for the electric utility industry. Dr. Hebner is a fellow of the IEEE and a member of the American Physical Society. The awards that he has received include the 1990 Harry Diamond Memorial Award given annually by the IEEE.