Surles comes to DRI after having served as the technology integration and policy analysis program manager at the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute. He was also the senior adviser to the University of California’s California Institute for Energy and Environment for five years.
Pending approval of his three-year contract by the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents, Surles will receive $235,000 annually and is subject to the mandatory 4.6 percent salary reduction with the corresponding unpaid furlough.
Some of the positions he has held in his career include vice president, Electric Power Research Institute; public interest energy research program director, California Energy Commission member and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory associate laboratory director for energy programs. He was also at Argonne National Laboratory for nearly 20 years including serving as the general manager for environmental programs.
Surles received his Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from Michigan State in 1970. He has more than 200 publications, technical reports and presentations to his credit. He has also served or is serving on a number of national committees, including three appointments with the National Academy of Sciences and continues to serve as a reviewer for government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Energy. He has also worked with a number of organizations, including the Economic Development Alliance for Hawaii, the East-West Center, Enterprise Honolulu, the Gas Technology Institute and the State of Victoria.