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Jay Kipper
Associate Director of Administration
Michael Young
Associate Director: Environmental Division
Eric Potter
Associate Director: Energy Division
As director of administrative functions at the Bureau, Jay Kipper manages personnel, fiscal reporting, budget management, and contract negotiation. Jay also supervises the Bureau's Core Research Centers, the Houston Research Center, the Geophysical Log Library, the Information Technology Group, and Administrative and Support Staffs. Jay was instrumental in the formation of the Advanced Energy Consortium to explore nanotechnologies for the energy industry, and he played a lead role in the FutureGen Texas clean energy initiative.

Dr. Michael Young is responsible for coordinating environmental related research. He came to the Bureau in 2010 from Desert Research Institute (DRI), Nevada, where he served most recently as Acting Executive Director of the Division of Hydrologic Sciences and as Research Professor. He has broad experience in administration, research, teaching, and mentorship. His personal research directions are in vadose zone hydrology, soil science and ecohydrology. Michael has published extensively in the fields of water resources and soil science and is Editor for Vadose Zone Journal, a leading publication in unsaturated zone processes. Michael also sits on the Graduate Studies Committee in the Jackson School of Geosciences.

Eric Potter is responsible for managing the Bureau's energy-related research. Prior to joining the Bureau in 2001, he had worked 25 years in exploration and technology positions at Marathon Oil Company, mainly on projects in the Rocky Mountains, Gulf of Mexico, and the Permian Basin. During Eric's time at the Bureau, the energy research group has conducted significant research in Mexico, including several major basin and reservoir-characterization studies. The group is now developing research programs in unconventional hydrocarbon resources and working with Petrobras on a major research and training initiative.

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