Mike D. McDaniel, former secretary of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), has joined the research faculty of the LSU Center for Energy Studies (CES) as a "professional in residence." McDaniel stepped down from his cabinet position earlier this month.
In his new capacity, McDaniel will direct the Center's initiatives on climate change and energy, as well as assist in the Center's ongoing work in renewable and alternative energy and energy efficiency.
"Dr. McDaniel will be a great asset to the Center, sharing his unique experience at this critical time in energy and environmental policy formulation and implementation nationally and in Louisiana," said CES Executive Director Allan Pulsipher.
McDaniel, who served as DEQ secretary under Governor Kathleen Blanco beginning in 2004, is an environmental scientist with more than 35 years of experience in environmental investigations and regulatory compliance. He earned a Ph.D. in biology from North Texas State University in 1973.
McDaniel has served as an adviser to a number of environmental councils, boards, and commissions and was an appointed member of the Governor's Task Force on Environmental Protection and Preservation, the Governor's Mississippi River Corridor Task Force, and the Amite River Basin Commission.
McDaniel's prior experience includes serving as assistant secretary for air quality and radiation at DEQ from 1988 to 1992, in Governor Roemer's administration, as well as a consultant on energy and environmental issues.