Gail E. Kendall, PhD '78 (II)

Gail Kendall received her BS and MS in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1973 and 1974, and her PhD in mechanical engineering from MIT in 1978. She wrote her doctoral dissertation, Heat Transfer to Impacting Drops and Post Critical Heat Flux Dispersed Flow, under the guidance of Professor Warren Rohsenow. Dr. Kendall was the second woman to earn a PhD from MIT's Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Dr. Kendall, although now retired, is continuing a long and distinguished career in the energy and environment sector. Until December 2008, she served as the Director for Group Environmental Affairs for CLP Holdings Ltd in Hong Kong. The Group Environmental Affairs team helps CLP position its electricity business with respect to emerging environmental issues. Dr. Kendall was also the Managing Director of the CLP Research Institute (CLPRI) until December 2008. CLPRI brings innovative and environmentally beneficial technology to CLP's domestic and international electric power businesses.

Before joining CLP, in 2000-2001, Dr. Kendall was Professor of the Practice of Mechanical Engineering at MIT, where she led the department's strategic planning in energy and was the founding director of the MIT Center for 21st Century Energy.

During the 1990's, she was the Director for Strategic Science and Technology at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) in California, responsible for managing and implementing a technology innovation portfolio in energy conversion, delivery and use, as well as environmental and health effects of energy use and sustainable development. In parallel to her engineering career, from 1990 to 1996, she was a member of the Hearing Board of the (San Francisco) Bay Area Air Quality Management District, serving as vice chair and then chair.

Dr. Kendall now lives in San Francisco with her family. She volunteers her expertise in energy and the environment at a number of non-profit organizations, including the Hong Kong Climate Change Forum of which she is a founding member. Dr. Kendall is a Fellow of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers, and she has received an Honorary Fellowship in The Energy Institute.

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