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Robert Hebner

Research Professor

Phone: (512) 232-1628
Office: EME 1.418

Robert E. Hebner is the Director of the Center for Electromechanics at the University of Texas at Austin. The Center develops advanced technology, generally in the areas of power and energy, and teams with companies to get the technology into the market. Before joining the University of Texas, he had been the acting Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce. In this position, he had responsibility for the Advanced Technology Program, which was intended to stimulate industrial research and development for the benefit of the U.S. economy. He also worked in the Office of Management and Budget to help prepare the technology portions of the Administration’s 1990 budget and at the Advanced Research Projects Agency of the Department of Defense where he developed programs to stimulate technical advances in semiconductor manufacturing. He has served on a number of government review teams to assess the management of technical programs in other organizations. Throughout his career, Dr. Hebner has been active in technically having received a Ph.D. in physics and having authored or coauthored more than one hundred technical papers and reports. He is a past president of the Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Dr. Hebner is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and a member of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Awards he has received include the U.S. Department of Commerce Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medals and the 1990 Harry Diamond Memorial Award, given annually by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, for outstanding technical contributions by a government employee.

Most Recent Publications

  1. C.M. Beal, A.S. Stillwell, C.W. King, S. Cohen, H. Berberoglu, R.P. Bhattarai; R.L. Connelly, M.E. Webber, R.E. Hebner, "Energy return on investment for algal biofuel production coupled with wastewater treatment," Water Environment Research, Vol. 84, (September 2012), 9, pp. 692-710
  2. C.M. Beal, R.E. Hebner, M.E. Webber, "Thermodynamic analysis of algal biocrude production," Energy, Vol. 44, (August 2012), 1, pp. 925-943
  3. C.M. Beal, R.E. Hebner, M.E. Webber, R.S. Ruoff, A.F. Seibert, C.W. King, "Comprehensive evaluation of algal biofuel production: experimental and target results," Energies, Vol. 5, (June 2012), 6, pp. 1943-1981
  4. F.M. Uriarte, A.L. Gattozzi, J.D. Herbst, H.B. Estes, T.J. Hotz, A. Kwasinski, R.E. Hebner, "A dc arc model for series faults in low voltage microgrids," IEEE Trans. Smart Grid, (2012)
  5. C.M. Beal, R.E. Hebner, D.K. Romanovicz, R.L. Connelly, "Progression of lipid profile and cell structure in a research-scale production pathway for algal biocrude," Renewable Energy, Vol. 50, (2012), pp. 86-93
  6. K.R. Davey, H.E. Jordan, R.J. Rodriguez, R.E. Hebner, "Generator life and power electronics," Naval Engineers Journal, Vol. 123, (December 2011), 4, pp. 31-39
  7. B.T. Murphy, R.E. Hebner, E.F. Kelley, "Simulating mode transitions during breakdown in liquids," IEEE Trans. Dielectr. And Electr. Insul., Vol. 18, (June 2011), 3, pp. 682-691
  8. R.V. Pearsall, R.L. Connelly, M.E. Fountain, C.S. Hearn, M.D. Werst, R.E. Hebner, E.F. Kelley, "Electrically dewatering microalgae," IEEE Trans. Dielectr. Electr. Insul., Vol. 18, (2011), 5, pp. 1578-1583
  9. R.E. Hebner, J.D. Herbst, A.L. Gattozzi, "Pulsed power loads support and efficiency improvement on navy ships," Naval Engineers Journal, Vol. 122, (December 2010), 4, pp. 23-32
  10. C.M. Beal, C.H. Smith, M.E. Webber, R.S. Ruoff, R.E. Hebner , "A framework to report the production of renewable diesel from algae," Bioenergy Research, Springer, (August 2010)
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