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Former presidential science adviser, utility executive to speak at Ohio University

ATHENS, Ohio (Feb. 20, 2006) -- Dr. William R. Graham, former science adviser to President Reagan and also former deputy administrator of NASA, will give a free, public lecture on Friday, Feb. 24, from 2:10 to 3 p.m. in Stocker Center 103 on Ohio University's Athens campus. American Electric Power's (AEP) senior vice president of engineering services, Mark Gray, will also speak from 3:10 to 4 p.m.

William GrahamPart of the Stocker Lecture Series sponsored by Ohio University's Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology, the talks are being held in honor of National Engineers Week, Feb. 19 to 25.

Graham, who will speak on the different roles of scientists and engineers in creating our future, served the U.S. government for many years. In addition to his science adviser and NASA roles, he was director of the office of science and technology in the executive office of the president. He also was a member of both the Commission to Assess United States National Security Space Management and Organization and the Commission on the Ballistic Missile Threat to the U.S.

Graham worked in the private sector as a senior vice president of Defense Research Group Inc., and chairman and CEO of National Security Research Inc.

Gray's lecture will be the first of three on the future of electric power generation. The other talks will be scheduled at a later date.

In his role at AEP, he supports the power generation fleet, helping advance equipment and process knowledge, engineering/design support and daily operations of AEP's fossil fleet.

Gray has held a variety of management posts with AEP, from mechanical engineering to environmental services.

The Stocker Lecture Series is named for the late C. Paul Stocker, a 1926 Ohio University engineering graduate, and his wife, Beth.

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Media Contact: College Director of External Relations Colleen Girton, (740) 593-1488 or girtonc@ohio.edu, Media Specialist Jack Jeffery, (740) 597-1793 or jefferyj@ohio.edu

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