James T. Bartis

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Adjunct Physical Scientist
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Ph.D. in chemical physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Sc.B. in chemistry, Brown University

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James T. Bartis is an adjunct physical scientist at the RAND Corporation. He has more than 25 years of experience in policy analyses and technical assessments in energy and national security. His energy research topics include analyses of the international petroleum supply chain, assessments of alternative fuels for military and civilian applications, development prospects for coal-to-liquids and oil shale, energy and national security, Qatar's natural gas-to-diesel plants, Japan's energy policies, planning methods for long-range energy research and development, critical mining technologies, and national response options during international energy emergencies.

Bartis joined the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in 1978 shortly after it was established. He served in the Office of Fossil Energy, where he directed program planning and technology assessments covering the coal, oil, oil shale, and gas research and development programs. He also worked in DOE's main policy office, where he directed the Divisions of Fossil Energy and Environment. During the George H. W. Bush and Clinton administrations, he was a member of the Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Energy for Trade Policy Matters, which served the Secretary of Commerce and U.S. Trade Representative.

Before joining RAND, Bartis was vice president of Science Applications International Corporation and vice president and cofounder of Eos Technologies.

Bartis received his Ph.D. in chemical physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Previous Positions

Vice President, Science Applications International Corporation; Vice President and Cofounder, Eos Technologies; Director, Policy and Planning Office of the Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy, U.S. Department of Energy; Director, Divisions of Fossil Energy and Environment, Office of Policy and Evaluation, U.S. Department of Energy

Recent Projects

  • Alternative fuels for military applications
  • Air Force roles in promoting energy security

Selected Publications

James T. Bartis and Lawrence Van Bibber, Alternative Fuels for Military Applications, RAND (MG-969-OSD), 2011

James I. Hilemann et al.,, Near-Term Feasibility of Alternative Jet Fuels, RAND Corporation (TR-554/FAA), 2009

James T. Bartis et al, Producing Liquid Fuels From Coal: Prospects and Policy Issues, RAND Corporation (MG-754-AF/NETL), 2008

James T. Bartis, Eric Landree, Nanomaterials in the Workplace, RAND Corporation (CF-227-NIOSH), 2006

James T. Bartis et al., Oil Shale Development in the United States: Prospects and Policy Issues, RAND Corporation (MG-414-NETL), 2005

Brian A. Jackson et al., Protecting Emergency Responders Vol. 3: Safety Management in Disaster and Terrorism Response, RAND Corporation (MG-170), 2005

James T. Bartis, Long Range Energy R&D: A Methodology for Program Development and Evaluation, RAND Corporation (TR-112-NETL), 2004

Honors & Awards

  • President's Choice Award--2007, RAND Corporation

Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: Air Force Times; Associated Press; Baltimore Sun; BBC; Bloomberg News; Chicago Tribune; Denver Post; International Oil Daily; New York Times; public radio stations; Solve Climate blog; United Press International

Commentary: Albany Times Union; Washington Post


  • On Carbon Dioxide, a Better Alternative

    A carbon dioxide tax with refund is fair because the people responsible for the most emissions would pay the most. The tax would also be progressive. Many Americans with lower incomes would find the refund would more than defray the higher costs of gasoline and electric power, write Keith Crane and James Bartis.

    Nov 29, 2007 Washingtonpost.com

  • Iraqi Oil and the Global Economy

    If Saddam Hussein is ousted as leader of Iraq, the United States will face critical decisions about the future of the world's second-largest oil reserves, writes policy analyst James Bartis.

    Jan 6, 2003 Albany Times-Union