Eric J. Vettel is the current President of the American Energy Society (20010 – present). He is trained as a historian of science and has published articles on 19th-century chemistry, early 20th-century physics, and the biological sciences in the Post War period. His book, “Biotech; The Origins of an Industry” was a finalist for a Readers Choice Award from the “History of Science, History of Technology Society,” and a winner of the “Alfred Chandler Award in Business History” from Harvard University.
Vettel received his bachelor’s and master’s degree from Stanford University (’88, ’97), his Ph.D. in history from the University of Virginia (’03), and was the Bancroft Postdoctoral Fellow in United States History at the University of California, Berkeley (’04-‘05). From 2005 – 2009 he served one full term as the Director of the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library, followed by an in-residency fellowship at the Miller Center at the University of Virginia (2009 – 2010), where he turned his attention to “energy.”
Prior to his current and academic work, Vettel taught high school history. He always found time to coach his sons and daughters in Little League baseball, and continues to root for the San Francisco Giants, even during the down-years as well as the recent run of successes. (He considers baseball his “healthy” obsession.)