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Kaylee Acuff
is a PhD Candidate in Mineral and Energy Economics. She received her Undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies specializing in Climate and Energy Policy and a Minor in Geography from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2004. During her undergraduate studies, she worked at Boulder Energy Conservation Center on an initiative to improve the community’s curbside recycling program and assisted with various sustainable building projects. She was also a student research assistant at the Institute for Arctic and Alpine Research, working in the dendrochronology lab to measure climate patterns in the Rocky Mountain region. Upon graduation, she then worked as a research assistant at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, modeling the transportation of chemical species in convective storms. From ’06-’08, she was the Project Manager for Air Quality Monitoring Systems at IPS Meteostar, a company providing meteorological and environmental software solutions to governments and aviation customers worldwide. In 2009, she received a Master’s in Engineering Technology Management from the Colorado School of Mines. 

Brian Batson is a PhD Candidate in Mineral and Energy Economics. He earned his M.S. in Mineral and Energy Economics from the Colorado School of Mines in 2011. Brian graduated magna cum laude from the University of Houston with a B.B.A. in Finance and Operations Management in 2007. Prior to graduate school, Brian spent two years in oilfield services with the supply chain management group of Schlumberger. There he applied economic, environmental, and six sigma knowledge to improve operational productivity. It was this experience that triggered his interest in the inter-linkages of environmental policies and firm level productivity.  

Taylor Embury is a masters student in the Engineering and Technology Management Program at Colorado School of Mines. He earned his B.S. in Economics at Colorado School of Mines in 2010. Taylor spent the past summer collecting pricing and elasticity data to update the figures in the Palmer, Sigman, and Walls paper "The Cost of Reducing Municipal Solid Waste." His research included contacting a wide variety of sources, such as American Metals Market, the Container Recycling Institute, London Metals Exchange, Pulp & Paper International, the Glass Bottling Institute, ICIS, and the Census Bureau. Currently, Taylor is consolidating this data and performing more specialized data collection for Brian Batson and Kaylee Acuff.

Hidemichi Yonezawa is a PhD Candidate in Mineral and Energy Economics. He received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Tohoku University, Japan and his M.S. in Engineering and Technology Management from the Colorado School of Mines. Hidemichi's research is focused on carbon-policy simulations using computable general equilibrium models.