Editorial Team

Who We Are


Dr. Eric J. Vettel
Editor-in-Chief, President, American Energy Society
eric [at] energysociety.org


Eric J. Vettel is the current President of the American Energy Society (2010 – 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.

Eric 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.



Dr. Matthew A. Hood
Managing Editor, Energy Today
matthew.hood [at] degruyter.com


Matthew A. Hood is in charge of Materials Science and Engineering, Energy, and Nanotechnology at De Gruyter (2016 – present). He is a trained materials scientist who has published articles in the areas of polymer science, nanocomposites, colloid science, nanoparticles, biomaterials (and biological crystallization), polyurethanes, and calcium carbonate-based materials. Matthew’s current focus is in nanotechnology and energy.

Matthew received his bachelor’s degree from Carnegie Mellon Univerisity (’02) and his  Ph.D. from Drexel University (’11). Matthew has worked at the Max Planck Institute of Polymer Research (’11-’14), the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interface Science (’14-’15), and the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology (’15 – ’16) prior to his time at De Gruyter.


Katy McCune
Managing Editor, American Energy Society
katy [at] energysociety.org


Katy McCune is a Senior Director and Managing Editor of the American Energy Society (2015- present). Trained as a biologist, her background includes ecosystem management studies in the Americas, Australia, and Europe. Currently, her focus includes directing programs within the American Energy Society, including a focus on partnership growth and the acquisition and management of content for Energy Today.

Katy received her bachelor’s degrees from Tufts University (’02), in Environmental Sciences and Sociology. From 2012-2015 she served on the Board of the Virginia Chapter of the America Chestnut Foundation, including one term as  Vice President of Science (2014-2015). She currently sits on the McIntire Botanical Society’s Board of Directors.


Dr. Zachary Farrell
Contributing Editor
zack [at] energysociety.org


Zachary Farrell has served in a scientific advisory role with the American Energy Society since 2012. His background is largely in the area of materials science, with a special focus on colloids and functional nanoparticles. In addition to his specific work on nanomaterials, he is also interested in development of new materials for energy capture/storage as well as energy policy.

Zachary received his bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University (’10) and his Masters and Ph.D. both from the University of Virginia (’12, ’15), with all degrees in Chemical Engineering. He is currently employed as a research scientist in Dayton, OH.



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