Dr. Chris Haase joins as Director of the Critical Materials Institute from GE Ventures, where he was Senior Director, leading new business creation and investment activities in the areas of oil & gas, power and renewables. With background in defense and natural resources, Chris has served as early-stage technology manager and investor in several corporate venture capital organizations, including Shell Technology Ventures Fund 1, BTG Ventures, Shell GameChanger and GE Ventures. In upstream energy, Chris served as the head business advisor to the Chief Technology Officer of Royal Dutch / Shell, managing alignment of R&D funding with the company’s long-term corporate strategy and value chains and also launching Shell’s latest venture fund, Shell Ventures. Additionally, Chris was Shell’s manager for external research, where he helped Shell close many innovative partnership agreements with universities and small enterprises in North America. With a background in numerical modeling, petrophysics and quantitative seismic interpretation, Chris has worked on oil & gas exploration and development projects, new upstream joint ventures and divestments involving assets in the Gulf of Mexico, South Atlantic, North Sea, Middle East and Australia.
A former US Department of Defense Fellow and adjunct professor at the United States Naval Academy, Chris held R&D positions with the Naval Ocean Systems Center (now SPAWAR) and Department of Defense and also served as a 10-year volunteer commercialization advisor for the National Technology Transfer Center and US Missile Defense Agency. An inventor with several patents, Chris received his Ph.D. and MS degrees in mathematics from the University of Chicago, his MBA from Erasmus University in Rotterdam and his Bachelor of Science degree, Summa Cum Laude, from Ohio State University. Chris is married to Ineke and has two sons, Mark and Peter, both studying mechanical engineering in university.
He has 37 years of experience in probabilistic risk assessment, including methods development and regulatory applications of reliability analysis, risk analysis, and decision analysis. He also has 33 years of supervisory and project management experience in risk analysis, including program development and supervision of Ph.D. research. Much of his work focuses on commercial nuclear plants, but he has also worked on waste handling facilities, gaseous diffusion plants, accelerator-based systems, semiconductor manufacturing, space systems, and, more recently, offshore drilling facilities. In addition to his work at Idaho National Laboratory, he supports NASA’s Headquarters Office of Safety and Mission Assurance (OSMA) in improving the technical basis for decision making in System Safety. Based in part on his contributions to NASA’s original PRA Procedures Guide, he supports the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) in developing guidance to conduct a Probabilistic Risk Assessment for offshore oil and gas industry operations. The team issued the first draft of BSEE’s guide at the end of Fiscal Year 2016. He has authored or co-authored more than 125 publications and technical reports.