Clark Bullard

Clark Bullard, Ph.D.

NWF Board Member
Champaign, IL

Clark Bullard is a Research Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. He is a long-time environmental activist and has served for 14 years as a member of the Central Midwest Low-Level Radioactive Waste Compact Commission. Clark is a member of the Prairie Rivers Network, Illinois Affiliate, National Wildlife Federation, and has served on its board since 1999.  He is also a director of the Committee on the Middle Fork and served on the board of the Coalition on American Rivers.  Clark brings to the board not only his professional expertise but also well-honed skills in organizing to achieve environmental goals.  He led a 22-year statewide campaign to defeat a reservoir proposal, and develop alternatives that included National Scenic River designation for the Middle Fork of the Vermilion River.

One of many achievements, Clark founded a consortium of the 30 leading air conditioning and refrigeration companies in the world, funding research by 60 UI professors and graduate students on a new generation of air conditioning and refrigeration technologies that are energy-efficient and environmentally safe.  He has received the highest technical awards in the U.S. and U.K. for air conditioning and refrigeration.  Prior to that he served as Director of the US Department of Energy’s Office of Conservation and Advanced Energy Systems Policy.  

Clark’s hobbies include kayaking, canoeing, hiking, camping, hunting, and fishing.  Clark holds a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Engineering.  He is an Illinois native.  Clark and his wife, Irene, live in Urbana and have three adult children, Todd, Kate, and Mike. 

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