Mr. Dennis Welch is Director, President and Chief Operating Officer, Yankee Energy System, Inc., a subsidiary of Northeast Utilities. In his previous capacity as Vice President of Environmental, Safety and Ethics for Northeast Utilities, he was instrumental in negotiating important agreements between NU and the School of Engineering, including establishment of the NU Foundation Chair in Environmental Engineering and the Northeast Utilities Environmental Engineering Clinic. Mr. Welch is a director of the New England Gas Association, a member of the American Gas Association’s Leadership Council, and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Nature Conservancy. He earned his B.S. from Indiana State University and his M.S. from the Hartford Graduate Center of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Mr. Welch has been a dedicated and imaginative advocate for the School of Engineering and an insightful ally helping the School of Engineering evolve in the last three years. He continues to contribute his intelligent, insightful advice as a member of the Advisory Board of the School of Engineering, a position of great import and influence for the School.