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Otto Doering, III

Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics


Otto is a professor of agricultural economics at Purdue University. His responsibilities include teaching, research and public service on policy issues relating to agriculture, resources and the environment. Otto has worked extensively with the energy industry and agribusiness.

Otto’s hands-on public policy experience includes service on the Department of Energy’s Biomass Advisory Panel and Indiana’s Energy Development Board. He was director of Purdue University’s Energy Policy Research and Information Program, directed Indiana’s State Utility Forecasting Group, and more recently, worked with the National Science Foundation’s Industry/University Power Systems Engineering Research Center.

In terms of experience on environmental issues, Otto has been involved in the National Hypoxia Assessment, the National Academies’ report on the Mississippi River and the Clean Water Act, the National Research Council’s report on water implications of biofuel production, and several EPA advisory committees. He is a member of the EPA’s Science Advisory Board and the National Academies Water Science and Technology Board.

Otto has held advisory positions with the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the 1977, 1990 and 1996 farm bills and works with the Natural Resources Conservation Service on the design and assessment of agricultural conservation programs. He is past president of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association. He was a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change when it won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

In previous lives, Otto has been a wrangler in the Canadian Rockies, prepared cases in the New York City municipal courts, and worked in Southeast Asia for the Ford Foundation. He has degrees from Cornell University and the London School of Economics.