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Paul Parformak

Congressional Research Service
Specialist in Energy and Infrastructure Policy
Paul Parfomak is a Specialist in Energy and Infrastructure Policy at the Congressional Research Service (CRS), the non-partisan policy research and analysis agency of the U.S. Congress, where his areas of expertise include energy infrastructure development, safety and security. He has served Congress on diverse energy issues and has played a key role in supporting Congressional consideration of pipeline safety, electric grid security, oil and natural gas exports, and energy storage. Dr. Parfomak’s reports for Congress have been widely cited in the media including The New York Times, National Public Radio, USA Today, and Oil & Gas Journal.  His academic papers have appeared in the Energy Journal, Energy Policy, and other academic publications.  Prior to joining CRS, Dr. Parfomak was an Associate Principal in the energy practice of McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm.  While at McKinsey, Dr. Parfomak advised major U.S. and international energy companies in the areas of corporate strategy, retail marketing, operations, regulatory strategy, and mergers & acquisitions.Prior to McKinsey, he was a consultant with Barakat & Chamberlin, where he assisted North American utilities in developing and implementing energy conservation and load management programs for their customers.  Dr. Parfomak earned a Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University, where he was an Argonne National Laboratory research fellow.  His undergraduate degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics is from M.I.T.  He has been a special lecturer at the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University and a member of the Washington D.C. Advisory Council of the Carnegie Institute of Technology.