Paul Beaton is a Program Officer for the National Academy of Sciences Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy (STEP). At STEP Paul directs a number of studies in response to requests from the United States Congress and others related to energy policy, climate change, energy innovation, and higher education. Before joining the National Academy of Sciences, Paul advised heads of state and national legislators around the world on international climate and energy law, cofounded of a successful biofuels venture, and conducted atmospheric chemistry research. Paul received his B.Sc. in chemistry, summa cum laude, from the University of North Carolina – Asheville, where he received a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and was selected by the faculty for the William and Ida Friday Award. Paul also holds a Master of Environmental Management (M.E.M.) from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the Yale Law School.