Skip Navigation

Tom Sheahen

tom_sheahen

Contact Tom Sheahen

tsheahen@alum.mit.com

[Read Sheahen's c.v.]Dr. Thomas P. Sheahen is vice president of the Science and Environment Policy Project (SEPP), Director of the Institute for Theological Encounter with Science and Technology (ITEST), and president/CEO of Western Technology, Inc.

[Read Sheahen's c.v.]

Dr. Thomas P. Sheahen is vice president of the Science and Environment Policy Project (SEPP), Director of the Institute for Theological Encounter with Science and Technology (ITEST), and president/CEO of Western Technology, Inc., an independent consulting firm specializing in energy technology issues with business implications,

From 2005 – 2009, Dr. Sheahen served as Senior Analyst in the Systems Integration Office of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. From 1993 - 2002  he was senior scientist in the Energy Systems Group for Science Applications International Corporation, where he led a team of evaluators in selecting renewable energy projects for support by NREL. He previously held positions with Argonne National Laboratory, Energy Research Advisory Board to the Department of Energy, SRI International (Stanford Research Institute), Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, National Bureau of Standards, and Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Dr. Sheahen is author of  Introduction to High Temperature Superconductivity  (Plenum Press: 1994). His research papers have appeared in many peer-reviewed science journals including Physical Review, Applied Optics, Journal of  Technology Transfer, Reviews of Modern Physics, Energy the International Journal, Strategic Planning and Energy Management, and The Science Teacher.

Dr. Sheahen has co-authored numerous reports on topics including rocket re-entry instrumentation (Bell Labs), industrial instrumentation and analysis of  measurement economics (Industrial Nucleonics), research program plans (National Bureau of Standards), industrial energy conservation (Office of Technology Assessment), national energy policy planning (DOE), and renewable energy technology (SAIC).

Dr. Sheahen holds B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

Recent Articles and Publications

view all by this author
August 9, 2017
By Isaac Orr, Frederick D. Palmer, Tom Harris, Tom Sheahen, Donn Dears, Marc Morano, Joseph S. D'Aleo, James H. Rust, John Coleman, Walter Starck, Christopher Essex, Arthur Viterito
The New York Times this week posted a draft of a climate science report by the federal government’s U.S. Global Change Research Program.
July 25, 2017
By Isaac Orr, Frederick D. Palmer, H. Sterling Burnett, Tim Benson, Bette Grande, James M. Taylor, James H. Rust, Tom Sheahen, Michelle Smith, Mischa Popoff
‘All praise to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and President Donald Trump for reversing the Obama administration’s anti-fossil fuels, anti-fracking rule on lands of the United States.’ – Fred Palmer
June 17, 2015
By E. Calvin Beisner, Marc Morano, Tom Sheahen, Christopher Monckton of Brenchley, Jim Lakely
CHICAGO – In April, The Heartland Institute sent a contingent of experts on climate science, environmental policy, and theology to Rome to offer balance to the one-sided, alarmist views Pope Francis was getting from the United Nations and the Pontifical
May 1, 2015
By Tom Sheahen
This document is a powerpoint produced by Tom Sheahen Ph.D. for the climate conference that took place in Rome on April 28th. The presentation serves to address some of the common misconceptions that plague the climate change debate.
June 12, 2014
By Tom Sheahen
The specialized meaning of science words can lead to public confusion when the media apply scientific terms out of context.

2016 By the Numbers

See what sets Heartland apart:
82% of state elected officials read Heartland publications
82%
of state elected officials read one or more Heartland newspapers "sometimes" or "always."
45% of elected officials say Heartland led to a change in policy
45%
of state elected officials say a Heartland publication influenced their opinions or led to a change in public policy.
“The Heartland Institute [is] the world’s most prominent thinktank supporting skepticism about man-made climate change.”
The Economist
May 26, 2012
1.3 Million
the number of times Heartland's six podcasts were downloaded in 2016
216 issues
of weekly e-newsletters sent to subscribers across the country
120 events
that Heartland hosted, attended, or spoke at, reaching 13,474 guests
100,000 fans
on Facebook posting and reposting over 20 million times a week