Dr. Epstein performs oversight of energy research and development and Department of Energy matters on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, as well as Department of Defense, nuclear weapons and nonproliferation issues on the personal staff of Senator Jeff Bingaman. He participated in drafting the research and development titles of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and 2007 as well as the COMPETES Act based upon National Academies Report “Rising Above the Gathering Storm” as requested by Senators Alexander and Bingaman. This legislation was signed into law on August 8, 2007. Dr. Epstein holds a Ph.D. in Engineering Science and Applied Mechanics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute. He was a post doctorate fellow at Oxford University. He has a law degree from the University of Idaho specializing in Intellectual Property and a LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center in Securities and Financial Regulation.