Bliss, Misra named to Mines Board of Trustees

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Bliss, Misra named to Mines Board of Trustees

GOLDEN, Colo., Nov. 11, 2009 – Stewart A. Bliss and Mohan S. Misra were appointed by Gov. Bill Ritter to the governing board of Colorado School of Mines with terms running Jan. 1, 2010, through Dec. 31, 2013.


Bliss, of Denver, is a senior consultant with a broad range of expertise in the areas of business, governmental affairs and mergers and acquisitions, with specific emphasis on energy, technology, energy and industrial distribution corporations. He presently offices with Faegre & Benson LLP in Denver. For the previous six years, he was affiliated with Green Manning & Bunch, a private investment banking firm, and from 1990 to 1999 he was with the law firm of Parcel, Mauro, Hultin & Spaanstra, P.C.
Bliss serves on the board of directors and as chairman of the audit committee of Spectra Energy Partners, a NYSE-listed natural gas distribution company. He also currently serves as a commissioner on the Colorado Judicial Discipline Commission and as a member of the board for CHC/CJC Building, the entity for facilitating the financing and construction of the Colorado History Center and the Ralph L. Carr Justice Complex. He is a past president of the board of governors of the Colorado State University system and served on the Colorado State University Research Foundation. From 1987 to 1993, Bliss served as chief of staff to former Colorado Governor Roy Romer. In that position, he administered a state government with 17 state agencies.
He has served on the boards of KN Energy, Sunsource, Inc., MACTEC, the United Banks of Colorado, Colorado Springs National Bank, the Colorado Springs Symphony and the Greater Denver Corporation. Bliss was chairman of the Salazar for Senate organization in 2004, and for the Salazar for Attorney General organization from 1998 to 2004.

Misra, of Golden, is the founder and chief executive officer of ITN Energy Systems (ITN), a premier research and product development organization involved in identifying, developing, and commercializing emerging thin film and nano technologies. He is also the founder, chairman and chief strategy officer of Ascent Solar Technologies (AST), a state-of-the-art, roll to roll manufacturer of lightweight, flexible and monolithically integrated thin film solar panels. 
Before founding ITN, Misra spent approximately 20 years with Martin Marietta in the areas of material research, development and manufacturing as the manager in the research and technology division. He also served as the corporate strategic technologist for the advanced materials. Misra was instrumental in the development of several enabling technologies for aerospace applications including thin-film photovoltaic, advanced composites and lightweight structures.
At Martin Marietta, he was the recipient of the Jefferson Cup, the corporation‘s highest award for outstanding technical achievements, in 1984 and 1987; and Inventor of the Year Award in 1982. He was awarded the American Foundrymen’s Society Gold Award in 1980. Misra received his BS, MS and PhD degrees in Metallurgical Engineering from Banaras Hindu University in India, University of Washington and Colorado School of Mines, respectively.
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