On 9 June 2012, Dr. Jeffrey W. Talley returned to active military duty at the appointed rank of Lt. Gen. in the United States Army and was sworn in for a four-year statutory term as the Chief of Army Reserve/Commanding General of the United States Army Reserve Command. This is the highest rank and position a member of the Army Reserve can hold. As the senior leader for the United States Army Reserve, he is responsible for an organization whose size/scope in business terms would rank it as a Fortune 50 company. The Army Reserve is a worldwide organization of approximately 215,000 Soldiers/civilians, 135 general officers/senior executives, 1100 reserve centers/training facilities, six installations, and equipment inventories valued at over $39 billion dollars. With an annual operating budget of approximately $9 billion dollars, the Army Reserve’s global footprint includes over 30 countries and all states/territories of the United States, while providing a strong connection to America’s industrial base, universities, and communities.
Lt. Gen. Talley has over 33 years of global experiences in the private, public and academic sectors, coupled with periods of active and reserve military service as a Citizen-Soldier. He is a nationally recognized expert in Civil, Environmental, and Sustainable Engineering. His work emphasizes integrating engineering with business. His application of these principles in Sadr City and Baghdad, described as “Engineering the Peace,” was credited with enabling the people of the Iraqi capital and its government to advance security and stability efforts. His research expertise is in environmental processes and treatment of contaminated surface water, groundwater, soil and sediments. He has taught numerous undergraduate, graduate, and seminar-style courses in engineering, business, strategy, leadership, and entrepreneurship. He has numerous publications and works closely with academia, businesses, not-for-profit organizations, and governments to promote private-public-academic opportunities.
Prior to his return to military service, Lt. Gen. Talley was President & CEO of Environmental Technology Solutions (ETS Partners), a company he co-founded to develop and commercialize technology from his academic research in partnership with others. While serving at ETS Partners, he was also an Adjunct Professor at The Johns Hopkins University. Other positions held include: Bobby B. Lyle Professor of Leadership and Global Entrepreneurship, Founding Director of the Hunt Institute of Engineering and Humanity, and Professor (with tenure) and Chair, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Southern Methodist University; Associate Professor (with tenure) and Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering and Geological Sciences, University of Notre Dame; Associate at Malcolm Pirnie Inc.; and Research/Environmental Engineer at the United States Army Corps of Engineers.
In his civilian capacity, Dr. Talley received his Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and his Executive M.B.A. from the University of Oxford, England. He also holds multiple master degrees in environmental engineering and science, strategic studies, liberal arts (history and philosophy), and religious studies. Dr. Talley is a registered Professional Engineer (P.E.) in Environmental Engineering, a Board Certified Environmental Engineer (BCEE) in Environmental Sustainability, and a Diplomate, Water Resources Engineer (D.WRE)