Dr. Jacob A. Palmer (Jack) was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Kleinschmidt from 1997 until his retirement in 2013. Kleinschmidt is a nationally recognized energy and ecological services consulting firm headquartered in Maine. The company has more than 140 employees in 10 offices from Maine to Alabama and Pennsylvania to Oregon and has served clients in 44 of the 50 states and five Canadian provinces. As the President/CEO of Kleinschmidt, he was responsible for the success of the entire firm. This included oversight of the technical services, marketing and administrative functions, and development and execution of strategic, operational, capital, and human resources objectives. He guided the evolution of the company from a regional firm focused solely on hydroelectric engineering and licensing to a national leader in hydroelectric and ecological services and an emerging leader in marine and wind energy. At Kleinschmidt his primary technical responsibilities were in project engineering as the Principal-in-Charge for large engineering design projects, most notably the PPL Holtwood Hydroelectric Redevelopment on the Susquehanna River from 2004 to 2013. Throughout his professional career, Jack has held senior management positions with various consulting and industrial manufacturing firms serving private, municipal, and industrial clientele. Prior to joining Kleinschmidt, he was President/CEO of Spotts, Stevens and McCoy in Reading, Pennsylvania. Before moving into consulting, he was the Technical Manager for the Agricultural Chemicals Group of FMC, a Fortune 100 Corporation and leading international manufacturer of machinery, defense systems, and industrial, specialty and agricultural chemicals.
Jack holds a B.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from North Carolina State University and has held an Adjunct Faculty position in the Engineering Department at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, teaching courses in heat transfer and fluid mechanics.
In 2013 he was inducted into the Francis Crowe Society as a Distinguished Member in recognition of his leadership of Kleinschmidt in the hydroelectric and ecological services and a collaborator in the UMaine’s offshore wind energy research. Francis Crowe was a Civil Engineering Graduate of the University of Maine who designed 19 of the “super-dams” in the western United States including the Hoover Dam that made farming possible in much of the West.