Michael Orlando receives 2012 GEMS Alumni Achievement Award

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Michael J. Orlando, recipient of the 2012 GEMS Alumni Achievement Award
October 8, 2012

Michael Orlando, principal and owner of Economic Advisors, Inc., recently was named as a 2012 recipient of the Graduates of Earth and Mineral Sciences (GEMS) Alumni Achievement Award. The award is given by the Penn State Earth and Mineral Sciences Alumni Society to recognize outstanding achievement by EMS alumni.

Orlando received his bachelor's degree in petroleum and natural gas engineering from Penn State in 1988. In addition to his current role at Economic Advisors, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in vote-theoretic and game-theoretic applications for investor relations and multi-stakeholder negotiations, Orlando also serves as an adjunct professor of finance at Tulane University and a course content developer for Penn State's online energy business programs.

Orlando began his career with Shell Oil Company. He provided reservoir engineering and economic evaluation expertise for oil and gas exploration and development projects in the Gulf of Mexico. He also worked as an environmental engineer, ensuring environmental compliance and managing the company's relationship to a listed Superfund site. He later served as a research economist in the Federal Reserve System, and then as Vice President and Branch Executive of the Fed's Denver Branch. He was responsible for regional economic research, energy markets analysis, policy advising, and public communication. Orlando also worked as Vice President for Research and Product Development with a media monitoring and business analytics firm.

Orlando's research spans a range of topics in applied microeconomics. He has published work on corporate governance, financial regulatory policy, the economics of payments networks, the geography and industrial demography of innovation, and energy and environmental policy. He is also a practiced teacher, and has developed courses in economics, finance, and energy business policy, and has co-authored a textbook on money and banking.

Orlando holds degrees in economics from Washington University in St. Louis and in business administration from Tulane University.