Experts Seen in the Rational Middle

All of the experts in the videos gave their time to help us all understand the issues we face concerning the energy future. The challenges in front of us are anything but simple and these professors, environmentalist, authors, pundits, and leaders make all the difference in bringing the challenge of energy to light. We appreciate their time, efforts, and frankness in the films. Please take some time to look at all of the people that helped make this project possible.

Richard Adamson

Managing Director, Carbon Management Canada

For nearly three decades, Richard Adamson has been dedicated to facilitating the commercialization of innovative technologies. Prior to his appointment with CMC, Adamson played a pivotal role with the Southern Research Institute’s Environment and Energy team, resulting in the Carbon to Liquids (C2L) Development Centre in Durham, North Carolina. He has founded or worked with small and large technology companies in Alberta, ranging from lab, environmental remote sensing, and industrial process control instruments through to small-scale combined heat and power systems for which he holds a patent, pioneering a distributed micro-utility business model.

Adamson serves on the board of C3 (formerly Climate Change Central) and was founding chair of NewERA, the predecessor to WADE Canada. He has a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Calgary.

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Dr. Pedro Alvarez

Professor, Chair of the Department of CEVE, Rice University

Dr. Pedro J. J. Alvarez is the George R. Brown Professor of Engineering and the chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEVE) at Rice University. He previously taught at the University of Iowa, where he also served as Associate Director for the Center for Biocatalysis and Bioprocessing and as Honorary Consul for Nicaragua. Dr. Alvarez received the B. Eng. Degree in Civil Engineering from McGill University and MS and Ph.D. degrees in Environmental Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Prof. Alvarez’s research focuses on environmental sustainability through bioremediation of contaminated aquifers, fate and transport of toxic chemicals, water footprint of biofuels, microbial-plant interactions, water treatment and reuse, and environmental implications and applications of nanotechnology. Dr. Alvarez currently serves on the EPA’s Science Advisory Board and the editorial board of Environmental Science and Technology. Additionally, he serves as honorary professor at Nankai and Kunming Universities in China and as adjunct professor at the  Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina in Florianopolis, Brazil.

Dr. Alvarez is the 2012 Clarke Prize Recipient, a Diplomat of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers, and a Fellow of AAAS, ASCE, IWA, WEF and the Leopold Leadership Foundation.  Past honors include President of AEESP; the Malcolm Pirnie-AEESP Frontiers in Research Award; the WEF McKee Medal for Groundwater Protection; the  SERDP cleanup project of the year award; the Button of the City of Valencia; the Collegiate Excellence in Teaching Award from the University of Iowa; the Alejo Zuloaga Medal from the Universidad de  Carabobo, Venezuela; a Career Award from the National Science  Foundation; a Rackham Fellowship; and various best paper awards with his students.

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Doug Arent

Director of Strategic Analysis Center, NREL

Doug Arent is the current director of the Strategic Energy Analysis Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Arent received his B.S. in systems engineering and chemistry from Harvey Mudd College in 1982 and his M.S. in business administration from Regis University in 1995. He also obtained his Ph.D. in physical and analytical inorganic chemistry from Princeton University in 1987. Arent’s current research focuses on market aspects of renewable energy-related technologies. He is an expert in the field of clean energy markets and technological strategies and efficient planning and financial analysis competencies. He also has experience working with government officials on a national and international level.

Arent’s work experience includes positions such as program development manager, senior project coordinator, senior research associate with National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and vice president of business development at Amonix Inc. He also serves on several committees, including the Keystone Energy Board, the National Petroleum Council Study, and the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews Editorial Board.

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Bill Arnold

Professor of Energy Management, Rice University

Bill Arnold is Professor in the Practice of Energy Management at the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University in Houston, Texas. Bill joined Rice in June 2009 and taught courses on the Geopolitics of Energy and managing in a carbon-constrained world. He actively engages with professionals in academia and industry from around the world. Previously, as Royal Dutch Shell’s Washington Director of International Government Relations and Senior Counsel for the Middle East, Latin America, and North Africa, he engaged at the highest levels of government in the US and abroad to provide geopolitical insights, develop business strategies, build scenarios, and advance multi-billion dollar projects. He has been with Shell since 1993.

Bill holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Cornell University, as well as a Master of Arts in Latin American Studies and a Master of Business Administration/International Finance from the University of Texas at Austin. While in his early twenties, he was Field Director of Amigos de las Americas, a private international development organization with more than 250 volunteers in Honduras and Guatemala. He served in the US Army and was awarded the Army Commendation Medal.

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Mark Brownstein

Associate Vice President/Chief Counsel of US Energy and Climate Program, EDF

Mark Brownstein is the Associate Vice President & Chief Counsel of the US Energy and Climate Program at Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), and he leads EDF’s natural gas efforts. Mark also specializes in utility-related issues, including transmission development, wholesale and retail electric market design, rate reform, and power plant siting and investment. Mark was one of two EDF staff leads on the United States Climate Action Partnership, a coalition of the nation’s leading corporations and environmental groups championing immediate action on federal legislation to cap and substantially reduce greenhouse gas pollution across the US economy. He is co-author of the Carbon Principles, a set of enhanced due diligence principles for investment banks considering the financing of coal fired power plants.

Prior to joining EDF, Mark was Director of Enterprise Strategy for Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG), where he worked directly with PSEG’s senior leadership in crafting and implementing the corporation’s business strategy. Over his nearly ten year career with PSEG, Mark served the company in a variety of environmental management roles, including Director of Environmental Strategy and Policy. Mark was active in numerous environmental legislative and regulatory proceedings including efforts to develop federal legislation limiting emissions of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, mercury, and carbon dioxide from power plants, and the Environmental Council of States’ (ECOS) 37-state Ozone Transport Assessment Group (OTAG) process, which developed specific recommendations to address the persistent problem of ozone transport in the eastern United States. Mark was also an active member of the US EPA’s Clean Air Act Advisory Committee and New Jersey’s Renewable Energy Task Force.

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Richard Caperton

Managing Director of Energy, American Progress

Richard W. Caperton is the Managing Director of Energy at American Progress. Here, he leads the Energy Opportunity team’s work on renewable energy finance, electricity markets, and clean energy infrastructure. His work focuses on designing tools that will encourage private investment in clean energy, such as tax policies and government credit programs. He also works on electric utility issues, with a particular interest in making sure that government regulation of electricity markets enables growth of the clean energy economy.

Prior to joining American Progress, Caperton was a policy fellow at the Alliance for Climate Protection, where he performed economic impact analyses of proposed climate legislation. He previously worked in government relations at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. While with NRECA, he helped develop new grassroots advocacy programs that increased participation in the organization’s political action committee by 20 percent. He received his M.B.A. from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and a B.A. in politics from Pomona College.

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Dr. Bill Chameides

Dean, Nicholas Professor of the Environment, Duke University

Dr. Chameides is dean of Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. He was the vice chair of America’s Climate Choices, a multidisciplinary study by the National Academies designed to help policy makers figure out solutions to the problem of climate change. The study was launched in November 2008 at the request of Congress to provide policy-relevant advice, based on scientific evidence, to guide the nation’s response to climate change.

Chameides combines more than 30 years in academia as a professor, researcher, teacher, and mentor with a three-year stint as chief scientist at Environmental Defense. In addition to belonging to the NAS, he is a fellow of the American Geophysical Union and a recipient of the AGU’s MacElwane Award. He has served on numerous national and international committees and task forces and, in recognition of his “extraordinary service,” was named a National Associate of the National Academies. He has been the dean of the Nicholas School since 2007.

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Eric Drummond

Partner, Energy and Natural Resources Department, Patton Boggs LLP

Eric Drummond has practiced administrative law and complex administrative litigation for two decades, focusing his practice on alternative energy issues, electric utility, and telecommunications law. Before joining Patton Boggs, Mr. Drummond served as chair of the Alternative Energy and Cleantech practice for a regional, Denver-based firm, where he represented electric transmission developers, Smart Grid, solar, biofuel, wind and energy efficiency companies, as well as major financial institutions. While serving as the mayor of Manitou Springs, CO, Mr. Drummond participated in large-scale initiatives developed by the Colorado Governor’s Energy Office to implement sustainable energy strategies. As part of an effort to measure the City of Manitou Springs’ carbon footprint, Mr. Drummond actively supported a greenhouse gas emission reduction program and played a key role in ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability and Cities for Climate Protection campaigns. Leveraging his roles as Chair of the Economic Development Council, City Council Member, and ultimately Mayor, Mr. Drummond successfully promoted an environment of economic development that led to a record amount of private investment in Manitou Springs.

Mr. Drummond’s electric utility experience includes the representation of one of the nation’s largest investor-owned electric utility holding companies, which involved multi-state and multi-jurisdictional transactions and regulatory proceedings as well as representing the largest electric transmission and distribution utility in Texas. He has also represented cities, other governmental entities, and private landowners in major electric utility rate cases and electric transmission siting cases.

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Dr. David Ellis

Research Scientist, Texas A&M Transportation Institute

Dr. David Ellis has twenty-two years of experience in urban planning, government/public affairs, transportation analysis, strategic planning, demographic analysis, socioeconomic impact assessment, economic policy analysis, and management.  Ellis has also spent six years teaching in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning at Texas A&M University.

His recent projects include: developing a defensible “value of time” methodology for the Texas Department of Transportation to use in litigating cases seeking liquidated damages from contractors; and the U.S. Hwy. 59 Corridor Traffic Analysis Zone Study which is under contract to the Texas Engineering Extension Service and Parsons Brinkerhoff Engineers. He has also participated in developing the “Refinancing Texas Transportation”, which is also under contract to the Texas A&M Transportation Institute and the Texas Department of Transportation.

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Dr. Michelle Foss

Chief Energy Economist , B.E.G., University of Texas at Austin

Michelle Foss is the chief energy economist for the Bureau of Economic Geology at the University of Texas at Austin. Foss has over thirty years experience in energy and environmental research and consulting (oil and gas, coal, nonfuel minerals, electric power) in the U.S. and abroad in senior positions with extensive public speaking and publications. She earned her B.S. in fisheries biology from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette and her M.S. in mineral economics from the Colorado School of Mines. She also holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Houston.

Her professional experience includes work as the executive director for the Institute for Energy, Law & Enterprise at the University of Houston, the director of research at Simmons & Company International, and the coordinator for Energy & Minerals Fields Institute at the Colorado School of Mines. Foss holds several impressive recognitions including Senior Fellow for the U.S. Association for Energy and Economics, the Scientific Council, 50th Anniversary of ENI, Commemorative Encyclopedia of Hydrocarbons in collaboration with Instituto dell’Encyclopedia Italiana Treccani, 2005, and a member of the Key Women in Energy- Americas for 2003.

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Jennifer Grant

Director of Oilsands Program, Pembina Institute

Jennifer Grant is director of the Oilsands Program at the Pembina Institute. She has worked with the Institute since 2006 on the cumulative environmental impacts of Canada’s oil sands development. Grant is passionate about collaborative approaches to problem solving and enjoys working with a variety of individuals in an effort to advance Canada’s transition to a clean energy future. She holds a master of science degree in ecosystem management from the University of Calgary and a bachelor of science in biological sciences with distinction from the University of Victoria.

Grant’s previous positions include work as a policy analyst and the arctic program director at the Pembina Institute. She has also served as a research associate with the Miistakis Institute for the Rockies, the school programs coordinator for the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, and a wildlife researcher with Parks Canada.

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Samantha Gross

Director, IHS CERA

Samantha Gross, who currently serves as the IHS CERA Director, specializes in helping energy companies navigate the complex intersection of policy, environment, and technology. She is the manager of IHS CERA’s Global Energy service. She led the environmental and social aspects of IHS CERA’s recent Multiclient ‘Study Growth in the Canadian Oil Sands: Finding the New Balance’, which focused on water use and quality, local community impacts, and aboriginal issues. She was also the IHS CERA project manager for Towards a More Energy Efficient World and Thirsty Energy: Water and Energy in the 21st Century, both produced in conjunction with the World Economic Forum.

She was also involved in IHS CERA research, such as helping with reports on the water impacts of unconventional gas production, international climate change negotiations, US vehicle fuel efficiency regulations, and the California low-carbon fuel standard. Before becoming a part of IHS CERA, she was a Senior Analyst with the Government Accountability Office. Her professional experience also includes providing engineering solutions to the environmental challenges faced by petroleum refineries and other clients. Ms. Gross’s educational achievements include a BS from the University of Illinois, an MS from Stanford University, and an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley.

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Lena Hansen

Principal of Electricity Practice, Rocky Mountain Institute

Lena Hansen is a principal with RMI’s electricity practice, where she specializes in energy and carbon strategy, as well as design innovation for electric utilities, heavy industry, and corporations. Hansen’s research work focuses on RMI’s Next-Generation Utility Initiative, which aims to help drive the transformation of the electric system away from fossil fuels. Before joining RMI, she organized “Creating a Sustainable Energy Future: A Duke University Leadership Forum,” a nationally recognized forum to begin a dialogue on the future of energy in the United States. The Forum resulted in the development of a graduate-level multi-disciplinary curriculum focused on energy. In addition, Hansen has worked previously with the Alaska Center for the Environment and the Western North Carolina Alliance, where she focused on transit planning and education.

Hansen is helping to drive RMI’s work around eliminating fossil fuel use in the electric sector by supporting electric utilities’ development and implementation of low-carbon strategies. She contributes to and leads consulting projects on demand-side management, end-use energy efficiency, renewable energy integration, and greenhouse gas strategies. She has worked with a diverse set of electric utilities, including most recently managing RMI’s collaboration with Duke Energy. Her research has focused on managing the variability of wind power, including “firming” strategies and the impacts of geographically distributing systems. Hansen works with manufacturing, fuel, and high-tech industries to develop engineering and management design strategies in order to increase the energy efficiency and sustainability performance of new and existing facilities. Most recently, she worked with a privately-held oil refining company on the efficient design of a new refinery, and has worked previously with the semiconductor manufacturing and cellulosic ethanol industries.

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Amy Harder

The National Journal, Energy and Environmental Correspondent

Amy Harder is the Energy and Environmental Correspondent for the National Journal. Her writing covers a wide range of topics focused around the effects of policies, politics, and economics on energy and the environment. She has acted as a moderator and participant of National Journal panel discussions, and also runs the well established Energy & Environment Expert Blog which includes information and news from over 100 environmental experts, lawmakers, and leaders from around the country. Before obtaining her current position, Harder acted as National Journal’s lead reporter for The Ninth Justice blog.

Harder is a graduate of Western Washington University, where she received an honors degree in journalism. Her previous jobs include working at Bellingham Herald as reporter, as well as The Reporters Committee for Freedom as a staff writer. She  has appeared on several news outlets, including NPR, CSPAN, FOX News, and MSNBC. She has delivered speeches on energy and environmental regulation throughout the country.

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Todd Hirsch

Chief Economist, ATB Financial

Todd joined ATB Financial in May 2007 as its Senior Economist. As the bank’s top economic expert, he tracks and analyzes developments in Alberta’s and North America’s economy. Todd spends most of his time crisscrossing the province, sharing these economic insights at over 150 presentations a year. Todd’s ability to translate the latest economic numbers into compelling and easy to understand stories is also valued by local and national media. He appears regularly as an economic commentator for CBC Radio, The Business News Network, CTV News and The Globe and Mail, as well as various other news outlets.

Todd received his BA Honours in Economics from the University of Alberta and an MA in Economics from the University of Calgary. Since completing his education in 1993, he has held a series of economist positions at a variety of for-profit and public sector organizations, including the Canada West Foundation, the Canadian Pacific Railway, and the Bank of Canada. For almost a decade, Todd taught economics at the University of Calgary. In 2011, he was named a Rising Star by Oilweek magazine and one of Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People by Alberta Venture magazine. He was recently honoured by the federal government with the Diamond Jubilee Medal. In February 2012, Todd released his first book, The Boiling Frog Dilemma: Saving Canada from Economic Decline.

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Dr. David Hoaas

Professor in Economics, Frost School of Business, Centenary

David J. Hoaas is professor of economics in the Frost School of Business at Centenary College of Louisiana. The 2012-2013 academic year begins the twelfth year for Dr. Hoaas to serve as the College’s NCAA Faculty Athletic Representative. In his role as Faculty Athletic Representative, he serves as a resource to student-athletes, coaches, and administrators in the integration of athletics and academics at Centenary. In addition to serving as professor of economics, he served as the College’s Associate Provost.  Dr. Hoaas has a Ph.D. and M.A. from Duke University. His bachelor’s degrees in both mathematics and economics are from Bemidji State University. Professor Hoaas offers classes in all areas of applied microeconomics, including public sector economics.

His economic research has appeared in Tourism Economics, the Atlantic Economic Journal, the Eastern Economic Journal, the Southwestern Journal of Economics, the Social Science Journal, the Southwestern Economic Review, the American Journal of Economics and Sociology, and the Journal of Economic Issues. Dr. Hoaas is often called on by the local news media to comment upon matters of economic interest to the Shreveport/Bossier community.

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Robert Hutchinson

Managing Director, Rocky Mountain Institute

Robert “Hutch” Hutchinson is a managing director for the research and consulting activities at the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI). He works across all RMI programmatic areas, with a special emphasis on built environment and transportation. Prior to RMI, Hutchinson started up Pronghorn Ventures, a “cleantech” venture fund centered on the Rocky Mountain Area. Previously, he spent almost 20 years with the Boston Consulting Group, holding leadership roles in the energy, industrial, and high-tech practices over the years.  He spent about half of his BCG career overseas, especially in Latin America and Australasia, and helped start up several of BCG’s offices and practices. Before working at BCG, hutchinson was a research engineer and program manager at the DOE’s Pacific Northwest Laboratory, focusing on energy conservation and renewable technology development.

Hutchinson’s education includes a Bachelors of engineering, mechanical engineering, and mathematics from Vanderbilt University and a Masters of Business Administration from Stanford University. He also obtained a Masters in mechanical engineering from Stanford University and a certificate of postgraduate study from Cambridge University. He currently serves on several local nonprofit boards in the Denver area.

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Amy Myers Jaffe

Exec. Director for Energy Sustainability, University of California

Amy Myers Jaffe is a leading expert on global energy policy, geopolitical risk, and energy and sustainability. Jaffe serves as executive director for energy and sustainability at University of California-Davis, with a joint appointment to the Graduate School of Management and Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS). At ITS-Davis, Jaffe heads the fossil fuel component of Next STEPS (Sustainable Transportation Energy Pathways).Before joining UC Davis, Jaffe served as director of the Energy Forum and Wallace S. Wilson Fellow in Energy Studies at Rice University’s James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy. Jaffe’s research focuses on oil and natural gas geopolitics, strategic energy policy, corporate investment strategies in the energy sector, and energy economics. She was formerly senior editor and Middle East analyst for Petroleum Intelligence Weekly.

She served as a member of the reconstruction and economy working group of the Baker/Hamilton Iraq Study Group, as project director for the Baker Institute/Council on Foreign Relations Task Force on Strategic Energy Policy, as chair, working group on nuclear power in the Middle East for the U.S. Institute for Peace-Stinson Center strategic task force on Iran, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Jaffe, an energy consultant, is a frequent keynote speaker at major energy industry and investment conferences and at board meetings of industry and environmental NGOs. She has provided testimony on Capitol Hill on energy matters as well as to governments in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. She is a widely quoted commentator on oil and energy policy in the international media, appearing regularly on a variety of television and print media, including CNN, The New Hour with Jim Lehrer, FOX, Al-Jazeera TV, MSNBC, National Public Radio, the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times of London. Her writings have been featured by The New York Times, The Economist, Dow Jones International, and Petroleum Intelligence Weekly.

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Simon Knight

President/CEO, C3

Simon Knight has played an important role in Climate Change Central’s development and success, particularly in the area of energy efficiency. Knight’s passion for sustainability has kept him active in the area of energy efficiency and small-scale renewability for many years. He has served as the president of the Alberta Chapter of the Canada Green Building Council and was president of the Net Zero Energy Home Coalition. He also served as the Alberta representative on the National Advisory Council on Energy Efficiency and was a board member for the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance. His commitment to sustainable design is more personally evident in the C3 office space, where eco-friendly and energy-efficient design elements are beautifully displayed.  He is currently serving on the Board of the Alberta Clean Tech Industry Alliance and is working with a team to develop the Alberta Caucus of QUEST (Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow).

Previously, Knight worked in the environmental field within the Alberta government for 20 years. At Alberta Environment, he worked on diverse issues such as biodiversity, in-stream flow needs, information management, and Environmental Impact Assessments. He has also worked for the Water Resources Division and the Recreation and Parks Department. Mr. Knight has a Bachelor of Biological Sciences from the University of Guelph.

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Alan Krupnick

Director of Resources, Future’s CEEP

Alan Krupnick is Director of Resources for the Future’s Center for Energy Economics and Policy (CEEP) and a Senior Fellow at RFF.  Krupnick’s own research focuses on analyzing environmental and energy issues, including topics such as the benefits, costs, and design of pollution and energy policies in countries across the globe. He was lead author for Toward a New National Energy Policy: Assessing the Options study, which examines the costs and cost-effectiveness of a range of federal energy policy choices in both the transportation and electricity sectors. His primary research methodology is in the development and analysis of stated preference surveys, but he has also undertaken research on natural gas supply and impact on energy prices and policies; the costs and benefits of converting the U.S. heavy-duty truck fleet to run on liquefied natural gas; and the costs and benefits of expanded regulation around deepwater oil drilling.

Krupnick has been a consultant to many entities including state governments, federal agencies, private corporations, the Canadian government, the European Union, the World Health Organization, and the World Bank. He co-chaired an advisory committee that counseled the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on new ozone and particulate standards. Krupnick also served as senior economist on the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, advising the Clinton administration on environmental and natural resource policy issues. He is a regular member of expert committees from the National Academy of Sciences and the U.S. EPA. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Maryland.

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Stephen Lacey

Senior Editor, Greentech Media

Stephen Lacey is an energy/environmental reporter based in Washington, DC, with expertise in multi-media production, blogging, and print reporting. He is currently a Senior Editor at Greentech Media, where he reports on the business of Cleantech. He was formerly Deputy Editor of Climate Progress, a leading climate and energy blog run by the Center for American Progress, where he blogged daily on clean energy policy, technologies, and finance. He also writes occasionally for Corporate Knights Magazine and TakePart.com.

Before joining Climate Progress, Lacey was an editor/producer with RenewableEnergyWorld.com, where he produced the Inside Renewable Energy podcast, a weekly audio news program that won a 2010 Neal Award — considered the Pulitzer Prize of business-to-business journalism. He received his B.A. in journalism from Franklin Pierce University. His specialties include audio production, copy editing, digital media, energy and environment, interviewing, and blogging.

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Sarah Ladislaw

Co-Director/Senior Fellow of the Energy and National Security Program, CSIS

Sarah Ladislaw is co-director and senior fellow in the CSIS Energy and National Security Program. Here, she focuses on the geopolitics of energy, energy security, energy technology, and climate change. She has been involved with CSIS’s work on the geopolitics portion of the 2007 National Petroleum Council study and the CSIS Smart Power Commission.

Ladislaw joined the Department of Energy (DOE) in 2003 as a presidential management fellow, and from 2003 to 2006, she worked in the Office of the Americas in DOE’s Office of Policy and International Affairs. There, she covered a range of economic, political, and energy issues in North America, the Andean region, and Brazil. While at the department, she also worked on comparative investment frameworks and trade issues, as well as biofuel development and use in the Western Hemisphere and around the world. Ladislaw also spent a short period of time working at Statoil as their Senior Director for International Affairs in the Washington office. Ladislaw received her bachelor’s degree in international affairs/East Asian studies and Japanese from the George Washington University in 2001 and her master’s degree in international affairs/international security from the George Washington University in 2003 as part of the Presidential Administrative Fellows Program.

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John Larson

Vice President, Public Sector Consulting, IHS

John W. Larson is the Global Leader for Public Sector Consulting at IHS where he leads the economic analysis for engagements at the intersection of policy issues and modeling.

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Michael Levi

Director/Senior Fellow of Energy and Environment, CFR

Michael A. Levi is the David M. Rubenstein senior fellow for energy and the environment at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and director of the CFR program on energy security and climate change. He is an expert on climate change, energy security, arms control, and nuclear terrorism. Before joining CFR, Dr. Levi was a nonresident science fellow and a science and technology fellow in foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution. Prior to that, he was director of the Federation of American Scientists’ Strategic Security Project.

Dr. Levi has testified before Congress and presented expert scientific evidence to the National Academy of Sciences on climate change and on nuclear security. His essays have been published in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Nature, and Scientific American, among others. His op-eds have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and Financial Times. Dr. Levi previously wrote a monthly online column on science and security for the New Republic, and served as a technical consultant to the critically acclaimed television drama 24. He currently writes a blog on energy, climate, and nuclear issues.

Dr. Levi holds a BSc (Hons.) in mathematical physics from Queen’s University (Kingston) and an MA in physics from Princeton University, where he studied string theory and cosmology. He holds a PhD in war studies from the University of London (King’s College), where he was the SSHRC William E. Taylor fellow.

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Timothy Lomax

Senior Research Engineer, Texas A&M

Dr. Lomax has been extensively involved in urban mobility research for more than 30 years. He developed and applied a methodology to assess areawide traffic congestion levels and congestion costs. The Urban Mobility Report examines trends in urban area mobility in 101 cities throughout the U.S. A related pooled-fund research project has developed several performance measures and analytical techniques to describe mobility to a wide range of audiences, including transportation professionals, public policy decision-makers, the media, and the general public.

Dr. Lomax has also been involved in developing and evaluating a wide range of solutions to mobility problems, including high-occupancy vehicle facilities and improving decision-making processes and performance measurements. He also played a role in both the regional and statewide congestion analyses and in developing principles and performance measures to evaluate and communicate solution strategies. These studies included assisting the public agencies and business community in Atlanta and Houston to develop a process to estimate congestion levels, identify cost-effectiveness analysis procedures, and find the effect of a range of mobility improvement strategies. He was the lead researcher in a project to examine the benefits of transportation improvements and the cost of addressing congestion in major Texas metropolitan regions for the Texas Governor’s Business Council, the Texas 2030 Committee, and a joint working group of Texas DOT and Metropolitan Planning Organizations.

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Alice Madden

Chair in Sustainable Development, University of Colorado

Alice Madden started her career in the high tech industry and then practiced law for nine years before running for office. First elected in 2000, Madden served four terms as a Colorado State Representative. One of her main focuses during her time in legislature was building the foundation for what is now referred to nationally as the New Energy Economy. She continued to apply her experience and passion for economic and environmental sustainability issues as Governor Ritter’s Climate Change Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff.

Two key accomplishments include taking Colorado to a 30% renewable energy standard by 2020 – the 2nd most aggressive standard in the nation, and overseeing the implementation of the groundbreaking Clean Air Clean Jobs Act that will lead to the early retirement of over 900MWs of coal power, to be replaced with cleaner burning fuels such as natural gas, wind and solar. Madden also served as a Senior Fellow on Climate Change issues at the Center for American Progress. Madden is a graduate of the University of Colorado School of Law School. Her focus on sustainability and climate change comes from her desire to preserve what makes the American West so special.

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Audrey Mascarenhas

President/CEO, Questor Technology

Ms. Audrey Mascarenhas is currently the President and CEO of Questor Technology Inc.–an international environmental oil field service company focused on clean air technologies–which holds operations in Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia. Questor designs and manufactures high efficiency waste gas incinerators that destroy toxic hydrocarbon gases, ensuring regulatory compliance, environmental protection, a maintaining of public confidence, as well as reducing operating costs for their clients. The company is focused on taking the wasted heat generated from clean combustion and utilizing it to generate power.

Mascarenhas joined Questor in 1999, and was instrumental in developing Questor’s engineering, financial, and marketing strategies. Prior to this, she held various technical, operational, commercial, and management positions during her 17-year tenure with Gulf Canada Resources Ltd., presently Conoco-Phillips. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto in Chemical Engineering and holds a Masters Degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Calgary.

Mascarenhas has had the opportunity to share her passion for the environment and the search for solutions to air quality with other audiences, notably at the ‘World Petroleum Congress’ in Johannesburg, ‘World Bank global gas flaring forum in Amsterdam, and ‘Eco Expo Asia’ in Hong Kong. She served as a distinguished lecturer with the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) in 2010-2011. Mascarenhas is a member of the Schulich Industry Advisory Council which provides general strategic advice to the Dean of Engineering at the University of Calgary.

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Dr. Kenneth Medlock

Senior Director for Energy Studies, Rice University

Kenneth B. Medlock III, Ph.D., is the James A. Baker, III, and Susan G. Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics at the Rice University’s Baker Institute and the senior director of the Center for Energy Studies. He is also an adjunct professor and lecturer in the Department of Economics at Rice University. He is an expert in the development of the Rice World Natural Gas Trade Model, aimed at assessing the future of international natural gas trade. He has published numerous scholarly articles in his primary areas of interest, which include natural gas markets, energy commodity price relationships, gasoline markets, transportation, national oil company behavior, economic development and energy demand, and energy use and the environment. He also teaches courses in energy economics and supervises Ph.D. students in the energy economics field. Medlock received his Ph.D. in economics from Rice in 2000, and held the MD Anderson Fellowship at the Baker Institute from 2000 to 2001.

Medlock is currently the vice president for academic affairs for the United States Association for Energy Economics (USAEE). In 2001, he won (joint with Ron Soligo) the International Association for Energy Economics Award for Best Paper of the Year in the Energy Journal. In 2011, he was given the USAEE’s Senior Fellow Award. He is also an active member of the American Economic Association and the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, and is also an academic member of the National Petroleum Council (NPC). Medlock has served as an adviser to the U.S. Department of Energy and the California Energy Commission in their respective energy modeling efforts. He was the lead modeler of the Modeling Subgroup of the 2003 NPC study of long-term natural gas markets in North America, and was also a contributing author to the recent NPC study “North American Resource Development.”

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Michal Moore

Senior Fellow, ISEEE, University of Calgary

Michael C. Moore is Senior Fellow at the Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy at the University of Calgary in Alberta. He was the former Chief Economist at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado and is an economist and former regulator in the energy industry in California. Dr. Moore received his Bachelor of Science in Geology at Humboldt State University and a Master of Science from the Ecology Institute at the University of California at Davis in Land Economics. He obtained a PhD from the University of Cambridge in England in Economics where he is a member of Darwin College.

Moore is a former Commissioner with the California Energy Commission, where he held the designated Economist position. In that role, he oversaw market structure issues, pricing of electricity and natural gas, and data collection for the Commission as presiding member of the Electricity and Natural Gas Committee. He directed the $2 billion U.S. program to maintain and expand the renewable energy industry in the state, and he also presided over many complex siting cases regarding the needs of a new fossil-fired generation. Dr. Moore is an active researcher in the areas of urban open space and agricultural land conversion, local government fiscal impacts, and the structure and rules of energy markets. He is an accomplished public speaker and participates in a wide variety of public forums ranging from energy and fiscal policy to land use.

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Melissa Morris

Operations Team Lead (CWI), for Shell

Melissa Morris is currently a Completions and Well Interventions Operations Team Lead in the Onshore Unconventionals group at Shell. In this role, she is responsible for ensuring the safe execution of various completions activities, including hydraulic fracturing.

Melissa began her career with Shell in 2007 after graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University. She began as a C&WI Engineer and has been involved in various projects, including both conventional and unconventional oil and gas plays. Melissa is registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office and received her Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Houston in 2013.

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Dr. Richard Newell

Administrator, U.S. Energy Information Administration

Dr. Richard G. Newell was the Administrator of the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). He was sworn in on August 3, 2009, and since then was responsible for collecting, analyzing, and disseminating independent and impartial energy information to promote sound policy-making, efficient markets, and public understanding of energy and its interaction with the economy and the environment.

Previously he served as the Senior Economist for energy and environment on the President’s Council of Economic Advisers. He also spent many years as a Senior Fellow at Resources for the Future (RFF), an independent, non-partisan environmental and resource economics research institution in Washington, DC. He has published widely on the economics of markets and policies for energy, the environment, and related technologies, particularly alternatives for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and achieving other energy and environmental goals.

Newell was a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, a University Fellow of RFF, and on several boards including the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, the journal Energy Economics, the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, and the Automotive X-Prize. He has served on several National Academy of Science expert committees related to energy, environment, and innovation. Newell holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University in environmental and resource economics. He also holds an M.P.A. from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and a B.S. in materials engineering and a B.A. in philosophy from Rutgers University.

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Karen Palmer

Research Director/Associate Director for Electricity, CCEP

Palmer has been a researcher at Resources for the Future for more than 20 years and is the first recipient of the Darius Gaskins Chair. She specializes in the economics of environmental and public utility regulation, particularly on issues at the intersection of air quality regulation and the electricity sector. Her primary goals are to improve the design of incentive-based environmental regulations that influence the electric utility sector. She identifies cost-effective approaches to allocating emissions allowances, explores policies targeting carbon emissions and other air pollutants, and efficiently finds ways to promote the use of renewable sources of electricity.

Palmer’s work has direct ties to debates on the design of a federal cap-and-trade program for greenhouse gas emissions and regional efforts to control releases of CO2. She is a co-author of the book Alternating Currents: Electricity Markets and Public Policy, published by RFF Press in 2002. Before joining RFF in 1989, Palmer was a teaching fellow at Boston College and a staff economist at Data Resources, Inc. In 1996-1997, she was a visiting economist in the Office of Economic Policy at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

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Brian Parsons

Transmission and Grid Integration Group Manager, NREL

Brian Parsons is the Transmission and Grid Integration Group Manager at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. His team focuses on the electrical system integration issues posed by large scale wind and solar power generation. Research areas include interconnection dynamics and reliability, grid operations, and transmission expansion planning. Brian and his team members analyze how to efficiently accommodate increasing percentages of variable renewables, which requires evolution of grid practices, incorporating improved forecasting, and use of other mitigation measures like demand control, selective curtailment, and potentially electrical storage.

Brian works closely with the Utility Variable-Generation Integration Group and has served as co-editor of the IEEE Power and Energy Magazine on special topical issues about wind integration. He also contributes to the international collaborative work of the International Energy Agency Task 25 on Design and Operation of Power Systems with Large Amounts of Wind Power.

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Dr. Tad Patzek

Chariman of the Department of Petroleum, Univ. of Texas at Austin

Dr. Tad Patzek is chairman of the Department of Petroleum & Geosystems Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. He earned his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the Silesian Technical University, Poland in 1980. He joined the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin in 2008.

Dr. Patzek’s research involves mathematical modeling of earth systems with emphasis on multiphase fluid flow physics and rock mechanics. He is also working on smart, process-based control of very large waterfloods in unconventional, low-permeability formations, and on the mechanics of hydrate-bearing sediments. In a broader context, Patzek works on the thermodynamics and ecology of human survival and energy supply schemes for humanity. He has participated in the global debate on energy supply schemes by giving hundreds of press interviews and appearing on the BBC, PBS, CBS, CNBC, ABC, NPR, and the like, and giving invited lectures around the world.

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Paul Paynter

Senior Marketing Manager of Energy, KPMG Canada

The key focus of Paynter’s role is to promote Calgary as “The Global Energy Centre”, while other goals include driving new inward investments to the city, establishing Calgary as a key centre for all things energy, as well as promoting energy-related trade by Calgary-based companies in emerging markets.

Key successes with Calgary Economic Development have included the recruitment of over 30 Calgary companies–including Enbridge, MEG Energy, Baytex, and CN Rail–to join the CED Investment and Trade Mission to Beijing and Shanghai in May 2011, which also attracted Alberta Finance Minister Lloyd Snelgrove and Mayor Nenshi of Calgary. CED partnered with CAPP and PSAC to recruit leading energy companies to the follow-up investment mission to Hong Kong and Beijing in June 2012. Paynter and CED also won the competitive process for Calgary to host the International Sustainable Energy Congress in the city. Paynter led the creation and launch of Calgary’s first Sustainable & Renewable Energy sector profile, which won two Platinum Hermes Marketing Awards in June 2011. He is currently working on a new Energy Sector profile for the city.

Prior to joining CED in 2010, Paynter was Director for UK Trade & Investment in Calgary, where he promoted UK exports and inward investment to the oil and gas community in western Canada. The office that Paynter oversaw sought to become a full UK Consulate in the summer 2012, as announced by UK Prime Minister David Cameron. Paynter is a member of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce Energy and Environment Committees, a Rotarian and a member of the Calgary Consular Corps.

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Dr. Craig Pirrong

Director--Global Energy Management Institute, Professor of Finance, UH

Dr. Pirrong previously was the Watson Family Professor of Commodity and Financial Risk Management and Associate Professor of Finance at Oklahoma State University. He joined the faculty of the Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston as Professor of Finance and the Energy Markets Director for Global Energy Management Institute in January, 2003. He has also served on the faculty of the University of Michigan Business School, the Graduate School of Business of the University of Chicago, and the Olin School of Business of Washington University in St. Louis. He holds a Ph.D. in business economics from the University of Chicago.

Professor Pirrong’s research focuses on the economics of commodity markets, the relation between market fundamentals and commodity price dynamics, and the implications of this relation for the pricing of commodity derivatives. His most recent research is concentrated on the power markets. Pirrong has created a power derivatives pricing model that links observable fundamentals, such as temperature and loads, to power derivatives prices. Professor Pirrong has also published extensively on the economics of financial exchanges. He has published 30 articles in professional publications and is the author of three books. Professor Pirrong has consulted widely. His clients have included electric utilities, major commodity processors and consumers, and commodity exchanges around the world.

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Eric Potter

Associate Director of Energy Programs, Bureau of Economic Geology

Potter comes to the university from industry, having worked as a geologist, manager, and associate director at Marathon Oil Company from 1975 to 2001. He is the associate director for energy programs at the Bureau of Economic Geology, a quasi-state agency within the university that serves as the state geological survey for Texas. Potter manages geologists working in all fossil energy areas that the Bureau covers, from enhanced oil recovery to reservoir characterization, resource assessment, and structural geology. He can speak generally on national energy topics, with specialized expertise in Texas mineral and energy resources, technology transfer, and the Barnett Shale.

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Dr. Joseph Pratt

Professor of History and Business, UH

Dr. Pratt is a leading historian of the petroleum industry. He received his undergraduate degree from Rice University and his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University. Pratt taught at UC-Berkeley, the Harvard Business School, and Texas A&M before coming to the University of Houston in 1986 with a joint chair in history and management. He has served as Chair of the History Department, Executive Director of the Scholars’ Community, and Interim Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS). He is currently the coordinator of the campus-wide Energy Management and Policy Group. Professor Pratt has been a consultant for the PBS mini-series on the oil industry, “The Prize”, and for the American Experience documentary on the Trans-Alaskan Pipeline. He is the editor of the Oil and Business History Series for Texas A&M University Press; the director of the Houston History Project; and the editor of Houston History, a magazine of popular history.

Professor Pratt teaches courses in energy history and regulation, international business, and public history. He has won university teaching awards at UC-Berkeley and the University of Houston, in addition to teaching excellence awards from the business school at UC-Berkeley, CLASS at UH, and the EMBA Program at UH. He also has received the Houston Alumni Organization’s award as the Outstanding Faculty Member in College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. His students range from freshmen in the American history survey classes, to business executives in the executive MBA programs, to graduate students in history seminars. Dr. Pratt is the author/co-author of ten books and numerous articles. His research is primarily in energy history and the history of the Houston region. He is currently completing a history of ExxonMobil from 1973-2005.

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Tim Profeta

Director, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

Tim Profeta is the director of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. Since 2005, the Institute has grown into a major nonpartisan player in key environmental debates. Profeta’s areas of expertise include climate change and energy policy, the Clean Air Act, and adaptive use of current environmental laws to address evolving environmental challenges. His work at the Institute has included numerous legislative and executive branch proposals to mitigate climate change, including providing Congressional testimony several times on his work at Duke University, developing multiple legislative proposals for cost containment and economic efficiency in greenhouse gas mitigation programs, and facilitating climate and energy policy design processes for several U.S. states.

Prior to his arrival at Duke, Profeta served as counsel for the environment to Sen. Joseph Lieberman. As Lieberman’s counsel, he was a principal architect of the Lieberman-McCain Climate Stewardship Act of 2003. He also represented Lieberman in legislative negotiations pertaining to environmental and energy issues, as well as coordinating the senator’s energy and environmental portfolio during his runs for national office. Profeta has continued to build on his Washington experience to engage in the most pertinent debates surrounding climate change and energy. Profeta also serves as Chairman of the Board for 8 Rivers Capital, is a member of the Climate Action Reserve Board of Directors, and is a member of The American Law Institute. He holds an appointment as an Associate Professor of the Practice at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy. Profeta earned a J.D., magna cum laude, and M.E.M. in Resource Ecology from Duke in 1997 and a B.A. in Political Science from Yale University in 1992.

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Frank Sesno

Director, School of Media and Public Affairs, GWU

Frank Sesno is director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at the George Washington University, an Emmy-Award-winning journalist, and host and creator of Planet Forward, a groundbreaking Web-to-television show seen on PBS. Sesno’s career highlights include 21 years at CNN, where Sesno served as White House correspondent, anchor and Washington Bureau Chief. He is currently hosting a 10-part series for public television that explores news and communication in the digital age titled The Future of News with Frank Sesno at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

Before joining CNN in 1984, Sesno worked as a radio correspondent at the White House and in London for the Associated Press. He has won several prestigious journalistic awards, including an Emmy, several cable ACE awards, and an Overseas Press Club Award. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Sesno holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Middlebury College and serves on the Washington Advisory Board of the Posse Foundation. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Potomac School in McLean, Va., and on the Educational Advisory Board of CINE 2009.

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Mukul Sharma

Professor/Chair, PGE, University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Mukul Sharma earned his Ph.D. in petroleum engineering from the University of Southern California in 1985. He joined the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin that same year. Dr. Sharma researches natural gas engineering, injection water management, formation damage and petrophysics. He also researches surface and colloid chemistry as well as fluid flow in porous media as it relates to exploration and production of oil and gas. He has researched ways to best inject water into oil wells, a process which forces more oil out of the underground areas where it resides.

Sharma has studied methods for combating fractured wells and oily water, both of which result in a decline in injection success. He also aims to improve oil recovery through his study of wetting and spreading (both of which are interactions between a solid and spilled liquid due to surface tension). He is interested in cleaning up damage caused by structural failures–including wall-building filter cakes and perforations–and preventing such failures by accounting for chemical effects in well-born stability models.

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Mike Simpson

Systems Integration Engineer, NREL

Mike Simpson is a systems integrations engineer at National Renewable Energy Laboratory. He obtained his B.S. in aerospace engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder and his M.S. in systems design and optimization from the Georgia Institute of Technology. His publications include topics such as the introduction and integration of electrically powered vehicles. He served as a mechanical engineering assistant at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics from 1999 to 2003 where he worked on projects involving CAD drafting and revision, satellite thermal analysis, and ground support equipment design. From there, he moved to the Aerospace Systems Design Lab where Simpson’s expertise helped develop more efficient High Altitude Long Endurance air vehicles and Regenerative Energy Power Plants.

At the AV Inc, Simpson was involved in projects including the testing of fuel cell hybrid vehicles, aero-propulsed real time simulations, and wind tunnel data research for vehicle aerodynamic characterization. From 2008 to 2010, Simpson moved to the Rocky Mountain Institute where his focus was on vehicle efficiency. His responsibilities at RMI included transportation subject matter expertise, data analysis, vehicle performance simulation and estimation, financial/business case analysis, business development, and industrial efficiency consulting. Now, at National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Simpson conducts research in smart grid integration of plug-in electric vehicles.

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Michael Skelly

President/Founder, Clean Line Energy

Michael Skelly is the Founder and President of Clean Line Energy. Michael founded the company with the hope that Clean Line’s projects will bring about thousands of megawatts of new renewable energy projects.

Prior to founding Clean Line, Michael led the development of Horizon Wind Energy from a two-man company to a leadership position in the U.S. wind industry. Before Horizon, Michael developed thermal, hydroelectric, biomass and wind energy projects in Central America with Energia Global. In the early 1990’s Michael co-founded the Rainforest Aerial Tram, a mile-long tramway system which takes visitors on an aerial tour of the rain forest in Costa Rica. In 2008, he ran for the United States Congress as the Democratic nominee in the seventh District of Texas.

Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Notre Dame. He served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Central America before obtaining an MBA from Harvard Business School. Today, Michael sits on the boards of C12 Energy and the Houston Parks Board.

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Jonathan Stern

Director of Gas Research, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies

Jonathan Stern is Director of Gas Research at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, where he has created a research program which conducts independent research and commentary on international gas issues worldwide. He is also Honorary Professor at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum & Mineral Law & Policy, University of Dundee and Visiting Professor at Imperial College’s Centre for Environmental Policy in London. He is also a Member of the Scientific Committee of IEFE (Istituto di Economia i Politica dell’Energia i dell’Ambiente), Milan; and a Member of the Board of Advisors, Center for Energy Economics, Bureau of Economic Geology, University of Texas at Austin.

Over the past two decades Professor Stern has become an internationally known speaker and author on natural gas issues in Europe, the former Soviet Union, and a very wide range of countries around the world. He also speaks about the regulation of gas and electricity utilities and utility strategy in liberalizing markets, as well as energy and climate change issues in transition economies. His most recent book is Natural Gas in Asia: the challenges of growth in China, India, Japan and Korea. He is the co-editor of Natural Gas Markets in the Middle East and North Africa. Professor Stern’s current work focuses on global natural gas pricing issues and specifically the changing commercial paradigm in Europe.

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Kali Taylor

Executive Director, Student Energy

Kali Taylor developed a passion for community building at a young age, being raised in a small town where she sat on various community initiative committees and soon formed one of Alberta’s first youth councils. From this she went on to consult small, rural communities on how to better engage youth. Taylor found her passion for the energy industry when she began working in the industry as an analyst at the young age of 19, all while studying for her Bachelor of Commerce in Energy Management at the University of Calgary. She chaired the planning of the inaugural International Student Energy Summit that brought 350 students from 30 countries to Calgary to learn from leading energy experts. Taylor then founded the not-for-profit, Student Energy which works to create a global movement of students committed to transitioning the world to a sustainable energy future. She now holds the organization’s title of President and Executive Director.

Ms. Taylor has also worked in industry at the Integrated CO2 Network (ICO2N) on Carbon Capture and Storage Initiatives and is an independent consultant who works with many of Calgary’s major energy companies on improving triple bottom line performance and innovation. She has received numerous awards for her dedication and leadership in community activities, including the Premier’s Citizenship Award, Queen Elizabeth II Citizenship Medal, the National Millennium Leadership Scholarship, the Haskayne School of Business Action Award and Outstanding Graduate Award, and a Siemens Future Influencer on Sustainability. She was also named one of Canada’s Top 25 Environmentalists Under 25 in 2011.

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Jeff Tiller

Professor/Chairperson, Department of Tech and Environmental Design, ASU

Jeff Tiller is a professor and chairperson at Appalachian State University’s department of technology and environmental design. He has a B.S. and M.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Tiller’s teaching specialties include topics such as construction technology and building science, residential mechanical systems, renewable energy technologies, and energy, economics, and environmental analysis. He is a distinguished member of organizations such as the Southface Energy Institute, the Energy Efficient Builder’s Association, and the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers. Tiller’s publications include works such as the Builder’s Guide to Energy Efficient Homes, Passive Solar Design Guidebook, North Carolina State Energy Plan, and the North Carolina Energy Code.

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Dr. Donald Van Nieuwenhuise

Director of the Professional Geoscience Programs, UH

Dr. Van Nieuwenhuise is currently Director of the Professional Geoscience Programs in the Department of Geosciences, as well as Director of the Applied Sequence and Biostratigraphy Program. He is also a Research Associate Professor in the department and an Adjunct Professor in the Petroleum Engineering Program in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Houston. He frequently teaches Physical Geology, Petroleum Geology, Integrated Reservoir Characterization, Applied Biostratigraphy and other specialized topics in stratigraphy and sedimentology.

His previous experience includes 18 years with AMOCO in stratigraphic research, stratigraphic applications, and management. His assignments included fields and prospects within the US and in over 40 other countries. Prior to joining the AMOCO Research Center in Tulsa, he was a geologist for MOBIL in New Orleans, where he successfully drilled more than 15 exploration, production, and blow-out kill wells. While in New Orleans, he was also an adjunct professor in Petroleum Engineering at Tulane University, where he taught Reservoir Characterization and Subsurface Methods. Prior to his stint in New Orleans, he worked on Cretaceous through recent stratigraphic problems of the US Gulf and Atlantic coastal plains with the USGS at the Smithsonian Institution.

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Katie Wallace

Sustainability Specialist, New Belgium Brewing Company

In 2004, Katie Wallace acted as a sales analyst for the New Belgium Brewing Company before working her way up as the company’s Sustainability Specialist (aka “Purveyor of the Good Life”) in 2008. Her background in Finance and Economics helped her gain her initial position with the brewery, but her interest in environmental conservation and cultural innovation helped her, as well as the company, work towards a new direction in terms of strategizing and environmental initiatives.

To apply this, Wallace works by instituting a new energy policy or method of sustainability, seeing that it is implemented by her fellow coworkers, and offers her insight to the importance of environmental conservation within company decision making. Wallace has been attached to several projects, including the installation of a smart grid to the New Belgium Brewery, as well as Save the Colorado, an awareness group which helps fund water conservation efforts along the Colorado River.

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Dr. Michael Webber

Associate Director, Jackson School of Geoscience, CIEEP

Dr. Michael Webber earned his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering with a minor in electrical engineering from Stanford University in 2001. He joined the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin in 2006. He is the associate director of the Jackson School of Geosciences’ Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy (CIEEP), which seeks to inform the energy and environmental policy-making process with scientific and engineering expertise. Dr. Webber has led research projects for policy issues relevant to energy, innovation and national security. He has commercial experience at a startup company where he invented cutting-edge laser-based gas-sensing instrumentation for homeland security, industrial and environmental monitoring applications.

While at Stanford, he developed diode laser-based gas sensors for applications such as monitoring environmental emissions, analyzing space station bioreactors and optimizing combustion. Webber has given more than 100 speeches and presentations to a range of technical and general audiences, as well as executive briefings to senior decision makers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the U.S. Department of Defense and Honda’s American research and development center.

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Ed Whittingham

Executive Director, Pembina Institute

Ed Whittingham is the Executive Director of the Pembina Institute, Canada’s leading energy and environment research organization. Pembina aims to advance sustainable energy solutions through research, advocacy and consulting, through 55 staff in seven offices across Canada working on a $5 million annual budget. In September 2011 Ed was named to Canada’s 2012 Clean50 list, which honors 50 outstanding contributors to sustainable development and clean capitalism in Canada.

From 2005 to 2010 Ed directed Pembina’s consulting program, through which he has led a variety of stakeholder, policy and technical analysis projects around sustainable energy production and consumption. These projects have been for provincial and federal government departments and corporate clients in energy, energy services, utilities, pipelines, financial services, pulp and paper and real property. He also regularly assists Pembina’s policy research projects in areas around sustainable transportation policies, clean electricity, carbon capture and storage and heavy oil extraction.

Through his work, Ed has served in an advisory capacity to companies, industry associations, government bodies and research networks on sustainable energy solutions. He regularly speaks to Canadian and American audiences on climate change, corporate sustainability, energy strategy and oil sands issues. Ed is also a faculty member of Leadership Development at The Banff Centre, a board member of Carbon Management Canada, an advisory board member of the Network for Business Sustainability, and an advisory council member of the Centre of Excellence in Responsible Business at the Schulich School of Business.

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