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Energy@Stanford & SLAC 2018 Speakers

Brian Bartholomeusz

Executive Director of Innovation Transfer, TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy

 As the TomKat Center’s Executive Director of Innovation, Brian assists in the commercialization of energy related technology inventions and innovations resulting from research at Stanford. Brian has held senior technology management positions in startups and established companies. He has focused on business and technology strategy, and managed the development and commercialization of new products for renewable energy and consumer electronics. He facilitated successful cross-border joint ventures, technology partnerships, and collaborative technology and product development programs. Brian has co-founded three startups and participated in a successful initial public stock offering. He has written more than 25 peer-reviewed publications, submitted fourteen granted and pending patents, and spoken at industry events.

Brian earned a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Stanford, and a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Cambridge University.

Sally M. Benson

Professor, Energy Resources Engineering; Co-Director, Precourt Institute for Energy; Director, Global Climate & Energy Project, Stanford University

Sally M. Benson, who joined Stanford University in 2007, is the co-director of Stanford's Precourt Institute for Energy and the director of the Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP). A Professor in the Department of Energy Resources Engineering in the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences, she studies technologies and pathways to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Prior to joining GCEP, Benson was a staff scientist in the Earth Sciences Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). In 2004, she completed a four-year term as Deputy Director of Operations at the lab. Benson also served as Division Director for Earth Sciences and Associate Laboratory Director for Energy Sciences at LBNL.

A ground water hydrologist and reservoir engineer, Benson has conducted research to address a range of issues related to energy and the environment. Her research interests include geologic storage of CO2 in deep underground formations, technologies and energy systems for a low-carbon future, and geotechnical instrumentation for subsurface characterization and monitoring.

The author or co-author of over 160 scientific publications, Benson is a member of the American Geophysical Union, the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Chemical Society.

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Marshall Burke

Assistant Professor, Department of Earth System Science Center Fellow, Center on Food Security and the Environment

Marshall Burke is Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth System Science and Center Fellow at the Center on Food Security and the Environment at Stanford University, and Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. His research focuses on social and economic impacts of environmental change, and on the economics of rural development in Africa. His work has appeared in both economics and scientific journals, including recent publications in Nature, Science, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and the Review of Economics and Statistics.

Burke holds a PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from UC Berkeley, and a BA in International Relations from Stanford.


Steven Callander

Herbert Hoover Professor in Public and Private Management and Professor, by Courtesy, of Economics and of Political Science

Steve Callander is a political economist working at the intersection of business, politics, and society. As a researcher, he uses the tools of game theory to build models of political and economic institutions (legislatures, bureaucracies, markets, etc.) to understand how they work, how they can be designed better, and how business strategy can incorporate “beyond market” issues. He teaches classes on Strategy Beyond Markets and Strategic Crisis Management at Stanford's Graduate School of Business.

Matteo Cargnello

Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering and Terman Faculty Fellow

Matteo Cargnello's group research interests are in the preparation and use of uniform and tailored materials for heterogeneous catalysis and photocatalysis and the technological exploitation of nanoparticles and nanocrystals. Reactions of interest are related to sustainable energy generation and use, control of emissions of greenhouse gases, and better utilization of abundant building blocks (methane, biomass). Dr. Cargnello received his Ph.D. in Nanotechnology in 2012 at the University of Trieste (Italy). He was then a post-doctoral scholar in the Chemistry Department at the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) before joining the Faculty at Stanford.



Lynette Cegelski

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Lynette Cegelski's research is inspired by the challenge and importance of elucidating chemical structure and function in biological systems and the need for new and unconventional approaches to solve outstanding problems in biology and medicine. The Cegelski laboratory has developed a unique set of tools to determine atomic- and molecular-level detail in macromolecular assemblies, intact cells, and bacterial biofilms. Coupled with small-molecule screening and inhibitor discovery, they are driving the development of new strategies to address the global challenge of antibiotic resistance and infectious disease. Current research in the Cegelski Lab examines bacterial cell-wall composition and, beyond the cell surface, how bacteria self-assemble extracellular structures and use these as building blocks to generate biofilm architectures. Additional targets of study include functional amyloid fibers termed curli and the mechanism by which bacteria use curli together with cellulose to construct biofilm architectures.

Lynette Cegelski completed her undergraduate studies in Chemistry at SUNY-Binghamton, New York (B.S. summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa 1998). She moved to Washington University to conduct her PhD training as a solid-state NMR spectroscopist (Ph.D. Biophysical Chemistry 2004).

Yi Cui

Professor of Materials Science and Engineering

Yi Cui is a Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford University.  His current research is on nanomaterials design for energy and environment technology.  Yi Cui is an Associate Editor of Nano Letters.  He is a co-director of the Bay Area Photovoltaic Consortium of the US Department of Energy.  He is a highly proliferate materials scientist and has published ~310 research papers, filed more than 40 patent applications and give ~300 plenary/keynote/invited talks.  In 2014, he was ranked NO. 1 in Materials Science by Thomson Reuters as "The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds."

He has received numerous awards including MRS Fellow (2016), MRS Kavli Distinguished Lectureship in Nanoscience (2015), Resonate Award for Sustainability (2015), Inaugural Nano Energy Award (2014), Blavatnik National Award Finalist (2014), Wilson Prize (2011), the Sloan Research Fellowship (2010), KAUST Investigator Award (2008), ONR Young Investigator Award (2008), MDV Innovators Award (2007), the Technology Review World Top Young Innovator Award (2004).   He has founded Amprius Inc. (2008) to commercialize the breakthrough high-energy battery technology and co-founded 4C Air Inc. (2015) to commercialize the PM2.5 filtration technology from his lab.

Yi Cui received his Bachelor's degree in Chemistry from the University of Science and Technology of China, and his Ph.D. in Chemistry at Harvard University. 

Stephan Graham

Chester Naramore Dean of the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences, Welton Joseph and Maud L'Anphere Crook Professor and Professor, by courtesy, of Geophysics and of Energy Resources Engineering

Stephan Graham's research centers on the origins, evolution, and energy resources of sedimentary basins, employing multiple methodologies on outcrop and subsurface data sets. A principal research focus, in collaboration with Professor Donald Lowe, is the characterization of deep-marine siliciclastic coarse-grained sediment accumulations (submarine fans). A second, longrunning research effort lies in the tectonic evolution of eastern Asia (China and Mongolia), as reflected in the fill of sedimentary basins. A third principal research area is the relationship between mountain building and climate, especially in the western U.S. and Asia, conducted in collaboration with Professor Page Chamberlain.

Dian Grueneich

Sr Research Scholar, Precourt Institute for Energy

In May 2014, Dian began an appointment with Stanford University as a Senior Research Scholar with the Precourt Energy Efficiency Center and the Shultz-Stephenson Energy Policy Task Force, to spearhead an increased focus of Stanford on state and regional energy issues, including regulatory policy governance and the next generation of energy efficiency.Dian Grueneich is a nationally and internationally recognized energy expert, with 37 years' experience. Her expertise covers energy efficiency, demand response, smart grid, renewable energy resources, transmission, and climate change. She has extensive experience in energy policy and regulation, utilities, market development and innovation, and key factors driving U.S. and global energy investments. Dian is a graduate of Stanford University and holds a J.D. from Georgetown University.Dian served as a Commissioner on the California Public Utilities Commission from 2005-2010 and led its efforts on energy efficiency, transmission planning and permitting, and representation of the Commission in Western energy activities and the state agency Climate Action Team for implementation of AB 32, California’s climate change law. Dian initiated the California Renewable Energy Transmission Initiative (RETI), helped launch the Western Renewable Energy Zone Initiative (WREZ), and served as the first Chair of the Western Governors' Association's Demand Side Management Committee for Western transmission planning.Dian also currently serves on the U.S. DOE-EPA State Energy Efficiency Action Plan Leadership Group, the NREL External Advisory Committee, the Global Cool Cities Alliance, and Advisory Boards for the Cal Poly Institute for Advanced Technology & Public Policy and the Advanced Energy Economy. Dian also serves as a U.S. DOE Clean Energy Education & Empowerment U.S. Ambassador and served on the U.S. DOE Electricity Advisory Committee. Dian’s professional recognitions include the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ Clean Energy Award, eeGlobal Forum’s first “Visionary Award” for energy leadership, and ACEEE’s National Champion of Energy Efficiency Award.

Moira Hafer

Manager, Building Sustainability Performance Program

Moira serves as the Manager of the Building Sustainability Performance Program in the Department of Sustainability & Energy Management at Stanford University. Her work includes addressing energy, water, and waste issues in Stanford’s buildings to improve overall sustainability performance. Moira has also served on the Assessments team in the Office of Sustainability, where she was responsible for compilation, analysis and reporting of key sustainability metrics for the campus as a whole. Before joining Stanford, Moira served as the Program Manager for a residential energy efficiency program at Acterra, an environmental non-profit organization based in Palo Alto. Moira graduated from Stanford with a B.A. in Human Biology and a concentration in International Environmental Policy.    

Thomas Heller

Lewis Talbot and Nadine Hearn Shelton Professor of International Legal Studies, Emeritus, Stanford Law School

An expert in international law and legal institutions, Thomas C. Heller has focused his research on the rule of law, international climate control, global energy use, and the interaction of government and nongovernmental organizations in establishing legal structures in the developing world. He has created innovative courses on the role of law in transitional and developing economies, as well as the comparative study of law in developed economies. He has co-directed the law school’s Rule of Law Program, as well as the Stanford Program in International and Comparative Law. Professor Heller has been a visiting professor at the European University Institute, Catholic University of Louvain, and Hong Kong University, and has served as the deputy director of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University, where he is now a senior fellow.

Professor Heller is also a senior fellow (by courtesy) at the Woods Institute for the Environment. Before joining the Stanford Law School faculty in 1979, he was a professor of law at the University of Wisconsin Law School and an attorney-advisor to the governments of Chile and Colombia.

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Roland Horne

Thomas Davies Barrow Professor in the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences and Senior Fellow at the Precourt Institute for Energy

Roland N. Horne is the Thomas Davis Barrow Professor of Earth Sciences, Professor of Energy Resources Engineering, and Deputy Director and Senior Fellow at the Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford University. He serves as director of two energy-related research programs in the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences, the Stanford Geothermal Program and SUPRI-D, and chaired the Department of Petroleum Engineering (now Energy Resources Engineering) from 1995 to 2006. Horne is an internationally recognized expert on geothermal energy, particularly well-test interpretation, production optimization and tracer analysis of fractured geothermal reservoirs. He is an honorary member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, president of the International Geothermal Association and a past member of the IGA board of directors. He is a founder of the IGA online database of geothermal conference papers. Horne is recipient of the Patricius Medal, the Stanford School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences Teaching Award, the John Franklin Carll Award and the SPE Distinguished Achievement Award for Petroleum Engineering Faculty. Horne was technical program chairman of the World Geothermal Congress in Turkey (2005) and Bali (2010), and will chair the Melbourne congress in 2015. In 2013 he was keynote speaker at the Iceland Geothermal Conference and the World Future Energy Summit. He was a guest professor at the China University of Petroleum (2007), visiting professor at the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (2006), visiting professor at the Stanford Japan Center (2005), visiting scientist at the Research Institute for Innovative Technology for the Earth (2005), and an invited speaker at Osaka and Kyoto universities (2005).

Horne holds three degrees from the University of Aukland: B.E. and Ph.D. in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, and a D.Sc. in Engineering.

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PhD candidate, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Soh Young is a PhD candidate in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University. Her research focuses on bridging a knowledge gap among diverse investor segments and catalyzing investment for the transition to a low-carbon economy. She won a research award on low-carbon investment evaluation from the United Nation Environment Programme (UNEP) Finance Initiative. Her project on a novel clean energy investment platform design received grants from the Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy, Bank of America, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Her work has received extensive media coverage such as Stanford Engineering Magazine, WIRED Magazine, Indexology by S&P Dow Jones, and Sustainable Insight Capital Management, and been invited by multiple academic and industry communities.

Soh Young promotes investment and policy issues through both education and community services. At Stanford, she has developed, organized, and taught courses in relevant disciplines including finance, governance and public policy. In 2017, Soh Young won a Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) award, which is hosted by the Department of Energy (DOE), the MIT Energy Initiative, and the Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy.

Soh Young completed her MA in International Policy Studies at Stanford, and BA in Economics and Statistics at Columbia University. 

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Thomas Jaramillo

Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering and of Photon Science; Deputy Director, SUNCAT Center for Interface Science and Catalysis

Recent years have seen unprecedented motivation for the emergence of new energy technologies. Global dependence on fossil fuels, however, will persist until alternate technologies can compete economically. We must develop means to produce energy (or energy carriers) from renewable sources and then convert them to work as efficiently and cleanly as possible. Catalysis is energy conversion, and the Jaramillo laboratory focuses on fundamental catalytic processes occurring on solid-state surfaces in both the production and consumption of energy. Chemical-to-electrical and electrical-to-chemical energy conversion are at the core of the research. Nanoparticles, metals, alloys, sulfides, nitrides, carbides, phosphides, oxides, and biomimetic organo-metallic complexes comprise the toolkit of materials that can help change the energy landscape. Tailoring catalyst surfaces to fit the chemistry is our primary challenge.

Jaramillo received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Stanford, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in  Chemical Engineering from UC Santa Barbara.

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Chi-Chang Kao

Director, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

SLAC Director Chi-­Chang Kao, a noted X-ray scientist, came to SLAC in 2010 to serve as associate laboratory director for the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource. He became SLAC’s fifth director in November 2012.

Previously, Kao served for five years as chairperson of the National Synchrotron Light Source at Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York. He undertook major upgrades to the light source's scientific programs and experimental facilities while developing potential science programs for NSLS-­II, one of the newest and most advanced synchrotron facilities in the world. His research focuses on X-­ray physics, superconductivity, magnetic materials and the properties of materials under high pressure.

Kao earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering in 1980 from National Taiwan University and a doctorate in chemical engineering from Cornell University in 1988. He joined Brookhaven shortly afterward, working his way from NSLS postdoctoral research assistant to chair. Kao also served as an adjunct professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Stony Brook University.

He was elected a fellow of the American Physical Society in 2006 and was named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2010 for his many contributions to resonant elastic and inelastic X-­ray scattering techniques and their application to materials physics, as well as for his leadership at the NSLS.

Hemamala Karunadasa

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Hemamala Karunadasa works with colleagues in materials science, geology, applied physics, and more to drive the discovery of new materials with applications in clean energy. Using the tools of synthetic chemistry, her group designs hybrid materials that couple the structural tunability of organic molecules with the diverse electronic and optical properties of extended inorganic solids. This research targets materials such as sorbents for capturing environmental pollutants, electrodes for rechargeable batteries, phosphors for solid-state lighting, and absorbers for solar cells. They also design discrete molecular centers as catalysts for activating small molecules relevant to clean energy cycles.  She joined the Stanford Chemistry Department faculty in September 2012. Her research explores solution-state routes to new solid-state materials. She was recently awarded the NSF CAREER award and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship, among other honors.

Karunadasa received her A.B. in Chemistry and her Certificate in Materials Science and Engineering at Princeton University, and her Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry at UC Berkeley. Professor Karunadasa’s lab at Stanford takes a molecular approach to extended solids.

Hajin Kim

PhD Candidate, Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources

Hajin Kim is a doctoral candidate in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources (E-IPER).  Hajin's fields of research include social psychology and the law.  Her research explores assumptions of economic theory to investigate how markets and market mechanisms can be used to regulate environmental externalities.

Hajin received her BA in economics from Harvard and her JD from Stanford.  Before law school, Hajin worked for the Boston Consulting Group.  After graduating from Stanford, Hajin clerked for Judge Paul J. Watford on the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Sanjiva Lele

Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and of Mechanical Engineering

Professor Lele's research combines numerical simulations with modeling to study fundamental unsteady flow phemonema, turbulence, flow instabilities, and flow-generated sound. Recent projects include shock-turbulent boundary layer interactions, supersonic jet noise, wind turbine aeroacoustics, wind farm modeling, aircraft contrails, multi-material mixing and multi-phase flows involving cavitation. He is also interested in developing high-fidelity computational methods for engineering applications.

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Jonathan Levin

Philip H. Knight Professor and Dean of Stanford Graduate School of Business

Jonathan Levin is the Philip H. Knight Professor and Dean at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is an economist with interests in industrial organization, market design and the economics of technology. He has been a professor at Stanford for more than fifteen years, and previously served as Chair of Stanford’s Department of Economics. He has received many recognitions for teaching and research, including the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Teaching at Stanford, and the American Economic Association’s John Bates Clark Medal as the outstanding economist under the age of forty.

Levin earned his B.S. Mathematics, and his B.A in English at Stanford University, a M. Phil in Economics from Oxford  University, and his Ph.D. in Economics from MIT.

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Katharine Mach

Senior Research Scientist, Department of Earth System Science, Director of Stanford Environment Assessment Facility

Katharine Mach is a Senior Research Scientist at Stanford University, an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, and a Visiting Investigator at the Carnegie Institution for Science. She leads the Stanford Environment Assessment Facility (SEAF). Advancing foundations for action, her research is focused on integrative assessment of climate change risks and response options. The goal is innovating and evaluating new approaches to assessment, simultaneously applying them to inform decisions and policy. Priorities include methods for integrating evidence, applying expert judgment, and communicating resulting syntheses of knowledge. From 2010 until 2015, Mach co-directed the scientific activities of Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which focuses on impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability. This work culminated in the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report and its Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation. The associated global scientific collaborations have supported diverse climate policies and actions, including the Paris Agreement.

Mach received her Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Stanford University and her A.B. in Biology from Harvard College.

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Stuart Macmillan

Precourt Energy Scholar; Adjunct Professor, Department of Energy Resources Engineering

Stuart Macmillan is a Precourt Energy Scholar and Adjunct Professor at Stanford University.  Since joining Stanford in 2009 as a Consulting Professor, Stuart has contributed to a broad range of Precourt Institute for Energy initiatives, including the Global Energy Climate Project,  Energy@Stanford & SLAC  and the Energy Transformation Collaborative (ETC).  Currently, he co-teaches an interdisciplinary,  project-based series focused on developing scalable solutions to the world’s most vital systems.  Prior to joining the Precourt Institute, Stuart was a Chief Scientist at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).  He has been the founder and on the founding teams of numerous technology ventures, including a Fortune 500 AI research lab (FMC), a leading energy systems research capability (ESI, iiESI) and foundational Internet technology divisions (JavaSoft).   Stuart joined Sun Microsystems, a Stanford incubated company, after completing his M.S. and Ph.D. at Stanford University.

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Arun Majumdar

Professor, Mechanical Engineering; Co-Director, Precourt Institute for Energy, Stanford University

Dr. Arun Majumdar is the Jay Precourt Professor at Stanford University, a faculty member of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and co-director of the Precourt Institute for Energy, which integrates and coordinates research and education activities across all seven Schools and the Hoover Institution at Stanford.

Dr. Majumdar's research in the past has involved the science and engineering of nanoscale materials and devices, especially in the areas of energy conversion, transport and storage as well as biomolecular analysis. His current research focuses on using electrochemical reactions for thermal energy conversion, thermochemical water splitting reactions to produce carbon-free hydrogen, and a new effort to re-engineer the electricity grid.

In October 2009, Dr. Majumdar was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate to become the Founding Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E), where he served till June 2012 and helped ARPA-E become a model of excellence for the government with bipartisan support from Congress and other stakeholders. Between March 2011 and June 2012, he also served as the Acting Under Secretary of Energy, enabling the portfolio that reported to him: Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Office of Electricity Delivery and Reliability, Office of Nuclear Energy and the Office of Fossil Energy, as well as multiple cross-cutting efforts that he had initiated. Furthermore, he was a Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Energy on a variety of matters related to management, personnel, budget, and policy.

After leaving Washington, DC and before joining Stanford, Dr. Majumdar was the Vice President for Energy at Google, where he created several energy technology initiatives, especially at the intersection of data, computing and electricity grid, and advised the company on its broader energy strategy.

Prior to joining the Department of Energy, Dr. Majumdar was the Almy & Agnes Maynard Chair Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering at University of California–Berkeley and the Associate Laboratory Director for energy and environment at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Dr. Majumdar is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He currently serves as the Vice Chairman of the US Secretary of Energy’s Advisory Board and is also a Science Envoy for the US Department of State with focus on energy and technology innovation in the Baltics and Poland. He is a member of the Councils of the National Academy of Engineering, the Electric Power Research Institute, as well as the Science Board of the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He is a member of the International Advisory Panel for Energy of the Singapore Ministry of Trade and Industry and the US delegation for the US-India Track II dialogue on climate change and energy.

Dr. Majumdar received his bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in 1985 and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1989.

Janet Martinez

Director, Gould Negotiation and Mediation Program; Co-Director, Gould Alternative Dispute Resolution Research Initiative

Janet Martinez focuses her research and consulting on the lawyer’s role in negotiation, domestically and internationally; conflict resolution system design; facilitation of public disputes, particularly in the fields of international trade and the environment; negotiation and consensus-building training; and negotiation curriculum development for clients in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

In addition to her role as director of the law school’s Gould Negotiation and Mediation Program, Professor Martinez is a senior consultant at the Consensus Building Institute in Cambridge, Mass., a nonprofit institution whose mission is to improve conflict resolution, and a consultant at Lax Sebenius, a negotiation consulting firm in Concord, Mass. Before joining the Stanford Law School faculty in 2002, she did research, writing, and teaching in various aspects of negotiation at Harvard University’s graduate schools of business, law, and government and was senior counsel for the McKesson Corporation.

KC McKanna

PhD student, Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources (E-IPER)
KC McKanna is a third-year PhD student in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources, where she applies perspectives from both economics and social psychology to the study of energy and water management policy. The majority of her work employs experimental techniques to evaluate different approaches to encourage more sustainable resource consumption. 
KC holds a BA in environmental economics and policy from UC Berkeley and a MPP from UCLA. Prior to her PhD, she worked with local governments to establish solar and energy efficiency financing programs.

Jennifer Milne

Energy Assessment Analyst, Global Climate and Energy Project (G-CEP)

Jennifer Milne joined GCEP as an Energy Assessment Analyst in August 2007. Prior to this she was a post-doctoral Scholar at Stanford University and at the Carnegie Institution of Science, Department of Plant Biology, working on biomass related projects.  Jennifer helps guide the research portfolios for GCEP and the Precourt Institute for Energy, and acts as a technical resource across all areas of energy science.  

She holds a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of York, U.K. and a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry (First Class Honors) from the University of Stirling, U.K.

Kathryn Moler

Senior Associate Dean for the Natural Sciences and Professor of Applied Physics and of Physics

Kam Moler has held numerous leadership positions at Stanford, most recently as Senior Associate Dean for the natural sciences, overseeing the departments of Applied Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, and Statistics, as well as the Hopkins Marine Station. She has chaired the Faculty Senate and served on both the University Budget Group and the 2016 Presidential Search Committee. Effective September 1st, she will be Vice Provost and Dean of Research at Stanford.

Moler earned her bachelor’s degree in physics with honors from Stanford in 1988 and her doctorate in physics from Stanford in 1995. After three years as an R. H. Dicke postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University, she became the first female faculty member in Stanford’s Department of Applied Physics in 1998. She conducts research in magnetic imaging, develops tools that measure nanoscale magnetic fields, and studies quantum materials and devices. She has authored or co-authored more than 80 scientific papers. Among other honors, she held a Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering and received the William L. McMillan Award “for her fundamental studies of the superconducting pairing state, Josephson vortices, and the role of interlayer coupling in high-temperature superconductors.”

Joel Moxley

Senior Research Scholar, Precourt Institute for Energy

Joel Moxley is a Precourt Energy Scholar and Adjunct Professor at Stanford University. Joel received his B.S.E in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University, and his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute for Technology.

Moxley is Co-Founder of Foro Energy, Biota Technology, and Rho AI. He is also a Founding Investor and Board Member of Rubicon Global and Zero Mass Water and an angel investor in over 30 early stage technology companies. He actively invests from a small institutional fund into pre-seed, seed, and Series A financing rounds as well as participating on the Investment Team of Breakthrough Energy Ventures.

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Franklin (Lynn) Orr

Keleen and Carlton Beal Professor in Petroleum Engineering, Emeritus, Stanford

Dr. Franklin (Lynn) M. Orr served as the Under Secretary for Science and Energy from December 17, 2014 to January 20, 2017. As the Under Secretary, Dr. Orr was the principal advisor to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary on clean energy technologies and science and energy research initiatives. Dr. Orr was the inaugural Under Secretary for the office, which was created by Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz to integrate DOE’s basic science, applied research, technology development, and deployment efforts. As Under Secretary, he oversaw DOE’s offices of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Fossil Energy, Indian Energy Policy and Programs, Nuclear Energy, and Science. In total, these programs steward thirteen of DOE’s seventeen National Laboratories.

Prior to joining the Department of Energy, Dr. Orr was the Keleen and Carlton Beal Professor in Petroleum Engineering in the Department of Energy Resources Engineering at Stanford University. He joined Stanford in 1985. He served as the founding director of the Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford University from 2009 to 2013. He was the founding director of the Stanford Global Climate and Energy Project from 2002 to 2008, and he served as Dean of the School of Earth Sciences at Stanford from 1994 to 2002. He was head of the miscible flooding section at the New Mexico Petroleum Recovery Research Center, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology from 1978 to 1985, a research engineer at the Shell Development Company Bellaire Research Center from 1976 to 1978, and assistant to the director, Office of Federal Activities, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 1970 to 1972. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and a B.S. from Stanford University, both in Chemical Engineering.

Dr. Orr is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute from 1987 to 2014 and rejoined that board in 2017.  He was a member of the Board of Trustees of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation from 1999 to 2008, for which he also chaired the Science Advisory Panel for the Packard Fellowships in Science and Engineering from 1988 to 2014, rejoining that panel in 2017. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the ClimateWorks Foundation.  He served as a member of the 2008/09 National Research Council Committee on America’s Energy Future.

Alicia Seiger

Lecturer, Stanford Law School; Deputy Director, Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance; Managing Director, Precourt Institute Sustainable Finance Initiative

As deputy director of the Stanford Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, Seiger manages the center’s research, programming, operations and market engagement. She also leads the center’s work to identify opportunities for philanthropic and long-term investors to fill financing gaps to scale up clean energy.

A serial entrepreneur and pioneer of new business models, Seiger was at the forefront of the web advertising and carbon offset industries before pursuing solutions in the rapidly evolving area of climate finance. Prior to joining the center, she founded Climate Strategy Partners, a strategic advisory services provider that designed and executed climate and energy programs for foundations, investors and NGOs.  She has served on the management teams of multiple startups, including at TerraPass, a pioneer of the U.S. carbon offset market, and Flycast Communications, one of the first web advertising networks. At these companies, Seiger drove exponential revenue growth through the creation of new business lines and channel partnerships with leading brands.

She holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she also served as a case writer for the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, and a BA in environmental policy and cultural anthropology from Duke University.

George Shultz

Thomas W. and Susan B. Ford Distinguished Fellow, Hoover Institution

George Shultz is the Thomas W. and Susan B. Ford Distinguished Fellow at the Hoover Institution and Advisory Council Chair of the Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford. He leads Hoover's Shultz-Stephenson Task Force on Energy Policy, which addresses energy policy in the U.S. and its effects on domestic and international political priorities, particularly national security. Shultz is one of a handful of people who have served as U.S. Secretary of State, Labor and Treasury. In 1970, he was appointed the first director of the newly formed Office of Management and Budget. In 1989, Shultz was awarded the Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor. Other honors include the Seoul Peace Prize (1992), and the Reagan Distinguished American Award (2002).

Shultz earned a B.A. in Economics at Princeton University and a Ph.D. in Industrial Economics at MIT.

Michael Toney

Staff Scientist, Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource, SIMES

Michael F. Toney received his PhD in surface physics from the University of Washington in 1983. He then moved to the Risoe National Laboratory in Denmark, as a NATO Postdoctoral Fellow, where he used surface X-ray diffraction to study semiconductor surface structure. In 1984 he joined the IBM Research Division in San Jose. While at IBM, his research focused on the use of X-ray scattering methods for structure determination of polymer surfaces and of thin films and interfaces that are importance in electrochemistry and in magnetic recording. In 2003, he joined the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lighsource (SSRL), where he is presently a senior staff scientist. He has the main responsibility for the x-ray scattering program at this facility and leads a research team that does research on surface and nanoparticle structure and reactivity using synchrotron radiation. Toney is one of the pioneers in the use of surface X-ray diffraction for in-situ investigations of atomic structure at electrode-electrolyte interfaces and of the molecular structure of organic and magnetic thin films.