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Energy@Stanford & SLAC 2018 Speakers

Jeffrey Ball

Scholar-in-Residence, Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, Lecturer, Stanford Law School

Jeffrey Ball is a writer whose work focuses on energy and the environment. Ball’s writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Fortune, the New Republic, Foreign Affairs, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Slate, among other publications. At the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, Ball heads a project assessing comparative advantage in the globalizing clean-energy industry.

Ball came to Stanford in 2011 from The Wall Street Journal, where he was the paper’s environment editor and before that was a columnist and reporter focusing on energy and the environment. He and his wife are resident fellows of Roble Hall, Stanford’s largest four-class undergraduate house, where he launched and directs the Roble Living Laboratory for Sustainability at Stanford, an initiative that encourages students to wrestle daily with the possibilities and difficulties of living more sustainably.

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.

Bushra Bataineh

Mawa Modular

Bushra Bataineh is a PhD candidate in the Civil and Environmental Engineering department at Stanford University. Her research, under Professor Raymond Levitt and Professor Jenna Davis, is on innovative project delivery mechanisms for water infrastructure worldwide. Bushra has worked in private equity focusing on water and energy projects, transaction advisory focusing on social and transportation infrastructure, and project development focusing on water, biofuels, and agribusiness. Bushra holds a master’s degree in environmental fluid mechanics and hydrology from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree in hydrologic sciences and policy from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Mawa Modular (from the Arabic word for shelter) provides a sustainable solution to address the shelter needs of displaced populations and refugees. The solar powered modules are designed to be safe, cost-effective, net-zero energy, and off-grid. The kit-of-parts of panels is easy to assemble, disassemble, expand, and reuse to meet the adapting needs of a displaced community, while minimizing waste and reliance on central infrastructure. Additional applications exist for slum dwellings and low-income communities expanding the potential impact of Mawa significantly.

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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Adam Brandt

Assistant Professor of Energy Resources Engineering

Adam Brandt is an assistant professor of energy resources engineering at Stanford. His research focuses on the environmental impacts of oil shale and other substitutes for conventional petroleum; mathematical modeling of petroleum depletion and the transition to oil substitutes; and capture and storage systems. As a teacher, his goal is to help train the next generation of energy professionals to optimize energy systems so as to improve their efficiency, rigorously account for the environmental impacts of energy sources and think critically about systems-scale phenomena in energy production and consumption. Brandt earned a BS in environmental studies with an emphasis on physics from UC-Santa Barbara, and an MS and PHD from the Energy and Resources Group at UC-Berkeley.

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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).

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William Chueh

Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering; Center Fellow, Precourt Institute for Energy

Will Chueh is an assistant professor of materials science and engineering, and a center fellow of the Precourt Institute of Energy at Stanford. His lab focuses on thermally enhanced photo-electrochemical water splitting using semiconductor-based photoelectrical chemical cells (PECs) to extract hydrogen from H2O. His team is designing a new class of PECs that will operate at temperatures significantly above room temperature. Prior to joining Stanford in 2012, Chueh was a Distinguished Truman Fellow at Sandia National Laboratories. He received` the Caltech Demetriades-Tsafka-Kokkalis Prize in Energy (2012), the Josephine de Karman Fellowship (2009) and the American Ceramics Society Diamond Award (2008). Chueh earned three degrees from Caltech: BS in applied physics, and MS and PhD in materials science.

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David T. Danielson

Precourt Energy Scholar, Precourt Institute for Energy
David T. Danielson became a Precourt energy scholar at Stanford in 2016.  With Stuart Macmillan and Joel Moxley, Dave co-teaches the yearlong course "Energy Transformation Collaborative." This project-based course provides a launchpad for the creation and development  of transformational energy ventures. Interdisciplinary student teams research, analyze and refine detailed plans for high-impact opportunities in the context of the new energy venture development framework offered in this course.
Since January 2017, Dave has been managing director of Breakthrough Energy Ventures, a $1 billion fund focused on fighting climate change by investing in clean energy innovation.
From 2012 to 2016, Dave was assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy. There, he directed the U.S. government’s innovation strategy in the areas of sustainable transportation, renewable power, energy efficiency and clean-energy manufacturing, investing about $2 billion annually into American clean-energy innovation. He is considered a global expert in the development of next generation clean-energy technologies and the creation of new R&D and organizational models for high-impact clean energy innovation.
Prior to being appointed by President Obama as assistant secretary, Dave was the first hire at DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency– Energy (ARPA-E), a funding agency that focuses on the development of high-risk, high-reward clean-energy technologies. Prior to his government service, he was a clean-energy venture capitalist and, as a PhD student at MIT, was the founder and president of the MIT Energy Club.

Jeff Decker

Social Science Research Associate, Precourt Institute for Energy

Jeff Decker is the program manager for the Hacking for Defense Project and a member of the Stanford University Hacking for Defense teaching team. Jeff earned his doctorate in International Relations from Bond University in Australia, where he wrote his dissertation “Enhancing the Effectiveness of Private Military Contractors.” Outside of school, he has conducted research analysis in national security and international affairs at the RAND Corporation in D.C. Jeff’s current research focuses on the intersection of the defense and commercial sectors and the use of machine learning techniques for the analysis of military operations. Jeff served in the U.S. Army as a 2nd Ranger Battalion light infantry squad leader where he served in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

Admiral James O. Ellis

Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Hoover Institution

James O. Ellis Jr. retired as president and chief executive officer of the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO), in Atlanta, Georgia, on May 18, 2012. He became an affiliate of CISAC in Fall 2013. For 2013-2014, he is the Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow and member of the Arctic Security Initiative at the Hoover Institution. 

INPO, sponsored by the commercial nuclear industry, is an independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the highest levels of safety and reliability--to promote excellence--in the operation of nuclear electric-generating plants. In 2004, Admiral Ellis completed a distinguished thirty-nine-year navy career as commander of the United States Strategic Command during a time of challenge and change. In this role, he was responsible for the global command and control of United States strategic and space forces, reporting directly to the secretary of defense.

A 1969 graduate of the US Naval Academy, Admiral Ellis was designated a naval aviator in 1971. His service as a navy fighter pilot included tours with two fighter squadrons and assignment as commanding officer of an F/A-18 strike/fighter squadron. In 1991, he assumed command of the USS Abraham Lincoln, a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. After selection to rear admiral, in 1996 he served as a carrier battle group commander leading contingency response operations in the Taiwan Straits.

Ellis holds a master’s degree in aerospace engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and, in 2005, was inducted into the school’s Engineering Hall of Fame. He completed United States Navy Nuclear Power Training and was qualified in the operation and maintenance of naval nuclear propulsion plants. He is a graduate of the Navy Test Pilot School and the Navy Fighter Weapons School (Top Gun). In 2013, Ellis was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

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David Fedor

Research Analyst, Shultz-Stephenson Task Force on Energy Policy, Hoover Institution

David Fedor is a research analyst on the Hoover Institution’s Shultz-Stephenson Task Force on Energy Policy. He has worked in energy and the environment across China, Japan, and the United States. Formerly at the Asia Pacific Energy Research Center and Stanford’s Collaboratory for Research on Global Projects, Fedor has also consulted for WWF China, the Asian Development Bank, and the Korea Energy Economics Institute. He holds degrees in earth systems from Stanford University.

Christopher Field

Melvin and Joan Lane Professor for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies, Professor of Earth System Science, Senior Fellow at the Precourt Institute for Energy and at the Woods Institute for the Environment

Chris Field is the founding director of the Carnegie Institution's Department of Global Ecology; a professor of biology and of Environmental Earth System Science at Stanford; and senior fellow at the Precourt Institute for Energy and the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment. His research emphasizes impacts of climate change, from the molecular to the global scale, including major field experiments on the responses of California grassland to global change and assessments of the effect of climate change on agriculture. In 2008, Field was elected co-chair of Working Group 2 of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and will lead the next IPCC assessment on climate change impacts, adaptation and vulnerability. He earned two biology degrees: an AB from Harvard University and a PhD from Stanford.

Larry Goulder

Shuzo Nishihara Professor in Environmental and Resource Economics, Director of the Stanford Environmental and Energy Policy Analysis Center

Lawrence H. Goulder is the Shuzo Nishihara Professor in Environmental and Resource Economics at Stanford and Director of the Stanford Environmental and Energy Policy Analysis Center. Goulder graduated from Harvard College with an A.B. in philosophy in 1973. He obtained a master's degree in musical composition from the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris in 1975 and earned a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford in 1982. He was a faculty member in the Department of Economics at Harvard before returning to Stanford's economics department in 1989.

Goulder's research examines the environmental and economic impacts of U.S. and international environmental policies, including policies to deal with climate change and pollution from power plants and automobiles. His work also explores the sustainability of consumption patterns in various countries. He chaired a committee to advise the California Environmental Protection Agency on the design of a cap-and-trade system to help meet the state's targets for greenhouse gas emissions reductions. At Stanford, Goulder teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in environmental economics and policy and co-organizes a weekly seminar in public and environmental economics.

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.

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Dian Grueneich

Affiliate, Precourt Institute for Energy

Dian Grueneich retired from Stanford in the fall of 2018 but remains affiliated as a Precourt Energy Scholar. Dian also continues as a member of the Shultz-Stephenson Energy Policy Task Force at the Hoover Institution and as an affiliated scholar with The Bill Lane Center for the American West.

In 2014, Dian joined Stanford as a senior research scholar at the Precourt Energy Efficiency Center and at the Energy Policy Task Force. In these roles, she led the university's engagement on state and regional energy issues and focused her research on the next level of energy efficiency. With Bruce Cain, professor of political science at Stanford, Dian created the course "Energy Policy in California & The West." Bruce continues to teach the course. She also spearheaded with Bruce and others development of the Stanford Energy Internships in California and the West (SEICW), a partnership of the Precourt Institute for Energy, Bill Lane Center for the American West, Haas Center for Public Service, and Stanford in Government.

Dian also taught the graduate course "Energy Efficiency: Technology, Policy, and Investment" with Stephen Comello in 2018, continuing a focus on the rapid changes in energy efficiency. Dian and Steve will offer a course in Building Energy Efficiency as part of Stanford’s Energy Innovation and Emerging Technologies Certificate, starting spring 2019.

Dian is an expert on 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. She is a graduate of Stanford and holds a J.D. from Georgetown University. Dian was a Commissioner on the California Public Utilities Commission from 2005 to 2010. She led its work on energy efficiency, transmission planning and permitting, and implementation of AB 32, California’s climate change law. Dian initiated the California Renewable Energy Transmission Initiative and was the first chair of the Western Governors' Association's demand-side management committee for Western transmission planning. Dian began her career in the late 1970’s, working for the State of California in developing the first-ever clean energy policies and programs.

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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Mark Z. Jacobson

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Senior Fellow at the Precourt Institute for Energy, and at the Woods Institute for the Environment

Mark Z. Jacobson is Director of the Atmosphere/Energy Program and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Woods Institute for the Environment and of the Precourt Institute for Energy. He received a B.S. in Civil Engineering, an A.B. in Economics, and an M.S. in Environmental Engineering from Stanford in 1988. He received an M.S. and PhD in Atmospheric Sciences in 1991 and 1994, respectively, from UCLA and joined the faculty at Stanford in 1994. He has published two textbooks of two editions each and over 155 peer-reviewed journal articles. He received the 2005 AMS Henry G. Houghton Award and the 2013 AGU Ascent Award for his work on black carbon climate impacts and the 2013 Global Green Policy Design Award for developing state and country energy plans. In 2015, he received a Cozzarelli Prize from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences for his work on the grid integration of 100% wind, water and solar energy systems. He has served on an advisory committee to the U.S. Secretary of Energy, appeared in a TED talk, appeared on the David Letterman Show to discuss converting the world to clean energy, and cofounded The Solutions Project (

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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.

Thomas Kenny

Richard W. Weiland Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Senior Associate Dean of Engineering for Student Affairs

Kenny's group is researching fundamental issues and applications of micromechanical structures. These devices are usually fabricated from silicon wafers using integrated circuit fabrication tools. Using these techniques, the group builds sensitive accelerometers, infrared detectors, and force-sensing cantilevers. This research has many applications, including integrated packaging, inertial navigation, fundamental force measurements, experiments on bio-molecules, device cooling, bio-analytical instruments, and small robots. Because this research field is multidisciplinary in nature, work in this group is characterized by strong collaborations with other departments, as well as with local industry.

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.

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Anthony Kovscek

Professor of Energy Resources Engineering

Tony Kovscek is Professor of Energy Resources Engineering at Stanford. His academic interests center around coupled heat and reactive flows in porous media, as well as the efficient use of energy. In collaboration with his research group, he examines the physics of transport and reaction in porous media at scales that vary from the pore to the laboratory to the reservoir. The organizing themes are flow imaging and image analysis to delineate the mechanisms of multiphase flow (oil, water and gas) in porous media, and the synthesis of models from experimental, theoretical and field data. Physical observations, obtained mainly from laboratory and field measurements, are interwoven with theory. Kovscek received a Distinguished Achievement Award for Faculty from the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), and the SPE Western North America Region Technical Achievement Award. Kovscek is the director of SUPRI-A Enhanced Oil Recovery Consortium and co-director of the Stanford Center for Carbon Storage (SCCS) in the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences.

Dr. Kovscek received his bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Washington, and his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of California-Berkeley.

Tim Latimer

Fellow at Fervo Energy

Tim Latimer worked as a completion engineer at McClure Geomechanics and as a consultant in Boston Consulting Group’s energy practice while pursuing his joint M.B.A./M.S. in environment and resources at Stanford University. Prior to that, he worked as a drilling and completion engineer for BHP Billiton’s U.S. onshore shale operation, where he held both engineering and field operations roles. Latimer holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Tulsa and is a proud native of Texas.

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 phenomena, 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.

Yuzhang Li

Yuzhang Li is a PhD student working with Prof. Yi Cui on next-generation energy storage technologies. His research approach seeks to tackle problems from both an applied and fundamental perspective, which is necessary for the development of high energy density batteries. Throughout his PhD, he has developed an advanced materials design for Li-ion batteries (Nature Energy 1, 15029, 2016) and pioneered the cryogenic-electron microscopy technique to study the atomic structure of battery materials (Science 358, 506, 2017). His work has been highlighted by multiple media outlets (including Forbes magazine, ABC7 news, SLAC), and recognized by several awards (including MRS graduate student gold award, ACS outstanding speaker award).
Yuzhang is supported by the National Science Foundation's graduate research fellowship and the Department of Energy's research fellowship. He received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from UC Berkeley.
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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

Arun Majumdar is the Jay Precourt Professor at Stanford, a faculty member of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and co-director of the Precourt Institute for Energy, which supports energy research and education across campus.

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, 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, 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, Majumdar was the Almy & Agnes Maynard Chair Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering at UC–Berkeley and the associate laboratory director for energy and environment at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Majumdar is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. He is the vice chairman of the U.S. 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 SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He is a member of the international advisory panel for energy of the Singapore Ministry of Trade & Industry and of the U.S. delegation for the U.S.-India Track II dialogue on climate change and energy.

Majumdar earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in 1985 and a Ph.D. from the UC-Berkeley in 1989.

Mayank Malik

Chief Architect for Computing, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Mayank Malik is the Chief Architect for Computing at SLAC with over 15 years of experience in software development and technology architecture. Before joining SLAC, he worked in investment banking and wholesale finance, developing trading algorithms and financial models. He has a Master's in Computer Science from State University of New York at Buffalo. Currently he is working extensively at the intersection of Big Data and Renewable Energy.

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

Adjunct Professor, Department of Energy Resources Engineering - Energy Resources Engineering

Joel Moxley is a Precourt Energy Scholar and co-teaches the yearlong Energy Transformation Collaborative course with David Danielson and Stuart Macmillan. This project-based course provides a launchpad for the creation and development  of transformational energy ventures. Interdisciplinary student teams research, analyze and refine detailed plans for high-impact opportunities in the context of the new energy venture development framework offered in this course.

Joel is co-founder of Foro Energy and Rho AI, and he is a founding investor and board member of Zero Mass Water, Rubicon Global, Pie Insurance, and Fervo Energy. Joel is also an angel investor in more than 30 early-stage technology companies including Biota Technology. He actively invests from a small institutional fund into pre-seed, seed, and Series A financing rounds. He is a member of the investment team of Breakthrough Energy Ventures.

Joel earned a bachelor's degree from Princeton and a Ph.D. from MIT, both in chemical engineering.
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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.

Ashley Pilipiszyn

PhD student, Management Science and Engineering, Project Manager for Grid Resilience & Intelligence Platform (GRIP), SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Ashley's PhD research investigates how to optimize distributed energy systems by applying machine learning, data-driven automation and blockchain technologies in order to effectively manage renewable energy and EV integration.

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Friedrich Prinz

Finmeccanica Professor in the School of Engineering for Materials Science and Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, and Senior Fellow at the Precourt Institute for Energy

Fritz Prinz is the Finmeccanica Professor in the School of Engineering at Stanford University, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Senior Fellow at the Precourt Institute for Energy. He also serves as the Director of the Nanoscale Prototyping Laboratory and Co-director of Stanford Energy 3.0. A solid-state physicist by training, Prinz leads a group of doctoral students, postdoctoral scholars, and visiting scholars who are addressing fundamental issues on energy conversion and storage at the nanoscale. In his Laboratory, a wide range of nano-fabrication technologies are employed to build prototype fuel cells, capacitors and batteries that are used to test new concepts and novel material structures through atomic layer deposition, scanning tunneling microscopy, impedance spectroscopy and other technologies. In addition, his group uses atomic scale modeling to gain insights into the nature of charge separation and recombination processes. Before coming to Stanford in 1994, he was on the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University.

Prinz earned a Ph.D. in Physics at the University of Vienna in Austria.


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Ram Rajagopal

Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and, by courtesy, of Electrical Engineering

Ram Rajagopal is an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford, where he directs the Stanford Sustainable Systems Lab. The lab researches large-scale monitoring, data analytics and stochastic control for energy and transportation networks. His research focuses on the integration of renewable-energy sources, smart distribution systems and demand-side data analytics. He previously researched digital-signal processing at National Instruments and was a visiting research scientist at IBM. Rajagopal has received a Powell Foundation Fellowship, a Berkeley Regents Fellowship and a Makhoul Conjecture Challenge award. He holds more than 30 patents from his work, and has advised or founded several companies in the fields of sensor networks, power systems and data analytics. Ram received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering/computer sciences and a master’s degree in statistics from UC-Berkeley. He also received a master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from University of Texas-Austin and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.

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.

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Joseph Stagner

Executive Director, Sustainability and Energy Management Executive Office

Joseph Stagner is a registered professional civil engineer with 35 years’ experience in energy, utilities, and facilities management. He has served as Executive Director of Sustainability and Energy Management at Stanford University since 2007, where he is responsible for advancing sustainability in campus operations through direct leadership of the university’s Office of Sustainability, Facilities Energy Management, Utilities, and Parking & Transportation departments. Prior to joining Stanford, Joe served on the senior facilities management team at the University of California, Davis for 14 years, after beginning his career with the Pacific Gas & Electric Company, Morrison-Knudsen Co., and Sacramento Municipal Utility District in various facilities and utilities engineering capacities. Joe lead development of the Stanford Energy System Innovations (SESI) project completed in March 2015 which transformed Stanford’s energy system from gas fired cogeneration with steam distribution to renewable electricity powered heat recovery with low temperature hot water distribution. This new system will save Stanford hundreds of millions of dollars over the next 35 years; provide an immediate 68% reduction in campus greenhouse gas emissions that will continue to grow as the California electricity grid continues to be cleaned up; and also provides an immediate 15% reduction in potable water use. Joe holds patents for district energy system performance optimization software developed for SESI and an in-situ groundwater pollution cleanup deployed at UC Davis and a number of other sites around the country.


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.

John Weyant

Professor of Management Science and Engineering; Director of the Energy Modeling Forum (EMF); Deputy Director of the Precourt Institute for Energy Efficiency

John P. Weyant is professor of Management Science and Engineering, director of the Energy Modeling Forum (EMF) and deputy director of the Precourt Institute for Energy Efficiency at Stanford University. He is also a senior fellow of the Precourt Institute for Energy and the Freeman-Spolgi Institute for International Studies at Stanford. Prof. Weyant earned a B.S./M.S. in Aeronautical Engineering and Astronautics, M.S. degrees in Engineering Management and in Operations Research and Statistics all from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a Ph.D. in Management Science with minors in Economics, Operations Research, and Organization Theory from University of California at Berkeley. He also was also a National Science Foundation post-doctoral fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. His current research focuses on analysis of global climate change policy options, energy efficiency analysis, energy technology assessment, and models for strategic planning. He currently serves as co-editor of the journal Energy Economics.

Weyant has been a convening lead author or lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for chapters on integrated assessment, greenhouse gas mitigation, integrated climate impacts, and sustainable development, and most recently served as a review editor for the climate change mitigation working group of the IPCC's forth assessment report. He was also a founder and serves as chairman of the Integrated Assessment Modeling Consortium (IAMC), a five year old collaboratory with 53 member institutions from around the world. He has been active in the U.S. debate on climate change policy through the Department of State, the Department of Energy, and the Environmental Protection Agency. In California, he is a member of the California Air Resources Board's Economic and Technology Advancement Advisory Committee (ETAAC) which is charged with making recommendations for technology policies to help implement AB 32, The Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006.

Weyant was awarded the US Association for Energy Economics' 2008 Adelmann-Frankel award for unique and innovative contributions to the field of energy economics. Weyant was honored in 2007 as a major contributor to the Nobel Peace prize awarded to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and in 2008 by Chairman Mary Nichols for contributions to the to the California Air Resources Board's Economic and Technology Advancement Advisory Committee on AB 32.

Ali Zaidi

Precourt Energy Scholar

Ali Zaidi is engaged in teaching, writing and research at the intersection of policy and technology innovation through Stanford's Precourt Institute for Energy. Ali teaches the course "Engineering Energy Policy Change" with Paul McIntyre, professor of materials science and engineering. Offered during the winter quarter, the course introduces STEM doctoral students at Stanford to energy policy and economics. The course includes case studies, guest lectures, and a student-driven project to design energy policies. Ali also led the formation of the Lawyers for a Sustainable Economy, which connects sustainability-based startups with law firms providing pro bono legal services worth $19.5 million by 2020. It will be facilitated by the Precourt Institute and Stanford Law School. 

Previously, Ali served for eight years in the Obama administration. From 2014 to 2017, he was appointed by President Obama to be the associate director for natural resources, energy and science at the White House Office of Management & Budget (OMB). In this role, he led a team of policy and budget experts overseeing a wide array of policy, budget and management issues across a nearly $100 billion portfolio and a number of federal agencies.

During his time in Washington, Ali also received a JD from Georgetown Law School. Forbes Magazine included him among its top "30 under 30" in law and policy.


Stephen Zoepf

Executive Director, Center for Automotive Research at Stanford (CARS)

Dr. Stephen Zoepf is the Executive Director of the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford. He holds a Ph.D., M.Sc. and B.Sc. from MIT. His interests are in future mobility, shared vehicle systems, transportation energy usage and policy. He has eight years of experience in the automotive industry as an engineer and product manager at BMW and Ford, and previously led U.S. Department of Transportation efforts to integrate confidential data submissions efforts into national vehicle energy policy modeling efforts. He was an ENI Energy Initiative Fellow and a Martin Energy Fellow at MIT and a recipient of the Barry McNutt award from the Energy and Alternative Fuels Committees of the Transportation Research Board. He also won the Singapore Global Challenge, Global Young Scientists Summit@one-north in 2013 and was a recipient of MIT's Infinite Mile Award for Outstanding Service to the Institute.