Steve is Executive Director of the Energy and Environment Affiliates Program, Industry Liaison for the Bay Area Photovoltaic Consortium, and a staff member in the Precourt Institute for Energy. As Executive Director of the Energy and Environment Affiliates Program he is responsible for developing and managing interactions for corporations and other organizations having an interest in Stanford’s research, faculty, and graduate students in energy-related and environmental fields. Steve brings to this position a background in renewable energy, business, technology, and finance. The Energy and Environment Affiliates Program at Stanford University facilitates interactions between companies and other organizations, and Stanford’s faculty and graduate students, across the full range of energy-related and environmental topics. The Affiliates Program is primarily about establishing a relationship and the exchange of ideas. Companies benefit from access to emerging technology, out-of-the-box thinking, and innovative problem solving. Stanford benefits from exposure to practical real-world problems, constraints, and opportunities.
Previously, Steve was President and CEO of Cyrium Technologies, a solar energy startup company, and a consultant and advisor to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the U.S. Department of Energy. Before that, Steve was a venture capitalist at Worldview Technology Partners where he emphasized investments in semiconductors, displays, lighting, and energy. Steve was also Vice President at SDL (JDSU) where he managed businesses in telecommunications, printing, optical amplifiers, and industrial lasers. He began his career as a research scientist at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. Steve received a PhD and MS from Stanford University, and a BS from the University of California at Berkeley, all in Electrical Engineering. He has more than 40 papers published in peer-reviewed journals and four patents, and is a fellow of the SPIE and a member of the IEEE and OSA.
Steve is a member of the Santa Clara University College of Arts & Sciences Leadership Board. He is on the City of Palo Alto Utilities Advisory Commission. Steve is involved in humanitarian projects such as the Tech Museum Awards for Technology Benefiting Humanity and the Global Social Benefit Incubator at Santa Clara University.