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Stuart Macmillan, MS ’80, PhD ’84, is a Precourt Energy Scholar and adjunct professor at Stanford. Since joining Stanford as a consulting professor in 2009, Stuart has contributed to a broad range of initiatives at the Precourt Institute for Energy, including the Global Climate & Energy Project, Energy@Stanford & SLAC and the course Stanford Energy Ventures (formerly Energy Transformation Collaborative). The popular course, which Stuart co-teaches with Dave Danielson and Joel Moxley in fall, winter and spring terms, is interdisciplinary and project-based. Student teams develop scalable solutions to the world’s most vital systems.
After studying statistics and artificial intelligence as a graduate student at Stanford, Macmillan worked at FMC Corp., where he helped launch a new AI research group focused on autonomous vehicles, machine vision and intelligent assistants. In 1987, Macmillan joined Sun Microsystems, where he oversaw initiatives on engineering, research, acquisitions, investments and strategy. At Sun, Macmillan was on the founding team of JavaSoft, a foundational Internet technology. He was also the chief scientist for energy informatics at the U.S. Dept. of Energy's National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) from 2008 through 2017. Macmillan helped start NREL’s program on energy systems integration. In addition to his teaching at Stanford, he is a partner at Ridge-Lane Limited Partners, a venture development firm focused on public/private partnerships.