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Katherine Maureen Taflan

Katie is a Program Manager at the Precourt Institute for Energy. In this role, she supports the Sustainable Finance Initiative and Stanford Energy Internships in California and the West (SEICW). Prior to Stanford, she worked at Columbia University's Center for Career Education where she managed marketing and outreach to their students and alumni. She holds a masters certificate in Art Direction from Miami Ad School Atlanta @ Portfolio Center and a bachelors in Communication from Wake Forest University.

Michael Lindley Machala

Michael is a postdoctoral fellow whose interests encompass international development projects requiring productive energy use and how to increase their success through transdisciplinary approaches. He has a dual appointment in the Precourt Institute for Energy and the Department of Energy Resources Engineering. His current work focuses on understanding and reducing produce supply chain inefficiency in India from a systems perspective, while identifying and testing scalable interventions with on-the-ground partners and end-users.

Jeffrey Decker

Jeff Decker is the Program Director for Hacking for Defense and co-teaches Hacking for Defense. Jeff served in the U.S. Army as a 2nd Ranger Battalion light infantry squad leader in Iraq and Afghanistan. Following his service, he earned his doctorate in International Relations from Bond University in Australia, where he wrote his dissertation “Enhancing the Effectiveness of Private Military Contractors.” Jeff conducted research analysis in national security and international affairs at the RAND Corporation.

David Hayes

David J. Hayes is the Executive Director of the State Energy and Environmental Impact Center at the NYU School of Law. He also is a Distinguished Visiting Lecturer at the Stanford Law School, where he has been teaching courses focused on renewable and conventional energy, wildlife trafficking, NEPA reform, natural resources, and climate change.

Stuart Macmillan

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.

Jennifer Milne

Jennifer is a scientist with more than a decade's experience in identifying research needs in energy and shaping the Global Climate and Energy Project's (GCEP) research portfolio. She now leads the Advanced Research Projects at the Precourt Institute for Energy, working with the Director of Precourt and the Strategic Energy Alliance and other stakehlders to foster energy research at Stanford.

Ingrid Yin

Ingrid is the financial management analyst for the Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP) and Precourt Energy Efficiency Center (PEEC). She manages the financial aspects of all sponsored research awards for GCEP, including budgeting, proposal processing, administration, invoicing, reporting and analysis. She also administers some financial aspects of university research awards for PEEC.

Alexander Karsner

Alexander A. Karsner was Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy from 2005 to 2008. He is a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution and a member of the Task Force on Energy Policy. He distinguished himself as a principal architect and contributor to international climate change deliberations toward achieving a post-2012 global energy framework and as America's top regulator for energy efficiency. He brings twenty years of experience in global energy development and project financing across a wide array of conventional and renewable sources.


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