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DAY 1 Monday April 1 Full Agenda — Keynotes and Speakers2019-03-01T19:49:49+00:00

Monday, April 1, 2019

7:30 am — 7:00 pm Registration  — Denver Grand Hyatt, 1750 Welton Street, Denver, CO

7:30 – 8:30 am — Continental Breakfast and Networking

8:30 am – 7:00 pm Research Posters, 2nd floor foyer at Denver Grand Hyatt

All speaker sessions, food and research poster display will take place in the Denver Grand Hyatt on the second floor
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Symposium Honorary Chair

Governor Bill Ritter, Jr.

Director, Center for the New Energy Economy
Colorado State University

Since 2008, the Colorado Energy Research Collaboratory has been a successful energy research partnership between Colorado School of Mines, University of Colorado-Boulder, Colorado State University and National Renewable Energy Laboratory.  In its 8th year, Maury has headed up the planning and execution of the energy transition symposium.  She was the former Assistant Director at the Center for the New Energy Economy founded by former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter.  Maury began her entrepreneurial career at age 19 founding and operating six diverse companies, holding CEO or principal positions. Before joining CNEE, she was president/CEO of a regional not-for-profit economic development corporation in Northern Colorado. In 1994, Maury founded a video production company and expanded it rapidly into an award-winning multimedia enterprise, with a web-development department and live event services. Dobbie served as a board member on the Northern Colorado Clean Energy Cluster and has been a part of Colorado’s new energy economy initiative since 2006.  She worked with industry partners to create Colorado State University’s Systems Engineering Program and the Clean Tech Certification Program at Front Range Community College. Over the years, Maury has volunteered on many boards of directors. Maury was appointed by former Colorado Governor Bill Owens to serve on two state boards, Colorado Women’s Economic Development Council and the Colorado Film Commission. Appointed in 2009 by former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, she has served as chair of the board for the Colorado Community College System, which oversees 13 community colleges in 38 locations around the state. Her commitment to the citizens of Colorado continues as she served on the state board when reappointed by former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper.

Symposium Master of Ceremonies

Maury Dobbie

Executive Director, Colorado Energy Research Collaboratory
8th annual 21st Century Energy Symposium Chair

Maury Dobbie has been the Executive Director of the Colorado Energy Research Collaboratory since July 2016.  Since 2008, the Collaboratory has been a successful energy research partnership between Colorado School of Mines, University of Colorado-Boulder, Colorado State University and National Renewable Energy Laboratory.  This year’s co-hosts of the 8th annual energy symposium are the four Collaboratory entities.  Maury has headed up the planning and execution of the energy transition symposium since 2011 when it was hosted by Colorado State University.  She was the former Assistant Director at the Center for the New Energy Economy founded by former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter.  Maury began her entrepreneurial career at age 19 founding and operating six diverse companies, holding CEO or principal positions. Before joining CNEE, she was president/CEO of a regional not-for-profit economic development corporation in Northern Colorado. In 1994, Maury founded a video production company and expanded it rapidly into an award-winning multimedia enterprise, with a web-development department and live event services. Dobbie served as a board member on the Northern Colorado Clean Energy Cluster and has been a part of Colorado’s new energy economy initiative since 2006.  She worked with industry partners to create Colorado State University’s Systems Engineering Program and the Clean Tech Certification Program at Front Range Community College. Over the years, Maury has volunteered on many boards of directors. Maury was appointed by former Colorado Governor Bill Owens to serve on two state boards, Colorado Women’s Economic Development Council and the Colorado Film Commission. Appointed in 2009 by former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, she has served as chair of the board for the Colorado Community College System, which oversees 13 community colleges in 38 locations around the state. Her commitment to the citizens of Colorado continues as she served on the state board when reappointed by former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper.  Maury is currently the chair of the Colorado C3E organization focused on promoting women in energy and STEM programs.

8:30 – 8:45 am:  Welcome by Maury Dobbie, Executive Director, Colorado Energy Research Collaboratory, Symposium Chair

8:45 – 9:15 am:  Keynote  “Integrative Design for Radical Energy Efficiency”

Amory Lovins

Co-Founder and Chief Scientist
Rocky Mountain Institute

Physicist Amory Lovins, 70, is cofounder and Chief Scientist of Rocky Mountain Institute; energy advisor to major firms and governments in 70+ countries for 40+ years; author of 31 books and over 630 papers; and an integrative designer of superefficient buildings, factories, and vehicles. He has received the Blue Planet, Volvo, Zayed, Onassis, Nissan, Shingo, and Mitchell Prizes, the MacArthur and Ashoka Fellowships, the Happold, Benjamin Franklin, and Spencer Hutchens Medals, 12 honorary doctorates, the Heinz, Lindbergh, Right Livelihood (“alternative Nobel”), National Design, and World Technology Awards, and Germany’s Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit. A Harvard and Oxford dropout, former Oxford don, honorary US architect, and Swedish engineering academician, he has taught at ten universities, most recently Stanford’s Engineering School and the Naval Postgraduate School (but only on topics he’s never studied, so as to retain beginner’s mind). Time has named him one of the world’s 100 most influential people, and Foreign Policy, one of the 100 top global thinkers. His latest books include Natural Capitalism (1999), Small Is Profitable (2002), Winning the Oil Endgame (2004), The Essential Amory Lovins (2011), and Reinventing Fire (2011). He has lately focused on a collaborative synthesis, for China’s National Development and Reform, of an ambitious efficiency-and-renewables trajectory to inform the 13th Five Year Plan; helping India to make personal mobility shared, connected, and electric; and exploring how to make integrative design the new normal, so investments to energy efficiency can yield expanding rather than diminishing returns. His avocations include mountain photography, music (piano and composition), poetry, orangutans, great-ape language, and Taoism.

9:15 – 9:45 am:  Keynote  “How the Federal Government is Working to Solve National Challenges”

Conner Prochaska

Chief Commercialization Officer, Dir. Office of Technology Transition
U.S. Department of Energy

As the Director of the OTT, Mr. Prochaska’s responsibilities extend across DOE’s program offices, its 17 national laboratories, and its other research and production facilities across the country. Mr. Prochaska  oversees DOE’s Energy Investor Center, the Technology Commercialization Fund, the Technology-to-Market program, and the coordination of technology transfer activities and best practices across the DOE complex.  He most recently served as Senior Advisor and Chief of Staff for DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) where he provided strategic input to the agency’s leadership team and managed day-to-day operations. Prior to joining ARPA-E, Prochaska was Senior Vice President and the Associate General Counsel for a public investment fund, where he led fund operations.  Mr. Prochaska previously served as an Intelligence Officer in the United States Navy, obtaining the rank of Lieutenant. During his Navy career, Prochaska focused on anti-submarine warfare and counter-weapons of mass destruction intelligence.   Prochaska earned his J.D. at The George Washington University School of Law and his B.A. at Texas A&M University.

9:45 – 10:15 am:  Keynote  “Bridging the Gap:  Discovery, Research & World-Changing Solutions Impacting at a Global Scale”

Eric Toone

Executive Managing Director, Technology
Breakthrough Energy Ventures

Dr. Eric Toone received his doctoral degree in Chemistry from the University of Toronto in 1988 and completed post-doctoral studies with Professor George Whitesides at Harvard University. He began his independent career at Duke in 1990, and is currently Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Biochemistry. Professor Toone has authored over 220 original papers, reviews, book chapters and abstracts in physical organic and biophysical chemistry. He is also listed as an inventor on more than 20 patents in a range of biomedical fields and is a scientific founder of three research-based pharmaceutical companies, Aerie Pharmaceuticals, a publically-traded ophthalmology (glaucoma) company, Vindica Pharmaceuticals, focused on the therapeutic administration of nitric oxide, and Valanbio Therapeutics, developing novel antibiotics for Gram-negative organisms. From 2009 to 2012 Professor Toone was detailed to the US Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E). During that time, he served both as Program Director and Deputy Director for Technology before leading the Agency in 2012. Professor Toone returned to Duke in 2013 and served as Vice Provost and Director of the Duke University Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative, an initiative designed to foster entrepreneurship across the entire university community, until May 2017. Dr. Toone is currently the Executive Managing Director for Technology at Breakthrough Energy Ventures, $1 Billion investment fund of the Breakthrough Energy Coalition, a group of the world’s most influential leaders assembled by Bill Gates to advance clean energy technologies.

10:15 – 10:45 am — Q & A with Keynote Speakers

Governor Ritter will moderate a Q&A discussion with the three previous keynote speakers

10:45 – 11:10 am — Collaboratory:  Addressing Grand Challenges Through Collaboration

Hear how the four Collaboratory entities have created economic impact in Colorado while building an innovation ecosystem since 2008.  Collaborative teams have taken energy-related research from ideas to innovative deployment.

Terri Fiez

Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation
University of Colorado-Boulder
Chair of Collaboratory Executive Board

Dr. Terri Fiez joined the University of Colorado Boulder in September of 2015 as the Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation.  In this role, she is responsible for the over $500 million research portfolio that includes supporting current research operations, growing cross-disciplinary collaboration, and building research partnerships with other universities, industry and federal laboratories.  The Research and Innovation Office (RIO) has been expanded to include the Office of Technology Transfer and the Office of Industry Collaboration.  RIO is leading the university’s first grand challenge focused on space exploration and earth observation.  Additionally, RIO is leading the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative for campus. She is passionate about building partnerships with industry, the startup community, and federal labs to build a strong ecosystem for the state and nation.  In collaboration with colleagues at the other Colorado research institutions, she hopes to share the impact of world-class research institutions for educating a talented, work-ready workforce, creating new IP and ventures for economic prosperity and seeding the innovation ecosystem.  Prior to arriving in Boulder, she spent 16 years at Oregon State University as Head of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.   Terri is an Electrical Engineer whose research is in analog integrated circuits.  She took a leave of absence in 2008 to co-found a Solar Electronics startup company.  She was bitten by the startup bug and hopes to seed entrepreneurial experiences for CU Boulder students and faculty connecting them to everything that the vibrant Boulder startup community has to offer.

Peter Green

Deputy Laboratory Director, Science and Technology
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Member of Collaboratory Executive Board

Peter F. Green is also a member of the executive committee for the Department of Energy National Laboratory Chief Research Officers. In his role as deputy laboratory director for Science and Technology, Green is responsible for NREL’s science and research goals, strengthening the laboratory’s core capabilities, and enhancing NREL’s research portfolio. In addition, he oversees the Laboratory Directed Research and Development Program, NREL-university interactions, and the postdoctoral research program.  Prior to his appointment at NREL, Green spent 20 years in academia and 11 years at Sandia National Laboratories, where his professional career began in 1985. At Sandia, he became manager of the Glass and Ceramics Research department in 1990. He subsequently moved to The University of Texas in 1996, where he became a professor of chemical engineering and the B.F. Goodrich Endowed Professor of Materials Engineering. In 2005, he moved to the University of Michigan, where he was the Vincent T. and Gloria M. Gorguze Endowed Professor of Engineering as well as professor of chemical engineering, applied physics, and macromolecular science and technology. He served as chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and the director of the Energy Department’s Energy Frontiers Research Center: Center for Solar and Thermal Energy Conversion.  Green’s prior leadership experience includes serving as president of the Materials Research Society, with members from more than 50 countries, in 2006. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physics from Hunter College and a master’s and doctorate in materials science and engineering from Cornell University.

11:10 – Noon: Break for Lunch located in Denver Grand Hyatt ballroom and foyer

Noon – 12:10 pm:  Keynote “Government’s Role in Driving Innovation”

Jared Polis

Colorado Governor

Jared Polis is an entrepreneur, education leader, public servant, and Colorado native. He started his first business, American Information Systems, while in college out of his dorm room. By the time he was 30, he launched three successful companies, including ProFlowers, one of the world’s leading online flower retailers. Jared’s pioneering role in the internet economy earned him an “Entrepreneur of the Year” distinction from Ernst and Young. Following these business successes, Jared committed himself to making sure other Coloradans had the opportunity to pursue their dreams. He co-founded Techstars, a startup accelerator that mentors entrepreneurs from all walks of life, and Patriot Boot Camp, which helps veterans start their own small businesses after coming home from their service.  In addition to his career as an entrepreneur, much of Jared’s adult life has been focused on improving public education. He served six years on the State Board of Education, where he worked to raise pay for teachers and reduce class size for students. He also founded several public charter schools for at-risk youth, and served as superintendent of one of them, the New America School, which helps immigrants earn their high school diploma.  Most recently, Jared served as the U.S. Representative for Colorado’s Second Congressional District, which stretches from Larimer County and the Wyoming border, to the Central Mountains at the heart of Colorado’s tourism economy, to Boulder and the U.S. 36 high-tech corridor. During his time in Congress, the Center for Effective Lawmaking ranked Jared the most effective member of Colorado’s House delegation due to his success working across the aisle to improve Colorado’s schools, protect public lands, and support startups and small businesses.

12:10 – 1:15 pm: General Session Panel “Driving Innovation Through Policy & Economic Development


Bill Ritter

Director, Center for the New Energy Economy
Colorado State University

See previous bio


Betsy Markey

Executive Director
Office of Economic Development and International Trade

Betsy Markey was appointed by Governor Jared Polis to his cabinet as Executive Director of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade in January 2019. She has over 30 years of leadership experience in government and the private sector. She has served as a Member of Congress, a senior federal executive, and the co-founder and CFO of a high tech company.  Betsy was appointed by President Obama to serve as the Regional Administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) based in Denver in 2016. In this capacity she oversaw the delivery of the agency’s small business programs and services in Colorado, Montana, North and South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming.   In 2011, she was appointed by the President to serve as the Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in Washington DC. She facilitated the direct line of communication between the department and governors and mayors across the country on all DHS mission areas, including cyber security, terrorism prevention, transportation security, immigration enforcement, border security and disaster assistance.   Betsy was elected to serve as a Member of Congress in Colorado’s 4th Congressional District in 2008, and represented over 700,000 constituents in one of the country’s largest congressional districts in the 111th Congress. She served on the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and the Committee on Agriculture.   In the late-1980’s, Betsy and her husband launched a successful technology company, Syscom Services, which was one of the first companies to market email, and subsequently expanded into the area of web design and web-based information management systems. The firm has been ranked in the Inc. 500 listing of America’s fastest-growing private companies. She participated in the sale of the company to a group of investors. During that time she also purchased a coffee/ice cream shop in Fort Collins called Huckleberry’s. She sold the store five years later to another local business.   She holds a Bachelor degree from the University of Florida and a Master of Public Administration from American University.


Chris Hansen

Representative for District 6
Colorado House of Representatives

Chris Hansen specializes in energy sector economics and data analytics, with 20 years of experience in the global energy industry. He is the Representative for District 6 in the Colorado House of Representatives, representing the east-central neighborhoods of Denver and serves on the Joint Budget Committee and as Chair on the House Appropriations Committee.  Previously, as Senior Director at IHS Markit he led a global portfolio of energy products, events and partnerships. He is a co-creator of the OptGen analysis, IHS CERA’s unique tool for applying financial portfolio techniques to power generation.   Before joining IHS Markit, Dr. Hansen was a Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, where he analyzed electricity and gas sector reform in India and published several papers in professional journals on energy sector economics and policy analysis.  Dr. Hansen holds a BSc in Nuclear Engineering from Kansas State University; a Graduate Diploma of Civil Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa; a Master of Science in Technology Policy from MIT; and a PhD in Economic Geography from Oxford University.   In 2012, he was selected as a Marshall Memorial Fellow by the German Marshall Fund and in 2017 was selected as a Public Leadership Fellow at Harvard University by the Gates Family Foundation.

1:15-2:15pm: General Session Panel “Powering Women in Energy—Our Journey”


Jill Cooper

Senior Principal Consultant
Geosyntec Consultants

Jill Cooper is a Senior Principal Consultant based in Colorado with more than 26 years of experience focused on environmental compliance, sustainability, pollution prevention practices, and management systems development for clients in government, academia and the mining, oil and natural gas, food and agriculture, and manufacturing industries. Along with supporting an array of corporate and government clients on high-level strategy with respect to environmental, health and safety performance, and helping develop strategic sustainability solutions, Jill previously was the Director of Environment for oil and natural gas upstream and midstream companies. She was responsible for global environment, auditing, reporting, data, and advocacy. A key focus has always been to identify strategies that reduce risk, cost and liability for the company, including supporting obtaining ISO 14001 certification for about 1,200 upstream oil and natural gas locations. Her experience at the State of Colorado and in-house, has allowed her to work on projects designed to bridge agency and company relationships. Her experience as an HSE Director allows her to help bridge between the HSE teams and corporate level leadership with goals and projects. Throughout her career she has worked to integrate corporate-level management system procedures into “fit for purpose” facility-level work practices.  To advance the state of the practice, Jill has regularly agreed to present at conferences and participate in coordinating conferences around HSE and sustainability. She has been a guest lecturer at the National Academy of Sciences, U.S. EPA, U.S. DOE, various universities, Society of Petroleum Engineers, and other events. A regular topic is how to design and use management systems and internal sustainability programs to improve HSE performance, stakeholder engagement and compliance.


Alice Jackson

Xcel Energy-Colorado

Alice K. Jackson is President, Xcel Energy – Colorado where she leads the Operating Company team for Public Service Company of Colorado.  Since joining Xcel Energy in 2011, Ms. Jackson has held various positions of increasing responsibility.  Most recently Ms. Jackson was Vice President of Strategic Revenue Initiatives, where she built a team to generate new revenues through exploring and integrating new technologies, activities, and economic development initiatives in addition to looking at new options for Xcel Energy’s unregulated businesses.  Prior to her corporate strategic role, Alice held the lead regulatory position with Southwestern Public Service Company (SPS) in Texas and then with Public Service Company of Colorado (PSCo). Before her time with Xcel Energy, Alice spent close to 10 years with Occidental Petroleum Corporation (Oxy) managing the energy needs of this large consumer across the country. Through her involvement in the federal and state electric markets, multiple rate cases, and interaction with customers large and small, Alice developed a unique respect for utilities and their contributions to society.  Because having a full-time career, being married to her high school sweetheart and having four sons is not enough of an adventure in life, Alice recently took on the challenge of advancing her business acumen.  In 2017 Alice completed the Program for Leadership Development at Harvard University.  Before her professional experience, Alice obtained a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in Management Information Systems from Texas A&M University.


Maggie Fox

Climate Strategy Consultant

Maggie L. Fox is a consultant serving organizations, foundations and communities in the development and implementation of 21st century climate change and clean energy strategies. She is a veteran of numerous local, state, national and international environmental, political, legal and policy campaigns.  Maggie is past President and CEO of the Climate Reality Project and the Climate Action Fund, with global campaigns training citizens leaders driving action on climate. She was the national President of America Votes as well as the Southwest Regional Director and Deputy Executive Director of the Sierra Club. Maggie currently serves on the boards of the Green Fund, the Energy Future Coalition, and the Colorado State University School of Global Environmental Sustainability.  Maggie began her career as a classroom teacher and community organizer on the Navajo and Hopi Reservations of Arizona and New Mexico. An avid outdoorswoman, Maggie worked with the North Carolina and Colorado Outward Bound Schools and participated in numerous mountaineering and other outdoor expeditions around the world. She and her husband, Mark Udall, live in Eldorado Canyon, Colorado. They have two children.

2:15-2:20pm: Colorado C3E announcement

2:20 – 2:35 pm: Break

2:35-3:35 pm: Breakout #1:  Track A – “Food/Energy/Water Innovative Systems Strategies”


Tom Vilsack

Strategic Advisor of Food & Water Initiatives, National Western Center
Colorado State University System

Former Secretary of Agriculture and Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack now holds several roles, including president and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC); a Strategic Advisor of Food & Water Initiatives at the National Western Center as part of the Colorado State University System team; and Global Chair for the International Board of Counselors on Food & Water Initiatives.  Vilsack’s work with the CSU System and Denver Water supports the growing educational partnership at the new National Western Center in Denver – a 250-acre, $1.1 billion redevelopment project that will convert the historic site into a year-round destination for entertainment, research and educational opportunities, and agricultural business innovation and incubation.  As president and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC), Vilsack provides strategic leadership and oversight of USDEC’s global promotional and research activities, regulatory affairs and trade policy initiatives. This includes working with industry leaders to develop a long-term vision for growth and consumer trust in U.S. dairy.  Prior to his current roles, Vilsack served eight years as the Nation’s 30th Secretary of Agriculture.  As leader of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Vilsack worked hard to strengthen the American agricultural economy, build vibrant rural communities and create new markets for the tremendous innovation of rural America. In eight years at the Department, Vilsack fought to put Americans back to work and create an economy built to last. Under his leadership, USDA supported America’s farmers, ranchers and growers who are driving the rural economy forward, provided food assistance to millions of Americans, carried out record conservation efforts, made record investments in our rural communities and helped provide a safe, sufficient and nutritious food supply for the American people.  Vilsack was the longest-serving member of President Obama’s original Cabinet. Prior to his appointment, he served two terms as the Governor of Iowa, in the Iowa State Senate and as the mayor of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. Vilsack received his bachelor’s degree from Hamilton College and his law degree from Albany Law School in New York. He is also the recipient of 10 honorary doctorate degrees. Vilsack has been honored for his public service and work to advance American agriculture by various organizations. Most notably, the Borlaug Medallion from the World Food Prize Foundation, The Gene White Lifetime Achievement Award from Global Child Nutrition Foundation, the Congressional Hunger Center Leadership Award, and by the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition for his commitment to international development. A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Vilsack was born into an orphanage and adopted in 1951.


Ramsay Huntley

Vice President, Clean Technology & Innovation Philanthropy Program Officer
IN2 Wells Fargo/NREL

As Vice President, Clean Technology and Innovation Philanthropy Program Officer, Ramsey leads the bank’s $30 million Innovation Incubator (IN2) program; expanded IN2 beyond original energy efficiency focus to include sustainable agriculture.  He also leads the environmental sustainability efforts of the bank’s $50 million American Indian/Alaska Native commitment which includes a $5 million, 3 year solar effort with a water strategy in development.  He works to develop a robust and inclusive clean tech ecosystem throughout the country to support promising entrepreneurs and the organizations that help them take their ideas to scale.  Ramsey was previously the Director for Rebates as a Service (RaaS) Solutions at Simple Energy in Boulder, Colorado.  Previous to Simple Energy, he worked at AT&T as their Senior Sustainability Manager.  Ramsey has a M.A. in urban and environmental policy and planning from Tufts University and a B.S. in business management from North Carolina State University.


Jocelyn Hittle

Director of Denver Program Development
Colorado State University

Jocelyn is the Director of Denver Program Development at Colorado State University. She is primarily focused on CSU’s emerging campus at the National Western Center and CSU’s collaboration with Denver International Airport. Jocelyn sits on the Denver Mayor’s Sustainability Advisory Council, and works to ensure CSU’s Denver projects are showcases for state-of-the-art sustainability practices. Jocelyn is sits on the Advisory Committee for the Coors Western Art Show and is a technical advisor for the AASHE STARS program, the campus sustainability rating system.  Prior to joining CSU, Jocelyn was the Associate Director of PlaceMatters, a national non-profit think tank based in Denver and focused on informed, inclusive decision making in planning and sustainability. She has also worked for the Orton Family Foundation and Sightline Institute. She has a degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton and a Masters in Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

2:35-3:35 pm: Breakout #1:  Track B – “Innovations in Power System Transformation”


Dave Mooney

Executive Director, Institutional Planning, Integration, and Development
National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Dave is currently working at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory leading strategic planning and institutional investments and development.  Dave recently moved to this role from the Strategic Energy Analysis Center, where he was the Center Director for the largest energy analysis organization in the DOE national lab complex.  Prior to his role leading NREL’s energy analysis organization, Dave was the Laboratory Program Manager for Solar Technologies, where he was responsible for managing and coordinating NREL’s $70M solar R&D portfolio.  While at NREL, Dave also led efforts to identify and address technical issues associated with the large-scale deployment and integration of renewable and efficiency technologies into the existing energy infrastructure.  In this role, he led 180 researchers conducting $100M in R&D annually. Dave has testified as an expert witness before the U.S. House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Energy and Environment as well as before multiple U.S. state legislatures. Additionally, Dave has testified before the Brazilian Congressional Permanent Committee on Environmental Changes and Australia’s Standing Committee on Environment and Energy.  From 2007 to 2008 he was assigned by NREL to support the DOE’s office of the Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.  On the assignment he conducted analysis of EERE’s technology portfolio to quantify energy, environmental, and economic benefits and served as technical counsel to the Deputy Assistant Secretaries. Dave is a 30-year veteran of the renewable energy industry, has a Ph.D. in condensed matter physics from the University of Arkansas and a B.S. in engineering physics from the University of Tennessee.


Dan LeFevers

Director of State & Consumer Programs
Gas Technology Institute

Dan is currently Director of State and Consumer Programs at Gas Technology Institute (GTI).  Dan is responsible for engaging Utility Commissioners across the country to provide education regarding the value of natural gas for consumers and natural gas R&D programs.  Dan also interfaces with regulatory and marketing staff of energy utilities to shape national collaborative natural gas R&D.  Dan was previously the Vice President of Federal Public Affairs for Waste Management and Director of Washington Operations for GTI.  Dan has over 20 years’ experience with energy policy and projects including extensive collaboration with scientists and engineers to develop, deploy and demonstrate new energy technologies. Dan also led development and project efforts for a site-specific engineering design for a RNG production facility fueled by wood wastes and is an expert regarding GTI’s renewable R&D programs and projects.  Dan has a BA in speech communications and a Master’s Degree in organizational leadership both from Lewis University in Illinois.


Yun Lee

Director of U.S. Solar

As Director of US Solar for Panasonic Corporation of North America, Yun is responsible for all solar related services including energy consulting, project implementation, and operations and management. Yun also provides key account management, thought leadership, business development, and project execution of distributed solar and storage, microgrids, and EVSE projects as part of the smart energy pillar of CityNOW. Yun got his start in the solar industry in 2006 working for a local integrator designing and building residential and small commercial PV and solar thermal systems. Since then he has managed the design and implementation of hundreds of systems increasing in size and complexity. He has also held senior engineering and management positions at DNV GL and SunEdison, where he became proficient in energy modeling, PV plant design, and design management of utility scale PV projects. He currently works with developers, municipalities, and utilities to accelerate energy transition and increase the adoption of renewable and distributed energy resources on the grid.   Yun holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of California, Berkeley.  He is also a licensed mechanical and electrical professional engineer and a LEED Accredited Professional with the USGBC.

2:35-3:35 pm: Breakout #1:  Track C – “Innovations and Trends in Oil and Gas”


Mike Farina

Strategy and Growth Leader, Fullstream Gas and Power
Baker Hughes, a GE company

Michael is development Lead within the fullstream gas and power solutions group at Baker Hughes. He is responsible for business and project development of gas monetization projects. As a leader in BHGE, he is also part of the Strategy and Marketing team helping to drive strategic growth initiatives and advance global gas leadership with external partners and stakeholders. Michael has been strategy leader at GE for over a decade working primarily with the oil and gas (now Baker Hughes) and the power divisions.  Michael has focused on strategic marketing and business development related to unconventional resources, natural gas systems, gas power, and distributed power including gas-renewable hybrids.  In 2011, he authored Flare Gas Reduction: Recent global trends and policy considerations. In 2013, he was lead analyst and primary author of the Age of Gas and the Power of Networks and China’s Age of Gas white papers.  In 2015, he published Gas to Power, Fast and Flexible Electricity for Rapidly Developing Countries. More recently, his focus has been project development including origination, technology solutions, and structuring. Michael has been in the oil and gas industry for more than twenty years. Previously he was a Director of natural gas consulting at Cambridge Energy Research Associates (CERA) and has worked on LNG, pipeline, and gas-fired power plant development around the world. Michael holds a BA in Economics from Colorado State University and a MA in Economics from the University of Colorado.


Dan Zimmerle

Senior Research Associate
Energy Institute at Colorado State University

Daniel Zimmerle is a Senior Research Associate in the Energy Institute at Colorado State University (CSU). Zimmerle was a principal investigator on three major studies of methane emissions in the natural gas supply chain, and for METEC, the ARPA-E MONITOR test facility at CSU.  His expertise is in electric power systems, rural electrification in the developing world, methane emissions.  Additionally, Zimmerle also has major research programs looking at microgrids for remote communities and the integration of distributed generation into power systems. Zimmerle also leads research programs for remote community microgrids and the integration of distributed generation into power systems. Additionally, Zimmerle has been (or is) PI on four major studies of methane emissions in the natural gas supply chain, and leads the CSU METEC test facility for the ARPA-E MONITOR program. Prior to CSU, he served as the Chief Operating Officer at Spirae, Inc. and worked 20 years at Hewlett Packard and Agilent Technologies including experience as both a division general manager and R&D manager.  He has lead organizations in several business areas, including computer systems, test systems, and consumer products.  Organizations included personnel in the US, Ireland, Singapore and other countries.  He holds a BSME and MSME from North Dakota State University.


Sha-Chelle Manning

Vice President, Technology and Innovation
Cimarex Energy Co.

Sha-Chelle Manning is the Vice President of Technology and Innovation at Cimarex Energy Co., a leading US Independent shale oil and gas exploration and production company with operations in Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico. Cimarex is committed to technical leadership and innovation that drive results while adhering to some of the highest standards in transparency in the Industry. Previously, Manning created and led Pioneer Natural Resource’s Innovation Program for six years. Manning currently is on the Board of IAMCI Institute Board, a $240M partnership with DOE, Ford, and Lockheed for advanced manufacturing, and Texas A&M’s TEES Advisory Board.  Manning served eight years on the Board of Astrotech Corporation preparing and sending satellites, cargo and science into space, and for three years on Tech Titans Board, Texas’ largest trade member organization. Manning was co-founder of Malibu IQ, a $22M investment fund, a Managing Director for a nanotechnology cleantech venture fund, and appointed two terms by Secretary Perry to Texas’ $480M+Emerging Technology Fund. She founded a consulting firm, and served clients such as Lockheed Martin, HRL Labs (GM’s and Boeing’s Innovation Lab), and Texas A&M System. Early in her career, Manning was a key leader in two entrepreneurial successful start-ups; Authentix (acquired by the Carlyle Group) and Zyvex, a nanotechnology company. Manning holds an MBA from University of Dallas and a BA from Loras College.


Michael Teague

Strategic Advisor and Systems Integrator
Adamantine Energy

Michael Teague is the strategic advisor and systems integrator for Adamantine Energy. Mike brings to Adamantine deep expertise in energy negotiations and solutions facilitation, drawn from his experience at the cabinet level of state government as well as from a 28-year career in the U.S. Army.  As Oklahoma’s first secretary of both energy and environment, Mike became highly respected by parties across traditional political and development divides.  Mike’s biggest task during his tenure as secretary was spearheading a transparent, multi-stakeholder state coordinating council that traced Oklahoma’s sudden increase in earthquakes to disposal wells and then proposed solutions that reduced earthquakes in Oklahoma nearly five-fold since the council began its work.  His model for bringing stakeholders together to solve contentious issues collaboratively has been used with a variety of issues across the state.  Prior to his appointment as secretary, Mike accrued a wealth of international and domestic experience in energy and environment solutions from his nearly three-decade-long active duty Army career, dealing with power generation and distribution, water desalinization and environmental impact studies.  Before retiring with the rank of Colonel, Mike commanded the Tulsa District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from 2010 to 2013, He also facilitated and negotiated numerous solutions among federal and state agencies, Native American tribes and local stakeholders.   Mike received a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Norwich University. He also received master’s degrees in Operations Analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School and in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.

3:35-3:50pm: Break

3:50 – 5:20pm:  General Session Panel “Decarbonization Solutions”

Five minute lightening round presentations from researchers with two different moderators focused on solutions.


Bryan Willson

Executive Director, Energy Institute
Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Colorado State University

Dr. Bryan Willson is Executive Director of the Energy Institute at Colorado State University, where he also occupies the Bryan Willson Presidential Chair in Energy Innovation and serves as a Professor of Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Willson served as a Program Director at ARPA-E (Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy), from 2012-2016 and continues to serve as a consultant / advisor to the agency.  He has worked for over 25 years to develop and deploy large-scale technology solutions related to energy, air quality, and human health. As an entrepreneur, Dr. Willson is co-founder of: Envirofit International, a global company that has developed solutions for clean mobility (direct injection retrofits for 2-stroke cycle engines) and is now manufacturing and distributing clean cookstoves in the developing world; Solix BioSystems, a developer of large-scale production systems for algae-based fuels and specialty chemicals; and Factor(e) Ventures, a venture development firm supporting early stage ventures working on access to energy in the developing world; and Mesh/Xpower. In his university role, he has helped to launch or enhance numerous other companies. His research laboratory, the Engines & Energy Conversion Laboratory, has made important contributions in many areas, including: internal combustion engines, oil & gas production technology, advanced electrical grids, advanced biofuels, technology for the developing world, and advanced building technologies. Dr. Willson has worked in over 40 countries.


James Cale

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering/Systems Engineering
Colorado State University

SESSION TOPIC [Hybrid microgrid technology: transitioning from fossil fuels to sustainable energy sources while reducing harmful emissions]  Dr. James Cale is an Associate Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department/Systems Engineering Program at Colorado State University. His research focuses on modeling, control and design optimization of electrical energy sources and systems. His background and interests are in the areas of energy conversion, power-electronic drive systems, microgrids, finite-inertia power systems, electromechanical devices, and hardware-in-the-loop simulation. Prior to joining CSU, he led the Integrated Devices & Systems group at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado. Before that he worked in senior design engineering roles at Advanced Energy Industries and Orbital ATK (since acquired by Northrop Grumman). James earned his doctorate in electrical engineering (with honors) from Purdue University, where he was funded by an NSF fellowship. He earned his BSEE from Missouri University of Science & Technology (summa cum laude). He is a member of Tau Beta Pi and is a Senior Member of IEEE.


Sybil Sharvelle

Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department
Director, Urban Water Center
Colorado State University



Greg Rieker

Assistant Professor, Precision Laser Diagnostics Laboratory
University of Colorado Boulder

SESSION TOPIC [Leveraging lasers to realize the full potential of natural gas as a transition fuel]  Prof. Rieker leads the Precision Laser Diagnostics Laboratory, which aims to understand and improve energy and atmospheric systems through laser-based sensing. Activities in the laboratory span from fundamental science (light-matter interaction) to applied science (practical sensing in real world systems).  The laboratory places strong emphasis on entrepreneurship in academic pursuits, from challenging the traditional ways that research has been carried out in a particular field, to actively commercializing technologies that can have a positive impact on our future.  The laboratory recently spun out LongPath Technologies, Prof. Rieker’s second startup, that will offer methane monitoring and leak detection services on a regional basis for oil and gas companies.  Prof. Rieker has a particular interest in mentoring and developing students into multi-faceted engineers – that is, engineers who are not only excellent researchers, but leaders, communicators, and entrepreneurs with an eye toward creating opportunity for themselves and others.  He tries to put this interest into practice in his student mentorship, outreach, and classroom teaching.


Jill Engel-Cox

Director, Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis (JISEA)

SESSION TOPIC:  [Advancements in clean energy technologies and their integration across multiple sectors (industry, commercial, transportation, residential)] Jill Engel-Cox is Director of the Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis (JISEA) at the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Over her 25-year career, Dr. Engel-Cox has been an engineer, researcher, program manager, and strategic planner for a diverse suite of renewable energy, clean technology, and environmental programs in the United States, Asia, and Middle East. Her first job was climbing smokestacks in Los Angeles, followed by leading industrial pollution prevention programs for small and medium sized businesses and R&D laboratories in the United States and internationally. In the past decade, she has led international strategic planning and technology assessments for renewable energy and environmental sustainability research programs, working extensively in Malaysia and Saudi Arabia. She also teaches industrial processes and environmental communications courses at Johns Hopkins University Engineering for Professionals Program.


Dan Steinberg

Senior Researcher, Manager of the Economics & Forecasting Group

SESSION TOPIC:  [X]  Daniel Steinberg is a Senior Researcher and the Manager of the Economics and Forecasting Group at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Daniel’s expertise is in policy design and impact analysis, energy system modeling, and econometrics. His current research spans a broad range of topics, including clean energy policy and the associated implications for the evolution of the power sector, electrification, and renewable grid integration. Prior to joining NREL, Daniel worked as a researcher at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), the Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC), and the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL). He has a B.A. in Earth and Atmospheric Science from Cornell University, and an M.S. in Environmental Economics from Yale University.


Mark Northam

Executive Director, School of Energy Resources
University of Wyoming

SESSION TOPIC:  [X]  Mark A. Northam is the founding Director of the School of Energy Resources at the University of Wyoming. He came to the university after a year and a half with Saudi Aramco in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia where he worked as a Research Science Consultant in the areas of Carbon Management and Technical Intelligence at the Research and Development Center. Prior to joining Saudi Aramco, Mark worked for over twenty years at Mobil and ExxonMobil, holding a variety of research, operations, and management positions in the US and Europe.  Mark earned a Ph.D. degree in Organic Geochemistry from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Wake Forest University. He is originally from Virginia.


Ryan Richards

Professor of Chemistry, Director Renewable Energy and Materials Science & Engineering Center (REMRSEC)
Colorado School of Mines
Ryan currently serves as an Energy Liaison on Collaboratory Executive Board.

Ryan Richards is a Fellow of the American Chemical Society, Professor of Chemistry, and Director of the Renewable Energy Materials Research Science and Engineering Center at the Colorado School of Mines and holds a joint appointment at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory both in Golden, Colorado USA. Ryan received his BS from Michigan State University, MS from Central Michigan University and Phd from Kansas State University. He has been a visiting scientist at the Boreskov Institute of Catalysis in Novosibirsk, Russia and a postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute fuer Kohlenforschung in Germany. His independent career started as an Assistant Professor at Jacobs University Bremen (Germany) and in 2007 he moved to Mines and NREL where he was promoted to Professor in 2012. Prof. Richards has more than 140 publications, 7 patents and 3 edited books in the areas of Green Chemistry, Catalysis and Nano-Materials.


Manika Prasad

Professor, Petroleum Engineering
Colorado School of Mines

SESSION TOPIC:  [X]  Manika Prasad received her B.S. (1978) from St. Xavier’s College, Bombay, India and an M.S. (1983) from University of Kiel, Germany in geology, Ph.D. (1990) in geophysics from University of Kiel, Germany. Manika’s Ph.D. work focused on attenuation, energy loss mechanisms and velocity dispersion in dry and fluid saturated sands. After graduation Manika worked as a fellow at the Indian Institute of Geomagnetism, Bombay, India and as a visiting scientist for five years in the Mineral Physics Group at the University of Hawaii on seismic and microstructural properties of reservoir rocks. A major emphasis of Manika’s work at Hawaii was on Acoustic Microscopy of rocks and ceramic composites. Manika joined the SRB group in December 1996 as a research associate and helps coordinating experimental work in the group, supervising students, conducting experimental and theoretical studies on acoustic, microstructural, transport and storage properties of various rocks including salts, clays, shales, unconsolidated sands, poorly and well consolidated sandstones and chalks. Manika currently has an NSF proposal to study the impedance microstructure in rocks and glasses.  Manika’s paper entitled “Correlation Permeability with Velocity using Flow Zone Indicator” presented at the SEG Annual Meeting in Houston, 1999 was judged among the top 25 papers (from a total of 587 papers). Education:  B.S., St. Xavier’s College; M.S., Ph.D., University of Kiel


Matthew Posewitz

Professor, Department of Chemistry
Colorado School of Mines

SESSION TOPIC:  [X]  Energy is inextricably linked to a society’s standard of living and the 21st century will see dramatic changes in how energy is generated, distributed and utilized. It is clear that diminishing fossil energy resources, climate change concerns, and growing energy demands will require cutting edge solutions in renewable energy technologies. Our group studies the diverse portfolio of bioenergy carriers that can be obtained from algae including hydrogen, lipids for transformation into diesel fuel surrogates, and starch and osmolytes for conversion into alcohols, lipids or hydrogen. Micro-algae have among the highest photosynthetic conversion efficiencies documented, are able to thrive in salt water, and are among the most metabolically versatile organisms known. Currently, laboratory projects include the study of (a) hydrogenase enzymes and the production of hydrogen from phototrophic micro-organisms, (b) starch and lipid metabolisms in algae, (c) ‘omics’ based approaches applied to defining whole cell metabolic and regulatory pathways, (d) the diversity of water-oxidizing phototrophs that are adapted to saline ecosystems, and (e) the enzymatic control of metabolic flux in algae. Our research is firmly entrenched in developing a more informed understanding of central metabolism in these fascinating organisms, which can hopefully be applied in viable bioenergy technologies.  Education: BA, Chemistry – Willamette University; PhD – Dartmouth College; Postdoctoral Study – University of Utah


Alexis Sitchler

Associate Professor, Geochemistry
Associate Director, Hydrologic Science & Engineering Graduate Program
Colorado School of Mines

SESSION TOPIC:  [Geochemistry of geologic carbon sequestration] Dr. Navarre-Sitchler is an Associate Professor of geochemistry and the Associate Director of the Hydrologic Science and Engineering Graduate Program at Colorado School of Mines. Navarre-Sitchler received a PhD in Geosciences from Penn State, an MS in Geochemistry from Colorado School of Mines and a BS in Geology from Colorado Mesa University. Navarre-Sitchler’s research focuses on coupling of fluid flow and geochemical reaction in natural geologic systems, including 10 publications on geochemical aspects of geologic carbon sequestration.  Education: Ph.D., 2008, Geochemistry, The Pennsylvania State University; M.S., 2006, Geochemistry, Colorado School of Mines; B.S., 2000, Geology, Mesa State College


Gregor Henze

Department of Civil, Environmental & Architectural Engineering
University of Colorado

SESSION TOPIC [Human presence detection, occupancy-aware operation, and reinforcement learning control for grid-interactive efficient buildings] Gregor P. Henze, Ph.D., P.E. is professor and holds the C.V. Schelke Chair in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering at the University of Colorado. His teaching focuses on the building energy systems side of architectural engineering, i.e., thermal environmental engineering, design of energy efficient buildings, building control and automation systems, data science for building engineering applications, and sustainable building design. His research emphasizes model-based predictive optimal control and model-free reinforcement learning control of building energy systems and building thermal mass, model-based benchmarking of building operational performance, whole-building fault detection and diagnosis, advanced control strategies, uncertainty quantification of occupant behavior and its impact, human presence detection, energy analytics and decision analysis as well as the integration of building energy system operations with the electric grid system. He is the primary author of more than 160 technical reports and research articles, four of which have received best paper awards, and received one patent with two others pending. He received the 2011 Colorado Cleantech Industry Association’s Research and Commercialization Award Prof. Henze is a professional mechanical engineer, certified high-performance building design professional (HBDP), member of ASHRAE, editorial board member for Journal Building Performance Simulation, associate editor for ASCE Journal of Architectural Engineering and for IEEE Control Systems Letters (L-CSS), Associate Director of the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute, joint professor at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory as well as co-founder and chief scientist of QCoefficient, Inc.


Wangda Zuo

Associate Professor, Lewis-Worcester Faculty Fellow
Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering
University of Colorado Boulder

SESSION TOPIC [Smart, Sustainable, and Connected Communities via Integrated Modeling of Energy, Transportation and Communication systems]   Dr. Wangda Zuo is an Associate Professor and Lewis-Worcester Faculty Fellow in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder. He also holds a joint appointment at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Dr. Zuo is currently supervising 8 Ph.D. students performing research in 10+ externally funded projects in smart, sustainable and resilient cities, including a large NSF project on optimal planning of future smart, sustainable, and connected communities by linking energy, transportation and communication systems. He has authored and co-authored more than 80 peer-reviewed papers. He is the Treasurer and Affiliate Director (representing USA) of IBPSA (International Building Performance Simulation Association), Founding Chair of IBPSA-USA Research Committee, Chair of ASHRAE Technical Committee (TC) 7.4 Exergy Analysis for Sustainable Buildings and Vice-Chair of TC 4.10 Indoor Environmental Modeling. Dr. Zuo is the recipient of IBPSA-USA Emerging Professional Award, Eliahu I. Jury Early Career Research Award, ASHRAE Distinguished Service Award, and Provost Research Award. Before joining the CU Boulder, Dr. Zuo was an Assistant Professor at the University of Miami and Research Scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He has a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University, a M.Sc. degree in Computational Engineering from University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany, and an M. Eng and B.Sc. degree in Automation from Chongqing University in China.


Adam Bratis

Associate Laboratory Director BioEnergy Science & Technology

Session Topic  [BioEnergy related contributions to global decarbonization strategies] Adam joined the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in 2008. His role is to lead NREL’s BioEnergy Science & Technology research and development efforts in support of the Department of Energy’s mission in the bioenergy space. This includes technical and managerial oversight in the areas of biosciences, conversion of biomass to fuels, chemicals and materials, algal biofuels, techno-economic and life-cycle analyses and fuels testing.  He also serves as a spokesperson for the bioenergy research program at NREL both internally and externally.  Additionally, Adam leads the Renewable Carbon Fiber Consortium (RCFC), which is a multi-year, multi-institution research consortium made up of national lab, academic and industrial partners.  The objective of the RCFC is to demonstrate cost-effective production of renewable carbon fibers from lignocellulosic biomass-derived acrylonitrile.   Adam came to NREL with 11 years of experience with ExxonMobil in the areas of research and development, corporate planning and refining and supply and has extensive knowledge with respect to both alternative and conventional fuels.  He has a B.S., Chemistry, Clarion University; Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, University of Delaware; M.B.A., University of Delaware.


Matt Lucas

Associate Director for Carbontech

SESSION TOPIC [Carbontech Labs: Startup Accelerator and Investment Fund Providing Lab-to-Market Support for Innovators Converting Carbon Waste into Value]  Dr. Matt Lucas is the Associate Director for Carbontech at Carbon180, an Oakland-based nonprofit that champions carbon removal solutions that can reverse climate change through science and innovation.  At Carbon180 he leads Carbontech Labs, the only startup accelerator and investment fund focused on carbontech–profitably converting waste carbon into valued products.  Matt brings his experience in both corporate venture capital and as an engineer at multiple hard-science startups to help other innovators achieve their double-bottom-line goals.  Matt received his PhD in mechanical engineering from UC Berkeley.

5:20-6:15pm: Public Reception

6:15-7:00pm: General Session Keynote  “Forces Shaping the Global Energy Transition 2040”

7:00pm: Adjourn Day 1

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

7:30 am — Noon Registration  — Denver Grand Hyatt, 1750 Welton Street, Denver, CO

7:30 – 8:30 am — Continental Breakfast and Networking

8:30 am – 12:30 pm — Research Posters, 2nd floor foyer at Denver Grand Hyatt

All speaker sessions, food and research poster display will take place in the Denver Grand Hyatt on the second floor
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8:30 – 8:45 am:  Welcome by Maury Dobbie, Executive Director, Colorado Energy Research Collaboratory, Symposium Chair

8:45 – 9:45 am:  General Session Panel “Global Trends, Innovation & Emerging Markets in Energy”


Morgan Bazilian

Director of the Payne Institute and Professor of Public Policy
Colorado School of Mines

Morgan Bazilian previously was lead energy specialist at the World Bank. He has over two decades of experience in the energy sector and is regarded as a leading expert in international affairs, policy and investment. He is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.  Dr. Bazilian holds two master’s degrees and a PhD in areas related to energy systems and markets, and has been a Fulbright fellow. He is on the editorial boards of Environmental Research Letters, Energy strategy Reviews, and Energy Research and Social Science. He has published more than 120 articles in learned journals. His book, Analytical Methods for Energy Diversity and Security is considered a seminal piece in the area of energy finance and security. His work has been published in Foreign Affairs, Nature Energy, Nature Climate Change, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.  Dr. Bazilian is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Advisory Council on Energy, as well as the Global Advisory Council of the Sustainable Finance Programme at Oxford University. Previously, he was a Deputy Director at the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and a senior diplomat at the United Nations. Earlier in his career, he worked in the Irish Government as Principal Advisor to the Energy Minister, and was the Deputy CEO of the Irish National Energy Agency. He was also the European Union’s lead negotiator on low-carbon technology at the United Nations climate negotiations.


Atul Arya

Senior Vice President & Chief Energy Strategist
IHS Markit

Atul Arya is Senior Vice President and Chief Energy Strategist at IHS Markit. He is responsible for integrating energy content, analysis and insights across the entire energy value chain and for c-suite client engagements. His areas of expertise include business strategy, commercial analysis, oil markets, energy technologies, climate change and renewables. He has previously led Energy Insight, Research and Analysis and Energy Research teams at IHS. Atul previously worked for BP for over 20 years in a number of operational, business, technical and strategic positions around the world. His career includes international leadership experience in a diverse array of energy fields spanning strategy development, business planning, field operations and technology commercialization. His experience includes leadership in solar energy development as well as oil and gas. Atul has previously served on boards of several companies and institutions and is member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Advanced Energy Technologies. He is a sought-after speaker and moderator at public conferences, company boards and industry events and a member of the CERAWeek leadership team. Atul holds B.S., M.S. and Ph. D. degrees in engineering.


Antoine Halff

Chief Analyst, Kayrros & Director, Global Oil Markets Program
Columbia University Center on Global Energy Policy


Daniel Kammen

Chair, the Goldman School of Public Policy
Center for Environmental Policy
University of California, Berkeley

Dr. Daniel Kammen is Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, with parallel appointments in the Energy and Resources Group where he serves as Chair, the Goldman School of Public Policy where he directs the Center for Environmental Policy, and the department of Nuclear Engineering.  Kammen is the founding director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL) and was director of the Transportation Sustainability Research Center from 2007 – 2015.  He was appointed by then Secretary of State Hilary Clinton in April 2010 as the first energy fellow of the Environment and Climate Partnership for the Americas (ECPA) initiative.  He began service as the Science Envoy for U. S. Secretary of State John Kerry in 2016, but resigned over President Trump’s policies in August, 2017.  He has served the State of California and US federal government in expert and advisory capacities, including time at the US Environmental Protection Agency, US Department of Energy, the Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Office of Science and Technology Policy.  Dr. Kammen was educated in physics at Cornell (BA 1984) and Harvard (MA 1986; PhD 1988), and held postdoctoral positions at the California Institute of Technology and Harvard. He was an Assistant Professor and Chair of the Science, Technology and Environmental Policy Program at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University before moving to the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Kammen has served  on Climate Change since 1999.  The IPCC shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.  Kammen helped found over 10 companies, including Enphase that went public in 2012, Renewable Funding (Renew Financial) a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) implementing company that went public in 2014.  Kammen as a contributing or coordinating lead author on various reports of the Intergovernmental Pane played a central role in developing the successful bid for the $500 million energy biosciences institute funded by BP.


9:45 - 10:00 am: Break

10:00 - 11:00 am: Breakout #2  Track A "Digitization of Energy"


Alan Rudolph

Vice President for Research
Colorado State University
Alan currently serves on the Collaboratory Executive Board and is the Past Chair of the Board.

Dr. Rudolph has had an active career in translating interdisciplinary life sciences into useful applications for technology development. His experience spans basic research to advanced development in government laboratories, the nonprofit and private sectors and most recently in academia.  He has published more than 100 technical publications, 3 books and 15 patents in areas including molecular biophysics, lipid self-assembly, drug delivery, blood substitutes, medical imaging, tissue engineering, neuroscience, and diagnostics. After a decade at National Research Council, he was recruited to join the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, to lead new strategic efforts to extract and exploit useful principles and practices in life sciences and technology and establish an agency-wide strategy for investments in biosciences and biotechnology. As Chief of Biological Sciences and Technology, Dr. Rudolph established a framework for investments in interdisciplinary life sciences that continues today.  In 2003, he founded two biotechnology companies with one currently in human clinical development of novel blood therapeutics.  Dr. Rudolph served in the Senior Executive Service leading the nation’s investments in biological threat defense and biosecurity from 2010-2013.  Dr. Rudolph started the International Neuroscience Network Foundation in 2006 that has funded research over the last decade in brain machine interface science and education.  He has a doctorate degree in zoology from the University of California at Davis and an MBA from George Washington University.


Juan Torres

Associate Lab Director, Energy Systems Integration

Mr. Juan Torres is the Associate Laboratory Director for Energy Systems Integration at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. In this role, he oversees continuing efforts at the laboratory's Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) to strengthen the security, resilience and sustainability of the nation's electrical grid. He leads NREL's global initiative to optimize links between electricity, fuel, thermal, water, and communication networks in order to develop and demonstrate new technologies for grid modernization. Mr. Torres is Vice-Chair for the Department of Energy’s Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium (GMLC), a partnership of 13 national laboratories to advance modernization of the U.S. power grid. Prior to joining NREL in June 2017, Torres served in a variety of technical and management positions throughout his 27-year career at Sandia National Laboratories, most recently as deputy to Sandia’s vice president for Energy and Climate programs. At Sandia, Mr. Torres led research efforts and vulnerability assessments in cybersecurity, guided research in advanced microgrid and renewable energy, and led the security and resilience team under the DOE's GMLC efforts. In 1998, Mr. Torres served as a member of the DOE Task Force that developed a plan to protect the U.S. energy infrastructure in response to PDD-63 on Critical Infrastructure Protection. Mr. Torres holds a bachelor's degree in electronics engineering technology from the University of Southern Colorado, a master's degree in electrical engineering from the University of New Mexico, and has completed additional graduate work in Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University.


Antonio Trujillo

Global Technology Manager, Power Electronics
Eaton Corporate Research & Technology

Antonio Trujillo is Global Technology Manager – Power Electronics with Eaton Corporate Research and Technology, Mr. Trujillo is responsible to create overall strategies and leadership around next generation Power Electronics technologies, his research focuses includes the development of forward looking technologies in the areas of Medium Voltage grid-tie power converters, Medium Voltage DC solid state assisted circuit protection and high voltage traction drives for more electric transportation, he is responsible of global team with presence in US and China, Mr. Trujillo area of expertise is High Frequency Magnetics applied to power conversion, prior this position, Mr Trujillo was Director of Engineering – Transformer Products Eaton Power Systems Division, focused on design, innovation, research and development of Distribution Transformers, Mr. Trujillo led Power Systems Division’s Power Electronics strategy including the business opportunity, value proposition and technical analysis of Solid State Transformer technology, he has been with Eaton for 28 years. Mr. Trujillo received his B.Sc. in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering from Universidad Automoma de Guadalajara and M.Sc. in Project Engineering from the Universidad de Guadalajara. He is active in the IEEE Transformer Standards Association, as well as multiple Working Groups of the IEEE PES Transformer Committee. He has authored several papers on Distribution Transformers design and application.


Clifton Black

Research & Development
Southern Company Services


10:00 - 11:00 am: Breakout #2  Track B "Innovations in Produced Water Treatment and Reuse"


Ken Carlson

Associate Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Colorado State University

Dr. Ken Carlson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. His research interests include energy water issues, water treatment and reuse, and environmental issues surrounding oil and gas. In 2006, Carlson was awarded Environmental Science and Technology’s Best Scientific Research Paper.  Carlson received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin in 1983. He earned his M.S. in Civil Engineering from Colorado State in 1993 and his Ph.D in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Colorado in 1996.


Tzahi Cath

Ben L. Fryrear Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Colorado School of Mines

Dr. Cath conducts research in the area of water and wastewater treatment, and specifically we focus on the use of commercial and novel membrane processes. In the area of wastewater treatment and reuse we investigate the performance and enhancement of on-site wastewater treatment using novel hybrid membrane bioreactors and sequencing batch reactors. In this study we focus on the simultaneous optimization of energy consumption, chemical use, and nutrient and organic removal. We also explore the use of byproducts such as biosolids for bio-energy production. We also investigate novel membrane processes such as osmotically driven membrane processes (forward osmosis and pressure-retarded osmosis) for multi-barrier treatment of domestic and industrial wastewater for ultimate direct potable reuse. Specifically, our research focuses on investigation of solute and solvent mass transport in forward osmosis and the effects of these phenomena on future industrial implementation of the technology.  In the area of desalination, my student and I investigate novel thermally driven membrane processes such as membrane distillation and osmotic distillation. Specifically, we investigate the potential implementation of these processes in industrial settings where low grade heat and impaired water are readily available and high quality water is needed. We also investigate the utilization of the process for harvesting of minerals during desalination of brines. Also in the area of desalination we investigate novel thermally and chemically resistant nanofiltration membranes for various industrial applications. In particular, we study the occurrence, characteristics, and treatment of produced water from gas and oil exploration, and specifically coal-bed methane produced water. Education:  PhD Civil and Environmental Engineering, The University of Nevada, Reno, 2003; MS Civil and Environmental Engineering, The University of Nevada, Reno, 2001; BS. Mechanical Engineering, Tel Aviv University, 1992


Todd Bandhauer

Assistant Professor, Dept. Mechanical Engineering
Colorado State University

Dr. Todd Bandhauer is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at CSU and the Director of the Interdisciplinary Thermal Science Laboratory. His expertise and interests include thermal energy systems, electrochemical energy storage and conversion systems, and microscale phase change heat transfer. He is currently leading a team on an ARPA-e project for the ARID program developing a low cost, waste heat driven cooling system that can eliminate water consumption in power plants. Prior to CSU, Dr. Bandhauer received a Ph.D. from Georgia Tech while on a graduate research fellowship from Sandia National Laboratories, and has nearly 6 years of combined experience in industry and at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), focusing on critical issues for energy storage and conversion systems using a combination of experimental and computational approaches. Dr. Bandhauer is currently managing a research group consisting of 12 graduate and undergraduate students, and his work has resulted in 18 refereed journal and conference publications, 11 issued patents, and 16 pending patents, primarily in thermal energy systems.


Taylor Rowley

Senior Environmental Representative

Taylor Rowley is Anadarko’s Senior Environmental Representative in the DJ Basin, responsible for water recycling, waste management and supporting drilling and completions operations. Prior to joining Anadarko, Mr. Rowley worked for Arcadis where he supported water treatment and remediation based projects for both mining and oil and gas clients. He previously served as an environmental scientist at Water Standard where he worked on a range of water treatment projects for the oil and gas industry. Mr. Rowley obtained his B.S. in Natural Resources Management from Colorado State University.

10:00 - 11:00 am: Breakout #2  Track C "Innovations in Clean Transportation"


Peter Green

Deputy Laboratory Director, Science and Technology

Peter F. Green is also a member of the executive committee for the Department of Energy National Laboratory Chief Research Officers. In his role as deputy laboratory director for Science and Technology, Green is responsible for NREL’s science and research goals, strengthening the laboratory’s core capabilities, and enhancing NREL’s research portfolio. In addition, he oversees the Laboratory Directed Research and Development Program, NREL-university interactions, and the postdoctoral research program.  Prior to his appointment at NREL, Green spent 20 years in academia and 11 years at Sandia National Laboratories, where his professional career began in 1985. At Sandia, he became manager of the Glass and Ceramics Research department in 1990. He subsequently moved to The University of Texas in 1996, where he became a professor of chemical engineering and the B.F. Goodrich Endowed Professor of Materials Engineering. In 2005, he moved to the University of Michigan, where he was the Vincent T. and Gloria M. Gorguze Endowed Professor of Engineering as well as professor of chemical engineering, applied physics, and macromolecular science and technology. He served as chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and the director of the Energy Department’s Energy Frontiers Research Center: Center for Solar and Thermal Energy Conversion.  Green’s prior leadership experience includes serving as president of the Materials Research Society, with members from more than 50 countries, in 2006. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in physics from Hunter College and a master's and doctorate in materials science and engineering from Cornell University.


Will Toor

Director, Colorado Governor's Energy Office
State of Colorado



Michael Salisbury

Transportation Energy Lead
City and County of Denver

Mike started at the City and County of Denver as their Transportation Energy Lead in February of 2018.  His focus is on promoting electric vehicles in all aspects of Denver’s work both within City operations and among the general public.  Initiatives underway in Denver include: Expanding publicly available charging stations on City and private properties; Electrifying rideshare vehicles; Electrifying carshare vehicles; Meeting the goal of 200 EVs in the City fleet by 2020.  Mike began working in the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project's Transportation program as a Program Associate in early 2009.   In 2008, Mike received a Masters' degree from the University of Delaware's Center for Energy and Environmental Policy. Previously Mike worked in the office of Congressman Mike Castle as a Fellow focused on energy and environmental issues, the League of Conservation Voters in Washington, D.C. and also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa.


Noah Long

Natural Resources Defense Council


11:00 - 11:15 am: Break

11:15 am - 12:15 pm: General Session Panel "Utilities Driving Innovation"


David Eves

Executive Vice President & Group President-Utilities
Xcel Energy

David Eves is Executive Vice President and Group President - Utilities. He also serves as a director of Public Service Company of Colorado.  Previously he served as president and CEO of Southwestern Public Service Company. He also has served as vice president of Resource Planning and Acquisition for Xcel Energy, where he had responsibility for resource planning, wholesale power supply, transmission rights, and gas transportation and storage services for all of Xcel Energy's operations in eight states.  Eves received a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Kansas State University in 1981. He currently serves on the board of trustees for Mile High United Way and he is on the board of directors of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver, and the Mountain States Employers Council. He is a member of the Colorado Forum and Colorado Concern. Eves has served as a past executive committee and operating committee member at Western Systems Power Pool.


Jerry Marizza

New Business Director
United Power Cooperative

Jerry Marizza is the New Business Director at United Power, an electric co-op in Brighton, CO.  Jerry has worked over 35 years in both the regulated and unregulated energy industry. Over the last 12 years, he has helped envision and develop many of the programs implemented by this electric co-op. It should be noted that United Power is recognized nationally for its small roof-top solar programs, community solar and multiple utility scale solar projects. This fall United Power commissioned two utility scale Tesla battery storage projects 4 MW / 16 MWh and a .5 MW / 2 MWh. These currently represent the largest in the State of Colo. Over the years, United Power has developed a position of leadership within the co-op industry and the State of Colorado.  Jerry has helped to spearhead the utilities development of a business model that will continue to evolve and remain relevant to its customer base in this ever-changing energy market.


Sharon Tomkins

Vice President, Customer Solutions and Strategy
Southern California Gas Company

Sharon Tomkins is vice president, customer solutions and strategy for Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), a Sempra Energy regulated California utility. She is responsible for developing and delivering the information, products and services that meet customers’ energy needs and support state environmental and social policy objectives. Tomkins leads the company's advocacy campaign for energy choice, affordability and reliability. Her responsibilities include renewable natural gas, near zero emissions transportation, emerging technologies and energy efficiency. Previously, she was vice president and general counsel for SoCalGas.  Tomkins joined SoCalGas in 2010 as regulatory assistant general counsel. Prior to this, she was a partner at O’Melveny & Myers LLP, where she was a founding member of the firm’s Energy, Natural Resources & Environmental Practice and represented clients in a variety of litigation, regulatory and appellate proceedings. Tomkins’s energy focus began during her representation of various clients, including Sempra, during the California energy crisis. She also developed and taught the law school class, Energy Law, Policy & Climate Change, at UCLA law school. After graduating from law school, Tomkins clerked in the U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, for the Honorable Danny J. Boggs. Tomkins serves on the board of directors of the California Minority Counsel Program, Los Angeles Library Foundation, Constitutional Rights Foundation and Civil Justice Association of California. She previously served on the board of the Conference of California Public Utility Counsel, Women’s Lawyers Association of Los Angeles and Uncommon Good. Tomkins graduated Order of the Coif from the USC Gould School of Law and received her undergraduate degree in English, with High Distinction, from Pennsylvania State University.

12:15 pm - 12:30 pm: Symposium Wrap-Up

Symposium Honorary Chair

Bill Ritter, Jr.

Director, Center for the New Energy Economy
Colorado State University

As one of the co-founders of the energy symposia started in 2011, Governor Bill Ritter is the 21st Century Energy Transition Symposium Honorary Chair.  Governor Ritter was elected Colorado's 41st governor in 2006 and was the District Attorney of Denver from 1993-2005. During his four-year term as Governor, Ritter established Colorado as a national and international leader in clean energy by building a New Energy Economy. After leaving the Governor’s Office, Ritter founded the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University in 2011, which works with state and federal policy makers to create clean energy policy throughout the country. In 2016, Governor Ritter authored a book entitled, Powering Forward – What Everyone Should Know About America’s Energy Revolution. Gov. Ritter is the chair of the Board of Directors of the Energy Foundation and a senior fellow and member of the board of directors of the Advanced Energy Economy Institute.

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