Keynote Speakers

David HochsChild


David Hochschild was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown in February 2013. He fills the environmental position on the five-member Commission where four of the five members by law are required to have professional training in specific areas - engineering or physical science, environmental protection, economics, and law.

Commissioner Hochschild’s career has spanned public service, environmental advocacy and the private sector. He first got involved in the solar energy field in 2001 in San Francisco as a Special Assistant to Mayor Willie Brown where he launched a citywide $100 million initiative to put solar panels on public buildings. He went on to co-found the Vote Solar Initiative, a 60,000-member advocacy organization promoting solar policies at the local, state and federal level. He served as executive director of a national consortium of leading solar manufacturers and worked for five years at Solaria, a solar company in Silicon Valley. In 2007-2008, he served as a commissioner at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.

For his work to advance clean energy, Commissioner Hochschild was awarded the Sierra Club’s Trailblazer Award, the American Lung Association’s Clean Air Hero Award and the Department of Energy’s Million Solar Roof True Champion Award. Commissioner Hochschild holds a B.A. degree from Swarthmore College and a Masters of Public Policy degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and was a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs.

Elizabeth Wayman


Libby Wayman is responsible for strategic partnerships and commercial development for GE Ventures. Prior to this role, Libby led Innovation for GE’s Ecomagination strategy where she was responsible for driving the development of cleaner technology and business solutions that also deliver a better business case and growth opportunity. This includes physical and digital technologies, new business models, and global partnerships to address challenges in water, energy, and transportation. Libby also served as the Director for the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative, where she was responsible for developing the DOE’s strategy for innovation in manufacturing technology, and established an advanced manufacturing research portfolio across the Department. Wayman previously developed new solar energy technologies at SunPower and Alion Energy where she led the engineering team, and spun technologies out of her research at MIT where she earned an MS and BS in engineering.


Jeffrey Ball

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Jeffrey Ball, a writer focusing on energy and the environment, is scholar-in-residence at Stanford University’s Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance and a lecturer at Stanford Law School.
His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Fortune, the New Republic, Foreign Affairs, The Wall Street Journal, and Slate, among other publications.
He came to Stanford from The Wall Street Journal, where he spent 14 years as a reporter, a columnist, and the paper’s environment editor.
At Stanford, he heads a project exploring how the global clean-energy industry could develop more economically efficiently. Its first stage has focused on how China and the United States each could play in that industry more to its strengths. Ball was the primary author of the Stanford report based on that research, The New Solar System, which was released in March 2017 and lays out a strategy to boost solar energy to a level that would contribute meaningfully to global carbon reductions.
He is a nonresident senior fellow in the Brookings Institution’s Cross-Brookings Initiative on Energy and Climate, a member of “The Experts,” a Wall Street Journal panel of commentators on energy, and a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow.
He and his wife are resident fellows of Roble Hall, Stanford’s largest four-class undergraduate house, where he launched and directs the Roble Living Laboratory for Sustainability at Stanford, an initiative that encourages students to wrestle daily with the possibilities and difficulties of living more sustainably.
Ball graduated from Yale University, where he was editor-in-chief of the Yale Daily News.

Kevin Barker

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After graduating from UC Irvine with a degree in Environmental Studies, Kevin Barker went to work in the Renewable Energy Office and the Energy Commission. In 2010, he was hired as Chair Weisenmiller’s policy advisor for renewables and distributed generation. In 2012, he was promoted to Chief of Staff to Chair Weisenmiller. His areas of focus are renewables, demand forecasting, electricity supply, research and development, and transmission.

Madhur Boloor

Madhur Boloor is a Ph.D. candidate in the Materials Science and Engineering department at Stanford University, and a member of the Chueh Group. His current research is focused on exploring innovative ways to convert solar energy to hydrogen fuel by harnessing the optical and thermal energy of concentrated sunlight to split water molecules. This work, funded by the Global Climate and Energy Project, aims to demonstrate that elevated temperature can assist in achieving efficient and inexpensive solar water splitting. Madhur and his colleagues have successfully observed enhancements with even small increases in temperature, and have fabricated a novel solid-state device design that can operate at temperatures up to 400 °C.
Prior to joining Stanford, Madhur has worked on a variety of research projects focused on renewable energy technologies including flow batteries and thin film photovoltaics. Madhur is interested in improving pathways for commercialization of energy research, and is hoping to pursue a career at the interface of energy technology, policy, and finance. 

Steven Chu


Steven Chu is the William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Physics and Professor of Molecular & Cellular Physiology at Stanford University. He has published over 280 papers in atomic and polymer physics, biophysics, biology, batteries and other energy technologies. He holds 14 patents, and an additional 6 patent applications have been filed in the past 2 years.
Dr. Chu was the 12th U.S. Secretary of Energy from January 2009 until the end of April 2013. As the first scientist to hold a Cabinet position and the longest serving Energy Secretary, he recruited outstanding scientists and engineers into the Department of Energy. He began several initiatives including ARPA-E (Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy), the Energy Innovation Hubs and was personally tasked by President Obama to assist BP in stopping the Deepwater Horizon oil leak.
Prior to his cabinet post, he was director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory where he was active in the pursuit of alternative and renewable energy technologies and Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Stanford University where he helped launch Bio-X a multi-disciplinary institute combining the physical and biological sciences with medicine and engineering. Previously he was head of the Quantum Electronics Research Department at AT&T Bell Laboratories.
Dr. Chu is the co-recipient of the Nobel Prize for Physics (1997) for his contributions to laser cooling and atom trapping and has received numerous other awards. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Academia Sinica, and is a foreign member of the Royal Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the Korean Academy of Sciences and Technology. He received an A.B. degree in mathematics, a B.S. degree in physics from the University of Rochester, and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, Berkeley, as well as 31 honorary degrees.

Steve Coffee

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Bringing over 24 years of professional experience to companies as a trusted provider of filtration & separation technologies for produced water in the oil and gas industry. Steve is passionate about offering new solutions to the industry to increase production while reducing production costs and meeting environmental responsibilities for oil & gas production companies globally.
Having founded and lead various companies in the upstream oil & gas sector and in his current capacity is the founder and operational leader within Enerscope Systems Inc., Enerscope Systems Malaysia and DesanderPro. While predominately in management roles, he has published articles in Oil & Gas Technology, Oil & Gas Agenda and World Oil as well as authored dozens of technical papers. Having played key roles in several product development teams over the years that have created many new products for the market, he is always pushing technology boundaries.
Steve was currently re-elected to the role of President of the Produced Water Society (Global Water Intelligence) and created their Young Professional Program as well as being an active member in the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), SPE’s eMentor program, TUL NEL Produced Water Club, Neft Oil & Gas and acts as lead on several technical committees.
He and his wife reside in San Francisco and are both active in several non-profit organizations, including RESTORE, which is a medical service organization that provides free reconstructive surgery and related medical services to children and adults in part of the underdeveloped world.

jon creyts

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Dr. Jon Creyts is a Managing Director at Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), where he works with global business, political, and thought leaders to accelerate market adoption of clean and efficient energy solutions. He brings 25 years of strategy, operations, and design experience to resource issues at the interface of markets and technology.
Jon is the founder of RMI’s China Program, and led a multi-year research collaboration with the energy think-tank of China’s National Development and Reform Commission to develop a clean energy roadmap for China, which helped inform its central plans. He currently supports delivering those plans through collaborations on electricity reform, urban emissions peaking, smart freight, green finance, and designing zero emission districts. Jon also drives RMI’s thought leadership on disruptive technologies including solar, storage, and information technology through leadership roles in both RMI’s Business Renewables Center and its blockchain-focused Energy Web Foundation.
Prior to joining RMI, Jon was a partner with McKinsey & Company, where he worked with global energy and technology clients on growth, capital, operating, and environmental strategies. He was a founder of McKinsey’s sustainability practice and a primary author of McKinsey’s greenhouse gas abatement cost-curve. Previously, Jon was also a designer in the aerospace and power industries, and is an alumnus of Lockheed Martin’s renowned Skunk Works aircraft design facility. He received a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

Laura Dafov

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Laura Dafov is a 2nd-year PhD student in the Basin and Petroleum System Modeling (BPSM) group of the Geological Sciences department at Stanford University. She received her bachelor’s degree in petroleum-focused geological sciences, with high honors, from the University of Texas at Austin in 2016. During her bachelor’s studies, she completed and co-published 3 research projects, led student organizations, and won awards for her conference presentations. Additionally, she acquired numerous grants and scholarships from sources such as the American Geophysical Union, oil and gas companies, and the National Science Foundation. Currently, Laura is a pioneer in research efforts on gas hydrate systems ( within the BPSM group. Along with her Stanford graduate fellowship, she is a fellow of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory and is collaborating with the United States Geological Survey and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. The growing community of Gas Hydrates research and production energizes Laura’s research efforts. She has served as Vice President of the Stanford Energy Club's 8 Communities (Oil & Gas, Energy in the Developing World, Storage, Solar & Wind, China-Focus, Transportation, Nuclear, and Policy), formerly President of Stanford’s AAPG Chapter, and looks forward to the exciting 3rd Annual Stanford Energy Week. In the Summer of 2018 she will be an Exploration Intern with ConocoPhillips. Broadly, she's committed to being a leading interdisciplinary geologist impacting the academic and industrial sectors while fostering fruitful partnerships with local and global communities. Furthermore, she strives to lead efforts in meeting energy demands globally while utilizing the utmost innovative, economically efficient, and environmentally conscious strategies.

Paricha Duangtaweesub

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Paricha Duangtaweesub is a graduate student in the Design Impact program studying human-centered design with a focus on energy and climate change. Prior to this program, he worked at an environmental policy group and two startup companies in the energy space in the US and abroad. He holds a BS and MS degree in chemical engineering, reads science fiction, explores ice cream shops, and never leaves the house without his earphones.



Peng fang

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Dr. Peng Fang is President and CEO of GCL Solar Energy Inc. with more than 20 years of executive management experience from leading global technology companies at the solar and semiconductor industries in the U.S. and China.
Before GCL, Dr. Fang was the CEO of JA Solar, which designs and develops solar modules, and was the president of Huahong NEC, one of the largest semiconductor foundries in China. He has also held technology and management positions at Applied Materials and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). Dr. Fang was 2011 Forbes “One of the World’s 7 Most Powerful People in Energy,” and one of the 2011, 2012 China Top 10 Solar Energy Leaders. He was a member of China President Hu’s delegation and spoke on China-American Clean Energy StrategySummit in Washington DC in 2011. He is a member of the board of directors at US-China Green Energy Council.
Dr. Fang received his PhD and MSEE degrees from the University of Minnesota. He was also a postdoctoral research fellow at the EECS Department of UC Berkeley. Dr. Fang was chairman of the IEEE Electron Devices Society, Santa Clara Valley Chapter.

Dian Grueneich


Dian Grueneich (Panel Moderator) is a nationally and internationally recognized energy expert. Dian began her career in the late 1970’s at the California Energy Commission in the first Jerry Brown administration and help developed the first clean energy policies and programs. Dian served as a Commissioner on the California Public Utilities Commission from 2005-2010 and led its efforts on energy efficiency, demand response, transmission planning and permitting, and Western energy issues. Dian oversaw the successful permitting of three major new transmission lines to carry renewable energy and led development of California’s Long-Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan.
In May 2014, Dian began an appointment with Stanford University. She works with Stanford’s Precourt Institute for Energy, the Hoover Institution’s Shultz-Stephenson Energy Policy Task Force, the Graduate School of Business, and the Precourt Energy Efficiency Center, to spearhead an increased focus on energy policy issues, state energy regulation, the evolving energy system, and the next level of energy efficiency. She oversees the Stanford Energy Internships in California/Colorado (SEIC) program, which places graduate and undergraduate students in California and Western energy agencies. Dian co-teaches two seminar courses at Stanford: “Energy Efficiency: The Intersection of Technology, Policy, and Investment” and “California and Western Energy Agencies and Policies”. She also assists Stanford’s research initiative on the 21st century electric grid – Bits & Watts and the Stanford Energy Club community on policy. Dian is a graduate of Stanford University (Human Biology) and holds a J.D. from Georgetown University.

Barbara Hale


Barbara Hale is the Assistant General Manager for Power of the SFPUC, San Francisco's municipal power utility and operator of San Francisco's community choice program, CleanPowerSF. Ms. Hale oversees all aspects of the sales of 1.6 billion kWh/yr to retail and wholesale customers; purchasing of energy resources, transmission and distribution services; development and implementation of energy efficiency and renewable generation projects and programs; and maintenance and operation of Cityowned and located streetlights, switch gear and substations. Prior to her employment with SFPUC, Ms. Hale worked for the State of California PUC in progressively responsible positions, including Advisor to the President, Administrative Law Judge, and Director of Strategic Planning.

Asim Hussain

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Asim has worked extensively in the areas of market and business development, marketing, sales enablement, and product management in early stage, high growth clean technology companies. He is the Vice President of Marketing and Customer Experience at Bloom Energy, a provider of breakthrough solid oxide fuel cell technology that generates clean, reliable, and highly-efficient power onsite. Asim's responsibilities at Bloom Energy include new market development, sales enablement, customer engagement and experience, and corporate and product marketing.

Prior to Bloom Energy, Asim worked for CURRENT Group, a Smart Grid solutions provider, as the Chief of Staff for the CEO focused on building the executive team and strategic planning as well as marketing and business development activities. At CURRENT Group, Asim developed an industry leading value model to quantify the monetary benefits of various Smart Grid applications. He previously also advised electric utility and telecommunication clients on strategy and systems integration initiatives while working for Deloitte Consulting.

Asim earned a BS in Commerce with Distinction from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia and a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School.

Emily Kirsch

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In her capacity as Founder & CEO of Powerhouse, a co-working space and seed fund that supports 'intelligent energy' entrepreneurs building software-enabled solutions for the clean energy industry, Emily has emerged as a leader and visionary in the clean energy and entrepreneurial community. At Powerhouse, Emily builds strategic connections between venture capital, corporate leaders, and entrepreneurs to drive innovation in the clean energy industry. 

Prior to founding Powerhouse, Emily worked as the Statewide Lead Organizer at the Ella Baker Center, where she founded and lead the Oakland Climate Action Coalition, a group of businesses, unions, and community organizations which drafted and secured passage of the most ambitious Energy and Climate Action Plan of any city in the nation. In addition, Emily designed and launched the Oakland Green Jobs Corps with Ella Baker Center Founder and former Jobs Advisor to President Obama, Van Jones. She also launched the Oakland Technical High School Green Academy-- the first three year, green education program for high school students in Oakland. 

Emily serves on the Board of PV Complete and is on the Advisory Board of the University of San Francisco’s Masters of Science in Energy Systems Management. Emily is the winner of 2017 Entrepreneurship Award from C3E, a partnership between the US Department of Energy, Stanford and MIT. Emily has guest lectured at UC Berkeley and Stanford.

Derrick Ko

Derrick was formerly a growth product manager at Lyft by way of acquisition of a Y Combinator company, Kicksend, where he was the first employee. He previously was a lead at Pivotal Labs - where he worked with Rakuten and IDEO - and had stints at Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard. He graduated from Purdue University with a B.S. in Computer Engineering.

Shucheng Liu

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Dr.. Shucheng Liu is Principal, Market Development at California Independent System Operator (CAISO) . He works extensively on development and implementation of policies and pro ducts for the CAISO wholesale electricity markets. In recent years, Dr. Liu has been leading analyses of impacts of renewable integration and greenhouse gas emission reduction on the operation of the CAISO wholesale electricity markets and power grid. The analyses focus on the required generation and demand - side resources and their characteristics, improvements to the CAISO markets and regional coordination in order to achieve the Renewable Portfolio Standard and greenhouse gas emission reduction targets in California. The analyses also support the California Public Utilities Commission Long Term Procurement Plan and Integrated Resource Planning proceedings .
Prior to joining the CAISO, Dr. Liu held various positions with firms providing consulting services for the electric power industry.
Dr. Liu received his B.S. in Nuclear Engineering and M.S. in Management Science from Tsinghua University of China, M.S. and Ph.D. in Engineering Economic Systems and Operations Research from Stanford University.

Scott Mercer

Scott is an entrepreneur with a passion for bringing future-focused technology to market faster. He has been named Entrepreneur of the Year by the Hawaii Venture Capital, Forty Under 40 by Pacific Business News, and Hawaii Business’ Twenty for the Next 20. Prior to Volta, Scott ran a vintage automotive restoration business and sold a restored 1967 Jaguar XKE to seed the beginnings of Volta. Scott currently drives a Brammo motorcycle, an electric Fiat, and occasionally a 1971 Alfa Romeo.

Tim McHargue


Dr. Tim McHargue has been an Adjunct Professor at Stanford since 2002 where he conducts collaborative research with students and teaches courses on deep water reservoir architecture and sequence stratigraphy. Tim has 31 years of petroleum industry experience in exploration, reservoir characterization and research, mostly with Chevron Petroleum Co. Tim staffed and coordinated Chevron’s research team in deep water reservoirs and was a principal in Chevron’s training in sequence stratigraphy and deep water reservoir prediction and characterization. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the U. of Missouri and actively participates in committees of the International Ocean Drilling Program. Tim has co-authored over 50 publications, mostly in turbidite architecture, but also including fields as diverse as carbonate diagenesis, conodont evolution, and the regional geology of Africa. He was an AAPG Distinguished lecturer in 2013, Technical Chairman of the Pacific Section AAPG meeting in 2013 and recipient of the Levorsen Award for best paper at the 2009 Pacific Section AAPG. Also, Tim was a semi-professional musician in college which partially explains why it took him 3 years to finish his master’s degree.

Tammy Nikoltcheva

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Tammy Nikoltcheva brings over twenty years of experience in the power generation, energy trading and renewable energy industries. Presently Ms. Nikoltcheva is Vice President, Commercial Strategies at TerraForm Power, an owner and operator of wind and solar power plants with total installed capacity of approximately 2,600 MW. During her two-year tenure at TerraForm Power, Tammy has led a team responsible for hedging the renewable energy credits generated by the portfolio, re-contracting expiring Power Purchase Agreements, scheduling the generated electricity into the daily markets, and overall commodities risk management activities.
Prior to joining TerraForm, Tammy spent nine years at the energy trading divisions of Goldman Sachs and Bank of America Merrill Lynch in both Houston and New York. There she was responsible for executing commodities transaction with independent power producers, utilities, load serving entities and renewable energy firms. At both banks, she worked closely with the investment banking teams on buy/sell transactions or hedge supported refinancing efforts.
Ms. Nikotcheva started her career in the power industry at Calpine, owner and operator of gas fired and geothermal power plans, shortly after the deregulation of the industry, which sparked the gas-fired power plant built out of the late ‘90s and early ‘00s. At Calpine, she led the national accounts structuring efforts, and was responsible for negotiating many of the commodity transactions supporting capital raises during that period.
She and her husband relocated to the Bay area two years ago and are enjoying the outdoors and cultural offerings of their new community.

Lynn Orr


Lynn Orr is the Keleen and Carlton Beal Professor of Petroleum Engineering Emeritus in the Department of Energy Resources Engineering. He served as Under Secretary for Science and Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy from 2014 to 2017. He was Director of the Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford University from 2009 to 2013, Director of the Global Climate and Energy Project from 2002 to 2009, and Dean of the School of Earth Sciences from 1994 to 2002, all at Stanford. He joined Stanford in 1985 after prior employment at the US Environmental Protection Agency (1970-72), Shell Development Company in Houston (1976-78), and the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in Socorro (1978-85). He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and a B.S. from Stanford University, both in Chemical Engineering. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and serves on the boards of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute and the ClimateWorks Foundation.

Carla J. Peterman


Carla J. Peterman was appointed to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in December 2012. Commissioner Peterman is the CPUC’s assigned Commissioner for a number of proceedings including energy efficiency, alternative transportation, energy storage, and several rate cases. Commissioner Peterman serves on many boards including the NARUC Board of Directors and the California Broadband Council. She served as the Chair of the Plug in Electric Vehicle Collaborative for 2012-2013.
She was previously appointed by Governor Brown, in 2011, to the California Energy Commission where she was lead Commissioner for renewables, transportation, and natural gas.
Commissioner Peterman has conducted research at the University of California Energy Institute and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and was an investment banker focused on energy financing at Lehman Brothers.
Commissioner Peterman holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Energy and Resources from The University of California Berkeley. She also earned a Master of Science degree and a Master of Business Administration degree from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. Commissioner Peterman holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Howard University.

Ken Peters

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Ken Peters is Geochemistry Advisor for Schlumberger where he uses geochemistry and numerical modeling to study petroleum systems. He has >39 years with Chevron, Mobil, ExxonMobil, USGS, UC Berkeley, Stanford, and Schlumberger and published >160 peer-reviewed geology, geochemistry, and basin modeling books and papers. Ken is principal author of The Biomarker Guide (2005), a Schlumberger NeXT instructor, EAGE Student Webinar Instructor, Fellow in the Geochemical Society, AAPG Charles Taylor Fellow, and Adjunct Professor at Stanford University. He is Associate Editor for AAPG Bulletin, Organic Geochemistry, and Journal of Petroleum Geology. He received the 2009 Alfred E. Treibs Medal from the Geochemical Society, the 2013 AAPG Honorary Member Award, and the 2016 EAGE Alfred Wegener Award. He twice received the Schlumberger Henri Doll Prize for Innovation (2009, 2013). Ken has B.A. and M.A. degrees in geology and a Ph.D. in geochemistry from UCLA.

Andrey D Poletayev

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Andrey's bio: Andrey is a fifth-year PhD student in Materials Science. He has researched energy devices from solar photovoltaics to grid-storage batteries. Andrey has contributed to and led design projects on energy, public health, and sustainable development in the US, India, and Tanzania.

Kang Sun

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Dr. Kang Sun has a many successes in business creation and growth. His first business venture, Index Technologies Inc was built at Brown University where he was a Ph.D. student. The company later was acquired with a 22X return on investment. His most recent business ventures in energy space were JA Solar Co. Ltd. (launched an IPO on NASDAQ) and RayTracker (acquired by First Solar). Dr. Sun also served as senior executives at large international companies. He was Vice President and General Manager at Honeywell International Inc. and Chief Technology Officer at Oce N.V. Dr. Sun is currently CEO of Amprius Inc and a founder of Amprius (Wuxi) , Amprius (Nanjing) and Amprius Power Energy Inc. In addition to his business ventures, Dr. Sun is a private investor and founder of Index Capital Group. He received his B.S. degree in macromolecular science from Nanjing University and Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from Brown University.

Mark Thurber

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Mark C. Thurber is Associate Director of the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development (PESD) at Stanford University. He teaches a course on energy markets and policy in the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and he conducts game-based simulations of electricity, carbon, and renewable energy markets for research, education, and training of energy policymakers and regulators. Dr. Thurber edited and contributed to Oil and Governance (Cambridge University Press, 2012), about state-controlled oil and gas companies, and The Global Coal Market (Cambridge University Press, 2015), about the drivers of coal production, transport, and use. His new book Coal, about the challenges of transitioning away from the dirtiest fossil fuel, is forthcoming from Polity Press in 2018.

Adam Warmoth

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Adam Warmoth is the Vehicle Systems Analyst for Uber Elevate, Uber's initiative to bring ridesharing to the sky. Before joining Uber, Adam earned his BS in Engineering Physics and MS in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford. While at Stanford, Adam served as captain of the Varsity Water Polo team, and did research in the Stanford Plasma Physics Lab and the Aircraft Design Group. He got his start in the Urban Air Mobility space during an internship at Kitty Hawk.

Stephen Zoepf

Dr. Stephen Zoepf is the Executive Director of the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford.  He holds a Ph.D., M.Sc. and B.Sc. from MIT and has fifteen years of experience in transportation and mobility. Dr. Zoepf led U.S. Department of Transportation efforts to integrate confidential data into national vehicle energy policy modeling, and previously worked as an engineer and product manager at BMW and Ford.  He was an ENI Energy Initiative Fellow, a Martin Energy Fellow, and a recipient of the Barry McNutt award from the Transportation Research Board and the Infinite Mile award from MIT. His research has been covered in numerous popular press articles, initiated a Congressional probe, and has been lampooned in The Onion.