Opening Keynote Speaker
Co-founder & CEO, Sunrun Inc.
Lynn Jurich is the CEO and co-founder of Sunrun, the United States’ largest dedicated provider of residential solar, storage and energy services. With Sunrun co-founder Ed Fenster, Lynn invented the business model “solar as a service” that unlocked consumer demand for clean, affordable energy direct from residential rooftops. Today with more than $3 billion in installed solar systems across 22 states and the District of Columbia, Sunrun is revolutionizing how consumers get electricity. Before Sunrun, Lynn worked at Summit Partners, where as one of few female venture capitalists, she completed investments with an aggregate market value of over $900 million in the financial services and technology sectors. Lynn was named one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business in 2013 and Forbes’ Women to Watch in 2015. Lynn earned her BS in Science, Technology and Society and MBA from Stanford University.
Closing Fireside Chat
Creator & Host, Energy Transition Show
Special Advisor to Chief Scientist, Rocky Mountain Institute
Chris Nelder is the creator and host of the Energy Transition Show podcast. Chris has written about energy and investing for more than a decade. He is the author two books on energy and investing, as well as more than 200 articles on energy in publications such as Nature, Scientific American, Slate, The Atlantic, Quartz, Financial Times, Greentech Media, SmartPlanet, and the Economist Intelligence Unit. He is also a Manager in the Mobility practice at the Rocky Mountain Institute in Boulder, Colorado, where he heads the EV-grid Integration team. He enjoys bantering with other energy geeks on Twitter at @chrisnelder.
Jonathan Koomey, Ph.D. has more than three decades of experience studying solutions to the climate problem. He’s the award-winning author or coauthor of nine books and more than 200 technical reports and articles. See more at http://www.koomey.com. His latest book is Turning Numbers into Knowledge: Mastering the Art of Problem Solving, now out in its 3rd edition (November 2017): http://amzn.to/2wY1m7x
Point of No Return: Film Screening & Discussion
Co-Director, Point of No Return
Co-Director, Point of No Return
Creative partners for over a decade, filmmakers Noel Dockstader and Quinn Kanaly tell thought-provoking, impactful stories about science, history and exploration. Prior to embarking on Point of No Return, a behind-the-scenes look at the first solar airplane to fly across the world, Dockstader and Kanaly’s collaborative works at Far West Film have been broadcast in the US and internationally on National Geographic, Discovery, Smithsonian, and PBS. Previous films include Extreme Ice for PBS/NOVA, Collapse, a two-hour special for National Geographic based on the book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Jared Diamond, and other documentaries for National Geographic’s award-winning “Explorer” Series.
Energy Access & Globalization Panel
Victoria is a clean energy and sustainability specialist. She learned the intricacies of environmental science and policy while pursuing a B.S. in Earth Systems at Stanford University. She also completed a Ph.D. at UCLA during which she authored 12 peer-reviewed publications, won a university award for Outstanding Graduate Research, and received competitive grants from National Geographic, National Institutes of Health, and the National Science Foundation. During her dissertation fieldwork in rural Southeast Asia, Victoria fully recognized the intimate relationship between energy poverty and environmental degradation. As a result, she focused on applying her systems science background toward projects with immediate social and environmental impact. With Angaza, she has the opportunity to demonstrate that smart, scalable technology can greatly benefit both people and planet.
Gireesh Shrimali is the Director of the India office of Climate Policy Initiative (CPI) and a Research Fellow at Stanford University’s Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, a joint center of the Stanford law and business schools. Previously, he taught at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, a Graduate School of Middlebury College; and the Indian School of Business (ISB), where he helped found the CPI-ISB Energy and Environment Program in collaboration with CPI. Gireesh holds a PhD from Stanford University, an MS from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, and a BTech from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, all in electrical engineering. He has over nine years of industry experience designing high-speed networking and computing systems.
Volkmar has more than 20 years of experience in management consulting, entrepreneurship and business development in Europe and the US, particularly in the IT and clean tech sectors. He holds an MBA and graduated with distinction with a BA in Economics and Human Resources from the University of Wurzburg and Hawaii Pacific University. He has published several papers about green innovation and technology. He is fluent in German, English and French.
Michael is a postdoctoral fellow whose interests encompass international development projects requiring productive energy use and how to increase their success through transdisciplinary approaches. He has a dual appointment in the Precourt Institute for Energy and the Department of Energy Resources Engineering. His current work focuses on understanding and reducing produce supply chain inefficiency in India from a systems perspective, while identifying and testing scalable interventions with on-the-ground partners and end-users. Michael completed a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering as an NSF Graduate Research Fellow at Stanford. His thesis focused on using fundamental research to develop design descriptors for improving solar-to-fuel and fuel-to-electricity conversion using electrochemistry.
Trends in transportation
Meera Ramachandran is a researcher and a creative problem solver, currently a Sr. Design Researcher at NIO where she has been investigating how to use vehicle as a positive influence in people’s lives. Passionate about human-centered design, she has successfully applied design-thinking principles to design products in highly regulated industries such as transportation and healthcare. Prior to that, she was at Ford, where she was designing concepts as a part of the rebrand for Lincoln vehicles. She grew up in India and moved to the United States in 2010. She holds a Masters in Industrial Engineering from Clemson University and a bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from India.
Mike is the Senior Program Manager with responsibility for electric vehicle initiatives for Prospect Silicon Valley. In this position Mike mentors EV and EV infrastructure related startup companies as well as leads EV related grant funded projects. Mike has over a decade of experience in the electric vehicle industry where was previously the eFleet Program Manager for CityCarShare, VP of NRG Energy EVgo in Houston, and served as VP of Business Development for two other EV related companies. Mike got his start in the EV industry at Tesla Motors in 2005 where he was VP of Customer Service & Support. Previous to the EV industry Mike has extensive experience in high technology startup companies having co-founded two successful companies: Network Computing Devices and ShoreTel. Mike has an undergraduate degree in aeronautical engineering from California State Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Montana State University.
Mulan MacDougall is a master’s student in mechanical engineering with an emphasis in manufacturing and product realization. Her previous work in the transportation sector includes an internship at General Motors’ Design Center in Warren, MI, where she worked at the intersection of manufacturing and design. MacDougall is also leading a team of Stanford students in a project revolving around mobility and transportation. She currently works as a course assistant at Stanford University’s Product Realization Lab, where she helps students learn to design and build a variety of projects.
Energy Policy Panel
Preeti Hehmeyer joined the Bill Lane Center in 2015 managing the Center’s programming and development efforts. In her current role as Associate Director, she leads the Center’s partnerships, programs, finances and administration. Preeti specializes in local government policy and is responsible for the Center’s work with city managers in the Bay Area. She is also a lecturer in Stanford Public Policy Program, where she teaches a project-based learning practicum course for graduating seniors. Preeti holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Southern California where she was a City/County Management Fellow. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and City/Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley. She currently serves as Chair for the City of Mountain View Environmental Planning Commission.
Bobby Hollis is the Head of Global Energy & Site Selection for Facebook, where he leads energy strategy and site selection for Facebook’s fast growing data center portfolio worldwide. Before joining Facebook, Bobby led the development and procurement of renewable energy projects at Apple, including projects in California, Singapore and Arizona. Prior to entering the technology sector, Bobby served as Vice President of Renewable Energy at NV Energy, the primary electric utility in Nevada, where he oversaw the development and procurement of renewable energy resources in every technology. Bobby began his career as a corporate attorney in Washington, DC, and has also spent time at Invenergy and Alliant Energy.
Anne Hoskins serves as Chief Policy Officer of Sunrun, where she leads Sunrun's policy efforts to expand consumer access to solar energy and deploy local solar energy to modernize the grid. Anne previously served as a Commissioner on the Maryland Public Service Commission where she was a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Board of Directors, Chair of the NARUC International Relations Committee and a board member of the Organization of PJM States (OPSI). Anne also led federal and state advocacy for Public Service Enterprise Group, and served as a Visiting Research Scholar and Instructor at Princeton University, a regulatory attorney at Verizon Wireless and McCarter and English and as a policy advisor to New Jersey Governor Thomas Kean. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School, the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton, and Cornell University.
Alice Stebbins has served as the CPUC’s Executive Director since Feb. 21, 2018. Ms. Stebbins previously served as Division Chief over Administration for the California Air Resources Board since January 2011. She first joined the State of California as a sales and use tax auditor with the Board of Equalization in 1986. Since that time, she has worked for the Department of Transportation, Department of Justice, and the State Water Resources Control Board where she performed forensic accounting, auditing, project management, and administration, while managing large complex teams. Ms. Stebbins has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California Santa Barbara in Business Economics and a Project Management Certificate from George Washington University.
Shandell Szabo was named Vice President, U.S. Exploration of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation in May 2018 after serving as Vice President, U.S. Onshore Exploration since September 2016. She joined Anadarko in 2001 as an exploration geologist, working U.S. Gulf Coast Regional projects. Since then she has worked in positions of increasing responsibility throughout Anadarko’s U.S. onshore portfolio and deepwater Gulf of Mexico. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology from the University of Michigan and a Master of Science in Environmental Geology from Texas Christian University. She is a registered professional geologist in the state of Texas.
Oil & gas panel
Rich Sears, professor in practice in the department of Energy Resources Engineering, joined Stanford after over 30 years of professional experience in various roles at Shell in addition to serving as the Senior Science and Engineering Adviser for the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Naomi Boness, Managing Director of the Stanford Natural Gas Initiative (NGI), has previous experience as a senior strategy analyst for North America shale gas at Chevron and was an invited member of the UN Expert Group on Resource Classification as well as a past Chair of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists Oil and Gas Reserves Committee.
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Franklin M. "Lynn" Orr, professor in the department of Energy Resources Engineering at Stanford, has previously served as the Under Secretary for Science and Energy at the US Department of Energy. While at Stanford he has served as Chester Naramore Dean of the School of Earth Sciences, director of the Precourt Institute for Energy and director of the Global Climate and Energy Project.
Jack Norbeck, co-founder of Fervo Energy and 2016 Stanford PhD in Energy Resources Engineering, works to own, develop, and operate geothermal assets.
Birol Dindoruk, completed his PhD in Petroleum Engineering and Mathematics at Stanford followed by over 20 years in various roles with Shell where he is now the Chief Scientist in Reservoir Physics and Principal Technical Expert.
Energy Innovation at Stanford University
Nicholas Flanders is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Opus 12, a technology company that transforms CO2 into valuable products. Nicholas holds a M.S. in engineering and MBA from Stanford University. Previously, Nicholas was an analyst in McKinsey’s Cleantech practice and he was featured among Forbes' 30 Under 30 in Energy in 2016.
Dr. Olivia Risset received her PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Florida in 2014. After graduating, she joined Natron Energy as a battery scientist where she developed and scaled up new electrolyte and cathode formulations for sodium-ion batteries. In August 2016, she joined Cuberg where, as a senior scientist, she focuses on the development of new electrolyte and additive blends, and the design of battery prototypes for harsh environments.
Vikhyat Chaudhry is the co-founder and CTO of Buzz Solutions, which utilizes an Artificial Intelligence platform in order to conduct power-line inspections. Buzz Solutions provides utilities critical data to help avoid power outages, and provides drone technologies capable of sensing crucial indicators of power line health. Vikhyat holds an M.S. from Stanford University, and a B.S. from Dehli College of Engineering, both in Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Christopher Hopper is the co-founder of Aurora Solar, the solar industry’s leading platform for solar PV sales and system design. Aurora is used by solar installers across the U.S. and around the world to design over 60,000 installations per month. Prior to founding Aurora, Chris co-founded e.quinox and BBOXX, a chartable organization and a startup focused on developing sustainable rural electrification solutions for the developing world. He received an MBA from Stanford's Graduate School of Business and an MEng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Imperial College London.
Apoorv Bhargava is the CEO and co-founder of Weave Grid, a company that utilizes AI technology to help utilities predict and manage spikes in power demand on the grid due to electric vehicle charging. Apoorv holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and as well as a Masters of Science degree in Energy & Resources from Stanford. He has previously worked in the energy industry at the Capricorn Investment Group, Opower, and The Boston Consulting Group. He graduated summa cum laude from Rice University with a B.S. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and a B.A. in Economics, and was recently featured on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for Energy in 2019.