Ed is a strategic advisor, who supports corporate and investor clients, helping them to source widely and choose wisely among new technology opportunities.
Value for his clients comes through his extensive network of technology providers, investors, entrepreneurs, and scientists. Ed possesses a dee...Read Morep, nuanced understanding of the complex energy and cleantech industry gained over his 30+ year career.
Through his work Ed provides provides an important bridge between technologists and investors. He has a deep technical understanding of energy science and technologies, coupled with wide-ranging knowledge of industry issues, and an extensive network among key players.
After earning a PhD in physics, he was part of the group at Brookhaven National Lab that undertook interdisciplinary analyses of energy systems during the first energy crisis of the 1970s.
In the early 1990s, Ed started an independent consultancy, Energy Technology Advisors. Since that time, he has been providing strategic advice and gathered intelligence for a wide variety of corporate and investor clients(less)
Drew Clark, a champion for innovation across IBM and its global ecosystem, is co-founder of and lead strategist for IBM's global venture capital group. Drew works closely with IBM’s key business imperatives including Sustainability / Cleantech, Smart Healthcare and Cloud Computing, where he works ...Read Moreclosely with the global venture capital community across multiple IBM brands and industry units to help drive new business opportunities.
A serial “entrepreneur", Drew has led a range of internal startup initiatives, including a key role in formation of IBM's Internet Division. Later, Drew led IBM's search, knowledge-management, social media and Web 2.0 initiatives. He has held numerous technical and management positions in several of IBM's product divisions, and has helped lead several of IBM's most innovative development initiatives, including creation of IBM’s Internet unit and later Web 2.0 and Cloud Computing units.
He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Western Carolina University and an MS in Theoretical Plasma Physics from the University of Texas at Austin.(less)
Katherine Cushing is an Associate Professor in the Environmental Studies Department at San Jose State University. Katherine's current research involves developing metrics that can be used to assess the performance of municipal recycled water programs and factors associated with pro-environmental beh...Read Moreavior within the SJSU community. From 2009-2011, Katherine served as San Jose State's first Director of Sustainability. Prior to joining the faculty of San Jose State, Katherine served as Associate Director for the Program on Urban Studies at Stanford University and worked as a Senior Research Associate at the Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security in Oakland.(less)
John Eells is a transportation planner with 34 years of experience preparing comprehensive transportation plans and developing sustainable transportation projects at the local and regional level. John’s experience includes 2 years in the Legislative Analyst Office in the California State Legislat...Read Moreure, 5 years with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), 7 years as the Transportation Planning Coordinator for Marin County and 20 years as a consultant. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Architecture and a Masters Degree in City Planning from the University of California at Berkeley. John has assisted in the preparation of Regional Transportation Plans for Sacramento and Lake Tahoe and reviewed Regional Transportation Plans throughout California for conformance with State greenhouse gas reduction requirements for the California Attorney General’s Office. He participated in a joint effort by Caltrans and the California Council on Science and Technology to develop a proposal for a new California Center for Transportation Innovation to coordinate transportation research activities in California. John has also managed major multi-modal transportation studies, evaluated the feasibility of proposal ferry services, and worked on the implementation of several rail transit projects including the Sacramento Light Rail project, the ACE Commuter Rail Service from Stockton to San Jose, the SMART Commuter Rail Service from Cloverdale to Larkspur, proposed AMTRAK service from Oakland to Reno, and the proposed high speed Maglev Service from Los Angeles to Las Vegas.(less)
Mr. Flynn is the lead of Water Technology Development Laboratory at NASA Ames Research Center. He has over 23 years experience in the development of advanced water recycling technologies for NASA. He has over ninety relevant peer reviewed publications in the field. He has received two R&D 100 Award,...Read More a Wright Brothers Medal, and an Arch T.Calwell Merit Award.
He has received 6 NASA Spotlight awards and four of his papers have been selected by the Engineering Society For the Advancing Mobility of Land, Sea, Air, and Space International’s Transactions. He has also been involved in the startup of 3 private companies in the water technology sector. Mr. Flynn has a BS in mechanical engineering from San Francisco State University.(less)
Michael Hobbs has a rich history of education accompanied by related occupations. He served in the United States Navy as a Plane Captain operating throughout East Asia onboard the USS Midway, ultimately becoming an aviation electronics technician and settling in Silicon Valley. He received his BSB...Read MoreA from University of Phoenix and worked in multiple high tech firms. In his capacity he managed assembly lines, test, debug, quality, and order fulfillment, ultimately becoming a new products Operations Manager. He is a full time single parent of a very loving and exceptional son, and having been fortunate enough to travel the world, he has become increasingly concerned about the environment. Wanting to explore environmental concerns and expand his education, he received his M.Sc. in Environmental Studies from San Jose State University and is currently working for Sustainable Silicon Valley as Water Lead. He currently conducts research and leads a team providing content for partners. (less)
Karl Kailing is an advisor to Silicon Valley firms on all aspects of international operations. His areas of focus is companies in the area of clean tech, semi conductor and enterprise software sectors. His advisory capacity involve global business development counseling and cross functional project ...Read Moremanagement to small and medium enterprises entering new markets.(less)
Lindsey Kalkbrenner is the Director of Santa Clara University's Center for Sustainability. She was hired as SCU's first sustainability coordinator in 2006. She fosters collaboration among campus stakeholders, develops a culture of sustainability among the university community, and has built the Cent...Read Moreer for Sustainability around an internship program designed to provide students with opportunities to develop experience as change agents for sustainability. Lindsey holds a Bachelor of Science in biology a Master of Business Administration, both from Santa Clara University. (less)
Walker is the Managing Principal and a Co-founder at InspiredLabs, a triple-bottom-line consulting firm focused on building community, improving quality of life, and sponsoring true sustainability, through education, design, and action.
He is a green building expert with extensive energy management...Read More, automation and control strategy experience, team building, and complex solution guidance. Adept at adapting existing systems and technologies for use in sustainable design. Fluent in facilities management and engineering lexicon for translating to C-suite and real estate/workplace services Directors tasked with sustainability, enterprise carbon accounting, and resource efficiency. Intensely motivated by the words "can't" and "impossible."
Dr. Joseph Kott has over thirty years of experience in transportation planning at the local, regional, and state geographic scales for both public agencies and private consultancies. He is President and founder of Kott Planning Consultants, LLC and served as Chief Transportation Official for the Cit...Read Morey of Palo Alto for seven years. Dr. Kott teaches courses in transportation and the environment and planning for sustainable urban and regional transportation as an adjunct faculty member within the San Jose State University Department of Urban and Regional Planning and the Stanford University Program on Urban Studies, where he also serves as Visiting Scholar. Dr. Kott holds a B.A. from Wayne State University in Detroit, a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, master’s degrees in both transport planning and traffic engineering from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, and a PhD in urban and regional transport planning from Curtin University in Perth, Australia. (less)
Ed Maurer holds a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Rhode Island, a Masters in Civil Engineering from U.C. Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Washington. Following 18 years of various consulting and research work, he join...Read Moreed Santa Clara University’s civil engineering department in 2003, where he teaches courses in hydraulics, hydrology, water resources, GIS, and sustainability. His professional experience includes work in municipal water supply and wastewater engineering, climate change studies, water resources studies in support of western tribal water rights, and rural community water supply projects in Latin America. His recent research contributions involve modeling large scale hydrologic dynamics, improving long-lead forecasting, and studying regional hydrologic effects of climate change, especially on water. He has published numerous reports and peer-reviewed journal articles on assessing the impact of climate change on water resources from river basin to regional scales.(less)
Publicly active physicist with broad scientific expertise in areas ranging from protein dynamics to energy efficiency. I love sharing scientific and technical knowledge in an accessible context.
I have a doctoral degree in theoretical condensed matter physics with a dissertation focused on the theo...Read Moreretical modeling of the prion protein and other amyloid diseases. In addition to general physics expertise, I am proficient in molecular dynamic simulation, analysis of complex condensed and soft matter systems including protein folding, thin film fabrication, magnetic characterization, microscopy (AFM, SEM, Confocal), nanolithography(less)
Annetta is an Associate Partner at IDEO. In her role as a Business Lead in Palo Alto, she leads a multidisciplinary community of designers and works with clients to design and guide projects.
A mechanical engineer by training, Annetta has contributed as project manager and lead engineer to the desig...Read Moren of a wide range of products, including office furniture, children’s car seats, and cooking products. Over the last several years, she has been focusing on the intersection of design and sustainability. She has been co-leading IDEO's Energy Domain, and has worked on projects involving the design of human-centered smart-grid, clean tech, and energy efficiency experiences.
Before joining IDEO in 1996, Annetta worked as a manufacturing engineer for Hewlett Packard, where she worked with lab engineers on the development of new products while designing the manufacturing lines on which those products would be assembled.
Annetta holds an MS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, and a BS degree in Engineering & Applied Science from California Institute of Technology.
She is an expert in the following: Consumer Experience Design, Designing for Engagement, Energy, Engineering and Manufacturing.
Blas Perez Herniquez
Prof. Blas L. Pérez Henríquez is the director of UC Berkeley's Center for Environmental Public Policy (CEPP) and an affiliate of the Institute of Transportation Studies. He is also the Founding Asst. Dean/Director of the Goldman School's Executive and International Programs (now Global). Pérez H...Read Moreenríquez serves as Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate and the Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and as a visiting professor at Mexico's Center for Economic Research and Teaching (CIDE).
Pérez Henríquez’s research has a unique focus on the interaction between policy implementation and policy adaptation and revision in the context of emission trading, the use of information technology to support environmental market creation and collaborative efforts between business and government to enable a low carbon economy.
As an academic observer, Pérez Henríquez participates regularly at the Climate Change Expert Group of the United Nations Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC), a support group at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) that develops policy alternatives to address global climate change, as well as the UNFCCC climate negotiations process (i.e., Conference of Parties - COPs).
Addressing the policy lessons from the international experience implementing emission trading systems, his most recent book “Environmental Commodities and Emissions Trading: Towards a Low Carbon Future” was published by RFF Press/Routledge in 2013. He recently co-edited a book entitled "Carbon Governance, Climate Change and Business Transformation" as part of Routledge Advances in Climate Change Research series (Forthcoming July 2014). In addition, Pérez Henríquez is currently conducting research on the economic, social and environmental impacts of developing a high-speed rail system in California, smarter and sustainable urban futures, as well as on the process of learning-by-doing in policy design and implementation in the fields of environmental, energy and climate public policy. He has also written on public-private environmental collaborative partnerships (the case of Sustainable Silicon Valley for the National Academy of Sciences) and on the use of information technology to support environmental markets.
He has served as an ex-officio member of the Goldman School advisory board, and as Quarterly Chair of the Commonwealth Club of California, the nation's oldest and largest public affairs forum.
Pérez Henríquez holds a Master of Public Policy and a Ph.D. in Public Policy from UC Berkeley. He also holds a law degree from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and a diploma in public policy from the Technological Autonomous Institute of Mexico (ITAM)(less)
Bruce Pittman is a founding member of the Alliance for Commercial Enterprise and Education in Space and is the Director, Flight Project for the NASA Commercial Space Portal at the Ames Research Center. He has been involved in high technology product development, project management and system engine...Read Moreering for over 30 years.
Pittman spent 11 years working at NASA Ames working on a number of space projects including Pioneer Venus, the Infrared Astronomy Satellite, the Cryogenic Grating Spectrometer, the International Space Station, and several advanced studies programs. He has worked with NASA as a consultant on such pioneering projects as the Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (2006-2007), ISS Commercialization (2005-2006) High Speed Civil Transport (1997-1998), the Space Exploration Initiative (1989-1991) and the Space Shuttle Processing (1987-1988).
Bruce was a founder and member of the startup team in a number of early growth companies including SpaceHab, Kistler Aerospace, New Focus, Product Factory, Prometheus II Ltd., Industrial Sound and Motion and most recently, TransGeneos Inc.
Some of the major clients that Bruce has worked with include: Align Technologies, Agile Software, Boeing, Behring Diagnostic, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Varian, Cepheid, Texas Instruments, Westinghouse as well as government agencies such as NASA and DOE.
Bruce has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from U. C. Davis and a MS in Engineering Management from Santa Clara University. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Concurrent Product Development. Bruce is also an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and founder and first chairman of the System Engineering Technical Committee. Currently, Bruce serves as a founding member of the organizing committee for the Space Investment Summit series and a member of the Aerospace Technology Working Group (ATWG). He has authored over 2 dozen papers on technical and management topics in aerospace and high technology. In addition to his technical work Bruce is also a member of the adjunct faculty in the Graduate Engineering School at Santa Clara University.
While working at NASA, Bruce was awarded two Superior Achievement Awards and two Group Achievement Awards. He also received a Distinguished Leadership Award from the AIAA.(less)
Now open for the next venture, Dr. Ram Ramanan, PE, CEng. BCEE is a Fulbright Fellow with over 40 years of global corporate (ExxonMobil), consulting (AECOM, Trinity & ICF), and academic (Illinois Institute of Technology Business School and Indian Institute of Technology) experience in the management...Read More and evangelism/advocacy of corporate sustainability/social responsibility, environmental risk mitigation and compliance in over a dozen nations.
Ram currently serves on the Editorial Review Board of the International Journal of Risk & Contingency Management. Most recently, Ram was an industry associate professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology Stuart School of Business guiding industry sponsored Capstone projects and teaching Corporate Sustainability and Social Responsibility, Ethics, Environmental Analytics, Economics & Finance, courses to over one hundred MBA, JD and graduate students. He also, served as Education Council Chair and Director on the International Board of A&WMA;.
Ram holds a PhD from the University of Texas at Dallas, an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and a BS in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology. Ram has published and/or presented 40 papers worldwide. Ram has co-authored a book "Environmental Ethics and Sustainability - A case book for Environmental Professionals" published by CRC Press/Taylor and Francis, July 201(less)
Dr. Rasky is an internationally recognized expert on advanced entry systems and thermal protection materials.
He has developed his expertise working five years for the U.S. Air Force and more than 20 years for NASA. In the
1990’s, he and his research colleagues at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffet...Read Moret Field, Calif., invented a heat-shield
material called Phenolic Impregnated Carbon Ablator (PICA) that has subsequently been used on several NASA as
well as private industry spacecraft. For this achievement, Rasky received the NASA Inventor of the Year Award for
2007 – the first ever for NASA Ames.
In 2009, Rasky completed a one-year Interagency Personnel Assignment (IPA) with the Space Grant Education and
Enterprise Institute, Inc., San Diego, Calif., where he served as a senior research Fellow supporting a number of
emerging space companies and other organizations. One of these companies was Space Exploration Technologies
Corp., Hawthorne, Calif., also known as SpaceX. Rasky spent considerable time at SpaceX providing expert
consultation about the design and development of the heat-shield for their Dragon spacecraft. As a result, SpaceX
chose PICA as the heat shield material for the spacecraft. On Dec. 8, 2010, the Falcon-9 rocket carried the Dragon
capsule with its SpaceX fabricated PICA-X heat shield into space. It survived the launch and re-entry into Earth’s
atmosphere; consequently, the mission was considered an enormous success.
In addition to the SpaceX Dragon capsule, Rasky has made significant contributions to flight hardware used on eight
NASA missions, including the NASA Stardust comet sample return mission. The Stardust return capsule used a
PICA heat-shield that enabled the mission, and was the fastest entry ever by a man-made object at Earth. It is now
on display as part of the “Milestones of Flight” exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. PICA also is
being used for the primary heatshield for the upcoming Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) lander mission.
Today, Rasky is the director and co-founder of the Space Portal at the NASA Research Park, Moffett Field, Calif. The
Space Portal has a mission to “be a friendly front door for emerging and non-traditional space companies.” Through
their initiatives and collaborations the Space Portal has had a significant role in the establishment of several notable
and successful NASA programs, including the Commercial Orbital Transportation Systems (COTS) program, the
Innovative Lunar Demonstration Data (ILDD) program, and the Commercial Reusable Suborbital Research (CRuSR)
Rasky also is the recipient of the Senior Professional Meritorious Presidential Rank Award, the NASA Exceptional
Achievement Award, the NASA Exceptional Service Medal, 12 NASA Group Awards, and eight Space Act Awards.
He has six patents, 64 publications, and is an associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and
Astronautics (AIAA) and a senior member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)(less)
Jason Simon is a senior policy analyst in the Renewable Energy Market Development division at the California Public Utilities Commission. He is involved in conducting analysis and developing policy to direct the procurement of renewable resources in the State of California. In this role he studies ...Read Morethe long-term need for different types of renewable technologies and the value that these technologies can provide to the electricity grid. Previous to working at the CPUC, Jason spent 15 years in the investment banking industry as a director and senior research analyst in the clean technology, communications networking, and oil & gas markets. In this role he was responsible for vetting and recommending technology companies for investment purposes. Jason has collectively been involved in raising capital for over 20 private and publicly traded technology companies for total proceeds of over $2 Billion. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst, holds of Master of Science in Environmental Management from the University of San Francisco and an Honors Bachelor of Commerce in Finance from the University of Windsor, Canada(less)
Barbara Sprenger is the CEO and co-founder of Satellite Telework Centers. STC has developed web-based software for managing flexible workspace for distributed teams. The company creates professional, comfortable, connected workspace centers near knowledge workers' homes to reduce commutes and CO2 em...Read Moreissions, while improving workers' quality of life. Barbara holds a BA with Highest Honors in Economics from UC Santa Cruz and a Master of Public Policy degree from the Panetta Institute and CSUMB. Her passion is fostering green and sustainable communities and the 21st Century Village, in which people can work anywhere in the world while physically working in their communities(less)
Rob has 4 years of experience
in sustainability, energy, and water.
He is currently working as
Regional Sales Manager
for AC Energy Systems selling CO Systems for EE
projects. Plus he is a marketing rep for a water startup and an advisor for a smart metering company.
He has 20 years of experience wo...Read Morerking for in
the telecom industry.
he has mentored for the
Cleantech Open for 3 years.
Roy Terry is a professional pitch coach who has served numerous startups here in Silicon Valley and San Francisco. His new practice, ThePrimalPitch.com serves local and visiting overseas companies. Several client companies have subsequently been funded for a combined amount of over 2 million dollars...Read More. Mr. Terry was featured in February of 2014 as a pitch coaching expert on the French Business network BFMTV. Clients include Talentoday, Pageyourself, and Pricematch. He is a tech veteran with over 30 years experience in Silicon Valley as software developer, project lead, and consultant. Mr. Terry has been training and coaching communication in the Silicon Valley since 1995 and past clients include Hewlett Packard and Oracle Corporation for professional communication skills. Mr. Terry is trained as a public speaker, NLP practitioner, and also incorporates knowledge and practice from stage acting and hypnosis(less)
Olivia Teter is the Global Network Liason for Biomimicry 3.8. She is also the Chief Creative Officer at Possibility Partners....Read More(less)
Jessica Thompson is Founder and CEO of Rinova. She recently served as Climate Fund Specialist for the Office of the Vice President of the Private Sector at the Inter-American Development Bank, where she facilitated the syndication of concessional global climate finance from the Climate Investment Fu...Read Morends with ordinary capital from the Bank. Before the IDB Jessica was a Senior Consultant at Navigant Consulting, focusing on strategy and financing for energy and utility companies and banks. Jessica also brings practical experience from the private sector in commercial real estate project development and business management. Jessica holds an MA in International Relations and Emerging Market Economics from Johns Hopkins University, and a BA from the University of California(less)
Barbara Toole O'Neil has over 25 years of experience in environmental projects as a research manager, an EPA regulator, and a lead engineer within the climate, air and energy industries. She is a qualified ANSI Assessor for ISO 14064/65, and has assisted a portfolio of clients in meeting GHG invent...Read Moreory and verification requirements. While at EPA, Ms. Toole O’Neil was a credentialed enforcement inspector and participated in resolving energy issues during the Energy Crisis in California in 2000-2002.(less)
Kurt E. Yeager retired as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) in September 2004. After retiring from EPRI, Mr. Yeager created the non-profit Galvin Electricity Initiative with Robert Galvin, the father of the cell phone revolution, and he now is ser...Read Moreving as Vice Chairman of the Initiative that is focused on transforming the reliability and value of U.S. electricity service. Mr. Yeager is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and has served on several National Academy of Engineering Committees and the Energy Research Advisory Board to the Secretary of Energy. He is now also serving as an Executive Counsel and Convening Lead Author for the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) “Global Energy Assessment” report to the United Nations and the World Bank. Mr. Yeager has authored over 200 technical papers and publications on energy and environmental topics. Most recently, he co-authored with Bob Galvin the 2008 McGraw-Hill published book entitled, “Perfect Power”(less)
Babar Yousuf is a sustainable brand development professional. His 18 years experience includes working with Hewlett Packard, Network Solutions and Telenor for introducing game changing solutions in society.
In the last 5 years he has been responsible for launching Microfinance banking, mobile financ...Read Moreial services and health to large populations, especially at the bottom of the pyramid in Pakistan, by creating shared value initiatives. In June 2012 he was invited to speak at the United Nations Rio +20 on Social Impact Investing.
The innovative work has been ranked among the best in the world and recognized favorably by rating agencies and international development institutions including Gates Foundation and the World Bank.
As a practitioner Babar is certified on the customer operations performance center standard with implementation and audit experience in several operations standards, systems and regulatory frameworks across industry sectors. He studied commerce and business at the University of Karachi and Greenwich University and has taught design as visiting faculty at Iqra University Karachi(less)