Speakers, Panelists, and Moderators

Lynden A. Archer

[speaker] Professor & Academic Director, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (CHEME), Cornell University
Panel: Technological Innovations

Dr. Lynden A. Archer joined the Cornell faculty in 2000. He was appointed director of the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering in 2010. Since 2008 he has served as co-director of the KAUST-Cornell Center for Energy and Sustainability.

His research focuses on transport properties of polymers and organic-inorganic hybrid materials. Archer is also interested in applications of hybrid materials for energy storage and carbon capture technologies. During the period 1993-94 he was a postdoctoral member of the technical staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and has been recognized with several awards, including the AICHE MAC Centennial Engineer Award, James & Mary Tien Excellence in Teaching Award, the National Science Foundation Early Career Award, and DuPont and 3M Young Professor Awards. He earned a B.S. in chemical engineering (polymer science) from the University of Southern California in 1989 and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Stanford University in 1993.

Michael Boehm

[speaker] Partner, Sustainovation Group, Haig Barrett, Inc.
Panel: Electric Vehicle Adoption and Technology

As Partner at Haig Barrett, Inc., Michael Boehm heads up the firm's Sustainovation Practice, and is co-chair of the Los Angeles Economic Development Council's E-mobility Task Force, and has assisted AeroVironment, Trexa, LADWP, and Toyota in their EV endeavors. He served as CEO of Solar Energy Development International, an early developer of solar concentrator technology. Educated at Northwestern University and Stanford Graduate School of Business, Boehm teaches sustainability in programs at Darden School of Business, UCLA, and the University of Santa Clara. Boehm serves as chairman of the German American Business Association, Southern California, CleanTech and Sustainability Industry Group, co-chair of the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation E-Mobility Task Force, and is on the advisory board of Clean Energy Research Center at UCLA and Clean Tech LA's incubator.

Magali Delmas

[speaker] Professor, Institute of the Environment & Sustainability, Anderson School of Management, University of California Los Angeles
Moderator: Overcoming Policy, Economic, and Business Barriers Panel

Standing at the crossroads of policy and management, Dr. Magali Delmas' research focuses on the various interactions between environmental policy and business strategy at the national and international level. She seeks to understand how environmental policies influences firms' strategies and performance and in turn how firms help shape environmental policy. Delmas' current work includes the analysis of the effectiveness of firms' voluntary actions to mitigate climate change. She is involved in several projects related to firms' voluntary strategies to reduce greenhouse gases in the electric utility sector. She is also engaged in refining current methodologies to measure and communicate firm's and products' environmental performance. Previous to embarking on an academic career she worked at the European Commission as the economic advisor of the Director for Industry.

J. R. DeShazo

[speaker] Associate Professor, Public Policy and Urban Planning, University of California Los Angeles
Panel: Electric Vehicle Adoption and Technology

Dr. J. R. DeShazo is the Director of the Luskin Center for Innovation at the University of California at Los Angeles. He is an expert in economics, public finance, and organizational governance. He holds a Ph.D. in Urban Planning from Harvard University and a M.Sc. in Economics from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He was the Director of the Ralph and Goldy Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies at UCLA for 5 years (2004-2011). He was awarded Professor of the Year, Masters Program in Public Policy, UCLA in 2001, 2005, and 2007. He received the Center for American Politics and Public Policy Fellowship at UCLA in 1999. He was a faculty associate at the Harvard Institute for International Development (1997-2000), where he was the Commencement Marshal at Harvard University in 1997, received the Harvard University Fellowship in 1992-1995, and was a Marshall Scholar Nominee in 1989. Dr. DeShazo has published over 40 articles and has over 800 citations in Google Scholar.

Shahin Farshchi

[speaker] Principal, Lux Capital Management
Moderator: Electric Vehicle Adoption and Technology

Dr. Shahin Farshchi has worked with Lux Capital since 2006, focusing on investments in energy and technology. Before joining Lux, he held technical positions at General Motors and several Silicon Valley technology startups. He received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering Computer Science with College of Engineering Honors from the University of California at Berkeley, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering with a Minor in Management from the University of California at Los Angeles. Farshchi has also served as a Postdoctoral Scholar at the UCLA department of Electrical Engineering, and Staff Research Associate at the California NanoSystems Institute. His research on wireless biosignal telemetry has been published in over ten IEEE conference proceedings and three IEEE journals.

Farshchi sourced Lux's investments in Silicon Clocks (acquired by NASDAQ:SLAB) and SiBEAM (acquired by NASDAQ:SIMG) and played key roles in Lux's investments in Everspin and Luxtera. He works closely in supporting all of Lux's energy and technology companies. Shahin has been an invited speaker/panelist at a variety of Universities and organizations including the IEEE, UC Berkeley, Stanford, UCLA, UCI, the California Cleantech Initiative, OCTane, and the MIT Club of Silicon Valley.

Rajit Gadh

[speaker] Professor, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, University of California Los Angeles
Panel: Electric Vehicle Adoption and Technology

Dr. Rajit Gadh works in the areas of Mobile/Wireless Internet, Wireless Multimedia, RFID edge-of-the-network technology, RFID Middleware (WinRFID), RFID-sensor interfaces (ReWINS), wireless cyber security, Smart Grid Technologies. He is the founder and Director of the Wireless Internet for Mobile Enterprise Consortium (WINMEC).

He has taught as a visiting researcher at UC Berkeley, has been a Assistant, Associate and Full Professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison, and did his sabbatical as a visiting researcher at Stanford University for a year. He has won several awards from NSF (CAREER award, Research Initiation Award, NSF-Lucent Industry Ecology Award, GOAL-I award), SAE (Ralph Teetor award), IEEE (second best student-paper, WTS), ASME (Kodak Best Technical Paper award), AT&T (Industrial ecology fellow award), Engineering Education Foundation (Research Initiation Award), William Wong Fellowship award from University of Hong-Kong, etc., and other accolades in his career. He is on the Editorial board of ACM Computers in Entertainment Publication and the CAD Journal.

Gadh has a strong background in creating technology partnerships with industry. Currently, he serves as advisor to a handful of startups and three venture capitalists. In partnership with his students and researchers, he has co-founded two technology startups, the second one being in wireless media.

Mark Goodstein

[speaker] Executive Director, Cleantech LA
Plenary Speaker

Mark Goodstein is a serial entrepreneur who has been starting companies and other ventures for over 15 years. From GoTo.com (Overture, Inc.), the pioneer of paid search, to X1, an application that helps Windows users search the full text of their email, attachments, and files as fast as they can type. Most recently, he started Townloop, which offers daily deals from local merchants and gives half its revenue to the schools and community organizations that participate. He also started the Progressive Automotive X Prize, which was a competition to inspire the production of ultra-efficient vehicles and then spent a year trying to put together a special purpose venture capital fund to bring bench-validated automotive technologies to production capability. He also helped start two non-profit educational organizations in Pasadena (Pasadena Educational Network and Fair Oaks Preschool). He has a degree in history from the University of Chicago.

Diana Huffaker

[speaker] Professor of Electrical Engineering, Principal Investigator of Clean Energy for Green Industry IGERT, University of California Los Angeles
Plenary Speaker

Prior to teaching at UCLA, Dr. Diana Huffaker was a faculty member in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque and was PI of the Integrative Nanoscience and Microsystems IGERT. Her research interests cover nanodot-based optoelectronic devices including III-V/Si photonics, lasers, single-photon emitters, III-V nanotransistors, solar cells and electronic characterization of biomaterials. Her current research projects focus on device development, crystal growth (MBE and MOCVD) and characterization of patterned and self-assembled quantum dots in compound III-(As, P, N, Sb), modeling of self-assembled processes along with electronic characterization of biomaterials.

Russ Jones

[speaker] Director, Concentrator Photovoltaics Business Development, Spectrolab
Panel: Technological Innovations

Russ Jones joined Spectrolab in September 2008 as Director of Business Development for Concentrator Photovoltaics. Previously he was the program manager for the Solar Energy Business Initiative at Boeing Phantom Works in Seal Beach, California, as well as the Principal Investigator for the Boeing Solar America Initiative Program and an Associate Technical Fellow of the Boeing Company. Jones has over 28 years of professional experience at the Boeing Company and previously at Hughes Aircraft Company, with 17 years of program and project management of technology development and production development programs. His prior assignments have included development of hydrogen propulsion technology (hydrogen fuel cells, combustion engines, and cryogenic storage tanks), satellite-based mobile Internet systems, high speed digital packet switching, and laser communications.

Jones has a strong background in electro-optical (EO) systems engineering, as a result of 16 years experience in the Hughes Electro-Optical Systems group (now Raytheon). He served as department manager for all electro-optical systems development from 1993-1996, and served as the technical director for development of the Thermal Weapon Sight infrared sensor for the US Army.

Jones has been interested in photovoltaic power throughout his career and conducted his graduate research on electrodeposited CdS/CdTe solar cells, characterizing defect states through stimulated photoemission. His many years of engineering experience in electro-optical imaging systems gave him a strong background in both optics and photovoltaics from which to explore design solutions for concentrating solar power. Jones received a BBA in Engineering Management from the University of Texas and MSEE in Solid State Electronic Devices from UCLA.

Mary Leslie

[speaker] President, Los Angeles Business Council
Panel: Overcoming Policy, Economic, and Business Barriers Panel

Mary Leslie is president of the Los Angeles Business Council (LABC), an advocacy and educational organization dedicated to serving local businesses while informing and impacting positive change at multiple layers of government. For more than 70 years, the LABC has been an influential link between business and government and has had a major impact on public policy issues related to education, housing and environmental sustainability.

In recent years, the LABC initiated and supported passage of Los Angeles' first Green Building Ordinance and provided critical support for California's multi-billion-dollar housing initiative, 1C. The LABC was responsible for helping qualify a billion-dollar city housing bond (Prop H) and creating the Los Angeles Unified School District's Office of Civic Engagement.

Most recently, the LABC has been working closely with researchers at UCLA and USC to develop a large-scale solar energy program for Los Angeles. The "Clean LA" campaign would incentivize local businesses and residents to install solar panels, whose power would be fed into the energy grid. Known as a "feed-in tariff," the program would provide locally generated clean energy, create thousands of local green jobs and be cost-effective for ratepayers. A coalition of business, community, environmental and union supporters has signed on, and the LA Department of Water and Power has planned the initial implementation of this solar program for 2012.

Previously, Ms. Leslie served as Deputy Mayor for Economic Development under Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan, and was Deputy Director of the U.S. Small Business Administration, where she oversaw Northridge Earthquake relief funds for Los Angeles for SBA Director Erskine Bowles. Ms. Leslie also served as Executive Director of the California Economic Development Commission, overseeing policy development and trade missions for California business. She was President Bill Clinton's California Finance Director during his successful 1992 campaign.

James C. Liao

[speaker] Chancellor's Professor, Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, University of California Los Angeles
Panel: Technological Innovations

Dr. James C. Liao is a pioneer in Metabolic Engineering, Synthetic Biology, and Systems Biology. His development of mathematical and genetic analyses of gene-metabolic network has made significant impact in both fundamental research and industrial applications. He received his BS degree from National Taiwan University and PhD from University of Wisconsin-Madison.

After working as a research scientist at Eastman Kodak Company, Rochester, NY, he started his academic career at Texas A&M University in 1990 and moved to UCLA in 1997. He was elected Fellow of American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, 2002, and received numerous awards, including NSF Young Investigator Award (1992), Merck Award for Metabolic Engineering (2006), Food, Pharmaceutical, and Bioengineering Division award of American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) (2006), Charles Thom Award of the Society for Industrial Microbiology (2007), Marvin Johnson Award of American Chemical Society (2009), Alpha Chi Sigma Award of AIChE (2009), James E. Bailey Award of Society for Biological Engineering (2009), and Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award (2010).

Marvin Moon

[speaker] Director of Power System Engineering Division, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Panel: Overcoming Policy, Economic, and Business Barriers

Marvin Moon is responsible for the design and management of all projects related to the Power System infrastructure of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP). This includes projects for generation, substations, underground transmission, renewable, and the distribution system such as the completed construction of the LADWP's 135MW Pine Tree Wind Farm, development of the DWP Smart Grid, the current design and construction of a major 230-kV underground transmission line, repowering of two major generating facilities, and development and implementation of the new billion dollar LADWP Power Reliability Program. Moon also manages LADWP's electric vehicle program. He has been recognized as an Innovator by the Electric Power Research Institute, and has twice received the Los Angeles City Productivity Award.

Jonathan Parfrey

[speaker] Executive Director, Climate Resolve
Plenary Speaker

For the past four years, Jonathan Parfrey served as director of the GREEN LA Coalition, Southern California's environmental coalition. In 2008, he was appointed by Mayor Villaraigosa to the Los Angeles Board of Water and Power Commissioners where he is serving a five-year term. He is also President of the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters. He is a board member of Kid's Progress Inc., a member of the Vision Los Angeles advisory committee, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition advisory committee, a founding board member of CicLAvia, and the steering committee of the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability.

From 1994 to 2007, Parfrey served as director of Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles. In 2003, Mr. Parfrey was appointed to Governor Schwarzenegger's Environmental Policy Team, and was previously appointed to Governor Davis' select committee on radioactive waste disposal. In 1992, Parfrey received the Paul S. Delp Award for Outstanding Service, Peace and Social Justice. In 2002 he was awarded a Durfee Foundation Sabbatical Fellowship. In 2010, he received a Stanton Fellowship.

Romel Pascual

[speaker] Deputy Mayor of Environment, City of Los Angeles, Office of the Mayor
Plenary Speaker

Romel Pascual is responsible for developing and implementing the Mayor's environmental and energy agenda. He is a senior advisor on all environmental priorities for the Mayor, including climate change, environmental justice, green economy, open space, brownfields redevelopment, and sustainability. Romel was one of the principal authors of the Mayor's GreenLA Climate Change Action Plan released in 2006 to achieve a 35% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. He represents the City of Los Angeles on the steering committee for the C40 Large Cities Climate Group.

Prior to coming to the Mayor's office, Romel served as California's first Assistant Secretary for Environmental Justice from 2000-2004, where led the efforts in developing the state's inaugural environmental justice program - spearheading the State Advisory Committee on EJ; establishing the EJ Community Grant Program; and assisted in the passing of several key environmental justice legislation. Romel was also the Regional Coordinator of EPA Region 9's Environmental Justice Program where he led the regional efforts to advance the agency's environmental justice agenda.

Romel has a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA, and Masters in City and Regional Planning from UC Berkeley. He has served on several environmental organization boards, and currently serves as vice-chair of the board of directors for Urban Habitat, a non-profit environmental organization based in Oakland, California.

Deepak Rajagopal

[speaker] Assistant Professor, Institute of the Environment & Sustainability, University of California Los Angeles
Panel: Overcoming Policy, Economic, and Business Barriers

Dr. Deepak Rajagopal is an Assistant Professor in the Institute of Environment & Sustainability at University of California, Los Angeles. He has a PhD in Energy and Resources from the University of California, Berkeley, MS degrees in Agricultural and Resource Economics (UC Berkeley), and in Mechanical Engineering (University of Maryland, College Park) and Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. He was a Post-doctoral researcher at Energy Biosciences Institute, UC Berkeley also worked for three years as a Structural Integrity and Reliability Engineer at United Technologies Research Center in Hartford, Connecticut. His research and teaching spans the areas of life cycle assessment, multi-criteria decision analysis, cost benefit analysis, energy and environmental policy analysis, and resource economics. Currently his research is focused on applications of these areas to bioenergy technologies and transportation.

Jeffrey D. Sachs

[speaker] Director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management, Columbia University
Plenary Speaker

Dr. Jeffrey D. Sachs is Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. From 2002 to 2006, he was Director of the UN Millennium Project and Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan on the Millennium Development Goals. Sachs is also President and Co-Founder of Millennium Promise Alliance. Since 2010 he has also served as a Commissioner for the Broadband Commission for Digital Development, which leverages broadband technologies as a key enabler for social and economic development.

Sachs was named as one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine in 2004 and 2005, and the World Affairs Council of America identified him as one of the 500 most influential people in the United States in the field of foreign policy. Sachs is the author of hundreds of academic articles and many books, including two New York Times bestsellers: The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time (Penguin, 2005) and Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet (Penguin, 2008).

Linda Sapochak

[speaker] Program Director, Division of Materials Research, National Science Foundation
Panel: Technological Innovations

Dr. Linda Sapochak is a Program Director in the Division of Materials Research (DMR) at the National Science Foundation. Her research management portfolio includes Solid State and Materials Chemistry (SSMC), CHE-DMR-DMS Solar Energy Initiative (SOLAR), Emerging Frontiers in Engineering Research (EFRI)-Science in Energy and Environmental Design (SEED): Engineeering Sustainable Buildings Program, and the NSF-wide Sustainable Energy Pathways (SEP) Program. Prior to her position at the NSF, she was an Assistant Professor at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas with a research focus on new materials for organic light-emitting devices (OLEDs). She later accepted a position at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), a DOE national laborator in the Energy and Enviornment Directorate to develop organic and inorganic materials for solid-state lighting applications. She joined the NSF in September 2008.

Kellen Schefter

[speaker] Sales Analyst, Public Policy and Incentives, Fisker Automotive
Panel: Electric Vehicle Adoption and Technology

Ramteen Sioshansi

[speaker] Assistant Professor, Integrated Systems Engineering, Ohio State University
Panel: Overcoming Policy, Economic, and Business Barriers

Dr. Ramteen Sioshansi joined the Ohio State University faculty in 2008. His research focuses on the integration of advanced energy technologies, including energy storage, renewables, and electric vehicles, in energy systems. He is also interested in energy policy and market design. From 2007 to 2008 he was a postdoctoral research fellow at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. He was awarded the 2010 Campbell Watkins Energy Journal Best Paper by the International Association for Energy Economics. He earned a B.A. in economics and applied mathematics, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in industrial engineering and operations research from the University of California, Berkeley and an M.Sc. in econometrics and mathematical economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Carol F. Stoel

[speaker] Program Director, National Science Foundation - Integrative Graduate Education Research Traineeship
Plenary Speaker

Carol F. Stoel is a program director in the Division of Graduate Education in the Education and Human Resources Directorate at the National Science Foundation. She serves as a program director for the Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeships program (IGERT), the Science Masters program, and the NSF Ethics program. She also serves on the Evaluation Working group where she is a program director for the PRIME program.

Prior to coming to NSF in 2004, Ms. Stoel was the vice president of the Council for Basic Education and director of the Schools Around the World program, an internet based professional development and research program for teachers and researchers in the US and overseas, using student work in math and science as the basis for research and learning. She also was a principal partner with the Education Trust and earlier the Director of the AAUW Education Foundation.

Earlier in her career, Ms. Stoel served as a higher education administrator and was a founding member of the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) staff, serving as its Deputy Director and twice as its acting Director.

In addition to her current NSF work, Ms. Stoel is a member of the Advisory Council for The Virginia B. Smith Innovative Leadership Award, and is on the Board of the Columbia Heights Education Campus which serves two public secondary schools in Washington DC.

Fred Walti

[speaker] Executive Director, Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator
Plenary Speaker

Walti is a co-founder of The Propellant Group, a management consulting group, Full Moon Interactive (FMI), an Internet architect, and LAI, Inc., a consulting company focusing on leveraging technology in traditional businesses. Walti is a proponent of creating new models for business and government cooperation, of which LACI is an early example. Fred has been involved - either as a consultant, principal, employee or investor - in the startup of several companies. Most recently, he served as COO of Snap.com, a next-generation venture-backed search engine. Previously, he was a Strategic Advisor at Idealab in which he led the efforts to develop operating plans for a number of their portfolio companies. Walti served as the Interim CEO for Geocities, helping to author its first business plan, gain its first round of venture backing, and crystallizing its advertising-driven business model. Prior to joining LACI formally, Fred was an advisor on various cleantech initiatives working with Cleantech Los Angeles, the CRA/LA, LAEDC, and UCLA since 2008. Walti received his BA from New York University.

Yang Yang

[speaker] Carol and Lawrence E. Tannas Jr. Endowed Chair Professor, Materials Science & Engineering, University of California Los Angeles
Moderator: Technological Innovations

Yang holds a BS in Physics from the National Cheng-Kung University in Taiwan in 1982 and M.S. and Ph.D. in Physics and Applied Physics from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell in 1988 and 1992, respectively. Before he joined UCLA in 1997, he served on the research staff of UNIAX (now DuPont Display) in Santa Barbara from 1992 to 1996. Yang is a materials physicist with expertise in the fields of organic electronics, organic/inorganic interface engineering, and the development and fabrication of related devices, such as photovoltaic cells, LEDs, and memory devices. His notable contributions to the field of organic photovoltaics are an enhanced understanding of polymer morphology and its influence on device performance; the invention of the inverted organic solar cell, the inverted tandem solar cell, and photovoltaic polarizers for LCD applications.

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