9th International Conference On Energy Efficiency In Domestic Appliances and Lighting

Speakers (A – Z)


Nikit Abhyankar | Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Senior Scientific Engineering Associate in the International Energy Studies Group at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He conducted research and policy analysis on a range of key energy issues in the developing country context such as renewable energy, energy efficiency, and power sector reforms and regulation.



Ajit Advani | International Copper Association & UN Environment
Ajit Advani is a Principal at Aeonian Energy Services and is involved in the energy management of industry and commercial buildings including system design, training, audit and outsourcing. In addition, he is an advisor in Sustainable Energy at the International Copper Association.



Nadia Ahmed| UC Irvine
Nadia has a Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California, Irvine. Her research focus is in cyber-physical systems for smart homes with an emphasis on demand response. She is currently an associate faculty member of Computer Science at Saddleback College and Orange Coast College in Mission Viejo and Costa Mesa, CA respectively. She has received the Engineering Student Council’s Teaching Assistant of the Year Award (2014), The Department of Energy Apps for Energy Challenge Grand Prize Student Award (2012), and the Henry Samueli School of Engineering Commencement Speaker Award (2005).



Carlos Alvarez | Universidad Politecnica de Cartagena
Carlos Alvarez received the Industrial Engineering and the Ph.D. degrees from the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain. Currently he is a Full Professor at the Institute of Energy Engineering (IIE) of the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain. His research activities include Distribution System Analysis, Electricity Markets, Distributed Energy Resources and Energy Efficiency. He has also been involved in several projects in the field of Demand-Side Management in Europe, Canada and USA.



Francis Anaman | Electricity Company of Ghana
Electrical engineer at the Electric company of Ghana. He primarily works on the design of 33kV overhead and underground lines, primary substation, assist the surveyors in identification of a proposed route for overhead and underground lines, and assists in the procurement of goods and services.



CHAIRAnne Arquit Niederberger | Enervee
Anne is Vice President Market Development at Enervee, where she is responsible for thought leadership and collaboration with utilities, government agencies and retail market actors. She was appointed by the State of NY to serve as a member of the Clean Energy Advisory Council’s Energy Efficiency Best Practices Working Group.



Mattia Baldini | Technical University of Denmark
Mattia is a PhD researcher on SAVE-E project at Technical University of Denmark. He worked on Danish energy policy that includes reducing CO2-emissions and the dependency of fossil fuels. The project develops methods and models to address both energy saving and energy supply to ensure optimality in investments on both sides simultaneously.



Fateh Belaid | CSTB
Fateh is a Researcher economist & statistician at CSTB. CSTB is responsible for guaranteeing the quality and safety of buildings for supporting innovation. At CSTB, Fateh research focuses on decision theory, risk analysis, portfolio project management, and energy economics.



Ingo Bensch | Evergreen Economics
Ingo Bensch is the Principal Consultant who conducts market, behavioral, and evaluation research to inform energy- related programs and policy. His work combines sound research principles with pragmatic approaches to provide useful empirical insights for professionals and policymakers. Ingo areas of expertise includes behavioral research, survey design and implementation, and the evaluation of information-based programs and events.



Paolo Bertoldi | European Commission, JRC, Renewable Energy Unit
Paolo is the action leader for energy efficiency at the European Commission JRC. He has been working with the European Commission since 1986, first at DG Energy and Transport (DG TREN, Brussels Belgium), in charge of EU regulatory and voluntary programmes for energy efficiency in end-use equipment, buildings and industry. He manages the GreenLight, GreenBuilding, and Motor Challenge and Standby Initiative programmes. He is a recognised expert on the ESCO industry.



Ron Bonne | Lumileds
Ron leads electronics development and system integration within R&D at Lumileds (owned by Philips). Ron has a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Venlo Polytechnic (The Netherlands) and a MBA from Lewis University. He has been with Philips for over 27 years and worked in Lighting for the past 17 years. He has held roles in design, sales, product management and field applications support, working on automotive HID and LED lighting, LED drivers and light engines.



Wendell Brase | UCI
Wendell Brase is the University of California, Irvine’s first Associate Chancellor for Sustainability. In this role, he leads efforts by UC Irvine and assists other campuses throughout the UC system to implement UC’s Carbon-Neutrality Initiative. Brase co-chairs the University of California’s Global Climate Leadership Council and chairs UC’s Energy Services Governing Board. For 25 years, he provided leadership for an award-winning sustainability program in his role as Vice Chancellor for Administrative and Business Services. UC Irvine has received California’s highest environmental award, the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award, in 2008 and again in 2013;



Kathryn Buchanan | University of Essex
Kathryn joined the department as a lecturer in 2016. Her research employs a mixed methods approach and continues to revolve around identifying factors that can lead to desirable societal outcomes such as increased happiness and the promotion of pro-environmental behaviours.



Josh Butzbaugh | Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
As an energy analyst, Josh performs technology assessment, market research, and economic impact analysis in the development of energy efficiency, smart grid, and renewable energy initiatives. Prior to joining PNNL, Josh was a Senior Fellow with the Trust for Conservation Innovation, working on behalf of the California Energy Commission. He provided strategic planning, project management, and technical expertise. He also spent 6 years working on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy’s ENERGY STAR program.



CHAIRTom Catania | University of Michigan
Tom is an Executive in Residence at the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise. He works to enhance the Institute’s visibility in the business community and among policymakers through written communications and by organizing meetings for executives on corporate strategies on energy and environmental issues.



Giovanni Cerri | Roma Tre University
Giovanni Cerri is a professor of Fluid Machinery and Energy Conversion Systems, and chancellor delegate at Roma Tre University. He is a member of American Society of Mechanical Engineers, College Italian Railway Engineers, Thermotechnical Associate Italy, Society Automotive Engineers.



Luise Christmann | Miele
Luise is the Officer for Energy and Performance related issues at Miele & Cie. Miele & Cie is a German manufacturer of high-end domestic appliances and commercial equipment. Their slogan “Always Better”, means that the company will continue to improve to be better.



CHAIR: Anibal T. De Almeida | University of Coimbra
Aníbal T. de Almeida has a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, Imperial College, University of London. Currently he is a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computers, University of Coimbra. He is a consultant of the European Commission 5th and 6th Framework Programmes. He has coordinated and participated in several European projects dealing with energy-efficiency and demand-side management.



Pierre Delforge | NRDC
Pierre Delforge joined NRDC in April 2010 after spending 20 years in the information technology industry. At NRDC, he focuses mainly on reducing the consumption of electricity by the rapidly growing I.T.and consumer-electronics sectors. In addition to this, he works on software development and hardware integration.



Dana D’Souza | SERA
Dana D’Souza is a Senior Analyst and Project Manager with the consulting firm Skumatz Economic Research Associates (SERA) and has 10 years of experience evaluating energy efficiency programs across the US and internationally. She has presented work at major energy efficiency conferences, including ACEEE, AESP, and others. She served for 6 years on City Council overseeing community utilities and infrastructure and regional sustainability initiatives.



Pascal Dupuis | Universite de Toulouse
Pascal Dupuis is a research engineer at the Universite Paul Sabatier and CNRS. His work includes the Study of the effects of ageing under factors as temperature or electrical overdrive on lighting devices: metal-halide (HID) lamps, LED and OLED. Coupled thermal – electrical – photometric measurements.



Christopher Dymond | Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
Christopher is a Product Manager for the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) that finds technologies and standard of practice that will result in substantial energy savings for the NW electric utilities. These “products” results in a lowering levelized cost of energy for the NW utilities. His role is to provide the technical due diligence and supports the market transformation efforts.



CHAIR: Christine Egan | CLASP
Christine is CLASP’s principal leader and spokesperson, promoting energy efficiency S&L worldwide. She is an internationally recognised expert in principles of labeling design, stakeholder outreach, consumer energy behavior, and communications campaigns to support energy standards and labeling. She has extensive domestic and international experience in all aspects of energy efficiency standards and labeling (S&L) policy for appliances.



CHAIR: Paolo Falcioni | CEDED
Paolo has created an International Roundtable of Household Appliance Manufacturers Associations (IRHMA) to tackle global issues like sustainability in a global manner. He was nominated President of the Coalition for Energy Savings, a multi-stakeholder organisation to improve energy efficiency in Europe.



Emilia Feldman | ICF
Emilia works at ICF, which is a global consulting and technology services firm. ICF provides data, insights, and deep implementation expertise that businesses and governments need to deliver results to consumers.



Michael Fell | University College London
Michael is a research associate in buildings (with focus on domestic energy and behaviour) at the RCUK Centre for Energy Epidemiology based at UCL Energy Institute. His main interests lie in the study of social aspects of energy demand flexibility and the use of systematic review methods in energy demand research. He also supports policy engagement activities such as coordinating responses to consultations and calls for evidence, and participating in expert workshops.



Roberto Fogliata | GfK
Robert is a Group Account Manager at GfK. GfK turns big data into smart data, enabling its clients to improve their competitive edge and enrich consumers’ experiences and choices.

 



Gerhard Fuchs | BSH Hausgeräte GmbH
Dr Gerhard Fuchs is responsible for energy efficiency, standardization and market access at corporate technology department of BSH home appliances, Munich/Germany. He is secretary of CENELEC TC59X performance of household and similar electrical appliances.



Antonio Gabaldon | Universidad Politecnica de Cartagena
Antonio Gabaldón, a professor at the Technical School of Industrial Engineering of the Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena, makes available to the people interested a good compilation of free didactic resources about demand management, circuit theory, electric traction and energy efficiency among other interesting topics.



CHAIR: Chad Gallinat | US Department of Energy
Chad is a co-coordinator of the Clean Energy Ministerial – Global Lighting Challenge and Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) Initiative. Dr. Gallinat joined DOE in 2013 as a Science and Technology Policy Fellow for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) where he has been working on a range of multilateral and bilateral energy efficiency efforts.



Mohan Ganeshalingam | Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
Mohan is currently a senior scientific engineering associate at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. His role includes providing economic and environmental cost-benefit analyses to assess the impact of energy-efficiency standards on residential and commercial appliances.



Brian Gerke | Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Brian is a Principal Scientific Engineering Associate for the Energy Efficiency Standards Group at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He has been putting his data-analysis expertise to use in developing empirically-based cost-benefit forecasts to help guide future energy efficiency policy.



Brock Glasgo | Carnegie Mellon University
Brock is currently a Ph.D. Candidate at Carnegie Mellon University. His current research explores applications of device-level residential energy use data to inform decision-makers in industry, utility, and regulative roles. The research includes assessing the feasibility and quantifying the potential energy, validating prominent residential energy consumption studies, and measuring the accuracy of residential building energy simulation tools.



William (Bill) Goetzler | Navigant Consulting, Inc.
Bill Goetzler is a Managing Director in the Energy practice. Leveraging more than 20 years of consulting experience, his work focuses on energy-related issues for buildings, such as performing technology and market assessments, conducting modeling and analysis, and providing strategic planning assistance for public sector organization. He has collaborated with clients on projects in the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Japan, China, and Southeast Asia.



Thomas Götz | Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, Wuppertal
Thomas is working as project coordinator in the research group, Energy, Transport and Climate policy at the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy (Germany). His focus is research and coordination of national, European and international projects in the fields of energy- and resource efficiency in buildings (appliances, heating systems), (EU) ecodesign and energy labeling as well as emission reduction measures and impact assessments.



Chris Granda | Appliance Standards Awareness Project
Chris Granda coordinates a broad coalition of advocates to conduct research and provide input on efficiency standards-setting processes at the federal and state levels. He is responsible for the lighting, consumer electronics, and water heating technology areas. Chris is also the author or co-author of many peer-reviewed papers on energy efficiency-related topics.



Tatsuya Hanaoka | National Institute for Environmental Studies
Tatsuya is a senior researcher in the division of center for Social and Environmental Systems Research. His research subject includes development of integrated assessment model and research on environmental policies toward low carbon society.



Nichole Hanus | Carnegie Mellon University
Nichole Hanus is currently pursuing a PhD in the Engineering and Public Policy department at Carnegie Mellon University. She holds a B.S in Mechanical Engineering with a focus in energy systems from the University of Dayton. Currently, her research combines behavioral decision sciences and social network analysis methods to identify the catalysts to energy efficient designs and practices.



Lloyd Harrington | Energy Efficient Strategies
Lloyd Harrington has a wealth of experience in the energy sector with workplace responsibilities ranging from electricity supply side planning, load forecasting and extensive experience in renewable energy planning, demand side management and energy efficiency. He has played a key role negotiating with industry on behalf of government both within standards committees and in stakeholder meetings.



Dennis Heidner | Rextor Group

Dennis Heidner is an engineer and principal at Rextor Group in Kirkland, Washington.



Edwin Hornquist | Southern California Edison
Edwin Hornquist holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from California State Polytechnic University- Pomona and an MBA in Organization Behavior from Woodbury University. He is currently the Emerging Technologies Program Manager at Southern California Edison, one of the nation’s largest investor-owned utilities.



Ming Huang | Himin Solar Valley (China)
Huang Ming is a Chinese engineer, solar energy researcher, innovator, and entrepreneur. He established the solar water heater manufacturing company Himin Solar. As a politician, he played a central role in developing renewable energy in China,including the passing of the Renewable Energy Act in 2005.



Michael Ivanovich | AMCA International
Michael Ivanovich develops and advocates consensus positions among AMCA member companies on energy efficiency and green construction codes. AMCA International is a not-for-profit manufacturer’s association with 320+ member companies in North and South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.



CHAIR: Gilberto M Jannuzzi | University of Campinas
He is a Professor of Energy Systems at the University of Campinas (UNICAMP) in Sao Paulo. He is also the Executive Director of the International Energy Initiative (IEI) , a Southern-conceived, Southern-led and Southern-located South-South-North partnership. It is a small, independent, international non-governmental public-purpose organization. IEI is responsible for the publication of the Energy for Sustainable Development journal (Elsevier). He works on energy policy issues with special emphasis on renewables and energy efficiency.



CHAIR: Douglas Johnson | Consumer Technology Association
Doug has been VP of technology policy since 2010 at the Consumer Technology Association, which advocates for growth in the consumer technology industry. His responsibilities include public policy issues in operations, marketing, sales and product development. He is also a member of the CalPlug Advisory Board.



Michel Kamel | Melrok
Dr. Kamel is the founder and CEO of MelRok, LLC, a leading developer of real time energy monitoring and demand response technologies for tomorrow’s smart grid. He received his Ph.D. from the Mechanical Engineering department at Stanford University. Michel has more than 14 years of executive experience with energy and high technology companies. His expertise and focus is in using real time information to assess and optimize a building’s energy efficiency.



Beth Karlin | SEE Change Institute
Beth Karlin, PhD, is Research Director at the University of Southern California’s Norman Lear Center. She studies the role of new media and technology in social and environmental change. In addition, Beth founded the SEE Change Institute, which brings together leading academics to work with government, private, and non-profit organizations on strategy, implementation, and evaluation of energy efficiency and behavior change programs.



Nicole Kearney | Fraunhofer Institute
Nicole is a Policy and Analysis Manger at CLASP, who specializes in enforcement (MVE) frameworks for energy efficiency product policy and manages CLASP’s MVE activities to identify and share best practice. She also manages the SEAD Initiative, facilitating policy dialogue between S&L policy makers worldwide.



Aditya Khandekar | Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
An expert in technology development, public policy design, analysis and advocacy, governance and strategic planning and stakeholder engagement, Aditya combined his Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering with Master’s degrees in Biological Sciences and Development Practice to focus on urban and regional development. His work and research includes energy, transportation and climate change issues as well as water and sanitation provision in slums, designing energy storage master plans and low carbon future transition strategies for countries, creating web-based tools for supporting data-driven climate change policy-making, all with successful outcomes.



Nina Khanna | Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Nina is a Scientific Engineering Associate in the China Energy Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Since 2007, she has been working in the China Energy Group on China’s appliance efficiency standards and labeling programs, building energy efficiency, low carbon cities development, and energy supply and policy analysis. Her recent research focuses on collaborative in-depth bottom-up modeling of China’s energy and CO2 pathways to 2050.



Chris King | Siemens
Chris King is Global Chief Regulatory Officer of Siemens Smart Grid, leading policy strategy and initiatives worldwide. Prior to Siemens, Chris held executive positions at the U.S.’s largest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric, and three Silicon Valley energy start-ups. An internationally recognized expert, author, and speaker, Mr. King chairs the Brussels-based Smart Energy Demand Coalition and is Vice Chair of the Association for Smart Grid and Demand Response. He has testified before the U.S. Congress, several U.S. states, and international regulatory bodies.



CHAIR: Michael J. Klopfer | CalPlug
Michael is the CalPlug technical director, with a background in consumer electronics and power systems, designed and constructed high-load power supplies and power-management systems for x-ray generators. He has led numerous projects related to the planning and installation of power, data and low-voltage interface lines and has assisted in the installation and upgrade of factory automation systems.



Merih Aydinalp Koksal | Hacettepe University
Dr. Merih Aydinalp Koksal is a faculty member at the Environmental Engineering Department of Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey. She holds a BSC in Environmental Engineering, a MSC in Mechanical Engineering from Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkey, and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Dalhousie University, Halifax, N.S., Canada.



Arno Knieschewski | Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, Germany
Arno works as a market surveillance supporter at Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing. The institute is a scientific and technical federal authority in the business area of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy. It examines, researches, and advises on the protection of population, the environment, and resources.



Durgasharan Krishnamurthy | Versa Drives Private Limited
Durga graduated from Osmania University, India with BE in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and received his M. Tech. from IIT – Madras. He worked in Systems Engineering and Robotics before he started Computer Controls Corporation along with Sundar in 1989. He has been working in embedded system design and development. Now he is responsible for the design of Versa Drives.



CHAIR: Benoit Lebot | IPEEC
With over 20 years’ experience in energy efficiency, Benoit brings valuable expertise to the IPEEC Secretariat. During his extensive career he has worked for the French National Energy and Environmental Agency (ADEME), the International Energy Agency (IEA), and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Benoit supports IPEEC member states in further elevating energy efficiency on the international policy agenda and assists them in the implementation of their work.



Virginie Letschert | LBNL
Virginie Letschert is a researcher at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory with over a decade of experience in energy efficiency policy analysis and international program development. At Berkeley Lab, Virginie leads international collaborations and country technical assistance activities, working closely with experts and policymakers in order to raise the ambition of energy efficiency programs around the world.



G.P Li | CALIT2
Dr. Li is a professor at the University of California, Irvine, with appointments in electrical engineering and computer science, chemical engineering and materials science, and biomedical engineering. He serves as Irvine division director of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) and director of UCI’s Integrated Nanosystems Research Facility in the Henry Samueli School of Engineering.



Vivian Li | Enervee
Vivian Li is currently a data scientist at Enervee, the world’s first platform-oriented company that drives energy efficiency and consumer engagement that change how consumers purchase energy-using appliances and products.



Christopher Long | Virginia Tech
Christopher is currently a third year Finance and Information Technology and Computer Science at the University of Virginia. He is currently a campus ambassador where he organizes programs to promote employment opportunities at Anheuser-Busch InBev to UVA students through information sessions, informal presentations and direct recruiting. He is also a mathematics teaching assistant where he help students with homework questions, exam prepping and grading.



Jay Luboff | Navigant
Jay is a consultant with Navigant’s energy practice specializing in market transformation, program design, market studies and policy.



Michael Lukasiewicz | Navitas Partners, Inc.
Michael is a former director of strategy and business development at Exelon Corporation. He has extensive new business development and project management experience with utilities and government agencies. Mike’s utility and energy efficiency experience has been applied in program strategy, business processes, data analysis, and program communications to fulfill clients’ requirements.



Mateusz Malinowski | ICF
Mateusz leads a team of consultants in developing electronics efficiency specifications for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ENERGY STAR program and other government clients. He works directly in developing several specifications while managing the work of the team and building technical expertise across the broader product specification development group.



Ingo Mauser | Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
Since 2012, Ingo Mauser works as research scientist at the FZI Research Center for Information Technology. His work focuses on the development of information and communication technologies for intelligent buildings, energy management, heuristic optimization, and the future smart grid.



Andrew McAllister | California Energy Commission
Andrew was re-appointed by Governor Brown in January 2017 as Commissioner of CEC. For his entire 25 year career, he has worked on clean energy deployment and policy. He has also worked across the world to develop renewable energy generation, energy efficiency investments, and energy.



CHAIR: Jim McMahon | Better Climate Research and Policy Analysis
James E. “Jim” McMahon has analyzed and published research on energy efficiency standards and managed and trained others for more than 35 years. Formerly, he worked at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) as a Head of Energy Analysis Department, Leader of the Appliance Standards Group, and Staff Scientist. He has been a consultant to national government agencies (Australia, China, Denmark, European Union, France, Germany, Ghana, Switzerland, United States) and organizations (ACEEE, AWE, ECEEE, IEA, United Nations).  He is now an independent consultant, currently serving as technical adviser to CLASP, the Demand Analysis Office of the California Energy Commission, and the Energy Division of the California Public Utilities Commission. He is coauthor of broad studies of energy policy and climate mitigation for the California Council of Science and Technology, IIASA, IPCC, and the National Commission on Energy Policy.



CHAIR: Alan Meier | Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Dr.Meier is a Senior Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His research focuses on understanding how people and machines use energy, and use the opportunities that exist to conserve. His other research interests include energy use of consumer electronics, energy test procedures, rolling resistance of tires and international policies to promote energy efficiency.



CHAIR: Kevin Messner | AHAM
Kevin Messner is AHAM’s Senior VP of Policy & Government Relations. He is responsible for overseeing and implementing the appliance manufacturing industry’s legislative and regulatory advocacy efforts and policy development. Kevin has 20 years of experience in public policy and politics including being chief of staff to Members of Congress and a political appointee at a federal agency.



Robert Mowris | Verified Inc.
Robert is a building scientist, evaluator, inventor, and licensed professional engineer and HVAC contractor in California. Robert has 33 years experience performing laboratory and field measurements to evaluate energy and water efficiency and renewable energy technologies. Robert has seven issued US patents for methods and apparatus to improve energy efficiency. If implemented throughout the US, Robert’s patented technologies will save about 4% of total US energy use.



Pedro Moura | ISR-UC, Portugal
Pedro is the Assistant Professor at University of Coimbra and Assistant Researcher at Institute of Systems and Robotics in the area of energy and environment. He has a background in Electrical and Computer Engineering, with an Engineering degree and a Ph.D. in Energy from the University of Coimbra. He has been involved on several national and European projects.



Steven Nadel | ACEEE
Steven is the executive director for ACEEE. He is responsible for overall management of the organization. He has led and assisted projects to promote energy efficiency in developing countries, such as Thailand, India, and China.



Hal Nelson | Residential Energy and Water Intelligence
Hal Nelson is an assistant professor in the Department of Public Administration at Portland State University where he teaches quantitative methods and research design, policy analysis, the policy process, energy policy, energy efficiency, policy and program evaluation. His research includes environmental, social, and economic stability, primarily in the energy sector.



David Nemtzow | US Department of Energy
David was named as the Building Technologies Office Director of the Office of EERE after previously serving as the team’s Senior Strategist. He has more than three decades of experience in the industry, including running a large state government energy and water department, a prominent bi-partisan non-profit energy efficiency association, and an energy consulting practice.



Diana Neves | IN+, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa
Diana Neves works as a post-doctoral researcher at IN+, Center for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research, at Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon. Her main research topics relate to Sustainable Energy Systems planning, through the development of tools to model hybrid and renewable systems- She gives special focus to microgrids, distributed generation and smart grid mechanisms to manage Energy, as demand response, and Energy storage.



CHAIR: Bruce Nordman | LBNL
Bruce is a researcher in the Building Technology and Urban Systems Division, working for Alan Meier, with principal focuses on energy use and savings in electronics and in networks. He works with the technology industry and standards organizations to develop new technologies to save energy in electronics and networks.



Carsten Palkowski | Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, Munich
Carsten Palkowski is a PhD Candidate for energy engineering at Technical University of Munich and works at the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM) under the German government in Berlin. Prior to this he achieved his Master of Science at Technical University Berlin in Regenerative Energy Systems and gained working experiences at the research department for fuel cells at Volkswagen AG and the power plant management department at Siemens Energy.



Danny Parker | Florida Solar Energy Center
Danny specializes in collecting and analyzing measured data taken from residential and commercial buildings to determine how results may be applied to reducing energy needs. Over the last 16 years, he has studied technologies to improve energy efficiency in Florida’s buildings. He has extensive experience with building energy and field monitoring.



CHAIR: Joy Pixley | CalPlug
Joy manages CalPlug’s social sciences component. She designs, manages, and consults on research studies using surveys, individual interviews and other types of human subject recruitment. Prior to Calit2, Joy was a project manager at the Institute for Social Research at University of Michigan, an assistant professor in UCI’s Department of Sociology and an independent research consultant.



Galib Rustamov | Residential Energy & Water Intelligence
Galib Rustamov is particularly interested in methods developed in applied microeconomics and behavioral economics, which focus on empirical questions in energy and environmental economics, and more recently in health related topics. He has been also assisting public utility companies in designing large-scale behavioral pilot studies of their residential customers (as approved by the CPUC). In these field experiments, he intends to test the effect of competition amongst multi-family complexes, and the effect of commitment-pledge on subsequent household energy consumption behavior.



CHAIR: Linda Sandahl | Pacific Northwest. National Laboratory (PNNL)
Linda Sandahl, a EP&E Program Manager and the Energy Technology Market Adoption Team Lead, has been with PNNL for over 25 years. Much of her work involves leading the design and implementation of programs that support development and deployment of energy-efficient commercial buildings technologies and market transformation initiatives.



Angela Sanguinetti | UC Davis
Dr. Sanguinetti is an ecological behaviorist who studies relationships between people and their environments. She is a researcher at UC Davis, where she directs the Consumer Energy Interfaces Lab and brings her behavioral expertise to projects for the Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle Research Center, Center for Water and Energy Efficiency, and Western Cooling Efficiency Center.



Michael Santulli | SERA- Skumatz Economic Research Associates, Inc
Michael Santulli is a sustainability analyst and consulting associate at SERA where he performs research and data analysis for projects of various nature. This includes improving public and private sector operations efficiency, conducting cost-benefit tables for sustainability initiatives, and developing environment friendly products.



Ashok Sarkar | World Bank Group
Ashok is a Senior Energy Specialist involved in strategic efforts for scaling up energy efficiency operations and finance in the World Bank’s Global Energy Practice. With over 22 years of experience in over 35 countries, he is currently supporting clean energy advisory and financing operations in India, Vietnam, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Yemen and Poland. Some of his past accomplishments include designing and implementing large-scale EE lighting programs in countries like Uganda, Rwanda, Bangladesh, and Mexico..



Adam Scheer | Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Adam is a supervisor at PG&E, who worked in both high-level individual contributor and dedicated leadership positions. In both arenas he connected research and analytics to program planning, including development of building-level customer targeting strategies that utilize smart meter data.



Frank Sharp | ERPI

Frank is a senior technical leader at EPRI who oversees the lighting department and provides supervision of various based and supplemental projects. His work include cross sector research, innovative segment research, and new product development and test.



Moritz-C. Schlegel | Federal Institute for Material Research and Testing

Dr. Schlegel is a senior scientist at the Federal Institute under the Government of Germany. He went to Helmholtz Center in Berlin to complete his postdoctoral in Physics, where he researched instruments responsible of the time-of-flight spectrometer NEAT at the neutron source BER II. Some of his previous research involved Conformation-controlled hydrogen storage, cement hydration influenced by chemical admixtures, and the analysis of chloride attack by synchrotron based x-ray diffraction.



Lisa Skumatz | SERA Skumatz Economic Research Associates, Inc
Dr. Skumatz is an economist and Principal of SERA, Inc. She has a nationwide reputation in integrated planning, program evaluation, rates and revenue options, economic and policy analysis, and scenario analysis/forecasting for solid waste agencies. Her interests include both quantitative and policy issues in solid waste.



Manfred Staebler | BSH Home Appliances
Manfred Staebler is VP of Government Affairs at BSH Home Appliances Corporation- North America where he consults and advises BSH NA on State and Federal Government Affairs. He coordinates and communicates BSH’s strategy regarding Energy and Environmental Regulations, and explore state and federal programs for research and funding opportunities



Rainer Stamminger | University of Bonn
Professor Rainer Stamminger heads the Household Appliance and Technology Section at the University of Bonn, and has extensive experience in this industry. He has been involved in numerous areas of consumer oriented research, including the Intelligent Energy Europe project ‘Smart Domestic Appliances in Sustainable Energy Systems’ and the development of the energy labelling for washing machines, tumble dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators and freezers within the EU.



Leena Tähkämö | Aalto University
Leena Tähkämö is a postdoctoral researcher that focuses on the environmental impacts, economic viability and human aspects of lighting. She is currently studying the impacts of artificial lighting on human health, wellbeing and environmental aiming for developing a preliminary model for an environmental impact of light pollution.



Kenji Takahashi | Synapse Energy Economics
Kenji Takahashi conducts economic, environmental, and policy analysis of electric system technologies, policies, and regulations associated with both supply- and demand-side resources. He has extensive experience in the analysis of integrated resource plans, load forecast, renewable energy policies, distributed generation, demand response, and electric and gas energy efficiency measures and programs.



Carlos Tanides | Topten
Carlos is a coordinator of the Wildlife Energy Program and is also the head of the Climate and Energy Program of Fundación Vida Silvestre Argentina(FVSA). He has called for joint efforts to implement energy efficiency policies in the country.



Lena Tholen | Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy
Lena is a research fellow at the Wuppertal Institute, researching energy, transport and climate policy. Her research also entails national and international energy efficiency policy, and ecodesign directive. She is involved in several national, European and international research projects on energy and resource efficiency with a main focus on policies and measures, impact evaluation as well as aspects of EU Ecodesign and Energy Labelling.



Bryan Urban | Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable energy systems
Bryan is a Senior Member of Technical Staff for the Building Energy Management Group, where he leads projects to validate the energy-saving capabilities of innovative building technologies. His focus is on field testing and analysis to help companies demonstrate their new products to end-users, utilities, and investors. Bryan’s projects have helped companies of all sizes spanning a range of building technology categories including smart thermostats, consumer electronics, advanced thermal insulation, and remote building assessment tools.



Joseph Van Clock | Research Into Action, Inc.
Joe is an experienced researcher who excels at all aspects of program evaluation and market research projects, including conducting in-depth interviews, analyzing qualitative data, and reporting and presenting research findings. He supports a wide range of projects, including market characterizations of business and consumer electronics products, comparison research into the role of evaluation in efficiency organizations throughout North America.



Freija van Holsteijn | VHK BV
Freija is a Junior research engineer at VHK BV, which is a consultancy firm focused on technical policy research of energy efficiency, serving an international client base. She is involved in a research project on food waste related to household refrigeration in the EU.



Lisa Varga | Phoenix Energy Technologies
Lisa Varga, CEO and Founder of Phoenix Energy Technologies, brings 20+ years of energy and waste management experience to the dynamic PhoenixET Team. Prior to founding PhoenixET, Lisa led sales and marketing efforts for a leading waste management company. Lisa brings a wealth of retail knowledge and experience to the PhoenixET organization and has put this knowledge to use in some of the industry’s leading trade organizations.



Nimrod Vázquez | Instituto Tecnologico de Celaya
Nimrod is an electronics engineer and educator. Some of his achievements include research in new topologies of Air Corps/DC converters. He has received his Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy from the National Center for Research and Technology Development, Cuernavaca, Mexico in 1997 and 2003.



Vagelis Vossos | LBNL
Vagelis Vossos is a Program Manager for the Energy Efficiency Standards Group. He provides technical support for energy conservation standards and test procedure development for the U.S. Department of Energy’s appliance and equipment standards program. His past and current projects include lighting products, commercial & industrial fans, fume hoods, circulating pumps and DC distribution systems.



Qinhua Wang | Shantou University
Qinhua Wang is an Assistant Professor at Shantou University in the Department of Civil Engineering. He earned his PhD at Tongji University, School of Bridge Engineering specializing in wind engineering.



David Whaley | University of South Australia
David is a researcher at Barbara Hardy Institute. He researches on end-use water and energy consumption of new houses and major household appliances to establish baseline patterns to evaluate energy efficient appliances and houses. He is involved in the installation, commissioning and maintenance of monitoring equipment and data logging devices on each of the 60+ dwellings within the Lochiel Park Green Village.



George Wilkenfeld | George Wilkenfeld & Associates
George Wilkenfeld helped set up the Australian energy labeling program in the 1980s, national energy performance standards in the 1990s and water efficiency labeling in the 2000s. He is currently on several Australian and IEC technical committees on smart appliances and demand response.



Martha (Thompson) Wudka | Evergreen Economics
Martha Wudka has experience conducting energy efficiency program evaluations and market research for a variety of clients across the country. Currently, she is analyzing the ways in which the California IOUs integrate emerging technologies into their programs and recently finished analysis of in-depth interviews she performed with multiple lighting market actors in California.



David Woodward | Phillips
David is head of Standards and Regulations Americas at Philips Lighting. He is in charge of management of standardization and regulatory matters for North America and Latin America.



Linyi Xia | CalPlug
Linyi is a CalPlug assistant specialist, who oversees the center’s grants and its design projects for electrical and mechanical systems. She also work on prototyping and simulation services to Orange County companies. She mentors and trains students in hardware and software development, and 3D design prototyping and printing.



Ji Xuan | Jyukankyo Research Institute
Ji XUAN is a researcher at Jyukankyo Research Institute Inc. (JYURI). Since 2014, she has been focusing on the dynamic movements of energy conservation in Southeast-Asia based on the field studies on how people are using energy in their homes in Southeast-Asian countries.



Yang Yu | CLASP
Yang provides technical support to CLASP’s China Program in the design and execution of program activities. He also supports CLASP’s Global Research program in cross-cutting activities that are relevant to China’s S&L program, including benchmarking studies, verification, and enforcement strategies, and updates to CLASP’s global S&L Database.



Helia Zandi | Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
Helia Zandi graduated with a Masters of Science to the University of Florida. She is currently a modeling and simulation software engineer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). ORNL conducts basic and applied research to deliver transformative solutions to compelling problems in energy and security.



Richard F. Zheng | Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (ORNL)
Dr. Zheng has over 20 years of experience of developing advanced processing technologies in areas of separations and chemical conversions. He has published more than 25 journal articles and holds 6 U.S. patents in areas of adsorption separation processes, hydrogen storage, and advanced nanomaterials. His recent research focuses on developing next generation CO2 capture materials and processes, solar thermochemical reaction systems, and adsorption heat pump systems.


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