Dartmouth Energy Symposium - Participant Biographies
Scott Brown is the CEO and co-founder of New Energy Capital Corp., a New England-based company with investments in biofuels, renewable power generation, and on-site cogeneration assets. Mr. Brown was a member of the founding management team of First Solar, Inc., and the President of Glasstech Solar, Inc. From 1999-2005, he was a member of the National Advisory Council of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
New Energy Capital Corp. (www.newenergycapital.com) investments include a biodiesel production plant in Delaware, three ethanol production facilities in the eastern cornbelt, three cogeneration projects in California and Massachusetts, and a biomass power plant in Maine. The Company is funded by VantagePoint Venture Partners one of the nation's largest and most active venture capital firms, and the California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS).
Commissioner, NH Department of Environmental Services
Tom Burack is the fourth commissioner of DES. His term began November 1, 2006 and runs to 2010.
Tom comes to DES from the law firm of Sheehan, Phinney, Bass + Green, in Manchester, NH, where he built a successful practice representing a wide range of manufacturing, service sector and institutional clients in environmental, health and safety, and energy matters. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of Virginia School of Law, and a Harry S. Truman Scholar.
For over 15 years, Tom was an active member of the Business & Industry Association's (BIA) Environmental Affairs Committee, and in that capacity assisted the Legislature with the development of the New Hampshire Brownfields Program, enacted as RSA 147-F. Tom was also the chair of the steering committee for the BIA's WasteCap Resource Conservation Network, and chair and board member of the Institute for Community, Business and the New Hampshire Economy, the BIA's non-profit supporting organization. In addition, Tom served as chair and member of the board of directors of the New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program, and he contributed nine years of service to the board of trustees of the Audubon Society of New Hampshire, including two years as chair.
Tom resides in Hopkinton, NH, with his wife, Emilie, and two children, Larsen & Beatrice.
Nicky Caiazza is Research Scientist at Mascoma Corporation, Lebanon, New Hampshire, providing support in the areas of molecular biology, biochemistry, and microbial physiology for a business that is developing and deploying technology for the conversion of cellulosic biomass to fuel ethanol. He became interested in microbial physiology and microbial ecology while working as a postdoctoral scholar for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California coupling molecular biology and bacterial physiology to study anoxygenic phototrophic iron oxidation in purple nonsulfur bacteria. It has been speculated that these organisms contributed to the deposition of banded iron formations, an ancient class of sedimentary rock accounting for a large portions of the worlds iron ore. His foray into microbiology began during his graduate studies at Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, NH studying how clinically relevant microorganisms attach to surfaces related to medical implants and devices.
Thesis Research: "A Molecular and Genetic Analysis of the Requirement of SadB for Modulating Surface-Associated Behaviors in Pseudomonas aeruginosa PA14." (1999-2005)
Defined stages of biofilm development using molecular, genetic, biochemical, and microscopic analyses.
Assigned function to a previously uncharacterized protein.
Advisor: George A. O'Toole
Sean Casten is the President and CEO of Recycled Energy Development, LLC, (RED) a company that he founded with his father Tom in 2007 to profitably reduce greenhouse gas emissions by recycling industrial waste energy into high value heat and power.
From 2000 - 2007, Sean was President and CEO of Turbosteam Corporation, a designer and manufacturer of energy recycling plants based in Turners Falls, Massachusetts. Prior to joining Turbosteam, Sean was a manager in the Energy Practice at Arthur D. Little, where he specialized in technology and strategic issues surrounding emerging fuels and power generation technologies in the public and private sector. Over the course of Sean's career, he has been personally responsible for the design and deployment of over 50 clean energy projects, all of which were at least three-times as efficient as the US power grid.
In 2005, the U.S. Combined Heat and Power Association (USCHPA) identified Sean as a "CHP Champion" in recognition of his leadership toward greater national use of clean, efficient, and reliable combined heat and power. He is the 2007 Chairman of USCHPA and the founding (2005) Chairman of the Northeast Combined Heat and Power Initiative. Both organizations are dedicated to clean energy advocacy before state and federal energy regulatory agencies and legislatures.
Sean holds a B.A. from Middlebury College, a M.S. in Biochemical Engineering from Dartmouth College and a Master's in Engineering Management from Dartmouth College.
Benoit Cushman-Roisin is a tenured professor of Engineering Sciences at the Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College, where he has been on the faculty since 1990. Over the years, his teaching activities include a sequence of courses in environmental engineering. His research expertise is the application of fluid mechanics to environmental problems.
Prof. Cushman-Roisin holds a B.S. in Engineering Physics, Summa Cum Laude, from the University of Liege, Belgium (1978) and a Ph.D. in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics from the Florida State University (1980). He is the author of 2 books, more than 80 refereed publications on various aspects of fluid mechanics, and about as many miscellaneous other scientific publications. He is currently under contract with John Wiley & Sons to author a first textbook on environmental fluid mechanics. In addition to his appointment at Dartmouth College, Prof. Cushman-Roisin often lectures abroad and maintains an active consultancy in environmental aspects of fluid mechanics. He also serves as founding editor-in-chief of Environmental Fluid Mechanics, a refereed journal published by Springer.
Born in Aberdeen, South Dakota, Tom Daschle graduated from South Dakota State University in 1969. Upon graduation, he entered the United States Air Force where he served as an intelligence officer in the Strategic Air Command until mid-1972.
After serving on the staff of Senator James Abourezk, Daschle was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1978, serving eight years. He is one of the first Members of Congress to serve in a Democratic Leadership position in his first term of office as a Regional Whip.
In 1986, he was elected to the U.S. Senate and two years later, became the first Co-Chairman of the Senate Democratic Policy Committee and the first South Dakotan to be elected to a leadership position in the U.S. Congress. In 1994, Senator Daschle was elected by his colleagues as their Democratic Leader. Only Lyndon Johnson served fewer years in the Senate before being elected to the position. Senator Daschle is one of the longest serving Senate Democratic Leaders in history and the only one to serve twice as both Majority and Minority Leader. During his tenure as Leader, Senator Daschle comanaged only the second impeachment trial of a U.S. President, led the Senate in response to the attacks of September 11th, 2001 and the anthrax attack on his office one month later.
Today, Senator Daschle is an advisor to the law firm of Alston and Bird where he provides strategic advice on public policy issues such as climate change, energy, health care, trade, financial services and telecommunications. He is also a Distinguished Fellow at the Center for American Progress, a Visiting Professor at Georgetown University and a public speaker.
In 2007, he joined with former Majority Leaders George Mitchell, Bob Dole and Howard Baker to create the Bipartisan Policy Center, an organization dedicated to finding common ground on some of the pressing public policy challenges of our time. He is also Co-Chair of the ONE Vote '08 Campaign, along with former Senate Majority Leader, Bill Frist, to address health and poverty in the developing world in a more aggressive and successful way.
Senator Daschle serves on the Advisory Board of Intermedia Partners and the BP America Inc. External Advisory Council. He also serves on the boards of CB Richard Ellis, Mascoma Corporation, Prime BioSolutions, The Freedom Forum, the Mayo Clinic, the Center for American Progress, the LBJ Foundation and the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs. He is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations.
He has published articles in numerous newspapers and periodicals and is the author of the book, Like No Other Time. He holds a number of honorary doctorate degrees.
He is married to Linda Hall Daschle and has three children and four grandchildren.
Chief Technology Officer, Plug Power Inc.
John F. Elter, Ph.D., joined Plug Power Inc. in March 2001 as Vice President of Research and System Architecture and was appointed Chief Technology Officer in May 2004. Since joining Plug Power, Dr. Elter has directed the development of advanced fuel cell systems as well as fuel cell technologies that drive overall product development. He also has managed the company's Center of Excellence and is currently chairman of the Plug Power Scientific Advisory Board. Dr. Elter is responsible for the identification of emerging transformational technologies, which support the company's multi-generational product strategy.
Prior to joining Plug Power, Dr. Elter was Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Eastman Kodak's Professional Division. Dr. Elter spent more than 30 years at Xerox Corporation, where he held a variety of executive positions, including Vice President of Strategic Programs. Dr. Elter has a proven track record in pioneering high technology innovation and clean sheet product commercialization, including two major product platforms that have generated more than $40 billion in revenue. As head of the "Lakes" program at Xerox, he led the "Zero to Landfill" effort to deliver Xerox's first fully recyclable, remanufacturable and reusable digital networked product.
Dr. Elter is a Director of the National Hydrogen Association. He is also a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Foundation and Industry Advisory Boards; the Electrochemical, Industrial Ecology and Systems Dynamics Societies; the American Mathematical Society; the American Indian Science and Engineering Society; and the Society for Organizational Learning. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University, a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from New York University, and a Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Sciences from the University of Rochester, where he also has been recognized as a distinguished alumnus.
Carol L. Folt is dean of the faculty at Dartmouth College, associate director of the Dartmouth Toxic Metals Research Program, and holder of the Dartmouth Professorship in Biological Sciences. She and her colleagues pioneered new isotope technologies to follow mercury through aquatic food webs and to identify genes to detect low levels of toxic metals in lakes. They publish extensively in environmental science, limnology and salmon conservation and are part of Dartmouth's longest standing interdisciplinary program project which is supported by the NIEHS Basic Superfund Research Program. She enjoys working within a strong, multidisciplinary team to solve complex environmental problems. She has been an elected officer and board member in the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography and the Ecological Society of America and served on numerous national science review panels and editorial boards. Awarded the John M. Manley Huntington Award for Teaching in 1991, she has advised more than 100 undergraduate and graduate students and is one of the original faculty involved in Dartmouth's Women-In-Science program. As Dean of Faculty she is committed to seeing Dartmouth continue to be a national environmental leader both in and out of the classroom and to developing programs that unite the professional and graduate schools with Arts & Sciences. She came to Dartmouth in 1983 after receiving her PhD from the University of California, Davis. She served as the Dean of Graduate Studies from 2001 to 2004 and co-founded Dartmouth's first interdisciplinary graduate program, the Earth, Ecosystem, and Ecological Sciences, Program, in 1993 with Andrew Friedland.
Andrew J. Friedland is The Richard and Jane Pearl Professor in Environmental Studies and Chair of the Environmental Studies Program at Dartmouth. He regularly teaches introductory environmental science and energy courses and has taught courses in forest biogeochemistry, global change and soil science.
For more than two decades, Professor Friedland has been researching the effects of air pollution (nitrogen, lead, sulfur) on high-elevation forests of New England and the Northeast. More recently, he has begun investigating the impact of individual choices and personal action on energy consumption and the environment. Professor Friedland has received funding from the National Science Foundation, the USDA Forest Service, the Environmental Protection Agency and private foundations. He has served on panels for the NSF and USDA Forest Service and has participated in three working group panels of the Science Advisory Board of the EPA.
Professor Friedland has authored or co-authored more than 50 peer-reviewed publications and one book, Writing Successful Science Proposals, published by Yale University Press (2000), co-authored with Professor Carol Folt. Professor Friedland received B.A.s in Biology and Environmental Studies (double major) (1981) and a Ph.D. in Geology (now Earth and Environmental Science) (1985), all from the University of Pennsylvania. He joined the Faculty at Dartmouth in 1987.
Brooking is the Manager of Communications and Partnership programs at Global Footprint Network, a California-based non-profit that works to create a sustainable economy by advancing the Ecological Footprint. She works to create a global dialogue about planetary limits and manages a collaborative partner network of 75 organizations around the world using the Ecological Footprint to help end ecological overshoot.
Before joining Global Footprint Network, Brooking researched and evaluated sustainable civil society organizations at the Natural Capital Institute for what is now the Wiser Earth project. She has also worked with sustainable event planning and green home design as a research and media intern at Sustainable Ireland in Dublin, and is a founding member of the Big Green Bus, an alternative fuels education project.
Brooking was a Dartmouth '05 environmental studies major. While at Dartmouth she ran the Green Magazine, helped initiate the Dartmouth Local Foods Project, and was an intern for Dartmouth's Resource Working Group, where she learned about how Dartmouth's energy systems work. She was also in the Chamber Singers and a member and captain of the women's ultimate Frisbee team.
Mary Gorman was appointed Associate Provost and Executive Officer at Dartmouth in 2002. She is the principal adviser to the Provost on facilities and financial matters, and she is responsible for the Provost Division financial and operational issues. In addition, she oversees the Office of Planning, Design and Construction; Community Relations; and the Sustainability Coordinator. Mary works closely with the Boards and Directors/Deans of the Hood Museum, the Hopkins Center, and the Tucker Foundation. Mary has a BA from Middlebury College and an MBA from Yale University. Prior to Dartmouth, Mary spent 14 years as the Director of Financial Planning at Phillips Exeter Academy.
Jason Grumet is the founder and President of the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC). Led by former Senate Majority Leaders Howard Baker, Tom Daschle, Bob Dole and George Mitchell, the BPC seeks to develop and promote solutions that attract the broad public support and political momentum to achieve real progress. The BPC currently hosts initiatives in the fields of Energy Policy, Health Care, Agricultural Policy, Transportation Policy, and National Security. In addition to advancing specific proposals, the BPC also is broadcasting a different type of policy discourse that seeks to unite the constructive center in the pursuit of common goals. Jason oversees the organization's strategic direction, technical analysis, policy development and advocacy. In addition, Jason leads the day to day activities of the National Commission on Energy Policy. In December 2004, after more than two years of research and debate, the eighteen member Commission released its long-term energy strategy, Ending the Energy Stalemate: A Bipartisan Strategy to Meet America's Energy Challenges. The Commission released updated recommendations earlier this year and continues to actively advocate for its policy recommendations in Congress and with the Administration. In this capacity, Jason is a frequent witness at Congressional hearings. Prior to joining the Commission, Jason worked for NESCAUM which represents the Northeast Governors on Environmental Matters. He received a B.A. from Brown University and a J.D. from Harvard University. Jason lives with his wife, Stephanie, and daughters, Isabella and Julia, in Washington, D.C.
Robert Hansen is Senior Associate Dean and Norman W. Martin 1925 Professor of Business Administration at the Tuck School, where he has been on the faculty since 1983. As Senior Associate Dean he is responsible for all faculty and research matters, and he also assists and advises the Dean on general school issues and special projects. From 1995-98 Professor Hansen served as Associate Dean of Tuck, with primary responsibility for the MBA program. He became Faculty Director, Allwin Initiative for Corporate Citizenship in July 2004.
While at Tuck, Professor Hansen's teaching has been in the economics and finance areas. He teaches the core MBA course Managerial Economics as well as a second year elective on game theory. Over the years he has also taught courses on environmental economics, securities markets and investment banking, investments, and public policy.
Joseph Helble is currently Dean of Thayer School of Engineering and Professor of Engineering at Dartmouth. He previously was Professor of Chemical Engineering and Environmental Engineering at the University of Connecticut, conducting research in the areas of aerosol science, air pollution, and ceramic nanoparticle technology. From 1987-1995, he was a research scientist at Physical Sciences Inc., a small research organization in Andover, MA, and in 1993 served as an environmental fellow with the US Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, DC. In 1995, he joined the faculty at Connecticut, serving as Graduate Program Chair from 1996-1999 and as Department Head from 1999-2004.
Helble was named the 2004-2005 Roger Revelle Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, allowing him to spend the 2004-2005 academic year addressing technology and environmental policy initiatives in the U.S. Senate. Dean Helble is a member of the editorial boards of Environmental Engineering Science and Fuel Processing Technology. He is the author of 100 publications in the areas of aerosols and air quality, and 3 U.S. patents related to nanoscale powder production. He was a recipient of a young faculty Career Award from NSF, an outstanding young faculty award from the University of Connecticut School of Engineering, the first Environmental Leadership Award for the University of Connecticut, the Barnard Award from AAAS, and is an elected member of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering.
Richard Howarth is an economist who studies the theory of environmental policy analysis with applications to issues such as energy use, climate change, and ecological conservation. Professor Howarth was educated at Cornell, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the University of California at Berkeley, where he received his Ph.D. from the Energy and Resources Program. He has held appointments at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the University of California at Santa Cruz, and is currently the Pat and John Rosenwald Professor in Environmental Studies Program at Dartmouth.
Ruth Hupart is a Dartmouth undergraduate in her senior year who intends to receive her B.A. in Environmental Studies this June. She focuses on conservation of biodiversity and is especially interested in implications for public policy. In the fall of 2006 Ruth participated in the Environmental Studies department's foreign study program in South Africa, Namibia, and Swaziland. Prior to resuming classes on campus this autumn she worked on an organic farm in West Cork, Ireland, and in a Dartmouth ecology lab. Ruth was on the student search committee for the College's first sustainability coordinator two and a half years ago and has since been active in student environmentalism. She helped establish Sustainable Dartmouth, the Sustainable Move-In Sale, and the Dartmouth Animal Welfare Group. She is currently co-chair of Sustainable Dartmouth and often publishes articles in the Green Magazine and the Dartmouth Free Press.
As CEO and Chairman of Mechanology, Eric has developed and executed the strategy for the company, positioning the company as a technology leader in the key clean energy segments of dispatchable wind, dispatchable wave, cogeneration/power recovery, and natural gas compression services. In developing this strategy, Eric did all the application engineering for the company, and is the named inventor on numerous patents-in-process. Two of his areas of invention have resulted in companies that have spun out of Mechanology. To spin out General Compression, the dispatchable wind company, Eric also recruited two highly successful entrepreneurs, who are two of the most successful wind investors in the US to run the company and managed the first raise of $8M. General Compression is expecting to close on a 1,600MW PPA for its first project to provide peak power in California within the next couple of months. In addition to the above, Eric has personally managed all fundraising, licensing, new company creation, intellectual property strategy, financial planning, hiring, and business development.
He is currently on the board of the Clean Air Task Force, a member of the investment committee of the Commonwealth School (in Boston), and a board member of a vertically integrated solar company building the largest solar manufacturing facility in the world. Because of his unique combination of business and technical expertise, Eric is a sought after advisor to numerous energy technology companies.
Prior to joining Mechanology as CEO, Eric had completed over 30 turnaround/interim management engagements with new technology firms. Eric has also worked with leading investors, venture capital firms, and Fortune 500 firms to accelerate the process of technology venture development. Projects included advising KPMG, Lotus, IBM/Lotus Labs on spin outs and developing venture acceleration programs for Atlas Venture and the Internet Capital Group.
His energy utility clients have included: Enron, PacificCorp, Green Mountain Energy Resources, Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison, Northeast Utilities, and New England Electric. He was a commercialization advisor to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and has advised the California Energy Commission, the US Environmental Protection Agency, the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust, the United Nations Development Program, the Energy and Transport Directorate of the European Commission, as well as numerous other regional energy policy organizations on energy market transformation and commercialization of new energy technologies.
He has developed green corporate strategies for companies in the consumer products (Church & Dwight), chemicals (Dow Brands), forestry, and building materials industries. He has advised the MacArthur Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and numerous other foundations on market-based approaches to resource conservation, and his team wrote the business plan for the first environmental venture capital fund created by the World Bank/IFC.
In addition to his consulting and business advisory work, Eric has published research on venture development (Paths to Value, PricewaterhouseCoopers 2002), policy papers on market-based approaches to commercializing new technologies, and presentations at numerous conferences, and developed training materials for the advanced management program at Harvard Business School on the environmental challenges faced by managers of energy companies. He majored in Economic Development Studies at UC Berkeley.
Lee Rybeck Lynd is a Professor of Engineering and an Adjunct Professor of Biology at Dartmouth, where he has been on the faculty since 1987, and Professor Extraordinary of Microbiology at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. He is co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer for Mascoma Corp., a cellulosic ethanol start-up. Dr. Lynd holds a B.S. degree in biology from Bates College, an M.S. degree in bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin, and masters and doctoral degrees in engineering from Dartmouth. He is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award, two-time recipient of the Charles A. Lindbergh Award in recognition of efforts to promote a balance between environmental preservation and technological advancement, recipient of the Charles D. Scott Award for distinguished contributions to the field of biotechnology for fuels and chemicals, and the inaugural recipient of the Lemelson-MIT sustainability award.
Professor Lynd is an expert on utilization of plant biomass for production of energy. His contributions span the science, technology, and policy domains, and include leading research on fundamental and biotechnological aspects of microbial cellulose utilization. Topics addressed in over 70 archival publications, several comprehensive reviews, book chapters, and patents include fundamentals and applications of microbial cellulose utilization, use of recombinant DNA technology to develop advanced biocatalysts for biofuel production, kinetics and design of bioreactors for lignocellulose conversion, design and evaluation of industrial processes for bioenergy production, and envisioning the role of biomass in a sustainable world.
Professional activities include serving as the biofuels industry representative on a committee advisory to the Executive Office of President Clinton on Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Personal Vehicles; Associate Editor of Biotechnology and Bioengineering; Organizing Committee Member, Annual Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals; Manager, Link Foundation Energy Fellowship Program; Member and R&D Area Coordinator, Biomass and Agriculture Working Group of the Energy Future Coalition; Advisory Committee Member, "Ethanol from Biomass: America's 21st Century Transportation Fuel" sponsored by the Governor's Ethanol Coalition and the Hewlett Foundation; Organizing Committee Member, American Academy of Microbiology Symposium on Microbial Energy Production; Chair, Cellulose Ethanol Summit Technical Briefing.
Lisa Margonelli is an Irvine Fellow at the New America Foundation, and was the recipient of a Sundance Institute Fellowship and an excellence in journalism award from the Northern California Society of Professional Journalists. She has been published in the The New York Times, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Wired, Business 2.0, Discover, and Jane.
Patrick A. Parenteau is Professor of Law and Director of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic at Vermont Law School. He previously served as Director of the Environmental Law Center at VLS from 1993-1999. Professor Parenteau also teaches in the Environmental Studies Program at Dartmouth College.
Professor Parenteau has an extensive background in environmental and natural resources law. His previous positions include Vice President for Conservation with the National Wildlife Federation in Washington, DC (1976-1984); General Counsel to the New England Regional Office of the EPA in Boston (1984-1987); Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (1987-1989); and Of Counsel with the Perkins Coie law firm in Portland, Oregon (1989-1993).
Professor Parenteau is a nationally recognized expert on the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Water Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, and other environmental laws. He has been involved in drafting, litigating, implementing, teaching, and writing about these laws for over 30 years. He is a recipient of the National Wildlife Federation's Conservation Achievement Award for 2005 in recognition of his contributions to wildlife conservation and environmental education.
Professor Parenteau holds a B.S. from Regis University, a J.D. from Creighton University, and an LLM in Environmental Law from the George Washington University.
Dan W. Reicher has over 20 years of experience in business, government and non-governmental organizations focused on energy and environmental technology, policy, finance and law. He recently joined Google where he serves as Director of Climate Change and Energy Initiatives for the company's new venture called Google.org. Google.org has been capitalized with more than $1 billion of Google stock to make investments and advance policy in the areas of climate change and energy, global poverty, and global health.
Prior to his recent position at Google, Mr. Reicher served as President and Co-Founder of New Energy Capital Corp., a New England-based company that develops, invests in, owns and operates renewable energy and distributed generation projects. Mr. Reicher is also a member of General Electric's Ecomagination Advisory Board.
From 1997-2001, Mr. Reicher was Assistant Secretary of Energy for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). As Assistant Secretary, he directed annually more than $1 billion in investments in energy research, development and deployment related to renewable energy, distributed generation and energy efficiency. Prior to that position, Mr. Reicher was DOE Chief of Staff (1996-97), Assistant Secretary of Energy for Policy (Acting) (1995-1996), and Deputy Chief of Staff and Counselor to the Secretary (1993-1995). He was also a member of the U.S. Delegation to the Climate Change Negotiations, Co-Chair of the U.S. Biomass Research and Development Board, and a member of the board of the government-industry Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles. After leaving the Clinton Administration in 2001 he was a consultant to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and a Visiting Fellow at the World Resources Institute.
In 2002, Mr. Reicher became Executive Vice President of Northern Power Systems, a venture capital-backed renewable energy and distributed generation engineering, services and technology company with installations in more than forty-five countries. Mr. Reicher led the renewable energy sales group at Northern and also was actively involved with the company's project finance, government relations and public affairs initiatives. He also played a significant role in the successful sale of the company to Proton Energy Systems, a leading hydrogen company, and the simultaneous creation of Distributed Energy Systems, a new NASDAQ-listed holding company that now owns both Northern Power and Proton Energy.
Prior to his roles at the Department of Energy and in the business community, Mr. Reicher was a senior attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council where he focused on the federal government's energy and nuclear programs as well as environmental law and policy issues in the former Soviet Union. He was also previously Assistant Attorney General for Environmental Protection in Massachusetts, a law clerk to a federal district court judge in Boston, a legal assistant in the Hazardous Waste Section of the U.S. Department of Justice, and a staff member of President Carter's Commission on the Accident at Three Mile Island.
Mr. Reicher currently is co-chairman of the advisory board of the American Council on Renewable Energy and a member of the boards of the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, the Keystone Center's Energy Program, and Circus Smirkus. He was also recently a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Alternatives to Indian Point for Meeting Energy Needs.
Mr. Reicher also recently served as an adjunct professor at the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and Vermont Law School. He holds a B.A. in Biology from Dartmouth College and a J.D. from Stanford Law School. He also studied at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.
Mr. Reicher was a member of a National Geographic-sponsored expedition that was the first on record to navigate the entire 1888 mile Rio Grande and was also a member of the first group on record to kayak the Yangtze River in China.
Mr. Reicher is married to Carole Parker, who headed the Office of Pollution Prevention at the U.S. Department of Defense from 1994 to 1999. Carole and Dan have three children and live in Norwich Vermont. The family will be relocating to California in August 2007.
Marc Rosenbaum, P.E. uses an integrated systems design approach to help people create buildings and communities which connect us to the natural world, and support both personal and planetary health. He brings this vision, experience and commitment to a collaborative design process, with the goal of profoundly understanding the interconnections between people, place, and systems that generate the best solution for each unique project. Design practiced at its highest level goes beyond efficiency and conservation to create places that regenerate and nurture the natural world and all of its inhabitants.
Realizing that the barriers to high performance buildings and communities are neither technical nor economic, his work scope has expanded to assist clients design the process that is necessary to create these high performance projects.
His work has been recognized nationally by ASHRAE, AIA, EEBA, and NESEA.
Charles R. Sullivan is Associate Professor at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth. His research presently focuses on reducing cost and improving efficiency of magnetic components used in power electronic circuits for efficiency and new energy applications. He teaches in electronics, systems, and energy, and advises the Dartmouth hybrid-electric race car team. He holds a B.S. from Princeton University and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. His publications include over 80 peer-reviewed conference and journal publications and eight US patents. Awards include a National Science Foundation CAREER award and a Power Electronics Society Prize Paper Award. Professional activities include serving as Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, and consulting for the semiconductor industry.
David joined the Greentech investing team at Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers in early 2006. Responsibilities include knowledge mapping and opportunity sourcing across the entire landscape of Green technologies. Building relationships with scientists and entrepreneurs throughout the US and Europe, David has helped bring many ventures through the KP investment process including due diligence, team building, goal setting and deal structuring.
Beginning with a collaboration with KP partner Bill Joy in 2004, David has built a detailed and diverse base of Greentech knowledge across multiple energy technologies and scientific disciplines, together with a matching knowledge base of resources, markets and incumbents. Every aspect of energy and water production, transport and use, including emissions impacts, has been studied in detail and mapped to target recognition of disruptive order-of-magnitude and tipping-point innovations.
David's background includes eight years building a nation-wide business in Japan, three years of business consulting, and ten years of technical experience in marine engineering.
Dr. Robert Wills received his Doctor of Engineering from Thayer in 1987. He was the first student in the CRREL/Thayer graduate program. A native of Melbourne, Australia, he has worked in the solar-energy business for the last 25 years, specializing in power electronics and control. He is currently CTO of Citizenre Corporation, a startup solar business that plans to build a gigawatt solar plant in the Northeastern USA.
Ms. Wolfe is President and Co-founder of groSolar (Global Resource Options, Inc.). She is in charge of financial operations of the national company, headquartered in White River Junction, VT. She has met aggressive goals for growth in the distribution and installation business operations. Ms. Wolfe was central to implementation of the NetSuite ERP system now used at GRO for accounting, CRM, and inventory control. Ms. Wolfe also works with the sales department on non-standard applications, and oversees the incentive and permit application processes.
Prior to founding groSolar, Ms. Wolfe was a consulting engineer. She was involved with over 1,000,000 square feet of construction. Major projects include laboratories, hospitals, dormitories, art museums, offices, and cogeneration and chilled water plants. She has strong expertise in conceptualization and implementation of complex systems, renewable power systems, energy conservation and recovery, and control systems. Ms. Wolfe is skilled in design and specification of systems.