Robert C. Armstrong is MITEI’s director and the Chevron professor of Chemical Engineering. A member of the MIT faculty since 1973, Armstrong served as head of the Department of Chemical Engineering from 1996 to 2007. His research interests include polymer fluid mechanics, rheology of complex materials, and energy.
In 2008, Armstrong was elected into the National Academy of Engineering for conducting outstanding research on non-Newtonian fluid mechanics, co-authoring landmark textbooks, and providing leadership in chemical engineering education. Armstrong has received the Warren K. Lewis Award and the Professional Progress Award in 1992, both from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and the 2006 Bingham Medal from the Society of Rheology, which is devoted to the study of the science of deformation and flow of matter.
Armstrong was the guest editor for the summer issue (2015) of the National Academy of Engineering’s publication, The Bridge, which focused on energy, the environment, and climate change. In the Guest Editor’s note, he wrote about the challenges of meeting energy demands in environmentally responsible ways. Armstrong was a member of the Future of Solar Energy study group and co-edited Game Changers: Energy on the Move with former Secretary of State George P. Shultz.
Martha Broad, MITEI’s executive director, manages MITEI’s finance, communications, education, events, and operations teams. In addition, she collaborates with DOE to design, manage, and host the annual Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) Women in Clean Energy Symposium and serves as a C3E Ambassador. With MITEI nearly two years, Broad came from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), where as part of the senior management, she oversaw programs and studies that led to the commercialization of various clean energy technologies. She also conceived and implemented the center’s framework for university partnerships. With her help in leveraging universities and public and private partners, MassCEC facilitated the state’s successful installation of hundreds of megawatts of wind and solar systems. In the past, Broad worked with MITEI on joint initiatives and, earlier in her carer, she was a research associate for the MIT Center for Coordination Science.
Louis Carranza was previously vice president for strategic development at IHS, where he worked for 17 years. There, he served as executive director and co-chair of CERAWeek – one of the top five corporate leader conferences in the world – and conceived and implemented the CERAWeek partnership program. He was also co-director of the IHS scenario planning initiative. Earlier at CERA, Carranza was responsible for managing the firm’s global power practice.
Emily Dahl has worked at the intersection of energy, sustainability, and policy communications for more than 10 years. At MIT Energy Initiative, she leads the communications team, which is responsible for public and media relations, digital media, publications, articles, and other content related to MITEI's research, education, and outreach efforts. Emily's background includes lead communications and digital media roles with Massachusetts quasi-public agencies, regional and national clean energy organizations, and political campaigns.
Francis O’Sullivan has been at MITEI since its early days, most recently serving as the executive director of the Energy Sustainability Challenge and a lecturer at the Sloan School of Management. His current research focuses on solar, unconventional oil and gas resources and the energy-water nexus. O’Sullivan is a member of the National Academies’ Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability. Previously, he worked for McKinsey & Company.
Robert Stoner, MITEI’s deputy director for Science and Technology, also directs the Tata Center for Technology and Design — an MIT graduate program that trains future engineering and business leaders to invent technologies that address unmet needs and challenges in India and elsewhere in the developing world. Stoner also served as a study group member of the recently announced MIT Future of Solar Energy study.
He is the inventor of numerous optical and electronic devices and has an extensive international business background, having held senior positions at Intel and Zygo Corporations, and founded technology companies in the United States and Europe. He was also an adjunct professor of Engineering at Brown University from 1995 through 2002. Immediately prior to joining MIT, he served in senior roles at the Clinton Foundation in Africa and India.