Robert C. Armstrong, Chevron Professor of Chemical Engineering, has been a member of the MIT faculty since 1973 and 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 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.
Robert Stoner, a physicist and formerly an associate director at MITEI, also co-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. Launched by MITEI last year, the Center’s mission is to apply technology and management expertise to the challenges of the developing work in the areas of energy, agriculture, water, health and housing. Stoner 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 U.S. 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.
Martha Broad comes to MIT 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. Broad is not new to MIT. In addition to working with MITEI on joint initiatives, she was previously 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.
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.
Amanda Graham, PhD is the director of education for MITEI. In this role she guides the development and implementation of educational programs in energy for undergraduate and graduate students and the MIT community. Graham coordinated the development and launch of MIT’s Energy Studies Minor for undergraduates, the Institute’s first campus-wide multidisciplinary academic program. She managed diverse educational programs for MIT’s Laboratory for Energy and the Environment from 2001 thru 2006.