The MIT Energy Initiative and the US Department of Energy hosted an invitation-only Women in Clean Energy Symposium on September 28, 2012. This symposium – for leaders who have helped advance the careers of women in clean energy, academics, other experts in clean energy, and students who are studying clean energy disciplines – will help lay the foundation for a broader, continuing effort to enable and support the careers of women in clean energy.
Here you can view the awards ceremony conducted during lunch. Each awardee is introduced by a C3E Ambassador and has an opportunity to describe their work. Below are the awards:
For more information about C3E and to view additional videos from this event, visit the C3E website.
Natural Resources Defense Council
Ms. Frances Beinecke is the president of Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), one of the United States' most influential environmental action groups. Under her leadership, the organization has launched a new strategic campaign that sharply focuses NRDC's efforts on establishing a clean energy future that curbs climate change, reviving the world's oceans, defending endangered wildlife and wild places, protecting our health by preventing pollution, fostering sustainable communities, and ensuring safe and sufficient water.
In addition to her work at NRDC, Ms. Beinecke was appointed by President Obama to the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. She currently serves on the boards of the World Resources Institute, the Energy Future Coalition, and Conservation International's Center for Environmental Leadership in Business. She has received the Rachel Carson Award from the National Audubon Society, the Distinguished Alumni Award from Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, the Annual Conservation Award from the Adirondack Council, and the Robert Marshall Award from the Wilderness Society.
Ms. Beinecke received a bachelor's degree from Yale College and a master's degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Professor Tracey Holloway is an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin- Madison in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, and Civil and Environmental Engineering. She works with the Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE), and is a member of the Energy Sources, Systems and Policy Cluster. Prof. Holloway's research examines air pollution chemistry and transport at regional and global scales, especially the mechanisms underlying transport across international borders. East Asia and the Great Lakes Region of North America are two active study regions, for which she employs the EPA Community Multi-scale Air Quality Model (CMAQ) to assess regional air pollution, and the Model of Ozone and Related Tracers (MOZART) to analyze pollution on global scales. Her work has been supported by grants from NASA, the EPA, the NIH and the NSF.
Prof. Holloway earned her Ph.D. in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences from Princeton University, working at the NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL). As a graduate fellow through the Princeton Environmental Institute, she also completed a certificate in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Her undergraduate degree (Sc.B.) is from Brown University in Applied Mathematics, and her post-doctoral work was done at Columbia University's Earth Institute.
Marilyn A. Brown
Endowed Professor, School of Public Policy
Georgia Institute of Technology
Dr. Marilyn A. Brown is a Professor in the School of Public Policy at Georgia Institute of Technology where she created the Climate and Energy Policy Laboratory. In 2010, following her nomination by President Barack Obama, she was sworn into the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority, the nation’s largest public power provider. Previously, she held various leadership positions at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Dr. Brown has written a textbook on Climate Change and Global Energy Security: Technology and Policy Options; co-edited a book on Energy and American Society: Thirteen Myths; and authored more than 250 other publications. She is a national leader in the analysis and interpretation of energy futures in the United States, and is a member of the National Academies’ Board of Energy and Environmental Systems and an Editorial Board Member for the Journal of Energy Efficiency. She earned a PhD in Geography from Ohio State University, a MRP in Regional Planning from the University of Massachusetts and a BA in Political Science from Rutgers University. She is a Certified Energy Manager with the Association of Energy Engineers.
Professor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Professor Jing Li is a full professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Rutgers University. Her research interests and activities are primarily in the areas of solid-state inorganic and inorganic-organic hybrid materials that possess interesting and useful properties for clean energy applications. Prof. Li has published over 220 scientific papers (including 12 invited reviews). She is a member of the American Chemical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Materials Research Society, and Sigma Xi. She has received a number of awards, including the Presidential Faculty Fellow Award, NSF CAREER Award, Cheung Kong Guest Chair Professor Award from the Ministry of Education of China, Outstanding Achievement Award from the Chinese Association of Science and Technology, and the Board of Trustees Fellowship for Scholarly Excellence from Rutgers University. She is currently an Associate Editor for the Journal of Solid State Chemistry and member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Crystal Growth & Design.
Prof. Li completed her undergraduate education in China, and earned her M.S. from the State University of New York at Albany and her Ph.D. from Cornell University under the supervision of Professor Roald Hoffmann (the 1981 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry), where she also did her Postdoctoral research with Professor Francis DiSalvo.
Lighthouse Consulting Group, LLC
Ms. Merribel S. Ayres, President, of Lighthouse Consulting Group, LLC, has been a leader in the Washington business and political communities for three decades. She founded Lighthouse in 1996 with the objective of providing knowledge-based government and public affairs services to clients focused on energy and environmental policy issues.
Additionally, she provides high-level advisory and strategic management services to CEOs and senior executives. Previously, she was CEO of the National Independent Energy Producers where she played a leading role in framing the national debate over increased competition in the electric power industry.
Ms. Ayres serves on the Board of Directors of CMS Energy and is a Board Member of the United States Energy Association. Her professional affiliations include: The Aspen Institute’s Energy Forum, the Edison Electric Institute, the US-China Business Council, and the American Chamber of Commerce in the People’s Republic of China. She is currently a member of the National Press Club, the Women’s Foreign Policy Group, and the Littauer Society of the Harvard Kennedy School.
Ms. Ayres is an honors graduate of Bryn Mawr College, holds a post-graduate degree from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, and received advanced leadership training at the Harvard Kennedy School.
Program Director, ITA Enterprise Transport Management
Ms. Liz Porter is Program Director, Information Technology Agency (ITA) - Enterprise Transport Management, for Lockheed Martin Corporation’s Information Systems & Global Solutions - Defense. In this capacity, she is responsible for all personnel, equipment, tools, maintenance, materials, supervision, and other items and non-personal services necessary to perform U.S. Army ITA Transport Management. This includes a 24x7x365 network operations center, project management, and engineering services to 300 sites with over 8500 devices, across four classifications of networks for over 55,000 users. Prior to serving as Program Director of ITA ETM, she was the Director for Corporate Energy Initiatives where she was responsible for developing and executing the strategy for the Energy Campaign working closely with business areas and Corporate Strategy and Business Development to leverage capabilities and grow the business in the expanding energy market. Ms. Porter has demonstrated her technical leadership and program management expertise across several business areas where she has led engineering teams in performing on numerous systems integration and software development projects.
Ms. Porter began her professional career as an engineer at General Electric Astro Space in East Windsor, NJ, where she held assignments of increasing responsibility in a variety of electrical engineering and project management related areas, including, design and integration of solar arrays, electrical power subsystems, and subcontracts management for a variety of military and commercial satellite programs.
Ms. Porter received a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Villanova University and an MBA from the University of Colorado.
Dymphna van der Lans
Senior Director, Economic Policy Program and Climate and Energy Program
German Marshall Fund
Ms. Dymphna van der Lans is the Senior Director of the Economic Policy Program and Climate and Energy Program for the German Marshall Fund where she focuses on bringing together leaders from across the energy sector for a sustained dialogue on energy transition. Her experience includes distributed energy, energy efficiency, renewable energy, natural resources, investments, financial services and China, India, the United States, and the European Union. Her previous positions include serving as the Director of Global Renewables, Infrastructure, and Energy Efficiency for Sustainable Development Capital, LLP and serving as the Director of Distributed Energy Emerging Markets for BP Alternative Energy, part of BP International.
Ms. Van der Lans earned her MBA at Rice University and her MA in Chinese Economics and Law from Leiden University. She is a graduate of Dialogos’ Leadership for Collective Intelligence program and the Sales and Marketing Leadership Program from the Kellogg School of Management.
Laura Stachel, MD MPH
WE CARE Solar
Dr. Laura E. Stachel is the co-founder and medical director of We Care Solar. We Care Solar helps reduce maternal mortality in developing regions by providing health workers with reliable lighting, mobile communication, and blood bank refrigeration using solar electricity. They have partnered with the World Health Organization to study the effects of their award-winning Solar Suitcase on maternal health outcomes in rural Liberia, and, with support from the MacArthur Foundation, are conducting field studies of Solar Suitcases in Nigerian and Ugandan health-care clinics.
Dr Stachel is a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist, and she is the Associate Director of Emergency Obstetric Research in West Africa for the UC Berkeley Bixby Center for Population Health and Sustainability. She was a co-investigator for a collaborative Population Council study that assessed the standard of Nigerian maternity care, and is co-investigator on an upcoming $1.9 million "Saving Lives at Birth" study on the impact of solar interventions on Ugandan maternal health. Dr. Stachel serves on the Editorial Board for the Berkeley Wellness Letter, co-chairs an international working group on Energy and Health for the UN Foundation, and lectures at the UCB School of Public Health.
Dr. Stachel holds an M.D. from University of California, San Francisco and an M.P.H. in Maternal and Child Health from University of California, Berkeley.
DNV KEMA Energy and Sustainability
Ms. Karen Conover is the Vice President of DNV KEMA Energy and Sustainability. Her experience is primarily in technical consulting in the wind energy industry, which has captivated her since the fourth grade. She founded Global Energy Concepts (GEC), a wind-focused company, which was later acquired by Det Norse Veritas (DNV), a global risk management firm with a long history in the wind industry that recently acquired KEMA Energy and Sustainability. In 1995, Ms. Conover was nominated by a client for a position on the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) Board of Directors. She continues to serve on the AWEA Board today and currently holds the longest tenure of any board member. She is also a board member of Women of Wind Energy.
Ms. Conover received her BS in Mechanical Engineering and Material Science from Duke University and her MS in Renewable Energy Systems from the University of Arizona.
President and Principal Engineer
Ms. Judy Dorsey is the founding President and Principal Engineer at Brendle Group. She’s a valued collaborator offering 20 years of executive leadership in sustainability, innovation and entrepreneurship. Her specialties include district-scale and community-scale planning in climate and energy, clean energy, sustainable economic development, organizational development, and net zero energy and water initiatives. She has led the completion of 200+ sustainability projects for over 100 clients across 15 states including over a dozen energy plans for some of the nation’s most progressive communities and major cities. Over the past 15 years, Ms. Dorsey grew Brendle Group’s five practice areas and four sectors into an award-winning consulting group. She co-founded the Colorado Clean Energy Cluster and helped spearhead two of its primary initiatives- the International Cleantech Network, a global network connecting the world’s leading cleantech clusters; and FortZED, an initiative to create one of the world’s largest active net zero energy districts. She utilizes Brendle Group’s LEED Gold headquarters as a replicable business model for cost-effective deep green renovations, sharing her expertise widely in volunteer engineering and sustainability roles.
Ms. Dorsey holds an MS in Mechanical Engineering from CSU and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University
MIT Energy Initiative
Ms. Melanie Kenderdine is the Executive Director of the MIT Energy Initiative. In that capacity she was a member of the research team for MIT's Future of Natural Gas Study and is the rapporteur, report author and editor for the MITEI Symposium Series reports which include Retrofitting Existing Coal Plants for Carbon Capture and Sequestration, Electrification of the Transportation System and the Impacts of Intermittent Generation on Baseload Power Plant Operations.
Before joining MITEI, she served as the Vice President of Washington Operations for the Gas Technology Institute, and she served in several key posts at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as an appointee of President Bill Clinton. Concurrently, Kenderdine served as the Senior Policy Advisor to the U.S. Secretary of DOE for oil, gas, coal and nuclear issues. She was the primary architect of the exchange of Strategic Petroleum Reserve oil in 2000, managed DOE's response to the Japan nuclear accident, helped manage the federal response to the California electricity crisis, and oversaw the establishment of the Home Heating Oil Reserve in the northeastern US. Prior to joining DOE, she worked as chief of staff and as legislative director for New Mexico Congressman Bill Richardson.
Assistant County Administrator
Barnstable County, Massachusetts
Ms. Downey is the Assistant County Administrator for Barnstable County and the Administrator for the Cape Light Compact. Barnstable County, or Cape Cod Massachusetts, is a county of approximately 200,000 year-round residents. The Cape Light Compact is the first municipal aggregator in Massachusetts. Ms. Downey is responsible for management and direction of the Cape Light Compact’s electric power supply aggregation program and energy efficiency programs. She represents the Cape Light Compact on its sister organization, the Cape & Vineyard Electric Cooperative, which is presently working on installing up to 40 MW of distributed renewable energy projects. Ms. Downey has been working on energy related issues for over 17 years.
Prior to joining Barnstable County in 1994, she served as the SEPA/Public Affairs Manager for the City of Issaquah, Washington. Maggie earned her Masters of Public Administration from the University of Washington at Seattle and holds a Graduate Certificate in Management from Harvard University Extension School.