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What are the most effective ways of moving game changing energy technologies from the lab to the marketplace?

Moderator: Robert Armstrong, @mitenergy
Director, MIT Energy Initiative
Chevron Professor of Chemical Engineering, MIT

Dr. Robert C. Armstrong was named director of the MIT Energy Initiative in May of this past year. Armstrong served as the deputy director of MITEI since its founding six years ago. He was co-chair of the Energy Research Council that laid the groundwork for MITEI and set its guiding principles. Armstrong has since played a leading role in the Initiative’s development, alongside former director, Ernest Moniz.

He is the Chevron Professor of Chemical Engineering, and has been a member of the MIT faculty since 1973. Armstrong was 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.

Armstrong received and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin and a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.

Panelists:
Marilyn Brown, @georgiatech
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.

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. Brown earned a PhD in Geography from Ohio State University, an 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.

Cheryl Martin, @ARPAE
Deputy Director
ARPA-E
US Department of Energy

Dr. Cheryl Martin is the Deputy Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-E) responsible for oversight of the Agency. Additionally, Martin leads ARPA-E’s Technology-to-Market program, which helps breakthrough energy technologies succeed in the marketplace. Prior to joining ARPA-E, Martin was an Executive in Residence with Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, a venture capital firm based in Menlo Park, California.

Martin also spent 20 years with Rohm and Haas Company, starting her career as a Senior Scientist for the company’s Plastics Additives business and then holding various research and marketing roles in the Plastics Additives and Coatings businesses. In 2000, she was named Director, Investor Relations where she was responsible for Rohm and Haas’ interactions and relationships with the investment community. She later became Director, Financial Planning, and took on the responsibility for the planning, forecasting and management reporting activities of the company. Dr. Martin was named General Manager of the company’s Adhesives and Sealants business in North America in 2007 and also elected a Corporate Vice President. Most recently Cheryl had been the General Manager for the Paint and Coatings Materials business in Europe, Middle East and Africa. In this role, she was responsible for all aspects (technology, operations, sales and marketing) of the business in this region.

Martin earned a BA degree in chemistry from the College of the Holy Cross. She went on to earn a PhD in organic chemistry from MIT. She is active in the American Chemical Society at both the local and national levels and serves on the Board of Directors for Philabundance, the greater Philadelphia region’s largest hunger relief organization.

Renata Mele, @relenamele
Head of Sustainable Development and Innovation Research Area
Enel Foundation

Dr. Renata Mele has considerable experience in research and innovation, with focus on condensed matter physics, energy, technological innovation and environmental issues. She has worked for both academia and industry.

In 2007 she joined Enel Group where she has been in charge of studies and research activities on the environmental and social impact of large infrastructure and power plants. She published over 40 scientific papers and monographs and she is also inventor in international patents.

Between 1995 and 2006, she worked in Research and Development at the Pirelli Group, first as Senior Scientist for International Projects (development of low power losses cables and systems for electric grids), then as Manager in R&D projects. In that role, she was responsible for developing innovative devices and technologies for telecommunications and wireless sensor networks.

After completing a degree in Physics, she earned a PhD in Theoretical Physics from the University of Milan, where she also carried out teaching and research activities on low temperature materials, superconductors and superfluids, coherent phenomena in condensed systems.

Alla Weinstein, @principlepower
President and Chief Executive Officer
Principle Power, Inc.

Ms. Alla Weinstein was the co-founder and CEO of AquaEnergy Group (AEG), a company that successfully developed a wave energy conversion technology that was acquired by Finavera Renewables Inc., a TSXV listed Renewable Energy company, where she was the General Manager and a Director. Weinstein brings over 30 years of industry experience, building global engineering projects for companies like Honeywell and Boeing. She is a frequent speaker in the US and Europe on the development of Renewable Energy and has served as the first President of the European Ocean Energy Association.

Alla holds a BE in EE from Stevens Institute of Technology and an MBA from Thunderbird, the Garvin School of International Management. 

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