Paul Albertus

Fellow, Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), U.S. Department of Energy

Paul Albertus currently serves as a fellow at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) within the U.S. Department of Energy. His technology areas of interest at ARPA-E include electrochemical energy storage and conversion, new materials development for energy applications (especially ion conducting materials), and bioenergy. Prior to joining ARPA-E, Dr. Albertus was a senior research engineer at the Bosch Research and Technology Center in Palo Alto, California, where he worked on numerous topics related to electrochemical energy storage systems for transportation and stationary applications. Recent research highlights include the development of new battery chemistries, such as Li/O2 and H2/Br2; advanced physics-based modeling of Li-ion batteries for both enhanced thermal management and control; experimental characterization of aging in Li-ion batteries; cost modeling of flow batteries; and analysis of the availability of the elements for scaling up energy storage systems. Dr. Albertus received a Ph.D. in chemical engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.S.E. in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan.

Glenn G. Amatucci

Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Rutgers University
Director, Energy Storage Research Group (ESRG)
Associate Director, U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Frontier Research Center

Glenn Amatucci joined Rutgers University in 2003 and is currently a professor of materials science and engineering and a member of the graduate faculty of the Department of Biomedical Engineering. He is also the associate director of a U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC). He received his doctoral degree from Rutgers University in 1995. From 1991 to 2003, his research was focused on the study of lithium based electroactive materials and non-aqueous energy storage devices with Bellcore and Telcordia Technologies’ Energy Storage Research Group (ESRG). He was the director of the ESRG from 1998-2003. In 2003, the ESRG laboratories moved to Rutgers University. Currently, Dr. Amatucci’s ESRG performs basic electroactive nanomaterial research to proof of concept prototype device fabrication in a specialized laboratory facility located at the Technology Center of New Jersey in North Brunswick. Professor Amatucci has authored or co-authored over 100 refereed papers and two book chapters, and has been granted 25 U.S. patents and multiple international patents, two of which resulted in inclusion in R&D Magazine’s list of the 100 most innovative technologies. His current research focus is on the enabling of new energy storage and conversion chemistries and devices through the use of novel nanocomposite electroactive materials to address the extremes of the power/energy spectrum.

José L. Avalos

Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment

José Avalos received a B.Eng. in chemical engineering (with highest academic honors) from Universidad Iberoamericana, in Mexico City. After completing an M.Sc. in biochemical research at Imperial College and the University of London, he went on to receive a Ph.D. in biochemistry and biophysics from Johns Hopkins University. During his graduate studies, he worked on structural enzymology of deacetylases, which allowed him to elucidate molecular mechanisms of catalysis, substrate recognition and inhibition, as well as to re-engineer substrate, cofactor, and inhibitor specificities. For this work, he received the Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award in 2004 from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. He then moved to The Rockefeller University to carry out postdoctoral work on the biochemical and biophysical properties of ion channels (a class of transmembrane transporters) as the Merck Fellow of the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, where he helped solve the first crystal structure of a eukaryotic inward rectifying channel. He then returned to the field of chemical engineering as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Chemical Engineering at MIT and the Whitehead Institute, where he pioneered the development of yeast mitochondrial engineering for the production of advanced biofuels and chemicals, sponsored in part by a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award from the NIH. He has recently joined the faculty of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment at Princeton University, where he will combine his expertise in chemical engineering, biochemistry, biophysics, metabolic engineering, microbiology, and genetics to work on sustainable fuels and chemicals, and environmental protection and bioremediation.

Carter F. Bales

Chairman and Managing Partner, NewWorld Capital Group, LLC

Carter Bales is chairman and managing partner of NewWorld Capital Group, LLC, a private equity firm that invests growth equity and project equity into rapidly-growing segments of the environmental opportunities sector. Earlier, Mr. Bales co-founded and was managing partner at The Wicks Group of Companies; was a director at McKinsey & Company, where he founded its environmental management practice, among others, and served on its board of directors; and was assistant budget director (acting) for The City of New York, where he led the development of its air pollution, solid waste management, and water supply programs, among others.

Mr. Bales is a recognized expert in the environmental field and has published a number of articles and is frequently an invited speaker on the topic. His article, “Containing Climate Change,” (co-authored with Rick Duke) appeared in Foreign Affairs (September-October 2008). He serves on the boards of a number of leading environmental organizations, including The Center for Market Innovation at the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Advisory Council to Resources for the Future, The Nature Conservancy, the Grand Canyon Trust, and the North Shore Land Alliance.

Mr. Bales holds an A.B. from Princeton University, an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, and an Honorary Doctorate from Skidmore College.

Emily A. Carter

Founding Director, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment
Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment
Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Applied and Computational Mathematics

Emily Carter is the Founding Director of the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, the Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment, and Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Applied and Computational Mathematics at Princeton University. Her current research is focused entirely on developing and applying quantum mechanics methods to enable design of molecules and materials for sustainable energy, including converting sunlight to electricity and fuels, providing clean electricity from solid oxide fuel cells, clean and efficient biofuel combustion, optimizing lightweight metal alloys for fuel-efficient vehicles, and characterizing hydrogen isotope incorporation into plasma facing components of fusion reactors. Professor Carter received her B.S. in chemistry from UC Berkeley in 1982 (graduating Phi Beta Kappa) and her Ph.D. in chemistry from Caltech in 1987. The author of over 300 publications, she has delivered over 470 invited lectures all over the world and serves on numerous international advisory boards spanning a wide range of disciplines.  Her scholarly work has been recognized by a number of national and international awards and honors from a variety of entities, including election to the National Academy of Sciences in 2008. You can learn more about her at http://carter.princeton.edu.

Corie Cobb

Research Scientist, Palo Alto Research Center, Inc. (PARC)

Corie Cobb is a research scientist at the Palo Alto Research Center, Inc. (PARC) in the Energy Technology Program. She has both developed proprietary models and used commercially available software to investigate the behavior of a wide array of mechanical, fluid, thermal, and electrochemical systems at PARC. In addition to modeling, Dr. Cobb leads the hardware design and development efforts for novel printing and patterning technologies and has helped commercial clients transition her designs to pilot production. Currently, Dr. Cobb is researching and developing methods for co-extruding thick films of interdigitated functional materials for advanced battery electrodes.

Prior to joining PARC, Dr. Cobb worked at Applied Materials as a mechanical engineer designing hardware for plasma etch chambers. Dr. Cobb has also worked in the areas of ink jet printing, consumer electronics, optical MEMS, and image capture systems through internships at Hewlett-Packard, Toshiba Design Center, Bell Labs, and Google, respectively. Dr. Cobb holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. She received her M.S. in mechanical engineering and her B.S. in product design from Stanford University. In addition, Dr. Cobb was a Bell Labs Cooperative Research Fellowship Program (CRFP) recipient and an Alfred P. Sloan Ph.D. Scholar.

Alexander Couzis

Herbert G. Kayser Professor in Chemical Engineering, The City College of New York
Chief Technology Officer, Urban Electric Power

Alexander Couzis is the chief technology officer (CTO) of Urban Electric Power (UEP) and the Herbert G. Kayser Professor in Chemical Engineering at The City College of New York (CCNY). Professor Couzis received his B.S. in chemical engineering from the National Technical University, Athens, Greece, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Immediately after graduation, he joined International Paper’s research center with the division of Applied Polymer Science, developing novel polymeric materials and coatings for gas and vapor barrier applications. In September 1994, he joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at CCNY, where he established an internationally recognized research program focused on the study of dynamic phenomena at solid-liquid interfaces. Professor Couzis is the author of over 50 peer reviewed, highly cited publications, holds five patents, and has mentored 15 Ph.D. students. From 2008 to 2013, Professor Couzis held the position of department chair of chemical engineering at CCNY. In January 2013, Professor Couzis moved to UEP in the role of CTO. UEP is a Harlem, New York-based clean energy company. UEP is commercializing advanced zinc anode rechargeable battery technology developed at the City University of New York (CUNY) Energy Institute with funding from Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E).

Caroline Dorsa

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (PSEG)
Public Service Electric and Gas Company
PSEG Power LLC
PSEG Services Corporation

Caroline Dorsa was named executive vice president and chief financial officer for Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (PSEG) and its subsidiaries in April 2009.

Ms. Dorsa is responsible for all financial functions, including Internal Audit Services, Investor Relations and Corporate Development. Given the array of financial instruments which serve as the primary means of selling wholesale energy to customers, Ms. Dorsa also has responsibility for the Risk Management function, which provides independent oversight of the PSEG Power trading organization. In addition to finance, Ms. Dorsa is responsible for the Strategy and Planning function. She is a member of PSEG’s Executive Officer Group.

In her role as chief financial officer, she has overseen the execution of the Company’s financial strategy, which has involved a significant deleveraging of the balance sheet and enhancement of the company’s financial strength. The company is in the midst of a major capital investment program focused on deploying more than $13 billion over five years to ensure the reliability and efficiency of the energy generation and distribution system in New Jersey. PSEG also has an uninterrupted record of paying dividends to shareholders for 107 years.

Ms. Dorsa had been a member of the PSEG Board of Directors for six years, and a member of PSEG’s Audit, Corporate Governance and Finance Committees before joining the company’s management. Her previous management positions had been with Merck & Co., where she was senior vice president – global human health, strategy and integration. Prior to this, Ms. Dorsa served as senior vice president and chief financial officer at Avaya, Inc. Earlier in her career, she held a range of financial positions at Merck, including serving as vice president and treasurer of the company for over 12 years. She was also the Secretary of the Finance Committee of Merck’s Board of Directors.

Before joining Merck, Ms. Dorsa worked for Mayor Edward Koch of the City of New York promoting economic development in midtown Manhattan.

Ms. Dorsa is a member of the Junior Achievement of New Jersey State Board of Directors. She is a member of the Board of Directors and the Chair of the Audit Committee of Biogen Idec (NASDAQ: BIIB), a biopharmaceutical company located in Cambridge, MA. Ms. Dorsa is also a member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Joule, a privately financed solar fuels company based in Bedford, MA.

Ms. Dorsa holds a B.A. from Colgate University and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.

Andrew K. Golden

President, Princeton University Investment Company (PRINCO)

Andrew K. Golden has served as president of Princo, the organization responsible for managing Princeton’s endowment, since January 1995. The endowment is broadly diversified and invests in public and private equities, both U.S. and foreign; independent return funds; real assets; and fixed income. Princo is among the highest performing endowments in the country. In 2006, Mr. Golden and Princo received Institutional Investor magazine’s Endowment of the Year Award for Excellence in Investment Management. Mr. Golden joined Princo from Duke Management Company where he was an investment director. Prior to that, he served as a senior associate in the Investments Office at Yale University. Mr. Golden holds a B.A. from Duke University and an M.P.P.M. from the Yale School of Organization and Management. He has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts. Mr. Golden was a member of the board of directors of the NAB Asset Corporation, a publicly-traded commercial loan workout specialist. He currently serves on fund advisory boards for several private equity and venture capital managers, including Bain Capital, General Catalyst Partners, and Greylock Partners. Mr. Golden was a founding member of the Investors’ Committee of the President’s Working Group on Financial Markets. In addition to his work at Princo, Mr. Golden serves as a trustee of the Princeton Area Community Foundation and Rutgers Preparatory School, and is on the board of a private family office. He is married to Carol Litowitz Golden, resides in Princeton, and has two college-age sons who, despite their genetic heritage, are quite athletic.

Richard L. Kauffman

Chairman, Energy and Finance for New York State
Chairman, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority

Richard Kauffman joined the administration of New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in February 2013 as the chairman of Energy and Finance for New York. In June 2013, he was also confirmed as chairman of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). As the senior energy advisor to Governor Cuomo, Mr. Kauffman is responsible for all of the energy and utility authorities and agencies within New York State, including the Department of Public Service (DPS), the New York Power Authority (NYPA), the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), the New York Green Bank (NYGB), as well as NYSERDA. He leads New York’s ambitious plan to scale up clean energy, enhance its competitiveness for clean energy businesses, and make its energy systems more resilient, reliable, and cost effective.

Mr. Kauffman has worked in energy and finance at some of the highest levels of both the public and private sector. Prior to his current appointment, he served as senior advisor to Secretary Steven Chu at the U.S. Department of Energy.

In his private sector career, he was chief executive officer of Good Energies, Inc., a leading investor in renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies, a partner of Goldman Sachs where he chaired the Global Financing Group, and vice chairman of Morgan Stanley’s Institutional Securities Business and co-head of its Banking Department.

Mr. Kauffman has served as board chairman of Levi Strauss & Co., as well as on the boards of several organizations, including the Brookings Institution and the Wildlife Conservation Society.

Mr. Kauffman earned a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, a master’s degree in international relations from Yale University, and a master’s in public and private management from the Yale School of Management. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Yueh-Lin (Lynn) Loo

Associate Director for External Partnerships, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment
Theodora D. ’78 and William H. Walton III ’74 Professor in Engineering
Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Lynn Loo is the Theodora D. ’78 and William H. Walton III ’74 Professor in Engineering at Princeton University. In the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, her research emphasizes the structural development of complex materials for low-cost, lightweight and scalable plastic circuits and solar cells. Her work has spanned solution-processable molecular semiconductors, conducting polymers, and of late, hybrid organic-inorganic composites. With her recent work at NewWorld Capital Group, a private equity firm that focuses on investments in environmental opportunities, Professor Loo’s research has expanded to include macro-energy-systems analysis and carbon balance for processes that generate liquid fuels. As the associate director of external partnerships at the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, Professor Loo leads Princeton E-ffiliates Partnership that promotes teacher-student-practitioner interactions and fosters collaborations between the private sector and faculty on campus. Professor Loo received her Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2001. She is a fellow of the American Physical Society, has been recognized as a Top 100 Young Innovator by MIT’s Technology Review, and received the Alan P. Colburn Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the John H. Dillon Medal of the American Physical Society, and Sloan and Beckman Fellowships.

Michael Oppenheimer

Albert G. Milbank Professor of Geosciences and International Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
Director, Program in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy (STEP)

Michael Oppenheimer is the Albert G. Milbank Professor of Geosciences and International Affairs at Princeton University. He is also the director of the Program in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy (STEP) at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Professor Oppenheimer, an atmospheric scientist, has an S.B. degree from MIT in chemistry and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in chemical physics. He joined the Princeton faculty in 2002 after more than two decades with the Environmental Defense Fund, a non-governmental environmental organization, where he served as chief scientist and manager of the Climate and Air Program. Previously, he held the position of Atomic and Molecular Astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Professor Oppenheimer is a long-time participant in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. Currently, he is a coordinating lead author on IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report and is on the Core Writing Team for the Fifth Assessment’s Synthesis Report. Professor Oppenheimer is coeditor of the journal Climatic Change and also editor of the journal’s Letters section. He serves on the U.S. National Academies Board on Energy and Environmental Systems and the New York City Climate Change Panel, and is also a science advisor to the Environmental Defense Fund. His research focuses on the natural science and policy aspects of climate change and its impacts.

Warren B. Powell

Professor of Operations Research and Financial Engineering
Director, Program in Engineering and Management Systems

Warren B. Powell is a professor in the Department of Operations Research and Financial Engineering at Princeton University, where he has taught since 1981.  He is the founder and director of the laboratory for Computational Stochastic Optimization and Learning (CASTLE Labs), which spans contributions to models and algorithms in stochastic optimization, with applications to energy systems, transportation systems, and optimal learning in materials science. His work spans different communities in stochastic optimization within operations research and computer science. He is the author of Approximate Dynamic Programming: Solving the Curses of Dimensionality (which bridges computer science and operations research) and is a co-author (with Ilya Ryzhov) of Optimal Learning (both published by Wiley). He has coauthored 200 refereed publications and is a Fellow of Informs. For more on his work, see www.castlelab.princeton.edu.

Stewart C. Prager

Director of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
Professor of Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University

Stewart Prager is director of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory, and professor of astrophysical sciences at Princeton University. He received his Ph.D. degree in plasma physics from Columbia University in 1975. Following two years performing fusion energy research at General Atomics in San Diego he joined the University of Wisconsin – Madison as an assistant professor of physics. He remained at the University of Wisconsin as professor of physics until 2009, when he assumed his position at Princeton. Professor Prager’s research has focused on basic plasma physics, particularly applications to fusion energy and, more recently, applications to astrophysics.

Daniel A. Steingart

Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment

Daniel Steingart is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment at Princeton University. Previously, he was an assistant professor of chemical engineering at the City College of New York, a founding faculty member of the CUNY Energy Institute, and the founding director of the Kaylie Prize in Entrepreneurship at the Zahn Center. Since 2010, he has been a key member of two ARPA-E projects relating to next-generation electrical grid systems. The first project will realize a 5000 cycle battery that costs $100/kWhr. The second project will create a process to scale solid state capacitors for applications in power conversion and power factor correction.

Beyond these projects, he has developed a printing process for electrochemical energy storage, distributed sensors for large scale electrochemical processes, and thermoelectric power conversion circuitry for wireless sensor nodes in both academic and industrial laboratories. As a co-founder of Wireless Industrial Technologies (WIT), he was the recipient of a National Science Foundation (NSF) SBIR. As a graduate student at UC Berkeley, he was an Intel Scholar, received an NSF EAPSI grant to study inkjet printing in Japan, received the Daniel Cubicciotti Award from the Electrochemical Society, and received a design award from the International Solid State Circuits Conference. He earned his Sc.B. from Brown University (with honors), and his M.S. and Ph.D. from UC Berkeley.

 Claire E. White

Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment

Claire White received a B.Eng. in civil engineering (with Honors, graduating with highest academic performance) and a B.S. in physics from the University of Melbourne, Australia, in 2006. Professor White completed her graduate studies in 2010 at the University of Melbourne in the Geopolymer and Minerals Processing Group, supported by an Australian Postgraduate Award from the Australian government. After receiving her Ph.D., she worked as a postdoc at Los Alamos National Laboratory, and was awarded a Director’s Postdoctoral Fellowship to research the atomic structure of low-CO2 alkali-activated cements. In 2012, Professor White was awarded the Outstanding Student Research Prize from the Neutron Scattering Society of America in recognition of her Ph.D. research contributions to neutron sciences.

In August 2013, Professor White joined the faculty at Princeton University as an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment. Her research group focuses on understanding and optimizing engineering and environmental materials, including low-CO2 cements and CO2 sequestration. This research spans multiple length and time scales, utilizing advanced synchrotron and neutron-based experimental techniques, and simulation methodologies.