Jorge L. Cardenas

Vice President – Asset Management & Centralized Services, Public Service Electric and Gas Company

Jorge L. Cardenas was named vice president — asset management and centralized services at PSE&G in July 2012. In this role, he is responsible for electric and gas asset strategy, asset reliability, electric delivery planning, gas system operations and technical services, utility business performance and improvement, utility operations services, utility finance support, basic generation services and basic gas supply services, and energy supplier services.

Prior to this position, Mr. Cardenas was vice president – gas delivery, with responsibility for providing gas delivery and appliance repair services to 1.8 million PSE&G customers. Since joining PSE&G in 1977, he has held various positions in electric delivery, gas delivery and corporate services.

Throughout his career, Mr. Cardenas has been a champion for health and safety in the workplace and served as the chairman of the N.J. State Safety Council from 2007 to 2011. He was named chairman of the March of Dimes Essex County Walk America from 2005 to 2007. He was also named a member of the March of Dimes board of directors for N.J. in 2007 and served as state board vice chairman from 2009 to 2011.

Mr. Cardenas is a member of the Leadership Council of the American Gas Association, and serves on the board of directors of the Northeast Gas Association. He was honored with a N.J. Minority Achiever’s Award in 2004, and selected to attend the Leadership N.J. program in 2000.

Mr. Cardenas received his bachelor’s degree in engineering from the Stevens Institute of Technology, and completed the Penn State Executive Development Program. He received his Master of Business Administration degree from Rutgers University’s Executive MBA program. As part of his MBA, he studied international business at Cambridge University in England.

Emily Ann 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

Professor Carter is the Founding Director of the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment at Princeton University and the Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment, as well as Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Applied and Computational Mathematics. Her current research is focused entirely on enabling discovery and 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 combustion of biofuels, 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. After a year as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Colorado, Boulder, she spent the next 16 years on the faculty of UCLA as a Professor of Chemistry and later of Materials Science and Engineering. She moved to Princeton University in 2004. She holds courtesy appointments in Chemistry, Chemical and Biological Engineering, and three interdisciplinary institutes (PICSciE, PRISM, and PEI). The author of over 275 publications, she has delivered more than 440 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 the American Chemical Society (ACS), the American Vacuum Society, the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science. She received the 2007 ACS Award for Computers in Chemical and Pharmaceutical Research, was elected in 2008 to both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences, in 2009 was elected to the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science, in 2011 was awarded the August Wilhelm von Hofmann Lecture of the German Chemical Society, and in 2012 received a Docteur Honoris Causa from the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne. You can learn more about her at

Christodoulos A. Floudas

Stephen C. Macaleer ’63 Professor in Engineering and Applied Science;
Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Christodoulos Floudas is the Stephen C. Macaleer ’63 Professor in Engineering and Applied Science, Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Princeton University, faculty in the Center for Quantitative Biology at Princeton University’s Lewis-Sigler Institute, associated faculty in the Program of Computational and Applied Mathematics at Princeton University, Department of Operations Research and Financial Engineering at Princeton University, and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment. He earned his B.S.E. in 1982 at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, completed his Ph.D. in December 1985 at Carnegie Mellon University and joined Princeton University as a faculty member in February 1986. In July 1991, he was promoted to Associate Professor and in July 1994, to Professor. He held Visiting Professor positions at Imperial College, England (Fall 1992); Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETH, Switzerland (Spring 1993); University of Vienna, Austria (Spring 1996); Chemical Process Engineering Research Institute (CPERI), Thessaloniki, Greece (Fall 1998); and University of Minnesota (Spring 2008).

Professor Floudas is a world-renowned authority in mathematical modeling and optimization of complex systems. His research interests lie at the interface of chemical engineering, applied mathematics, and operations research, with principal areas of focus including chemical process synthesis and design, process control and operations, discrete-continuous nonlinear optimization, local and global optimization, and computational chemistry and molecular biology. Professor Floudas is the author of two graduate textbooks, Nonlinear Mixed-Integer Optimization (Oxford University Press, 1995), and Deterministic Global Optimization (Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2000). He has co-edited ten monographs/books, has over 270 refereed publications, delivered over 320 invited lectures, seminars, and named lectureships including the 2007 Bayer lecture at Carnegie Mellon, the 2008 15th Professor Roger W.H. Sargent Lecture at Imperial College, and the 2008 George T. Piercy lecture at the University of Minnesota. He is the chief co-editor of the Encyclopedia of Optimization (Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2001; 2nd edition, Springer, 2008). He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors for teaching and research that include the NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award, 1988; the Engineering Council Teaching Award, Princeton University, 1995; the Bodossaki Foundation Award in Applied Sciences, 1997; the Best Paper Award in Computers and Chemical Engineering, 1998; the Aspen Tech Excellence in Teaching Award, 1999; the 2001 AIChE Professional Progress Award for Outstanding Progress in Chemical Engineering; the 2006 AIChE Computing in Chemical Engineering Award; the 2007 Graduate Mentoring Award, Princeton University; Member of National Academy of Engineering, 2011; One thousand Global Experts, China 2012-2015; and SIAM Fellow, 2013.

Professor Floudas has served on the Editorial Boards of AIChE Journal (2012-present); Industrial Engineering Chemistry Research (1998-2001); Journal of Global Optimization; Computers and Chemical Engineering (2001-present); Journal of Optimization Theory and Its Applications; Kluwer Book Series on Nonconvex Optimization and its Applications; Informatica; Journal of Computational Analysis and Applications; Optimization Letters; Int. Journal of Management Science and Engineering Management; Applied and Computational Mathematics; and Energy Systems. He has been Director of the CAST Division of AIChE (1999-2001); Trustee of CACHE Corp. (2003-2006), and a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, INFORMS, the Mathematical Programming Society, and the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics. He has co-organized the conferences on Recent Advances In Global Optimization (May 1991), State of the Art in Global Optimization: Computational Methods and Applications (May 1995), Optimization in Computational Chemistry and Molecular Biology: Local and Global Approaches (May 1999), Frontiers in Global Optimization (June 2003), the Foundations of Computer Aided Process Design Conference: Discovery through Product and Process Design (July 2004), and Advances in Global Optimization (June 2007). He has supervised thirty seven doctoral students and twenty postdoctoral associates.

Cheryl A. LaFleur

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Commissioner Cheryl A. LaFleur was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as a member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in 2010 and confirmed by the U.S. Senate for a term that ends in June 2014.

Among Commissioner LaFleur’s priorities at the Commission are strengthening reliability and grid security, promoting regional transmission planning, and supporting a clean and diverse power supply. She serves as the FERC liaison to the Department of Energy’s Electricity Advisory Committee. She is also a member of the NARUC Committees on Electricity and Critical Infrastructure and co-chair of the FERC/NARUC Forum on Reliability and the Environment. She is a frequent speaker on energy issues.

Commissioner LaFleur has more than 20 years’ experience as a leader in the electric and natural gas industry. She served as executive vice president and acting CEO of National Grid USA, responsible for the delivery of electricity to 3.4 million customers in the Northeast. Her previous positions at National Grid USA and its predecessor New England Electric System included chief operating officer, president of the New England distribution companies and general counsel. She led major efforts to improve reliability and employee safety. Earlier in her career, she was responsible for leading award-winning conservation and demand response programs for customers.

Commissioner LaFleur has been a nonprofit board member and leader, including as a trustee of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, United Way of Central Massachusetts, and several other organizations. She is also active in several women’s energy organizations. She has been honored by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Bryant University, and the YWCA of Central Massachusetts, among others.

Commissioner LaFleur began her career as a lawyer at Ropes and Gray in Boston. She has a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she was an editor of the Harvard Law Review, and an A.B. from Princeton University. A native of Massachusetts, she is married to William A. Kuncik, a retired attorney, and they are the parents of two grown children.

Ning Lin

Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Ning Lin is an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at Princeton University. Professor Lin is interested in natural hazards and risk analysis. Her current research integrates science, engineering, and policy to study tropical cyclones and associated weather extremes, how they change with climate, and how their impact on society can be mitigated.  Prior to Princeton University, she was a NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at MIT for two years.  Ning Lin received her B.S. from Huazhong University of Science and Technology (China), her M.S. from Texas Tech University, and her Ph.D. from Princeton University.  She received a certificate in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy (STEP) from Princeton University.

Yueh-Lin (Lynn) Loo

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

A professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Princeton University, Yueh-Lin (Lynn) Loo’s current research focuses on developing new materials and manipulating their structure to realize low-cost, lightweight, highly scalable plastic solar cells. For her research in organic and plastic electronics, Lynn has garnered numerous accolades, including a DuPont Young Professor Award, a Beckman Young Investigator Award, a Sloan Fellowship and her selection as one of the top 100 Young Innovators by MIT’s Technology Review.  She was the recipient of the 2006 Allan P. Colburn Award sponsored of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the 2010 John H. Dillon Medal recipient of the American Physical Society.  In 2010, Lynn was selected as one of two scientists to represent the United States of America at the World Economic Forum’s Summer Davos Meeting in Tianjin, China during which she introduced plastic electronics to government and business leaders, dignitaries, and entrepreneurs.  In 2012, the World Economic Forum recognized Lynn as a Young Global Leader in recognition of her leadership and contributions in promoting cutting-edge ideas to the general public.  She was elected Fellow of the American Physical Society this year.

Currently in her third year as the Associate Director for External Partnerships of the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, Lynn leads the Princeton E-ffiliates Partnership to foster collaborations between Princeton faculty and the private and public sectors, with the ultimate aim of getting the very best ideas in academia to entrepreneurs and industrialists.  Lynn was a Fellow at NewWorld Capital Group, a private equity firm that invests in environmental opportunities, to understand how successful businesses are seeded, built, and cultivated.

Lynn received B.S.E. degrees in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 1996, and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University in 2001.  Lynn was a Post-doctoral Member of the Technical Staff at Bell Laboratories for a year before she started her independent research program as the General Dynamics Endowed Faculty Fellow in the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Texas at Austin.  In 2007, Lynn returned to the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department at Princeton.

Guy J. Nordenson

Professor of Architecture

Guy Nordenson is a structural engineer and professor of architecture at Princeton University. He studied at MIT and the University of California at Berkeley and began his career as a draftsman in the joint studio of R Buckminster Fuller and Isamu Noguchi in Long Island City in 1976. From 1978 he has practiced structural engineering in San Francisco and New York. In 1987, he established the New York office of Ove Arup & Partners and was its director until 1997 when he began his independent practice.

In 1994 he co-founded the Structural Engineers Association of New York. With Terence Riley he was co-curator of the “Tall Buildings” exhibition held at MoMA QNS in 2004. His research project “On the Water | Palisade Bay” won the 2007 American Institute of Architects (AIA) College of Fellows Latrobe Research Prize, was published in 2010 by Hatje Cantz and served as the inspiration for the influential 2010 MoMA workshop and exhibition “Rising Currents”. His books Seven Structural Engineers – The Felix Candela Lectures in Structural Engineering was published in 2008 by MoMA and the collection of essays Patterns and Structure in 2010 by Lars Müller Publishers. In 2009 Nordenson was awarded the AIA’s Institute Honors for Collaborative Achievement Award and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is Commissioner and Secretary of the New York City Public Design Commission and member of the NYC Panel on Climate Change, appointed by Mayor Mike Bloomberg.

Nordenson was the structural engineer for the Museum of Modern Art expansion in New York, the Jubilee Church in Rome, the Simmons Residence Hall at MIT in Massachusetts, the Santa Fe Opera House, the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City and over 100 other projects. Current projects include the expansion of the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth and the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC and the Menil Drawing Center in Houston TX. From the late 1970s Nordenson was active in earthquake engineering, including code development, technology transfer, long-range planning for FEMA and the USGS, and research and initiated and he led the development of the New York City Seismic Code from 1984 to its enactment into law in 1995.

More recently, he has been engaged in climate adaptation and flood hazards mitigation research and has been active in improving the resilience of New York City as a member of numerous committees and task forces including the NYS 2100 Commission appointed by Governor Cuomo and as director of the newly formed Jamaica Bay–Rockaway Parks Conservancy. His research team at Princeton, led by Nordenson and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, was recently awarded a major grant by the Rockefeller Foundation to develop “New Directions in Coastal Resilient Design Strategies,” in collaboration with the Army Corps of Engineers and coordinating teams from Harvard, City College of NY and University of Pennsylvania.

Barry P. Rand

Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment

Barry Rand’s research is concerned with understanding and leveraging the electronic and optical properties of thin film materials, and in particular semiconductors. Specifically, this includes the use of molecular and chalcogenide (e.g. oxide) semiconductors, as well as nanostructured quantized matter for emerging applications in solar cells, light emitting devices, and transistors. Being interdisciplinary in nature, his work resides at the intersection of electrical engineering, materials science, physics, and chemistry, and he works with materials processed either in vacuum or via solution-phase. His labs consist of infrastructure for the preparation and testing of thin films and devices.  He received a B.E. in Electrical Engineering from The Cooper Union, and a Ph.D. from Princeton University.

Willem Rensink

Shell GameChanger

Willem Rensink is part of the Shell GameChanger team. The GameChanger team identifies and incubates revolutionary ideas to proof of concept. GameChanger provides a flexible supportive partnership role as well as funding both for internal Shell people as well as external entrepreneurs or University researchers to mature an early stage radical idea to redefine the future of energy. Before joining the GameChanger team, Willem Rensink was part of the Shell Biofuels R&D group. He joined Shell from the Cargill Biotechnology Development Center where he was involved in biocatalyst development.  Prior to that, he held positions at the J. Craig Venter Institute and Syngenta. He received his Ph.D. from Utrecht University in the Netherlands.

Susan Ruffo

Deputy Associate Director for Climate Change Adaptation,
White House Council on Environmental Quality

Susan Ruffo is the Deputy Associate Director for Climate Change Adaptation at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. She manages the Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force, which focuses on strengthening Federal policies and programs to better prepare the nation to respond to climate change impacts.

Before joining CEQ, Susan was the Director of Coastal and Marine Adaptation at The Nature Conservancy, where she led the coastal adaptation strategy, focusing on how ecosystems such as reefs and marshes can reduce human vulnerability to coastal hazards and climate change. Previously, Susan was a Foreign Service Officer at the State Department. Her last posting was as Senior Trade Policy Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, where she led a team that analyzed China’s implementation of its WTO commitments. She also served in Argentina and Nigeria. Susan has degrees in Economics and Political Science from MIT.

George W. Scherer

William L. Knapp ’47 Professor of Civil Engineering;
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials

George W. Scherer received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in 1972 and his Ph.D. in materials science in 1974, all from MIT, where his thesis work was on crystal growth in glass. From 1974 to 1985, he was at Corning Glass Works, where his research included optical fiber fabrication, viscous sintering, and viscoelastic stress analysis. The latter work was the subject of his first book, Relaxation in Glass and Composites (Wiley, 1986). From 1985 through 1995, he was a member of the Central Research Dept. of the DuPont Company, where his work dealt principally with sol-gel processing, and especially with drying. In collaboration with Jeff Brinker of Sandia National Labs, he wrote a book entitled Sol-Gel Science (Academic Press, 1990). In addition, he is the author of ~300 papers and holds 10 US patents. He is a fellow of the American Ceramic Society and a member of the Materials Research Society. In 1997 he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

In February, 1996, he became a full professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Princeton University, and a member of the Princeton Materials Institute (now called PRISM). His research involves mechanisms of deterioration of concrete and stone, particularly by crystallization of ice and salts in the pores, transport properties, and structure-property relationships in porous materials.

Robert H. Socolow

Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Emeritus;
Senior Research Scholar

Robert Socolow is Professor Emeritus and Senior Research Scientist at Princeton University, where he was on the faculty in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) for 42 years. Socolow’s current research focuses on the characteristics of a global energy system responsive to global and local environmental and security constraints. His specific areas of interest include global carbon management, carbon dioxide capture from fossil fuels and storage in geological formations, nuclear power, energy efficiency in buildings, and the acceleration of deployment of advanced technologies in developing countries. He is the co-principal investigator (with ecologist, Stephen Pacala) of Princeton University’s Carbon Mitigation Initiative, a twenty-year (2001-2020) project, supported by BP.

Socolow was the chair of the Panel on Public Affairs of the American Physical Society (APS) and the co-chair of the APS study: Direct Air Capture of CO2 with Chemicals. He was a member of the National Academies’ Committee on America’s Climate Choices and its Committee on America’s Energy Future.

Socolow serves on the Advisory Board of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), the Editorial Board of Energy and Environmental Science, and the Deutsche Bank Climate Change Advisory Board. He was the editor of Annual Review of Energy and the Environment, 1992-2002

Among Socolow’s recent awards are the 2010 Leadership in the Environment Award from Keystone Center; the 2009 Frank Kreith Energy Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers; the 2005 Axelson Johnson Commemorative Lecture award (for “outstanding research in global carbon management and the hydrogen economy”) from the Royal Academy of  Engineering Sciences of Sweden (IVA) and the Axel Axelson Johnson Endowment; and the 2003 Leo Szilard Lectureship Award (“for leadership in establishing energy and environmental problems as legitimate research fields for physicists, and for demonstrating that these broadly defined problems can be addressed with the highest scientific standards”) from the American Physical Society. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a Fellow of the American Physical Society.

Socolow has a B.A. (summa cum laude, 1959) and a Ph.D. in theoretical high energy physics (1964) from Harvard University. He was an assistant professor of physics at Yale University from 1966 to 1971.

Daniel Steingart

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

Dan 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 a 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 a 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 States 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. She 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, she 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 she 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.

Daniel Zarrilli

Director of Resiliency for the City of New York

Daniel Zarrilli is the Director of Resiliency for the City of New York.  Mayor Bloomberg appointed Daniel to this newly created position in June 2013 to lead the implementation of the City’s PlaNYC resiliency report:  A Stronger, More Resilient New York.  Until June 2013, he served on the Mayor’s Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency, leading the City’s efforts to develop a comprehensive coastal protection plan for the five boroughs.  In a previous role, he was the Senior Vice President for Asset Management at the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), responsible for maritime assets and operations, including the City’s two cruise terminals and numerous other transportation and waterfront assets.  Prior to joining NYCEDC, Daniel spent five years with Bechtel Infrastructure Corp.  He is a Professional Engineer in the State of New York and holds an M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from MIT and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University.