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Harlyn Baker

Consulting Scientist, Robotics Laboratory, Computer Science, Stanford University

Harlyn Baker is a Consulting Scientist in the Robotics Laboratory of Stanford’s Computer Science Department. He has a PhD in Computer Science from Urbana-Champaign, M.Phil. in Machine Intelligence from Edinburgh University, and BSc from Western Ontario in Canada.  He has held academic positions... more

Brian Bartholomeusz

Executive Director of Innovation Transfer, TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy, TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy Operations

Brian has held senior technology management positions in startups and established companies. He has focused on business and technology strategy, and managed the development and commercialization of new products for renewable energy and consumer electronics. He facilitated successful cross-border... more

Sally Benson

Director, Precourt Institute for Energy and Professor of Energy Resources Engineering and Senior Fellow at the Precourt Institute for Energy

Sally M. Benson, who joined Stanford University in 2007, is the co-director of Stanford's Precourt Institute for Energy and the director of the Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP). A Professor in the Department of Energy Resources Engineering in the School of Earth, Energy &... more

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Nazeer Bhore

Manager, Lead Generation and Breakthrough Research, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering

Nazeer Bhore is the Manager of Lead Generation and Breakthrough Research at Exxon Mobil Research and Engineering in Clinton , New Jersey . He has more than 25 years’ experience at ExxonMobil and its aff iliates in various ref ining, chemical , marketing and corporate functions such as research,... more

Madhur Boloor

GCEP Distinguished Student Lecturer

Madhur is a 5th year Ph.D. Candidate in Materials Science and Engineering working with Professor William Chueh, and his research focuses on solar water splitting for sustainable hydrogen generation. Madhur is interested in improving pathways for commercialization of energy research, and is... more

Matteo Cargnello

Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering

Matteo Cargnello is Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering and Terman Faculty Fellow. His group research interests are in the preparation and use of uniform and tailored materials for heterogeneous catalysis and photocatalysis and the technological exploitation of nanoparticles and... more

Lynette Cegelski

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Associate Professor Lynette Cegelski's research is inspired by the challenge and importance of elucidating chemical structure and function in biological systems and the need for new and unconventional approaches to solve outstanding problems in biology and medicine. The Cegelski laboratory has... more

William Chueh

Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Center Fellow at the Precourt Institute for Energy

The Chueh Group explores efficient electrochemical routes for converting solar energy to chemical fuels and subsequently to electricity. The group also develops next-generation electrochemical energy storage materials. We take a rational approach towards materials discovery and optimization.... more

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Iain Cooper

Manager, Schlumberger Corporate Ventures

Iain Cooper co-created Schlumberger’s Corporate Venture Capital Group in 2008, a group that has made over 20 investments across the globe. Their most recent exit, the ocean-powered drone company Liquid Robotics, was acquired by Boeing.

Previously in Schlumberger, he has managed Drilling... more

Yi Cui

Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, of Photon Science, Senior Fellow at the Precourt Institute for Energy and Prof, by courtesy, of Chemistry

Cui studies nanoscale phenomena and their applications broadly defined. Research Interests: Nanocrystal and nanowire synthesis and self-assembly, electron transfer and transport in nanomaterials and at the nanointerface, nanoscale electronic and photonic devices, batteries, solar cells,... more

Persis Drell

Provost, James and Anna Marie Spilker Professor and Professor in the School of Engineering, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Professor of Physics

Persis Drell, Provost

Drell is a physicist who has served on the Stanford faculty since 2002. She is the James and Anna Marie Spilker Professor in the School of Engineering, a professor of materials science and engineering, and a professor of physics. She is the former dean of the... more

Christopher Edwards

Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Senior Fellow at the Precourt Institute for Energy

The Edwards research group is focused on fundamental research for advanced energy technologies. The group performs theoretical and experimental studies of energy transformations such that the conversion process can be made cleaner, more efficient, and more controllable than has been possible... more

Shanhui Fan

Director, Edward L. Ginzton Laboratory, Professor of Electrical Engineering, Senior Fellow at the Precourt Institute for Energy and Professor, by courtesy, of Applied Physics

Fan's research involves the theory and simulations of photonic and solid-state materials and devices; photonic crystals; nano-scale photonic devices and plasmonics; quantum optics; computational electromagnetics; parallel scientific computing.

Steven Freilich

DuPont, Director of Corporate Strategy - University of Delaware Energy Institute

Steven C. Freilich is currently the Director of Corporate Strategy for the University of Delaware Energy Institute, having recently retired from DuPont after a 33-year career.  For the last 12 years of his DuPont career, he served as the Director of Materials Science in DuPont Central Research... more

Emmett Goodman

GCEP Distinguished Student Lecturer

Emmett is a 2nd year PhD student working with Prof. Matteo Cargnello in Chemical Engineering, and received his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from Caltech. His interests revolve around using precise catalytic materials to uncover structure-property relationships, and using this... more

Olivia Hendricks

GCEP Distinguished Student Lecturer

Olivia is a 5th year PhD student in Chemistry working jointly for Professors Chris Chidsey and Paul McIntyre. Her research focuses on atomic layer deposition of transition metal oxide alloys with applications in solar energy storage. She received my B.A. in Chemistry from Wellesley College in... more

Juan Rivas-Davila

Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering

Professor Rivas came to Stanford as an assistant professor in January 2014. He was an assistant professor in Electrical Engineering at the University of Michigan. Before becoming a faculty member in 2011, he worked for the General Electric Global Research Center developing power... more

Matthew Kanan

Associate Professor of Chemistry and Senior Fellow at the Precourt Institute for Energy

Associate Professor of Chemistry Matthew Kanan develops new catalysts and chemical reactions for applications in renewable energy conversion and CO2 utilization. His group at Stanford University has recently developed a novel method to create plastic from carbon dioxide and inedible plant... more

Andy Karsner

Managing Partner, Emerson Collective

Andy Karsner is Managing Partner of Emerson Collective, Senior Strategist and Space Cowboy at X; and Precourt Energy Scholar at Stanford University.  He champions the values of Emerson Collective to prioritize the needs of humanity in concert with nature.

His entrepreneurial leadership... more

Clarence Lehman

Professor, Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, Special Advisor to the Dean, College of Biological Sciences - University of Minnesota

Clarence Lehman's early life was in the computer industry, designing computer software and hardware. He obtained a doctoral degree in ecology from the University of Minnesota in  2000. Computer science and biology have proved to be a useful symbiotic combination for research pursuits... more

Gary Leonard

General Manager, Distributed Power Gas Turbines (retired in Feb 2016) - GE, Principal Consultant - Falconhead Consulting

Gary currently provides advice to investment funds and venture capitalists to assist in their efforts to assess technology related investment opportunities. Prior to his role as an advisor, Gary spent 34 years with GE in various Power, Aviation and Corporate Research leadership roles.  

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Xu Li

Xu Li

Associate Professor at the Plants for Human Health Institute - North Carolina State University

Xu Li is an Associate Professor at the Plants for Human Health Institute, North Carolina State University (NCSU). Before joining NCSU in 2011, he worked as a postdoctoral research associate in Clint Chapple’s laboratory in the Department of Biochemistry at Purdue University. He received his PhD... more

Aaron Lindenberg

Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and of Photon Science

Lindenberg's research is focused on visualizing the ultrafast dynamics and atomic-scale structure of materials on femtosecond and picosecond time-scales. X-ray techniques are combined with ultrafast optical techniques to provide a new way of taking snapshots of materials in motion. Current... more

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Stuart Macmillan

Precourt Energy Scholar and Adjunct Professor at Stanford University

Macmillan is a Precourt Energy Scholar and Adjunct Professor at Stanford University. Prior to his current role, he was a Chief Scientist at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Consulting Professor at Stanford University, an advisor to founders of energy-related startups and on the founding... more

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James E. Mahoney

Corporate Public Policy Executive, Bank of America

James E. Mahoney is the Strategy and Public Policy executive for Bank of America responsible for enhancing Bank of America’s reputation through influencer communications, federal and state government relations, and issues management.

Mahoney leads international, national and local public... more

Arun Majumdar

Director, Precourt Institute for Energy, Jay Precourt Professor and Professor of Mechanical Engineering and of Photon Science

Dr. Arun Majumdar is the Jay Precourt Professor at Stanford University, a faculty member of the Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering (by courtesy) and co-director of the Precourt Institute for Energy, which integrates and coordinates research and education... more

Paul McIntyre

Rick and Melinda Reed Professor in the School of Engineering and Senior Fellow, by courtesy, at the Precourt Institute for Energy

McIntyre's group performs research on nanostructured inorganic materials for applications in electronics, energy technologies and sensors. He is best known for his work on metal oxide/semiconductor interfaces, ultrathin dielectrics, defects in complex metal oxide thin films, and nanostructured... more

Anders R. Nilsson

Emeritus Faculty, Acad Council, Miscellaneous

Jens Nørskov

Leland T. Edwards Professor in the School of Engineering, Stanford University

Jens Nørskov is a professor of Chemical Engineering and Photon Science and Director of the SUNCAT Center for Interface Science and Catalysis at Stanford University and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. Jens Nørskov’s research aims at developing theoretical methods and concepts to understand... more

Franklin (Lynn) M. Orr

Former Under Secretary for Science and Energy - U.S. Department of Energy, Founding Director of GCEP and Precourt Institute for Energy - Stanford University

Dr. Franklin (Lynn) M. Orr served as the Under Secretary for Science and Energy from December 17, 2014 to January 20, 2017. As the Under Secretary, Dr. Orr was the principal advisor to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary on clean energy technologies and science and energy research initiatives. Dr... more

Balaji Prabhakar

VMware Founders Professor, Professor of Electrical Engineering and, by courtesy, of Operations, Information and Technology at the Graduate School of Business

Prabhakar's research focuses on the design, analysis, and implementation of data networks: both wireline and wireless. He has been interested in designing network algorithms, problems in ad hoc wireless networks, and designing incentive mechanisms. He has a long-standing interest in stochastic... more

Richard Sassoon

Managing Director, Global Climate and Energy Project (G-CEP)

Richard E. Sassoon was appointed GCEP Managing Director in November 2003 and brings over 25 years of research and management experience in the fields of physical and analytical chemistry, as well as energy sciences to this position.

Prior to joining GCEP, Dr. Sassoon was Senior Scientist... more

Austin Sendek

GCEP Distinguished Student Lecturer

Austin Sendek is a fifth-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Applied Physics working primarily with Professor Evan Reed. Sendek’s research focuses on leveraging machine learning to accelerate the discovery and design process for materials for solid-state lithium ion batteries. More... more

Alfred M. Spormann

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, of Chemical Engineering and, by courtesy, of Biology

In our research we investigate molecular microbial metabolism and its linkage to ecological and evolutionary processes. We explore the distinguishing features of novel microbial metabolism and how molecular and biochemical differences in metabolism shape microbial fitness. We study novel... more

James Swartz

James H. Clark Professor in the School of Engineering and Professor of Chemical Engineering and of Bioengineering

Using and Understanding Cell-Free Biology

Swartz Lab General Research Focus:

The current and projected research in the Swartz lab balances basic research in microbial metabolism, protein expression, and protein folding with a strong emphasis on compelling applications. The power... more

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Eric Toone

Executive Managing Director for Technology, Breakthrough Energy Ventures

Dr. Eric Toone received his doctoral degree in Chemistry from the University of Toronto in 1988 and completed post-doctoral studies with Professor George Whitesides at Harvard University.  He began his independent career at Duke in 1990, and is currently Professor of Chemistry and Professor of... more

Joan Wills

Power Systems Technical Executive Director – Cummins, Ambassador – Clean Energy Education & Empowerment (C3E)

Joan Wills is the Cummins Power Systems Technical Executive Director leading development and support of power systems and reciprocating engine systems including both diesel and natural gas fuel options. These products are used in distributed power generation, commercial marine, oil and gas,... more

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Robert R. Wimmer

Director of Energy & Environmental Research, Product Regulatory Affairs, Toyota Motor North America

Mr. Wimmer directs Toyota Motor North America’s (TMNA) Energy and Environmental Research Group. He has been with Toyota since 2003 and currently leads a team of research engineers and scientists assessing how changes in energy and environmental technology, policy and regulation will affect the... more

Xiaolin Zheng

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Professor Zheng received her Ph.D. in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University (2006), B.S. in Thermal Engineering from Tsinghua University (2000). Prior to joining Stanford in 2007, Professor Zheng did her postdoctoral work in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical... more