UC Santa Cruz

Michael Isaacson was a member of the scientific staff in the Division of Biology at Brookhaven National Laboratory, and a member of the faculty of the Physics Department and the Enrico Fermi Institute at the University of Chicago and the School of Applied and Engineering Physics at Cornell University before moving to UCSC in 2003. He has published over 150 peer reviewed articles, book chapters, and is currently working on a text for Cambridge University Press entitled "Microscopic Nanocharacterization of Materials: Physics and Methodology". His research interests include the development of novel nanocharacterization tools using electron, photon and ion optics and the fabrication of nano/microdevices for biomedical applications. He is the Narinder Singh Kapany Professor Emeritus of Optoelectronics in the Baskin School of Engineering at the University of California at Santa Cruz and Director of the Center for Sustainable Energy and Power Systems (CenSEPS). Isaacson received his B.S. degree in Engineering Physics with highest honors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Chicago. He was the co-recipient of the Rank Prize in Optoelectronics, the Burton Medal from the Microscopy Society of America, and the Distinguished Scientist Award, Physical Sciences and is an AAAS Fellow.

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Ronnie D. Lipschutz is Professor of Politics at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Lipschutz received his Ph.D. in Energy and Resources from UC-Berkeley in 1987 and an SM in Physics from MIT in 1978. He has been a faculty member at UCSC since 1990.

Lipschutz conducts research in and writes on a range of topics related to global political economy, including U.S. global economic and military policy and strategy, changing conceptions and practices of security, changing forms of war, global governance, global civil society and corporate social responsibility, environmental politics, and political economy and popular culture. His most recent books are Political Economy, Capitalism and Popular Culture (Rowman & Littlefield, 2010), The Constitution of Imperium (Paradigm, 2008) and Globalization, Governmentality and Global Politics: Regulation for the Rest of Us? (Routledge, 2005) as well as a text co-authored with Mary Ann Tétreault, Global Politics as if People Mattered (Rowman and Littlefield, 2009, 2nd ed.). He is editor of Civil Societies and Social Movements (Ashgate, 2006) and co-editor (with K. Ravi Raman) Corporate Social Responsibility: Comparative Critiques (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) and (with Gabriela Kütting) of Global Environmental Governance—Power and Knowledge in a Local-Global World (Routledge, 2009). He is also author of, among other volumes, Global Environmental Politics: Power, Perspectives and Practice (Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, 2004), After Authority—War, Peace and Global Politics in the 21st Century (Albany, N.Y.: State University of New York Press, 2000) Cold War Fantasies—Film, Fiction and Foreign Policy (Lanham, Md.: Rowman and Littlefield, 2001) and Global Civil Society and Global Environmental Politics (SUNY Press, 1996), and editor or co-editor of several other books.

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Lisa Hunter
Institute for Scientist & Engineer Educators - ISEE


Patrick Mantey is Jack Baskin Professor of Computer Engineering, Director of CITRIS and Director, Information Technology Institute, at the University of California at Santa Cruz and the Associate Dean for Industry Programs in the Baskin School of Engineering. His research and publications are in the areas of digital signal processing, sensor systems and networks, measurement databases, real-time monitoring and control, image and multimedia systems, geographic information systems, image processing, document systems and decision support systems. Prior to joining the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1984, he was a senior manager at IBM (Almaden) Research. Earlier at IBM Research, he was on the team for a major research study of electric power systems operations, management and reliability, where his contributions included system architecture for reliability, new methods for dynamic control of generation and line flows, and tools and algorithms for distribution system monitoring and protective relaying.He received his B.S. from University Notre Dame, M.S. from University of Wisconsin and Ph.D. from Stanford University, all in Electrical Engineering,Heis a member of Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi and a Fellow of the IEEE.

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UC Davis

Bryan Jenkins

Associated Faculty, Energy Efficiency Center
Director, UC Davis Energy Institute
Professor, Biological and Agricultural Engineering

Bryan Jenkins teaches and conducts research in the areas of energy and power, with emphasis on biomass and other renewable resources. Dr. Jenkins has more than thirty years experience working in the area of biomass thermochemical conversion including combustion, gasification, and pyrolysis. His research also includes analysis and optimization of energy systems. He teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses on energy systems, heat and mass transfer, solar energy, and power and energy conversion, including renewable energy and fuels, economic analysis, environmental impacts, fuel cells, engines, electric machines, fluid power, cogeneration, heat pumps, thermal storage, and other technologies. Dr. Jenkins is a recipient of an Outstanding Achievement Award from the US Department of Energy for exceptional contributions to the development of bioenergy, and the Linneborn Prize from the European Union for outstanding contributions to the development of energy from biomass. Dr. Jenkins is currently Director of the UC Davis Energy Institute.

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Kurt Kornbluth

Associate Director, Energy Efficiency Center
Founding Director, Program for International Energy Technology (PIET)

Kurt Kornbluth, PhD, Mechanical Engineer, is a graduate of the University of California, Davis. Dr. Kornbluth participated in 2006 as a Graduate School of Management Business Development Fellow. He was also an Edison International Energy Efficiency Fellow with the Energy Efficiency Center from 2007-08. Dr. Kornbluth's research focus is on renewable energy technologies and lifecycle analysis and international development. His dissertation topic focused on hydrogen enrichment for enhanced combustion of landfill gas.

From 1993 to 2003, Dr. Kornbluth worked with Whirlwind Wheelchair International (WWI), managing and implementing technology projects in Africa and Central America. He led the 8-year project, “Networking and Capacity building Wheelchair production in East Africa”, a cooperative effort between the Finish Government, a local Zambian NGO (DISACARE), and WWI which established a Regional Resource and Training Center for wheelchair production in LUSAKA.

In 2005, Dr. Kornbluth was the engineer onsite in Bangladesh for the “Emergence” village micro-utility project spearheaded by Iqbal Quadir (Founder of Grameen Phone) and Dean Kamen (Inventor of the Segway).He led the pilot study which electrified two rural communities in Bangladesh and his responsibilities included working with stakeholders to establish design criteria, prototype design and construction, and in-country implementation and evaluation.

In addition to cars, motorcycles, and general cool technology, Dr. Kornbluth has a passion for energy and international development. In 2004, he worked with Amy Smith at MIT to develop the curriculum for “D-Lab” which exposed students to energy issues in developing countries and is currently the PI on the University of California, Davis EEC-sponsored Program for International Energy Technologies (PIET).

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Pieter Stroeve

Distinguished Professor, Co-Director California Solar Energy Collaborative

Educational Background
B.S, 1967, University of California, Berkeley
M.S., 1969, Massachuetts Institute of Technology
Sc.D., 1973, Massachuetts Institute of Technology

Professor Stroeve conducts fundamental work on colloid and surface science, self-assembled monolayers, Langmuir-Blodgett films, supramolecular structures on surfaces, supported lipid bilayers, transport in colloids and tissues, nanotechnology, bio-nanotechnology, lithium ion batteries, solar energy, and membrane separations. He has developed theoretical models and compared predictions to experimental results for reactive transport in cellular suspensions and in colloidal solutions, particularly oxygen and carbon dioxide transport in blood and colloidal solutions hemoglobin and albumin. In colloid science, he is working on the nanostructure of polyion-surfactant complexes, polycation-polyanion complexes, self-assembled monolayers, and nanoparticle-polymer composites. His students developed a method on the nucleation and growth of nanoparticles in ultrathin layer-by-layer polyion films. Further, his group has synthesized nanoparticles and modified their surface with polymers to improve their biocompatibility. In collaborations, Professor Stroeve has developed nanowire-based field effect transistors, coated with supported lipid bilayers containing proteins, and explored the use of these devices for biosensing. Professor Stroeve has created nanostructured surfaces of nanofibers, nanotubes and nanocables, and applied it to nanostructured solar cells. In biomass conversion, Professor Stroeve has been working on using pulsed electrical field to make plants more permeable to catalysts and acid molecules by creating nanopores in the plant membranes.

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C.P. "Case" Van Dam

Warren and Leta Giedt Professor and Department Chair

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
University of California, Davis

C.P. "Case" van Dam is the Warren and Leta Giedt Endowed Professor and Chair of Mechanical and Aerospace engineering at the University of California at Davis and heads the California Wind Energy Collaborative; a partnership between industry, the University of California, the California Energy Commission. He previously was employed as a National Research Council (NRC) post-doctoral researcher at the NASA Langley Research Center and as a research engineer at Vigyan Research Associates in Hampton, Virginia and joined UC Davis in 1985. Van Dam's current research includes wind energy engineering, aerodynamic drag prediction and reduction, high-lift aerodynamics, and active control of aerodynamic loads. He has extensive experience in computational aerodynamics, wind-tunnel experimentation and flight testing; teaches industry short courses on aircraft aerodynamic performance and wind energy; has consulted for aircraft, wind energy, and sailing yacht manufacturers; and has served on review committees for various government agencies and research organizations.



Magdalena Brum

Program Manager
UC Davis Program for International Energy Technologies




Aalborg University


Arne Remmen
Energy and Science Department
Department of Development and Planning
Sustainability, Innovation and Policy

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Brian Vad Mathiesen
Associate Professor
Department of Development and Planning
M.Sc.Eng., Ph.D. in Energy Planning

Prof. Brian Vad Mathiesen specializes in the design of 100 % Renewable Energy Systems and the transition from current systems towards such systems from both a technical and economic perspective. He has focused his research on Smart Energy Systems ( and large-scale integration of fluctuating renewable resources (e.g. wind power). Sector integration and identifying synergies in all parts of the energy and transport system for feasible storage and management of intermittent resources are key (e.g. Heat Roadmap Europe 2050) ( For a decade, he has done research in energy planning, technical energy system analyses, feasibility studies as well as public regulation and technological changes in society. More information is available on his website:




Brian Vad Mathiesen

Martin Lehmann
Associate Professor
Sustainable Development
Co-Founder and Deputy Head
Danish Centre for Environmental Assessment

Dr. Martin Lehmann is Associate Professor of Sustainable Development at Aalborg University, the co-founder and deputy head of The Danish Centre for Environmental Assessment, and the co-founder of KlimaLab, a climate change innovation laboratory aimed at rapidly scaling climate action and solutions, and bridging the gap between municipalities, knowledge institutions, civil society, and business. His primary research field is in the area of sustainable innovation systems and partnerships for sustainable development.

Dr. Lehmann is member of the steering group of the UCCRN’s (Urban Climate Change Research Network) Second Assessment Report on Climate Change and Cities (ARC3-2) and will lead Aalborg University’s contributions. He has for more than 10 years worked closely with national and international public and private stakeholders in developing local and regional partnerships for sustainable development, and was the project manager for EU funded project on Water-Based Cities, a continued education programme aimed at developing capacities for the sustainable transformation of cities in Asia and Europe.

Since 2012 he has led the Erasmus Mundus Masters Course ‘Cities & Sustainability, a joint degree programme between 11 universities in Denmark, Germany, Spain, Portugal, the US, Australia, Thailand, and China (EUR 3 million, 2012-2017).



Martin Lehmann

Technical University of Denmark


Chresten Traeholt
Associate Professor
DTU Electrical Engineering

Nine years of professional experience in materials science from the Technical University of Denmark and Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands . Main topics were characterisation and analysis of thin films and coatings using transmission electron microscopy. Some teaching experience obtained at DTU.

The following five years were spent working in the high voltage laboratory of the Department of Electric Power Engineering on the Technical University of Denmark. This period comprises experience with cryogenics (liquid nitrogen), high voltage test of cable and thermo-electrical insulator, high currents and vacuum techniques. In detail the experience covers measurements of mechanical, thermal and electrical characteristics on high temperature superconducting tapes, cable models and terminations. The last 3 years of the period test facility, planning and testing of high temperature superconducting cable models was my responsibility. More experience with teaching classes, more experience with teaching at advanced level (supervision).

Recent four years of work at Ultera included almost all aspects of work with design, construction, testing and reporting on commercial prototype superconducting cable, termination, splice and cooling system. Testing was done at NKT Research, DTU, IHK (Ballerup) and ORNL, Tennessee (US). Further, the work included responsibility with the websites (our home page) and, involvement in our own and others patents (IP), field installation in Columbus, Ohio , conferences as well as guest teaching at DTU.

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