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IMG_7388 (640x587) Santiago Miret
Material Science & Engineering
Before coming to Berkeley for his PhD studies, Santiago supplemented his engineering degree with working experience in finance and consulting, which has broadened his perspective on a variety of issues. He strongly believes in approaching energy and resource issues from a cross-disciplinary perspective and is interested in new developments in technology and business, both on a domestic and international level. Driven by an infinite desire for discovery and adventure, Santiago enjoys traveling in his free time to learn more about different cultures and to enjoy being amazed by landscapes and sights all across the world. Recently, Santiago crossed the Trans-Mongolian railway from St. Petersburg, Russia, to Shanghai, China.Twitter: @MiretSantiago
Patrick Donnelly-Shores
College of Natural Resources
Conservation & Resource Studies, 
Renewable Energy Columnist Prior to coming to Berkeley, Patrick spent a number of years in the California desert, working for the Bureau of Land Management. Interests in land use policy have carried over into his academic life, as he’s done extensive research on state and federal policy governing utility-scale renewable energy development.  He’s also interested in policies which promote distributed generation, such as rooftop solar. Summers and weekends, he leads young people on backpacking trips and doing trail work with the National Outdoor Leadership School and the Student Conservation Association.
  Andy Zheng
Mechanical Engineering 

Andy is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Mechanical Engineering program at the University of California (UC), Berkeley. One of his main research interests is energy policy in the global solar photovoltaic industry, with a focus on the role of R&D funding, innovation, and deployment incentives in the United States. Andy started his interdisciplinary Ph.D. training in clean-energy technology and policy at UC Berkeley in Aug. 2009, with a Singapore NRF (Clean Energy) Ph.D. Scholarship. Prior to his Ph.D. study, Andy worked as an energy analyst at the Energy Studies Institute (ESI), an energy think tank funded by the Singapore government. He enjoys jogging on the Fire Trail on the Berkeley hill.



 John Romankiewicz
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
China Energy Group
Electricity Markets Columnist

John current works on appliance standards and policy research in the China Energy Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. He previously worked for the U.S. Department of State and Bloomberg New Energy Finance and spent a couple years living in Beijing. John spends his free time moonlighting as an eco-rapper and trying to start a food trike hawking Chinese jian bing to the people of the East Bay.
Twitter: @sustainablejohn

J.D., UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall)
Heather is the founder and executive director of the InterAmerican Clean Energy Institute, a nonprofit think tank dedicated to accelerating clean energy deployment in the Americas. Prior to founding the Institute in 2013, she practiced law at Cooley LLP, where she represented companies and investors as a senior attorney in the firm’s Clean Energy and Technologies group. She has served as a judge for social venture innovation competitions at U.C. Berkeley and as a trustee, board member, and/or senior adviser to multiple environmental and educational non-profit organizations. Heather co-organized the Symposium on Clean Energy Solutions for Brazil’s 21st Century in Rio de Janeiro, a UN Rio+20 parallel event. She holds a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), where she served as Supervising Editor of the California Law Review, and an A.B. from Princeton University.
Twitter: @energyamericas