Speakers

The following people will be featured in videos released during prE-symposium.  Each video will be featured on the main symposium page according to this schedule and then archived for future viewing.


Duncan Callaway received his PhD in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from Cornell University in 2001 and subsequently held an NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at the University of California, Davis. He then spent 4 years working in the energy industry in senior engineering positions, first at Davis Energy Group and later at PowerLight Corporation. He was a member of the research faculty of the Center for Sustainable Systems at the University of Michigan from 2006-2009. He joined ERG as an assistant professor in the Fall of 2009, and he also holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Berkeley.Dr. Callaway’s teaching focuses on power systems and energy efficiency. His research can be categorized in three areas: modeling and control of aggregated storage devices; power management; and system analysis of energy technologies and their impact. His research involves the use of a variety of methods, including stochastic modeling, system identification, dynamics and control, and spatial analysis. In general, his work focuses on improving energy efficiency and renewable resource utilization through novel energy system configuration and control strategies. Some of the specific application areas he works on include wind energy, demand response and load control, and plug-in electric vehicles.
Dr. David Dornfeld is a Will C. Hall Family Chair in Engineering and Professor of Mechanical Engineering. More information found here.
  Nat Goldhaber is the resident expert on energy conservation and management systems.  His focus in these investment areas is built on twenty years of experience in IT as: CEO of Cybergold, founder of Centram Systems West, founding CEO of Kaleida Labs and Vice President of Sun Microsystems. Prior to his business career, Nat served as Special Assistant to Pennsylvania’s Lt. Governor, William Scranton, III. He ran the state’s Energy Agency as its Interim Director. Some past investments include: Ask Jeeves, Shiva and Macromedia.Nat holds a Master’s degree in Education and is an emeritus member of the Executive Board of the College of Letters and Science at UC Berkeley. He serves on the Advisory Board for the Silicon Valley Association of Startup Entrepreneurs, as a member of the US Secret Service Electronics Crime Taskforce and is an Emeritus Board Member and Advisor to the Federation of American Scientists.Nat lives in Berkeley, California with Marilyn, his wife of 31 years. Their three boys are in college.
  Dr. Susan Jenkins serves as the Energy Biosciences Institute’s chief administrator and the Berkeley site’s staff manager. As the lead administrator for research and operations, she is a key point person for short and long-term strategic planning. Her institutional oversight includes coordination of the research proposal and funding process, financial management, communications programs, intellectual property management, IT and facilities planning, and education and outreach activities.A plant biologist, Dr. Jenkins served for three years as Assistant Chair of UC Berkeley’s Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, where she had researched biochemical pathways and regulatory gene networks after receiving her Ph.D. She served for five years as Prinicipal Administrator for the UC Berkeley-Novartis Strategic Research Alliance, an innovative public-private partnership. Prior to coming to UC Berkeley, she also spent time in academic positions at the Salk Institute and UC Davis.Among her service in external affairs for the EBI is a term (beginning in 2010) as President of the Council of Energy Research and Education Leaders, a 30-university international consortium committed to advancing the role of higher education in the energy field to improve education, decision-making and societal well-being. On a local level, she has served on the Chabot Space and Science Laboratory Advisory Committee and has presented numerous talks at regional, national  and international forums on behalf of the EBI.
Alex Laskey is Opower’s President and Founder, and is responsible for Opower’s business strategy, public profile, and company culture. He leads and develops Opower’s partnerships with utilities and governments, including its international expansion on 3 continents. In his role as Opower’s President, Alex has been invited to the White House to meet with President Obama to discuss innovation and job creation, and to testify before the US Senate. Alex was featured in Fortune magazine’s “40 under 40″, has been a Technology Pioneer at the World Economic Forum in Davos, and serves as a Commissioner on the Alliance National Commission on Energy Efficiency Policy, chaired by U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Tom King, National Grid USA president. He also serves on the board of the Conservation Lands Foundation. Prior to founding Opower, Alex enjoyed a career in politics and policy, serving as a campaign manager, strategist, and public-opinion analyst. He received his B.A. in the History of Science from Harvard University
  Dr. Dara O’Rourke studies the environmental, social, and health impacts of global supply chains. As both a professor and a practitioner, Dr. O’Rourke teaches environmental and labor policy at the University of California, Berkeley and is co-founder and Chief Sustainability Officer of GoodGuide, the most comprehensive source of consumer information on the health, environmental and social performance of products and companies. Under Dara’s leadership, GoodGuide has been named: one of the World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company; CNET Editors’ Choice “Best Newcomer”; the New York Times “App of the Week”; and the TechCrunch startup “Most Likely to Make the World a Better Place.”Dr. O’Rourke has consulted to the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Environment Programme, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and a wide range of non-governmental organizations. His report on Nike’s labor practices in Vietnam in the 1990’s led to a front page New York Times exposé and helped ignite new initiatives in corporate accountability and transparency. For his work on Nike, Dara was voted one of the “Male Sports Figures of 1997” by the Village Voice. Dara’s work has also been covered widely in media outlets such as Newsweek, Time, The Economist, O – the Oprah Magazine, Glamour, USA Today, Wired, Fast Company, ESPN, ABC, CBS, and NPR.Dr. O’Rourke has published two books, and dozens of academic articles, including the award-winning Community-Driven Regulation (MIT Press, 2004). His forthcoming book (due out in fall 2012) is titled Shopping for Good. His articles have appeared in: World DevelopmentJournal of Industrial EcologyJournal of Environmental Planning and Management, International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health, and Stanford Social Innovation Review. Dr. O’Rourke was previously a professor at MIT. He holds an MS and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BS from MIT.
Dr. Per Peterson is the William and Jean McCallum Floyd Endowed Chair of the Department of Nuclear Engineering at UC Berkeley. More information found here.
  Mr. Omar Romero-Hernandez is a lecturer at the Haas School of Business. More information found here.