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2014 Speakers


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2013 Speakers


Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)

United States Senator 

Senator Lisa Murkowski is the first Alaskan-born Senator and only the sixth United States Senator to serve the state. The state’s senior senator, Lisa Murkowski is a third-generation Alaskan, born in Ketchikan and raised in towns across the state: Wrangell, Juneau, Fairbanks and Anchorage. Since joining the Senate in 2002, Senator Murkowski has been a strong advocate for Alaska on the important issues facing the state, including energy, health care, education, military/veterans’ affairs and infrastructure development.

Only the 33rd female to serve in the United States Senate since its founding in 1789, Senator Murkowski has assumed leadership roles quickly.  She is the senior Republican member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and also serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee, where she is the ranking Republican of the Interior and Environment Subcommittee.  Senator Murkowski is a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee – the first Alaskan to serve on that panel – and also is a senior member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee.

She earned a B.A. in economics from Georgetown University in 1980 and a law degree from Willamette University in 1985.  Prior to her appointment to the United States Senate, Senator Murkowski practiced commercial law in Anchorage and served three terms in the Alaska State House of Representatives.  She was elected to a full six-year U.S. Senate term in 2004, and was re-elected in 2010 in a historic write-in campaign, the first successful write-in effort to the Senate since 1954.

Senator Murkowski is married to Verne Martell and they have two sons. She enjoys spending time with her family in the Alaska outdoors.

 

Angus King (I-ME)

United States Senator 

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On January 3, 2013, Angus S. King, Jr. was sworn in as Maine’s first Independent United States Senator. Senator King joins a long line of independent leaders from the State of Maine. He is a steadfast believer in the need for greater bipartisan dialogue and relationship building among legislators.

 Senator King began his career as a staff attorney for Pine Tree Legal Assistance in Skowhegan. In 1972, he served as chief counsel to U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Alcoholism and Narcotics in the office of former Maine Senator William Hathaway. In 1975, he returned to Maine to practice with Smith, Loyd and King in Brunswick. In 1983, he was appointed Vice President of Swift River/Hafslund Company, an alternative energy development company working on hydro and biomass projects in Maine and New England. Six years later, he founded Northeast Energy Management, Inc., a developer of large-scale energy conservation initiatives at commercial and industrial facilities in Maine.

 In 1994, Senator King was elected Maine's 71st Governor. During his two terms in the Blaine House, he focused on economic development and job creation, and also achieved significant reforms in education, mental health services, land conservation, environmental protection, and the delivery of state services.

 He was re-elected in 1998 by one of the largest margins in Maine’s history. Senator King was born in Alexandria, VA in 1944. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1966 and from University of Virginia Law School in 1969. Senator King is married to Mary Herman and has four sons, Angus III, Duncan, James, and Ben, one daughter, Molly, and five grandchildren. He lives in Brunswick.


Calum Davidson

Director of Energy and Low Carbon, Highlands and Islands Enterprise

Calum Davidson is the Director of Energy and Low Carbon at Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the Scottish Government's economic and community development agency for the north and north-west of Scotland. Calum has a background in regional policy, technology development, knowledge transfer, innovation, inward investment, project development and infrastructure and venture investment.

With degrees in Regional Planning and Entrepreneurship, Calum leads a team focused on meeting the testing, deployment, infrastructure, policy and supply chain needs of Scotland’s world leading wave and tidal sector and the rapidly developing Scottish Deepwater Off-shore wind industry. Calum is a member of the Scottish First Minister's Energy Advisory Board.

Calum was born in Thurso overlooking the wave and tides of the Pentland Firth. Married to Ruth, with three sons, he now lives in Cromarty in the Black Isle, where he enjoys watching prototype wave and tidal devices being towed past his house on route to EMEC in Orkney


Jose Zayas
Program Manager, Wind and Water Power, Energy Efficieny & Renewable Energy

 







Jose Zayas is the Program Manager for the Wind and Water Power Program. In this role, he manages efforts to improve performance, lower costs, and accelerate deployment of wind and water power technologies, which can play a significant role in America’s clean energy future. Working with U.S. Department of Energy national laboratories, academia, and industry, the program funds research and development and deployment activities aimed at reducing the overall cost of energy of these systems and addressing key market barriers.

Prior to his arrival at Department of Energy, Mr. Zayas was the senior manager of the Renewable Energy Technologies group at Sandia National Laboratories. His responsibilities in this role included establishing strategy and priorities, defining technical and programmatic roles, business development, and performing management assurance for the renewable energy-related activities of the laboratory. He managed and developed programs to:

 • Bring together key renewable energy technology capabilities to consistently implement a science-based reliability and systems approach

 • Leveraged Sandia’s broader predictive simulation, testing/evaluation, materials science, and systems engineering capability with expertise in renewable energy technologies

 • Expanded and accelerated Sandia’s role in the innovation, development and penetration of renewable energy technologies

 Mr. Zayas joined Sandia National Labs in 1996 and spent the first ten years of his career supporting the National mission of the labs wind energy portfolio as a senior member of the technical staff. During his technical career he had responsibilities for several programmatic research activities and new initiatives for the program. Mr. Zayas’ engineering research contributions, innovation and outreach spanned a variety of areas which included active aerodynamic flow control, sensors, dynamic modeling, data acquisition systems, and component testing.

 After transition to the position of program manager in 2006, Mr. Zayas engaged and supported a variety of national initiatives to promote the expansion of clean energy technologies for the Nation. Most recently, Mr. Zayas continued to lead the organization’s clean energy activities and has coordinated and developed the laboratories cross-cutting activities in advanced water power systems. This program focuses on developing and supporting an emerging clean energy portfolio (wave, current, tide, and conventional hydro energy sources). Through developed partnerships with key National labs, industry and academia, Sandia is supporting and leading a variety of activities to accelerate the advancement and viability of both wind energy and the comprehensive marine hydrokinetics industry. 

Mr. Zayas holds a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Mexico and a Masters degree in Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering from the University of California at Davis.


Alison LaBonte

Department of Energy Wind and Water Power Program

Alison LaBonte recently joined the Department of Energy Wind and Water Power Program as the Marine and Hydrokinetic Technology Development lead. Her background is in Oceanography, Geophysics (PhD: Scripps Institution of Oceanography), and Mathematics (BS: UC Los Angeles). Dr. LaBonte came to D.C. in 2009 as a Science and Technology Policy fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She spent her fellowship term at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the DOE Geothermal Technologies Program.

Before her AAAS fellowship, Alison applied her technical expertise integrating scientific instrumentation with Canada’s NEPTUNE cabled observatory (Postdoctoral Fellowship: University of Victoria), and designing, prototyping, and deploying new seafloor sensors (Engineering internship: Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute).

 

Christopher R. Sauer

President & CEO, Ocean Renewable Power Company

Christopher R. Sauer is President and CEO and a founding member of Ocean Renewable Power Company, an international industry leading developer of technology and projects that generate clean, predictable power from ocean and river currents. A professional engineer, energy entrepreneur, and strategic development consultant, Chris has more than 40 years of experience in executive management, engineering, construction, project development, marketing, financing, and startup company formation in the electricity, cogeneration, renewable energy and energy efficiency industries. He has held senior management positions with two major U.S. corporations and led three startup energy/environmental technology companies. Involved in the energy transaction business since 1977, Chris has played an instrumental role in the development of more than $2 billion in energy assets and companies. He is a registered professional engineer in Colorado and a lifetime Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

 

Ron Smith

Founder and President, Verdant Power Inc.

Mr. Smith is a founding partner and President of Verdant Power Inc., a renewable energy company commercializing kinetic hydropower systems that deliver hydro electricity without dams or impoundments, in the United States for global applications.

His prior experience includes leading the start-up, growth and sale of a nationwide consumer advertising company; and as a management consultant as a Principal with Booz Allen Hamilton, on the headquarters management advisory staff at Bendix Aerospace Group, and to staffs and operating units in the U.S. Navy. He served as a U.S. Navy carrier pilot in Vietnam, and as a naval intelligence reserve officer.

He has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Masters in Systems Management from the University of Southern California, and a BA in mathematics and economics from Mount Saint Mary’s University, Maryland.  

 

Rahul Shendure

CEO, Oscilla Power

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CEO Rahul Shendure has spent his career commercializing game-changing technologies in the chemicals, electricity, fuels and transportation sectors. Prior to co-founding Oscilla Power in 2009, he was the Vice President of Product Marketing and first business hire at Amyris, a leading renewable products company.  His previous experience includes an advisory stint with a leading cleantech venture capital firm, product management leadership at Ballard Power Systems, and international engineering and operational assignments with a number of General Electric businesses. He earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from M.I.T. and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Bill Staby

Founder, CEO; Resolute Marine Energy, Inc.


Bill Staby is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Boston-based Resolute Marine Energy, Inc. (RME) - a developer of technologies for harvesting energy from ocean waves.

Bill is an experienced manager of early-stage technology companies. His entrepreneurial career started in 1997 when he was co-founder of an Internet business-to-consumer commerce company that subsequently went public. Bill then helped start two companies in media technology and business process automation before founding RME in 2006. Earlier in his career, Bill was an investment banker at Credit Suisse in the Electric Utility Corporate Finance Group and later he was co-head of the North American mergers & acquisitions team at Rabobank International.

Bill is a member of the executive committee of the U.S. delegation to IEC-TC114 and he is one of its two representatives on the IEC’s Conformity Assessment Board. Bill is also actively involved with the Ocean Renewable Energy Coalition, the Washington-based industry trade association that advocates on issues including R&D investment, market incentives and regulation.

Bill attended the University of Oregon before receiving his undergraduate degree in accounting and finance from the City University of New York in 1985. He went on to earn his M.B.A. from New York University in 1987 and, more recently, he was a featured speaker at TEDx Boston.


 

Reenst Lesemann

Columbia Power Technologies; CEO


Reenst Lesemann joined Columbia Power Technologies in 2009 and assumed the role of CEO in January 2011.  Before joining Columbia Power, Reenst co-founded Tall Oaks Capital Partners, a seed and early stage venture firm based in Charlottesville, VA. Prior to Tall Oaks, Reenst ran a series of successful businesses including a maritime logistics spin off, TradeSource, Inc., that he created, led and managed. During his career, he has been responsible for all aspects of business management including strategic planning, marketing, and information services.

Mr. Lesemann graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1986 with a BA in History with Honors. He also holds a MBA from the University of Virginia Darden Graduate School of Business.

 

Sue Skemp

Executive Director, Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center, Florida Atlantic University

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 Susan Skemp earned her B.S. in Mechanical engineering in 1981 from Florida

Atlantic University. Ms. Skemp has a broad background in industry, Federal policy and professional engineering associations. Sue Skemp joined Florida Atlantic University (FAU) March 2008 as the Executive Director for the Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center (SNMREC). She has developed a multi-disciplinary program at the University to investigate, test and evaluate the potential of harnessing power to generate base-load electricity from the ocean currents, such as the Gulf Stream, specifically ocean current hydrokinetic and ocean thermal energy conversion. Led by Ms. Skemp the SNMREC engineers, faculty and students are making a unique contribution to a broadly diversified portfolio of renewable energy for the nation's future.

Prior to joining FAU, Ms. Skemp had 31-year career at Pratt & Whitney, where she was instrumental in leading a number of research and technical programs and organizations, including programs totaling more than $110 million with the U.S. Department of Defense and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. In 2004 Sue left industry to hold a position in Washington, DC as a Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, in the Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President. She acted as a policy lead for industrial technology matters. Ms. Skemp served as the 121st President (2002-03) of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and is currently the Vice Chair of the ASME Foundation Board of Directors. She is a Fellow of ASME as well as an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). Ms. Skemp serves as a member of Mechanical Engineering Advisory Boards to the United States Military Academy at West Point and the University of Maryland College Park.


Kevin Gamiel

NC State Coastal Studies Institute

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Kevin Gamiel is a senior research software developer at UNC-Chapel Hill's Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI).  Kevin has been a software developer for 25 years in Internet applications, networked information retrieval, computational genomics and other diverse areas of interest.  Kevin is currently stationed on the Outer Banks of North Carolina at the UNC Coastal Studies Institute where he collaborates with engineers, oceanographers and other scientists on numerical modeling, software development and electronics engineering projects.

 

Bill Bolin
Anadarko Petroleum
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William D. Bolin has worked for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation for 34 years with facilities in the Oil and Gas industry.  William is a Distinguished Engineering Advisor – Worldwide Facilities. Of his patents, he holds three in energy conversion including the recent issued Water Current Power Generation System patent. He has held multiple chairman positions and authored many papers at the PCIC-IEEE and SPE.  William D Bolin, PE (S’73) received his BSEE from University of Arlington in 1973.

 

 

Emily Sanders Cohen

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Emily Sanders Cohen has 11 years of experience in renewable energy  development at several successful firms including Clipper Windpower, Acciona Energy, and Element Power. Ms. Sanders is familiar with a wide variety of geographic development regions, with deep knowledge of development and permitting issues. As a project development executive Ms. Sanders has managed complex renewable energy portfolios and understands the myriad factors that drive renewable energy markets and projects, including real estate, permitting, transmission, marketing, financing and risk-analysis. As Vice President of Element Power from 2009-2011, Ms. Sanders directed all project development activities for wind and solar projects in Western United States, including 3,000 MW of wind and solar development projects, and in her 10 years in the field, has managed more than 400 MW of now operational wind energy projects. Ms. Sanders has extensive experience with complex permitting and zoning environments, working with state and federal agencies, managing stakeholder relationships and project opponents. Ms. Sanders holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy from The George Washington University, Washington, DC. 


Paul Devine

RDI Teledyne

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Childhood
 - Informally studied cohesive sediment transport while growing up on the banks of the Delaware river
University of Delaware – MS Mechanical Engineering with a focus on Hydraulics
Weeks Marine - Performed hydrographic surveys data at the mouth of the Mississippi river
University of Florida – BS Coastal and Oceanographic Engineering and first began collecting physical oceanographic data
Moffatt & Nichol Engineers - Designed coastal structures and collected oceanographic data to verify structure performance
Teledyne RD Instruments – Facilitates the successful collection of  information on water physics and properties for renewable energy community

 

Bob Hamilton

Woods Hole Group

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Mr. Hamilton is a Civil/Coastal Engineer and Vice President for Business Development at the Woods Hole Group. He’s been with the Woods Hole Group since 1994, and previously served as Coastal Engineer, Business Unit Director, and V.P. for Scientific Operations. He earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University, and a M.S. from the University of Delaware Center for Applied Coastal Research. He is focused on development of business relationships and multi-disciplinary program management. His market and contracting experience includes government agencies, architectural/engineering partners, offshore energy projects, power utilities, and manufacturing industries.

 

His marine renewable energy experience includes meteorological and oceanographic measurement programs, environmental impact assessments, and engineering planning analyses. Specific projects included wave, current, and wind measurements from towers, buoys, and oceanographic moorings. Analyses include development of operational design parameters for current and wave force loadings, sedimentation and scour studies, and marine habitat impact estimates. He also has multi-jurisdictional regulatory experience, including preparing EIS documents under NEPA, and has served as an expert witness. Other recent project experience includes coastal protection, salt marsh habitat restoration, dredging and dredged material disposal, and contaminated sediment management.

 

Chris Tomichek

Kleinschmidt

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Chris Tomichek is a fisheries biologist and is currently the Senior Manager of the Fisheries and Aquatic Resources group at Kleinschmidt Associates. She has over 30 years of experience in planning and implementing fisheries assessment studies. She recently completed an Essential Fish Habitat assessment and ESA Biological Assessments for Atlantic and shortnose sturgeon including development of a Fish-Turbine Interaction Model in support of Verdant Power’s Roosevelt Island Tidal Energy license application. She continues to work with Verdant Power in support of their environmental compliance licensing requirements. She is experienced working with fisheries and environmental issues along the Northeast Atlantic Coast. In addition to her years of experience sampling and assessing fish and aquatic organisms in the marine environment of Long Island Sound, Ms. Tomichek has also been involved in FERC hydro relicensing work for many years. She specializes in fish passage assessments and has worked closely with engineering staff to design upstream and downstream fish passage for migrating fish, including shortnose and lake sturgeon, at East Coast and Midwest hydro facilities.


Harry R. Kolar, Ph.D. 
Distinguished Engineer, IBM Research 

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Dr. Kolar is an IBM Distinguished Engineer concentrating on sensor-based solutions in IBM Research with a focus on environmental monitoring and management. He has held technical, management, and executive roles to advance cross-industry application of new technologies, including advanced analytical methods, information and knowledge management, pervasive/embedded real-time intelligent systems, and cyberphysical systems. Dr. Kolar is actively involved in an acoustic monitoring project for ocean energy with the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, in the Marine Institute of Ireland’s SmartBay Galway project, and the River and Estuary Observatory Network with the Beacon Institute in the US (Hudson River).  Dr. Kolar holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in physics and an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in the science and engineering of materials. He has published scientific papers in several disciplines and is the author of several patents. He is an Adjunct Professor of Physics at Arizona State University and a District Advocate for the American Physical Society at the U.S. Congressional level.


Mark Driscoll

CH2M Hill

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Mark Driscoll has more than a decade of research and professional experience working in marine and coastal ecosystems throughout New England, the Mid-Atlantic, Florida and the Caribbean. Mark’s experience includes siting, assessing impacts, and permitting for submarine electric transmission cables and offshore wind energy developments. Mark works with multi-disciplinary development teams and regulatory agencies to develop comprehensive environmental monitoring programs and strategies aimed at assessing and quantifying potential environmental impacts associated with marine developments. He has designed and conducted extensive due diligence investigations, marine habitat characterizations, scientific diving, threatened and endangered species surveys, invasive species management, construction management, and environmental regulatory agency coordination.


Cameron Fisher

Ecology and Environment

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With 15 years’ experience, Mr. Fisher has directed the technical aspects of large-scale, complex projects involving multiple stakeholders and community engagement strategies. Supporting E & E’s clients in the development of coastal and offshore facilities, Mr. Fisher has managed and supported energy projects both in the US and Canada involving federal and state/provincial review. Mr. Fisher identifies existing ocean uses and risks/barriers to marine development; conducts aquatic studies including essential fish habitat evaluations pursuant to the Magnuson-Stevens Act; and develops biological assessments to identify risk and potential impacts on species listed under the Endangered Species Act.  He advises clients on current local, state/provincial, and federal environmental laws, rules, and regulations.  In 2011, Mr. Fisher had the privilege of sitting on the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Water Power Peer Review Committee that reviewed DOE’s Wind and Water Power Program portfolio of marine and hydrokinetic technology development and market acceleration projects. As independent reviewers, members of this committee provided recommendations to DOE’s Technology Managers to support the development of work plans for Fiscal Year 2012. He received his B.S. degree in Botany and Zoology and M.S. degree in Marine Science from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.


Paul Gay

Vice President at Strategic Marketing Innovations/Helios Strategies

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Paul Gay, Vice President at Strategic Marketing Innovations/Helios Strategieshas over twenty years of experience in Washington D.C. as a senior Congressional staffer and federal marketing specialist.  Since joining SMI/Helios Strategies in 2008, Paul has been a leading voice for the Marine and Hydrokinetic renewable energy industry in the nation’s capital.  Previously, Paul served as Deputy Legislative Director for the late Senator Robert C. Byrd.  In that position, Paul was one of the Senator’s floor staff and gained extensive experience in Senate procedure, in addition to securing funding and other provisions in multiple appropriations bills.  He also worked on several policy issues related to energy and climate change legislation.  Paul also served as Deputy Chief of Staff for former Rep. Brian Baird, where he focused on energy and appropriations.   Paul also served as Legislative Director for former Rep. Rick Boucher of Virginia.  Paul received a Bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science from Radford University and a Masters degree in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia.


Jocelyn Brown-Saracino

New West Technologies, LLC

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Jocelyn Brown-Saracino is a Senior Analyst with New West Technologies. In this role, she supports the Wind and Water Power Technologies Office at the Department of Energy. Jocelyn helps manage the Program’s marine and hydrokinetic and offshore wind environmental research portfolios and advises the program on marine policy issues. Jocelyn came to the Department of Energy as a Knauss Sea Grant Fellow. She holds a Master’s degree in Marine Science from the University of New England and a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from Smith College


Dr. Anne Marie O’Hagan

Senior Research Fellow, Hydraulics and Maritime Research Centre, University College-Cork

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Dr. Anne Marie O’Hagan has over 12 years of experience in coastal and marine research and is currently a senior research fellow in the Hydraulics & Maritime Research Centre (HMRC) in University College Cork, Ireland. Her current research focuses on the law, policy, and environmental aspects of ocean energy development and how these can be accommodated in planning and management systems. Dr. O’Hagan qualified in environmental science before undertaking a Ph.D. on the legal framework for coastal management in Ireland. She subsequently completed a degree in law whilst working full-time at the Marine Law & Ocean Policy Centre in the National University of Ireland, Galway. Dr. O’Hagan moved to University College Cork in 2007 where she worked initially in the Coastal & Marine Research Centre on national and European projects on coastal management and adaptation to climate change in coastal areas. In 2009, she took up her position in the HMRC as part of the prestigious Charles Parsons Research Award, a government initiative designed to build capacity in key research areas. She continues to be involved in multidisciplinary projects including the EU funded COEXIST project on interaction in coastal waters: a roadmap to sustainable integration of fisheries, aquaculture, and other marine uses as well as the SOWFIA project on Streamlining Ocean Wave Farm Impact Assessment. Dr. O’Hagan is a recognized expert on national and European coastal and marine legislation and policy. She represents Ireland on the ICES Study Group on Environmental Impacts of Wave & Tidal Energy (SGWTE) and is the Irish National Task Participant in IES-OES Annex Iv. She is also a member of the Marine Renewables Industry Association (MRIA), the all-island industry association. She has published her research on coastal, marine, and energy topics in numerous papers and has presented her findings at several international conferences.


Stephen Bowler
Environmental Biologist and Marine and Hydrokinetic Energy Team LeadFederal Energy Regulatory CommissionOffice of Energy Projects, Division of Hydropower Licensing

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Stephen Bowler is an Environmental Biologist and the Marine and Hydrokinetic Energy Team Lead in the Division of Hydropower Licensing of the Office of Energy Projects at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. He coordinates a work group that supports the Division in developing and adapting its regulatory program to address new marine and hydrokinetic energy technologies. Stephen also manages reviews of hydrokinetic and conventional hydropower applications and analyzes water resource and aquatic biology issues. Previously, Stephen monitored, assessed, managed, and regulated water resources for state and local governments. In addition to working in government, Stephen promoted understanding and protection of watersheds, streams, rivers, estuaries, oceans, and fisheries through education and outreach with nonprofit organizations. Stephen has a Master’s degree (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) in Natural Resources Ecology and Management with a focus on the ecology of streams and rivers.


 

Maureen “Mo” Bornholdt

 

Program ManagerOffice of Renewable Energy ProgramsBureau of Ocean Energy ManagementDepartment of the Interior

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The passage of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 created new responsibilities for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) including the lead Federal agency leasing authority for renewable energy and alternate uses on the Outer Continental Shelf.  In August 2005, Maureen Bornholdt was selected to serve as the Program Manager to create the Department of the Interior’s Offshore Renewable Energy Program.

 

Ms. Bornholdt has over 32 years of Federal service and extensive experience in environmental regulation and compliance having worked offshore oil and gas issues for the Department of the Interior since 1983.  Prior to her selection as Program Manager, she managed the Bureau’s Marine Minerals Program, a program focused on making available suitable sand deposits in Federal waters for wetlands protection and beach nourishment projects. Ms. Bornholdt has served as the Bureau’s technical expert on Coastal Zone Management and National Environmental Policy Acts and as the program analyst covering offshore environmental and regulatory issues for the Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management.

 

Ms. Bornholdt earned a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration from George Mason University in Virginia. In May 2009 she was awarded the Department of the Interior’s Meritorious Service Award, the second highest honorary recognition granted to Department employees, for an important contribution to science or management, a notable career, superior service in administration or in the execution of duties, or initiative in devising new and improved work methods, and procedures.



Sally Yozell

Policy Director for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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Sally is NOAA’s Director of Policy. In that role she oversees a team who develops and evaluates policies, strategies, budgets and long-range plans for the Administration’s initiatives as well as improvements to existing programs. In addition to overseeing the Policy Office, since joining NOAA in March 2010 she has been leading NOAA’s policy efforts on Administration priorities such as National Ocean Policy, Marine Planning, Renewable Energy Development and climate adaptation.

Prior to coming to NOAA, Sally was the Director of Marine Conservation at The Nature Conservancy where she oversaw the development of a science based eco-regional assessment of the Western Atlantic Ocean

From 2000 to 2006 Sally served in the private sector as a Vice President at the Battelle Memorial Institute in their applied marine science group focusing on the restoration of the Florida Everglades and the Gulf of Mexico Ecosystem.

From 1994–2000, Sally served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary at NOAA where she led many initiatives including restoring the Everglades, fighting invasive species and harmful algal blooms, and protecting coral reefs. She also served as the Executive Director of the 1998 National Ocean Conference, which inspired the creation of two national ocean commissions and lead to the recent National Ocean Policy.

For almost a decade she worked in the Senate as an environment and energy advisor to Sen. John Kerry and also worked for the late Congressman Robert F. Drinan. Sally holds a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a bachelor’s in political science from the University of Vermont.


Deborah Greaves

University of Plymouth

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Deborah Greaves is Professor of Ocean Engineering and Director of the COAST (Coastal, Ocean and Sediment Transport) Laboratory in the School of Marine Science and Engineering at Plymouth University, she is Board Member for PRIMaRE (the Peninsula Research Institute for Marine Renewable Energy, www.primare.org) and represents Marine Engineering in the Marine Institute. From 2000 until February 2008, she was a lecturer in the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering at the University of Bath and held a Royal Society University Research Fellowship for six years. Before that, she was a lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UCL for five years after completing her DPhil at Oxford University, and prior to that she graduated in Civil Engineering from Bristol University and worked as a civil engineer for four years. Her research interests include marine renewable energy, physical and numerical modelling of violent free surface flow and fluid-structure interaction. She is involved with a number of research projects concerning marine renewable energy funded by EPSRC, GWR, EU Interreg, IEE, FP7, SWRDA, TSB in collaboration industrial and academic partners. She is currently coordinating a 2 million euro EU project SOWFIA, streamlining of offshore wave farms impact assessment, which brings together proposed wave energy test sites in the UK, Ireland, Spain, France, Portugal and Sweden. She is lead PI on EPSRC Research Grant EP/J012866/1 (FROTH) ), EPSRC EP/K012177/1, The hydrodynamics of deformable flexible fabric structures for wave energy conversion, and partner on EP/J010235/1 (X-MED), on EU FP7 Project Marinet, on Interreg Project MERIFIC, and an associate Partner of UKCMER SuperGen Marine III. She is a Chartered Engineer, a Member of RINA (Royal Institution of Naval Architects), a member of the Offshore Energy Environmental Research (OEER) and Offshore Energy Technical Research (OETR) Associations Joint Tidal Area Sub-Committee, Nova Scotia, Canada, Invited member of the Engineering Committee of Ocean Resources ECOR Marine


Jon Brady

NRCan


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Jon is a Policy Advisor in the Renewable Energy and Electricity Division of Natural Resources Canada. He is responsible for managing the Marine Renewable Energy Enabling Measures program. In this capacity, Jon is leading the development of a policy framework for administering marine renewable energy activities in Canada's federal offshore.  Prior to his current position Jon was a Renewable Energy Policy Analyst at Natural Resources Canada, where he was responsible for a wide-variety of renewable energies, including: ocean; wind; solar and; geothermal.  A published author on wind energy policy, Jon holds a Master's Degree in Public Policy and Administration from Concordia University with a specialization in renewable energy policy.         


Jose Luis Villate

TECNALIA/OES Chairman

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Jose Luis Villate received the B.S. degree in physics in 1991 and a M.Sc. degree in advanced manufacturing technologies in 1992 both from the University of the Basque Country, Spain. Since 1992 until 2010, he was with Robotiker working on topics related to electronics, digital control systems and power converters for the integration of Renewable Energy Sources into the grid. In 2011, Robotiker and other research centres merged into TECNALIA, the biggest private research organisation in Spain, where Jose Luis Villate is currently the Director of the Marine Energy department. He is working on several R&D projects concerning ocean energy with both private and public funding, including several European projects. Between 1998 and 2000, he was a Lecturer of industrial control with the Engineering School of Deusto, Bilbao. Since 2008 Jose Luis Villate coordinates and lectures the marine energy module of a Master on Renewable Energy organized by CSIC. He is member of the Scientific Committee of ICOE (International Conference on Ocean Energy) and chaired ICOE2010. He chairs the Spanish standardisation Committee on Marine Energy and he is member of the International Technical Committee TC114. He is the Spanish member and chairman of OES (the Implementing Agreement on Ocean Energy Systems of the International Energy Agency). He is member of the Board of Directors of the European Ocean Energy Association. He is the author or co-author of more than 40 papers and conference communications in national and international forums. He is the holder of our patents, three of which in the Renewable Energy field.


 

Jochen Bard

Fraunhoffer IWES

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Jochen Bard is head of the department on Marine Energy at the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy Systems IWES. He works as R&D project leader for market and technology development in offshore wind in particular floating and ocean energy technologies such as marine current turbines and wave energy devices. Activities range from feasibility and market studies to technology R&D projects and full scale pilot and demonstration projects across Europe. The R&D work includes conceptual design, modelling of resources and device performance, power take-off technologies and control engineering. As coordinator of the ORECCA network he has currently completed a European roadmap for offshore renewables combining offshore wind, wave and tidal in collaboration with 28 international partner organisations. Further ongoing projects include device testing, combined wind and wave technologies, components and market development of offshore renewables. He is a member of the German mirror group of the technical committee TC 114, Marine Energy – Wave and Tidal Energy Converters of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), and the German representative to the IEA implementing agreement on ocean energy OES –IA.


Ana Brito e Melo

Wave Energy Centre, Portugal

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Ana Brito Melo graduated in 1992 in Civil Engineering at the Instituto Superior Técnico (IST: Technical University of Lisbon) and initiated her carrier in the wave energy field in 1993, when a Portuguese team from IST started building an OWC pilot plant in the Azores, on the neighbouring island of where she was born.

In 2000 she concluded her initial research activities on hydrodynamic modelling with a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, with the thesis entitled “Modelling and Design of Oscillating Water Column Devices: Application to the Wave Power Plant, at Pico, Azores”.

In 2002 she was invited to be Executive Secretary of the Implementing Agreement on Ocean Energy Systems (OES) of the International Energy Agency, which she has been managing until present.

In 2004 she integrated the team of the newly founded non-profit association – the Wave Energy Centre (WavEC), in Lisbon and has been responsible for the coordination work of services and R&D activities. In January 2012 she was appointed Executive Director of the Wave Energy Centre.

 

Tracey Kutney

NRCan

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Tracey Kutney is the Senior Research Engineer for the Marine Energy Technology team for Natural Resources Canada’s CanmetENERGY in Ottawa and has been leading the team since 2011. Ms. Kutney is the Canadian representative on the IEA OES Executive Committee, contributes to IEC TC114 standards development, has acted as the government lead on the Canadian Marine Renewable Energy Technology Roadmap, and has led a number of marine energy research projects. Prior to joining NRCan, Ms. Kutney worked at Garrad Hassan and coordinated its Canadian marine energy consulting services. In 2008 she was voted Executive Treasurer of the Marine Renewables Canada (then OREG) Board of Directors. Also while at Garrad Hassan she performed wind resource analyses, annual energy production estimates, led environmental impact due-diligence reviews, taught courses on wind farm design, and managed multiple environmental assessments. She holds a B.A.Sc Honours in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo and is a licensed Professional Engineer.


 

Henry Jeffrey

 

Senior Research Fellow: Institute for Energy Systems

 

 

 

 

Henry Jeffrey is a specialist in low carbon roadmaps, action plans and strategies is responsible for dissemination and internationalisation within Supergen Marine Phase 2. He leads the UKERC road mapping work for the marine renewables sector and the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) marine programme. Additionally, he is the only academic member of the Renewable UK Marine Strategy Group. In 2010 he was appointed to chair the Lord Hunt led DECC Marine Action Plan technology group and has been instrumental in the development of standards and guidelines for the developing marine renewable industry, exemplified by, for example: his position on the International Energy Agency marine vision group; his collaboration in the production of an ETI marine technology road map; his appointment by the International Electrotechnical Commission to convene their standard for the performance of marine energy devices and membership of the group that produced Scotland’s marine energy deployment roadmap. His international collaboration on the production of marine roadmaps and research strategies, includes Canada, the US, Korea and New Zealand. Henry is also the leader of the EU ORECCA marine road mapping work package.



Tony Lewis Ph.D., M.Sc., B.Tech.

Professor of Energy Engineering, University College Cork, and Academic Director of Beaufort Research (formerly the Hydraulics and Maritime Research Centre - HMRC)

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Prof. Lewis has special competence in ocean energy development, maritime civil engineering and field measurements in the marine environment.

Prof. Lewis has overall academic responsibility for the Programmes in Energy Engineering in the School of Engineering at University College, Cork, Ireland.He was Coordinating Lead Author (CLA) for the Ocean Energy Chapter (6) in Special Report on Renewable Energy for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 2011).

Alternate Delegate for Ireland to the Ocean Energy Implementing Agreement under the auspices of the International Energy Agency (IEA), since 2003.

Founding Board Member of the European Ocean Energy Association.

Co-PI on the €25 million SFI funded centre project MaREI (Marine Renewable Energy Ireland) which runs from 2013-2018.

Principal Investigator in the SFI Charles Parsons Research Programme – Ocean Energy Systems due to be completed in 2015. This project has four themes – hydrodynamics, electrical systems, economics and policy issues. 

Contracting partner on research contracts from a variety of the European Commission Framework Research Programmes for nearly 20 years. A recent contract which he coordinated, entitled “Components for Ocean Renewable Energy Systems” (CORES), ran from 2008-2011, and involved 12 partner organisations.

A second contract, entitled “Marine Infrastructure for Renewable Energy Network” (MaRINET), is being coordinated and runs from 2011-2015, involving 27 partner European organisations.

The HMRC (now Beaufort Research) was established in 1979 and houses Ireland’s only wave test tank facilities. The largest existing facility is the Ocean Wave Basin containing 40 wave paddles to simulate real ocean conditions at reduced scale. www.ucc.ie/research/hmrc A new survival scale wave tank and other test facilities are being constructed in a new purpose built facility – Beaufort Research Laboratory - expected to be completed in 2014.

Beaufort Research provides support to the maritime engineering industry in Ireland and abroad and has been involved in model testing over thirty five ocean energy concepts with some of these progressing to full scale deployment – Azores Pilot Plant, Wave Dragon, OE Buoy, WAVEBOB, WAVEPLANE, OCEANLINX, etc.


Michael C. Reed 

U.S. DOE

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Mr. Reed currently serves as the Program Manager and Chief Engineer for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Water Power Program, within the Wind and Water Power Technologies Office. He is responsible for managing the Department’s research, development, test and evaluation (RDT&E) efforts for both marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) and hydropower technologies. He has a B.S. in Marine Engineering (US Merchant Marine Academy) and an M.S. in Environmental Science (Johns Hopkins University). In his previous roles with the U.S. Navy and engineering consulting firms, he has focused on the development of advanced marine power and propulsion systems.


 

Yasuyuki Ikegami

Saga University

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Yasuyuki IKEGAMI is leader of OTEC projects and Associate Professor with the Institute of Ocean Energy of Saga University, Japan. He received a Master Degree on Engineering from Saga University in 1988 and a PhD on Engineering from Kyushu University in 1991. Dr. Ikegami has been working on the optimization of OTEC systems over the last 25 years. He is currently researching on OTEC systems using ammonia/water mixtures as working fluid. Dr. Ikegami has collaborated in international projects with India, Korea… and he represents Japan in international organizations such as OES and IEC/TC114.



Eoin Sweeney

ITO Consult/OES

Eoin has a Masters degree in Economics from University College Dublin. His work has focussed on Natural Resource development. He managed the Marine S&T programme in the National Board for Science and Technology and initiated InnovaWood, a knowledge transfer network for the Forest and Wood Industries throughout Europe. He managed the Discovery Programme, a major component of SeaChange, the Strategic Programme for the marine sector 2017-2013, within the Marine Institute.

He is currently Head of the Ocean Energy Development Unit, in Sustainable Energy Ireland. In this role he is responsible for initiating and co-ordinating a wide-ranging suite of measures to realise the objectives of the national Ocean Energy Strategy – developing research and test facilities, funding industry research and prototyping, supporting the development of a planning and permitting framework, and initiating work on related aspects of offshore wind, supply chain, engineering infrastructure and macroeconomics.


Hoyt Battey

U.S. DOE

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Hoyt Battey works as the Lead for Market Acceleration and Deployment of Water Power Technologies in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind and Water Power Technologies Office, where he focuses on identifying and addressing barriers that inhibit the development and deployment of ocean renewable energy in the U.S. His role includes management and oversight of more than two dozen individual research projects, focusing on resource assessment of ocean energy, the evaluation of environmental impacts, and regulatory/policy analysis. For the past 3 years he has also led the U.S. effort as Operating Agent of Annex IV, a project under the IEA’s Ocean Energy Systems Implementing Agreement, which aims to assess and disseminate information on the environmental effects and monitoring efforts for ocean wave, tidal, and current energy systems. He has worked at the U.S. Department of Energy for 4 years, and came to DOE from the environmental finance and commodities brokerage firm Evolution Markets. He received his Masters in Environmental Science and Policy from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.



Roger Bagbey

Cardinal Engineering

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Roger Bagbey has over 30 years of experience in systems engineering and management on programs for US Navy ships and submarines, and marine energy generation. As both a US Government program manager and industry executive, he has led a number of major programs involving electromechanical systems designed to operate in marine environments while withstanding severe dynamic loading conditions. As the founder and President of Cardinal Engineering, Mr. Bagbey oversees engineering management and design projects undertaken for the Department of the Navy, the Department of Energy, and Sandia National Laboratories, and system integrators. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Iowa State University.


Jim Ahlgrimm

U.S. DOE Wind and Water Power Office

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Jim Ahlgrimm is responsible for managing testing infrastructure activities for the U.S. Department of Energy Wind and Water Power Technologies Office. He joined the program in 2002 and has served in various wind and water power technology development and deployment management roles. Jim has a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy, an MBA from the University of Maryland, and a Masters in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University.


Deerin Babb-Brott 

National Ocean Council

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Deerin brings a tremendous level of skill, expertise, and knowledge to the Council as former Assistant Secretary for Ocean and Coastal Zone Management in Massachusetts where he led the development of the Massachusetts ocean management plan. He has 22 years of experience in the environmental field, with a focus on coastal management issues and environmental impact review. Previously, he served as Assistant Secretary for Environmental Impact Review and Director of the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act Office, managing the environmental review of major development projects in the Commonwealth. Deerin has also served in the Coastal States Organization and on the Department of Interior's Outer Continental Shelf Policy Committee, contributing to national policy discussions on the Coastal Zone Management Act, energy facility siting, and alternative uses of Outer Continental Shelf resources. As Director of the National Ocean Council Office, Deerin will support the Council Cochairs in implementing the National Ocean Policy, be responsible for ensuring the effective operation of the Council, and represent the Council within the community.

John Weber

Northeast Regional Ocean Council

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JohnWeber has 15 years of experience in the environmental field, focusing on coastal and ocean management issues. He is currently the Ocean Planning Director for the Northeast Regional Ocean Council, a partnership of New England states and federal agencies collaborating on ocean management issues, where he is providing strategic direction for the Northeast response to the National Ocean Policy, particularly the Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning Framework. He recently served as the Ocean Program Manager for the MA Office of Coastal Zone Management, where he managed the development and implementation of the Massachusetts  Ocean Management Plan, completed in late 2009. John's previous private- and public-sector experience included review of urban waterfront development and planning activities, dredging, coastal erosion, and wetland restoration projects. John has a B.S. in Coastal Geology from Long Island University and an M.S. in Marine Resource Management from Oregon State University.


Ryan Sun Chee Fore

U.S. DOE Wind and Water Power Office

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 Mr. RyanSunCheeFore leads development of a manufacturing strategy for Marine and Hydrokinetic technologies, within the Department of Energy's Wind and Water Power Technologies Office.  He also is responsible of instrumentation, and component development initiatives within the Marine and Hydrokinetic Technology Development portfolio.  Prior to joining DoE Ryan served as a deputy program manager on several Office of Naval Research programs, where he managed development of Science and Technology capabilities for transition to the DoD acquisition community.  His technical focus lies in the areas of marine hydrodynamics, seakeeping, and turbulent flow.


Thomas J. Hickman

Vice President of Sales and Marketing Oregeon Iron Works

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As Vice President of sales and marketing at OIW, Mr. Hickman is directly responsible for the daily sales activities of all aspects of the company including projects in the hydro electric, steel bridge building, marine, wave energy and aerospace field, as well as nuclear containment and shielding equipment. This responsibility extends to the oversight all estimating efforts and participating in corporate management.

Mr. Hickman has more than 35 years of experience in the steel fabrication industry. After leaving the Air Force in 1972, Mr. Hickman worked in the transportation and material handling industries for 18 years. Since that time, he has been employed in the heavy steel fabrication and bridge building industries. Mr. Hickman has handled the sales and marketing strategies for the manufacturing of structural steel, boats, large fabricated weldments, and machined products. He has been responsible for developing unique production equipment and manufacturing techniques, and has served in various positions of responsibility including Manager of Manufacturing Operations for a major supplier of capital equipment for wood products industries. For the last twenty years, Mr. Hickman has focused on hydroelectric work and other major construction projects including Wave Energy Systems.


Thomas E. Derecktor 

President & CEO, BluSource Energy Inc.

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Thomas E. Derecktor is President and Founder of BluSource Energy Inc, an engineering and manufacturing concern focused on the development of specialized composite and marine energy products. An engineer and entrepreneur, Tom has more than 35 years of experience in engineering, lean manufacturing, construction, product development, financing, and executive management in the automotive, shipbuilding, composite structures, and hydrokinetic power industries. He founded TracRac Inc, a Tier 1 automotive supplier and led the construction of the largest yacht and the largest carbon fiber mast in the US.Tom has been awarded 7 US patents (with 3 more pending), and has unique skills in Designing for Manufacturability, Failure Modes & Effects Analysis and Composite manufacturing. He received his BSME degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, but received some of his most valuable education working for master craftsmen and engineers in both high volume and one-off environments.

 

In 2012, Dr Steve Winckler joined BluSource as a full partner. Steve is the founder of Global Composites and is one of the top composite engineering consultants globally; playing a key role in developing composite helicopter, wind, and hydrokinetic turbine blades, carbon masts & cables, automotive parts, sports equipment, and ballistic armor.

The combined skills of Winckler and Derecktor give BluSource the ability to rapidly engineer, design, develop, test and deliver virtually any structural product in any material.


Peter Krakoff

CPM Constructors

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Peter Krakoff is the Vice President and Chief Engineer of CPM Constructors a heavy civil general contractor in Freeport, Maine. For the last two years CPM has been working with Ocean Renewable Power Company to fabricate and deploy a MHK unit in Cobscook Bay near Eastport, Maine. They also constructed shore side facilities, installed over 4,000 ft of buried submarine cable and successfully connected the working turbine unit to the grid. CPM has developed equipment assets and construction techniques that minimize the need for expensive specialized equipment in a remote location. In 2013 CPM Constructors received the “Build America” award in the utility category for the project.

Mr. Krakoff is a graduate of Colby College and the University of Maine and is a licensed professional engineer in three states.

 

Fred Jacquot

American Bridge

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Fred Jacquot is the Sales Manager for American Bridge Manufacturing’s Reedsport, Oregon Facility. Fred has been with ABM since 2004, and has sold and managed steel fabrication projects for the transportation, general construction, and municipal utility markets. Due to ABM Reedsport’s location on the Oregon Coast, Fred has been involved with the development and fabrication of marine energy conversion devices, and has participated in local siting and deployment processes in the Southern Oregon Coastal Region.

American Bridge Manufacturing is the fabrication arm of American Bridge Company. With a century of experience in turnkey manufacturing, construction, and project management, American Bridge Company has the capacity and experience to complete complex projects in the transportation, infrastructure, marine, and general construction industries. American Bridge Manufacturing’s Reedsport facility holds AISC certification for bridges and buildings and ASME certification for pressure vessels and boiler components.

Fred holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering Technology, and has experience in the design and fabrication of pressure and heat transfer systems and equipment, and the design and manufacture of electro mechanical and hydraulic accessories for the Recreational Vehicle, Recreational Marine Vessel, Offroad Equipment, and Freight Transportation Equipment industries. Prior to coming to American Bridge Manufacturing, Fred worked for a company designing and manufacturing stainless steel pressure and heat transfer equipment for the petrochemical processing industry.


Eric Schumacher

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EricSchumacher (52) has over 35 years of industrial FRP/Composite experience under one company and joined the Ershigs Group in 1997 as the General Manager of the Biloxi, MS. manufacturing facility. He is currently Vice President of Engineering and Quality Assurance. Prior to Ershigs acquisition, Eric worked at GL&V / LaValley Construction Company for 20 years in a number of positions, advancing to General Manager of the Biloxi, MS. plant.  Eric holds a Degree in Engineering Technology.  He is married, has 2 children, and resides in Camas, WA.


Keith Martin

Chardbourne & Park

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Keith Martin is co-head of the project finance group at Chadbourne & Parke LLP, a law firm headquartered at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York with 11 other offices in the US and abroad.  The prestigious Chambers directory in London ranks Chadbourne number one (in a shared ranking with Milbank) in the US renewables market based on year-round interviewing of corporate law departments and peers at other firms.  Keith is a transactional lawyer who worked last year for 188 companies and on projects in the US and eight foreign countries.  He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and the editor of the Project Finance NewsWire.  He also lobbies Congress and the Treasury Department on policy issues.  He was counsel to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D.-N.Y.) and a legislative assistant to Senator Henry "Scoop" Jackson (D.-Wash.) before joining Chadbourne in 1983.

  

Neil E. Rondorf

SAIC, Chair TC-114

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Neil E. Rondorf is Vice President of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) where he is presently leader of SAIC’s development efforts in marine renewable energy technologies. Neil is a Director of the Ocean Renewable Energy Coalition (OREC) which represents the marine renewable energy industry in Washington, D.C. and he is Chairman IEC technical standards committee (TC-114) which is developing international standards for wave, tidal and water current devices. Neil is also serves as a Director of the International Cable Protection Committee and is a Founding Industrial Partner of the Virginia Coastal Energy Research Consortium. Neil received his Bachelor of Science in Oceanography from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1974, a Master’s Equivalent in Nuclear Engineering from the Naval Nuclear Power Program in 1976 and a Master’s Equivalent in International Relations from the Naval War College, Newport, RI in 1997.


Bill Staby

Resolute Marine, HOD TC-114 USA

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Bill Staby is Founder and CEO of Boston-based Resolute Marine Energy, Inc. (RME) which, since 2007, has been developing technologies that harvest energy from ocean waves.

This past January, RME’s FERC preliminary permit application was approved marking the official start of its Yakutat, Alaska Wave Energy Project. The project involves a 25-square-mile area within Alaska’s submerged lands off Yakutat, a rural community in southeast Alaska. As presently planned, the project will consist of an array of RME’s SurgeWEC™ wave energy converters for a total installed capacity of approximately 750 kilowatts. The project will have an estimated annual output of over 3,000 MWh and will generate significant fuel cost savings for Yakutat.

Bill is Chairman of the U.S. delegation to IEC TC-114 which is developing technical standards for the marine renewable energy industry and he is also a U.S. representative to the IEC Conformity Assessment Board. Bill is an active member of the Ocean Renewable Energy Coalition and is a member of the Advisory Board of the University of North Carolina- Coastal Studies Institute. In 2010 Bill was a featured speaker at TEDx Boston.

Bill attended the University of Oregon before receiving his undergraduate degree in accounting and finance from the City University of New York in 1985. He earned his M.B.A. from New York University in 1988 and has completed executive education programs at Harvard Business School and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

 

 

Russell Stothers 

Chief Operating Officer, Clean Current Power Systems

 

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Russell is a professional engineer with extensive ocean energy technical knowledge and over twenty years experience in marine renewables, aircraft propulsion and design engineering.  He is the co-inventor on a number of the Company’s patent applications. Russell is also Chair, Canadian National committee, of IEC TC114 (Marine Energy Standards for Tidal, Wave and other water current converters).


 

Elizabeth Butler

Butler Law Offices LLC, Partner

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Elizabeth Butler is an attorney with over thirty years of experience in legislative, regulatory, permitting, and policy issues controlling marine renewable energy projects. In the public sector, she served as Chief Counsel to the Governor of Maine and as State of Maine Assistant Attorney General. She assists clients on a broad range of regulatory, economic development, and start-up company projects, including marine renewable energy and wind power projects. In her international practice, Ms. Butler has worked on energy and water sector projects funded by the World Bank and the United States Agency for International Development in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Haiti, Moldova, Rwanda and Kenya.

Ms. Butler serves on the board of directors of the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, a non-profit that combines science, education, and community to catalyze solutions to the complex challenges of ocean stewardship and economic growth in the Gulf of Maine bioregion. GMRI seeks to provide objective and science-driven solutions for marine communities grappling with contentious issues, management transitions, and new business systems, including marine renewable energy projects.

 

John M. Ferland

Vice President of Project Development, Ocean Renewable Power Company

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John M. Ferland is Vice President of Project Development for Ocean Renewable Power Company, an international industry leading developer of technology and projects that generate clean, predictable power from ocean and river currents. He leads the company’s project development, environmental permitting and project licensing activities. John draws on over 30 years of experience in commercialization strategy for renewable energy companies, port emergency response operations, coastal resources management, and public policy. He has served as CEO of an oil spill response company which he led through the clean up of the largest oil spill ever to occur in Portland, Maine’s harbor in 1996, counseled numerous startups as director of a technology entrepreneur incubation program, and was the founding president of Environmental & Energy Technology Council of Maine, now the leading industry association for clean technology companies in northern New England. John has an undergraduate degree from the University of Maine and a Master of Marine Affairs degree from the University of Rhode Island.

 

Blake G. Sellers

Vice President – Governmental Affairs, with Neptune Wave Power 

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Mr. Sellers is the Vice President – Governmental Affairs, with Neptune Wave Power (Neptune), and also serves on the company’s Board of Advisors. He is also a Managing Director of Pillar Solutions Group (Pillar), with a focus on assisting mid-market organizations with the many challenges of successful merger integration. Prior to joining Neptune and Pillar in 2011, he served as the partner responsible for Grant Thornton’s merger integration services. From 2005 to 2010 he was co-founder / CEO of Avalion Consulting, an information technology and consulting firm which he sold to Grant Thornton. From 2003 to 2005, he served as President of Avvantica, Inc. He led a management buyout of Avvantica’s consulting practice to create Avalion in 2005. Prior to joining Avvantica in 2003, Mr. Sellers spent 17 years in various positions with Deloitte Consulting. He was admitted to the Deloitte partnership in 1995. From 1999 – 2001 he was based in Milan, Italy and led Deloitte’s European supply chain consulting services.

Mr. Sellers graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science in Operations Research & Industrial Engineering. He holds a master’s degree in business administration from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Sellers is co-author on 3 separate patents related to Avalion’s key software product, ComplianceSet®. Professional credentials achieved include Certified Management Consultant (CMC), Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM).

In addition to his active roles as an entrepreneur and consultant, Mr. Sellers serves on a variety of non-profit boards and committees. He is currently an Executive Member of the Energy Management and Innovation Center (EMIC) at the McCombs School of Business. The mission of the EMIC is to empower leaders to more effectively manage energy demand and resources while enabling innovative technologies. For the McCombs MBA Alumni Network, he serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board and is incoming Chairman – Giving Committee. He was President of the McCombs MBA Alumni Dallas Chapter from 2007 – 2009. In Dallas he also serves on the United Way’s Campaign Cabinet with a focus on facilitating the UW’s campaigns with professional services firms. He is a member of St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Plano, TX. Blake and his wife Cristina have been married for 27 years, and they have 2 children, Nick (age 22) and Cary (age 20).

 

Martin Wosnik, Ph.D.

University of New Hampshire

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Martin Wosnik is the Associate Director for Tidal and Offshore Wind Energy at the Center for Ocean Renewable Energy at the University of New Hampshire (UNH-CORE), which provides multiple-scale research and technology evaluation for Ocean Renewable Energy systems. UNH-CORE operates a scaled tidal energy test site in Great Bay Estuary and a 36-acre permitted offshore test site in NH State waters suited for wave and wind energy testing. Dr. Wosnik is on the faculty in Mechanical Engineering and Ocean Engineering at UNH, and conducts research on turbulent flows, tidal energy conversion and scaled wind turbine arrays. He recently received an NSF CAREER award to study turbulent inflow and wakes relevant to marine hydrokinetic energy conversion.


Paul Williamson

Director and Principle Coordinator, Maine Wind Industry Initiative

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Paul currently serves as the Director and Principle Coordinator of the Maine Wind Industry Initiative (MWII). MWII is a collaborative effort between leading wind industry partners, industry associations, State entities, and the University of Maine to promote the growth and organization of the wind industry supply chain in Maine. MWII serves the onshore and offshore wind industries as well as the ocean energy supply chain development needs.

Paul Williamson has been working as a workforce and economic development specialist in Maine since 2006. Much of that work began with the boat building and advanced materials industries, and then broadened to include a variety of manufacturing and fabricating industries. Paul is a licensed sea captain with over 10 years owning and operating commercial vessels. When time allows you will find Paul surfing or sailing off the Maine coast.

 

Dr. Gayle Zydlewski

University of Maine

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Dr. Gayle Zydlewski is a research associate professor in the School of Marine Sciences at the University of Maine. She is the project leader of the Fish Assessment Study Team, a component of the Maine Tidal Power Initiative and Maine’s Sustainability Solutions Initiative. Her research interests and experiences are in the area of fish ecology, emphasizing the impacts of environmental conditions on the expression of behavior. It should be noted that at the intersection of environment and behavior are physiological responses. As such, much of her research has focused on the integration of behavior and physiology as it relates to environmental experiences. Recently, her research direction has expanded to incorporate impacts of various components of the ecosystems (prey presence, interspecific interactions, and water chemistry) on fish behavior and population dynamics. Results from these research topics are useful for natural resource managers making decisions associated with environmental impacts on natural (or artificially-enhanced) populations of fishes.

 

Dr. Habib Dagher

University of Maine

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Dr. Dagher is founding Director of the Advanced Structures & Composites Center, a National Science Foundation funded research Center housed in an 87,000 ft2 laboratory with 140 full and part-time personnel. The Composites Center is a world leader in the development of low-cost, high-performance structural composites for construction. 

Dr. Dagher has conducted over 125 R&D projects with total value of over $65 million. He has received R&D funding from agencies such as the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Dept. of Energy, the Office of Naval Research, the U.S. Dept. of Commerce, the Federal Highway Administration, the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, U.S. Army and the U.S. Coast Guard.

 

Paul T. Jacobson, Ph.D.

Waterpower Program Manager, Electric Power Research Institute

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Dr. Jacobson currently manages EPRI’s Waterpower Program, which encompasses conventional hydropower as well as marine and hydrokinetic technologies. His professional work over the past 25 years has focused on environmental assessment in aquatic ecosystems. Prior to joining EPRI in September, 2009, he worked in the environmental consulting arena, most recently for 13 years as the founder and principal scientist of Langhei Ecology, LLC. Dr. Jacobson’s specialty is design, analysis, and interpretation of monitoring and assessment programs to support environmental decision-making. For three years he served as the chairman of the Maryland Water Monitoring Council (a collaborative organization encompassing federal, state and local government agencies, NGOs, and for-profit organizations) and has served on the boards of local, environmental foundations. Since 1998, Dr. Jacobson has been a faculty member of the Johns Hopkins University, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, where he teaches a graduate course on ecological assessment.

 

Timothy Cornelius

Chief Executive Officer of Atlantis Resources Corporation

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TimothyCornelius is the Chief Executive Officer of Atlantis Resources Corporation. His core skill lies in deal origination and pipeline creation and he has considerable structuring experience in power projects bringing together project financiers with owner operators and technology providers. He has a broad understanding of global power and commodities markets and has acquired a unique combination of academic, practical and commercial experience in the field of marine energy. 

He has accumulated a wealth of engineering and concept development experience over the past 12 years. His roles have included underwater research, sub-sea engineering in the oil and gas sector, power market origination and technology development in the marine power sector as well as business development and corporate accountability through director and executive roles.

Tim has a BSc. in Marine Biology from Flinders University, an MBA from Bond University, is a fully-certified submersible engineer, ROV pilot, commercial diver and fibre-optic technician. He currently lectures in emissions & weather trading, power market risk management and exotic environmental derivatives at Singapore Management University.


Michael Ottaviano

Chief Executive Officer, Carnegie Wave Energy

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Dr. Ottaviano is Carnegie's Managing Director and joined the board of Carnegie in 2006. He has been employed by Carnegie since early 2006, initially as the General Manager of Technology and Innovation.

He has previously worked in research and development and was a divisional manager for a private Australian engineering company. Prior to joining Carnegie, he was a Senior Manager specialising in Technology and Innovation consulting at a global accounting and advisory firm.

He has advised companies on new product development, intellectual property, innovation portfolio management and technology commercialisation across various industries and ranging from start-ups to ASX-listed companies with market capitalisations in excess of $1billion.

He completed his Doctorate in Business Administration in the field of Corporate Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

 

Marta Nogaj

EDF

 Marta Nogaj

Marta Nogaj is the Marine Energy Project Leader responsible for coordinating a working group dedicated to assessing marine energies for the EDF group. Her role includes managing evaluations of marine energy technologies and resource analysis to determine marine energy potential. EDF is the leading French energy provider, which supports the development of all renewable energies, including ocean energies such as: wave power, thermal energy from oceans, and marine current & tidal stream energy.Marta holds a PhD in Environmental Engineering and has been with EDF for six years. In her previous role at EDF, Marta was the Project Leader of the "Impacts of Climate Change on the Energy Sector" project. This included assessing & identifying trends in climatic parameters to determine the potential impact of external hazards of climatic origin on EDF’s activities. Her work included evaluation of the potential impacts of climatic and meteorological hazards on EDF’s existing and future fleet of nuclear power plants and other energy installations. Marta is a Polish national and studied at the Warsaw University of Technology (Poland) and then at the Paris IX University.

 

 

Craig Collar

Assistant General Manager, Snohomish PUD

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Craig Collar is the Assistant General Manager for Power and Transmission at Snohomish County Public Utility District. Prior to joining Snohomish PUD Craig held a number of engineering and operations leadership positions for Kimberly Clark Corporation and also served as a U.S. Navy submarine officer. Craig holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Montana State University, as well as an MBA from Colorado State University, and is a registered Professional Engineer.

 

Deborah Greaves

Plymouth University

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Deborah Greaves is Professor of Ocean Engineering and Director of the COAST (Coastal, Ocean and Sediment Transport) Laboratory in the School of Marine Science and Engineering at Plymouth University, she is Board Member for PRIMaRE (the Peninsula Research Institute for Marine Renewable Energy, www.primare.org) and represents Marine Engineering in the Marine Institute. From 2000 until February 2008, she was a lecturer in the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering at the University of Bath and held a Royal Society University Research Fellowship for six years. Before that, she was a lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UCL for five years after completing her DPhil at Oxford University, and prior to that she graduated in Civil Engineering from Bristol University and worked as a civil engineer for four years. Her research interests include marine renewable energy, physical and numerical modelling of violent free surface flow and fluid-structure interaction. She is involved with a number of research projects concerning marine renewable energy funded by EPSRC, GWR, EU Interreg, IEE, FP7, SWRDA, TSB in collaboration industrial and academic partners. She is currently coordinating a 2 million euro EU project SOWFIA, streamlining of offshore wave farms impact assessment, which brings together proposed wave energy test sites in the UK, Ireland, Spain, France, Portugal and Sweden. She is lead PI on EPSRC Research Grant EP/J012866/1 (FROTH) ), EPSRC EP/K012177/1, The hydrodynamics of deformable flexible fabric structures for wave energy conversion, and partner on EP/J010235/1 (X-MED), on EU FP7 Project Marinet, on Interreg Project MERIFIC, and an associate Partner of UKCMER SuperGen Marine III. She is a Chartered Engineer, a Member of RINA (Royal Institution of Naval Architects), a member of the Offshore Energy Environmental Research (OEER) and Offshore Energy Technical Research (OETR) Associations Joint Tidal Area Sub-Committee, Nova Scotia, Canada, Invited member of the Engineering Committee of Ocean Resources ECOR Marine Renewables panel.

 

Joao Cruz , C.Eng, Ph.D, Dipl. Ing.

GH Wave Energy Team Leader (Lisbon, Portugal)

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Dr. Cruz joined GL GH to start and lead the Wave Energy team in early 2008, which now has six full time staff solely devoted to wave energy projects. Dr. Cruz has initiated and managed wave energy resource assessments and technology evaluations, as well as developed and taught the Wave Energy Conversion course for clients worldwide. Dr. Cruz has also led the development of new design and planning tools for wave energy converter, WaveDyn and WaveFarmer. In PerAWaT, Dr Cruz is also the technical lead of the wave consortium.

Before joining GL GH, Dr. Cruz was a project engineer at Ocean Power Delivery Ltd (now Pelamis Wave Power Ltd) where he was responsible for software development regarding the post-processing of full-scale machines (both at EMEC, Orkney, and Agucadoura, Portugal), in the Cost Reduction and Performance Enhancement Department. Prior to that, Dr. Cruz worked at Teamwork Technology BV (The Netherlands) as an engineer and was a member of the AWS Pilot Plant Testing Team at Povoa do Varzim in Portugal where he developed softwaretools for assessing the influence of the plant on the wave profile.

Finally, Dr. Cruz is the editor of the 2008 textbook ‘Ocean Wave Energy’ (Springer-Verlag), and co-author of the book ‘Wave Energy’ which was commissioned by the Portuguese Institute for the Environment in 2004. He is the lead author of several journal papers and numerous peer-reviewed international conference papers. He was awarded the 2007 Professional Engineering Publishing Award for the Best Paper of the Year Award for a 2006 publication in the Journal of Engineering for the Maritime Environment of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. In the 2009 European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference in Uppsala, (Sweden) Dr. Cruz was awarded an honorary award for his engagement with the ocean energy community, from which resulted the ‘Ocean Wave Energy’ book. Also in 2009 Dr. Cruz was awarded the 2nd Prize (ex-aequo) in the Young Engineer Innovation Awards promoted by the Portuguese Society of Engineers for his PhD work in the modeling of a wave powered desalination concept.

Dr. Cruz has a European PhD and a MEng in Mechanical Engineering from IST Lisbon.

 


George Laird

Dresser Rand

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Is the Business Development Director heading up the Machtech group within Dresser-Rand in Peterborough,UK. Part of his role is looking after the marine renewable business where Dresser-rand are looking to develop Power Take Off solutions for wave energy converters. He has a BSc in Electro-Mechanical Engineering and an MEng in Technology. He is also a chartered engineer with the Institute of Engineering Technology (IET) in the UK. He has been working in Power generation for the past 13 years with 7 years at Dresser-rand and 6 years at Cummins.


Gary Feldman

Lockheed Martin

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Gary Feldman is the Director of Business Development for Lockheed Martin’s Alternative Energy business and New Ventures portfolio. Mr. Feldman has over 25 years experience in both the commercial and defense industries. His experience spans project development, program management, business development, engineering, and information technology. Prior to his current assignment he was the business development lead for international navy programs, including the Canadian navy frigate modernization project (Halifax Class Modernization). Mr. Feldman was previously the Chief Information Officer for Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Sensors. In his current role, Mr. Feldman is responsible for renewable energy generation including; ocean energy (OTEC, wave, tidal), bioenergy/waste to energy, solar power technologies, energy storage, and solid oxide fuel cells. Mr. Feldman is also responsible for clinical technologies, oil/gas exploration and global supply chain services.

Mr. Feldman holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton, and an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

 

 

 

Dallas Meggitt

Technical Director, Sound & Sea Technology, Inc.

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Mr. Meggitt is the Technical Director of Sound & Sea Technology, Inc. (SST), responsible for technical execution and quality of SST projects. The mission of Sound & Sea Technology is to provide ocean engineering expertise to the U. S. Navy, other government agencies and the undersea telecommunications industry. SST projects for which Mr. Meggitt has been responsible have included installation of test cables off the Washington coast and power cables at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; directionally drilled shore landings for cables at Ascension and San Nicolas Islands; design of a complex tri-moor acoustic system for installation at AUTEC; establishment of a Navy Maritime Security Test and Evaluation Site (NMSTES) at Port Hueneme CA; installation of an acoustic harbor defense system (CENTURION); planning for installation of acoustic sensor system cables at Wake Island; development and testing of a system for protection of high-value Navy assets; definition of requirements for new-generation Underwater Construction Team equipment; environmental data collection and analysis for Navy projects; planning and management of cable system installations; and seafloor surveys for undersea cable projects. As SST’s Technical Director, Mr. Meggitt’s responsibilities include providing ocean engineering technical and management support to a wide variety of projects, both government and commercial, including development and deployment of cable systems, survey and installation of acoustic sensor systems, planning and executing cable installations and shore landings. Mr. Meggitt has provided survivability analysis for the Advanced Deployable System (ADS) for ensuring that survivability requirements are incorporated into the ADS design.

He is married to his wife Judith, the President of SST, lives in Edmonds, WA and has five grown children.


 

Ken Rhinefrank

Vice President of Research and Development, Columbia Power Technologies, Inc.

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Ken Rhinefrank is Vice President of Research and Development at Columbia Power Technologies, Inc. where he directs the technical development of their wave energy technology. Wave energy projects of interest include: direct-drive power take off research and L-10 deployment; development of a commercial scale wave energy converter (WEC) concept design, including 33rd scale and 15th scale wave tank tests; an intermediate (7th) scale ocean test; a 33rd scale wave farm array test; development of a direct-drive rotary permanent magnet generator; and Direct Drive Wave Energy Buoy detailed design of a utility scale WEC.

 He received his B.S. in electrical engineering at Oregon State University and is pursuing a Ph.D. in electrical engineering. While at OSU he studied magnetic and electromagnetic systems, control systems for hybrid electric vehicles, generator modeling, design, and analysis, wave energy linear test bed development and fundamental concepts in wave energy extraction. Prior to his graduate work, he spent 15 years in the design, installation, and repair of automated industrial controls systems with HP and Applied Theory. Prior to that he served for eight years in the Navy, where he served on two fast attack nuclear powered submarines (SSN 696 and SSN 711) and completed his tour as Engineering Watch Supervisor.


 

John McCarthy, C.P.A.

 

CEO, Ocean Energy Limited.

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John has over 20 years of business experience in a variety of positions and enterprises, both in Ireland and Internationally.

 

With a career background in accountancy and finance, John has specialized in capital intensive and innovative development projects.

 

Ocean Energy Ltd has developed a floating Oscillating Water Column (OWC) device which has spent over 3 years in a live sea state environment. Proving this remarkable capacity of the Ocean Energy device to survive, behave sympathetically in harsh sea states, whilst optimizing power capture is considered a landmark achievement within the industry.

 

John has provided strategic direction for the development of the technology and he now leads the implementation of the next phase of the development programme as the technology nears commercialization.



 

Jason Busch

Executive Director, Oregon Wave Energy Trust

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Jason Busch is Executive Director of Oregon Wave Energy Trust (OWET), a nonprofit public-private partnership funded by the Oregon Innovation Council to support the responsible development of ocean energy in Oregon and the jobs this new industry will create.

Oregon Wave Energy Trust serves as a connector for all stakeholders involved in ocean energy project development – from research and development to early stage community engagement and final deployment and energy generation – positioning Oregon as the North American leader in this nascent industry, and delivering its full economic and environmental potential for the state.


Charles F. Dunleavy

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Ocean Power Technologies, Inc.

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Charles F. Dunleavy has over 20 years of experience in the marine renewable energy industry. His career has encompassed broad experience in international, public companies including those in manufacturing and technology-based sectors. He has served as Chief Executive Officer of Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. (OPT) since 2010 and previously as the company’s Chief Financial Officer, and as Treasurer and Secretary since 1990. He has been a member of the Board of Directors since 1990.

At OPT, he has played a key role in the company’s progress in expanding its operations in Europe, North America, Australia and Japan. In addition, he was instrumental in the company’s raising over $150 million in equity capital from an international base of strategic partners, institutions and individual investors. Following successful initial public offerings in London in 2003 and New York in 2007, OPT is now listed on NASDAQ in the US (symbol: OPTT).

From 1990 to 1993, Mr. Dunleavy served as Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Director of Whole Systems International Corp., a private company specializing in multimedia instructional systems and information technology. From 1983 to 1990, Mr. Dunleavy was the corporate controller for Intermetrics, Inc., a mid-sized publicly-held company which provided software engineering services, integrated systems and software development tools to an international client base, and which is now a part of L-3 Communications. He served as general accounting manager from 1979 to 1983 for Plymouth Rubber Company, a publicly-held manufacturer of rubber and plastics products. Mr. Dunleavy began his career in public accounting with Pricewaterhouse Coopers, primarily serving publicly-held companies with multi-national operations across the manufacturing, high technology and banking sectors.

Mr. Dunleavy is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Master of Business Administration degree with honors from Rutgers Graduate School of Business Administration. He received his A.B. degree from Colgate University with Phi Beta Kappa honors. He also studied at the Universite de Dijon, Dijon, France and is fluent in French.

 

Justin Klure

Northwest Energy Innovators

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Justin Klure is a managing partner with Pacific Energy Ventures (PEV) with over 15 years of experience working directly with industry, academia and government to commercialize new energy technologies and related projects throughout the U.S. and internationally. Mr. Klure is a pioneer within the ocean energy community serving as a founding member of the Northwest region’s first public-private ocean energy organization. He has contributed to the permitting and development of the industry’s first commercial projects, worked with companies to demonstrate and test new technologies, and has secured almost $20 million in private and public funds to support the ocean energy industry in the U.S. Prior to joining PEV, Klure served as a senior energy advisor for the State of Oregon. Justin lives in Portland, Oregon and holds a Master’s degree in Business and a Bachelor’s of Science from Willamette University.

 

Brian L. Polagye

co-Director, Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center, University of Washington Research Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington

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Dr. Brian Polagye is the co-Director of the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center, leading marine renewable energy research, development, and testing at the University of Washington and a research assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. His research areas include several aspects of tidal current power generation, such as resource characterization, identification and mitigation of environmental impacts, and integrating energy harvesting with oceanographic instrumentation. He also participates in the development of international standards for resource assessment and power performance of tidal current converters. Dr. Polagye holds a BSME (2000) from Princeton University and MSME (2005) and PhD (2009) from the University of Washington.

 

Simon Geerlofs

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

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Simon Geerlofs is the Wind and Water Power Program Manager for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and lives and works in Seattle, WA. At PNNL, Mr. Geerlofs' research has focused primarily on sustainable hydropower and ocean renewable energy (MHK and offshore wind) opportunities in support of the Department of Energy Wind and Water Power Team. He is currently the principal investigator for DOE Wind and Water Power projects on coastal and marine spatial planning, marine renewable energy regulatory analysis, stakeholder outreach, and integrated river basin hydropower opportunity assessments. Previous to his employment with PNNL, Mr. Geerlofs gained extensive project management experience working with local jurisdictions and diverse stakeholder groups as the Marine Program Coordinator for the Northwest Straits Commission from 2007-2009. Before that, he served as a Legislative Assistant for ocean policy to Senator Maria Cantwell, working closely with Congress, constituents, agencies, and others to enact effective marine policy. He holds a masters' degree in Marine Affairs from the University of Washington.

 

Bruce Cameron

Executive Director, Sustainable and Renewable Energy, Nova Scotia Dept. of Energy

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Bruce Cameron is Executive Director of Sustainable and Renewable Energy at the Nova Scotia Department of Energy. He leads the Department on renewable energy, electricity policy, energy conservation and efficiency, and growing the use of natural gas. He is the government representative on the board of the province’s offshore energy research association (OERA). Mr. Cameron did his undergraduate work in the social sciences at Carleton University in Ottawa and received an MBA from Dalhousie University in 1985.

Bruce has been involved in a variety of roles in energy issues and policies since 1999. He also spent three and a half years with the Nova Scotia Department of Finance.


Chris Campbell 

Marine Renewables Canada

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Chris is a marine scientist and leader in development of Canada’s ocean economy. He has a Bsc from Wales, a PhD from Newfoundland, and has worked in France, Newfoundland and British Columbia.

Trained in biology, he worked in aquaculture and seafood industry development as a leader in research, education and consulting.

In recent years he has worked to cluster BC’s ocean technology sector and to create Ocean Industries BC as an industry association to focus on economic opportunities from British Columbia’s “maritime” activity.

Since 2004, he has focused on building an alliance of industry, governments and utilities to ensure that Canada is a leading player in the emerging renewable ocean energy opportunity. The 120-member Ocean Renewable Energy Group has succeeded in attracting government and utility attention toward this important clean electricity resource and low-carbon economic opportunity. Chris now serves as Executive Director for this national association.


Douglas J. Keefe

Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy

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Douglas J. Keefe QC is a private consultant. Doug has extensive experience in leadership, negotiation, change management, and crisis response. He is executive director of the Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE), a not for profit corporation set up to develop and manage a facility to demonstrate tidal energy devices in Nova Scotia’s Minas Passage.

He continues to work as a consultant, providing strategic and human resource advice. He has conducted workplace harassment investigations, served on a national panel reviewing correctional services and, with John Furlong, co-chaired the Vancouver Riot Review.

He retired from the Nova Scotia public service in March 2007 after nearly thirty years in various legal and management positions. In his last seven years he was the deputy minister of justice and deputy attorney general.

 

Kenneth L. Johnson

Chadbourne & Park

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Kenneth L. Johnson has advised a variety of publicly and privately held companies, ranging from emerging growth companies to leading financial services firms, on a broad array of intellectual property (IP), technology and green energy matters. His practice focuses on:

Procurement, management and licensing of IP assets

Complex IP/technology transactions

High-stakes IP/technology litigation

Business-focused IP support for corporate transactions

Mr. Johnson's experience includes serving as Chief Patent Counsel for Credit Suisse, where he reinvigorated the patent program and realigned it with the business needs of the bank. His efforts resulted in a significant increase in the number of patents filed, and helped create one of Credit Suisse's first technology spin-outs, the revenues from which will help offset the costs typically associated with the IT back-office function.

Mr. Johnson's experience in green energy and technology includes carbon financing and trading. For example, Mr. Johnson provided IP advice and counseling to a client in connection with their development of a first-of-its-kind structured financial product for the sale of emissions credits from a portfolio of CDM projects.

Mr. Johnson's over 15 years of experience in IP and technology law also includes practicing at several prominent law firms, most notably, as a partner at Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison LLP. There he counseled emerging growth and established companies on various business-critical IP and technology matters including: IP procurement and enforcement, corporate partnering agreements, IP licensing and technology transactions, corporate finance and capital markets, DMCA, privacy and open source.


Benjamin Glenn

Founding Partner of Shay Glenn LLP, BS in Mechanical Engineering, US Naval Academy, JD, Santa Clara University

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Benjamin Glenn is a founding partner at Shay Glenn LLP, where he specializes in strategic patents and innovations counseling for start-up companies in medical device and renewable energy.

Prior to founding Shay Glenn LLP, Benjamin was a division patent counsel for Applied Materials, Inc. and was associated with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, and Cooley Godward LLP in the areas of IP litigation, strategic patent counseling and patent prosecution.

Benjamin advises companies and investors in IP matters arising during corporate formation, investment rounds, R&D activities and throughout a company's product development cycle.

Benjamin is admitted to practice in California and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

 

Michael D. Stein

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Michael D. Stein is a partner in the Washington DC based firm Stein IP LLC. Mr. Stein received a B.S.degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 1987, and a J.D. degree from the American University in 1992. Mr. Stein is admitted to the Bars of the District of Columbia and Maryland and to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Mr. Stein worked as a systems analyst on missile guidance systems for two years upon receiving his electrical engineering degree. While earning his law degree, Mr. Stein performed patent searches in the Patent and Trademark Office, prepared patentability reports, prosecuted trademark applications and was involved in computer hardware and software licensing issues.

Mr. Stein has been actively involved in the preparation and prosecution of U.S. patent applications in many different areas of technology and has a significant interest in Green technologies, having prepared and prosecuted patent applications, reissues and reexaminations in areas such as fuel cell, solar and rechargeable batteries. In addition, he has been actively involved in the preparation of validity and infringement opinions, reexamination and reissue proceedings, trademark oppositions, and preparation and prosecution of U.S. trademark applications, as well as other intellectual property matters like patent and trademark disputes.

Mr. Stein has presented a number of seminars to corporations and law firms in Asia and Europe on relevant patent, trademark and copyright issues, including at a conference co-hosted by a German law firm entitled Current Significant Issues in US Patent Law and a Comparative Analysis with German and European Patent Law in Munich,.Gemany in November 2011. Topics included Current Issues in IP for Green Technology.

 Mr. Stein is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the American Bar Association, and the Licensing Executives Society.

 

John A. Rafter Jr.

Partner, Stoel Rives, LLP

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"Jay" is a partner in the Intellectual Property group of Stoel Rives LLP in Portland, Oregon. His 20+ years practicing IP law includes experience obtaining IP protection and patents for clients in a wide range of technology fields such as mechanical, optical systems and barcode scanning, medical products, cleantech and wind, computer technology and software, internet/business methods, motion picture/video equipment and lighting. He is experienced in managing major client patent portfolios, preparing patent opinion letters and negotiating licenses. He has also represented companies in enforcing and defending intellectual property rights via patent, trademark and trade dress litigation in several districts of the federal courts, patent interference proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Board of Appeals and Interferences and trademark opposition proceedings.




 


2012 Speakers


Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)

United States Senator

Senator Lisa Murkowski is the first Alaskan-born Senator and only the sixth United States Senator to serve the state. The state’s senior senator, Lisa Murkowski is a third-generation Alaskan, born in Ketchikan and raised in towns across the state: Wrangell, Juneau, Fairbanks and Anchorage. Since joining the Senate in 2002, Senator Murkowski has been a strong advocate for Alaska on the important issues facing the state, including energy, health care, education, military/veterans’ affairs and infrastructure development.

Only the 33rd female to serve in the United States Senate since its founding in 1789, Senator Murkowski has assumed leadership roles quickly.  She is the senior Republican member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and also serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee, where she is the ranking Republican of the Interior and Environment Subcommittee.  Senator Murkowski is a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee – the first Alaskan to serve on that panel – and also is a senior member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee.

She earned a B.A. in economics from Georgetown University in 1980 and a law degree from Willamette University in 1985.  Prior to her appointment to the United States Senate, Senator Murkowski practiced commercial law in Anchorage and served three terms in the Alaska State House of Representatives.  She was elected to a full six-year U.S. Senate term in 2004, and was re-elected in 2010 in a historic write-in campaign, the first successful write-in effort to the Senate since 1954.

Senator Murkowski is married to Verne Martell and they have two sons. She enjoys spending time with her family in the Alaska outdoors.


Calum Davidson

Director of Energy and Low Carbon, Highlands and Islands Enterprise

Calum Davidson is the Director of Energy and Low Carbon at Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the Scottish Government’s economic and community development agency for the north and north-west of Scotland. He is a Regional Planner with 25 years experience in economic, project and technology development in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Calum has a background in regional policy, technology, knowledge transfer, innovation, inward investment, project development and investment.

Inspired by 1970s teenage memories of the world’s first modern wave capture device, Salter’s Nodding Ducks, in Loch Ness, and standing underneath the world’s first 3MW wind turbine prototype in Orkney in 1988, he leads a group responsible for the growth of a world leading low carbon cluster, built around marine renewable energy, wave, tidal and deep water off-shore wind, incorporating research, design, testing, manufacturing, fabrication, deployment, production, operations and maintenance with a strong associated supply chain. Key to Scotland’s success to date is EMEC, still the world’s only grid connected wave and tidal test centre, now at full capacity and whose development since 2004 has been led by the HIE Energy Group.

Calum sits on the Boards of the Scottish Intellectual Asset Centre and the Scottish European Green Energy Centre, co-chairs the Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters Leadership forum, and is a member of the Scottish First Minister’s Energy Advisory Board.

Calum was born in Thurso overlooking the wave and tides of the Pentland Firth and brought up there, in Shetland and Inverness. He is a graduate of the Glasgow School of Art and Stirling University. Calum is married to Ruth, has three sons, and lives in Cromarty in the Black Isle, where he enjoys watching prototype wave and tidal devices being towed past his house on route to EMEC in Orkney.

 

David Kennedy

Assistant Administrator for NOAA's National Ocean Service


David M. Kennedy is the Assistant Administrator for NOAA's National Ocean Service. He served in this role in an acting capacity before being named as assistant administrator by Undersecretary of Commerce and NOAA Administrator Dr. Jane Lubchenco. He comes to the Assistant Administrator's office after having served as the Director of NOAA's Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM), in Silver Spring, MD. OCRM leads the nation's efforts to manage and conserve ocean and coastal resources.

As OCRM Director, Mr. Kennedy oversaw OCRM’s Coastal Programs Division, Coral Conservation Division, Marine Protected Areas Center, and the Estuarine Reserves Division. Included in OCRM’s responsibilities are federal consistency, coordination with state and local coastal zone management programs and the National Estuarine Research Reserves System, the new National System of Marine Protected Areas, and the land acquisition grant program, Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program (CELCP).

Mr. Kennedy previously served as Director of NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration, where he directed a multi-disciplinary program to reduce risks to coastal and marine resources from environmental threats. He has more than 20 years of experience leading hazardous materials management and response efforts, including coordinating federal scientific response to more than 100 oil and chemical spill incidents.

In October 2009, Mr. Kennedy’s leadership, innovation, and vision were recognized with a prestigious Presidential Rank Award. And in November 2009, Mr. Kennedy was recognized in a group award for strong leadership and innovation leading to the completion of the environmental cleanup and historical preservation of the Pribilof Islands.

Mr. Kennedy was a U.S. delegate to the International Maritime Organization’s Conference on Oil Pollution Preparation and Response, chaired the Washington State Legislative Committee on Oil Spill Response, and was a member of the 1990 Program Committee of the National Oil Spill Conference. He founded the Islands Oil Spill Association, a non-profit oil spill response cooperative.

 

Tommy Beaudreau

 Director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

 Tommy P. Beaudreau is the first director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), which is responsible for overseeing the environmentally and economically responsible development of the Nation's offshore resources.  BOEM manages the conventional and renewable ocean energy and mineral resources on 1.7 billion acres of the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).

Mr. Beaudreau joined the Department of the Interior in June 2010 to help develop and lead the Department's aggressive reforms of offshore energy management and oversight following the Deepwater Horizon blowout and oil spill, including the reorganization of the former Minerals Management Service. He served as the senior advisor to the director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, where he played an integral role in designing and implementing the Bureau's broad reform agenda with respect to the regulation of offshore oil and gas development.

BOEM was established in October 2011.  The agency's responsibilities include leasing, plan administration, environmental studies, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis, resource evaluation, economic analysis and the offshore renewable energy program.

Prior to his work at Interior, Mr. Beaudreau was a partner at the law firm Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, where his practice focused on, among other things, internal investigations, including reviews of government agencies pursuing reform.  Mr. Beaudreau is a graduate of Yale University and received his law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center.


William F. Tayler, P.E. CEM

Director for Shore Energy, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Navy (Energy)

Mr. Tayler is the Director for Shore Energy in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Navy (Energy). Prior to this he was the Director for Energy Development at Naval Facilities Engineering Command.   He develops energy policy and manages the execution of the Secretary of the Navy’s Shore Energy program. He has been instrumental in developing the Department of Navy’s renewable energy program, with emphasis on his work in leading the geothermal and ocean energy programs. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, American Public Works Association and the Association of Energy Engineers. He is recipient of the 2000 Federal Energy and Water Management Award, and the 2003 Presidential Award for Outstanding Leadership in Federal Energy Management. The Department of Navy’s Shore Energy Program also received under his leadership the Alliance to Save Energy “Star of Energy Efficiency Award” for 2003 and the Platt’s Global Energy Award for Leadership in 2004 and the Platt’s Global Energy Award for “Green Initiative” in 2009.

 Mr. Tayler directs programs that are enabling Navy and Marine Corps installations to exceed the federal goal of reducing energy consumption (MBTU/KSF) by 3%/year. He also leads the Department’s efforts in complying with the goal of providing 50% of the energy consumed by 2025 from renewable resources. The Department currently has in place or is working on some of the federal government’s largest geothermal, solar and ocean power projects, including the 270 MW geothermal plant at NAWS China Lake. Mr. Tayler is a member of the Federal Interagency Energy Management Task Force, The Department of Defense Energy Security Task Force and was an advisor to the Department of Defense’s Defense Science Board.


Jose Zayas

Program Manager, Wind and Water Power, Energy Efficieny & Renewable Energy

 

Jose Zayas is the Program Manager for the Wind and Water Power Program. In this role, he manages efforts to improve performance, lower costs, and accelerate deployment of wind and water power technologies, which can play a significant role in America’s clean energy future. Working with U.S. Department of Energy national laboratories, academia, and industry, the program funds research and development and deployment activities aimed at reducing the overall cost of energy of these systems and addressing key market barriers.

Prior to his arrival at Department of Energy, Mr. Zayas was the senior manager of the Renewable Energy Technologies group at Sandia National Laboratories. His responsibilities in this role included establishing strategy and priorities, defining technical and programmatic roles, business development, and performing management assurance for the renewable energy-related activities of the laboratory. He managed and developed programs to:

 • Bring together key renewable energy technology capabilities to consistently implement a science-based reliability and systems approach

 • Leveraged Sandia’s broader predictive simulation, testing/evaluation, materials science, and systems engineering capability with expertise in renewable energy technologies

 • Expanded and accelerated Sandia’s role in the innovation, development and penetration of renewable energy technologies

 Mr. Zayas joined Sandia National Labs in 1996 and spent the first ten years of his career supporting the National mission of the labs wind energy portfolio as a senior member of the technical staff. During his technical career he had responsibilities for several programmatic research activities and new initiatives for the program. Mr. Zayas’ engineering research contributions, innovation and outreach spanned a variety of areas which included active aerodynamic flow control, sensors, dynamic modeling, data acquisition systems, and component testing.

 After transition to the position of program manager in 2006, Mr. Zayas engaged and supported a variety of national initiatives to promote the expansion of clean energy technologies for the Nation. Most recently, Mr. Zayas continued to lead the organization’s clean energy activities and has coordinated and developed the laboratories cross-cutting activities in advanced water power systems. This program focuses on developing and supporting an emerging clean energy portfolio (wave, current, tide, and conventional hydro energy sources). Through developed partnerships with key National labs, industry and academia, Sandia is supporting and leading a variety of activities to accelerate the advancement and viability of both wind energy and the comprehensive marine hydrokinetics industry.

Mr. Zayas holds a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Mexico and a Masters degree in Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering from the University of California at Davis.


Deerin Babb-Brott

Director, National Ocean Council Office

Deerin brings a tremendous level of skill, expertise, and knowledge to the Council as former Assistant Secretary for Ocean and Coastal Zone Management in Massachusetts where he led the development of the Massachusetts ocean management plan. He has 22 years of experience in the environmental field, with a focus on coastal management issues and environmental impact review. Previously, he served as Assistant Secretary for Environmental Impact Review and Director of the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act Office, managing the environmental review of major development projects in the Commonwealth. Deerin has also served in the Coastal States Organization and on the Department of Interior's Outer Continental Shelf Policy Committee, contributing to national policy discussions on the Coastal Zone Management Act, energy facility siting, and alternative uses of Outer Continental Shelf resources. As Director of the National Ocean Council Office, Deerin will support the Council Co- chairs in implementing the National Ocean Policy, be responsible for ensuring the effective operation of the Council, and represent the Council within the community.


John Weber

Ocean Planning Director, Northeast Regional Ocean Council

John Weber has 15 years of experience in the environmental field, focusing on coastal and ocean management issues. He is currently the Ocean Planning Director for the Northeast Regional Ocean Council, a partnership of New England states and federal agencies collaborating on ocean management issues, where he is providing strategic direction for the Northeast response to the National Ocean Policy, particularly the Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning Framework. He recently served as the Ocean Program Manager for the MA Office of Coastal Zone Management, where he managed the development and implementation of the Massachusetts  Ocean Management Plan, completed in late 2009. John’s previous private- and public-sector experience included review of urban waterfront development and planning activities, dredging, coastal erosion, and wetland restoration projects. John has a B.S. in Coastal Geology from Long Island University and an M.S. in Marine Resource Management from Oregon State University.


Edward Lovelace

Chief Technology Officer (CTO) & Executive VP (EVP) Engineering, Free Flow Power Corporation

Ed Lovelace is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) & Executive VP of Engineering for Free Flow Power leading the development of FFP’s hydrokinetic technology initially directed at in-river generation in the Mississippi River Basin. Dr. Lovelace was formerly Director of Engineering Development at Satcon Technology Corporation, now a market leader in commercial-scale power inverters for grid-connected solar PV and other distributed generation markets. For nine years at Satcon, he led the development of machinery and controls technology for propulsion and power conversion systems for underwater, vehicular, and airborne applications.

Dr. Lovelace’s doctoral research was conducted with the MIT Automotive Consortium on hybrid and electric vehicle powertrains, and prior to that he spent six years with the General Electric Aircraft Engines Business Group in the development of new engine control systems from concept through aircraft certification. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, and a minor in Technology and Policy, all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received the three-year Federal Eisenhower Doctoral Fellowship award for transportation research leaders, and has published and presented several papers primarily in the field of permanent magnet machinery and controls, including an IEEE first-prize paper, and has won and led more than 20 government-funded R&D grant programs through the DoD and DoE. Dr. Lovelace advises other finance and technology firms in the electric power conversion and transportation technology sectors.

 

Alison LaBonte

Department of Energy Wind and Water Power Program

Alison LaBonte recently joined the Department of Energy Wind and Water Power Program as the Marine and Hydrokinetic Technology Development lead. Her background is in Oceanography, Geophysics (PhD: Scripps Institution of Oceanography), and Mathematics (BS: UC Los Angeles). Dr. LaBonte came to D.C. in 2009 as a Science and Technology Policy fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She spent her fellowship term at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the DOE Geothermal Technologies Program.

Before her AAAS fellowship, Alison applied her technical expertise integrating scientific instrumentation with Canada’s NEPTUNE cabled observatory (Postdoctoral Fellowship: University of Victoria), and designing, prototyping, and deploying new seafloor sensors (Engineering internship: Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute).


Tom McNeilan

Director of Marine Engineering and Survey Practice, Fugro


Mr. McNeilan is a Registered Professional Engineer with degrees in Civil Engineering and Geotechnical Engineering.  His 37 years of professional experience has focused on the siting, design, installation, and performance of offshore energy structures and large coastal infrastructure.  He directs Fugro’s marine engineering and survey practice for offshore renewable energy along the U.S. east coast and in the Great Lakes regions. 

Mr. McNeilan has been the project manager for offshore wind off the U.S. east coast and the United Kingdom; offshore oil and gas developments along the U.S west and east coasts, the Gulf of Mexico, and Alaska, as well as offshore northern Europe, the Middle East, India, and southeast Asia; deep-water and near-shore LNG terminals; and many large coastal infrastructure projects.  Mr. McNeilan was the principal in charge of the BOEMRE-funded research on the influence of seafloor scour on offshore wind turbines.


Daniel Laird

Manger of Water Power Technologies, Sandia National Lab


Dr. Daniel Laird manages Sandia National Laboratories’ Water Power Technologies department which includes Marine Hydrokinetic, Conventional Hydro, and Offshore Wind technologies. Daniel joined Sandia’s Wind Energy Technology department in 1996 and has led research efforts in structural analysis and simulation, computational design tools, advanced manufacturing, composite materials, and blade reliability. Dr. Laird was the Technical Program Chair for the ASME/AIAA Wind Energy Symposium (2006 and 2007) and chair of the ASME Wind Energy Technical Committee (2008-2010). He was the Technical Program Chair for the Clean Technology and Sustainable Industries conference in 2007 and 2008 and he co-leads Sandia National Laboratories’ internal energy systems course. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he is a current member of the Industrial Advisory Board.

 

George Hagerman

Senior Research Associate, Virginia Tech Advanced Research Institute

George Hagerman has over 30 years experience researching marine renewable energy systems, including offshore wind power, wave power, tidal current energy, and ocean thermal energy conversion. His present focus areas are resource assessment, metocean extreme event analysis, test site development, and energy cost modeling.

He is a research faculty member at Virginia Tech and Director of Research for the Virginia Coastal Energy Research Consortium, where he coordinated work at five universities evaluating the cost of offshore wind energy and characterizing Virginia’s offshore wind development potential, including supply chain and job creation.

Mr. Hagerman has been invited to brief federal and state regulatory agencies, and to testify before federal and state legislative committees. In 2009, the Minerals Management Service recognized his service with an Offshore Leadership Award. He currently serves on the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force for offshore wind development in federal waters off Virginia.

 

Carolyn Elefant

Co-Founder of OREC

Carolyn Elefant is an attorney with her own practice in Wash DC focused on FERC practice, emerging and offshore renewables, appeals and social media in regulated industry. Carolyn us one of OREC's co-founders and serves as it's counsel.


Dennis Duffy

Vice President of Regulatory Affairs of Energy Management, Inc.

Dennis J. Duffy is the vice president of regulatory affairs of Energy Management, Inc. ("EMI"), the developer of projects including Cape Wind, the nation’s first offshore wind project. Mr. Duffy is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island and Columbia University Law School, where he was Notes and Comments Editor of the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law. Prior to joining EMI in 1999, he was a partner of the law firm of Partridge, Snow and Hahn and Chairman of the firm’s Public Utilities Practice Group. Mr. Duffy has represented a wide range of energy companies before state and federal regulatory agencies, including electric and gas utility companies, public utility holding companies, interstate gas pipelines, and independent power producers, and has also served as special regulatory agency council.

While at EMI and Cape Wind, Mr. Duffy’s responsibilities have included the representation of the interests of the EMI companies at state and federal regulatory commissions and also within the committee processes of the New England Power Pool (NEPOOL). Since 2003, he has served as Chairman of NEPOOL’s Generation Information System Working Group, which oversees NEPOOL’s system for the issuance and trading of certificates reflecting the attributes of all energy consumed within the Pool. He has also served as treasurer of the Coalition of Non-Utility Generators, which was the region’s leading generation industry trade group.

Mr. Duffy has testified before numerous regulatory bodies and legislative committees, including the Commerce Committee and the Environment and Public Works Committees of the United States Senate. He was a member of the Northeast Roundtable of the NEPA Task Force convened by the United States Council on Environmental Quality.

Mr. Duffy is a member of the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Bar Associations and is an adjunct professor of energy law at Boston College Law School.

 

Kieran O'Brien

Executive Director – European Business Development, Carnegie Wave Energy Limited


Mr O'Brien is a former Managing Director of ESB (Ireland’s Electricity Supply Board) National Grid and served as a member of the Executive Management Group of for more than 15 years. He has been responsible for long term strategic planning in ESB and for relations with the Irish Government and European Union in the fuel and utility sector. Mr O’Brien was Acting Secretary General of the World Energy Council (WEC) from 2008-2009 and served two three year terms as a member of the Officer’s Council of the WEC. His international power industry experience extends to Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and North America.


 Valerie Cummins

Director of the Irish Maritime and Energy Resource Cluster

An expert in maritime innovation, coastal zone management, and sustainability science, Dr. Valerie Cummins is Director of the Irish Maritime and Energy Resource Cluster. IMERC unites Ireland's largest maritime institutions: University College Cork, the Cork Institute of Technology, and the Irish Naval Service, with the goal of developing a cluster of world standing to establish Ireland as a leader in ocean energy. Dr. Cummins has coordinated numerous European Framework Programmes, Interreg and nationally-funded research projects, and is a leader in several national and international scientific committees. While on fellowship, she will examine models of successful science and technology clusters; develop and strengthen strategic alliances between the marine renewable energy research and industry sectors in Ireland and the U.S.; and achieve a better understanding of federal and state approaches to coastal zone management.



Matthew B. Ascari 

Program Manager for Ocean Thermal Energy Development, Lockheed Martin

Matthew B. Ascari is a Program Manager for ocean thermal energy development efforts within Lockheed Martin’s New Ventures line of business. In this capacity Mr. Ascari has been responsible managing the efforts of a cross corporate team developing new technologies, solutions and assets in the area of composites and renewable energy. During the past 3 years he has led several research and development projects in support of Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion including the development of a proprietary composite pipe fabrication process for accessing deep cold water. Matt has also held positions in workforce planning, business management and human resources during his 11 years with Lockheed Martin. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Management from Gettysburg College and a Master’s of Science in Systems Engineering from George Washington University.

Julia Wood has been involved in the energy industry for 15 years, and has been a part of the hydropower practice at Van Ness Feldman in Washington, DC for nearly 10 years.  Her practice focuses on hydroelectric and electric power matters involving the Federal Power Act and other federal statutes affecting energy and water development.  Julia provides legal counsel to the firm’s hydroelectric clients on relicensing and license compliance issues, and is involved in several major hydroelectric relicensing proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.  In addition to her work on conventional hydropower projects, she also counsels clients on emerging legal issues relating to hydrokinetics and other forms of alternative energy development.  She currently serves as Chair of the National Hydropower Association's Ocean, Tidal, and New Technologies Council.

 

Eoin Sweeney

Head of the Ocean Energy Development Unit, Sustainable Energy Ireland


Eoin has a Masters degree in Economics from University College Dublin. His work has focussed on Natural Resource development. He managed the Marine S&T programme in the National Board for Science and Technology and initiated InnovaWood, a knowledge transfer network for the Forest and Wood Industries throughout Europe. He managed the Discovery Programme, a major component of SeaChange, the Strategic Programme for the marine sector 2017-2013, within the Marine Institute.

He is currently Head of the Ocean Energy Development Unit, in Sustainable Energy Ireland. In this role he is responsible for initiating and co-ordinating a wide-ranging suite of measures to realise the objectives of the national Ocean Energy Strategy – developing research and test facilities, funding industry research and prototyping, supporting the development of a planning and permitting framework, and initiating work on related aspects of offshore wind, supply chain, engineering infrastructure and macroeconomics.


B.A. Economics, UCD, M.A. Economics and Public Finance, UCD


Doug Heatwole

Principal Environmental Scientist, Ecology and Environment, Inc.

Doug Heatwole has 31 years’ experience in marine research and environmental impact assessment. At E & E, he is the manager of the company’s Gulf Coast Region and helps energy clients to create viable strategies for planning, permitting, and constructing coastal and offshore energy projects. He is a NEPA expert with more than 20 years experience preparing environmental impact statements and environmental assessments. His expertise includes regulatory strategy development, stakeholder engagement, environmental planning, siting, and permitting of marine hydrokinetic facilities, offshore wind farms, subsea electrical transmission lines, LNG terminals, natural gas pipelines, deepwater ports, and offshore oil and gas exploration and production facilities. Prior to E & E, he worked for the State of Florida and Mote Marine Laboratory conducting marine research, assessment, and monitoring. He has a B.S. in biology from Penn State University and a M.S. in marine science from University of South Carolina.



Kris Ohleth

Director of Permitting for the Atlantic Wind Connection

Kris Ohleth is the Director of Permitting for the Atlantic Wind Connection backbone transmission project. Her past positions include Policy Manager for Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning issues for Ocean Conservancy and the Director of Environmental Affairs for both Deepwater Wind and Bluewater Wind. Kris worked as a research technician and editor for the National Marine Fisheries Service in Woods Hole, MA and as a communication coordinator for The Nature Conservancy. She earned an undergraduate degree from Rutgers University and a master’s degree from the University of Rhode Island in Coastal and Ocean Policy. She is on the Board of the US Offshore Wind Collaborative, the New Jersey Environmental Lobby, and is the Chair of the New York/New Jersey Chapter of the Women of Wind Energy.

 

Michael C. Reed

Team Leader and Chief Engineer – Water Power Technologies, for DOE’s Water Power Program

Mr. Reed currently serves as the Team Leader and Chief Engineer – Water Power Technologies, for DOE’s Water Power Program. He is responsible for managing the Department’s research, development, test and evaluation (RDT&E) efforts for both conventional hydropower and marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) technologies. He has a B.S. in Marine Engineering (US Merchant Marine Academy) and an M.S. in Environmental Science (Johns Hopkins University). He has over 25 years of professional experience, serving in various roles with the federal government (U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Navy / Naval Sea Systems Command) and in the private sector, focusing on the development of advanced marine power and propulsion systems.


KIM, mann-eung                                      

www.krs.co.kr

Executive Vice President, New Growth Industrial Division, Korean Register of Shipping


Education and Academic Degrees

Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering : Korea Maritime University

  Fields of Specialization:

          New and Renewable Energy Technology

          Energy Saving Technology from Shipping

Professional Experience

2012- Present: Executive Vice President

         New Growth Industrial Division

         Korean Register of Shipping

2009- 2011: Director

         Energy & Environmental Business Center

         Korean Register of Shipping

1988-2009: General Manager

          Energy & Industrial Technology Team, Design appraisal team for ship’s system

         Korean Register of Shipping

1980-1988: Marine Engineer

International Activities

2011-Present: Chairman of working group to IEC TC88 WG3-2(Floating offshore wind turbine)

2011-Present: Project leader of IEC TC114 PT10(Mooring)

2005-Present: Chief of Korean delegation member to IEC/TC88 and MT22

2007-Present: Chief of Korean delegation member to IEC/TC114

1997-2008 :       Korean delegation to IMO(International Maritime Organization) FP(Fire Protection) Sub-Committee and Correspondence Group Chairman on "Measure to Prevent Fires in Engine-Rooms and Cargo Pump-Rooms

1993-1996 :       Korean delegation to IMO BLG(Bulk liquid and Gas) Sub-committee

Honors

2009-Present: Chairman, Study Group of marine fuel cell application technology

2004-Present: Vise chairman, The Korean Society of Marine Engineering(KOSME)

2006-Present: Director, Korea Wind Energy Association


Lib Butler

Pierce Atwood LLP, Partner


Ms. Butler is a partner in the corporate and international practice groups of Pierce Atwood LLP, a law firm with offices in Portland and Augusta, Maine; Portsmouth, New Hampshire; Boston, Massachusetts; Washington, DC and Stockholm, Sweden. She has over thirty years of experience in legislative, regulatory, permitting, and policy issues controlling marine renewable energy projects. In the public sector, she served as Chief Counsel to the Governor of Maine and as State of Maine Assistant Attorney General. At Pierce Atwood, she assists clients on a broad range of regulatory, economic development, and start-up company projects, including marine renewable energy and wind power projects. In her international practice, Ms. Butler has worked on energy and water sector projects funded by the World Bank and the United States Agency for International Development in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Haiti, Moldova, Rwanda and Kenya.

Ms. Butler serves on the board of directors of the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, a non-profit that combines science, education, and community to catalyze solutions to the complex challenges of ocean stewardship and economic growth in the Gulf of Maine bioregion. GMRI seeks to provide objective and science-driven solutions for marine communities grappling with contentious issues, management transitions, and new business systems, including marine renewable energy projects.


Ana Brito Melo 

Wave Energy Centre (Portugal)

Ana Brito Melo graduated in 1992 in Civil Engineering at the Instituto Superior Técnico (IST: Technical University of Lisbon) and initiated her carrier in the wave energy field in 1993, when a Portuguese team from IST started building an OWC pilot plant in the Azores, on the neighbouring island of where she was born.

In 2000 she concluded her initial research activities on hydrodynamic modelling with a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, with the thesis entitled “Modelling and Design of Oscillating Water Column Devices: Application to the Wave Power Plant, at Pico, Azores”. 

In 2002 she was invited to be Executive Secretary of the Implementing Agreement on Ocean Energy Systems (OES) of the International Energy Agency, which she has been managing until present.

In 2004 she integrated the team of the newly founded non-profit association – the Wave Energy Centre (WavEC), in Lisbon and has been responsible for the coordination work of services and R&D activities. In January 2012 she was appointed Executive Director of the Wave Energy Centre.


Peter Browne

Senior Consultant, HDR Engineering

Peter Browne is a Senior Consultant with HDR Engineering and has 20 years of experience as an environmental and regulatory specialist.  He has worked on permitting for wave, tidal, and offshore wind energy projects located in Oregon, Washington, Maine, New York, and Alaska.  He developed the Environmental Assessment to comply with NEPA for the U.S. Department of Energy to examine the potential environmental effects related to the University of Maine deploying two 1:3 commercial scale wind turbines on floating platforms in the Gulf of Maine.  In addition to supporting the development of some of the first wave and tidal projects in the U.S., Peter also coordinated the evaluation of the feasibility for development of hydrokinetic projects for the Department of Defense, focusing on resource evaluation, siting, and critical issues analysis.  Peter has worked extensively with developers, resource agencies, and other stakeholders to evaluate potential environmental effects of ocean energy projects and to develop study plans and adaptive management strategies.  He is also experienced in Endangered Species Act and Marine Mammal Protection Act consultation.


Christopher R. Sauer

President & CEO, Ocean Renewable Power Company

Christopher R. Sauer is President and CEO and a founding member of Ocean Renewable Power Company, an international industry leading developer of technology and projects that generate clean, predictable power from ocean and river currents. A professional engineer, energy entrepreneur, and strategic development consultant, Chris has more than 40 years of experience in executive management, engineering, construction, project development, marketing, financing, and startup company formation in the electricity, cogeneration, renewable energy and energy efficiency industries. He has held senior management positions with two major U.S. corporations and led three startup energy/environmental technology companies. Involved in the energy transaction business since 1977, Chris has played an instrumental role in the development of more than $2 billion in energy assets and companies. He is a registered professional engineer in Colorado and a lifetime Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

 

Hans van Breugel (1957, Dutch) 

CEO and founder of Tocardo International

Responsible for daily management and strategy. Hans has a degree in nautical science. His background is in ocean going tugboats and heavy lift vessels where he sailed on as a first officer, after which he worked many years in the offshore oil and gas sector. For 15 years he has been the managing director & co-founder of Teamwork Technology BV. This amongst others led to the deployment of the largest offshore wave testing device so far with the largest linear generator ever built, the Archimedes Wave Swing or AWS. The successful deployment near the coast of Portugal of this 2 MW wave energy generator in 2004 demonstrated the concept, after which it was sold to a consortium with Shell Technology Ventures. Many of the key personnel involved in the development of the AWS stood at the birth of the Tocardo technology, generator design and over-all concept. With this extensive offshore background Hans leads Tocardo with a focus on very low maintenance and high reliability which result in a total cost of ownership and a total cost of energy for Tocardo turbines that is lower than any other technology.


Mat Thomson

Head of Development of Tidal Energy Activities at GL Garrad Hassan

Mat Thomson MEng, MSc, CEng IMechE joined the Marine group at Garrad Hassan and Partners Ltd in 2006.  He is responsible for the development of the tidal energy activities at GL Garrad Hassan, enabling the expertise across the GL Group to be utilised within the tidal industry. Since joining GL Garrad Hassan he has been active in the development of numerous software tools designed to support this emerging industry.  As technical lead on a large R&D project he has developed the specification for a turbulence measurement system that will provide essential data for tidal turbine designers.  His has been involved in various tidal energy projects including: device assessments; device loading and performance analysis; resource assessment and array design; O&M modelling; and, detailed Cost of Energy modelling. Prior to joining GH he was responsible for developing the concept design of an axial-flow tidal stream turbine and modelled the flow around multiple axial-flow tidal stream turbines.

 

Damian Kunko

SMI/Helios Strategies and co-founder of OREC


Mr. Kunko leads the renewable energy government relations practice at SMI/Helios Strategies.  Mr. Kunko, a co-founder of the Ocean Renewable Energy Coalition (OREC) in 2005, has helped numerous clients successfully navigate the federal funding process and has obtained substantial funding, particularly for the wind, wave/tidal, and solar energy industries as well as successfully lobbied Congress and the Administration in 2007 to establish the DOE Water Power R&D program.  Mr. Kunko has also developed, through his representation of OREC and industry technology developers, all advocacy strategies related to creating Federal support mechanisms for marine and hydrokinetic energy technologies.


Neil E. Rondorf

Vice President of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)

Neil E. Rondorf is Vice President of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) where he is presently leader of SAIC’s development efforts in marine renewable energy technologies. Neil is a Director of the Ocean Renewable Energy Coalition (OREC) which represents the marine renewable energy industry in Washington, D.C. and he is Chairman IEC technical standards committee (TC-114) which is developing international standards for wave, tidal and water current devices. Neil is also serves as a Director of the International Cable Protection Committee and is a Founding Industrial Partner of the Virginia Coastal Energy Research Consortium. Neil received his Bachelor of Science in Oceanography from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1974, a Master’s Equivalent in Nuclear Engineering from the Naval Nuclear Power Program in 1976 and a Master’s Equivalent in International Relations from the Naval War College, Newport, RI in 1997.


Charles F. Dunleavy

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Ocean Power Technologies, Inc.


Charles F. Dunleavy has over 20 years of experience in the marine renewable energy industry. His career has encompassed broad experience in international, public companies including those in manufacturing and technology-based sectors. He has served as Chief Executive Officer of Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. (OPT) since 2010 and previously as the company’s Chief Financial Officer, and as Treasurer and Secretary since 1990. He has been a member of the Board of Directors since 1990.

At OPT, he has played a key role in the company’s progress in expanding its operations in Europe, North America, Australia and Japan. In addition, he was instrumental in the company’s raising over $150 million in equity capital from an international base of strategic partners, institutions and individual investors.  Following successful initial public offerings in London in 2003 and New York in 2007, OPT is now listed on NASDAQ in the US (symbol: OPTT).

From 1990 to 1993, Mr. Dunleavy served as Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Director of Whole Systems International Corp., a private company specializing in multimedia instructional systems and information technology. From 1983 to 1990, Mr. Dunleavy was the corporate controller for Intermetrics, Inc., a mid-sized publicly-held company which provided software engineering services, integrated systems and software development tools to an international client base, and which is now a part of L-3 Communications.  He served as general accounting manager from 1979 to 1983 for Plymouth Rubber Company, a publicly-held manufacturer of rubber and plastics products. Mr. Dunleavy began his career in public accounting with Pricewaterhouse Coopers, primarily serving publicly-held companies with multi-national operations across the manufacturing, high technology and banking sectors.

Mr. Dunleavy is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Master of Business Administration degree with honors from Rutgers Graduate School of Business Administration. He received his A.B. degree from Colgate University with Phi Beta Kappa honors. He also studied at the Universite de Dijon, Dijon, France and is fluent in French.


Jennifer States

Program Manager for Wind and Water Power Technologies at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Jennifer States is the Program Manager for Wind and Water Power Technologies at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. She serves as PNNL's principal interface with the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Wind and Water Power Program, as well as utility clients in the Northwest. In October of 2009, she completed a one year assignment at DOE, where she provided support in the areas of grid integration, resource characterization, environmental/siting issues, and policy analysis; including support to the Department of Treasury for implementation of the renewable energy grant in lieu of tax credits (a.k.a Section 1603). In 2010, Jennifer was the recipient of the Women of Wind Energy - Rising Star award, in part due to her efforts on this renewable energy incentive. At PNNL, she has also been responsible for conducting wind and geothermal energy assessments and facilitation of renewable energy projects for Department of Defense installations. Prior to her work for PNNL, she was the Managing Director of JW Prairie Windpower, where she was responsible for all aspects of business management and wind project development.


Joel Whitman

CEO of Global Marine Energy Inc.


Joel Whitman was appointed CEO of Global Marine Energy, Inc. in 2011. Global Marine Energy Inc., is an American-owned company recently founded to address the growing demand for offshore power cable installation in North America.

Joel recently served as the Director Corporate Strategy, Marketing and Communications for Global Marine Systems Limited, the world’s largest independent provider of submarine cable installation and related engineering services, and a pioneer in the field of subsea cabling since the mid-1800’s. Joel joined Global Marine in 2005 and in his years with Global Marine, he has worked alongside his colleagues to solidify the company position in its core markets, such as Telecommunications and to diversify the 160 year old Global Marine business into new and emerging markets.

Prior to joining Global Marine, Joel worked with a wide range of organizations ranging from large blue chip high-tech and retail clients to start-ups. His areas of experience include extensive business strategy and planning, corporate repositioning and turnarounds.

Joel lives with his family on Boston’s north shore and in his spare moments can be found riding motorcycles or watching the Red Sox.


Mauricio Quintana

President, Aquantis

Mauricio Quintana, President, is responsible for leading the Aquantis project to financing and commercialization.   Mauricio was Chief Executive Officer and President of Clipper Windpower, Inc., from early 2010 through the sale to United Technologies Corporation (UTC) in December 2010.  Prior to his role at Clipper, he served as Director, Corporate Strategy and Development at UTC. Prior to joining UTC in 2007, he was Chief Operating Officer at Cosentino USA, and a Senior Associate with Booz Allen Hamilton, where he focused on strategy and operations improvement assignments for energy and high tech clients, including the International Space Station at NASA. His prior experience also includes engineering management and technical positions with Enron Energy Services, S&B Technical Products, Inc. and BLH Electronics, Inc. He has been awarded several U.S. patents. Mr. Quintana holds a Licentiate in Mechanical Engineering from Universidad de Costa Rica, an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. from MIT Sloan School of Management.


Gary Feldman

Director, Lockheed Martin Alternative Energy and New Ventures Business Development

Gary Feldman is the Director of Business Development for Lockheed Martin’s Alternative Energy business and New Ventures portfolio. Mr. Feldman has over 25 years experience in both the commercial and defense industries. His experience spans project development, program management, business development, engineering, and information technology. Prior to his current assignment he was the business development lead for international navy programs, including the Canadian navy frigate modernization project (Halifax Class Modernization). Mr. Feldman was previously the Chief Information Officer for Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Sensors. In his current role, Mr. Feldman is responsible for renewable energy generation including; ocean energy (OTEC, wave, tidal), bioenergy/waste to energy, solar power technologies, energy storage, and solid oxide fuel cells. Mr. Feldman is also responsible for clinical technologies, oil/gas exploration and global supply chain services.

Mr. Feldman holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton, and an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University.  

  

Andrew Parish

CEO of Wavebob Ltd.

Andrew Parish is CEO of Wavebob Ltd, a leading ocean wave energy technology company. Andrew has led the development and growth of this innovative company from a small Irish start-up to an internationally recognised organisation operating in Ireland, the UK and the US. Wavebob is working with some of the leading global energy and technology companies including Chevron, Abengoa, Vattenfall, ESB International and Bord Gais.

He is a director of Tonn Energy, a wave energy development company exploring commercial wave farm opportunities off the west coast of Ireland.

Prior to joining Wavebob in 2007, he founded Applied Innovation Ireland, an applied research organisation focussed on enabling companies to scale their business through technical and commercial innovation. He has previous senior experience in both the public and private sectors in areas such as innovation strategy, applied research, environmental science, energy and climate change policy.

Andrew graduated with a primary degree in mathematics and chemistry from the National University of Ireland and holds postgraduate qualifications in management and business strategy from Henley Management College, London and the Irish Management Institute.

He serves on the board of the School of Engineering in Trinity College Dublin and the Research Advisory Board of the University of Limerick. He is a Member of the Institute of Directors, the Institute of Engineering and Technology and is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.


Timothy Cornelius

Chief Executive Officer of Atlantis Resources Corporation

Timothy Cornelius is the Chief Executive Officer of Atlantis Resources Corporation. His core skill lies in deal origination and pipeline creation and he has considerable structuring experience in power projects bringing together project financiers with owner operators and technology providers. He has a broad understanding of global power and commodities markets and has acquired a unique combination of academic, practical and commercial experience in the field of marine energy. 

He has accumulated a wealth of engineering and concept development experience over the past 12 years. His roles have included underwater research, sub-sea engineering in the oil and gas sector, power market origination and technology development in the marine power sector as well as business development and corporate accountability through director and executive roles.

Tim has a BSc. in Marine Biology from Flinders University, an MBA from Bond University, is a fully-certified submersible engineer, ROV pilot, commercial diver and fibre-optic technician. He currently lectures in emissions & weather trading, power market risk management and exotic environmental derivatives at Singapore Management University.

 

 

Kevin A Haas, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology

Kevin A. Haas is an Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He obtained a B.S. in Civil Engineering with distinction in 1994 and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering in 1996 from The Ohio State University. He received his Ph.D. in Coastal Engineering from the University of Delaware in January 2001. Dr. Haas continued at the University of Delaware as a Post-Doctoral Fellow from January 2001 to December 2002. Dr. Haas joined the Georgia Tech Institute of Technology as part of the Georgia Tech Regional Engineering Program based in Savannah in January 2003.

Dr. Haas’ major research thrust is in the pursuit of improving the sustainability of coastal communities. A major part of his research includes focusing on energy security through the evaluation of tidal and ocean currents as a source of clean and renewable energy. He is leading the team doing the Department of Energy’s nationwide overall assessment of ocean and tidal kinetic energy as well as the detailed identification and evaluation of local sites with potential for test locations for tidal turbines. Dr. Haas has been designated as the US expert member of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group for IEC TC-114 working on the specification 62600-201“Tidal Energy Resource Characterization and Assessment.”


Dr. Robert Thresher

NREL Research Fellow, National Wind Technology Center

NREL Research Fellow, National Wind Technology Center
Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Colorado State University
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Michigan Tech University
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Michigan Tech University
Phone: 303-384-6922

Bob Thresher joined NREL in 1984 and has provided leadership for the growth and development of wind energy and the formation of the National Wind Technology Center. He has been internationally recognized as a visionary, leader and architect of the national wind energy agenda.  Over three decades he has laid the foundation for wind technology advancement, and nurtured its development and remained a vigilant shepherd through deployment of those technologies. He has published extensively and is recognized internationally as one of the leading experts in research, development and commercialization of wind technologies. Bob earned a tenured professorship in Mechanical Engineering at Oregon State University where he taught courses in Applied Mechanics, and initiated pioneering researcher in the mechanics of wind energy systems during the 1970’s and early 80’s. Bob’s career recognition and accomplishments include:

  • Received an Honorary Doctor of Engineering from University of Glasgow July 2009.
  • Received the Pioneer Award from the World Renewable Energy Network at the World Renewable Energy Congress VIII, 2004
  • Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Wind Energy Association 2001
  • Recognized as 1997 Person of the Year by the American Wind Energy Association
  • Inducted into the Academy of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, Michigan Technological University, “in recognition of significant contributions to the engineering profession,” October 1996.

Bob was appointed to the position of NREL Wind Energy Research Fellow in 2008.  NREL Research Fellow appointments are reserved for outstanding scientists and engineers who have achieved exceptional internationally recognized positions of leadership in their fields, but who wish to devote the majority of their time and energy to scientific and technological endeavors. Most recently he has served as a strategist and spokesperson for the initiation of a national research program to develop offshore wind, wave, tidal and ocean current energy technology.  


Ron Smith

Founder and President, Verdant Power Inc.

Mr. Smith is a founding partner and President of Verdant Power Inc., a renewable energy company commercializing kinetic hydropower systems that deliver hydro electricity without dams or impoundments, in the United States for global applications.

His prior experience includes leading the start-up, growth and sale of a nationwide consumer advertising company; and as a management consultant as a Principal with Booz Allen Hamilton, on the headquarters management advisory staff at Bendix Aerospace Group, and to staffs and operating units in the U.S. Navy. He served as a U.S. Navy carrier pilot in Vietnam, and as a naval intelligence reserve officer.

He has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Masters in Systems Management from the University of Southern California, and a BA in mathematics and economics from Mount Saint Mary’s University, Maryland.  

 

Cameron Johnstone

Chief Executive Officer of Nautricity Limited

He has in excess of 20 years experience in the areas of development and experimental investigation of new and renewable systems; and the formation of procedures and standards for engineering performance appraisal, benchmarking and optimisation. His tidal energy research focuses on the fluid-rotor interactions and developing a better understanding of the dynamics induced by stochastic turbulence, wakes, eddy’s and wave surge propagation within the tidal flow; the resulting shock loading these induce on tidal rotors; and the development of engineering solutions to mitigate these. His research has attracted funding from UK and Scottish Governments, Scottish Enterprise, UK Dept. of Trade and Industry, Technology Strategy Board, EPSRC and the European Commission. Specific to his tidal energy research, his portfolio includes numerous national and international collaborative research projects, two internationally patented technologies, in excess of 40 publications and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference (EWTEC).

As the lead developer of the Contra-Rotating Marine Turbine (CoRMaT) he has taken the technology from a fundamental research path, through Proof of Concept prototyping, to large scale commercial development. He is a co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Nautricity Ltd, Nautricity are currently developing tidal energy projects which will see the deployment of multiple 500kW CoRMaT devices within Scottish and UK coastal waters; and the East and West coasts of Canada. Nautricity are currently negotiating potential projects in South East Asia and South America.


Howard P. Hanson

Howard Hanson earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Illinois and the University of Miami. At Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and in a subsequent National Research Council post-doctoral appointment at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory, his work on air-sea interaction and its role in the climate system laid the foundation for a career in environmental research and its administration. Prior to joining Florida Atlantic University in 2005, he pursued these interests at the University of Colorado at Boulder and at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. More recently, his interests have begun to expand into the area of environmental policy. His current role as Chief Scientist of the Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center at FAU provides an opportunity for this variety of experience to converge on a topic of importance to the future of clean energy.

 

Paul T. Jacobson, Ph.D.

Waterpower Program Manager, Electric Power Research Institute

Education:

            Ph.D., Oceanography and Limnology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1990

            M.S., Oceanography and Limnology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1987

            B.A., Biology, Cornell University, 1981

Dr. Jacobson currently manages EPRI’s Waterpower Program, which encompasses conventional hydropower as well as marine and hydrokinetic technologies.  His professional work over the past 25 years has focused on environmental assessment in aquatic ecosystems.  Prior to joining EPRI in September, 2009, he worked in the environmental consulting arena, most recently for 13 years as the founder and principal scientist of Langhei Ecology, LLC.  Dr. Jacobson’s specialty is design, analysis, and interpretation of monitoring and assessment programs to support environmental decision-making.  For three years he served as the chairman of the Maryland Water Monitoring Council (a collaborative organization encompassing federal, state and local government agencies, NGOs, and for-profit organizations) and has served on the boards of local, environmental foundations.  Since 1998, Dr. Jacobson has been a faculty member of the Johns Hopkins University, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, where he teaches a graduate course on ecological assessment.

 

Tim Acker

CEO BioSonics, Inc.

 

Tim joined BioSonics, Inc. of Seattle Washington in 1998 as President. BioSonics is a manufacturer of scientific sonar systems for fisheries research and aquatic habitat assessment. For over 35 years, BioSonics has been developing technologies to monitor and improve fish passage at hydroelectric dams, nuclear power plants and other power production facilities that utilize water. In recent years, Tim has led the transition of BioSonics’ underwater marine life monitoring technologies to provide assessment tools for the marine renewable energy industry. BioSonics is an industry partner in the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center (NNMREC) and is actively working closely with numerous universities, state and federal agencies and commercial partners to advance environmentally responsible development of marine renewable energy technologies.

 

Tim Oakes

Marine Renewable Group Leader/Senior Regulatory Coordinator

Tim has over 22 years of experience in environmental consulting and FERC licensing and has been with Kleinschmidt since 1996. His responsibilities have included project management of FERC Licensing efforts, management of Kleinschmidt’s Licensing Group, and development of Kleinschmidt’s Mid-Atlantic office in Pennsylvania. He is currently responsible for development of Kleinschmidt’s new energy markets, including wave, tidal, and offshore wind power.

Mr. Oakes was Project Manager for the amendment of the Holtwood Project license for PPL – one of the largest hydro expansions in the U.S. in the last twenty years. He has also managed the first FERC Pilot License application for a tidal power project in NYC for Verdant Power as well as several projects related to early stage offshore wind development along the east coast, primarily for Fishermen’s Energy. Mr. Oakes has extensive experience with preparation of NEPA documents, environmental permitting support documents, and the design and conduct of environmental studies. Tim received a Bachelor of Arts in English, with a concentration in science from the University of Richmond in 1988. He is the past chair of the National Hydropower Associations’ Research and Development Committee and is currently a member of NHA’s Board of Directors.  


Keith Martin

co-head of the project finance group at Chadbourne & Parke LLP

Keith Martin is co-head of the project finance group at Chadbourne & Parke LLP, a law firm headquartered at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York with 11 other offices in the US and abroad.  The prestigious Chambers directory in London ranks Chadbourne number one (in a shared ranking with Milbank) in the US renewables market based on year-round interviewing of corporate law departments and peers at other firms.  Keith is a transactional lawyer who worked last year for 188 companies and on projects in the US and eight foreign countries.  He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and the editor of the Project Finance NewsWire.  He also lobbies Congress and the Treasury Department on policy issues.  He was counsel to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D.-N.Y.) and a legislative assistant to Senator Henry "Scoop" Jackson (D.-Wash.) before joining Chadbourne in 1983.

 

Allard Van Hoeken

Bluetec

Allard van Hoeken is responsible for the development of Bluetec. Allard holds a masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Delft University of Technology. He completed his master thesis at the NTNU Trondheim. He further holds an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France. Allard joined Bluewater in 1995. After several years in which Bluewater installed the first, and several more, turret/swivel moored FPSOs in the North Sea and many Single Point Mooring terminal systems, Allard decided to pursue an MBA in 2000. Thereafter Allard founded several companies still operating today. In 2004 Allard re-joined Bluewater as Business Development manager for conventional and new products. He added Tidal Energy as a new potential market for Bluewater and is currently responsible for the development and market introduction of this technology. The aim of Bluetec is to provide a novel means for installing and maintaining tidal turbines at sea, based on conventional offshore technology and experience.

 

 

Eileen Linklater

Client Relationship & Marketing Manager, The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC)

Based in the world class sea conditions of the Orkney Islands, Scotland, The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) Ltd is the world’s first and only accredited, grid-connected test centre for full-scale wave and tidal devices. Attracting developers from around the globe, to date more devices have been tested at EMEC than any other single site in the world.

Eileen joined EMEC in August 2009 and has responsibility for managing contracts with developers. She is the first point of contact for prospective clients and works with them from initial contact through to arrival on site. An important part of that process is ensuring Quality, Health, Safety and Environmental standards are met.

Eileen is also responsible for maintaining communications, seeking feedback from stakeholders and local community engagement. This includes marketing EMEC’s services, as well as handling all public relations and media enquiries since EMEC has become a focal point for the emerging marine renewables industry.

Prior to joining EMEC, Eileen studied Law and worked for Glasgow Graduate Law School as a research assistant and tutor. She also spent 5 years working for Orkney Islands Council as a Policy Advisor.

Born and brought up in the west coast of Orkney, she has experienced the abundance of marine energy available for harvesting, one of the reasons EMEC is home to some of the most innovative marine energy technologies currently in development.


Andrew Tyler

Chief Executive of Marine Current Turbines

Andrew Tyler is Chief Executive of Marine Current Turbines, developer of the world’s only operationally deployed (grid connected) and demonstrated (over 2.8 GWh since 2008), commercial scale (1.2MW) tidal current energy generator.

In the previous decade Andrew worked in Defence, specialising in delivery of complex engineering projects and their support in harsh operational environments. He spent several years at Director General level in the Ministry of Defence as the MOD’s Chief Operating Officer at the Defence Equipment and Support organisation responsible for a £13bn annual budget and 12,000 staff, and five years as Managing Director of Europe’s largest naval design and engineering company (BMT Defence Services). He was honoured with a CBE in the 2012 New Year Honours for his contribution to UK defence.

Prior to that Andrew worked in the maritime and offshore oil & gas industries on environmental projects across the globe. He held positions as Operations Director of the BMT Group of Companies and Managing Director of BMT Marine Information Systems, a company he formed in 1994.

Andrew is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a chartered engineer, chartered marine scientist, chartered hydrographic surveyor, and a member of the Royal Corps of Naval Constructors. He has a PhD in marine pollution, and an MBA from the London Business School.

 

Martin McAdam

Chief Executive Officer


Martin McAdam joined Aquamarine Power as Chief Executive Officer in August 2008, bringing with him nearly ten years experience in the renewables industry.  Martin joined Aquamarine Power from major renewable energy developer Airtricity.  Martin was the founder and CEO of Airtricity’s North American operations and managed the sale of the company to E.On for £0.75bn in 2007.  A highly experienced business leader, Martin previously held a number of technical and management roles in the utility sector.  Martin completed the Advanced Management Program (AMP) at Harvard Business School in 2004 and holds a BE (Hons.) in Chemical Engineering from University College Dublin. Martin is a Chartered Engineer, a Member of the Institute of Engineers of Ireland, a Fellow of Engineers Ireland and a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce. Martin also sits on the council of CBI Scotland.


Dr. John Huckerby 

Chairman of the Executive of the International Energy Agency’s Ocean Energy Systems Implementing Agreement (OES)

Dr. John Huckerby is the current Chairman of the Executive of the International Energy Agency’s Ocean Energy Systems Implementing Agreement (OES). He was appointed as New Zealand representative in 2008 and has been Chairman since January 2009. OES has just published its “International Vision for Ocean Energy”, a document setting out its expectation of the development of ocean energy to 2050.

From 2009 – 2011 John was a Lead Author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) “Special Report on Renewable Energy Resources and Climate Change Mitigation”, published in June 2011. Formerly he was a member of the Royal Society of New Zealand’s President’s Panel for Energy.

In New Zealand he is the founder and current Executive Officer of the Aotearoa Wave and Tidal Energy Association (AWATEA), a marine energy industry association formed in April 2006. He is also the director of Power Projects Limited, an energy industry consultancy. Since 2004, Power Projects has been involved in the Wave Energy Technology – New Zealand (WET-NZ) R & D programme, which is developing a point-absorber wave energy converter.

John has a Ph.D. from Imperial College in London and an MBA from Henley Management College. He is a Chartered Engineer and a member of the Energy Institute in London, the Royal Society of New Zealand and the Institute of Directors in New Zealand.


William D. Bolin, PE

Distinguished Engineering Advisor with Anadarko Petroleum Corporation

William D. Bolin has worked for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation for 34 years with facilities in the Oil and Gas industry.  William is a Distinguished Engineering Advisor – Worldwide Facilities. Of his patents, he holds three in energy conversion including the recent issued Water Current Power Generation System patent. He has held multiple chairman positions and authored many papers at the PCIC-IEEE and SPE.  William D Bolin, PE (S’73) received his BSEE from University of Arlington in 1973.


Chris M. Campbell Ph.D

Ocean Renewable Energy Group


Chris is a marine scientist and leader in development of Canada’s ocean economy. He has a Bsc from Wales, a PhD from Newfoundland, and has worked in France, Newfoundland and British Columbia.

Trained in biology, he worked in aquaculture and seafood industry development as a leader in research, education and consulting.

In recent years he has worked to cluster BC’s ocean technology sector and to create Ocean Industries BC as an industry association to focus on economic opportunities from British Columbia’s “maritime” activity.

Since 2004, he has focused on building an alliance of industry, governments and utilities to ensure that Canada is a leading player in the emerging renewable ocean energy opportunity. The 120-member Ocean Renewable Energy Group has succeeded in attracting government and utility attention toward this important clean electricity resource and low-carbon economic opportunity. Chris now serves as Executive Director for this national association.


Harry R. Kolar, Ph.D.

Distinguished Engineer, IBM

Dr. Kolar is an IBM Distinguished Engineer concentrating on sensor-based solutions in IBM Research with a focus on environmental monitoring and management. He has held technical, management, and executive roles to advance cross-industry application of new technologies, including advanced analytical methods, information and knowledge management, pervasive/embedded real-time intelligent systems, and cyberphysical systems. Dr. Kolar is actively involved the Marine Institute of Ireland’s SmartBay Galway project, a complex monitoring project for sustainable ocean energy with the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, and the River and Estuary Observatory Network with the Beacon Institute in the US. Dr. Kolar holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in physics and an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in the science and engineering of materials. He has published scientific papers in several disciplines and is the author of several patents. He is an Adjunct Professor of Physics at Arizona State University and a District Advocate for the American Physical Society at the U.S. Congressional level.

 

John McLane

President, GCube Insurance Services, Inc.

With over 30 years of operating experience to all facets of insurance and risk financing programs for power generation and renewable energy projects, John McLane leads a team of insurance and risk management professionals that will set the benchmark standards for insurance, risk management, loss prevention and loss mitigation in renewable energy..

Prior to joining GCube, John worked with two regional brokerage firms focused on companies in renewable energy and clean technology. Previously, John was the Power and Utility Practice Leader at Marsh, leading a team of brokers responsible for placing over $1 billion in premium volume within more than 100 markets in the US, London and Bermuda. As Global Steering Committee chair, he led a network of 550 people delivering risk management, consulting services and solutions to electric, gas and water service companies domiciled around the world.   In 2006, John was named one of the top five energy insurance brokers in the US by Risk & Insurance Magazine.

John leads the company’s corporate representation in ACORE as member of its Leadership Council as well as Edison Electric Institute Association. John is an active member of the Society of Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriters (CPCU).


Philip Vitale

Deputy Chief Technology Office and the Deputy Director of the Ocean Facilities Program (OFP) of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC)

Philip Vitale is the Deputy Chief Technology Office and the Deputy Director of the Ocean Facilities Program (OFP) of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC). The OFP serves as the Navy's facilities expert for engineering, maintaining and installing ocean, littoral and underwater systems; and for designing and certifying shore-based hyperbaric facilities.

Prior to his present position, he served as an engineer in the Ocean Construction Division of the Naval Facilities Engineering Service Center (NFESC). While there he was the program manager of the Underwater Inspection Program and the Magnetic Silencing Facility Program. He began his Navy career as an engineer in the Ocean Engineering and Construction Project Office of the Chesapeake Division NAVFAC. He moved into the NFESC when it was created in October of 1993. Before joining NAVFAC, Dr.Vitale was a research coastal engineer with the Coastal Engineering Research Center of the Army Corps of Engineers.    

Dr. Vitale is a registered Professional Engineer in Virginia and received his Bachelor of Engineering degree at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ; and his Master of Science and Doctor of Science degrees in ocean and coastal engineering from the George Washington University in Washington, DC.

 

 

Marc Bevilhimer

Senior Staff Scientist, Environmental Sciences Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory


Mark Bevelhimer (Masters from Ohio State University and PhD from the University of Tennessee) is a senior staff scientist in the Environmental Sciences Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee. He joined ORNL in 1992 as part of the Water Resources Team to study the impacts of hydropower operations on aquatic resources, and is presently the team lead for environmental studies in ORNL’s Waterpower Program. His research as an aquatic ecologist/fisheries biologist combines field and laboratory experimentation and computer modeling and ranges from basic fish biology to fisheries management to environmental assessment. He has contributed to environmental impact assessments for nearly 20 hydropower facilities and has performed a variety of studies to better understand the effects of thermoelectric plants on fish communities. Most recently he is involved in studies to understand the effects on fish and other aquatic organisms of hydrokinetic devices via potential environmental stressors such as electromagnetic fields, physical interactions, and noise.


Brian L. Polagye

Co-Director, Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center, University of Washington


 

Dr. Brian Polagye is the co-Director of the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center, leading tidal energy research, development, and testing at the University of Washington. His research focuses on aspects of tidal hydrokinetic power generation, including resource characterization, identification and mitigation of environmental impacts, and integrating energy harvesting with oceanographic instrumentation. He also participates in international standards development through IEC TC-114. Prior to his appointment at the University of Washington, he contributed to the first tidal energy feasibility studies in North America as a member of the Electric Power Research Institute’s Ocean Energy Team. Dr. Polagye holds a BSME (2000) from Princeton University and MSME (2005) and PhD (2009) from the University of Washington.

 

 


 

 

2011 Speakers


2011 Keynote Speakers:  Michael Bromwich, Jon Wellinghoff, William Tayler


 

Jon Wellinghoff

Chairman of the Federal Regulatory Commission (FERC)


Jon Wellinghoff was named Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the agency that oversees wholesale electric transactions and interstate electric transmission and gas transportation in the United States, by President Barack Obama on March 19, 2009. A member of the Commission since 2006, the U.S. Senate reconfirmed him to a full, five-year FERC term in December 2007.

 

Chairman Wellinghoff is an energy law specialist with more than 34 years experience in the field. Before joining FERC, he was in private practice focusing exclusively on client matters related to renewable energy, energy efficiency and distributed generation. While in the private sector, Chairman Wellinghoff represented an array of clients from federal agencies, renewable developers, and large consumers of power to energy efficient product manufacturers and clean energy advocacy organizations.

 

Chairman Wellinghoff was the primary author of the Nevada Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) Act. The Nevada RPS is one of the two states to receive an "A" rating by the Union of Concerned Scientists. In addition, he worked with clients to develop renewable portfolio standards in six other states. The Chairman is considered an expert on the state renewable portfolio process and has lectured extensively on the subject in numerous forums including the Vermont Law School.

 

His experience also includes two terms as the State of Nevada's first Consumer Advocate for Customers of Public Utilities. While serving in that role, Chairman Wellinghoff represented Nevada's utility consumers before the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada, the FERC, and in appeals before the Nevada Supreme Court. While Consumer Advocate, he authored the first comprehensive state utility integrated planning statute. That statute has become a model for utility integrated planning processes across the country.

 

Chairman Wellinghoff's priorities at FERC include opening wholesale electric markets to renewable resources, providing a platform for participation of demand response and other distributed resources in wholesale electric markets including energy efficiency and local storage systems such as those in plug-in hybrid and all electric vehicles (PHEVs and EVs), and promoting greater efficiency in our nation's energy infrastructure through the institution of advanced technologies and system integration. As Chairman he created FERC's Office of Energy Policy and Innovation (OEPI), which is responsible for investigating and promoting new efficient technologies and practices in the energy sectors under FERC's jurisdiction. Chairman Wellinghoff is co-chair of the Smart Response Collaborative launched jointly by FERC and the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) and is a member of NARUC's Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment. He is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Institute for Electric Efficiency and served as an advisor to the Defense Science Board's Energy Policy Task Force. He is also the Co-Chair of the Executive Leadership Team of the Electric Power Research Institute's (EPRI) Green Transmission Efficiency Initiative. Chairman Wellinghoff also advises the Energy Foundation and the NRDC on China-U.S. energy policy matters. He was designated by the Obama Administration to be a Principal in the Joint U.S./China Strategic and Economic Dialog and recently returned from China where he participated in diplomatic discussions with China's energy leaders including China's Energy Minister, Zhang Guobao.

 

Michael Bromwich

Director, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement

 

Michael Bromwich, Director, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement will address the Fourth Annual Global Marine Renewable Energy Conference to be held at the Almas Temple in Washington, DC April 28 & 29, 2011. Mr. Bromwich will provide a Keynote speech during the morning session on April 28.

On June 21, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar swore-in former Justice Department Inspector General Michael R. Bromwich as Director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement to lead reforms that will strengthen oversight and regulation of offshore oil and gas development. Mr. Bromwich is overseeing the fundamental restructuring of the former Minerals Management Service, which was responsible for overseeing oil and gas development on the Outer Continental Shelf. Mr. Bromwich was previously a litigation partner in the Washington, DC and New York offices of Fried Frank, where he headed the firm’s Internal Investigations, Compliance and Monitoring practice group. From 1994 to 1999, Mr. Bromwich served as Inspector General for the Department of Justice. As Inspector General, he headed the law enforcement agency principally responsible for conducting criminal and administrative investigations into allegations of corruption and misconduct involving the 120,000 employees of the Department of Justice. He was also responsible for conducting independent audits of the Department's programs and operations.

 

William F. Tayler, P.E. CEM

Director for Shore Energy, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Navy (Energy)


Mr. Tayler is the Director for Shore Energy in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Navy (Energy). Prior to this he was the Director for Energy Development at Naval Facilities Engineering Command.   He develops energy policy and manages the execution of the Secretary of the Navy’s Shore Energy program.  He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, American Public Works Association and the Association of Energy Engineers.  He is recipient of the 2000 Federal Energy and Water Management Award, and the 2003 Presidential Award for Outstanding Leadership in Federal Energy Management.  The Department of Navy’s Shore Energy Program also received under his leadership the Alliance to Save Energy “Star of Energy Efficiency Award” for 2003 and the Platt’s Global Energy Award for Leadership in 2004 and the Platt’s Global Energy Award for “Green Initiative” in 2009.

Mr. Tayler directs programs that are enabling Navy and Marine Corps installations to exceed the federal goal of reducing energy consumption (MBTU/KSF) by 3%/year.  He also leads the Department’s efforts in complying with the goal of providing 50% of the energy consumed by 2025 from renewable resources.  The Department currently has in place or is working on some of the federal government’s largest geothermal, solar and ocean power projects, including the 270 MW geothermal plant at NAWS China Lake.  Mr. Tayler is a member of the Federal Interagency Energy Management Task Force, The Department of Defense Energy Security Task Force and was an advisor to the Department of Defense’s Defense Science Board.

 

Paul O'Brien

Offshore Wind Industry Group for the Scottish Government



Educated at St Gerard's School and the University of Strathclyde, both in Glasgow. After leaving university were he studied Chemistry and Physics he entered a 30 year career in management covering a number of diverse industry sectors including the Chemical, Manufacturing, Retail, Automobile and ICT industries. On joining government economic development agency, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, in 1999 he was involved in the early work in e-commerce solutions for companies and communities in rural Scotland. This led to his involvement in the Scottish Government's Broadband Taskforce and the devising of strategies for the role out of high speed broadband networks, including wireless systems, across the highlands and islands of Scotland.

Before being seconded to Scottish Development International (SDI), five and half years ago, he was also involved in the development of the renewable energy industry in Scotland at a local level. The area in which he worked included some of the first wind farms in Scotland and was home to the first grid connected wave machine in the world.

Since joining SDI, Paul has been involved in promoting Scottish renewable energy companies overseas in the US, Canada, China, Japan and Europe. His role also entails dealing with prospective inward investment companies in the renewables field interested in making Scotland a base for UK and European activities.

Paul is a member of the Offshore Wind Industry Group for the Scottish Government's advisory body, Forum for Renewable Energy Development in Scotland (FREDS) and has also served on their Marine Energy Group and is currently a member of their Renewable Heat Group. Paul is also a Board member for the Scottish Hydrogen Fuel Cell Association (SHFCA) and sits on the Biofuels for Business Programme Advisory Board in Scotland.

His work has involved all aspects of alternative energy and includes the wind, wave, tidal, biomass, bio-fuel, solar, geothermal, the hydrogen and fuel cell sectors as well as waste to energy and carbon capture and storage systems.


John Huckerby

Chairman of the Executive Committee of the International Energy Agency's Ocean Energy Systems

Dr. John Huckerby is the current Chairman of the Executive of the International Energy Agency’s Ocean Energy Systems Implementing Agreement (OES-IA). He is NZ’s representative to the International Electrotechnical Commission’s Technical Committee 114 (TC114) and Leader of Working Group 1, which is establishing standards for wave and tidal energy resource characterization and assessment. He is also a Lead Author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) “Special Report on Renewable Energy Resources and Climate Change Mitigation”. Formerly he was a member of the Royal Society of New Zealand’s President’s Panel for Energy. In New Zealand he is the founder and current Executive Officer of the Aotearoa Wave and Tidal Energy Association (AWATEA), a marine energy industry association formed in April 2006. He is also the director of Power Projects Limited, an energy industry consultancy. Since 2004, Power Projects has been involved in the Wave Energy Technology – New Zealand (WET-NZ) R & D programme, which is developing a point-absorber wave energy converter. John has a Ph.D. from Imperial College in London and an MBA from Henley Management College. He is a Chartered Engineer and a member of the Energy Institute, the Royal Society of New Zealand and the Institute of Directors in New Zealand.

 

Martin McAdam

Chief Executive Officer, Aquamarine Power

 

Martin McAdam joined Aquamarine Power as Chief Executive Officer in August 2008, bringing with him nearly ten years experience in the renewables industry. Martin joined Aquamarine Power from major renewable energy developer Airtricity. Martin was the founder and CEO of Airtricity's North American operations and managed the sale of the company to E.On for £0.75bn in 2007. A highly experienced business leader, Martin completed the Advanced Management Program (AMP) at Harvard Business School in 2004 and holds a BE (Hons.) in Chemical Engineering from University College Dublin. Martin is a Chartered Engineer, a member of the Institute of Engineers of Ireland, a Fellow of Engineers Ireland and a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce. Martin also sits on the council of CBI Scotland.

 

Louis A. Vega, Ph.D.

USDOE National Marine Renewable Energy Center at the University of Hawaii, Manager

Luis Vega is currently the manager of the USDOE National Marine Renewable Energy Center at the University of Hawaii. He holds degrees in Applied Mathematics, Aerospace Engineering and Applied Ocean Sciences from the US Naval Academy, CALTECH and the University of California. His professional experience ranges from analytical studies to laboratory scale and model basin tests as well as at-sea tests of marine renewable energy equipment. He lead the team that designed and tested an Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) experimental plant demonstrating 24/7 production of electricity and desalinated-water and obtaining operational data required for estimating realistic costs of production. He has also worked in electrification of remote villages in South Pacific Island Nations utilizing solar and wind resources and establishing a Rural Energy Service Company in the nation of Fiji.

 

Doug Heatwole

Principal Environmental Scientist, Ecology and Environment, Inc.

Doug Heatwole has 30 years’ experience in marine research and environmental impact assessment. At E & E, he is the manager of the company’s Gulf Coast Region and helps energy clients to create viable strategies for planning, permitting, and constructing coastal and offshore energy projects. He is a NEPA expert with more than 20 years experience preparing environmental impact statements and environmental assessments. His expertise includes regulatory strategy development, stakeholder engagement, environmental planning, siting, and permitting of marine hydrokinetic facilities, offshore wind farms, subsea electrical transmission lines, LNG terminals, natural gas pipelines, deep-water ports, and offshore oil and gas exploration and production facilities. Prior to E & E, he worked for the State of Florida and Mote Marine Laboratory conducting marine research, assessment, and monitoring. He has a B.S. in biology from Penn State University and a M.S. in marine science from University of South Carolina.

 

Scott M. Lindsay

SML Constulting, President and CEO

Scott M. Lindsay founded SML Consulting (SMLC) in 2003 to help clients make innovation a reality by providing government relations and strategic marketing guidance in the areas of energy and technology. Scott brings over fifteen years of experience working on congressional campaigns, grass-roots initiatives, and on a range of federal, state, county and local issues. Over the years, he has provided government relations' support for several trade associations, including:

 

  • The Ocean Renewable Energy Coalition (OREC);
  • The Northwest Public Power Association (NWPPA);
  • The Rural Broadband Coalition (RBC); and
  • Various other regional and statewide trade associations.

 

He regularly contributes to industry publications, speaks at industry events, provides legislative advocacy training, and promotes his clients' interests. Scott is a Washington State native and graduated from the University of Portland before moving to Washington, D.C. He now resides in Vancouver, Wash.

 

 

Craig Collar

Senior Manager for Energy Resource Development at Snohomish County Public Utility District

Craig Collar is the Senior Manager for Energy Resource Development at Snohomish County Public Utility District. In this role Craig leads many of the District’s renewable energy efforts including Snohomish PUD’s Admiralty Inlet Tidal Energy Demonstration Project in Washington State’s Puget Sound. Prior to joining Snohomish PUD Craig held a number of engineering/operations leadership positions for Kimberly Clark Corporation and also served as a U.S. Navy submarine officer. Craig holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Montana State University, as well as an MBA from Colorado State University, and is a registered Professional Engineer.

 

Frederick R. Driscoll, Ph.D.

Senior Engineer 
Offshore Wind & Ocean Power Systems

Dr. Frederick Driscoll earned his Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering with a business management option from the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada in 1994, and PhD degree in the areas of Mechanical Engineering and Physical Oceanography from the University of Victoria in 1999. Rick was president and CEO of Deep Sea Technologies Ltd until 1999 which specialized in the design and operation of remotely operated vehicle systems. He joined the Department of Ocean Engineering at Florida Atlantic University in 1999 where he worked on ocean energy and navy focused project for nearly 11 years. While at FAU, he founded the Center for Ocean Energy Technology, now the Southeast National Marine Energy Center and served on the Florida Energy Commission. Rick joined the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in March of this year where he is a Senior Engineer and leads several projects in the Offshore Wind and Ocean Power Systems Group.


 

 

 

Derek Robertson

President of Wavebob, LLC

Derek graduated from the US Naval Academy with a degree in Aerospace Engineering and following a career in the Navy as a ship’s officer, he completed an MBA in Trinity College Dublin. Having held management positions in a communications technology company and with the Irish Government’s national energy agency, Derek gained a certification in project management from Stanford University.

Following his return to the US from Ireland in 2005, he provided program management support to the Department of Defense as a consultant before joining Wavebob in 2008 as president of their US operations.


 

 

 

Joel Whitman

CEO of Global Marine Energy, Inc.

Joel Whitman was appointed CEO of Global Marine Energy, Inc. in 2011. Global Marine Energy Inc., is an American-owned company recently founded to address the growing demand for offshore power cable installation in North America.

Joel recently served as the Director Corporate Strategy, Marketing and Communications for Global Marine Systems Limited, the world’s largest independent provider of submarine cable installation and related engineering services, and a pioneer in the field of subsea cabling since the mid-1800’s. Joel joined Global Marine in 2005 and in his years with Global Marine, he has worked alongside his colleagues to solidify the company position in its core markets, such as Telecommunications and to diversify the 160 year old Global Marine business into new and emerging markets.

Prior to joining Global Marine, Joel worked with a wide range of organizations ranging from large blue chip high-tech and retail clients to start-ups. His areas of experience include extensive business strategy and planning, corporate repositioning and turnarounds.

Joel lives with his family on Boston’s north shore and in his spare moments can be found riding motorcycles or watching the Red Sox.


James Brenton ("Brent") Dehlsen

Co-founder and CEO of Ecomerit Technologies, LLC

Mr. Dehlsen is co-founder and CEO of Ecomerit Technologies, with a focus on investments in Clean Technology industries. Ecomerit’s key areas of interest include marine energy technologies, distributed generation, and energy efficiency.

Mr. Dehlsen co-founded Clipper Windpower in 2001 and managed the growth of the Company as COO until 2008 and remained a non-executive Board Member until the Company was sold to United Technologies Corporation in 2010. At Clipper Mr. Dehlsen was responsible for leading all of the operational activities, including technology development and testing of the Liberty 2.5 MW turbine, establishment of manufacturing and assembly facilities, development of the supply chain, and manufacturing startup with production and deployment of the first 230 turbines, totaling 575 MW. Mr. Dehlsen also had operational responsibility for the project development activities which involved assembling an 8,500 MW wind resource portfolio. Additional operational responsibility included initial turbine sales and organizational coordination of the Company’s IPO.

In 1997, Mr. Dehlsen founded Dehlsen Associates, a research and development organization specializing in renewable energy technologies, which originated and patented the D-GEN drivetrain used in Clipper turbines. Mr. Dehlsen is founder and President of Avianda, LLC, a company engaged in the development and construction of sustainable residential properties in Mexico that utilizes an efficient panelized building system.

Currently, Mr. Dehlsen serves on the Board of Trustees for Dunn School and on the Dean’s Council of the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at UCSB.

Previously, Mr. Dehlsen worked at Zond Corporation. Positions held at Zond included production assessment and reporting for 2,500 wind turbines, plant operations and maintenance, and the commissioning of new facilities. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from San Diego State University and his Masters in Business Administration from the University of San Diego.

 

 

 


Christopher R. Sauer

President and CEO of Ocean Renewable Power Company

Ocean Renewable Power Company is an industry leading developer of technology and projects that generate clean, predictable power from ocean and river currents. Christopher Sauer has more than 30 years of experience in the facility development, power generation, cogeneration, renewable energy and energy efficiency industries. He has a proven track record of success in executive management, engineering/construction, technology development, transaction structuring, marketing and sales and start-up company formation and management. He has held senior management positions with two major U.S. corporations and has been President and CEO of three startup energy/environmental technology companies. He has been in the energy transaction business since 1977 and, since that time, has played an instrumental role in the development of more than $2 billion in energy assets and companies. Chris is a registered professional engineer and a lifetime Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.


 

 

 

Robert Rawlinson-Smith

Head of Marine Renewables

A graduate of Bristol University, Robert completed a PhD in wind turbine rotor aerodynamics before joining Garrad Hassan in 1991. In total, Robert has more than 23 years experience in the renewable energy sector. As a member of GL Garrad Hassan’s Turbine Design group he contributed to the development of the wind turbine design tool Bladed and provided aerodynamic design services. From 2002-07 Robert was leader of the load calculation team and provided certification support to clients in Europe, North America and Asia. Currently, Robert is head of GL Garrad Hassan’s Marine Renewables Group, with responsibility for business development and R&D activities in the rapidly developing fields of wave and tidal energy.


Charles F. Dunleavy

Chief Executive Officer of Ocean Power Technologies, Inc.

 



Charles F. Dunleavy has over 15 years of experience in the renewable energy industry. His career has encompassed broad experience in international, public companies including those in manufacturing and technology-based sectors. He has served as Chief Executive Officer of Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. (OPT) since 2010 and previously as the company’s Chief Financial Officer, and as Treasurer and Secretary since 1990. He has been a member of the Board of Directors since 1990.

At OPT, he has played a key role in the company’s progress in expanding its operations in Europe, North America, Australia and Japan. In addition, he was instrumental in the company’s raising over $150 million in equity capital from an international base of strategic partners, institutions and individual investors. Following successful initial public offerings in London in 2003 and New York in 2007, OPT is now listed on NASDAQ in the US (symbol: OPTT).

From 1990 to 1993, Mr. Dunleavy served as Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Director of Whole Systems International Corp., a private company specializing in multimedia instructional systems and information technology. From 1983 to 1990, Mr. Dunleavy was the corporate controller for Intermetrics, Inc., a mid-sized publicly-held software company which provided software engineering services and software development tools to an international client base, and which is now a part of L-3 Communications. He served as general accounting manager from 1979 to 1983 for Plymouth Rubber Company, a publicly-held manufacturer. Mr. Dunleavy began his career in public accounting with Pricewaterhouse Coopers, primarily serving publicly-held companies with multi-national operations across the manufacturing, high technology and banking sectors.

Mr. Dunleavy is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Master of Business Administration degree with honors from Rutgers Graduate School of Business Administration. He received his A.B. degree from Colgate University with Phi Beta Kappa honors. He also studied at the Universite de Dijon, Dijon, France and is fluent in French.


Howard Hanson

Professor of Geosciences at Florida Atlantic University and Scientific Directorof FAU's Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center

Howard Hanson is Professor of Geosciences at Florida Atlantic University and the Scientific Director of FAU’s Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center. His graduate study in meteorology and oceanography at the University of Miami was followed by research at the University of Colorado at Boulder and the Los Alamos National Laboratory, after which he joined FAU as the Associate Vice President for Research in 2005.

Howard brings to these roles experience as an active researcher, administrator, and manager from positions at the University of Colorado at Boulder and at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. His education culminated with the PhD in Meteorology and Physical Oceanography from the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Miami, and he is a Certified Consulting Meteorologist of the American Meteorological Society. His research contributions include insights into the role of clouds in the climate system, the behavior of the upper ocean as it responds to atmospheric forcing processes, and, more recently, the implications of sophisticated earth systems simulations in policy making, a topic he became interested in through his editorial service to the scientific journals Environmental Science and Policy and TheScientificWorld.
At the Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center, Howard’s oversight of the scientific directions for the Center are ensuring that environmental impacts of ocean-energy development are considered carefully and that cutting-edge science and engineering are integrated into a systems approach to the extraction of power from the Florida Current.


Eion Sweeney, M.A. Economics

Head of the Ocean Energy Development Unit, in the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland


Eoin has a Masters degree in Economics from University College Dublin. His work has focussed on
Natural Resource development. He managed the Discovery Programme, a major component of SeaChange, the Strategic Programme for the marine sector 2017-2013, in the Marine Institute, initiating the SmartBay initiative and programmes in Marine Biodiscovery and environmental sensors.

He is currently Head of the Ocean Energy Development Unit, in the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland. In this role he is responsible for initiating and co-ordinating a wide-ranging suite of measures to realise the objectives of the national Ocean Energy Strategy – developing research and test facilities, funding industry research and prototyping, developing a planning and permitting framework and mobilising the engineering and marine supply-chain.


Matt Dunn

Acting Chief Counsel at ARPA-E



Matthew Dunne, Acting Chief Counsel at ARPA-E Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E)
and principal author of the Categorical Exclusion Proposed Rule for Marine and Hydrokinetic pilot and
demonstration projects will discuss the application of the National Environmental Protection Act's (NEPA)
Categorical Exclusion provisions recently proposed by ARPA-E to make certain MHK pilots and demos are
deployed in a timely and environmentally responsible manner. Matthew Dunne has been the Acting Chief Counsel for the Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E)
since February 2010. Prior to joining ARPA-E, he focused his practice on intellectual property litigation,
international trade litigation, and international arbitration. Mr. Dunne also advised his clients on
Federal laws and regulations governing imports, exports, and investments. Previously, he held clerkships
with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (New Orleans, La.), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the
Armed Forces (Washington, DC), and the World Trade Organization Appellate Body (Geneva, Switzerland).
Mr. Dunne received a M.A. in History and B.A. summa cum laude in History and French from Emory University,
and graduated from Georgetown University with a J.D. and a M.S. with distinction in International Affairs.

Cherise Oram

Partner, Stoel Rives


Cherise Oram is a partner in Stoel Rives’ Seattle office. She focuses her practice on federal environmental and natural resources law with an emphasis on endangered species and energy facility permitting and compliance issues.  Cherise has advised developers and owners of wave and tidal energy projects, hydropower dams, wind energy projects, liquid natural gas (LNG) facilities, and oil and gas facilities in complex permitting matters.  Cherise is a member of the Board of Directors of the Ocean Renewable Energy Coalition (OREC) and the National Hydropower Association (NHA) and Chairs NHA’s Legislative Affairs Committee.  Cherise received her J.D. from American University’s Washington College of Law, her LL.M. in Law & Marine Affairs from the University of Washington, and her B.A. from the University of Washington.  Cherise formerly worked in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Office of General Counsel representing the the National California.


Brian Cable

Senior Engineer, Sound & Sea Technology


Brian Cable is a senior engineer at Sound & Sea Technology (Lynnwood, WA). He recently joined SST as part of their Renewable Ocean Energy project team after 31 years with the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Engineering Service Center (NFESC) – Port Hueneme. Brian graduated from California State University Long Beach in 1979 with a degree in mechanical engineering and has worked for the Navy on ocean systems development and testing since 1980. While at NFESC, he was responsible for a variety of projects for the Navy including installation of commercial wind turbines at San Clemente Island, offshore fuel terminal installation and repairs, and fiber optic cable shore landing installations and repairs world-wide. Most recently, his project focus has been on renewable ocean energy system evaluations and testing in Hawaii, Oregon, Puget Sound and in the Indian Ocean. The following is a summary of ocean energy projects Mr. Cable was responsible for while at NFESC.

 


Ron Smith

Co-Founder, CEO; Verdant Power, Inc.


Ron Smith co-founded Verdant Power, Inc. in 2000 to develop and commercialize tidal stream energy systems for power plant installations at tidal and river sites globally. Verdant Power, for it’s Roosevelt Island Tidal Energy (RITE) Project, has submitted a final license application and is working with FERC and state and federal environmental
regulatory agencies to deploy a field of up to 30 grid-connected commercial turbine systems in New York City’s East River.

Mr. Smith has over 35 years of experience and accomplishment as a founder of Verdant Power Inc., as an entrepreneur in an advertising start-up, as a management consultant and as a manager in industry with Booz Allen Hamilton, Bendix Corporation, and the U.S. Navy.


Jocelyn Brown

Senior Analyst, New West Technologies


Jocelyn Brown-Saracino is a Senior Analyst with New West Technologies. In this role, she supports the Water Power Program at the Department of Energy. Jocelyn helps manage the Program’s marine and hydrokinetic environmental research portfolio and advises the program on marine policy issues. Jocelyn came to the Department of Energy as a Knauss Sea Grant Fellow. She holds a Master’s degree in Marine Science from the University of New England and a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from Smith College.


Roger Bedard

Consultant, DOE Water Power Program


Mr. Bedard is semi-retired and is currently a part-time consultant to the DOE Waterpower Program. He is also developing an ocean energy curriculum and helping universities offer that curriculum to students. Prior to retiring in April 2010, he was the Ocean Energy Leader at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). He has over 40 years of experience developing and leading technology research, development, and demonstration projects.

Mr. Bedard has a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Rhode Island and a Master’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Southern California.


Roger Bagbey


Roger Bagbey has over 30 years of experience in systems engineering and management on programs for Naval ships and submarines, and marine energy generation. As both a government program manager and industry executive, he has led a number of major projects related to survivability and reliability of electromechanical systems subjected to severe marine environments. With an emphasis on conceptual design, R&D programs, and the transition to deployment and operation, Mr. Bagbey has conducted programs combining computational analysis with laboratory and in-situ test demonstrations to bring technology to bear in the achievement of critical national missions. His background is ideally suited to support the burgeoning marine and hydrokinetic energy generation industry in the creation of a new clean energy source. Mr. Bagbey holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Iowa State University.


Lib Butler

Partner, Pierce Atwood LLP


Ms. Butler is a partner in the corporate and international practice groups of Pierce Atwood LLP, a law firm with offices in Portland and Augusta, Maine, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Boston, Massachusetts, Washington, DC and Stockholm, Sweden. She has over thirty years of experience in legislative, regulatory and policy issues controlling marine renewable energy projects. In the public sector, she served as Chief Counsel to the Governor of Maine and as State of Maine Assistant Attorney General. At Pierce Atwood, she assists clients on a broad range of regulatory, economic development and start-up company projects, including marine renewable energy and wind power projects.

Ms. Butler has extensive experience in public-private partnership solutions to support economic development, serving as counsel to the Maine Technology Institute in developing financing for technology R&D activities, to the Millennium Challenge Corporation, and to the Gulf of Maine Research Institute in developing new marine sector programs. In her international practice, Ms. Butler has worked on energy and water sector projects funded by the World Bank and the United States Agency for International Development in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Moldova, Rwanda and Kenya.

 


Bill Staby

Founder, CEO; Resolute Marine Energy, Inc.


Bill Staby is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Boston-based Resolute Marine Energy, Inc. (RME) - a developer of technologies for harvesting energy from ocean waves.

Bill is an experienced manager of early-stage technology companies. His entrepreneurial career started in 1997 when he was co-founder of an Internet business-to-consumer commerce company that subsequently went public. Bill then helped start two companies in media technology and business process automation before founding RME in 2006. Earlier in his career, Bill was an investment banker at Credit Suisse in the Electric Utility Corporate Finance Group and later he was co-head of the North American mergers & acquisitions team at Rabobank International.

Bill is a member of the executive committee of the U.S. delegation to IEC-TC114 and he is one of its two representatives on the IEC’s Conformity Assessment Board. Bill is also actively involved with the Ocean Renewable Energy Coalition, the Washington-based industry trade association that advocates on issues including R&D investment, market incentives and regulation.

Bill attended the University of Oregon before receiving his undergraduate degree in accounting and finance from the City University of New York in 1985. He went on to earn his M.B.A. from New York University in 1987 and, more recently, he was a featured speaker at TEDx Boston.

 



 

Christine Taylor


 

Lead Physical Scientist for The Bureau of Ocean Energy




 

Christine Taylor has been the Lead Physical Scientist for The Bureau of Ocean Energy, Regulation and Enforcement’s (BOEMRE) Mapping and Boundary Branch, and the co-lead on the Multipurpose Marine Cadastre project for a little over 2 years.

In addition to her work on the MMC, she focuses on mapping projects related to renewable energy siting and oil and gas lease
sale areas and participates in a number of interagency working groups aimed at promoting GIS data and project sharing, including the National Ocean Council’s Interagency IMS and CMSP Data Portal Working Group

Prior to her employment with BOEMRE Christine served as the GIS Coordinator for NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuary Program. She has 20+ years experience working as a GIS professional. Her educational experience includes a BS in Geography and Environmental Planning from Towson University, and a MS in Environmental Science and Planning from Johns Hopkins University.

 



 

Brian Smith


 

Coastal Ecologist, NOAA




 

Brian Smith is a Coastal Ecologist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Coastal Services Center. His focus is coastal and marine spatial planning implementation in addition to development and application of the Multipurpose Marine Cadastre. An experienced facilitator of collaborative projects, he has 10+ years of experience working with partners to conserve coastal resources.

Prior to his current position he worked as a Research Coordinator for the Great Bay National Estuarine Research
Reserve and as a Regional Biologist for Ducks Unlimited. He holds an MS in Fisheries Biology and a dual BS in Environmental and Forest Biology and Resources Management from the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry.


 

Meleah Ashford

Program Manager, NNMREC


 

Meleah is the Program Manager for the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center (NNMREC). NNMREC is a partnership between Oregon State University (OSU), University of Washington (UW) and the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), established by the U.S. Department of Energy to develop a full range of capabilities to support marine renewable energy development for the United States. It includes nearly 20 principal investigators from OSU,  University of Washington and NREL. Meleah manages the day-to-day operations of NNMREC, including management, planning, communication, coordination across multiple disciplines, overseeing the development of an ocean wave energy test berth for OSU, and environmental studies and compliance. She has over 25 years of engineering and environmental experience in the field of water resources, specifically watershed management and ocean protection.


Andrea Copping, Phd.

Lead Researcher, PNNL


Dr. Andrea Copping leads research efforts on environmental effects of marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) waterpower and offshore wind at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Using risk-based approaches, the MHK and offshore wind teams lead by Dr. Copping integrate laboratory, field and modeling measurements into a coherent body of evidence to support siting and permitting decisions. The purpose of this research is to support responsible accelerated development of the MHK industry nationwide.

Andrea holds a BSc. in marine biology from McGill University, and a M.S. and PhD. in biological oceanography from the University of Washington. Although trained as a blue water oceanographer, Andrea has spent most of her professional career on interactions between human activities and the marine environment in coastal and estuarine areas. Andrea joined PNNL in 2006; previously Andrea was Associate Director of the Washington Sea Grant, University of Washington, responsible for research and outreach on a wide range of marine topics. Dr. Copping is an affiliate faculty member in the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs, University of Washington, and Associate Editor for the Coastal Management Journal.


Neil Rondorf

Vice President, SAIC

Neil E. Rondorf is Vice President of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) where he is presently leader of SAIC’s development efforts in marine renewable energy technologies. Neil is a Director of the Ocean Renewable Energy Coalition (OREC) which represents the marine renewable energy industry in Washington, D.C. and he is Chairman of the U.S. delegation to the IEC technical standards committee (TC-114) which is developing international standards for wave, tidal and water current devices. Neil is also serves as a Director of the International Cable Protection Committee and is a Founding Industrial Partner of the Virginia Coastal Energy Research Consortium. Neil received his Bachelor of Science in Oceanography from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1974, a Master’s Equivalent in Nuclear Engineering from the Naval Nuclear Power Program in 1976 and a Master’s Equivalent in International Relations from the Naval War College, Newport, RI in 1997.


Ye Li

Senior Scientist: NREL

Ye Li is a senior scientist at NREL where he leads the ocean energy modeling and design efforts in the offshore wind and ocean power systems group. He has many years’ experience in ocean energy modeling and testing. He severs as member/chair of ocean energy technical committees of many professional societies.  Before coming to NREL, he was a research scientist in the Energy Technology Group at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory where he focused on energy system modeling and offshore wind/tidal device analysis. He obtained his Ph.D. in 2008 from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of British Columbia. His Ph.D. dissertation focuses on hydrodynamic interaction between multiple tidal current turbine, and his master thesis focused on free surface body motion. Ye Li has many years experience in developing numerical methods, computational programs, and conducting experimental tests to analyze ocean engineering applications, and has published many papers on these topics.


Guy Lavendar


General Manager: Wave Hub



 

Guy Lavender was appointed as the General Manager of Wave Hub in January 2010.  He was previously employed as the South West England Director for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.  Guy spent 17 years in the Armed Forces, retiring as a Parachute Regiment Lieutenant Colonel in 2006.  During his military career he specialised in defence technology and was the operational director for significant military deployments in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan.   He holds two masters degrees; one in defence technology and another in business administration.



Sandra Farwell


Manager of Renewable Energy; Nova Scotia DoE




 

Sandra Farwell is Manager of Renewable Energy with the Nova Scotia Department of Energy in Canada.  Much of her work with the Department has been related to policy development for marine renewable energy, as well as onshore and offshore regulatory development and stakeholder engagement.  Sandra led the creation of the Province’s regulatory policy framework for marine renewable energy and has been contributing to the research agenda on marine renewables through the Nova Scotia Offshore Energy and Environment Research Association.  Sandra is also the provincial government member on the Board of FORCE -Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy.

 

Prior to her position with the Department of Energy, Sandra spent several years with the Seafood Producers Association of Nova Scotia focusing on fisheries management,  marine policy and regulatory affairs.    Sandra holds a B.Sc. in Biology, a BA in Sociology and a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) from Dalhousie University.



Derek Robertson


Consultant; Wave Bob



Following his return to the US from Ireland in 2005, he provided program management support to the Department of Defense as a consultant before joining Wavebob in 2008 to manage their US operations.


Peter Fraenkel

Founder and Chief Technical Officer; Marine Current Turbines, Inc.


Peter Fraenkel is the Chief Technical Officer (CTO)  and a founder of Marine Current Turbines Ltd., a UK company pioneering the development of subsea turbines for extracting energy from tidal currents.  He is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical  Engineers and of the Energy Institute and he is also Visiting Professor at the School of Engineering at the University of Edinburgh.    He has taken a prominent role in the promotion  and development of tidal current power systems for 20 years and has worked on renewable energy since the mid-1970s.  Earlier in his career he worked in aircraft manufacturing, copper mining and processing and as a technical journalist and engineering consultant.


 

Ana Brito Melo

Coordinator; Wave Energy Centre


Ana Brito Melo initiated her carrier in the wave energy field, in 1993, when a Portuguese team at the Instituto Superior Técnico (Technical University of Lisbon) started building a wave energy pilot plant in the Azores, on the neighbouring island of where she was born.

She concluded her initial research activities on hydrodynamic modelling with a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, with the thesis entitled “Modelling and Design of Oscillating Water Column Devices: Application to the Wave Power Plant, at Pico, Azores”, 2000.

In 2002 she was invited to be Executive Secretary of the Implementing Agreement on Ocean Energy Systems of the International Energy Agency (OES-IA) and since then has been involved in the work done under this international collaborative program.

 

In 2004 she integrated the team of the newly founded non-profit association – the Wave Energy Centre (WavEC), in Lisbon – and since then she has been responsible for the coordination work of services and R&D activities.


Tim Oakes

Renewable Group Leader; Kleinschmidt Energy & Water Resource Consultants


Mr. Oakes leads Kleinschmidt's Marine Renewable Group and is a Principal at Kleinschmidt.  Mr. Oakes has over 20 years of experience in environmental consulting and FERC licensing including extensive experience with preparation of NEPA documents, environmental permitting support documents, and the design and conduct of environmental studies – primarily related to hydroelectric projects throughout the U.S.  He recently helped prepare the first final Pilot License application submitted to FERC for a tidal energy project – for Verdant Power in New York City and is assisting with several early stage offshore wind projects on the East Coast.  Mr. Oakes serves on the Board of Directors of the National Hydropower Association and is past chair of the Research and Development subcommittee of NHA.

 

Peter Brown

Senior Consultant: HDR|DTA


Peter Browne is a Senior Consultant with HDR|DTA and has 19 years of experience as a regulatory specialist.  During the past six years he has focused on permitting for wave, tidal, and offshore wind energy projects located in Oregon, Washington, Maine, New York, and Alaska.  He has also evaluated the potential for development of hydrokinetic projects at a number of Air Force bases, focusing on resource evaluation, siting, and critical issues analysis.  Peter has worked extensively with developers, resource agencies, and other stakeholders to evaluate potential environmental effects of ocean energy projects and to develop study plans and adaptive management strategies.  He is also experienced in preparing environmental assessments for ocean energy projects to help fulfill the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act.

 

 

 

Nick Harrington

Head of Marine Energy SW


Nick Harrington, Head of Marine Energy at the South West of England Regional Development Agency, and managed the Wave Hub project  from 2005 until 2010 when  the operational team  was appointed.   A graduate in mathematics and a Chartered Surveyor by background, his previous roles had been in real estate development including business parks, science parks and tourism and retail projects.  He has found that developing an offshore marine energy project raises many of the same issues, such as gaining stakeholder and public support, construction procurement and financing.  In 2010 he chaired the Environment, Planning & Consenting Working Group of the UK's Marine Energy Action Plan.


Richard Morris

Commercial Director: EMEC


Richard Morris is responsible for maintaining EMEC’s position as the Marine Renewable Test Centre of choice in the world and developing the strength of EMEC’s offering to developers and customers.

 

Richard joined EMEC in May 2009 as Commercial Director. He has been working closely with Marine Developers who wish to utilise the range of EMEC services including their accredited wave and tidal full and scale test sites.  He is responsible for extending the Consultancy and Services that EMEC offer to countries who wish to set up Test sites and further the industry within their marine boundaries.

Prior to joining EMEC, Richard started his career as a research scientist before utilising his remote sensing expertise in monitoring the environment from Space, as a consultant to NASA in Washington DC.  He followed this with a role as Business Development Director for a Danish Space and Defence organisation, and after promotion to General Manager of the Italian subsidiary was successful in growing the company in Southern Europe.


Reenst Lesemann

Columbia Power Technologies; CEO


Reenst Lesemann joined Columbia Power Technologies in 2009 and assumed the role of CEO in January 2011.  Before joining Columbia Power, Reenst co-founded Tall Oaks Capital Partners, a seed and early stage venture firm based in Charlottesville, VA. Prior to Tall Oaks, Reenst ran a series of successful businesses including a maritime logistics spin off, TradeSource, Inc., that he created, led and managed. During his career, he has been responsible for all aspects of business management including strategic planning, marketing, and information services.

 

Mr. Lesemann graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1986 with a BA in History with Honors. He also holds a MBA from the University of Virginia Darden Graduate School of Business.


Henry Jeffrey

Senior Research Fellow: Institute for Energy Systems

 

Henry Jeffrey is a specialist in low carbon roadmaps, action plans and strategies is responsible for dissemination and internationalisation within Supergen Marine Phase 2. He leads the UKERC road mapping work for the marine renewables sector and the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) marine programme. Additionally, he is the only academic member of the Renewable UK Marine Strategy Group. In 2010 he was appointed to chair the Lord Hunt led DECC Marine Action Plan technology group and has been instrumental in the development of standards and guidelines for the developing marine renewable industry, exemplified by, for example: his position on the International Energy Agency marine vision group; his collaboration in the production of an ETI marine technology road map; his appointment by the International Electrotechnical Commission to convene their standard for the performance of marine energy devices and membership of the group that produced Scotland’s marine energy deployment roadmap. His international collaboration on the production of marine roadmaps and research strategies, includes Canada, the US, Korea and New Zealand. Henry is also the leader of the EU ORECCA marine road mapping work package.

 

 

 

Jess Morey


Clean Energy Group; Project Director




 

Jessica Morey, Washington Project Director with the Clean Energy Group (CEG), works primarily on CEG’s Climate Technology Innovation Initiative in the US and internationally. This initiative aims to accelerate breakthroughs in clean energy and climate technology costs and performance through improved collaborations and innovation strategies in the U.S. and globally.

 

 

Jessica also assists the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA), a multi-state coalition of state programs working together to support clean energy technologies and markets, managed by CEG. Jessica manages the CESA’s State/Federal Marine Energy Technology Advancement Partnership that works to accelerate the commercialization of marine hydrokinetic technologies in the U.S. through creation of a strategic partnership between states, DOE, NREL, and the industry. In addition, Jessica directs research for the Sustainable Energy Finance Alliance, an international consortium of publicly backed funding agencies dedicated to building sustainable energy markets, convened by the United Nations Environment Programme and managed by CEG, which serves at the Secretariat.

 

Before joining CEG, Jessica worked as a clean energy analyst in the World Bank’s central energy unit. Her projects included mainstreaming low carbon analysis into Bank energy projects and improving coordination and knowledge sharing across the Bank’s energy practice and international development partners. Jessica has also consulted with the Natural Resources Defense Council on the Carbon Neutral Costa Rica campaign and worked as the International Fellow at the Pew Center for Global Climate Change.  She received her Bachelors in Environmental Engineering from Dartmouth College, a Masters in International Affairs from American University and a Masters in Sustainable Development from the UN University for Peace in Costa Rica.

 

Jochen Bard

Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technologies; Head of Marine Energy


Jochen Bard is head of the department of Marine Energy at the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology (IWES). For over 15 years he has been working as R&D project leader for market and technology development in offshore wind and ocean energy technologies such as marine current turbines and wave energy devices. Activities range from feasibility studies to full scale pilot and demonstration projects with a focus on wave and current resources, device performance analyses, power take-off technologies and control engineering. As coordinator of the ORECCA network he is currently developing a European roadmap for offshore renewables including offshore wind and marine hydro kinetics in collaboration with 28 partners. He is a member of the German mirror group of the technical committee TC 114 “Marine Energy – Wave and Tidal Energy Converters” of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and alternate member for Germany in the OES implementing agreement of the International Energy Agency. Further work topics include floating wind turbines, hydrogen technologies and small hydropower. Jochen Bard holds a master degree in Physics from the University of Kalrsruhe (KIT).

 

Tom Davey

 

Institute for Energy Systems at the University of Edinburgh; Research Fellow

 

Tom Davey is a Research Fellow in the Institute for Energy Systems at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. With a masters degree in mechanical engineering he went on to study for a PhD under the SuperGen Marine consortium examining wave interaction at coastal structures. Since 2008 he has been working on the pan-European EquiMar project with 22 international partners. This project aims to produce guidance and protocols for the equitable evaluation of marine energy converters and deployment sites. Tom’s primary expertise is in defining and examining methodologies for quantifying the wave resource in a consistent, fair and accurate manner. In addition to his role in Equimar, Tom maintains his links with tank testing projects through hydraulic facility management and masters and undergraduate research project supervision.

 

Julia Wood

Van Ness Feldman


Julia Wood has been part of Van Ness Feldman's hydropower and electric practices for the past eight years.  In that capacity, she serves as legal counsel to developers of both hydrokinetic energy and offshore wind projects, focusing on federal energy and environmental regulatory issues.  She holds a B.A. from Dickinson College and received her law degree from American University's Washington College of Law.


Ned Farquhar

Land & Minerals Management: Deputy Assistant Secretary

Ned Farquhar, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Land & Minerals Management at the U.S. Interior Department, has broad experience in land and resource management.  Previous positions and activities include:  Senior Policy Advisor to New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, Senior Policy Advocate for Western Energy and Climate at the Natural Resources Defense Council, Special Assistant to Alaska Natural Resources Commissioner Esther Wunnicke, staff director to the Alaska House Resources Committee, Western Lands Program Director at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Executive Director of the Vermont Natural Resources Council and 1000 Friends of New Mexico, and adjunct faculty at the University of New Mexico and University of Vermont. (January 2011)


 

Kevin Schmidt

Energy Consultant for California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom


Kevin Schmidt currently serves as the Energy Consultant for California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom.   He is presently focused on the field of renewable energy; in order to implement sound policy Kevin consults with government officials, environmentalists, and the business community.

Kevin is currently working with the California State Lands Commission and the California Ocean Protection Council to ensure California establishes the right projects necessary to reach the renewable goals set by the State.

Before joining the Lieutenant Governor, Kevin was the Policy Analyst for California Senate Majority Leader Dean Florez.  In this capacity, Kevin worked on policies addressing air quality bills and regulations that would bring the state into compliance with Title I and V of the Federal Clean Air Act.

Kevin graduated from Santa Clara University, situated in the heart of Silicon Valley, from the Leavy School of Business.  He is currently completing his Masters in Public Administration from the University of Southern California.

 


 

 

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