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Sustainable Grid Integration of Distributed and Renewable Resources

Advisory Board

Pat Chapman -  Solarbridge

Patrick Chapman, Ph.D., is co-founder and chief technology officer of SolarBridge.  Chapman manages the company’s intellectual property, plans technology for next-generation products, and provides technical guidance to customers and partners as well as to SolarBridge engineering and marketing teams. Before joining SolarBridge, Chapman was a tenured faculty member at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  His career at the university consisted of research, teaching, and professional service in the field of power electronics.  Chapman holds a doctorate degree from Purdue University, and Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from the University of Missouri-Rolla.  As a senior member, Chapman is very active in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and is chairing the IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference in 2011.

Mike Hightower - Sandia National Labs

Mr. Hightower is a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff in the Energy Security Center at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  He is a civil and environmental engineer with over 30 years of experience in research and development.  His current efforts include research and evaluation of innovative environmental and energy technologies and the reliability, security, and protection of critical water and energy infrastructures.  One of his current activities is as project leader for a Science and Technology Roadmap for DOE for Energy-Water research and development.  He recently helped write a Report to Congress on current and emerging energy and water interdependencies and challenges.  Another current effort is helping federal facilities improve their ability to meet their critical mission energy needs safely, securely, and reliably through risk-based design and implementation of energy surety microgrids.  Mike holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from New Mexico State University.  He serves on the Board of Directors for Citizens for Responsible Energy, is past-Chair of the Waste Management Education and Research Consortium Industrial Advisory Board, and past-Chair of ASME’s Environmental Engineering Division.

John Hoffner - CH2M Hill

John Hoffner has worked in the renewable energy field for over 30 years.  He was the Manager for Renewable Programs at the City of Austin (1983 – 1996), the Director of Technology for Conservation Services Group (1997 – 2005), and is currently Solar PV Program Manager at CH2MHILL.  He has been a strong advocate for a balanced approach to solving our energy and environmental issues in Austin, the State of Texas, and nationally.  He served on the City of Austin’s Resource Management Commission from 2003 – 2006.  Hoffner is also the Producer of Shades of Green Energy; a live half hour radio talk show that features issues and people related to green energy and the environment.

Richard Morgan - Austin Energy

Richard Morgan is the Green Building and Sustainability Manager for Austin Energy. In this position Richard is responsible for Austin Energy Green Building, Austin’s Energy Code initiatives including Zero Energy Capable Homes and the Electric Vehicles and Emerging Technologies groups. Morgan has been involved in Green Building, affordable housing and energy efficiency for more than 20 years. Prior to joining Austin Energy in 1998 he managed affordable housing programs for seven years and was a licensed general contractor in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Morgan is on the Board of Directors of the Green Builder Coalition. He served as staff lead and Co-chair of the Zero Energy Capable Homes Task Force that developed the most aggressive energy code enhancement initiative in the U.S. and was staff lead of the Energy Conservation Audit and Disclosure Task Force which developed one of the first and most comprehensive mandatory existing building energy audit initiatives in the country. He was also the Chair of the Energy Work Group of the Sustainable Building Technology Committee of the International Codes Council for the development of the International Green Construction Code and served on 2010 and 2011 Hearing Committees for the Green Code. Morgan is a certified Project Management Professional and as a Housing Development Finance Professional by the National Development Council.

Brewster McCracken - Pecan Street Project

Brewster McCracken is the Executive Director of Pecan Street Inc, a research and development organization focused on developing and testing advanced technology, business model and customer behavior surrounding advanced energy management systems.  Prior to his current position at Pecan Street, he was a two term member of the Austin City Council.  As a council member, he was focused on promoting emerging technologies, particularly clean energy, and chaired the Council’s Emerging Technologies Committee, the Land-Use Transportation Committee, and was the lead author of Austin’s Commercial Design Standards and Mixed Use Ordinance.  He also practiced law as a prosecutor and civil litigation attorney.  Brewster graduated from Princeton University and the University of Texas School of Law and also holds a Master in Public Affairs from the LBJ School.

Peter Sauer - University of Illinois U-C

Peter Sauer has been a faculty member at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign since 1977 and is currently the Grainger Chair in Electrical Engineering.  His main contributions are in modeling and simulation of power system dynamics with applications to steady-state and transient stability analysis.  He is a registered Professional Engineer in Virginia and Illinois, a Fellow of the IEEE, and a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering.  Sauer obtained his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri at Rolla in 1969.  From 1969 to 1973, he was the electrical engineer on a design assistance team in the Air Force for the Tactical Air Command at Langley AFB, Virginia, working on design and construction of airfield lighting and electrical distribution systems. He obtained the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University in 1974 and 1977 respectively.

Noel Schulz - Kansas State University

Noel Schulz is Kansas State University’s first lady (President Kirk Schulz) and Paslay Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.  She was recently elected to lead the IEEE Power & Energy Society; a worldwide, non-profit association of more than 24,000 individuals engaged in the electric power energy industry.  In 2009, Schulz came to K-State from Mississippi State University, where she held an endowed professorship as the Tennessee Valley Authority Professor in power systems engineering.  Her teaching interests include power systems, energy conversion, application of computer programs to power engineering, application of intelligent systems to engineering problems, fundamentals of electrical circuits, renewable and distributed generation, and smart grid technologies.  Schulz has received a number of awards and is a member of ASEE and IEEE.  She holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in electrical engineering, both from Virginia Tech, and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Minnesota.

Jeff Tester - Cornell University

Dr. Tester is the Croll Professor of Sustainable Energy Systems in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Cornell University.  He also serves as Director of the Cornell Energy Institute and Associate Director for Energy in the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future.  Prior to his appointment at Cornell in 2009, Dr. Tester was the H.P. Meissner Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he served as Director of MIT's Energy Laboratory (1989-2001) and Director of MIT’s School of Chemical Engineering Practice (1980-1989).  His research on renewable and conventional energy extraction and conversion and environmental control technologies has resulted in over 200 scientific publications and 10 co-authored books.  Professor Tester is a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and currently a member of the IPCC’s Working Group on Renewable Energy Sources, and advisory boards of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the American Council of Renewable Energy, Idaho National Laboratory, and Los Alamos National Laboratory.