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Biographies


WELCOME ADDRESS

W. Hubert Keen

Dr. Keen became President of Farmingdale State College-SUNY in January 2007, having served for two years as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Farmingdale.

He began his academic career in 1976 in Biological Science at SUNY Cortland rising through the ranks to serve as Dean of Arts and Sciences. His teaching and research areas are in ecology, environmental science, aquatic biology and biostatistics.

He served as Special Assistant to the System Provost in the State University of New York central offices where his work led to the development of the SUNY Urban Teacher Education Center in the city. He served as Interim President at SUNY College at Old Westbury, and as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at York College in the City University of New York.

He has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship, a U.S. Public Health Service Fellowship, and a Fellowship from the German Academic Exchange Service. He serves on the boards of the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center, Project Grad Long Island, and the LI Index Advisory Board, and currently chairs the LIRACHE Long Island Presidents-Superintendents Group.

He earned the BA in Biology with a minor in German from Pikeville College, the MS in physiological ecology from Eastern Kentucky University and the PhD from Kent State University in ecology.

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KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

David M. Daly

David M. Daly was named President and Chief Operating Officer of PSEG Long Island in October 2013.

PSEG Long Island LLC was selected by the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) in Dec. 2011 to manage LIPA’s electric transmission and distribution system beginning Jan. 1, 2014. Mr. Daly has been leading the transition to PSEG on Long Island since 2012.

Mr. Daly previously served as vice president -- asset management and centralized services at Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G), with responsibility for electric and gas asset strategy, asset reliability, electric delivery planning, gas system operations and technical services, basic generation services and basic gas supply services, and energy supplier services.

Since joining PSE&G in 1983, Mr. Daly has held a variety of positions in utility operations and support services, including vice president of energy acquisition and technology, where he led the implementation of the cutover to a new SAP-based customer information system. He also served as division manager-merger integration, director of utility operations services, director of corporate strategy, and general manager of transmission planning.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Daly held various first and second line supervisory positions in fossil generation plant operations, and was a senior consultant at Metzler & Associates and UMS Group, where he focused on performance management and benchmarking, process reengineering, and competitive strategy development. He has an electrical engineering degree from the State University of New York Maritime College, and a Master of Business Administration from Rutgers University.

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Paul DeCotis

Paul DeCotis is a director in West Monroe Partners’ Energy & Utilities practice, based in New York City. He leads the firm’s Energy & Utilities team on the East Coast and is a leader for the Energy & Utilities regulatory offering. He has more than 30 years of experience as an industry executive, consultant, and educator.

Paul is an accomplished and respected executive and thought leader with deep expertise in trends and issues facing today’s energy and utility leaders. Among other responsibilities, he works with utilities, independent power and distributed energy generators, and government agencies.

Paul joined West Monroe Partners in 2014 from Long Island Power Authority, where he served as managing director for contract oversight and previously as vice president of power markets. His responsibilities included oversight of the PSEG Long Island (Public Service Electric & Gas) utility services contract for transmission and distribution operations, customer service, business services, and emergency planning and storm restoration. He was a member of the utility’s Risk Management Committee. As vice president of power markets, Paul oversaw power generation, project development, integrated resource planning, and FERC and RTO market policy.

He served as deputy secretary and chair of the state energy planning board for two New York Governors. As the senior energy advisor to the governors, he oversaw strategy, policy, legislation, and implementation activities for the state’s energy agencies. He also founded the Governor’s Clean Energy Collaborative and led establishment of the state’s “45 by 15” clean energy portfolio standard among other initiatives.

Paul’s previous roles included director of energy analysis for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, as well as chief of policy analysis and senior policy/financial analyst for the New York State Energy Office. He also served as president of Innovative Management Solutions, a consulting organization, and as adjunct faculty member for the Rochester Institute of Public Policy Department, the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations, and The Sage Colleges MBA Program.

Paul holds numerous memberships and board/leadership positions with energy and utility industry organizations NAS. He has also chaired several Peer and Expert Review Panels for US DOE.

He has published more than four dozen articles and papers on topics ranging from renewable energy to energy efficiency, performance management and evaluation, energy independence, and policy.

Paul has a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business Management from State University of New York College at Brockport, a Master of Arts degree in Economics from the University at Albany, and an MBA degree in Finance and Management Studies from The Sage Colleges Graduate School.

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Ron Tabbitas

Mr. Tabbitas brings with him twenty- seven (27) years of experience in supplier management and material services.

Mr. Tabbitas is also an Adjunct Professor of Business at both Dowling and St Joseph’s College on Long Island, New York and a staunch supporter of workforce development and revitalization of the manufacturing in America through the expansion and frontend alignment of the domestic supply chain along with critical need for manufacturing incubators to bridge the gap from innovation to production reducing failure risk by ensuring implementation of the correct infrastructure, design consideration, skillsets, and operational sustainability.

Mr. Tabbitas works closely with New York State industry, academia, and Government fostering a collaborative environment to build new industry, expand the domestic supply chain and develop targeted training and certification programs to address industry skillset needs of today and tomorrow including new skills required in response to the needs of the emerging industries.

As a foundation for development of these innovative concepts, Mr. Tabbitas founded and is President of Dynamic Supplier Alignment, Inc and the owner of the DSA Registered Service Mark. DSA, Inc provides a full range of commercialization services for the small business to accelerate market capture, industrialization, job creation and economic growth.

Mr. Tabbitas holds a Bachelor and Master’s Degree in Management from Dowling College, Long Island.

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PANEL DISCUSSION

Babak D. Beheshti

Babak D. Beheshti is Professor and the Associate Dean of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, New York Institute of Technology; where he has served since 1987. Babak's areas of interest include wireless sensor networks, embedded real time systems, wireless and cellular systems. Dr. Beheshti has been in the higher education for 27 years, with the last ten years in academic leadership positions. He also has over 20 years of concurrent experience in the industry, having been involved in R&D for embedded systems and wireless technology industry. He has successfully managed joint R&D programs with many Asian, European and US companies including Siemens Mobile, Nokia, Samsung, KDDI and LG.

Dr. Beheshti has been an active member of IEEE since 1991 having held positions at section, region and major board levels. He is currently member of Publication Services & Products Board of IEEE, as well as Region 1 Student Activities Chair.

He is a recipient of the IEEE Millennium Medal, the IEEE Long Island Section Athanasios Papoulis Outstanding Educator Award, and three IEEE Region 1 Awards, including 2008 IEEE Northeastern Region Technical Innovation Award “For Providing Technical Leadership in the Development of State-of-the Art Reconfigurable Wireless Technologies”.

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Gary Halada

To truly understand interactions between the environment and natural and human-made materials, it is essential to understand reactions at the nanoscale. It is at this level, from single molecules to ultra-thin films on surfaces, that structural and chemical transformations first occur which affect critical environmental processes, such as corrosion of advanced alloys, association of hazardous waste with soil or buildings, and transformation of radioactive materials by microbes. In addition, to create the next generation of materials and technologies to solve critical environmental problems we need to create new methodologies and research partnerships that will provide the necessary combination of tools, software and knowledge for cross-disciplinary problem-solving.

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Marjaneh Issapour

She is a graduate of Columbia University with the Master Degree in Electrical Engineering Technology. She is a full time faculty at the department of Electrical /Computer Engineering Technology and an active member of the Solar Energy Center at the college. Currently she serves as the Program Director of Renewable Sustainable Energy Center at Farmingdale State college.

Marj holds the Professional Engineering License in New York state. She is also a Cisco certified (CCNA). Her area of research is Renewable and Alternative energy sources. She has been employed by AT& T Information Systems, Siemens Data Switching and NEC. She has received the prestige’s Chancellor’s Award for excellence in faculty service in 2007. She has also been a recipient of Rene Chasmen Affirmative action Award. She is a motivational speaker for women in Science and Engineering.

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Neal Lewis

Neal Lewis is an attorney with a broad range of experience in both civic and environmental matters. He is the former Executive Director of the Long Island Neighborhood Network, and is a widely respected advocate on environmental issues. His extensive experience in organizing cooperative efforts involving large coalitions and study groups has helped enact policy changes at various governmental levels.

In addition to his commitment to the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College, Neal currently serves as the Second Vice-Chair of the Nassau County Planning Board, is a member of the advisory board for Networking Magazine’s environmental coverage, and is on the Stakeholder Committee for the study being conducted by LIPA and National Grid on the repowering of the Northport and Port Jefferson power plants.

He also served on Nassau County Executive Suozzi’s Environmental Bond Act Advisory Committee, and was appointed by the Suffolk County Legislature to Co-Chair the Carbon Cap Committee and Suffolk County’s Homestead A-Syst Committee to develop an informational program for Suffolk residents to reduce risks associated with pesticide usage.

Neal was previously a member of the Nassau County Charter Revision Commission, which rewrote the charter (constitution) of Nassau County, to make it consistent with the one-person, one-vote constitutional principle. Neal authored and advocated in favor of budgetary, good-government, and environmental reforms that were adopted as amendments to the new Charter of Nassau County. Regarding service on the Charter Revision Commission, the Newsday editorial board wrote: “Nobody brought a greater sense of civic responsibility to the charter-revision effort than Neal Lewis.” (“Politicians Imperil Nassau’s Reforms,” Newsday editorial, September 19, 1994)

As an environmental attorney, Neal won a case decided at the Appellate Division in New York on the question of pesticides used by golf courses (S.P.A.C.E. v. HURLEY, 739 N.Y.S.2d 164 (2d Dept 2002)). A case raising similar issues was also successful at the lower court level against Suffolk County (Lewis v. Gaffney). Filed successful lawsuit compelling the Commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to produce annual waste oil recycling reports.

Neal received his bachelor‘s degree from SUNY New Paltz and Juris Doctor from CUNY Law School. He is a graduate of the first Energeia class (2006) at Molloy College, and completed the Columbia Business School Institute for Not-for-profit Management’s Leadership Development Program (2003).

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Corinne Johnson Rutzke

Corinne Johnson Rutzke, Ph.D., earned a BS-Plant Pathology (The Ohio State University) MS-Seed Technology (Cornell University) and PhD-Controlled Environment Agriculture (Cornell University). Rutzke’s research in plant physiology originally focused on the influences of light and gravity on plants and later led to using light and other environmental cues to improve the nutritional value of food crops. Rutzke worked as a scientist and teacher at NASA Kennedy Space Center’s Plant Space Biology laboratory where she led the Space Flight Experiment Development section of the Space Life Sciences Training Program (an educational summer program for college students). Rutzke gained additional experience in adult education and training as Science Coordinator and Astronaut/Cosmonaut Crew Trainer for several Space Shuttle mission life sciences experiments. Currently Rutzke serves at Cornell University as Director of the multi-state, multi-institution Bioenergy and Bioproducts Education Programs (BBEP) and lead for the Penn State University’s NewBIO Teacher’s Bioenergy Education program. Meeting energy and products needs through agriculture is the focus of these integrated, professional development programs for STEM educators. In 2012 she was named one of the "100 Buckeyes you should know" from The Ohio State University for work on BBEP. Dr. Corinne Rutzke lives in Ithaca, NY working at Cornell University and running a small vegetable farm with her husband Mike and two children Mikey and Ella.

"I find that the field of Agriculture is uniquely suited to serve as an educational platform because Agricultural offers the most touchable, recognizable, relevant aspects of every-day life, and at the same time, offers abstract-thinking challenges that are at the cutting edge of science, engineering, technology and math. Agriculture offers a solid, familiar footing from which students can launch their own explorations in understanding."

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Kamal Shahrabi

Dr. Kamal Shahrabi received the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ, in 1983, the M.E. Degree in Electrical Engineering from City College in New York, New York, NY, in 1985 and M. Phil. and Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from City University Of New York, New York, NY, in 1992. Kamal Shahrabi is a Dean of School of Engineering Technologies and Professor of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology. He has been a professor in the Technology Department at Kean University of New Jersey since 1986-2007 and has been a Chairperson of the department since September 1998-2007. Dr. Shahrabi has published several papers in various areas of Communication, Robot Tracking in Space, Wireless Communication, Impact of Globalization of Advanced Telecommunication Technologies in Developing Countries, and High Speed Optical Satellite Communication and Femtosecond Pulse Shaping. Dr. Shahrabi has several years of experience in the areas of digital signal processing, space tracking, communication and satellite control systems while doing research at City University of New York for NASA.

In addition, he has worked as a Visiting Professor in the Electrical Engineering Department with Institut Teknologi Tun Hussein Onn, Parit Raja, Batu Pahat, Johor, Malaysia and he developed an engineering curriculum with DSP specialization for the institute (ITHO) during his stay.

His research interests are in the fields of Digital Signal Processing Algorithms, Spread Spectrum, nanotechnology, and Wireless Communication Systems.

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SESSION KEYNOTES

Tullio Bertoli

Tullio Bertoli is a graduate of the Yale School of Architecture and was a Fulbright Scholar in Planning at the American Academy in Rome. His professional credentials include APA, AICP and LEED AP. As Planning Commissioner for the Town of Brookhaven, Mr. Bertoli is directly responsible for personnel management and general supervisory oversight of a 100 person staff consisting of four divisions including Planning, Building, Engineering, and Environmental. He is responsible for any and all land use, environmental and planning related matters for a township of approximately 500,000 people and over a composite area of 530 square miles. Some of the initiatives created under his guidance are:

  • Carman’s River Watershed Protection Plan: Overlay District, TDR program and MF Code revision
  • Ronkonkoma HUB Transit Oriented Development with form-based zoning initiative
  • Blight to Light (B2L) Overlay Initiative to redevelop blighted properties throughout Town
  • Various Hamlet studies including Rte. 25 Study, Medford, Farmingville, Bellport and Ronkonkoma
  • Major Code revisions and amendments to facilitate approvals
  • Coram Theater B2L Site Plan: The Meadows TND Village: Silveri Lifestyle Village
  • Pine Barrens redemption component code revisions
  • Major design revisions of varying projects to Smart Growth principles

Prior to his work in Brookhaven, Mr. Bertoli worked in the private sector as an architect, real estate developer and private consultant. He is a vertically integrated professional with extensive knowledge of architecture, construction management and planning issues. He possesses over 35 years of experience in all phases of Planning, Architecture, Construction and Real Estate Development including: Master Planning, Zoning, SEQRA Administration, Architecture & Design, Site Selection, Feasibility Analysis, Land Use Approvals, Construction Management, Leasing, Legal & Investment Planning. He is skilled at all levels of public testimony, stakeholder consensus building and presentations before decision-making agencies and community organizations. His experience also includes construction and personnel management, contract administration and oversight of consulting teams for large/small projects. Creative design skills are used to develop building and land projects from beginning to final build-out. Conceptual designs are considerate of Smart Growth Principles, New Urbanism, Tradition Neighborhood Development and LEED Green Building philosophies.

Julia Bovey

Julia Bovey has tracked and shaped energy policy from four perspectives: non-profit advocacy, project development, federal regulatory and now state oversight, as the first director of the New York State Department of Public Service Long Island office.

After Superstorm Sandy exposed the urgent need to reform Long Island’s electric system, both government leaders and consumers, including Ms. Bovey, became convinced the solution to Long Island’s crisis is to create a new framework where consumers’ needs are the first priority in determining how electricity is managed, produced, and sold on the Island.

Long Island is now at the leading edge of New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision paradigm shift, which will ensure a decentralization of the electric grid and activate markets to invest in technologies that will insure a future of reliable, resilient, clean, local, and affordable electricity for consumers.

Ms. Bovey came to DPS - Long Island from First Wind, a leading national developer of wind and solar energy projects, where she served as Vice President, Federal Policy, developing and advancing energy, environmental, and tax policies that promote renewable energy.

Ms. Bovey has worked on energy policy since 2004 when she left a 15 year career in journalism to join the Conservation Law Foundation in Boston where she helped gain public support utility decoupling, energy efficiency, and New England’s first proposed wind projects.

Later at the Natural Resources Defense Council she was part of the successful campaign for the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. She was then appointed by President Obama to serve at Federal Energy Regulatory Commission as Director of the Office of External Affairs, where she worked to a gain the political and public support necessary to advance the Commission’s significant agenda in opening markets to renewables, energy efficiency, and demand response.

Ms. Bovey holds a BA and an MS from Columbia University. She, her husband, and two sons enjoy swimming, surfing, and fishing in the Rockaways and across Long Island.

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Lisa Broughton

Lisa Broughton has served as Acting Energy Director for Suffolk County since 2008, and is the project manager on the Solar Carport Project and county’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant. Using that grant, she designed an innovative LEED accreditation course for county and town planning professionals. The program has resulted in 34 LEED GA including 18 LEED AP accredited local municipal employees. Suffolk County also purchased solar PV street lights for a successful pilot project in Yaphank.

As an economic developer, Lisa serves as a point person for manufacturing companies and businesses in the emerging fields of clean energy, high-technology and bio-technology in the Suffolk County Department of Economic Development and Planning.

Lisa holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy with specialty in Environmental and Energy policy and is accredited as LEED AP in Building, Design and Construction.

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Pat Malone

Patricia Malone has extensive experience in initiating and facilitating collaborative training and workforce initiatives that directly impact the regional economy. She co-edited the book “Enhancing Creativity in Adult and Continuing Education” published by Jossey Bass. Pat has facilitated many sessions with representatives from labor, education and industry in identifying regional issues surrounding skill sets, dislocated workers and emerging jobs. She was a facilitator in three national Transformational Forums sponsored by the Federal Department of Labor. She is on the Suffolk County Workforce Investment Board and Education and Training Committee, and has participated in numerous forums regarding regional agendas in training and job creation and has facilitated the workforce group for the Governor's Regional Economic Development Council. In early 2009 Pat created a certification program for dislocated Wall Street and” beyond” professionals. To date over 750 professionals have enrolled in the workforce funded programs and over 300 have secured new employment. Pat launched the new Advanced Energy Training Institute which offers new credentials for the greening economy and works with clean energy professionals and associations to provide emerging training and education. Pat has conducted numerous presentations nationally and internationally on the universities role in workforce and economic development, regional collaborations, the role of the research university in green collar jobs, and corporate training. Pat holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Dayton and a Masters Degree from Stony Brook University.

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Dave Specca

David Specca has worked for the past twelve years on small and large scale bioenergy projects at the Rutgers EcoComplex. His activities include identifying, demonstrating and promoting appropriate renewable energy technologies. Currently, his projects include working on technologies in landfill gas cleanup and utilization, microturbine co-generation, anaerobic digestion, ethanol production, biodiesel, and biomass pyrolysis. As part of the environmental business development activities of the EcoComplex, Dave is a member of the NJ Business Incubator Network, Board member of the Rutgers Energy Institute, and Co-chair of the Clean Energy Alliance, a nationwide network of clean energy incubator facilities. He also directs the activities of a one-acre hydroponic vegetable and aquaculture greenhouse facility powered by two landfill gas to energy technologies. He was part of the NJAES team that produced the “Assessment of Biomass Energy Potential in NJ” and has written a paper looking at crop based bioenergy in NJ, “Opportunities for Agricultural-based Bioenergy in New Jersey, a case study of switchgrass and field corn”.

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Michael Voltz

Michael is the Director of Energy Efficiency and Renewables for PSEG Long Island. He is responsible for planning, implementing, and evaluating energy efficiency and renewable programs, and the preparation of a Utility 2.0 filing including efficiency, advanced meters, battery storage and renewable solutions. Efficiency and Renewable programs are available for residential, commercial and industrial customers, and are expected to achieve over 60 MW of peak demand reductions on the electric system in 2014.

Prior to his current role, Michael was a director at LIPA and at Central Hudson Gas & Electric where he had worked for 30 years in power generation, customer services, energy efficiency and regulatory affairs.

Michael holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a master’s in Business from Union College. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in New York State.

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SESSION CHAIRS

Amit Bandyopadhyay

Amit Bandyopadhyay, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE is a Distinguished Service Professor and the Chair of the Department of Architecture and Construction Management. Dr. Bandyopadhyay’ primary research field is construction engineering and management. He has numerous publications in construction productivity. His research in the development of inference structures with incomplete or unavailable data and work on use of waterjet in construction has attracted national and international interest. He was part of a National Science Foundations multi million dollar project on integrated learning. Prior to joining academia, Dr. Bandyopadhyay worked for United Engineers and Constructors as a lead engineer engaged in design and construction of nuclear structures. Previously Dr. Bandyopadhyay worked for M.N. Dastur, an international consulting firm. There he designed chemical and steel plants. Dr. Bandyopadhyay is a licensed professional engineer in New York and New Jersey, he is a fellow of American Society of Civil Engineers and the current Division Chair of the Construction Engineering division of American Society for Engineering Education. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Calcutta and his M.S. and Ph.D. from Penn State University.

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Serdar Elgun

Serdar Z. Elgun received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Aegean University of Izmir, Turkey, in 1977, and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Mississippi State University in 1981, where he worked on “Thermal Gradient Solar Pond” and “Off-peak Energy Storage in Phase Change Materials” funded by Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). Between 1981 and 1982, he attended the graduate program in New Mexico State University and worked on “Thermal Storage of Solar Energy” project. Between 1992 and 1996, he attended the graduate program in the Material Science Engineering department at Stony Brook University and conducted research on “Crack Propagation through PS and PMMA Interface during Impact.” In 1982, he joined the Mechanical Engineering Technology department of Farmingdale State College. Currently, he is serving as the acting chair of Automotive and Mechanical Engineering Technology Departments and also the assistant director of Renewable Energy and Sustainability Center. He has been an active member of the Farmingdale Solar Energy Center serving in various capacities since its inception in 2000. He developed the Mechanical Engineering Technology B.S. program, the Facility Management B.S. program, and five online courses that have been offered through SUNY Learning Network (SLN). He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE).

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Peter Gollon

Peter Gollon earned his Ph.D. in nuclear physics from Columbia University in 1969. He then started working at what was to become Fermilab, the world's largest high energy physics research laboratory outside of Chicago; first participating in the design of the laboratory and ultimately becoming responsible for radiation safety at the 2000 person, 10 square mile laboratory.

He moved to Long Island in 1979, and for some years split his time between Brookhaven National Laboratory and a family business before devoting himself to just the latter. After retiring in 2007 he decided to put his science and business background to use through activism focused on climate change and renewable energy, and has been Energy Chair for the Long Island Sierra Club since 2009.

His main focus has been trying to rapidly move the Long Island Power Authority (and now PSEG Long Island) away from climate-changing fossil fuel generated electricity and toward clean, renewably generated electric power from our abundant solar and wind resources.

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Jerrell Nardiello

Mr. Nardiello has worked for over 28 years as a mechanical engineer in both the aerospace and telecommunications industries. He is currently a principal research engineer at Northrop Grumman in Bethpage N.Y., in their Technology Development group. He holds seven U.S. Patents, is a licensed professional engineer in N.Y., N.J. and PA., and holds a B.E. in Engineering Science from Hofstra University, and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Polytechnic University.

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Miriam Rafailovich

Miriam Rafailovich received her PhD from Stony Brook University in Applied Nuclear Physics. She then did her post doctoral work at Brookhaven National Laboratory and the Weizmann Institute. Miriam was associate professor of Physics and Astronomy at CUNY, Queens College and returned as Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Stony Brook University, where she is currently a distinguished professor and co-director of the program in Chemical and Molecular Engineering. Miriam is director of the Garcia NSF center for Polymers at Engineered Interfaces . Her research interests span a broad spectrum which includes, the applications of polymer nanocomposites to advanced materials engineering for energy applications, flame retardant compounds, biodegradable polymers, bioengineering materials, and nanotoxicology. Miriam is also known as a pioneer in the integration of research with education . She has graduated more than 60 PhD and Masters students and mentored several hundered undergraduate and high school students from across the United States and abroad. She is the co-author of more than 360 publications in peer reviewed journals and technical review articles, a Lady Davis Foundation Scholar and a fellow the American Physical Society.

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Bahar Zoghi

Bahar Zoghi is an assistant professor in the department of Architectural and Construction Management Engineering Technology at Farmingdale State college of SUNY since 2008. She currently is the leader of wind energy research at Renewable Energy and Sustainable Center.

Bahar completed her Ph.D. at Graduate Center of City University of New York, master degree from City College of City University of New York and her bachelor from Polytechnic University of Tehran in civil engineering. Prior to joining Farmingdale she was a research at International Center for Environmental resources and development at City College of New York. She is a professional engineer with more than 9 years experience in private sector.

Her research interests lie in the area of sustainable Environment, ranging from renewable energy, green building and water efficiency. She has advanced expertise in green building arena. In addition to being a LEED accredited professional, she holds building and envelope certification from the building Performance Institute.

Bahar is the author of numerous papers, and served over several workshops and conferences. She has been the advisor of the International Honor Society Epsilon Pi Tau profession in technology since 2008 and the President of the Women in Technology division of The Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE) for the year 2012-2013. She has received excellent award for her service to Women in Technology division of ATMAE nationwide.

Her passion is to increase number of females in engineering field; she is a member of the Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) roundtable at Farmingdale State College (FSC) and has been the chair of high school and middle school student’s presentation and judging for STEM Diversity summit for the past three years. She enjoys teaching and doing research, bringing real life problems in the classroom.

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SESSION SPEAKERS

C. Warren Axelrod

Dr. C. Warren Axelrod is a consultant specializing in cyber security, risk management and business resiliency. Previously, he was the Business Information Security Officer and Chief Privacy Officer for US Trust.

He was a founding member of the FS/ISAC (Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center) and represented financial services cyber security interests in the National Information Center in Washington, DC during the Y2K date rollover. He testified before Congress in 2001 on cyber security.

Dr. Axelrod won the 2009 Michael P. Cangemi Best Book/Best Article Award for his article on security metrics in the ISACA Journal. His most recent book is Engineering Safe and Secure Software Systems (Artech House, 2012). Previously he published Outsourcing Information Security (Artech House, 2004) and was coordinating editor of Enterprise Information Security and Privacy (Artech House, 2009).

He holds a Ph.D. in managerial economics from Cornell University, and a B.Sc. in electrical engineering and an M.A. in economics and statistics from Glasgow University. He is certified as a CISSP and CISM, previously held FINRA Series 7 and Series 24 licenses, and is a member of IEEE, ACM, ISACA, INCOSE, (ISC)2 and ISSA.

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Daniel H. Deeks

Daniel H. Deeks- Inventor /Owner of the technology of Negative Pressure Heat (Bose) Energy to Electric (Fermi) Energy direct energy transfer process. Having a BS in Physics (SUNY at Stony Brook) and an MS in Computer Science (NYIT) as formal training and working for many years as an embedded real software engineer which enable the 30 plus year development of this revolutionary entropy driven energy technology.

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David Gahl

David Gahl is the Pace Energy and Climate Center’s Director of Strategic Engagement. He represents the Center in the New York State Capital and throughout the region. Prior to joining the Center, David held various positions at Environmental Advocates of New York, a watchdog group based in Albany. During his tenure, he oversaw all aspects of the organization’s policy analysis, advocacy and communications work. He also ran the organization’s clean energy campaign. David worked as a Senior Budget Analyst for the New York State Assembly Ways & Means Committee, and for the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government. He is an expert on state finance as it pertains to environmental and energy policy. David earned a B.A. in History from Miami University in Ohio and an M.A. in Public Policy from the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs, SUNY Albany.

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Gonca Altuger-Genc

Dr. Gonca Altuger-Genc is an Assistant Professor at State University of New York, Farmingdale State College in Mechanical Engineering Technology Department. She is currently K-12 STEM Outreach Research and Training Coordinator for the Renewable Energy and Sustainability Center at Farmingdale State College.

Gonca received Ph.D. and M.E. Degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology and Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Eskisehir Osmangazi University, Turkey. Prior joining Farmingdale State College, Gonca worked for two years as a lecturer at University of Massachusetts Lowell in the Plastics Engineering Department.

Her research interests are in product design, production line management, and MCDM in manufacturing environments. She is actively involved in engineering education research and presented in ASEE and FIE conferences. She is a member of American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).

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Paul Granger

Paul J. Granger is a Vice President in the Water Division of H2M architects + engineers . He has over 26 years experience in water supply/resources management, design and operations. His responsibilities include client management, master planning for water systems, water treatment studies and design, and research for new water treatment technologies. Mr. Granger holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Polytechnic University as well as being a licensed professional engineer in New York State (NYS). In addition, Mr. Granger holds a NYSDOH Grade IB & D Water Treatment Plant Operator certification. Prior to joining H2M, Mr. Granger served as Superintendent of the Plainview Water District Mr. Granger is a member of the American Water Works Association, American Society of Civil Engineers and the National Society of Professional Engineers. In addition, Mr. Granger has served as the Chairman of the Long Island Water Conference (LIWC) and the New York State Section of the American Water Works Association (NYSAWWA). During 2012 he received the American Water Works Association (AWWA) George Warren Fuller Award. This prestigious award is given to members who have made significant contributions toward the advancement of the water works practice within the AWWA.

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Toyne Jack

My name is Tonye Jack; I am a senior in the Construction Management Engineering Technology at Farmingdale State College. I am Nigerian originally, and there is a need for improvements in our infrastructure, that was what drew me to study construction engineering so that one day I can help make a difference and improve the quality of infrastructure in my country. Through energy efficient and sustainable construction that will help reduce the effect of buildings on the planet as well as provide longer, and healthier structures.

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Nick J.Parziale

Nick's current research interests include chemical-thermodynamics, heat-transfer and fluid dynamics with applications in the fields of energy/sustainability and aerodynamics. Current projects include novel methods of energy conversion and flow velocimetry.

Nick is currently an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey. He received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from SUNY Binghamton in 2008, then received his MS and PhD degrees from Caltech in 2009 and 2013. Prior to becoming an Assistant Professor at Stevens he was a PostDoc at Caltech, a Visiting Assistant Professor at Stevens, and an Air Force Summer Faculty Fellow at AEDC White Oak.

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Mihaela Radu

Dr. Mihaela Radu received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, in 2000 and the M. Eng. degree in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Before joining the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology at Farmingdale State College in 2012, Dr. Radu was a faculty member of the Applied Electronics Department at The Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, In and R@D engineer for The Institute of Scientific Research for Automation and Telecommunications, Bucharest, Romania.

Over the past ten years she taught several undergraduate and graduate courses on Electronic Components and Circuits, Digital Design, Design of Fault Tolerant Systems and Testing of Digital Systems. Her current research interest includes Reliability and Fault Tolerance of Electronic Systems, Programmable Logic Devices and new educational methods teaching digital design and analog electronics, emphasizing “hands-on” experiences and project-based-learning. She has over sixty publications in peer reviewed conference and journals and she was member, PI or CO-PI of several multidisciplinary research grants, sponsored by the European Union, NSF and industry. She is member of IEEE society and Chair of Women In Engineering (WIE) Affinity Group for the IEEE Long Island section. She is the Public Seminar Coordinator for Renewable Energy and Sustainability Center at Farmingdale State College.

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Sundari Ramabhotla

Sundari Ramabhotla is a PhD Student and a Graduate Teaching Assistant in Electrical & Computer Engineering at Texas Tech University under Dr. Stephen Bayne. She received M.S in Electrical Engineering from California State University, Long Beach in 2010 and Bachelors of Technology in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from JNTU, India in 2007. Her PhD Dissertation Title is “Energy Management in Microgrid” and is planning to graduate in May 2015. She is a recipient of Vice Chancellor scholarship, Electrical Engineering scholarship and Leadership & Mentorship Program PhD scholarship and got selected for Tau Beta Pi Honors Society at TTU.

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Anne Reynolds

Anne Reynolds is the Executive Director of the Alliance for Clean Energy New York (ACE NY), an Albany-based nonprofit organization formed in 2006 to promote clean and renewable energy and energy efficiency. Ms. Reynolds has over 20 years of experience in the energy and environmental arena. Most recently she served as a Deputy Commissioner at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), in the role of chief financial and operations officer, overseeing an annual budget of over $900 million and a portfolio that includes facility operations and construction, budgeting and fiscal management, capital planning, human resources, department-wide planning, and information technology. At DEC she also served as Assistant Commissioner for Policy and Planning, which included legislative affairs, and the Director of the Commissioner’s Policy Office.

Previously, Ms. Reynolds was the Director of the Air and Energy Program at Environmental Advocates of New York, and successfully lobbied for the establishment of New York’s Renewable Portfolio Standard, investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency, and the creation of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. She has consulted to the wind energy industry, and coordinated a Wind Power Education Project at Pace Energy and Climate Center. She has also held the positions of Environmental Scientist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Associate Scientist at the Tellus Institute for Energy and Environmental Strategies. In addition, Ms. Reynolds has taught courses in the Political Science department at Union College on environment, energy, and climate change policy.

Ms. Reynolds holds a Master of Environmental Studies from Yale University and a BS in Biology and Environmental Studies from Tufts University.

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Nicole Simon

Dr. Nicole Simon holds a Ph.D. in Educational Technology Management and is an Assistant Professor at Nassau Community College in the Engineering/Physics/Technology Department. She is a member of the Long Island Alternative Energy Consortium (LIAEC) which is currently developing a minor program in Energy Education. Dr. Simon teaches GSS 122 – Science of Energy for the consortium minor program, as part of the introductory required course. Her expertise in educational technology and online learning allows Dr. Simon to create courses for the minor program that actively engage learners throughout the program. By offering courses in the program online, learners are able to enroll in courses throughout the consortium’s multiple campuses. Dr. Simon’s interests are in establishing virtual learning environments in which learners can experience realistic work and academic scenarios as to better prepare themselves for research and internships in the program.

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David C. Smith

Dr. Smith has over 24 years’ experience in academia, civil society, the private sector and the United Nations; focusing on Sustainable Development, Biodiversity Conservation, Energy, Climate Change, and Disaster Risk Reduction. Currently the Coordinator of the Institute for Sustainable Development at the University of the West Indies (UWI) and the University Consortium for Small Island States, Dr. Smith served on the Board of the Caribbean Conservation Association for five years and President in 1995. Dr. Smith was IUCN Regional Councillor for N.A. and the Caribbean and the Chair of the Business Committee of IUCN’s Council.

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WORKSHOP INSTRUCTORS

Jonathan Lane

Jonathan Lane is the founder and CEO of Quad State Solar, Inc. (QSS) A highly respected member of the Long Island/New York City solar community, Jonathan is also a founding member of the Long Island Solar Energy Industries Association (LISEIA), as well as the Lead Solar Instructor at Farmingdale State College. Additionally, he holds NABCEB certifications for PV Installation and PV Technical sales, as well as an IREC ISPQ accreditation as a Certified PV Instructor.

Prior to establishing QSS, Jonathan charted a thirty year career as an independent technologist, consulting to financial firms on Wall Street while designing and building their trading floors and the data centers that support them. A self made entrepreneur, Jonathan’s passion for solar energy (an interest fueled by personal solar projects) led him to the decision to open his own solar energy installation firm.

Since opening the doors at QSS, Jonathan’s business has grown with the solar industry, and he has sold, designed, and installed hundreds of residential and commercial solar systems, ranging from six panel systems on a New York City brownstone, to 100kW solar systems spanning across warehouses and shopping centers. Quad State Solar, Inc. currently operates in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Building on a strong past with solid fundamentals, QSS is poised and ready to continue its growth and success, and break new ground as the solar energy industry continues to mature and evolve in the future.

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