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Conference Chairs

marj MARJENAH ISSAPOUR
 Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering Technology
 Director, Renewable Energy & Sustainability Center
 Farmingdale State College

 

Professor Marjaneh Issapour is a renewable energy expert and Professional Engineer in the New York State who has been a leading academic in sustainability and solar power for over 20 years. She has been a Professor for over 27 years at Farmingdale State College, where she teaches courses in the Department of Electrical Engineering Technology and designed the networking laboratory, as well as developed the Computer Applications course. She received the "Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching Service" in 2007.

Prior to teaching, Professor Issapour was an independent contractor for NEC America Inc. where she designed and implemented new technologies in networking operating systems. She is a licensed Certified Cisco Network Associate (CCNA Certified Cisco Academy Instructor (CCAI), and Certified NetWare Administrator (CNA). Her research focuses on Solar and Photo Voltaic Systems, including aiding in the development of Hybrid PV systems, which increase PV efficiency.

In 2012 and 2013, Professor Issapour co-chaired the International Energy and Sustainability Conference. She has also written many publications on the topic of renewable energy sources and energy conservation for these conferences and journals, including the American Institute of Physics. Her honors include the R.W Chasman award for Women in Science from the Brookhaven National Laboratory, the New Faculty Development Award from Farmingdale State, and Outstanding Achievement and Dedication Award from Stony Brook University.

In addition to teaching, she is currently the Program Director of the Renewable Energy and Sustainability Center at Farmingdale State College, which offers courses for professionals in the local industry. Professor Issapour is also a member of the Manufacturing and Technology Resource Consortium (MTRC) Advisory Board, Farmingdale State College's representative at Engineering Joint Commission of Long Island (EJCLI), is the Chair of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Long Island Section (2017) and is Farmingdale State College's representative for Long Island Regional Advisory Council on Higher Education (LIRACHE).

 


 Eberhard EBERHARD WAFFENSCHMIDT
 Professor
 Cologne University of Applied Science 

  

He studied electrical engineering at the Technical University (RWTH) in Aachen, where he received his PhD degree. Between 1995 and 2011 he was employed at Philips Research. Since 2011 he is Professor for electrical power grids at the Cologne University of Applied Science. Furthermore, he is chairman of the Solargenergie Förderverein Deutschland e.V. (SFV, German Association for the Promotion of Solar Power). His special interest is in identifying and removing obstacles on the way to a 100% use of Renewable Energy.

 

 Panel Moderator 

Robert Catell ROBERT CATELL
 Chairman of the Board
 Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center
 Stony Brook University

 

Mr. Catell was formerly the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of KeySpan Corporation and KeySpan Energy Delivery, the former Brooklyn Union Gas. His career with Brooklyn Union Gas started in 1958. Following National Grid's acquisition of KeySpan Corporation, Mr. Catell became Chairman of National Grid, U.S. and Deputy Chairman of National Grid plc.

He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center (AERTC) at Stony Brook University, New York State Smart Grid Consortium, Cristo Rey Brooklyn High School, and Futures in Education Endowment Fund.

Mr. Catell serves on the Board of the following governmental organization: NYS Economic Development Power Allocation Board (EDPAB).

He also serves on the Board of the following not for profit organizations: City College of New York 21st Century Foundation, Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership, Department of Education; Diocese of Rockville Centre, Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, National Grid Foundation, St. Francis Hospital Foundation, Tomorrow's Hope Foundation, and the New York City Police Foundation.

Mr. Catell serves on the Board of the following business organizations: A+Technologies, BioRestorative Therapies, Long Island Angel Network (LIAN), Long Island Association (LIA), National Petroleum Council, the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS), ThermoLift Inc., and the Water Company, LLC.

He serves on the Advisory Board for: Advanced Power North America (APNA), Applied DNA Sciences Inc., Atmos Air Solutions, CAI Investments, the Center for Urban Sciences & Progress (CUSP), EC Infosystems, Our Energy Policy Foundation, Posillico Inc., the President's Advisory Council at Adelphi University, VNG.CO, and the Winthrop Hospital Board of Regents.

Mr. Catell is an Executive in Residence at Hofstra University and was named the first "John J. Phelan, Jr. Fellow" of the Robert B. Willumstad School of Business at Adelphi University.

Mr. Catell is a former Chairman of the American Gas Association, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, KEYERA Energy Management Ltd., Long Island Association, Partnership for New York City, Inc., U.S. Energy Association (USEA), Business Council of NYS, the Advisory Board of the City College of New York's School of Engineering, and the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership.

Mr. Catell was a former board member of: the Brooklyn Public Library Foundation, Edison Electric Institute (EEI), Energy Association of NYS, Long Island Foreign Affairs Forum, New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA), the advisory board of HeartShare for Human Services, and the Brooklyn Law School (Member Emeritus).

Mr. Catell is a member of the Association of Energy Engineers, CUNY Business Leadership Council, National Society of Professional Engineers, NYS Society of Professional Engineers, and the Society of Gas Lighting.

Mr. Catell received both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the City College of New York and is a registered Professional Engineer. He has attended Columbia University's Executive Development Program, and the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School.

 


 Kamal Shahrabi KAMAL SHAHRABI
 Professor
 Electrical & Computer Engineering Technology
 Farmingdale State College

 

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 was  Dean of School of Engineering Technologies from 2007 - 2017 and Professor of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology at Farmingdale State College. 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 Institute 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.

 

Keynote Speakers

 ken daly KENNETH DALY
 President of New York
 National Grid

 

 

Kenneth D. Daly, CFA, is the President of the New York business of National Grid, which serves 4 million natural gas and electric customers in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island, and Upstate New York.

Mr. Daly joined National Grid's predecessor, Brooklyn Union, which later became KeySpan, in 1988 as a Management Trainee in the Customer Relations Department. Ken was recently based in London, serving for 2 years as Global Financial Controller, previously served as CFO of the US and UK gas distribution businesses, and has held numerous positions in Finance, Human Resources and Customer Relations throughout his 29 year career.

Mr. Daly graduated from St. Francis College with a BA in English and has earned both an MBA in Finance from St. John's University and an MS in Human Resource Management from New York University. He achieved the distinguished Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 2002 and recently completed the Harvard University Advanced Management Program in 2014.

Mr. Daly is a member of the (SFC) Saint Francis College Board of Trustees and has been an adjunct professor at SFC, teaching human resource, business and finance courses for 20 years. He has been the Director of the St. John's University Executive-in-Residence Program since 1992. He is the past Chairman of the Kingsborough Community College Board of Directors and a former member of Junior Achievement Board of Directors and United Way Campaign Co-Chair. Mr. Daly is also a member of the David Rockefeller 'Fellows Program,' the Long Island Energeia Partnership, The NYC Partnership,Ridgewood Savings Bank, the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center Board (AERTC), the Business Council of New York State Board, and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) Board.

Mr. Daly lives in New York with his wife, Laurie, and their four young children. 

 


 thomas falcone THOMAS FALCONE
 Chief Executive Officer
 Long Island Power Authority

 

 

Thomas Falcone was appointed LIPA's Chief Executive Officer in March 2016 and is responsible for achieving the mission and values and managing the affairs and stakeholder relationships of the authority, the third largest not-for-profit, publicly owned electric utility in the United States. Mr. Falcone also serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Utility Debt Securitization Authority. Mr. Falcone joined LIPA in January 2014 and previously served in the roles of Chief Financial Officer and Chief of Staff.

Prior to joining LIPA, Mr. Falcone was an investment banker and advisor to publicly owned utilities and state and local governments. In that role, Mr. Falcone worked with many of the largest public utilities in the United States and raised more than $25 billion for infrastructure investments across the country. Mr. Falcone is a board member of the Large Public Power Council and the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center at Stony Brook University.

Mr. Falcone received a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

 


 alicia barton ALICIA BARTON
 President and Chief Executive Officer
 New York State Energy Research and Development Authority

 

Alicia Barton was appointed president and CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) on June 26, 2017. NYSERDA is a public benefit corporation that advances innovative energy solutions to improve New York State's economy and environment.

Ms. Barton has held public and private sector leadership roles advancing clean energy projects and companies for over a decade. Immediately prior to her appointment, Ms. Barton served as co-chair of the Energy and Cleantech Practice at Foley Hoag, LLP, a global law firm based in Boston, where her practice focused on representation of clean energy companies in emerging market areas such as offshore wind and energy storage. Ms. Barton's other private sector work included serving as chief of operations of the Global Utility business unit at SunEdison where she led teams working on utility-scale wind and solar projects.

Prior to her work in the private sector, Barton served as chief executive officer of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), a publicly supported agency that funds and accelerates the development of the clean energy sector. As CEO, Ms. Barton led all of MassCEC's investments, project finance, partnerships, and commercial operations across a range of clean energy technologies, and helped make the state a national leader in energy efficiency, renewable energy, and deployment of clean technologies.

Prior to serving as CEO of MassCEC, Ms. Barton was the Deputy Commissioner for Policy and Planning for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP); Assistant Secretary for Environmental Review and Director of the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) office; and Deputy General Counsel at the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA). She began her career at Foley Hoag as an associate in the firm's environmental practice.

Ms. Barton currently serves on boards of several organizations, including Greentown Labs, the Environmental League of Massachusetts, Efficiency Forward, and the Advisory Board for the New England Women in Energy and Environment (NEWIEE).

Ms. Barton earned a bachelor's degree in Natural Resources from The Ohio State University and a juris doctor degree from Boston College Law School.

 


 Michael Voltz MICHAEL VOLTZ
 Director
 Energy Efficiency and Renewables for PSEG-LI

 

 

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 Plan including efficiency, advanced meters, battery storage, Combined Heat & Power, and renewable solutions. 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. In his current role, Michael is also an active participant in the Reforming Energy Vision proceeding, and is currently serving on the Clean Energy Advisory Committee.
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.

 

Award Presenter 

Wolfgang WOLFGANG HEIN
 President
 SolarSuperState

 

 

1952 born in Vienna

1958-70 Elementary school and Gymnasium in Vienna

1970-75 Technical University Vienna, Dipl-Ing in Applied Mathematics 1975

1976 Siemens Austria, Operating Systems programmer

1976-77 Scholar Institute for Advanced Studies Vienna (Computer Mathematics, Economics, Politics, Sociology)

1977-83 Austrian Ministry for Economics (Energy Concept and Statistics) and Patent Office (technical examiner)

1984-92 Institute for Economics and Environment, Austrian Chamber of Labour: basic work for environmental legislation

1992-2001 Austrian Federal Chancellery, Director for Energy and Environmental Affairs: Rio Conference Follow Up – Delegate to the Kyoto Conference on Climate Change 1997, UN-Expert Committee on New and Renewable Energy and Energy for Development 1993-1998 in NY, World Solar Commission (incl. World Solar Summit in Harare 1996), Environmental Programme for the Danube River Basin, Co-organizer Second World Conference on Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conversion Vienna 1998

2001-2017: Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology, Funding of Research and Development, Delegate to the OECD-Committee on Science and Technology Policy and the OECD-Working Group on Technology and Innovation Policy (TIP) in Paris

1989 – 1997 President of Eurosolar Austria, 1990-2006 and from 2011 again Vice-President of EUROSOLAR (Bonn)

Since 2015 President of the SolarSuperState Association

 

Session Keynotes

John Franceschina JOHN FRANCESCHINA
 Senior Manager
 Lockheed Martin's Energy Efficiency

 

John Franceschina, is the Senior Manager for Lockheed Martin's Energy Efficiency and Demand Response program for PSEG Long Island. This program provides rebates and incentives for PSEG Long Island's 1.1 million commercial and residential customers. In this capacity, he is responsible for achieving 40MW+ annually of peak electric load reduction with a $74M+ annual budget. He is also the president of the New York Geothermal Energy Organization (NY-GEO). NY-GEO is a non-profit trade association that promotes the use of geothermal heating and cooling. He holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from Manhattan College, an M.B.A. in Banking and Finance from Dowling College and is a licensed New York State Professional Engineer.

 


 Thomas Trabold THOMAS TRABOLD
 Associate Professor
 Golisano Institute for Sustainability

 

 

Dr. Thomas Trabold is an Associate Professor and Sustainability Department Chair at the Golisano Institute for Sustainability. Tom's primary research focus in the development of alternative energy technologies, with a specific focus on waste-to-energy conversion processes for the production of biogas, liquid biofuels, and valued-added products such as biochar. Prior to joining RIT, Dr. Trabold has 20 years of experience in industrial research and development, ranging from nuclear thermal-hydraulic systems for submarines and aircraft carriers at General Electric and Lockheed Martin, to coating processes and associated unit operations for photoreceptor manufacturing at Xerox, to research and demonstration of proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell systems for advanced zero-emissions vehicles at General Motors (GM). At GM, he was a professional technical fellow and laboratory group manager, responsible for engineering research activities in the U.S. (New York and Michigan) and Germany.

Dr. Trabold holds BS and PhD degrees in chemical engineering from Clarkson University. He has contributed to the development of significant intellectual property in his various research roles, resulting in over 50 U.S. and international patents, and over 100 peer-reviewed publications.

 


 Lisa LISA BROUGHTON
 Suffolk County Energy Director
 Suffolk County Economic Development and Planning

 

Lisa has served as Suffolk County Energy Director since 2008. She was project manager on several large scale clean energy projects, including the Suffolk County Solar Carport Project. She collaborates on energy efficiency projects at County facilities and coordinates the County's applications to state and federal programs. She is a liaison with LIPA, PSEG LI and National Grid, and works closely with energy companies and environmental groups.

Lisa holds a Master's degree in Public Policy from Stony Brook University and was accredited as LEED AP. In 2015, Lisa was recognized as a Finalist by C3E Women in Energy in the Government category.


 Paul Meyer PAUL MEYER
 Senior Vice President
 WSP

 

 

Mr. Paul Meyer has over 35 years of progressive experience and responsibility within both a global manufacturing organization and consulting engineering firms. His skill set includes all forms of building commissioning, energy auditing, energy modeling, and green building consulting services such as LEED and Enterprise Green Communities. He currently leads the North American Buildings Commissioning business unit for WSP, and international Engineering consultancy with 38,000 staff members worldwide.

Mr. Meyer's responsibilities have included 20 years of overall facilities management for four high-tech laboratory and manufacturing sites, engineering staff leadership, and environmental health and safety management oversight.

 


Ed Romaine ED ROMAINE
Supervisor
Town of Brookhaven

 

Ed Romaine is Brookhaven Town's 70th Supervisor, having been elected to that office during a special election in 2012, and re-elected for full two-year terms in 2013 and 2015.

As Supervisor, Romaine has championed environmental and quality of life issues in Brookhaven Town, while strengthening Town finances. During his first year in office as Supervisor, Ed Romaine spearheaded legislation that will forever protect the Carmans River, which was unanimously approved by the Town Board and embraced by residents, environmentalists and the building community. He introduced a package of legislation that has strengthened the Town's housing codes, and aggressively prosecuted problem landlords that have impacted neighborhoods throughout the Town.
Supervisor Romaine continues to champion environmental issues. Under the Supervisor's leadership, Brookhaven Town was named a Tree City USA in 2016 and 2017. Additionally, Brookhaven received nearly a million dollars in state grants in 2016 to work on major environmental projects that directly impact Long Island. Ed continues to pioneer environmental programs that serve to better Brookhaven Town, including Citizen Ranger, townwide clean up days, and Explore the Estuary. Ed brought single-stream recycling to Brookhaven in 2014 – making the Town the leader in this technology on Long Island. In addition, Ed Romaine has reduced millions of dollars in pipeline debt and maintained the Town's strong AAA credit rating, while also holding the line on total Town property taxes in his 2017 budget.

Ed began his career in public service as a history teacher in the Hauppauge School District, where he taught for ten years. In 1980, he entered public service as the Town of Brookhaven's first Commissioner of Housing and Community Development and was later appointed Director of Economic Development.

Ed was a member of the Suffolk County Legislature serving from 1986 through 1989, where he was known as a fiscal conservative, sponsoring such cost-saving measures as the Suffolk County Tax Cap. Additionally, he established a record as a fighter for the environment by authoring Suffolk's first Clean Water Act. In 1989, he was elected Suffolk County Clerk and served for 16 years, taking an active role in increasing productivity and improving access to official records. Ed is recognized as a pioneer in government use of technology and was chosen "2001 New York State County Clerk of the Year."

In 2005, Ed Romaine was again elected to the County Legislature, representing the First Legislative District and re-elected in 2007, 2009, and 2011. As a County Legislator, Ed preserved countless acres of open space across eastern Brookhaven, the North Fork and Shelter Island. He sponsored numerous pieces of landmark legislation including "Michael's Law," which banned explosive fuel gels; the state's first local law to regulate helicopter traffic; and established the LIPA Oversight Commission. In addition, Ed reduced the tax burden on residents by promoting smart government initiatives and real tax reform.

Ed Romaine earned a B.A. in History from Adelphi University and a Masters in History from Long Island University. He resides in Center Moriches with his wife, Diane.

 

 

 Session Chairs 

serpil guran SERPIL GURAN 
 Director
 Rutgers EcoComplex, "Clean Energy Innovation Center"

 

Serpil Guran is the Director of Rutgers EcoComplex "Clean Energy Innovation Center". She also manages the new RutgersX "EcoIgnite: Clean Energy Proof of Concept Center and Accelerator" program. Her responsibilities include management of the EcoComplex operations, programs, business incubator and facilities, as well as providing vision and leadership in establishing the EcoComplex as a center for the commercialization of environmental and clean energy technologies. Her teachings include "Sustainability Decision Tools" and "Introduction to Bioenergy technologies". She also teaches a Critical Thinking course that uses the Food- Energy- Water- nexus as an application study. She has a courtesy teaching affiliation with the Rutgers University Plant Biology Program.

Dr. Guran is a chemical engineer and further trained in thermochemical conversion (pyrolysis and gasification) of biomass and waste materials for production of fuels and chemicals. She specializes in research, development and assessment of sustainable biofuel and recycling technologies, and life cycle analysis of clean energy systems and clean fuel production systems. Currently, she is working on the synergy of the Food-Energy-Water Nexus and Waste by promoting integration of organic waste into the development of a closed-loop bio-economy model.

 


 Jack DiEnna JACK DIENNA
 Executive Director & Founder
 Geothermal National & International Initiative

 

Mr. DiEnna, the Executive Director & Founder of the Geothermal National & International Initiative (GEO-NII) is a business development and marketing professional with over forty years combined experience in the electric utility industry and the renewable energy industry. He is a nationally recognized authority on all aspects of renewable technology and specifically geothermal heat pumps (GHP), including marketing, creative financing, and the resulting positive economic and environmental impact that can be derived from the use of geothermal heat pump systems and other renewable technologies.. His expertise is internationally acknowledged as a valued resource by not only the renewable & geothermal heat pump industry but also by government officials, both national and international, trade allies, and all major market segment associations in the promotion of geothermal heat pump technology.

Mr. DiEnna is on the Board of Directors of the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA) and has been awarded the title of Ambassador for the Association. He was the driving force in the creation and development of the Certified GeoExchange Designer (CGD) certification, a training program from IGSHPA and certified by AEE, for design professionals in GHP Technology, which has become the gold standard both nationally and internationally.

Mr. DiEnna was appointed to the US Department of Energy's Visionary team, to provide recommendations and review the strategic vision of the project whose purpose is to analyze the potential for geothermal energy, including geothermal heat pump applications across multiple market sectors. He is also a National Partner in DOE's Zero Energy Schools Accelerator Program.

He is also a member of the American/Canadian Bi National GHP Standards Committee and he is also a founding member of the New York Geo Association.

Mr. DiEnna, is the originator of the "Road to 30%", a program designed to increase the GHP industry to a 30% share of the HVAC market. Mr. DiEnna is involved in approximately 30% of all commercial geothermal heat pump projects in the North America and consults to numerous companies and trade associations. His vision is to eliminate the "first cost" barrier, of GHP technology, through participation by Utilities and other third party owners of the ground loop heat exchanger.

 


 Nazrul Islam NAZRUL ISLAM
 Chairman & Professor
 Security Systems & Law Enforcement Technology
 Farmingdale State College

 

Dr. M. Nazrul Islam is a Professor at SUNY – Farmingdale, where he is also serving as the Chairman of the Security Systems and Law Enforcement Technology Department. He has been in the academia since 1991 and worked at several renowned institutions, including Old Dominion University, University of South Alabama, University of West Florida, and Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology.

Dr. Islam earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology in 1991 and 1994, respectively. He then earned the Doctor of Engineering degree (equivalent to Ph.D.) from Muroran Institute of Technology, Japan in 1999.

His research interests include optical communication, wireless communication, digital image processing, security technologies and solid state devices. He has received a patent on Optical Pattern Recognition. He has published more than 150 publications in refereed journals and conference proceedings. He has successfully completed several research projects sponsored by different federal and private institutions, including US Army, National Science Foundation, and Department of Energy. He is serving as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Optics and Laser Technology, and also an Editor of the Journal of Mathematical Problems in Engineering. He has also been actively serving as the Reviewer of numerous journals and Member of the Program Committee of several international conferences. He has been serving as the Publication Chair for several international conferences, including Long Island Systems, Applications and Technology (LISAT), International Energy and Sustainability Conference (IESC), and Signal Processing in Medicine and Biology (SPMB).

He is a Senior Member of IEEE and a Senior Member of SPIE (Society of Optical Engineers). He served the IEEE Long Island Section as the Chair in 2015 and several other roles as well as the Chair of the Photonics Society and Membership Development Society. Dr. Islam also served as the Chair of the IEEE Bangladesh Section in 2003-2004 and Vice Chair in 2002.

 


 adam ADAM FILIOS
 Chairman & Associate Professor
 Electrical & Computer Engineering Technology
 Farmingdale State College

 

Adam A. Filios is an Associate Professor and Chairperson of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology Department at Farmingdale State College. Prior to joining Farmingdale in 2006, he worked at NanoDynamics, Inc from 2002-2006 as a senior research engineer investigating wide-bandgap materials for power electronics, silicon photonics, and nanoscale integrated systems. From 2000 to 2002 he worked at Corning, Inc. as a senior research scientist with the Photonics Research and Test Center. He was intimately involved with Corning's research and development of novel nanoscale optoelectronic devices, optical communication systems and optical fibers. Prior to joining Corning, he had served as an assistant professor of engineering at Johnson C. Smith University in North Carolina for two academic years (1998 – 2000), where he taught engineering courses and conducted research in optoelectronic devices collaborating with the nanoelectronics group at the University of North Carolina. He holds PhD and MSE degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a B.Sc. degree in Physics from the University of Athens, Greece.

 


 Harry YELLESPHUR DATHATRI
 Distinguished Service Professor
 Electrical & Computer Engineering Technology
 Farmingdale State College

 

A resident of Farmingdale, Professor Dathatri joined the Farmingdale State faculty over twenty years ago. He is recognized, both locally and nationally, for his exemplary service and work in developing infrastructure in the form of trained professionals on solar energy. His work was published in a recent article on Solar Thermal Systems in Newsday. Additionally, he has published, along with his colleagues, several papers on education and solar energy in refereed journals. He is the founder and director of the Farmingdale State Solar Energy Center, which is the site of the first large-scale grid connected Photovoltaic system in the northeastern United States.

He received the 2006 Research Foundation Award for Research and Scholarship for his exemplary service and work in developing solar energy as an alternative energy source.

Professor Dathatri has been awarded grants from LIPA, KEYSPAN and the Federal Department of Energy. Most recently, he worked with Senator Charles Fuschillo (R, Merrick) to secure a New York State grant to construct an energy independent house on the Farmingdale State campus. Through Professor Dathatri's efforts, the Farmingdale State Solar Energy Center became the first accredited institution in the Northeast by the Institute for Sustainable Power (ISP).

Professor Dathatri obtained his Professional Engineering License from New York State in 1989. Professor Dathatri is a graduate of Bangalore University, where he earned both B.S. and M.S. degrees. He also received a M.S. degree from Stony Brook University.

The Distinguished Service Professorship honors and recognizes extraordinary service. Recipients have demonstrated substantial distinguished service, not only at the campus and the State University, but also within their local community, and at the regional and State levels. Many have also contributed at the national and international levels. To be considered, the faculty member's service must exceed his or her job description, extend over multiple years and, very importantly, must involve the application of intellectual skills, drawing from the candidate's scholarly and research interests to issues of public concern.

 


Corrinne Graham CORRINNE GRAHAM
 President
 Graham International Consulting and Research, NYS MWBE

 

 

Dr. Graham, WE NYC Mentor, recipient of LIBN Diversity in Business Awards and MWBE, is a highly accomplished speaker, trainer and management consultant to small and start-up businesses. Dr. Graham of GRAHAM International Consulting and Research (GICaR), is a small business specialist with nearly two decades of experience across a diverse spectrum of businesses, with revenues ranging from $20m to $500m. Dr. Graham appearances and articles include, Huffington Post, WLIW 21, Newsday, LIBN, CBS 1010 Win, Fios1-Money, Main Street, and several other noteworthy news and media channels.

Dr. Graham has developed the CDP Model from her published research of 'Profitability and Cultural Diversity, 2012. Dr. Graham's portfolio includes over 15 Research, Development and Commercialization projects, including three (3) Workforce Development and Educational Programs. Dr. Graham has worked with and trained thousands of individuals ranging in ages 14-74; (Gamers, Millennials, XYers, Boomers).

Educational liaison: Farmingdale State College, Stony Brook University, and University of the West Indies-Institute for Sustainable Development.


 Peter PETER GOLLON
 Trustee
 Long Island Power Authority



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 was Energy Chair for the Long Island Sierra Club from 2009 through 2016. In April 2016, Dr. Gollon received the "Environmental Vision for Sustainable Development" award from the Long Island Progressive Coalition.

He resigned his Sierra Club position when he was appointed one of nine trustees of the Long Island Power Authority.

 

 

 Session Speakers 

Tria Case TRIA CASE
 Director
 Sustainability and Energy Conservation
 City University of New York (CUNY)

 

 

Tria Case, Esq., is the University Director of Sustainability and Energy Conservation for the City University of New York (CUNY). Since 2006 Ms. Case has led the development and the implementation of multiple Federal, State and City funded solar programs on behalf of New York City and now New York State, leading to a significant growth in solar capacity and a more than ten-fold increase in installation companies. One of the current focuses of Ms. Case's work is to identify and addresses soft or 'Balance of System' costs for the implementation and adoption of solar in NYS. This work is being conducted collaboratively through NYSolar Smart, a program Ms. Case developed. Additionally, in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Ms. Case formed the Smart Distributed Generation Hub, with City, State, and Federal participation, in an effort to integrate solar and DG into emergency power and resiliency deployment. Ms. Case also coordinates and provides resources to CUNY's 24 institutions of higher education to meet the goal of reducing CUNY's energy consumption through the Sustainable CUNY Conserves program. Ms. Case has secured funding for a $1-million dollar revolving loan fund, the Sustainability Investment Fund, which supports projects on CUNY campuses producing energy savings and other sustainability benefits. Formerly, Ms. Case served as the Director of the office of Environmental Business Services for Empire State Development Corporation and received her undergraduate degree from Union College and earned her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School.

 


 Kevin Rodriguez KEVIN RODRIGUEZ
 Managing Director
 Ingenium-SPV

 

 

Kevin Rodriguez was born in Jamaica and lived in 9 miles Bull Bay St. Andrew up until he married Anna-Lisa Keaveny. He studied sciences and technical subjects at St. Georges College High School then continued in Madrid Spain, St. Louis University where he studied engineering. He accepted an invitation to teach Mathematics at his alma mater high school in 2004. Passionate about making things better, systems, process and the built environment drove him to his first design engineering position. In 2014, after nine years of service, with the encouragement and support of family and friends he started Ingenium-SPV to offer the Project Management and MEP engineering consulting service that Jamaica needs. In his free time, Kevin enjoys making organic handmade soaps, and help strengthen Christian marriages. On Sunday morning you can find him playing the Congo drums along-side his sons. Kevin enjoys taking photography and listening to music from all over the world. He is grateful to God our Father for his amazing three children, Nathaniel, Joshua and Elise and his awesome wife, Anna-LIsa who is everything and more that he his not. 

 


 Neal Lewis NEAL LEWIS
 Executive Director
 Sustainability Institute at Molloy College

 

 

Neal Lewis is an environmental attorney with over 25 years experience in not-for-profit advocacy on Long Island. Since 2009, Neal has been the executive director of the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College, which coordinates the Long Island Green Homes Consortium, the Long Island Clean Energy Leadership Task Force, The 12 Steps to an Organic Green Lawn educational series, and the Sustainable Living Film Series, among other projects. Neal is also an adjunct faculty member at Molloy where, (along with Andrew Manitt), he teaches the class: Introduction to Sustainability. Neal serves as a member of the Nassau County Planning Commission (since 2003) and he previously served on the LIPA Board of Trustees for four year (2009-2013). The Sustainability Institute is currently active regarding policy analysis on the Clean Energy Standard (NYS) and Renewing the Energy Vision (REV) and on related energy policies involving land use issues including solar PV, building efficiency codes, environmental review of proposed offshore wind projects and plans to increase availability of electric vehicle charging stations. In additional to sustainable energy planning, the Sustainability Institute is also active in promoting smart growth and transit infrastructure

 


 Chuck Schwartz CHUCK SCHWARTZ
 Director
 Green Long Island, Inc.

 

Chuck Schwartz is a local entrepreneur, engineer, community organizer and thought leader on energy and sustainability issues. As director of Green Long Island, Inc. dba LI Green, a decade old environmental organization on Long Island that has been focused on the delivery of mass scale residential energy efficiency and renewable energy in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, Mr. Schwartz has assisted over 5000 Long Island families to address energy issues in their homes. These efforts have continued with his collaboration with the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College managing the Long Island Green Homes program, a NY State funded collaboration of Long Island not for profits with local municipalities. In 2016 he started the LI Community Solar Working Group, a stakeholder group of industry, utility, NGO's, local government and environmental groups to work together to ensure the smooth and effective roll out of shared solar throughout this region. Finally recently Mr. Schwartz joined Empower Solar as Director of Community Solar and Partnerships to further the goal of large scale community shared solar in Long Island and the 5 Boros.

 


 John Rhyner JOHN RHYNER
 Vice President
 P.W. Grosser Consulting

 

 

 

John Rhyner is a licensed Professional Geologist and Vice President of Geothermal Services with P.W. Grosser Consulting (PWGC) in Bohemia, Long Island, New York. John has 20 years of experience working on diverse geothermal projects in New York City, Long Island, and throughout New England. John has performed or managed feasibility studies, field testing programs, design and construction of geothermal systems at hundreds of a variety of facilities. John co-authored the recent update in 2012 to the city's Geothermal Heat Pump Manual for the New York City Department of Design and Construction. Recently, John managed design and construction of a geothermal system to serve St. Patrick's Cathedral in NYC, and an innovative geothermal system to serve the centerpiece academic building on Cornell University's new Technology Campus on Roosevelt Island. John is a founding board member of the Long Island Geothermal Energy Organization and on the Advisory Committee to NYSERDA's Renewable Heating and Cooling Department. He received his BA in Geology from Dartmouth College and completed course work for his Master's degree in Hydrogeology from SUNY Stony Brook.

 


 Christopher Cavanagh CHRISTOPHER CAVANAGH
 Prinicipal Program Manager
 New Energy Solutions National Grid

 

Christopher Cavanagh is a Principal Program Manager in the New Energy Solutions team at National Grid and is responsible for developing programs to modernize Nationals Grid's US natural gas distribution services. He was recently responsible for implementing a process for the development of new electric and gas technologies for customers to support National Grid's goals. Mr. Cavanagh has twenty thirty years experience in product development at National Grid and its predecessor companies. Mr. Cavanagh previously managed research programs in the areas of alternative fuel vehicles, advanced heating & cooling and distributed generation, including fuel cells. Mr. Cavanagh was a senior engineer with the New York architect-engineering firm, Gibbs & Hill. Mr. Cavanagh is a licensed professional engineer and a Member of the American Society of Heating Ventilating and Air Conditioning Engineers and has been a mentor and judge in the CleanTech Open and Powerbridge NY programs. Mr. Cavanagh holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the Cooper Union, an MS from Polytechnic University and an MBA from Dowling College. Mr. Cavanagh resides in Hazlet, NJ where he recently served as Chairman of Open Space Advisory Council and the Planning Board and an environmental commissioner. Mr. Cavanagh is also helped develop a STEM program for NYC Middle School students considering Brooklyn Tech HS and is also the head state judge and Assistant Problem Captain in NJ for the structure problem in the annual international Odyssey if the Mind competitions for school age children and a regular judge at the NYC FIRST Robotics Competition.

 


 Clint CLINT PLUMMER
 Vice President of Development
 Deepwater Wind

 

Clint Plummer serves as Vice President of Development for Deepwater Wind, where he manages the company's pre-construction project development activities.
Prior to joining Deepwater Wind in 2007, Clint served as Vice President of Asset Development and Underwriting for Endurant Energy, a company he co-founded. At Endurant, Clint lead the successful development of several distributed energy projects, including an 8 MW landfill gas-to-power project in Rockford, IL and the 6 MW One Penn Plaza Co-Generation project in Manhattan.
Clint earned a Bachelor's in Business Administration from Ohio State University, a Master's of Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is currently completing an Executive MPA at New York University.

 


 Jennifer Garvey JENNIFER GARVEY
 Development Manager, Long Island
 Deepwater Wind

 

Jennifer Garvey is Development Manager, Long Island. In this role, Jen is responsible for Deepwater Wind's local government relations and stakeholder engagement efforts for the South Fork Wind Farm.
Jen has extensive experience in environmental policy, grassroots communication, coalition building and legislative affairs. She joins Deepwater Wind after serving as Associate Director and Co-Founder of the New York State Center for Clean Water Technology at Stony Brook University. Prior to that, Jen served as Deputy Chief of Staff for the Town of Southampton, where she managed a broad portfolio of issues with a particular focus on environmental and land-use policies, including the Town's beach re-nourishment projects.
Jen, a native of Hampton Bays, earned a master's degree in public relations from Syracuse University and a bachelor's degree in business administration from SUNY Geneseo.

 


Bill Nowak BILL NOWAK
 Executive Director
 NY-GEO

 

 

Bill Nowak has been Executive Director of NY-GEO since its inception in the summer of 2014. The New York Geothermal Energy Organization (NY-GEO) is a non-profit organization representing geothermal heat pump (GHP) installers, manufacturers, distributors, general contractors, engineers, renewable energy consultants and industry stakeholders from throughout New York State. In 2009-2010, he was Director of Policy Research for the NY State Senate Environmental Conservation Committee.

 


 Christer af Geijerstam CHRISTER AF GEIJERSTAM
 Project Director
 NY Offshore Wind Development

 

VP asset management - Angola
VP Tanzania gas project
VP strategy and portfolio
Head of CEO's office

 


Jay Egg JAY EGG
 Founder
 EggGeothermal

 


Jay founded EggGeothermal in 1990 to provide geothermal HVAC systems. As a result of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, EggGeothermal entered into a new age of acceptance.

Jay currently focuses his professional efforts as a renewable energy expert on geothermal energy utility efforts, solar/geothermal exchange implementation, consulting, and aquifer related environmental issues, permitting, feasibility and variances of geo-exchange wells and technology, writing, and speaking engagements. Among his clients are international, federal, state and local governments, developers, associations, and private entities.

EggGeothermal is a voting member on the IGHSPA Advocacy Committee, the Uniform Solar Energy & Hydronics Technical Committee for the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Professionals (IAPMO); training and curriculum writer/facilitator for IGSHPA and for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and technical advisor to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) on renewable heating and cooling.

 


Scott Carlin SCOTT CARLIN
 Director
 Center for Sustainability - LIU Post

 

Dr. Scott Carlin is an associate professor of geography at LIU Post and Director of Post's new Center for Sustainability. Dr. Carlin co-chaired the United Nations DPI-NGO 66th conference in South Korea in 2016. At the UN, he is an NGO representative for LIU Post and the International Society of Doctors for the Environment. He is an elected member of the NGO DPI Executive Committee and co-chair of the Steering Committee for an International Day of Education for Global Citizenship. Dr. Carlin earned his Ph.D. from Clark University (1995).


Judy-Ann Mitchell  JUDY-ANN MITCHELL
 Branch Chief
 Sustainability and Multimedia Programs Branch
 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Region 2

 

Judy-Ann Mitchell is the Chief of the Sustainability and Multimedia Programs Branch at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 2 office in New York City. Her Branch is responsible for the management of the Region's Pollution Prevention Program, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) implementation and oversees implementation of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act - Subtitle D, Municipal Solid Waste program. Ms. Mitchell's staff directly implements sustainable materials management and resource conservation-related initiatives and provides assistance to municipalities, local governments and NGOs engaged in sustainability activities.

Ms. Mitchell received the B.E. degree in Electrical Engineering from the State University of New York Maritime College in 1987 and the M.S. degree in Environmental Engineering from Polytechnic University. Prior to joining EPA in 1994, Ms. Mitchell worked for Law Companies Group as an Environmental Consultant in New York City.

 


Houtan HOUTAN MOAVENI
 Deputy Director, NY-Sun Initiative
 New York State Distributed Generation Interconnection Ombudsman, NYSERDA

 

Houtan Moaveni is currently serving the dual role of the Deputy Director of NY-Sun Initiative and New York State Distributed Generation Interconnection Ombudsman at New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). Mr. Moaveni is an accomplished energy professional with over 14 years of experience in solar from design, analysis and operation to policy, planning, program design and implementation. He has a proven track record of successfully delivering a wide-range of solar initiatives, supporting the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), states, utilities and public service commissioners which has resulted in receiving

 


 Neil Rosen NEIL ROSEN
 President and CEO 
 Grin Sustainability

 

 

Neil Rosen is President and CEO of Grin Sustainability, a full-service consulting service specializing in Green Building Certifications.

He is a New York State Registered Architect, LEED Accredited Professional, Certified Energy Manager, and Certified Healthcare Facilities Manager with over 34 years' experience in the design, construction and operations of healthcare facilities. His undergraduate degree and Masters Degrees were earned at The New York Institute of Technology, in Architecture and Energy Management, respectively. Mr. Rosen is an Adjunct Professor at NYIT's School of Architecture and Design, instructing several courses in Construction and Environmental Systems, as well as developing coursework for a Masters level course in Healthcare Facilities Management.

Neil is a Past Chairman of the Water Efficiency Technical Advisory Group, as well as a current member of the Indoor Environmental Quality Technical Advisory Group for USGBC National. Mr. Rosen serves as a Board Member and Chairman of the Advocacy Committee for the USGBC-LI Chapter. He is a Founding Board Member of the Long Island Geothermal Exchange Organization.

Prior to his establishing Grin, Neil served as the Director of Sustainability for Northwell Health, a large non-profit health system in the Greater NYC area.
While there he was responsible for initiating and coordinating the System's Sustainability Initiatives. He has successfully lead his team to 20 LEED certifications including 3 Platinum and 4 Gold.


 Doreen Harris DOREEN HARRIS
 Director, Large-Scale Renewables
 New York State Energy Research & Development 

 

Doreen Harris is the Director of the Large-Scale Renewables team at the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA). Ms. Harris is responsible for managing the centralized long term procurement of utility-scale renewable resources in New York under the Clean Energy Standard as well as oversight of future policy design, program rules, and market development mechanisms, including NYSERDA's interactions with New York's obligated Load Serving Entities. Ms. Harris leads a strategic effort to spur responsible and cost effective development of New York's Offshore Wind resource through the execution of New York's Offshore Wind Master Plan and its integration into the Clean Energy Standard. Ms. Harris is also responsible for driving the Clean Energy Standard's strategic execution with New York's energy markets, including the ongoing operation and enhancement of the New York Generation Attribute Tracking System. Ms. Harris received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Rochester and a Master of Business Administration from the University at Albany


 Caroline CAROLINE FANNING
 Founder
 Restoration Farm

 

Daniel Holmes and Caroline Fanning are the founders and head growers of Restoration Farm, a small-scale vegetable farm in Old Bethpage, NY. Both native Long Islanders, they met while apprenticing at the Poughkeepsie Farm Project in Poughkeepsie, NY. In 2007, they launched Restoration Farm. The farm's 200-family community supported agriculture (CSA) program regularly invites members into the fields and encourages a deeper connection with one's food and soil.

 


Eric ERIC JOHANSSON
 Distinguished Service Professor
 SUNY Maritime College

 

 

Captain Johansson, a third generation Port of NY/NJ Tug Captain and Distinguished Service Professor at SUNY Maritime College, located in NYC, holds a Master of Science in International Transportation Management from SUNY Maritime. Since joining the faculty staff at SUNY Maritime in 1994, he enjoys teaching and mentoring future professional mariners in areas of Towing, Shipping, Marine Spatial Planning, Leadership, and Ship Systems Captain Johansson is a recipient of the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Faculty Service, Plimsoll Award, and the Public Service Commendation (United States Coast Guard). Captain Johansson is the innovative and forward-leaning founder of the annual SUNY Maritime College Towing Forum, now in its 16th year and has published funded research projects including the Maritime Support Service Location Study I, Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation "Economic Analysis", Small Business Dredge Needs Port of NY Study, and "New Jersey Offshore Wind Outlook", "Economic Impact of Siltation on NYC's Small Waterways" New York City Economic Development Corporation and "Hunts Point Terminal Market: The Demand for Waterborne Transportation as a Part of the Outbound Distribution System", New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. In addition to his research, Captain Johansson serves on many local maritime committees such as Harbor Safety Committee, Energy Sub-committee, and Harbor School Professional Advisory Committee and nominated by the Department of Homeland Security as Vice Chair of the Towing Safety Advisory Committee.

 


 Jamie JAMIE BANKS
 Executive Director
 Quiet Communities, Inc.

 

Jamie Banks, PhD, MS is the Executive Director of Quiet Communities, Inc, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting clean, healthy, quiet, and sustainable landscape maintenance, construction, and agricultural practices. She is an environmentalist and health care scientist with skills and experience in health outcomes, health economics, environmental behavior, and policy. For more than 20 years, she worked as senior consultant for leading health and economic consulting organizations. In 2007, she founded Planet Rewards, a company promoting sustainable environmental behaviors for corporations and following that, founded Quiet Communities in 2013. She currently serves as Chair of her town's committee on landscape maintenance noise and pollution. Her PhD is in Social Policy/Health Economics (University of Kent, UK), and her Masters' degrees are from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Dartmouth Medical School.


 kristen KRISTEN BACORN
 Green Consulting

 

Kristen Bacorn is often called a pioneer of the green movement.Kristen has been an environmentalist since the 1970s, when she wrote an environmental impact statement for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and performed energy research for a foreign oil-producer. In architecture school, she received a university-wide award for architectural theory. In her graduate studies at Harvard, she developed sustainable business models and performed original research on advanced environmental topics. Kristen worked on the construction site of the world's 1st LEED residential hi-rise, The Solaire, and has been retained as an expert on innumerable projects. She was LEED AP at SONY Tower, the famous "Chippendale Building" in Manhattan, as well as Costas Kondylis' The Future Condo and the campus of Sikorsky Aircraft.Kristen is also a dedicated educator. She wrote the 1st environmental building course accepted by NY Dept. of State. She has also authored real estate textbooks for two states and is completing an extensive LEED manuscript to be published soon.As a lecturer and educator in great demand, Kristen has addressed the United Nations twice, spoken annually at the NY Javits Center GoGreen Expo, appeared on national Talk Radio and filmed a pilot for Lifetime TV, along with other television appearances. She has also granted interviews to the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, the Village Voice and other publications.Kristen's current project is the Environmental Learning Experience, a 145,000 net zero showcase for environmental technologies. She is also working on a large portfolio sale in New York and Europe. Kristen Bacorn is dedicated to her clients and students. She welcomes opportunities to share her industry expertise with those who may benefit from her unique insights.


Xenia XENIA MORIN
 Associate Professor
 Rutgers University

 

Dr. Morin is interested in working at the intersection of science, social science and society and also tackling the formidable challenge of feeding our growing population. As a trained plant biochemist, her research and teaching has grown increasingly interdisciplinary over the years and she now focuses on agriculture and food systems.

Dr. Morin currently teaches the Introduction to Agriculture and Food Systems (11;020:210) every Fall semester, and this Fall will teach a Byrne seminar called "RU250: A Culinary History" (11:090:101:28) with Cara Cutie, Mary Nucci and Ethan Schoolman. Previously, she has taught courses in Introductory Biology, Biology and Public Policy, Biochemistry, Environmental Studies, Writing, and Agriculture and Food Systems.

While at Rutgers, Dr. Morin has had the privilege of serve as associate director for research the science/adventure documentary, Antarctic Edge:70 degrees South (http://beyondtheice.rutgers.edu/), released in 2015. This NSF- and SEBS- funded documentary feature Rutgers Professor Oscar Schofield and the Long Term Ecology Research Team, and was directed by Dena Seidel. Xenia is also a founding member of the Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health.

Dr. Morin obtained her Ph.D. at Cornell University in the School of Agriculture and Life Sciences in 1992. Her dissertation title was "Metabolite Transport across the Chloroplast Inner Envelope. " Her postdoctoral work took her to the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany (plant cell biology), to the Research Institute of the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada (membrane protein and cell biology studies in cystic fibrosis), and to Bryn Mawr College outside of Philadelphia, PA (RNA structure and function).

Dr. Morin joined Rutgers University in 2010 working on curriculum redesign for the Agricultural Sciences major and in 2011 took the position of Associate Dean and Liaison for Sponsored Program at SEBS and supervised the Office of Grants Facilitation at SEBS. In 2015, Dr. Morin was honored to join the Plant Biology Department and to resume her teaching and research as undergraduate program director (UPD) for the Agriculture and Food Systems Major.

Prior to Rutgers, she was a lecturer at Princeton University for six years focusing on teaching writing and environmental studies on agriculture and food systems. There she supervised several senior undergraduate theses including "Why is Government in the Garden? Case Studies of Resilient Co-Governance in urban Community Gardening Programs" by Henry Barmeier (Rhodes Scholar) and "Planting the Seeds for an African Green Revolution: The Millennium Development Villages and Input Subsidy Program in Malawi" by Joseph Vellone.


Anthony ANTHONY PARISI
 Facility Manager
 Waste Management

 

Anthony Parisi is a Facility and Program Manager at Waste Management, responsible for running their patented CORe (Centralized Organics Recycling) Technology. At that facility, food waste is turned into a high energy potential slurry, and then delivered to the Newtown Creek Waste Water Treatment plant for anaerobic digestion. Prior to this role Anthony worked in the Tech/Cleantech startup industry at NYU and Greentown Labs in Boston. He holds an MBA from Boston College and most of an M.A. from Tufts UEP. Anthony served 8 years in the US Army as an Officer and helicopter pilot and when not working he can be found running after his kids or doing something outside.

 

 

 Photonics Distinguished Lecturer

Edoardo Charbon EDOARDO CHARBON
 Full Professor
 EPFL

 
Edoardo Charbon (SM'00 F'17) received the Diploma from ETH Zurich, the M.S. from the University of California at San Diego, and the Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1988, 1991, and 1995, respectively, all in electrical engineering and EECS. He has consulted with numerous organizations, including Bosch, X-Fabs, Texas Instruments, Maxim, Sony, Agilent, and the Carlyle Group. He was with Cadence Design Systems from 1995 to 2000, where he was the Architect of the company's initiative on information hiding for intellectual property protection. In 2000, he joined Canesta Inc., as the Chief Architect, where he led the development of wireless 3-D CMOS image sensors. Since 2002 he has been a member of the faculty of EPFL, where is a full professor since 2015. From 2008 to 2016 he was with Delft University of Technology's as Chair of VLSI design. He has been the driving force behind the creation of deep-submicron CMOS SPAD technology, which is mass-produced since 2015 and is present in telemeters, proximity sensors, and medical diagnostics tools. His interests span from 3-D vision, FLIM, FCS, NIROT to super-resolution microscopy, time-resolved Raman spectroscopy, and cryo-CMOS circuits and systems for quantum computing. He has authored or co-authored over 250 papers and two books, and he holds 20 patents. Dr. Charbon is a distinguished visiting scholar of the W. M. Keck Institute for Space at Caltech, a fellow of the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience Delft, and a fellow of the IEEE.

 

SPAD Image Sensing: Past, Present, and Future

Abstract: CMOS SPADs have appeared in 2003 and soon have risen to the status of image sensors with the creation of deep-submicron SPAD technology. The format of these image sensors has expanded from 8x4 pixels of our first LIDAR in 2004 to 512x512 pixels of recent time-resolved cameras, and the applications have literally exploded in the last three years, with the introduction of proximity sensing and portable telemeters. The current promise is that SPAD based sensors will be in every smartphone by 2018 and in every car by 2022. But SPAD technology was born for scientific applications and in scientific applications it will continue to innovate. For instance, super-resolution microscopy has already benefitted from SPAD imagers and this trend is expected to continue well in the next decade. In addition, other time-resolved techniques, such as time-of-flight PET, NIROT, FLIM, FRET, useful in many biomedical imaging modalities, will become more and more accurate and less and less expensive thanks to the scalability of CMOS technologies. With the introduction of SPADs in 3D CMOS IC technologies in 2014, SPAD based imagers will be more compact, while at the same time more advanced techniques and functionalities will be available. In the talk I will give a technical and economic perspective on SPADs and SPAD imagers, and a vision for the medium to long term.


 Robert Morandotti ROBERT MORANDOTTI
 Professor
 INRS - EMT

 

 

Prof Morandotti received a MSc in Physics from the University of Genova (Italy) in 1993 and a PhD in Electronic Engineering from the University of Glasgow (Scotland) in 1999, where his research activity focused on the study of the linear and nonlinear properties of optical discrete systems.In June 2003 he joined INRS-EMT (University of Quebec) in Montreal, where he is a Full Professor since 2008. His research interests mainly deal with the linear and nonlinear properties of periodic structures, both in III-V semiconductors and silica, as well as with optics at unusual wavelengths, including THz. Prof Morandotti is author and coauthor of more than 700 papers in scientific journals and conferences (including 15 in Nature, Science, Nature Photonics, Nature Physics, Nature Communication and Science Advances, as well as 34 in Physical Review Letters) and gave over 100 invited keynote and plenary talks in various international conferences. He is currently serving/ has served as a subcommittee chair/technical committee member for several OSA, IEEE and SPIE meetings. Prof Morandotti is an E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellow 2011 (awarded to the 6 best early career scientists in Canada), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a Fellow of the Optical Society of America, a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and a Fellow of the SPIE, among others.

Multi photon entangled states based on integrated frequency combs.

Abstract: The generation of optical quantum states on an integrated platform will enable low-cost and accessible advances for quantum technologies such as secure communications and quantum computation. We demonstrate that integrated quantum frequency combs (based on high-Q microring resonators made from a CMOS-compatible, high refractive-index glass platform) can enable, among others, the generation of pure heralded single photons, cross-polarized photon pairs, as well as bi- and multi-photon entangled qubit states over a broad frequency comb covering the S, C, L telecommunications band, constituting an important cornerstone for future practical implementations of photonic quantum information processing.

 

C3E

Alicia Barton ALICIA BARTON
 President and Chief Executive Officer
 New York State Energy Research and Development Authority

 


Alicia Barton was appointed president and CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) on June 26, 2017. NYSERDA is a public benefit corporation that advances innovative energy solutions to improve New York State's economy and environment.

Ms. Barton has held public and private sector leadership roles advancing clean energy projects and companies for over a decade. Immediately prior to her appointment, Ms. Barton served as co-chair of the Energy and Cleantech Practice at Foley Hoag, LLP, a global law firm based in Boston, where her practice focused on representation of clean energy companies in emerging market areas such as offshore wind and energy storage. Ms. Barton's other private sector work included serving as chief of operations of the Global Utility business unit at SunEdison where she led teams working on utility-scale wind and solar projects.

Prior to her work in the private sector, Barton served as chief executive officer of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), a publicly supported agency that funds and accelerates the development of the clean energy sector. As CEO, Ms. Barton led all of MassCEC's investments, project finance, partnerships, and commercial operations across a range of clean energy technologies, and helped make the state a national leader in energy efficiency, renewable energy, and deployment of clean technologies.

Prior to serving as CEO of MassCEC, Ms. Barton was the Deputy Commissioner for Policy and Planning for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP); Assistant Secretary for Environmental Review and Director of the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) office; and Deputy General Counsel at the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA). She began her career at Foley Hoag as an associate in the firm's environmental practice.

Ms. Barton currently serves on boards of several organizations, including Greentown Labs, the Environmental League of Massachusetts, Efficiency Forward, and the Advisory Board for the New England Women in Energy and Environment (NEWIEE).

Ms. Barton earned a bachelor's degree in Natural Resources from The Ohio State University and a juris doctor degree from Boston College Law School.


 Suzanne SUZANNE BRIENZA
 Director of Meter Services
 PSEG-LI

 

 

Suzanne Brienza is the new Director of Meter Services for PSEG Long Island. Before moving into the utility world, Suzanne spent twelve successful years as a lawyer in private practice. Described by Suzanne as the best career move she never expected to make, she eventually left the full-time practice of law to Manage Back Office Collections (BOC) for National Grid. After managing BOC for five years, Suzanne was part of the team that tackled the transition of the electric utility from National Grid to PSEG Long Island. After a successful transition, Suzanne spent almost four years as Director of Revenue Operations for PSEG Long Island overseeing BOC, payment processing, customer offices, theft of service, internal controls and revenue reporting. In her new role as Director of Meter Services, Suzanne has landed the opportunity to inspire customers to increase their understanding of their energy needs and take control of their energy usage as she oversees the proposed Smart Meter Full Deployment Project.

At PSEG Long Island, Suzanne is a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Council as well as the Executive Sponsor for the Women's Network, an Employee Business Resource Group. She also represents PSEG Long Island on the Line of Business Ethics and Compliance Council. Suzanne is also on the Board of the Long Island Children's Museum.

Suzanne graduated from Touro College, Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center where she received her J.D. and was a member of the Environmental Law Review. She received her B.A. from Hofstra University in English. 


Kara KARA ALLEN
 Senior Advisor
 New York State Energy Research and Development Authority

 

Kara Allen is Senior Advisor for Policy and Regulatory Affairs at the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). In this role, she leads the development of the New York State Energy Plan. The 2015 Plan set New York on a path to achieve nation-leading targets of 50 percent renewable electricity, a 40 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, and a 600 trillion British thermal unit (Btu) increase in energy efficiency, all by 2030.

Ms. Allen came to NYSERDA from Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's office where she served as Assistant Secretary of Energy. As the Assistant Secretary, she oversaw the operations of NYSERDA, the Department of Public Service, and the power authorities of New York and Long Island. She also led budget and legislative negotiations for the energy portfolio.

Prior to moving to New York, Ms. Allen was the Executive Director of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC), a coalition of House members dedicated to advancing policies pertaining to clean energy innovation and job creation, environmental protection, and global climate change. Ms. Allen drove the legislative and communications strategy and overall agenda of the Coalition, working regularly with Democratic leadership and relevant committees as well as outside organizations. The SEEC grew from 34 to 57 members during her tenure.

During her time in Washington, D.C., she also served as Assistant Director for Vanderbilt University's Office of Federal Relations, where she focused on general science and higher education policy. Before that, she worked for Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-05), handling energy and environmental issues.

She currently serves on the board of Solar One and the Brooklyn Community Board 6's Parks / Recreation / Environmental Protection Committee.

A native to Silver Spring, Maryland, she holds an M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from Johns Hopkins University and a B.S. from Vanderbilt University in Political Science and U.S. History. 


 Jennifer Garvey JENNIFER GARVEY
 Development Manager, Long Island
 Deepwater Wind

 

Jennifer Garvey is Development Manager, Long Island. In this role, Jen is responsible for Deepwater Wind's local government relations and stakeholder engagement efforts for the South Fork Wind Farm.
Jen has extensive experience in environmental policy, grassroots communication, coalition building and legislative affairs. She joins Deepwater Wind after serving as Associate Director and Co-Founder of the New York State Center for Clean Water Technology at Stony Brook University. Prior to that, Jen served as Deputy Chief of Staff for the Town of Southampton, where she managed a broad portfolio of issues with a particular focus on environmental and land-use policies, including the Town's beach re-nourishment projects.
Jen, a native of Hampton Bays, earned a master's degree in public relations from Syracuse University and a bachelor's degree in business administration from SUNY Geneseo.


 Bobbi BOBBI O'CONNOR
 Vice President, Policy, Strategy and Administration
 Long Island Power Authority

 

Bobbi O'Connor is LIPA's Vice President of Policy, Strategy and Administration. Ms. O'Connor is responsible for the development and administration of LIPA's strategic planning and policy setting process and oversees LIPA's human resources and administrative functions. Ms. O'Connor also serves as the Assistant Secretary to the LIPA Board of Trustees. Ms. O'Connor joined LIPA in November 2013 as Assistant General Counsel for commercial transactions and was named Deputy General Counsel in June 2014. Prior to joining LIPA, Ms.O'Connor was a partner in the business and finance department of an international law firm where her practice involved advising clients on securities law matters, with a particular focus on representing utility clients. Ms. O'Connor received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Loyola College of Maryland and a Juris Doctor from Hofstra Univeristy School of Law.


 Clara CLARA GIUSTINO
 Vice President, Project Development, Complex Capital Delivery
 National Grid

 

 

Clara Giustino is the Vice President of Project Development in the Complex Capital Delivery function. An experienced Civil Engineer, Ms. Giustino is responsible for the development of Electric and Gas complex capital projects for all National Grid territories in the United States. Her organization's work enables National Grid's Electric and Gas Business Units to provide reliable energy supply to its existing customers while positioning the Company to support future energy needs. A native of the Dominican Republic, Clara immigrated to the United States from the Dominican Republic as a young child. She is a supporter of both internal and community activities through her work in National Grid's Engineering Pipeline Program (Technical Panelist), Career's In Energy (Speaker), Mentorship Program (Mentor) and Girl Scouts (Troop Leader). Clara is the recipient of the 2000 and 2007 National Hispanic Achiever Award and the 2006 CEO Award.


Julia JULIA BOVEY
 

Julia Bovey is an independent consultant advising organizations to advance and deploy renewable energy.
She has worked on clean energy and climate change from four perspectives: non-profit advocacy at the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Conservation Law Foundation, renewable project development at First Wind, national reform at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and state oversight at the New York State Department of Public Service, where she was the founding director of the DPS Long Island office and was part of the team developing New York's "Reforming the Energy Vision" goals and policies.
She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and two sons.


Tria TRIA CASE
Director
Sustainability and Energy Conservation
City University of New York (CUNY)

 

Tria Case, Esq., is the University Director of Sustainability and Energy Conservation for the City University of New York (CUNY). Since 2006 Ms. Case has led the development and the implementation of multiple Federal, State and City funded solar programs on behalf of New York City and now New York State, leading to a significant growth in solar capacity and a more than ten-fold increase in installation companies. One of the current focuses of Ms. Case's work is to identify and addresses soft or 'Balance of System' costs for the implementation and adoption of solar in NYS. This work is being conducted collaboratively through NYSolar Smart, a program Ms. Case developed. Additionally, in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Ms. Case formed the Smart Distributed Generation Hub, with City, State, and Federal participation, in an effort to integrate solar and DG into emergency power and resiliency deployment. Ms. Case also coordinates and provides resources to CUNY's 24 institutions of higher education to meet the goal of reducing CUNY's energy consumption through the Sustainable CUNY Conserves program. Ms. Case has secured funding for a $1-million dollar revolving loan fund, the Sustainability Investment Fund, which supports projects on CUNY campuses producing energy savings and other sustainability benefits. Formerly, Ms. Case served as the Director of the office of Environmental Business Services for Empire State Development Corporation and received her undergraduate degree from Union College and earned her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School.


 

 

 

 

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