Ben Elkin is an Associate Product Manager at SunPower Corporation, one of the world’s largest vertically-integrated solar companies. At SunPower, Ben works in the Utility Power Plants team, specifically focusing on software development, land use issues, and solar panel cleaning. Ben holds a B.S. in Chemistry (minor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences) from UC Berkeley and is currently pursuing an MBA from the Haas School of Business’ Evening and Weekend program at UC Berkeley.
Dr. Katherine Mach, Stanford University
Dr. Katharine Mach is a Senior Research Scientist at Stanford University and a Visiting Investigator at the Carnegie Institution for Science. She leads the Stanford Environment Assessment Facility (SEAF). Advancing foundations for action, her research is focused on integrative assessment of climate change risks and response options. From 2010 until 2015, Dr. Mach co-directed the scientific activities of Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which focuses on impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability. Dr. Mach received her PhD from Stanford University and AB from Harvard College.
Greer Ryan, Center for Biological Diversity
Greer Ryan is the Sustainability Research Associate at the Center for Biological Diversity and provides scientific and policy support to the Center’s Population and Sustainability team. She holds a bachelor’s in molecular environmental biology from the University of California at Berkeley and a master’s in environmental science from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University. In addition to interning with the Center in 2013 before she joined us on staff, she worked as a research assistant in several environmental science labs and as an intern at NRDC.
Dr. Daniel Sanchez, AAAS
Dr. Daniel Sanchez is an engineer and energy systems analyst studying energy technology, innovation, and climate policy. He is interested in the deployment and commercialization of technologies that significantly reduce energy-related CO2 emissions. Daniel’s academic work focuses on research, development, and deployment needs of these technologies using quantitative methods such as optimization, technology roadmapping, and energy systems modeling. Daniel is currently an AAAS Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow at AAAS. He holds a Ph.D. and M.S. from the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California-Berkeley, and a B.S.E. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Max Wei, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Dr. Max Wei is a Program Manager III for the Energy Analysis and Environmental Impacts Division at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Max's projects are with the Energy Efficiency Standards Group, as well as with the Sustainable Energy Systems Group. For Energy Efficiency Standards, Max analyzes the geographical dependence of CO2 and health impacts from energy efficiency standards in HVAC. In his current work for Sustainable Energy Systems, Max analyzes total cost of ownership modeling for stationary fuel cell systems, and the learning curve and cost reduction analysis of energy-related technologies. Max has expertise in the areas of techno-economic analysis and life-cycle cost analysis of existing and emerging technology applications; manufacturing cost analysis and total cost of ownership modeling of existing and emerging energy technologies; and modeling future energy systems and scenarios.