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. Steven Grodsky, UC Davis
Dr. Steven Grodsky is a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources at the University of California – Davis. Steve’s research centers on the interface between renewable energy development and wildlife conservation. He currently is co-editor of a book entitled “Renewable Energy and Wildlife Conservation” under contract with John Hopkins University Press. He earned his PhD from North Carolina State University, MS from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and BS from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. He has authored 14 studies on the energy-ecology nexus, has been cited over 150 times, and his work has been featured in Renewable Energy Magazine.
Madison K. Hoffacker, UC Davis
Madison K. Hoffacker is a Renewable Energy Systems Scientist at the University of California, Davis in the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources. She graduated from Chapman University in 2013 with a BA in Environmental Science and Policy. She was a co-developer of the Carnegie Energy and Environmentally Compatibility Model, which provides agencies and stakeholders guidance on siting energy infrastructure in a manner that reduces environmental impacts. Madison has been published in PNAS, Nature Climate Change, Environmental Science and Technology, and Restoration Ecology and was featured in Chapman Magazine for her research impact on sustainability.
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. The goal is innovating and evaluating new approaches to assessment, simultaneously applying them to inform decisions and policy. Priorities include advancing methods for integrating evidence, for applying expert judgment, and for communicating resulting syntheses of knowledge. 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. This work culminated in the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report and its Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation. The associated global scientific collaborations have supported diverse climate policies and actions, including the Paris Agreement. Dr. Mach received her PhD from Stanford University and AB from Harvard College.
Dr. Dan Sanchez, Stanford University
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. His prior research focused the commercialization of bioenergy with carbon capture and sequestration (BECCS), a key technology for climate change mitigation through atmospheric carbon dioxide removal. This research informs a range of policy interventions to reduce emissions and introduce new energy technologies. Daniel is currently a postdoctoral research scientist with the Carnegie Institution for Science. 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 Lab
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 five years of experience in energy analysis and 10 years of industry experience in advanced manufacturing and technology development. 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.