Workshop on the Grand Challenges of
Advanced Computing for Energy Innovation

July 31–August 2, 2012 — Hyatt Regency, Reston, VA

Speaker Bios

Keynote

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Dr. Steven Chu

Secretary of Energy

Dr. Steven Chu, distinguished scientist and co-winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics (1997), was appointed by President Obama as the 12th Secretary of Energy and sworn into office on January 21, 2009. He is charged with helping implement President Obama's ambitious agenda to invest in clean energy, reduce our dependence on foreign oil, address the global climate crisis, and create millions of new jobs.

Prior to his appointment, Dr. Chu served as the Director of the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, where he led the lab in pursuit of alternative and renewable energy technologies. He also taught at the University of California as a Professor of Physics and Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology. Previously, he held positions at Stanford University and AT&T Bell Laboratories.

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The holder of 10 patents, Dr. Chu has published nearly 250 scientific and technical papers. He remains active with his research group and has recently published work on general relativity and single molecule biology and biophysics that includes sub-nanometer molecular imaging with optical microscopy, cadherin adhesion, neural vesicle fusion, and nerve growth factor transport. About 30 alumni of his research group have gone on to become professors in their own right and have been recognized by dozens of prizes and awards.

Dr. Chu is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Academia Sinica, the Korean Academy of Sciences and Technology, and numerous other civic and professional organizations. He received an A.B. degree in mathematics, a B.S. degree in physics from the University of Rochester, and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, Berkeley, as well as honorary degrees from 15 universities.

Colloquium 1 Speakers

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Dr. Steve Hammond

Moderator

As Director of the Computational Science Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Dr. Steve Hammond is responsible for developing and leading NREL’s laboratory-wide efforts in high performance computing, computational science, and sustainable computing. He initiates and oversees innovative research programs in computer science, mathematics, and scientific computing in support of NREL’s DOE-based mission. This includes leading NREL’s efforts in energy efficient data centers. Under his leadership, NREL is building a showcase facility for HPC data center energy efficiency and the new data center will be the world’s most energy efficient data center when complete in October, 2012.

While at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Dr. Hammond managed the Computational Sciences Section and led staff conducting research and development in areas such as computational fluid dynamics and parallel communications algorithms for highly parallel architectures. In addition, he was technical lead on NCAR’s supercomputer procurements. Dr. Hammond was technical lead and participant in the DOE-funded effort to develop the first massively parallel climate model. Finally, he led NCAR’s strategic planning efforts in scientific simulation and chaired the committee that developed NCAR’s High Performance Simulation Strategic Plan. Dr. Hammond holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He earned a B.A. in Mathematics and M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Rochester.

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Dr. Henry Huang

Dr. Zhenyu (Henry) Huang is a Staff Engineer at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). He manages PNNL’s Advanced Grid Analytics portfolio and leads multi-million research programs including PNNL’s Future Power Grid Initiative (FPGI) and the Advanced Grid Modeling and Simulation program funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Dr. Huang is also engaged in research and development for DOE’s CERTS (Consortium for Electricity Reliability Technology Solutions) program, DOE’s ASCR Applied Math program, and DOD’s CASS-MT (Center for Adaptive Supercomputing Software-Multithreaded Architectures) program. His major research areas include high-performance computing applications to power systems, modeling and validation using advanced measurement, wide-area measurement system deployment and its applications, and renewable integration. Dr. Huang provides support to both the western and eastern power grids of North America as an active member of the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) Modeling and Validation Working Group and the North American SynchroPhasor Initiative (NASPI) Working Group. Dr. Huang has over 100 peer-reviewed publications.

Prior to joining PNNL, Dr. Huang has conducted extensive research at University of Alberta (Canada), McGill University (Canada), the University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong), and Tsinghua University (China) on a number of power engineering topics including power system stability analysis, flexible ac transmission systems and high voltage dc systems, high-speed parallel simulation, and power quality. He was involved with analysis of several power systems such as the central China power grid with the Three-Gorge Hydro Power Plant (China), Hydro Quebec System (Canada), Alberta System (Canada) and British Columbia Hydro System (Canada).

Dr. Huang is a Senior Member of IEEE and active in several IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) technical committees, including serving as Technical Council Program Chair for the Power System Dynamic Performance Committee and Chair of the IEEE PES Task Force on High Performance Computing for Power Grid Applications. He is recipient of the 2008 PNNL Ronald L. Brodzinski’s Award for Early Career Exceptional Achievement and the 2009 IEEE PES Outstanding Young Engineer Award. Dr. Huang is a registered Professional Engineer in Washington State.

Dr. Huang received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Huazhong University of Technology and Science (China) and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Tsinghua University (China).

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Dr. Stephan Lany

Dr. Stephan Lany is a theoretical/computational materials scientist with research interests in electronic structure calculations, semiconductor physics, defects and impurities, photovoltaic materials, and materials by design. He received his Ph.D. in Physics in 2002 from the "Universitat des Saarlandes", in Saarbrucken, Germany, where he was engaged in both theoretical and experimental research. He joined the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in 2003 as a post-doctoral researcher in Alex Zunger’s “Solid State Theory” group. He is now a Senior Scientist at NREL and a principal investigator in the Energy Frontier Research Center “Center for Inverse Design(http://www.centerforinversedesign.org)

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Dr. Ramanan Sankaran

Ramanan Sankaran is a computational scientist at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Ramanan is an expert in the direct numerical simulation of turbulent combustion. He develops software for combustion and reacting flow applications on massively parallel computers. He also develops efficient computing techniques for computing reacting flows on modern computer architectures.

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Dr. Michael Crowley

Dr. Michael Crowley is a principal scientist at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) where he leads a team of computational biophysicists to study molecular biophysics of biofuel related problems. His Ph.D. is in Physical Chemistry and he has spent nearly 20 years using high-performance computers to study biological macromolecules. Michael is a core developer of CHARMM and AMBER, the most highly used and cited molecular dynamics packages, with a focus on performance on the state-of-the-art hardware. His team, in a BER and ASCR funded SciDAC project, most recently completed a renovation of CHARMM which extends its performance from low terascale into petascale performance, and is working on exascale problems in biomolecular simulations.

At NREL, Michael and his team have published many studies of the components of biomass and the industrial bottlenecks to its conversion to fuels. They have gained insight into the structure and dynamics of cellulose, the major component of biomass and a particularly difficult sugar polymer to convert to fuels. They have determined many aspects of the mechanisms of cellulose enzymes which convert cellulose to sugars and have suggested multiple modifications to the enzymes and cellulose to increase the efficiency of commercial biomass conversion. They are working on cell wall structure and synthesis to help design plants that are both highly productive and improve industrial conversion to fungible fuels. All their studies are performed on HPC, use the most current theoretical techniques, and require them to implement new methods on HPC hardware.

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Dr. Fort Felker

Dr. Felker is the Director of the National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The NWTC is the principal research center for wind energy in the United States, where Dr. Felker directs a team of 100 scientists, engineers and technicians working to develop the next generation of wind energy systems. His early experience includes 15 years at NASA’s Ames Research Center working on rotorcraft analysis and testing. Dr. Felker holds one patent and is the author of 35 publications. He received his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford, and his bachelor’s degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT.

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Dr. Douglas Kothe

Dr. Douglas B. Kothe (Doug) is the Director of the Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors (CASL), a DOE Innovation Hub at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Doug has been at ORNL since 2006 when he became the Director of Science in the ORNL National Center of Computational Sciences. Doug holds a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering in 1987 from Purdue University, where his Ph.D. research focused on inertial confinement fusion target design while serving as a Graduate Research Assistant at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). After a brief period in 1987-1988 as a nuclear weapons designer where he participated in the underground testing program at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Doug returned to LANL for almost 20 years where he held a number of research, program, and line management positions in support of applied and fundamental defense-related R&D programs sponsored by the DOE NNSA, NASA, and the DoD. Doug’s research interests and expertise lies in the development of physical models and numerical algorithms for the simulation of a wide variety of physical processes in the presence of incompressible and compressible fluid flow.

Colloquium 2 Speakers

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Dr. Steven Lee

Moderator

Dr. Steven Lee is a Program Manager for Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) within the DOE Office of Science. For the Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing (SciDAC) program, Steven is the Point of Contact for the SciDAC Institutes – a set of four large, multi-institution projects that develop and apply state-of-the-art DOE computational software for scientific investigations. Steven manages two of the SciDAC Institutes: FASTMath – Frameworks, Algorithms and Scalable Technologies for Mathematics; and QUEST – Quantification of Uncertainty in Extreme-Scale Computations. Steven also manages projects in the ASCR Applied Mathematics basic research program.

Before joining the DOE Office of Science, Steven was a computational scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (1998 – 2010) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (1993 – 1998). He was also a visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1996, 1997). Steven earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1993. He earned his B.S. in Applied Mathematics from Yale University.

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Dr. Lori Diachin

Lori Diachin leads the Frameworks Algorithms and Scalable Technologies for Mathematics (FASTMath) SciDAC center, a $6M/year multi-institutional center focused on providing scalable applied math technologies to DOE application teams. Her research interests are in the area of numerical analysis and scientific computing software development. In particular, she has worked on optimization-based mesh quality improvement algorithms and their deployment in the software tooklits, the development of interoperable meshing and discretization software, and interactive access to remote large-scale data.

Lori earned her Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Virginia in 1992. She also holds a Masters of Applied Mathematics from the University of Virgina and a B.A. in Mathemathics from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. From 1992-2002, she worked at Argonne National Laboratory in the areas of parallel adaptive mesh refinement, mesh optimization, interactive environments for evaluating large data sets, the development of mesh components, and use of these techniques in various application areas. For her early research contributions, she was awarded the 1997 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). She has worked in the mesh quality improvement area for over a fifteen years and written numerous journal and conference articles as well as the Opt-MS mesh quality improvement software for simplicial meshes. She joined Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in 2003. She is currently the Director for the Center for Applied Scientific Computing at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. This 85 person research organization focuses on developing technologies needed to meet DOE mission needs in applied mathematics, computer science and data sciences.

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Dr. Arie Shoshani

Arie Shoshani is a senior staff scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He joined LBNL in 1976, and currently heads the Scientific Data Management Group. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1969. His current areas of work include data models, temporal data, statistical and scientific database management, storage resource management and reservation, and grid storage middleware. Arie is currently the director of the Scalable Data Management, Analysis, and Visualization (SDAV) institute, which includes members of 6 DOE laboratories and 7 Universities.http://sdav-scidac.org

Over the last 10 years, he was the director of a Scientific Data Management Center (see: sdmcenter.lbl.gov). He published over 95 papers in referred journals and conferences. He holds jointly with colleagues a patent on a compression method for bitmap indexing, as well as receiving the 2008 R&D100 award for a very fast indexing method based on this patent. He served as an associate editor for the ACM Transactions on Database Systems, was elected as Vice-President of the VLDB Endowment Board, and is the steering committee chair of the scientific and Statistical Data Base Management conference series since its inception (http://ssdbm.org). His home page is http://www.lbl.gov/~arie.

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Rob Pratt

Rob Pratt is one of the early thought leaders behind the smart grid, focused on an information-rich future for the power grid. He manages Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s (PNNL’s) Smart Grid R&D program activities for the U.S. Department of Energy. He leads a team studying communications architecture, advanced control technology, and simulation of the combined engineering and economic aspects of the future grid, including the effect of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

Rob also lead a PNNL initiative that recently commissioned the Electricity Infrastructure Operations Center. The EIOC is a fully-equipped grid control center with live data resources from around the U.S. It is a unique technology development, valuation, training, and technology transfer platform used for advanced grid applications and situational awareness.

Rob has a M.S in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State and has been a scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory since 1985.

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Dr. Timothy Valentine

Timothy Valentine directs the activities of the Radiation Safety Information Computational Center (RSICC) to collect, preserve, test and disseminate software, data and information for nuclear radiation transport and safety and also manages a group of scientists and engineers that utilize their expertise in theory, modeling and experimentation to analyze the security impacts associated with the production, processing, diversion and detonation of nuclear material. The Nuclear Security Modeling group is principally involved in nuclear nonproliferation, safeguards and forensics as well as applied nuclear physics.

Timothy assumed the role of director of RSICC in January 2012 and assumed his group leader position in October 2010 after returning from a one-year assignment as the science and nuclear policy fellow on the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. On the committee he focused on developing science and nuclear legislation as well as supporting the committee hearings on climate change, energy technologies, and nuclear technology. He was responsible for developing legislation to support the design and licensing of small modular reactors. Up until September 2009, he was the Director of Strategic Planning and Communications for the Energy & Engineering Sciences (EES) Directorate of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), which was one of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) largest energy research and technology organizations that annually executed over $350M of research programs for a variety of government and industrial sponsors in all aspects of energy science and technology.

Dr. Valentine joined ORNL in 1995 conducting research on nuclear safety and nuclear nonproliferation. He was the principal investigator on nuclear safety experiments and validation for research reactor fuel and was the principal investigator for development of technologies to verify dismantlement of nuclear weapons. In 2000, Dr. Valentine became a senior research engineer conducting nuclear physics experiments at the Oak Ridge Electron Linear Accelerator and was the program manager of ORNL’s nuclear data program. From 2003 until 2005, Dr. Valentine was the science and nuclear policy advisor for Senator Alexander of Tennessee and for Senator Bingaman of New Mexico. Dr. Valentine was responsible for developing legislation on science and energy policy, staffing hearings on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and creating and staffing the Senate Science and Technology Caucus. From 2005 until 2007, Dr. Valentine served as a senior advisor to ORNL’s leadership team on matters of science and energy policy and served as ORNL’s Program Director for the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office.

Dr. Valentine earned his B.S., M.S, and Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee.

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Dr. Daniel Hitchcock

Dr. Daniel Hitchcock is the Associate Director for Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) in the DOE Office of Science. As head of ASCR, Dan is responsible for the overall management of the program, including: strategic planning; budget formulation and execution; project management; program integration with other Office of Science activities and with the DOE technology offices; and interagency integration. ASCR manages a broad portfolio of basic research and scientific user facilities within the Office of Science, including forefront research in applied mathematics, computer and computational science, and high performance networking in support of several high priority Department of Energy mission goals.

Dr. Hitchcock’s expertise in the installation and operation of high performance computing and network facilities - as well as the mathematics and computer science required to make these facilities into tools for scientific discovery - is widely recognized outside of DOE. Over the past decade, Dan has led the implementation of ASCR’s Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing (SciDAC) program, the strategic transition of the Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) to become a key component of the nation’s scientific infrastructure, and the development of two Leadership Class Computing Facilities at Argonne and Oak Ridge National Laboratories.

Colloquium 3 Speakers

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Benjamin (Benjy) Grover

Moderator

Benjamin (Benjy) Grover is the Division Leader for the Application, Simulations & Quality (ASQ) Division within the Computation Directorate at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). The Division provides computer science expertise to a diverse set of programs at LLNL.

Prior to Benjy’s current position, he was on a temporary assignment at the United States Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR). His assignment focused on industrial outreach and business development for ASCR via the SBIR/STTR program. More specifically, he helped organizations to adopt High Performance Modeling and Simulation Software developed by ASCR. Prior to Benjy’s assignment at the DOE, he served as a Deputy Division Leader for the Applications, Simulations and Quality Division. He has also worked as a computer scientist/software developer on large-scale IT projects and software development projects.

Benjy graduated from Brigham Young University in 2002, earning an M.S. in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in Structural Engineering and Engineering Mechanics. His master’s thesis focused on a new, unstructured mesh-generation algorithm that can be used to edit meshes (US Patent #7,339,584). He is married and has 4 children.

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Barbara Hutchings

Barbara Hutchings is the Director of Strategic Partnerships at ANSYS, Inc. She has been involved in the engineering simulation software business for over 25 years and is responsible for strategic alliances and related strategy topics at ANSYS, Inc. Her current responsibilities include high-performance computing product strategy, cloud computing partnerships, and academic programs.

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Dr. Mahesh Kailasam

Mahesh Kailasam is the Solution Experience Director – Energy, Process, and Utilities for Dassault Systèmes (DS). Mahesh has over 14 years of experience working with realistic simulation technologies in different capacities at DS. For several years he led the Product Management group for DS’ Abaqus analysis products during which time he guided improvements to meet the engineering simulation needs of various industries, including automotive, aerospace, defense, and energy. Following that he directed DS’ simulation strategy for Energy, covering Oil & Gas, Nuclear, Wind, Solar, and other emerging energy sectors. He is currently leading efforts to integrate technologies and solutions from all divisions of Dassault Systèmes to develop unique “3D Solution Experiences” for the Energy Industry.

Mahesh has an M.S and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (Chennai).

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Dr. Nick Reynolds

Nick Reynolds is Director of Pre-sales Science at Accelrys, and has been with Accelrys for 20 years. He has a Ph.D. in Polymer Science and Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He then worked as a post-doctoral research associate at the Max-Planck-Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz, Germany. He joined Accelrys, in 1992 as a member of the scientific support group providing customer support, training, and contract research for materials science customers. He currently manages the Accelrys US Pre-Sales Application Science team for Accelrys’ modeling and simulation products.

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Bob Graybill

Bob Graybill, CEO and president of Nimbis Services Inc., has more than 35 years of experience as a business leader, government program manager, and technology researcher. In addition to leading Nimbis, Mr. Graybill is engaged in a number of high visibility technical computing innovation competitiveness projects, application portal initiatives, cloud standardization efforts, and digital manufacturing model based engineering consulting projects with DoD and industry. Mr Graybill is currently also serving on the Air Force Science Advisory Board.

In his most recent position as Director of Reflective Systems at the University of Southern California Information Sciences Institute (“ISI”), he worked to advance the development of advanced national High Performance Computing (“HPC”) and manufacturing collaborative environments that will help companies, universities and national laboratories share high performance computing systems, R&D and computational science expertise. In this leadership role, Mr. Graybill worked with the Council on Competitiveness, leading academic HPC centers, universities, industry leaders, supply chain companies and government laboratories and agencies.

Prior to joining ISI, he spent six years at DARPA, where he designed, developed and implemented six new transformational programs in intelligent power aware systems, energy metrics, high-end computing architectures and responsive embedded computing hardware, software and network systems. These programs were coordinated with other government agencies, laboratories, federally-funded research and development centers, non-profit organizations, Fortune 100 companies, venture companies, research institutions and academic centers. He was a member of the Senior Science Team leading a number of government sponsored studies in high-end computing, including the Defense Science Board task force on DoD Supercomputing Needs and the High-End Computing Revitalization Task Force. Mr. Graybill received the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service while at DARPA.

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David Corson

Mr. Corson currently holds the position of AcuSolve Program Manager at Altair Engineering, Inc. In this role, Mr. Corson provides technical expertise for the application and development of AcuSolve. Mr. Corson maintains an active role in CFD applications in various engineering disciplines including wind power, oil and gas, atmospheric sciences, and external aerodynamics. Mr. Corson previously held the position of Senior Analyst at ACUSIM Software. This role focused his efforts on high end CFD analyses involving methods development, consulting, and validation.

Before coming to ACUSIM, Dave spent 8 years working at Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory applying CFD to the design of naval nuclear propulsion systems. Mr. Corson has a Master of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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Shing Pan

Ms. Shing Pan currently holds the position of Senior Director of Energy at Altair Engineering, Inc. where she is responsible for the market strategy, growth and promotion of Altair’s Energy Industry vertical. Ms. Pan has close to 20 years of experience in high-performance computing, simulation and visualization with the past 10 years spent on marketing to the energy industry. Prior to Altair, Ms. Pan was Vice President of Marketing of ACUSIM Software, a technology leading CFD software provider which was acquired by Altair in January of 2011. During her career, Ms. Pan also spent 7 years as an entrepreneur growing a visual computing software company which was since acquired by NVIDIA, and 4 years at Silicon Graphics (SGI) at various senior marketing roles. Ms. Pan has a MS in Mechanical Engineering from Northern Illinois University and a MBA from Cornell University.

Panel 1 Speakers

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Dr. David Danielson

Dr. Danielson leads the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). As Assistant Secretary, Dr. Danielson oversees a broad energy portfolio that is intended to hasten the transition to a clean energy economy.

Previously, Dr. Danielson was the first Program Director hired by DOE's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). At ARPA-E, Dr. Danielson developed and led R&D programs with a budget of more than $100 million that focused on high-risk, high-reward, disruptive clean energy technologies.

Prior to joining ARPA-E, Dr. Danielson was a clean energy venture capitalist at General Catalyst Partners, a Boston-based venture capital fund. He co-founded the firm's clean energy investment practice and helped build and grow startups in various clean energy technology areas including solar power, wind power, advanced biofuels, bio-gas, carbon capture and storage, and advanced lighting.

Dr. Danielson was a co-founder of the New England Clean Energy Council. He has authored more than 20 scientific articles in the field of advanced materials. While at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Dr. Danielson was the founder and President of the MIT Energy Club and a founding Director of the MIT Energy Conference. For his work in building a strong multidisciplinary energy community at MIT, he was awarded the Karl Taylor Compton Prize, MIT's highest student award. Dr. Danielson holds a B.S., summa cum laude, in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Dr. Peter Lyons

Dr. Peter B. Lyons was confirmed by the Senate as the Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy on April 14, 2011. Dr. Lyons was appointed to his previous role as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Office of Nuclear Energy in September, 2009. As Assistant Secretary, Dr. Lyons is responsible for all programs and activities of the Office of Nuclear Energy.

The Honorable Peter B. Lyons was sworn in as a Commissioner of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on January 25, 2005 and served until his term ended on June 30, 2009. At the NRC, Dr. Lyons focused on the safety of operating reactors and on the importance of learning from operating experience, even as new reactor licensing and possible construction emerged. He emphasized that NRC and its licensees remain strong and vigilant components of the Nation's integrated defenses against terrorism, and was a consistent voice for improving partnerships with international regulatory agencies. He emphasized active and forward-looking research programs to support sound regulatory decisions, address current issues and anticipate future ones. He was also a strong proponent of science and technology education, recruiting for diversity, employee training and development programs, and an open and collaborative working environment.

From 1969 to 1996, Dr. Lyons worked in progressively more responsible positions at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. During that time he served as Director for Industrial Partnerships, Deputy Associate Director for Energy and Environment, and Deputy Associate Director-Defense Research and Applications. While at Los Alamos, he spent over a decade supporting nuclear test diagnostics. Before becoming a Commissioner, Dr. Lyons served as Science Advisor on the staff of U.S. Senator Pete Domenici and the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources where he focused on military and civilian uses of nuclear technology, national science policy, and nuclear non-proliferation. Dr. Lyons has published more than 100 technical papers, holds three patents related to fiber optics and plasma diagnostics, and served as chairman of the NATO Nuclear Effects Task Group for five years.

Dr. Lyons received his doctorate in nuclear astrophysics from the California Institute of Technology in 1969 and earned his undergraduate degree in physics and mathematics from the University of Arizona in 1964. Dr. Lyons is a Fellow of the American Nuclear Society, a Fellow of the American Physical Society, was elected to 16 years on the Los Alamos School Board and spent six years on the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Branch Advisory Board.

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Dr. Charles McConnell

Charles “Chuck” McConnell is the Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy. As Assistant Secretary, McConnell is responsible for office operations, and managing the oversight of Fossil Energy’s Research and Development program and the U.S. Petroleum Reserves.

Prior to joining DOE, McConnell served as Vice President of Carbon Management at Battelle Energy Technology in Columbus, Ohio, with responsibility for business and technology management, including leadership of the Midwest Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership.

McConnell also spent 31 years with Praxair, Inc., in various positions in the U.S. and Asia and most recently in Houston, Texas, as Global Vice President. His duties included providing leadership to research and development initiatives in oxy-coal technologies, hydrogen, refining and chemicals, enhanced oil recovery, as well as, carbon management science for carbon dioxide capture and sequestration.

McConnell has held a number of advisory positions, including chairmanships of the Gasification Technologies Council and the Clean Coal Technology Foundation of Texas. He has also served on the FutureGen Advisory Board; the Gulf Coast Carbon Center; T&P Syngas Company; Pittsburgh Coal Conference; and the Coal Utilization Research Council.

McConnell holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University and an MBA in Finance from Cleveland State University.

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Patricia Hoffman

Patricia “Pat” Hoffman is the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability at the U.S. Department of Energy. The Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability leads the Department of Energy’s (DOE) efforts to modernize the electric grid through the development and implementation of national policy pertaining to electric grid reliability and the management of research, development, and demonstration activities for “next generation” electric grid infrastructure technologies.

Hoffman is responsible for developing and implementing a long-term research strategy for modernizing and improving the resiliency of the electric grid. Hoffman directs research on visualization and controls, energy storage and power electronics, high temperature superconductivity and renewable/distributed systems integration. She also oversees the business management of the office including human resources, budget development, financial execution, and performance management. Before joining the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, Hoffman was the Program Director for the Federal Energy Management Program which implements efficiency measures in the federal sector and the Program Manager for the Distributed Energy Program that developed advanced natural gas power generation and combined heat and power systems. She also managed the Advanced Turbine System program resulting in a high-efficiency industrial gas turbine product.

Hoffman holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Ceramic Science and Engineering from Penn State University.

Panel 2 Speakers

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Dave Turek

Dave is currently the Vice President of Exascale Systems at IBM with responsibility for IBM’s overall high performance computing strategy. In previous executive positions Dave helped launch IBM’s Grid Computing business, and started and ran IBM’s Linux Cluster business. As a development executive he had responsibility for IBM’s SP supercomputer program as well as the mainframe version of AIX and other Unix software. In that capacity he orchestrated the initial IBM development effort in support of the US Accelerated Strategic Computing Initiative at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He has been recognized for his contributions to the Roadrunner program at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the Congressional Record and sits on the Advisory Committee to the National Simulation Center at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Dave has degrees in Philosophy and Mathematics from the University of Rochester, a Masters Degree from Trinity College, and advanced study at the University of Pennsylvania in Operations Research.

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Dr. Gary Leonard

Gary is currently the Global Technology Director for GE’s Global Research Center in the areas of Fluid Mechanics, Thermal Systems, Combustion and Mechanical Systems. This organization has engineers and scientists located in the US, Germany, India and China, who are responsible for developing GE’s next generation of technologies for GE’s Energy, Aviation, Transportation and Oil and Gas Businesses. Gary’s responsibilities include high performance computing tools and their validation, advanced design concepts to improve the efficiency, cost, reliability and emissions footprint of GE’s current products, and defining GE’s next generation of products and systems for GE’s infrastructure businesses.

Previous roles at GE included Smiths Aerospace Integration Leader, GE Honda President, Commercial Aviation Strategic Marketing GM, and Industrial Aeroderivative Gas Turbine GM. Gary started his career with GE in 1982 as a research scientist at the Global Research Center in Niskayuna, NY. Gary graduated from Stanford in 1982 with a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering.

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Dr. Wayne Eckerle

Wayne received a BS (1975) and MS (1976) in Aeronautical Engineering from Purdue University and a Ph.D. in Fluid Mechanics from the University of Connecticut in 1985. Prior to joining Cummins, Wayne worked at UTRC for 10 years on a variety of internal flow projects including chemical laser systems, scramjets, and gas turbine combustion. Wayne was also an Associate Professor at Clarkson University teaching classes in Thermal Sciences and performing research in turbulent separated flows, two-phase flow heat transfer, and supersonic combustion. Since joining Cummins in 1989 Wayne has held leadership positions in Metrology, Quality, Fuel Systems Technology, Thermal and Fluid Sciences, and Advanced Engineering. In his present position, Wayne is responsible for developing and integrating technology for Cummins’ next generation of products. Wayne received the Cummins J. Irwin Miller Award of Excellence in 2005, an Honorary Doctorate from Purdue University in 2009, the Cummins Julius Perr Innovation Award in 2009, and became an SAE Fellow in 2011.

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Dr. Steve Gravante

Steve Gravante is currently the Chief Engineer of the Aero Thermal-Fluid Systems department at Navistar, Inc. located in Lisle, IL. In this role, he is accountable for all 1D and 3D simulation activities for power train and vehicle thermal-fluid systems including: lubrication, fluid power, fuel, cooling, air and combustion, after treatment, HVAC and aerodynamics. He has been with Navistar for 14 years holding various positions and responsibilities.

Dr. Gravante started his career developing advanced controls, combustion and after treatment technologies but most of his career has been focused in the area of computer aided engineering (CAE). He is also responsible for managing Navistar’s HPC resources as well as strategic planning for the growth of HPC to facilitate integration of CAE into the design process. He has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois located in Urbana, IL and MS and Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, IL. His graduate studies focused on the physics of turbulent flows.

Panel 3 Speakers

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Sumit Ray

Sumit Ray is currently Director of Methods and Technology Development, responsible for the development of new technologies and fuel designs for Westinghouse. Sumit has been with Westinghouse for over thirty years, in increasing positions of responsibility. He has held director level positions in New Reactor Fuel Development & Core Design, and has held a variety of management positions in Reactor Core Design and Fuel Licensing. His most recent position was Director of New Reactor Fuel Engineering. In this position, Sumit was responsible for the fuel and core design for the AP1000® reactor.

Sumit is currently the Westinghouse executive lead on the DOE CASL program and is also a member of the CASL Industry Council. Sumit is a member of the American Nuclear Society, and participates as a member of the ANS rewards committee. Sumit holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur, India, a Masters Degree in Chemical Engineering from West Virginia University, and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. In addition, Sumit has taken post Graduate level classes in Nuclear Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University.

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Dr. David Sun

Dr. David Sun has over 30 years experience in the electric power industry. During the 1980’s he worked on advanced network applications in Energy Management Systems (EMS) for real-time power system operation. He received an IEEE PES Prize Paper Award for the paper on Optimal Power Flow. In the mid-1990’s he worked on electric utility industry reform. He was directly involved in the development of many major electricity markets, including PJM, ISO-NE, MISO, ERCOT, and SPP. Since 2006, his focus has been on Smart Grid. His is currently the Chief Scientist for the Network Management Solutions of Alstom Grid. David is a Fellow of the IEEE.

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Dr. Satish Narayanan

Satish Narayanan has been with UTC for nearly 14 years and leads the R&D portfolio for integrated, high performance building systems within United Technologies Research Center’s Energy Systems Program Office. Since joining UTRC in 1998, he has worked a broad range of problems involving physics-based modeling, experimentation, estimation and control of nonlinear dynamic phenomena in aerospace and building systems.

Satish is responsible for a portfolio of R&D programs in integrated building systems, leading projects focused on systems approaches to energy use reduction and improving security and safety within buildings. The programs he leads span computational tools for building design and energy simulations; model-based optimal control algorithms and design; integrated sensor networks and embedded systems. He leads several U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Defense funded programs in partnership with National Lab-University teams to mature and deploy energy efficient building design and control technologies. He has also leads the Tsinghua-UTC Institute for Integrated Building Energy, Safety and Controls (Beijing, China).

Satish has published more than 12 archival journal articles and well over 30 conference papers, and has received 4 patents. He has a B.E. from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (Pilani, India), and did his M.S and Ph.D. at the University of Houston.