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Paul Alivisatos, Lab Director, LBNL

Paul Alivisatos was named the director of Berkeley Lab on Nov. 19, 2009. Prior to that, Alivisatos was the deputy director of Berkeley Lab from 2008-2009, serving as the lab's chief research officer, overseeing the discretionary research budget, key research initiatives and technology transfer functions. From 2005-2007, prior to being named deputy director of Berkeley Lab, Alivisatos was associate laboratory director for physical sciences. From 2002-2008 he was director of the materials sciences division and from 2001-2005 he was director of the Molecular Foundry at Berkeley Lab. Alivisatos joined the faculty at UC Berkeley and became a principal investigator at Berkeley Lab in 1988. He is currently the Larry and Diane Bock Professor of Nanotechnology and a professor in the departments of materials science and chemistry at UC Berkeley. In 1986, he worked as a postdoctoral at AT&T Bell Labs. Alivisatos received his B.S in Chemistry with Honors at the University of Chicago in 1981 and Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley in 1986. Alivisatos is also a scientific founder of Quantum Dot Corp. and Nanosys Inc., and a board member of Solexant Inc. He is the founding editor of Nano Letters, a publication of the American Chemical Society.

Beverly Alexander, Director, Cleantech to Market, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley

Beverly Alexander is the lead Director of Cleantech to Market, and has been involved in energy and environmental innovation for almost 30 years. As a Vice-President at Pacific Gas & Electric Company, she was in charge of the largest energy efficiency, solar, and demand response programs in the United States. Those programs moved $1.2 billion into the California economy and won over 75 awards, including the United States Department of Energy's Energy Star Sustained Excellence award. Bev also held Director, Chief Counsel, and Vice President positions in generation, transmission, distribution and customer services, with a focus on leadership development and strategic planning. Before PG&E, Bev specialized in emerging environmental law and policy. The National Law Journal recognized her as one of the top 40 attorneys under the age of 40 in the United States for her pioneering work. After PG&E, Bev consulted on clean energy solutions, including sustainable communities. She received her B.A. in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Cruz and her J.D. from UC Berkeley, where she was Editor-in-Chief of Ecology Law Quarterly, and clerked on the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Gary Andersen, Group Leader, Molecular Microbial Ecology, Earth Sciences Division, LBNL

Gary Andersen received his Ph.D. in Plant Pathology in 1993 from the University of California, Berkeley. He has been the Group Leader for Molecular Microbial Ecology within the Earth Sciences Division of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory since 2003. His expertise is in microbial ecology with an emphasis on the natural distribution of bacteria in the environment, comparative genomics, and biotechnology. He has worked on developing high-density microarray systems for the detection and characterization of microbial communities and natural distribution of pathogens in the environment. His Berkeley PhyloChip recently won the R&D 100 Award and the 2008 Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Award. His current research projects include the microbial source tracking of fecal pollution in California beaches, environmental restoration of oil-impacted sites and soil microbiology. Andersen is one of the principal founders of a startup company, Second Genome Inc. that has commercialized the Berkeley PhyloChip technology.

Cheryl Fragiadakis, Head of Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property Management, LBNL

Cheryl Fragiadakis heads Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property Management at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.  Technology Transfer is responsible for industrial collaborations, patents, copyrights, licensing, marketing and business development.  Under her leadership, the Department has licensed technologies resulting in 30 start-up companies, and has managed over a hundred research collaborations between private companies and the Berkeley Lab. Before joining the Lab, she spent over 10 years working in the private sector for a major oil company. Ms. Fragiadakis has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines, and an MBA from the U.C. Berkeley Haas School of Business.

Ilan Gur, Senior Advisor, ARPA-E, Department of Energy

Ilan Gur is a Senior Advisor for Commercialization at ARPA-E, a new United States government agency set up to promote and fund research and development of advanced energy technologies. Gur most recently served as a founder and director of Seeo, Inc., a venture-backed startup commercializing a new generation of lithium batteries.  Prior to Seeo, Gur served as a Ph.D. research fellow at UC Berkeley, working to develop a new class of low-cost thin film photovoltaics based on nanostructured materials.  As a member of the Professional Faculty at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business, Gur has developed a unique set of academic curricula that tie together the technology, market, and policy considerations necessary for advancement of new technologies, including multidisciplinary graduate courses in photovoltaics, advanced batteries, and technology entrepreneurship.  Gur holds Ph.D., M.S. and B.S. degrees in materials science and engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

Jay Keasling, Chief Executive Officer and Vice President of Fuels Synthesis, JBEI, and Associate Laboratory Director, LBNL

Jay Keasling received his B.S. in Chemistry and Biology from the University of Nebraska in 1986; his Ph. D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1991; and did post-doctoral work in Biochemistry at Stanford University from 1991-1992. Keasling joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley as an assistant professor in 1992, where he is currently the Hubbard Howe Distinguished Professor of Biochemical Engineering. Keasling is also a professor in the Department of Bioengineering at Berkeley, a Senior Faculty Scientist and Associate Laboratory Director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Chief Executive Officer of the Joint BioEnergy Institute. Dr. Keasling’s research focuses on engineering microorganisms for environmentally friendly synthesis of small molecules or degradation of environmental contaminants. Keasling’s laboratory has engineered bacteria and yeast to produce polymers, a precursor to the anti-malarial drug artemisinin, and advanced biofuels and soil microorganisms to accumulate uranium and to degrade nerve agents.

Robert Kostecki, Deputy for Research, Environmental Energy Technologies Division, LBNL

Robert Kostecki is a Staff Scientist and Deputy Division Director of the Environmental Energy Technologies Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His research interests focus on fundamental phenomena that determine electrochemical performance of electrochemical energy storage and conversion systems. He is recognized for his pioneering work in the field of spectro-electrochemical diagnostics, especially in bridging the gap between fundamental science and applications of significant technological importance e.g., batteries. He develops novel in situ and ex situ experimental techniques to probe electrical energy storage (EES) materials at an atom, molecular or nanoparticulate level. He applies new experimental approaches to storage systems; define the fundamental issues affecting rechargeable battery performance, study the nature of physico-chemical properties of interfaces, nanostructures, and the mechanism of electrochemical and chemical phenomena that determine the behavior of the electrochemical energy storage and conversion systems.

Dr. Kostecki received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Geneva (Switzerland) in 1994. He has co-authored 62 papers in refereed journals, 13 conference proceedings papers, 110 meeting presentations and 10 patents. He is an active member of numerous scientific societies and committees, (co)-chaired numerous committees, workshops and government-university-industry research roundtable meetings.

Jim Matheson, General Partner, Flagship Ventures

Jim Matheson joined Flagship Ventures in 2000 and focuses on creating and funding new ventures in the sustainability, clean technology and special technologies (e.g. nanotechnology, materials and technology systems) sectors. Jim earned an MBA from The Harvard Business School, a Bachelor of Science (with honors) from the United States Naval Academy and retired in 2008 as a Commander in the US Naval Reserves.

Mark Platshon, Partner, Icebreaker Ventures

Mark Platshon is the founder of a new cleantech venture group, Icebreaker Ventures. Mark earned a BSE in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering at the University of Michigan, studied Nuclear Engineering at the Westinghouse Naval Reactor School and obtained his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. As a Naval Officer, Mark had a joint Navy and Department of Energy appointment to Admiral Hyman G. Rickover’s nuclear submarine engineering staff. As an engineer in Combustion Engineering’s Vetco Offshore group, he developed subsea oil well equipment.  He also led Raychem programs in energy cogeneration, shape memory nickel-titanium alloys, and touchscreen commercialization.

For the past several years, Mark has been a partner in the Cleantech group at VantagePoint Venture Partners where he focused on energy storage, transportation, solar, wind and building efficiency. Previously, Mark was a Venture Partner at Trident Capital and at X/Seed Capital.  Before joining the venture capital world, Mark was a serial Silicon Valley CEO for over 20 years, including positions as CEO of Idetek, an environmental and food diagnostics company acquired by Idexx Laboratories; Executive Chairman of Ancore, an explosives detection company acquired by OSI Rapiscan; CEO of Capnia, a specialty pharmaceutical company and CEO of Raychem’s ELO subsidiary, the pioneer in touchscreens (now a Tyco company). Mark was also founding CEO of Zing, an online photography company acquired by Sony and co-founder of Amprius, an advanced Lithium-ion battery materials company spun out of Stanford.  He has served on the Boards numerous companies, including Synxis, acquired by Sabre, Everdream, acquired by Dell, Amprius, GLO and Serious Materials.

Matt Scullin, Founder & CEO, Alphabet Energy, Inc.

Matthew L. Scullin is the founder and CEO of Alphabet Energy, Inc., maker of thermoelectric devices for the generation of electricity from wasted heat. Matt founded Alphabet Energy in 2009 to address the growing demand for the generation of electricity from waste heat, and chose to commercialize a breakthrough thermoelectric from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. With potentially the most inexpensive and scalable waste heat recovery technology in existence, Alphabet’s goal is to realize the potential of waste heat to offset three times as much carbon as all the coal-fired plants in the world currently produce, with a $200 billion opportunity for Alphabet's products.

Matt is a technologist and leader who espouses product-market fit, "lean," and minimum viable product startup methodologies, borrowing from experiences in web software for cleantech. He frequently gives seminars at the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business on the merits of "customer development" and how this relates to a hardware technology startup. He formerly worked in venture capital in Menlo Park at X/Seed Capital Management, and at General Motors R&D and IBM 300MM.

Matt holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in Materials Science from UC Berkeley. During his time at Berkeley under adviser Arun Majumdar, who President Obama recently appointed head of ARPA-E as the country’s "green czar," Matt's research focused on fundamental thermoelectric physics and energy conversion. Matt also graduated from the Engineering school at the University of Pennsylvania Magna Cum Laude, where he received the R.M. Brick Award in Materials Science.

Rachel Segalman, Associate Faculty Scientist, Materials Sciences Division, LBNL, and Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering, UC Berkeley

Rachel A. Segalman is an Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley and an Associate Faculty Scientist in the Materials Science Division of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories. Segalman received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering with highest honors from the University of Texas at Austin. She then performed her doctoral work in Chemical Engineering (polymer physics) at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the recipient of a number of awards including an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, MDV Innovators Award, TR35:  Technology Review’s Top Innovators Under 35, and the Presidential Early Career Award for Science and Engineering  (PECASE).

Steve Selkowitz, Head, Building Technologies Department, Environmental Energy Technologies Division, LBNL

Stephen Selkowitz is the Head of Building Technologies Department at the Environmental Energy Technologies Division, where he manages 80 technical staff in a building science R&D program encompassing Windows and Daylighting, Lighting Systems, Simulation R&D, Commercial Building Performance, Demand Response Research and High Tech Buildings.  Selkowitz has over 30 years of experience in building energy performance and sustainable design, with an emphasis on RD&D of energy efficient technologies, systems and design practices. Projects range from basic materials research for glazing and daylighting, development of energy simulation tools for integrated building design and operations, and from near term demonstrations of emerging technologies to research for a new generation of “net zero energy” buildings. The program balances R&D with an aggressive technology transfer effort so that research results are effectively adopted by the building industry.  Selkowitz participates in a wide range of building industry, government, and professional activities in the U.S. and internationally, is a frequent invited speaker on building energy efficiency, and an author of over 170 publications and holds 2 patents. Before joining LBNL he led a small consulting engineering firm and taught sustainable design.

Bill Shelander, Business and Entrepreneurial Development,  LBNL

Bill Shelander collaborates with the lab’s scientists to advance their inventions toward marketable applications in fields from biofuels and fuel cells to hydrogen production and nano-conductors. He works with researchers to evaluate promising applications, set development milestones, focus on market segments, compare possible funding sources, and plan potential business models.  He provides business development insights gained over more than twenty years of start up and venture capital investment experience. He has been a managing director of funds from the U.S., Japan, Taiwan and China. He has served on the boards of NASDAQ-listed companies and helped early stage ventures develop their business plans and obtain first round funding. His portfolio includes early stage investments in Ciena, Etec, MMC Networks, NeoMagic, Novellus, Nvidia, TriQuint, and Tivoli Systems.  He earned a B.S. in Industrial & Systems Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, an M.S. in Engineering (Chemical Engineering) from the West Virginia College of Graduate Studies (now Marshall University), and an M.B.A. from Stanford University.

Berend Smit, Faculty Scientist, Materials Sciences Division, LBNL, and Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, UC Berkeley

Berend Smit received a M.S. in Chemical Engineering in 1987 and a M.S. in Physics in 1988 from the Technical University in Delft (the Netherlands). He received in 1990 cum laude PhD in Chemistry from Utrecht University (the Netherlands). He was a (senior) Research Physicists at Shell Research from 1988-1997, and a Professor of Computational Chemistry at the University of Amsterdam (the Netherlands) 1997-2007. In 2004 Berend Smit was elected the Director of the European Center of Atomic and Molecular Computations (CECAM) Lyon France. Since 2007 he has been a Professor of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry at U.C. Berkeley. His research involves the development and application of molecular simulation techniques.  At present he is the Director of one of Department of Energy's Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRC). This EFRC is focussing on gas separation with emphasis on carbon capture.

Paul Straub, Director, Claremont Creek Ventures

Paul Straub joined Claremont Creek Ventures in 2005 where he primarily focuses on the intersection of IT and energy. Paul brings over a decade of experience investing in and working for technology companies, primarily in software and online services. Previously, Paul spent several years as an Associate at Infinity Capital and Information Technology Ventures in Palo Alto where he focused on early-stage investments in software and services companies.  He also worked in product management at VERITAS Software (SYMC) and as a consultant to management at Red Hat Software. Paul began his career at Montgomery Securities and subsequently joined Thomas Weisel Partners as a member of the Mergers & Acquisitions Investment Banking team. Paul serves on the board or as a board observer at TargetCast Networks, Alphabet Energy, Ecofactor, Adura Technologies, and Lefora.

Wladek Walukiewicz, Leader, Solar Energy Materials Research Group, Electronic Materials Program, Materials Sciences Division, LBNL

Wladek Walukiewicz received his Ph.D. in Physics in 1974 and his Doktor Habilitat in Sciences in 1980 from the Institute of Physics of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw. Walukiewicz has been at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory since 1984 and is currently a senior staff scientist and leader of the Solar Energy Materials Research Group in the Materials Sciences Division. He also serves as the Chief Technical Officer for RoseStreet Labs Energy since 2006. Walukiewicz is the recipient of the LBNL Technology Transfer Award in 2005 and the R&D 100 Award in 2006. He has been a Fellow of the American Physical Society since 2007.

Peidong Yang, Faculty Scientist, Materials Sciences Division, LBNL, and Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science and Engineering, UC Berkeley

Peidong Yang is a professor in the Department of Chemistry, Materials Science and Engineering at UC Berkeley; and a senior faculty scientist at LBNL. He is the deputy director for the Center of Integrated Nanomechanical Systems. He is an associate editor for Journal of the American Chemical Society and also serves on the editorial advisory board for number of journals including Acct. Chem. Res. and Nano. Lett. He was the first chairperson for the Nanoscience subdivision within American Chemical Society. He is the recipient of an Alfred P. Sloan research fellowship, the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Young Investigator Award, National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award, MRS Young Investigator Award, Julius Springer Prize for Applied Physics, ACS Pure Chemistry Award, and Alan T. Waterman Award. His main research interest is in the area of one-dimensional semiconductor nanostructures and their applications in nanophotonics, nanoelectronics, energy conversion, and nanofluidics. Yang is also founder and chief technical advisor for Alphabet Energy Inc., a venture-backed company in Berkeley, California, developing a transformative waste-heat recovery technology, and Nanosys Inc., a semiconductor nanomaterials company.