Biographical Sketches of Speakers

Energizing the Future Conference at Wake Forest University

Technology, Policy and Entrepreneurship – A Conference at Wake Forest University on February 10-11, 2010

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Biographical Sketches of Speakers

dan-besseDan Besse

City of Winston-Salem
Dan Besse is Chair of the Community Development/Housing/General Government Committee, a member of the Public Works Committee, the Transportation Advisory Committee, and an active member in the Ardmore Neighborhood Association.  He has provided volunteer services for community groups including: Mediation Services of Forsyth County, Domestic Violence Advocacy Center, Twin City Track Club, and the Legal Aid Society of Northwest North Carolina.  Mr. Besse was appointed by the Governor to the North Carolina Coastal Resources Commission 1985 – 1993, N.C. Emergency Response Commission 1987 – 1992, N.C. Environmental Management Commission 1993 – 2005, N.C. Redimentation Control Commission 1994 – 2002.

Dan Besse has been licensed to practice law in North Carolina since 1980, and has worked in legal and management positions for organizations providing legal service for: poor families, health care services, environmental education.  Additionally, he has taught course on environmental law, environmental policy and government at: N.C. State University, Guilford College, Duke University, Winston-Salem State University, and Forsyth Technical Community College.

Mr. Besse received his B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his J.D. from the UNC School of Law.

david_carrollDavid Carroll

Associate Professor, Physics
Wake Forest University

David Carroll is Associate Professor of Physics and Director of the Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials at Wake Forest University.  He earned his B.S. in Physics from N.C. State University and his Ph.D. in Physics from Wesleyan University. Professor Carroll has published over 200 articles in scholarly journals such as PRL, APL, Advanced Materials, and NanoLetters with an h-index of 32.  He has published 1 text book: One Dimensional Metals, edited 2 books, written 3 book chapters, and holds 16 patents or patent filings.  Dr. Carroll is a frequent speaker at international conferences with more than 75 invited talks at major conferences and 50 invited colloquia presentations in the past few years.  He is also a reviewer for 23 different journals, a regular panelist at NSF, SFI, DFG, AFOSR, ARO, and NASA, and is a frequent consultant to a number of industrial interests.  He has been actively involved in two spin-off companies utilizing technologies from his labs.  Professor Carroll continues to maintain strong ties to the Max-Planck-Insitut für Festkörperforschung in Stuttgart Germany, the Department of Physics at Trinity College in Dublin Ireland, and the Department of Materials Science at Rice University.

Secretary_Chu_Original.jpgSteven Chu

Secretary of Energy
United States of America
Dr. Chu is an American physicist and currently the 12th United States Secretary of Energy. As a scientist, Chu is known for his research in cooling and trapping of atoms with laser light, which won him the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1997. At the time of his appointment as Energy Secretary, he was a Professor of Physics and Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of California, Berkeley and the Director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where his research was concerned primarily with the study of biological systems at the single molecule level. He is a vocal advocate for more research into alternative energy and nuclear power, arguing that a shift away from fossil fuels is essential to combating global warming.

JCurran pic Nov2009-2James Curran

Chair, Biology
Wake Forest University

Jim earned his BS and the University of Delaware and his PhD at Rice University, and he performed postdoctoral research at the University of Colorado, Boulder.  His research focuses on the molecular mechanisms of gene expression.  He has taught several seminars on energy policy.

jbdelhsen_bio picJ. Brent Dehlsen

Co-founder and CEO
Ecomerit Technologies, LLC

Mr. Dehlsen is co-founder and CEO of Ecomerit Technologies, which focuses on investments in Clean Technology industries.  Ecomerit’s key areas of interest include marine energy technologies, distributed generation, and energy efficiency.

Mr. Dehlsen co-founded Clipper Windpower in 2001 and managed the growth of the Company as COO until 2008 and is currently a non-executive Board Member.  At Clipper Mr. Dehlsen was responsible for leading all of the operational activities, including technology development and testing of the Liberty 2.5 MW turbine, establishment of manufacturing and assembly facilities, development of the supply chain, and manufacturing startup with production and deployment of the first 230 turbines, totaling 575 MW.  Mr. Dehlsen also had operational responsibility for the project development activities which involved assembling an 8,500 MW wind resource portfolio.  Additional operational responsibility included initial turbine sales and organizational coordination of the Company’s IPO.

In 1997, Mr. Dehlsen founded Dehlsen Associates, a research and development organization specializing in renewable energy technologies, which originated and patented the D-GEN drivetrain used in Clipper turbines. Mr. Dehlsen is founder and President of Avianda, LLC, a company engaged in the development and construction of sustainable residential properties in Mexico that utilizes an efficient panelized building system.

Currently, Mr. Dehlsen serves on the Board of Directors for Northstar Wind Towers, the Board of Directors for Clipper Windpower, the Board of Trustees for Dunn School and on the Dean’s Council of the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at UCSB.

He received a B.A. from San Diego State University and his M.B.A. from the University of San Diego.

dosterJoseph Doster

Professor, Nuclear Engineering
North Carolina State University

Dr. Doster is interested in a variety of reactor and reactor-related heat transfer and fluid flow problems. These range from resolving uncertainties associated with the basic equations and numerical techniques used to describe multiphase flow systems to the use of high fidelity systems simulations to develop advanced control methods for current and next generation reactors.  His research has looked into a number of numerical stability issues associated with the models and numerics typically used to describe the thermal-hydraulic behavior of nuclear reactor systems. This research has led to the development of analytic stability bounds for the numerical solution of two-phase flow problems in situations where these bounds did not previously exist. Recent research efforts have focused on the development of methods that allow the direct control of steam generator mass inventory as opposed to current technology that relies on measurements of downcomer level. The approach is to use detailed thermal hydraulic simulations to calculate the time dependent relationship between liquid mass inventory and transient indications of indicated level, feedwater flow, steam flow and steam pressure conditions. It was shown that artificial neural networks could be developed that predict mass inventory with sufficient fidelity to allow for the development of control systems that control steam generator mass directly. This approach effectively eliminates feedwater control problems associated with shrink and swell phenomena.

Joseph Doster received his B.S. in Nuclear Engineering and his Ph.D. also in Nuclear Engineering from  N.C. State University.

dudneyNancy Dudney

Senior Research Staff
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Nancy Dudney has been a member of the research staff at Oak Ridge National Laboratory since 1979, serving as the Thin Film Ceramics group leader in recent years.  She received her Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from MIT in 1979 and began work at Oak Ridge as a Wigner Research Fellow.  She is on the Editorial Board of Journal of the American Ceramic Society, the author of over 100 technical publications, and holds 7 patents.  Awards include an R&D100 award and recognition from the Association of Women in Science, YMCA’s Tribute to Women, and the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer.  Research interests include: lithium battery materials, thin film and composite electrolytes, thin film materials for catalysis, and mixed ionic-electronic conduction in oxides.

ferreyStephen Ferrey

Professor, Law
Suffolk Law School

Steven Ferrey is Professor of Law at Suffolk University Law School in Boston, and also has been Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard University and at Boston University.  In addition to his teaching, he has served over the past 17 years as the principal legal advisor to the World Bank and to the United Nations on their projects in developing countries on renewable power and climate change related to electric power, working in Indonesia, Thailand, India, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Uganda and Tanzania during this period.  He also advises energy clients in the U.S.  In 2009, he published 10 articles on energy and environmental law and policy appearing in law reviews at Stanford, University of California at Berkeley, Duke, University of Vermont, Lewis & Clark, University of Missouri, Fordham, William & Mary, Boston College, and Notre Dame.  He is the author of 6 books on energy topics, including “The Law of Independent Power,” “The New Rules:  A Guide to Electric Market Regulation,” and “Renewable Power in Developing Countries:  Winning the War on Global Warming.”  In 2009 he also contributed chapters to 3 energy books published respectively in the U.S., the U.K. and Germany.  His new book, “Opening the Global Warming Toolbox,” will be out in 2010.

daniel-fogelDaniel Fogel

Executive Professor, Schools of Business
Wake Forest University

Dan Fogel received his B.S. and M.A. from the Pennsylvania State University and his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. He has held academic positions at the University of Houston, Tulane University, and the University of Pittsburgh and has been a senior manager at two oil companies and a hospital system. His international research and teaching had been conducted in several different countries in South America, Asia, and Central and Eastern Europe. He was Dean of the International Management Center, Budapest, Hungary; Dean for the Czech Management Center in Prague, Czech Republic, and Associate Dean at the University of Pittsburgh and Tulane University. He was Professor of Business Administration and Director of the Institute for Industrial Competitiveness at the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh. He is currently Associate Dean Working Professional Programs and Executive Professor of Strategy at the Babcock Graduate School of Management, Wake Forest University.

Dan Fogel has consulted for diverse organizations, such as PPG, General Electric, Motorola (Brazil), Lockheed Martin, Lucent (Brazil), TESS (Brazil), Carvajal S.A. (Colombia), McGraw Hill, (Hungary and USA), Samsung, AT&T (Corporate), Parker Hannifin, Unisys, Keviep (Hungary), Timkin, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pfizer, Inc., Holiday Inn, Inc., Pennsylvania Blue Shield, Tuscarora, TENNECO International, Wachovia, Bank of America, and Wake Forest Medical Center. His awards include research grants, several teacher of the year awards, a Fulbright Scholarship to Brazil, the 1988 Winner of the Yoder-Heneman Award, and several times the Distinguished Professor Awards. Dan Fogel has served and is serving on Boards of Directors or Advisory Boards within the United States and abroad.

gatewoodElizabeth Gatewood

Director, Entrepreneurship
Wake Forest University

Elizabeth (Betsy) Gatewood, Ph.D. has been the Director of the University Office of Entrepreneurship & Liberal Arts at Wake Forest University since 2004.  She served as the Jack M. Gill Chair of Entrepreneurship and Director of The Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Indiana University from 1998 to 2004. She was the Executive Director of the Gulf Coast Small Business Development Center Network, an organization providing training and consulting services to entrepreneurs and small business owners in the 32 counties of the greater Houston region, from 1989-1998. Dr. Gatewood founded and served as director of the Center for Business and Economic Studies at the University of Georgia from 1983-1989.

She is a member of the “Diana” project, a research study of women business owners and equity capital access, which won the FSF-NUTEK International Award for scientific work of outstanding quality and importance in the field of entrepreneurship. Dr. Gatewood serves on the Board of Directors of Delta Apparel, Inc. (AMEX:DLA) and on the Advisory Board for Spring Mill Ventures, a venture capital firm of the Village Ventures network. She is a past chair of the Entrepreneurship Division of the Academy of Management.  She received the 1996 Advocate Award for outstanding contributions to the field of entrepreneurship from the Academy of Management.  She holds a B.S. in Psychology from Purdue University and an M.B.A. with a concentration in Finance and Ph.D. in Business Administration with a specialty in strategy from the University of Georgia.

Hassett- Kevin-150Kevin Hassett

Director of Economic Policy Studies
American Enterprise Institute
Kevin Hassett is the Director of Economic Policy Studies and a Senior Fellow at AEI. His research areas include the U.S. economy, energy and tax policy, and the stock market. Previously, Mr. Hassett was a Senior Economist at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, a Professor at Columbia University, and policy consultant to the Treasury Department during the George H. W. Bush and Clinton administrations. He also served as a top economic advisor to the George W. Bush and John McCain presidential campaigns.

andrew_hunt_150Andrew Hunt

Soil Machine Dynamics Ltd.

Andrew (Andy) Hunt is a Senior Engineer at SMD, a subsea engineering company based in Newcastle Upon Tyne in the UK and now holds the position of Principal Engineer (Renewables).  Andy graduated from Loughborough University of Technology in 1994 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He began his engineering career within the Aerospace sector working for a large blue chip company on a range of civilian and military projects including the Joint Strike Fighter. Joining SMD in 1997 as a Design Engineer he has been involved in all aspects of ROV manufacture from design, procurement, assembly, test, installation and operations.   After a short break working for SMD’s then sister company PEL designing hardware for clearing landmines for a number of Uk and foreign clients (including the US Marine Corps), Andy returned to SMD to lead the TidEL project.   Andy is a keen sport diver and instructor involved at a national level in the UK. He is also a part time Coastguard. He has a firm belief based on his Christian faith that humanity has a responsibility for sustainable use of the planets resources.

kreutzerDavid Kreutzer

Senior Policy AnalystIn Energy Economics and Climate Change
The Heritage Foundation

David Kreutzer is the Senior Policy Analyst in Energy Economics and Climate Change at The Heritage Foundation’s Center for Data Analysis. In this position, Kreutzer researches how energy and climate change legislation will affect economic activity at the national, local, and industry levels.

Before joining Heritage in February 2008, Kreutzer was an economist at Berman and Company, a Washington-based public affairs firm. From 1984 to 2007, he taught economics at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va., where he also served as Director of the International Business Program.  In addition, Kreutzer was a Visiting Economist at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1994 and was a visiting economics instructor at Ohio University in the early 1980s.

Kreutzer’s research has appeared in journals such as The Journal of Political Economy, the National Tax Journal, Economic Inquiry, The Southern Economic Journal and The Journal of Energy and Development.  He has also written for mainstream media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, the Journal of Commerce, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel.

Kreutzer earned his Ph.D. in Economics from George Mason University, and his B.A. and M.S. in Economics from Virginia Tech.

20100122lachgar1326Abdou Lachgar

Professor, Chemistry
Wake Forest University

Abdou Lachgar is a Professor of Chemistry at Wake Forest University. His Research and teaching interests are in the area of Materials Chemistry and Nanomaterials. The main focus of his research group is on the design and synthesis of multi functional materials for energy storage and environmental remediation. Current projects include the use of the molecular building block approach to prepare metal cluster based hybrid inorganic-organic materials through self-assembly processes, and their physical-chemical characterization. The goal is to develop the basic principles that will ultimately allow us to tailor make materials for specifically desired applications.

Lester Lave Lester B. Lave

Higgins Professor, Economics
Carnegie Mellon University
Harry B. and James H. Higgins Professor of Economics and University Professor; Director, Carnegie Mellon Green Design Initiative; Co-Director, Carnegie Mellon Electricity Industry Center.  Dr. Lave received his B.A. from Reed College and his Ph.D. from Harvard University.

Peter MarshPeter Marsh, LEED A.P.

Vice President

Workplace Strategies, Inc.


The EcoLens Group

Peter Marsh is a co-owner of Workplace Strategies Inc. and has over 30 years of experience in the design of commercial workspaces. Founded in February 2000 by his partner Alicia Hardin, Workplace Strategies focuses on holistic design, business strategy, and measurable results. The firm’s primary areas of expertise are in pre-design services including Strategic Facilities Analysis, Feasibility Studies, Space Standards and Guidelines Development, Innovation Strategies, and Programming. The firm designs buildings “from the inside-out”.  Their current portfolio of work includes projects in the Corporate, Medical, Professional, Educational, Governmental, and Non-Profit sectors.

Peter is also a founder and President of the EcoLens Group, a division of Workplace Strategies that offers education, research and management consulting assisting organizations to incorporate a sustainability focus into their core strategy. Clients include public and private corporations, municipalities, developers, universities and university research parks. EcoLens works with executive teams, boards of directors, government officials and neighborhood groups responding to issues and opportunities associated with environmental footprint, climate change, energy management, and a carbon-constrained economy.

By appointment of the Mayor and City Council, Peter is also a member of Winston-Salem’s Community Sustainability Program Committee and has been a lead organized in the city’s environmental Leadership Summit and the city’s Sustainability Resource Center.

Under Peter’s leadership, Workplace Strategies was an early adopter of sustainable design principles and is a corporate member of the US Green Building Council. The firm has been active in key revitalization projects including the Piedmont Triad Research Park in Winston-Salem, NC and in the Southeast Gateway area bordering Old Salem, NC. Peter has been the LEED Administrator and design consultant on numerous projects ranging from interior upfits, to new buildings and large-sale urban developments.

Notable recent projects include creating the Sustainable Development Guidelines for the Piedmont Triad Research Park and the participation in the Wachovia First Street Cultural Campus projects including the leading-edge educational and corporate learning center to be used jointly by Wachovia Corp. and Wake Forest University’s executive MBA programs in Charlotte, NC. This campus is one of the largest commercial developments under construction in the USA and is seeking LEED Gold certification levels.

After graduating from Duke University, Peter spent over 20 years in the design of commercial workspaces included product development and sales to Fortune 500 companies, developing innovative solutions to their specific needs. Peter is currently on the advisory boards for the interior architecture programs at Appalachian State and the University of North Carolina Greensboro. He has served on the Board of the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce, on the Board of Directors of the UNCG School of Environmental Sciences, and worked on the creation of the Center for Design Innovation (Winston-Salem, NC).

AKMcClendon PhotoAubrey McClendon

Chesapeake Energy

Aubrey K. McClendon has served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer since co-founding the company in 1989. From 1982 to 1989, Mr. McClendon was an independent producer of oil and gas. Mr. McClendon graduated from Duke University.

Thomas J MeyerThomas Meyer

Arey Distinguished Professor of Chemistry
University of North Carolina

Thomas J. Meyer rejoined the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as Arey Professor of Chemistry on July 1, 2005. He is Director of the UNC Energy Frontier Research Center in Solar Fuels and Next Generation Photovoltaics. In 2000 he was named Associate Director for Strategic Research at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. From 1994 to 1999, he was Vice Chancellor for Graduate Studies and Research and Kenan Professor of Chemistry at UNC.

At Los Alamos he was responsible for oversight and management of a large part of the R&D portfolio including research in support of the Laboratory’s Nuclear Weapons, Threat Reduction, and Energy and Environment Programs. He also oversaw industrial interactions and economic development, intellectual property, educational programs, the Energy and Environment Council, and LANL program offices in Science, Energy and Environment, and Nuclear Technology and Applications. At UNC, he oversaw a graduate and professional student program of over 8000 students and a research portfolio of more than $300 million. He led planning efforts that resulted in campus wide initiatives in genomics and bioinformatics, Arts Carolina, enhanced graduate student support from the State of North Carolina, and through a bond issue for the UNC Science Complex and other campus construction projects.

After receiving a B.S. from Ohio University, Meyer received a Ph.D. from Stanford. He was a NATO postdoctoral fellow at University College, London in 1967, joined the faculty at UNC in 1968, was promoted to Associate Professor in 1972, Full Professor in 1975, Smith Professor in 1982 and Kenan Professor in 1987. He was the Head of Chemistry from 1985 to 1990, Chair of the Curriculum in Applied Sciences from 1994 to1997 and Vice Chancellor/Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Research from 1994 to 1999. He served on the North Carolina Board of Science and Technology, the Executive Committees of the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, the Research Triangle Institute, the Triangle University Center for Advanced Study Inc., and on the Board of Associated Universities Inc. He has served on the Boards of the Mind Institute, the International Informatics Society, the National Center for Genome Research, the Coronado Ventures Forum, the Science and Technology External Advisory Board of Sandia National Laboratory and the Commission on Higher Education for the State of New Mexico. He is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the Research Triangle Energy Consortium.

Meyer is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  He has won many awards for his research in chemistry and was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine for service to the State of North Carolina in 1999. He has published over 570 papers, holds three patents and has been one of the most highly cited chemists in the world.

ProfessorPierce - photoRichard Pierce

Alverson Professor, Law
George Washington University

Richard J. Pierce, Jr. is Lyle T. Alverson Professor of Law at George Washington University. He has written over twenty books and over one hundred articles on government regulation and the effects of various forms of government intervention on the performance of markets, with particular emphasis on energy markets. His writings have been cited by many agencies and courts, including in over a dozen opinions of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Scott Prince headshotScott Prince

EnerTech Capital

Scott joined EnerTech in 2008 and heads EnerTech’s “Heartland of America” efforts. He spent the previous 19 years in Silicon Valley start-ups managing sales, marketing, and (companies include Oracle Corp.,, Remedy Corp. and Siebel Systems).

Scott and his teams focused primarily on enabling Fortune 1000 energy, transportation, manufacturing, financial, healthcare, high technology and materials companies to increase their customer acquisition, market share and revenue while also helping them optimize their financial and manufacturing operations as they launched into new or established commercial, industrial, consumer or international markets.

Scott is an advisory board member of the Energy Systems Network, Indiana Sustainability Alliance, and Celltech Metals.
Scott received a B.A. in Business from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.

Rogers_JE_color PHOTO_5x7James Rogers

Chairman, President, CEO
Duke Energy

Rogers became chairman, president and CEO of Duke Energy in 2007, having served as chairman and CEO of Cinergy since 1994 and PSI Energy since 1988. He chairs the Institute for Electric Efficiency and the Edison Foundation, and serves as co-chair of the National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency and the Alliance to Save Energy. He is a director of Cigna Corp. and Applied Materials Inc. He serves on the boards and Executive Committees of the Nuclear Energy Instituteand the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. He is a board member of the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations and Business Roundtable and he is a member of the Honorary Committee of the Joint U.S.-China Collaboration on Clean Energy. Newsweek named him to The Global Elite list, “The 50 Most Powerful People in the World in 2008.”

Rob Shapiro PHOTORobert Shapiro

Co-Founder and Chairman
Sonecon, LLC
Robert J. Shapiro is the chairman and co-founder of Sonecon, LLC, a private firm that provides advice and analysis to senior executives and officials of U.S. and foreign businesses, governments, and non-profit organizations. Dr. Shapiro has advised, among others, U.S. President Bill Clinton, U.S. Vice President Al Gore, Jr., and British Prime Ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown; private firms such as Amgen, AT&T, Cisco, Google, Gilead Sciences, NASDAQ, and Fujitsu of Japan; and non-profit organizations including the American Public Transportation Association and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He is also a Senior Policy Fellow of the Georgetown University Center for Business and Public Policy, chairman of the U.S. Climate Task Force, director of the Globalization Initiative at NDN, co-chair of American Task Force Argentina, and a director of the Ax:son-Johnson Foundation in Sweden.

Before establishing Sonecon, Dr. Shapiro was the Under Secretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs from 1997 to 2001. In that position, he directed economic policy for the U.S. Commerce Department and oversaw the Nation’s major statistical agencies.  Prior to that appointment, he was co-founder and Vice President of the Progressive Policy Institute and the Progressive Foundation.  He was the principal economic advisor to Bill Clinton in his 1991-1992 campaign and a senior economic advisor to Vice President Gore and Senator John Kerry in their presidential campaigns.  In the 2008 U.S. presidential campaign, he advised the campaign and transition of Barack Obama.  Dr. Shapiro also served as Legislative Director and Economic Counsel for Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Associate Editor of U.S. News & World Report. He has been a Fellow of Harvard University, the Brookings Institution, and the National Bureau of Economic Research.  He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from Harvard University, a M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and an A.B. from the University of Chicago.  Dr. Shapiro is widely published and most recently is the author of Futurecast: How Superpowers, Populations and Globalization Will Change the Way You Live and Work (St. Martin’s Press, 2008).

shapirsa - photoSid Shapiro

Distinguished Chair, Law
Wake Forest University

Sidney A. Shapiro is the University Distinguished Chair in Law at Wake-Forest University and the Vice-President of the Center for Progressive Reform (CPR), a nonprofit research and educational organization of fifty-two scholars dedicated to protecting health, safety, and the environment through analysis and commentary.  He is the co-author of Risk Regulation at Risk: Restoring a Pragmatic Approach, published by Stanford University Press, two law school textbooks, on regulatory law and practice and administrative law, as well as a one-volume administrative law treatise.  Professor Shapiro has written widely on regulatory policy and process topics, including a book on occupational safety and health law and policy.  He has been a consultant to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS), and he has testified in Congress on regulatory policy and process issues.

miles silman PHOTOMiles Silman

Associate Professor, Biology
Wake Forest University
Miles’ work centers on the response of tropical forests ecosystems to past and future climate change with particular emphasis on community ecology, species distribution and species migration in space and time. His current projects also direct measurements and remote sensing to investigate Andean and Amazonian carbon cycles for use in innovative, private, large-scale carbon offsetting projects. The ongoing work is changing land use by generating revenue for conservation and creating economic and social value for local participants. He has 20 years of experience working in the Andes and Amazon and is a coordinator and founding member of the Andes Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research Group.

Martin SinozichMartin Sinozich

Venn Capital

Sinozich’s background spans companies large and small, established and start-up, public and private, in operational, technology, and general management roles. Sinozich currently owns and operates several businesses including two Planet Fitness franchises and Venn Capital, an investment company with interests in real estate, construction, manufacturing, and biotech. He is an active member of the Piedmont Angel Network (PAN), a committed-capital angel investment fund. Prior to moving to Greensboro, Sinozich lived in New England where he served as Vice President for Operations at Engage Technologies and Navisite, both CMGI companies from 1999 to 2002. Prior to CMGI, Sinozich worked in technology management positions at Fidelity Investments, MBNA America, and Prudential Home Mortgage.

Sinozich is a Managing Member of Venn Capital, a local private investment company, and an active member of the Piedmont Angel Network (PAN) funds which are member-managed early-stage committed capital investment funds.  Sinozich and his partners own, operate, and have active investments in Triad-based retail, financial services, construction, and manufacturing firms.  They also hold commercial and residential real estate.  Prior to moving to the Triad in 2004, Sinozich served in Operations and problem-solving assignments at leading financial services firms such as Fidelity Investments, MBNA America, and Prudential Home Mortgage.  Sinozich also served in senior management teams at two Internet companies during “the boom”.  Sinozich received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia, where he was an Echols Scholar.

Jill-TiefenthalerJill Tiefenthaler

Wake Forest University

Jill Tiefenthaler joined Wake Forest as Provost and Professor of Economics in 2007.  She holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from Duke University and a B.A. in Economics from Saint Mary’s College.  Between 1991 and 2007, she was Assistant, Associate, and full Professor of Economics at Colgate University, where she also held administrative appointments as Department Chair, Associate Dean of the Faculty, and founding Director of a community engagement center serving upstate New York.  Her research interests include labor economics, economics of the family and the economics of higher education.

As chief academic officer, Tiefenthaler led Wake Forest’s recent strategic planning process culminating in a 10-year plan for the “Collegiate University” and reflecting the University’s emphasis on the teacher-scholar model, education of the whole person, and the preservation of opportunity in higher education.  Under her leadership, Wake Forest has established the Institute for Public Engagement and research centers for translational health and bioethics.  She has presided over the integration of the University’s two business schools under the leadership of a new dean, an enhancement of the undergraduate admissions process resulting in more than a fifty percent increase in applications and the nationally-publicized decision to end the requirement of standardized test scores, and the capping of loans to Wake Forest’s neediest undergraduates.

Tomain Joseph PhotoJoseph Tomain

Ziegler Professor, Law
University of Cincinnati
Dean Emeritus Tomain received his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and his J.D. from The George Washington University. He practiced general litigation in New Jersey before beginning his teaching career at Drake University School of Law. He joined the UC Law faculty in 1987, served as visiting professor at The University of Texas Law School, and served as Dean of the University of Cincinnati College of Law for 15 years. This semester he is the Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Lewis & Clark School of Law.  He was elected a Visiting Fellow at Harris Manchester College, Oxford University; appointed as Visiting Scholar in the Program of Liberal Studies at the University of Notre Dame and was appointed Distinguished Visiting Energy Professor, Vermont Law School.  Dean Tomain a has also served as Fulbright senior specialist in law in Phnom Phen, Cambodia.

Dean Tomain serves on a number of civic organizations. He is chair of the board of the KnowledgeWorks Education Foundation. He is the founder and principal of the Justice Institute for the Legal Profession; board member of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation; and , is actively involved with the ABA Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar currently serving as Reporter to the Section’s Standards Review Committee.

His most recent book is Creon’s Ghost: Law, Justice, and the Humanities (Oxford University Press) and he has written extensively in the energy law field and his publications include: Regulatory Law and Policy (3rd ed.2003 with Shapiro); Energy Law and Policy for the 21st Century (2000 with Hickey, Kelly, Mansfield, and Zillman); and, Nuclear Power Transformation (1987).  He is currently writing Dirty Energy Policy: Prelude to Climate Change (forthcoming Cambridge University Press).

Stephen Voorhees

Founder and CEO
Ridgeline Energy
Mr. Voorhees focuses on site acquisition and corporate development. Prior to entering the wind energy business, Mr. Voorhees invented the patented BikeLid system and founded BikeLid Systems, LLC. Mr. Voorhees sits on the board of directors of the successor company, Starlight Media LLC. Earlier in his career Mr. Voorhees was a field engineer for the University of Washington Applied Physics Laboratory working with the Office of Naval Research on polar research. In the early 1980s, he worked as a field engineer in the oil drilling industry on Alaska’s North Slope and in the Persian Gulf. Mr. Voorhees has a B.A. in Geography from Middlebury College.

robert-whaplesRobert Whaples

Professor and Chair, Economics
Wake Forest University

Robert Whaples is Professor of Economics and Chair of the Department of Economics at Wake Forest University. He is an expert on consensus among economists. Among his courses at WFU is Econ 270: Current Economic issues, which is the basis of his “Modern Economic Issues” course from The Teaching Company. This course consists of 36 30-minute lectures, available on CD and DVD, on topics including energy markets, pollution, global climate change, and economists’ optimistic views of the future. B.A. University of Maryland and his Ph.D. in Economics, University of Pennsylvania.

richard-williamsRichard Williams

Reynolds Professor, Physics
Wake Forest University

Richard Williams is a Reynolds Professor in the Physics Department of Wake Forest University.   After receiving his B.S. from Wake Forest University, he earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton.  He worked 12 years at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (Washington D.C.) then came to Wake Forest in 1985 and set up a research program in interaction of light with materials, especially ultrafast laser studies.  Practical problems to which his research is related include improving scintillation detectors of radiation for homeland security, medical, and research uses, and understanding the fundamental roles of excitons in  light emission and in conversion of absorbed light to stored energy.

Andrew (Andy) Hunt is a Senior Engineer at SMD, a subsea engineering company based in Newcastle Upon Tyne in the UK and now holds the position of Principal Engineer (Renewables).

Andrew graduated from Loughborough University of Technology in 1994 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.  He began his engineering career within the Aerospace sector working for a large blue chip company on a range of civilian and military projects including the Joint Strike Fighter.  Joining SMD in 1997 as a Design Engineer he has been involved in all aspects of ROV manufacture from design, procurement, assembly, test, installation and operations.

After a short break working for SMD's then sister company PEL designing hardware for clearing landmines for a number of Uk and foreign clients (including the US Marine Corps), Andrew returned to SMD to lead the TidEL project.

Andrew is a keen sport diver and instructor involved at a national level in the UK.  He is also a part time Coastguard.  He has a firm belief based on his Christian faith that humanity has a responsibility for sustainable use of the planets resources.

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