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- Short Course: Physics of Sustainable Energy - Speakers
Said Al-Hallaj is the co-inventor of AllCell’s PCCTM technology and a world-renowned expert in thermal management of lithium-ion batteries. He possesses 20 years of experience in renewable energy research and development and is an adjunct professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Said’s research ranges from the design and optimization of renewable energy systems to the use of advanced battery and fuel cell systems in electric vehicles and has been published 32 times in peer reviewed journals. Additionally, he has been a featured speaker at over 25 alternative energy and battery conferences and has three registered patents. Said holds a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology and an M.Sc. and B.Sc. in chemical engineering from the Jordan University of Science and Technology.
Pushpa Bhat is a senior scientist at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, where she has been working as a high energy physicist since 1989, after postdoctoral work at Duke University. She received a Ph.D. in Physics from Bangalore University in 1982. She is currently deputy head of program planning at Fermilab, a member of the CMS collaboration at the CERN Large Hadron Collider, and also an Adjunct Professor of Physics and Graduate Faculty at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL. She pioneered the application of multivariate data analysis methods and made significant contributions to the discovery of the top quark at Fermilab in 1995, precision measurements of its properties, and to the discovery of the Higgs boson at CERN in 2012. She is a co-author of numerous scientific publications, review articles, and has given many invited talks and public lectures. She is a fellow of the American physical society and american association for the advancement of science. She previously served as chair of the APS forum on Physics and Society, and currently serves on the APS Council.
Tanju Sofu is the manager of the Engineering Analysis Department in Argonne's Nuclear Engineering Division. His responsibilities include technical leadership and programmatic guidance for a broad range of activities such as the engineering simulations, safety analyses, and risk assessments of nuclear reactor systems and fuel cycle facilities, development of advanced modeling and simulation methods and codes, advancement of diagnostics and control strategies for nuclear reactor plant performance analysis, development of innovative nuclear reactor concepts, and process modeling for emerging (non-nuclear) energy technologies.
Steve Cicala is an assistant professor at the Harris School of Public Policy and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. His work focuses on the economics of regulation, particularly with respect to environmental and energy policy. His ongoing research compares the performance of markets against command-and-control systems in the context of wholesale electricity markets. His recent work on cost of service regulation in the U.S. electricity industry appeared in the January 2015 issue of The American Economic Review. Cicala received an AB in economics and political science from the University of Chicago and a PhD in economics from Harvard University. Following receipt of his undergraduate degree, he spent two years as a research associate at the Becker Center on Chicago Price Theory.
George Crabtree is a Senior Scientist, Distinguished Fellow and Associate Division Director in the Materials Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory. He is also the Director of the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research. Crabtree has won numerous awards for his research, which focuses on materials science, sustainable energy, nanoscale superconductors and magnets, vortex matter in superconductors, highly correlated electrons in metals. He has led workshops for the Department of Energy on hydrogen, solar energy, superconductivity, and materials under extreme environments, co-chaired the Undersecretary of Energy's assessment of DOE's Applied Energy Programs. He has testified before the U.S. Congress on the hydrogen economy and on meeting sustainable energy challenges.
Charles Ferguson has been the president of the Federation of American Scientists since January 1, 2010. From February 1998 to August 2000, Ferguson worked for FAS on nuclear proliferation and arms control issues as a senior research analyst. He also has consulted with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, and the National Nuclear Security Administration. From 2000 to 2002, he served as a physical scientist in the Office of the Senior Coordinator for Nuclear Safety at the U.S. Department of State, where he helped develop U.S. government policies on nuclear safety and security issues. After graduating with distinction from the United States Naval Academy, Ferguson served as an officer on a fleet ballistic missile submarine and studied nuclear engineering at the Naval Nuclear Power School. He received his undergraduate degree in physics from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees, also in physics, from Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts.
Bill Foster (Congressman) is a scientist and businessman representing the 11th Congressional District of Illinois. He previously served from March 2008 until January 2011 as the Representative of the Illinois 14th Congressional District. Foster is the only physicist in Congress. Foster serves on the House Committee on Financial Services, a position he also held in the 110th and 111th Congress, and the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. His scientific career was as a high-energy physicist and particle accelerator designer at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, where he was a member of the team that discovered the top quark, the heaviest known form of matter. He also led the teams that designed and built several scientific facilities and detectors still in use today, including the Recycler Ring, the latest of Fermilab's giant particle accelerators. When Bill first ran for Congress, his campaign was endorsed by 31 Nobel Prize Winners.
Michael Greenstone is the Milton Friedman Professor in Economics, the College, and the Harris School, as well as the Director of the interdisciplinary Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago and the Energy & Environment Lab at the University of Chicago Urban Labs. He previously served as the Chief Economist for President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers, and currently serves on the Secretary of Energy's Advisory Board. Greenstone’s research estimates the costs and benefits of environmental quality and society’s energy choices and is increasingly focused on developing countries. He received a Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton University and a BA in Economics with High Honors from Swarthmore College.
Leah Guzowski is a fellow at the University of Chicago and an energy policy scientist at Argonne National Laboratory. She currently serves Argonne in a leadership capacity as Director of Strategy and Research Programs with a focus on programmatic advancement, innovation, and strategy of the energy and global security research portfolio. Leah creates, develops and executes ideas by building cross-disciplinary and cross-institutional teams to solve pressing challenges associated with a range of energy and global security issues. In addition to her leadership roles, her personal research interests include the development of methods, technologies, and computational tools to inform energy security issues, with a particular emphasis on economic, policy, climate change and geo-political considerations. She is the principal investigator on the research and development of a city-scale computational model, designed to improve systems integration modeling and visualization for near real-time decision making with increasing data complexity, risk and uncertainty.
Peter Littlewood is the Director of Argonne National Laboratory and a Professor of Physics in the James Franck Institute at the University of Chicago. Littlewood came to Argonne in 2011 after being appointed Associate Laboratory Director of Argonne's Physical Sciences and Engineering directorate. Before that, he spent 14 years at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, where he last served as the head of the Cavendish Laboratory and the Department of Physics. He holds a bachelor's degree in Natural Sciences (Physics) and a Ph.D. in Physics, both from the University of Cambridge.
Di-Jia Liu is Chemist and Principal Investigator in the Catalysis and Energy Conversion group of the Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division. He studies hydrogen storage for transportation purposes; fuel cells; and batteries, including Li-Air batteries, which may be the next generation of lithium batteries. Liu joined Argonne in 2000 after working for several private technology companies, including Honeywell International, Inc. and AlliedSignal Research Companies.
Sam Ori is the Executive Director at the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC). From 2013 to 2015, he served as Executive Vice President at Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE), a Washington, DC-based organization dedicated to reducing American oil dependence in order to enhance economic and national security. From 2007 to 2013, Sam led SAFE’s policy work on a variety of topics, ranging from global oil and natural gas markets to transportation technology. Prior to joining SAFE, Sam spent four years working in the federal government at the Broadcasting Board of Governors and Department of State, including at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India.
Robert Rosner is a theoretical physicist at the University of Chicago, where he is the William E. Wrather Distinguished Service Professor in the departments of Astronomy & Astrophysics and Physics, as well as in the Enrico Fermi Institute and the Harris School of Public Policy Studies. Most of his scientific work has been related to fluid dynamics and plasma physics problems, as well as in applied mathematics and computational physics. Within the past few years, he has been increasingly involved in energy technologies, and in the public policy issues that relate to the development and deployment of various energy production and consumption technologies. He is the founding director of the Energy Policy Institute at Chicago (EPIC), located at the Harris School of Public Policy Studies, Booth School of Business and Social Sciences Division of the University of Chicago.
Alan Sanstad is a Staff Scientist in the Energy Technologies Area at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His research and publications have included work on the economics and policy analysis of end-use energy efficiency, technological change in energy-economic simulation modeling, and integrated assessment of global climate change. Sanstad has worked with the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, the California Energy Commission, the U. S. Department of Energy, and non-governmental organizations in developing and implementing research strategies, policies, and projects on energy, greenhouse gas mitigation, and related topics. He is an affiliate researcher of the Energy & Resources Group at U. C. Berkeley and of the NSF-sponsored Center for Robust Decision-Making on Climate and Energy Policy at the University of Chicago. Sanstad received the A.B. degree in Applied Mathematics, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Operations Research, from the University of California at Berkeley.
Bob Topel is the Director of the George J. Stigler Center for the Study of the Economy and the State and Co-Director of the Energy Policy Institute at Chicago. He conducts research on many areas of economics including labor economics, industrial organization and antitrust, business strategy, health economics, energy economics, national security economics, economic growth, and public policy. Topel is also a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, an elected member of the Conference for Research on Income and Wealth, an elected founding member of the National Academy of Social Insurance, and a member of the Brookings Panel on Economic Activity. He received a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1974 and a PhD in economics from UCLA in 1980.
Gregory Wilson is the Director of the Materials Applications and Performance Center and the Co-Director of the National Center for Photovoltaics (NCPV) at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. He is responsible for NREL's capabilities in high-efficiency crystalline PV, PV cell and module performance, and PV reliability. He also shares the responsibility for continuing to develop the NCPV's many interfaces and partnerships with the global PV community. He has more than 25 years of research and development experience and holds a D.Sc. and M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology.