Thursday, March 5, 2020

Klaus Advanced Computing Building
266 Ferst Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30332

1:30 – 2 pm


2 – 3 pm

Introduction & Keynote Speaker

Andrew Ingram

Andrew Ingram is a Senior Research Engineer in the Research & Development (R&D) group of Southern Company. His research focus is on the integration of new technologies and systems onto the power grid. Examples of this research include, but are not limited to, energy storage, renewable generation and power electronic devices. (more)

3 – 4 pm

Case Competition Presentations

4 – 5 pm

Networking Social Hour

Friday, March 6, 2020

Klaus Advanced Computing Building
266 Ferst Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30332

8 – 9 am


9 – 9:30 am


9:30 – 10:15 am

Startup Workshop | How Can We Grow More Cleantech Startups in Atlanta?

Bernie Burgener, Greenhouse Accelerator

Bernie Burgener is the executive director of the Greenhouse Accelerator, where he helps to create local green jobs by advising and financially supporting startup entrepreneurs in green technology business ventures.

10:15 – 11:15 am

Panel Session | Decarbonization of Transportation

Dr. Richard Simmons

Richard Simmons is currently a Senior Research Engineer and Fellow at Georgia Tech’s Strategic Energy Institute (SEI) where he directs cross-cutting energy projects with an emphasis on clean electric power, vehicle efficiency and alternative fuels. Simmons is also director of the Energy Policy and Innovation Center (EPICenter)

Justin Brightharp

Mr. Brightharp is an associate at the Center for Transportation and the Environment. He works on grant proposals for battery-powered electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel cell powered vehicles. He has also performed route
analysis, vehicle modeling and simulation, and rate modeling activities to determine the feasibility of alternate fuel vehicles for client applications. In 2018, he was the Alternative Fuel Technical Advisor for the Electrification Coalition and City of Atlanta.

Dan Raudebaugh

Dan Raudebaugh is the Executive Director of the Center for Transportation and the Environment. He has developed, secured funding for, and managed a varied portfolio of cost-shared research, development, demonstration, and deployment projects exceeding $530 million. Mr. Raudebaugh served on Georgia’s state energy advisory panel and has testified before the US Senate, outlining the many ways new energy and transportation technologies can mitigate our country’s dependence on foreign oil.

Dr. Gleb Yushin

Gleb Yushin is a Professor at the School of Materials and Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology, a co-Founder of Sila Nanotechnologies, Inc. (an engineered materials company focused on dramatically improving energy storage) and a co-Editor-in-Chief of Materials Today.

Dr. Michael Rodgers

Dr. Rodgers is the director of the Georgia Tech Air Quality Laboratory, holding academic and/or research appointments in the Georgia Tech Schools of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, and Public Policy. Dr. Rodgers has a long and distinguished record in air quality research, serving as principal investigator on research projects totaling more than $20 million since 1988 including numerous projects on field and laboratory measurements of pollutants and instrument development and intercomparison. Current activities include managing projects GRASP (Georgia Rural Aerosol Sampling Program) and ON-RAMP (On-Road Ammonia Measurement Program) both of which focus on particulate emissions, conversion and fate.

11:15 – 11:30 am


11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Panel Session | The Implementation and Policy of Renewable Technologies

Mandy Mahoney

Mandy Mahoney has served as president of the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance since March 2013. Prior to that, she served as the organization’s Vice President of Policy and Operations.
Prior to joining SEEA in 2011, Mandy served as Director of Sustainability for the City of Atlanta under Mayors Reed and Franklin. She holds a master’s degree in environmental management from Duke University and earned a law degree and a bachelor’s degree in biology and environmental studies from Emory University.

Dr. Marilyn Brown

Dr. Marilyn A. Brown is a Regents’ and Brook Byers Professor of Sustainable Systems in the School of Public Policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she created and leads the Climate and Energy Policy Lab. Her research focuses on the design and modeling of energy markets and carbon reduction policies and programs, with an emphasis on opportunities on the customer side of the electric meter. She currently teaches courses on energy technologies, markets, and policies, and she leads the Georgia Drawdown project in partnership with colleagues across Georgia Tech, Emory University, and the University of Georgia

Michael Chanin

Michael Chanin is the founder and CEO of Cherry Street Energy, the largest non-utility renewable energy provider in Georgia. Michael founded the business informed by his background in structured financial products and growth oriented businesses. He started his career in Goldman Sachs’ Special Situations Group, ran finance and operations for a San Francisco-based technology company, and has invested in renewable energy markets since 2013. He is a graduate of the University of Cambridge, where he received a MPhil in development studies, and Northwestern University, where he received a BA in American studies and history. 

Kate Tabor

Kate Taber is the Energy Programs Associate for the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Resilience, working primarily on energy efficiency and renewable energy policies and projects as part of the city’s 100% Clean Energy Plan. Kate currently works on the implementation of the City’s Commercial Building Energy Efficiency Ordinance, working to improve the energy efficiency of Atlanta’s buildings, the expansion of the City’s solar portfolio, the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge, the City’s Sustainable Buildings Ordinance, LEED for Cities, and the City’s energy savings performance contract.

12:30 – 1:30 pm

Lunch & Research Poster Showcase

1:30 – 2:30 pm

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Kim Cobb

Dr. Kim Cobb is a professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a Georgia Power Faculty Scholar. She is particularly interested in oceanography, geochemistry and paleoclimate modeling.

2:30 – 3:30 pm

Panel Session | Is there a Role for Nuclear?

Dr. Usha Nair-Reichert

Dr. Usha Nair-Reichert is an Associate Professor in the School of Economics at Georgia Institute of Technology. Her current research interests include, but are not limited to, innovation ecosystems, globalization of R&D, sustainability, environmental regulations and their impact on firm strategy, innovation, trade and foreign direct investment. Dr. Nair-Reichert has published in many peer reviewed journals including the Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics and Review of International Economics. She is a member of the American Economic Association, International Economics and Finance Society, the European Economics and Finance Society, and the Association of Indian Economic and Financial Studies. She also serves on the Advisory Board of the European Economics and Finance Society.

Thomas Saunders

Thomas Saunders is director of site oversight for Georgia Power’s AP1000 new nuclear construction project at Vogtle 3&4. He leads the organization responsible for the owner’s oversight of engineering, procurement, construction, subcontracts, and project controls execution. Saunders joined the Southern Company in 2002 and has held multiple positions of increasing responsibility within four different business units. His career has focused on capital project implementation (supply chain, contracts, construction, regulatory compliance, startup, and oversight) and generating plant engineering, maintenance, and operations. (more)

Juan F. Villarreal

Mr. Juan F. Villarreal is Co-chair of the American Nuclear Society, Georgia Chapter. Currently, Mr. Villarreal works as a Senior Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton and Managing Director at Villareal Energy, LLC, a consulting company with a focus on improving power plant operations. Additionally, he is an advisory committee member of the University of South Florida on Cybersecurity Strategies & Leadership. During his career, Mr. Villarreal held several managing positions at General Electric, Babcox & Wilcox, and The PIC/Marubeni Group, such as Director of Power Generation Segment at GE Power. Mr. Villarreal holds an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering from Kansas State University.

Dr. Valerie Thomas

Dr Valerie Thomas is the Anderson Interface Professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology, with appointments in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering and in the School of Public Policy. Her current research is on the environmental impacts and costs of energy systems, the environmental impacts of products and services, and the effects of policies and technologies on the development of energy systems.Dr Thomas holds a PhD in high energy physics from Cornell University and a BA in physics from Swarthmore College. She is one of the founders of the International Summer Symposium on Science and World Affairs, now in its 31st year. Her technical publications spanning energy, environment, optimization, physics, and nuclear arms control.

3:30 – 4:00 pm

Closing Session

4:00 – 5:00 pm

Networking Reception