Solar Solutions Conference 2011

2012 Speakers

Julia Hamm

President and CEO

Solar Power Electric Association

Julia Hamm is the president and CEO of the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA), a national non-profit that helps its utility members make smart solar decisions.

Julia has strong relationships with individuals at utilities and solar companies worldwide and is knowledgeable about solar programs, policies, barriers, and trends. She is a frequent speaker at regional, national and international conferences and has authored numerous articles on solar trends and utility solar programs.

Prior to leading SEPA, Julia worked as a senior associate at ICF International where she supported the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with implementation of its ENERGY STAR program. In 2007 she was named one of the Top 10 Women in Cleantech by earth2tech.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in business management from Cornell University. She lives with her husband and son in a photovoltaic-powered, energy-efficient home that is certified by the Arlington County Green Home Choice Program in northern Virginia.

Travis Bradford

Travis Bradford is the president and founder of the Prometheus Institute for Sustainable Development, a nonprofit organization focused on harnessing the power of the business sector to develop cost-effective and sustainable solutions in technologies, including energy, water, food, and recycling. "Having traveled in more than 40 countries, I realized that access to some clean, sustainable resources was available nearly everywhere, and that harnessing them was a matter of applying the right technology when it became available at the right price," said Bradford of what drew him to his field of research. "Change is hard, until the conditions are right-then change is easy."

Bradford is also currently the managing partner at Atlas Capital Investments, LP, a global hedge fund dedicated to investing in sustainable technology companies in energy, water, food, and materials. Previously, he served as partner, vice president, and senior analyst for Steel Partners II, LLC, in New York; deal principal, senior analyst, and operational consultant at the Holding Capital Group in New York; and statistical and financial analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank in Atlanta before he began teaching at Chicago Booth in 2008.

Bradford has lectured on finance, entrepreneurship, and alternative energy economics at Columbia University, Duke University, New York University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Harvard University. His published works include Solar Revolution: The Economic Transformation of the Global Energy Industry, published by the MIT Press, and "Private Equity; Sources and Uses" in the Journal of Applied Corporate Finance. In his most recent publication, Solar Revolution, Bradford argues that solar energy will become the best and cheapest choice for energy over the next 20 years and describes how this change will evolve.

Bradford earned a bachelor's degree in finance magna cum laude from Georgia State University in 1992 and an MBA in 1996 from the NYU Stern School of Business with distinction in finance, management, and international business. In 2006, he received a master's degree in public administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Joseph Goodman

Joseph Goodman is a Research Engineer on the Research Faculty of Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) and a Research Faculty Teaching Fellow for the Georgia Tech College of Architecture. He serves as Principal Investigator of a U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) funded program to reduce the balance of systems cost of solar photovoltaics (PV) through integrated systems design.  Within Georgia Tech, Goodman leads a diverse team of GTRI researchers along with faculty and students from the College of Architecture, College of Engineering and Center for Biologically Inspired Design.  His teaching includes a solar energy seminar and design studio “S, M, L, Solar”. Through DoE funded research he collaborates with Industry partners including Suniva, Radiance Solar and the Rocky Mountain Institute. In addition to his solar energy research, Goodman also conducted applied research at GTRI in high performance buildings for the Department of Interior, sustainable water systems with Emory University and, sustainable urban land use and food production for the Red Fields to Green Fields national program.

Before joining Georgia Tech, Goodman worked at GE Energy and GE Global Research, as an energy systems engineer on gas turbines, wind turbines, and solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC). SOFC work was in support of the Department of Energy Solid State Energy Conversion Alliance (SECA).  Goodman completed GE corporate leadership training programs and was certified in Six Sigma. At Arup he worked as a strategic energy consultant on building technologies including high performance buildings, solar and wind energy.  Clients included building owners, urban developers and manufacturer Procter and Gamble. Goodman is recognized by the United States Green Building Council as a LEED Accredited Professional and by the Association of Energy Engineers as a Certified Energy Manager.

Joseph Goodman has a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from The Georgia Institute of Technology and a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Southern California. Currently, in addition to work, he is pursuing a PhD as a part-time student in the Georgia Tech College of Architecture's Building Technology Program.

Andrea Luecke

Andrea Luecke, Executive Director of The Solar Foundation, develops and implements national educational initiatives and high-level research that promote the adoption of solar energy worldwide. She played a key role in authoring and releasing the National Solar Jobs Census 2010 and 2011 and currently plays a leadership role on the DOE Solar America Communities program while also providing the Interstate Renewable Energy Council with advanced technical support on its DOE funded Solar Instructor Training Network program. Prior to joining the Foundation, Andrea ran the City of Milwaukee’s Solar America Cities program where she spearheaded Milwaukee’s Property Assessed Clean Energy financing program and the Milwaukee Metro Solar Hot Water Business Council - which is an effort designed to help local manufacturers enter the solar hot water supply chain.

Jerry Collins

President & CEO Jerry Collins has served as President and CEO of Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division since 2007. He is the tenth person to lead the utility. A native Memphian, Collins previously served as Director of Public Works for the City of Memphis. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Tennessee.

Collins has served as the Vice President of the Tennessee Chapter of the American Public Works Association, President of the Kentucky-Tennessee Water Pollution Control Association and on the Board of Directors for the International Water Environment Federation. Under his leadership, the City of Memphis went 22 years without a sewer rate increase. Collins was elected to the Kentucky-Tennessee Water Environment Association Hall of Fame in 2002.

A former Outstanding Alumnus of the University of Memphis' Herff College of Engineering, Collins received a bachelor of science in civil engineering in 1975 and a master of science in civil engineering in 1976. In 2011, he received the Herff Honor Award for Distinguished Service in Engineering by the University of Memphis, which recognizes engineers whose professional and/or personal achievements have brought honor and distinction to the college and who have made significant contributions to the engineering profession.

Stacey S. Patterson, Ph.D.

Dr. Stacey Patterson is the Assistant Vice President and Director of Research Partnerships in the Executive Vice President’s Office at the University of Tennessee where she is responsible for management and oversight of several state wide initiatives within the office including the Volunteer State Solar Initiative, Tennessee’s EPSCoR research infrastructure program and Cherokee Farm Development.  Formerly, Dr. Patterson was a Licensing Associate with the University of Tennessee Research Foundation where she was responsible for managing and licensing a broad portfolio of the University’s intellectual property.  She earned a B.S. in Microbiology from UT, an M.S. in Environmental Health Sciences from East Tennessee State University and a Ph.D. in the Center for Environmental Biotechnology at UT.  Prior to her move to UTRF, Dr. Patterson was a Post-doctoral Fellow at the University of South Florida and returned to UT in a joint appointment in research and technology transfer.  She has secured extramural funding from NOAA, the Army, NSF and NIH and has been a contributor on five US patents in the area of sensor development and cancer imaging.

Patricia West

Patricia (Patty) West is Director of Renewable Energy Programs at the Tennessee Valley Authority.  She is responsible for TVA’s renewable energy efforts including end-use products, supply-side products, renewable energy policy, and compliance functions.

West has more than 30 years of experience at TVA with a particular focus on renewable energy programs, policies, and research and development, as well as environmental planning and policy.  She participated in the initial development of TVA’s green power programs and the early deployment of small-scale renewable energy technology projects across the TVA system. She was also responsible for TVA’s commodity price forecasting and its integration into TVA’s power resources operation planning.

West earned a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and a master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, Tennessee. She currently serves on the Electric Power Research Institute Renewable Energy Advisory Council.

Rep. Steve Cohen

Congressman, U.S. House of Representatives
Congressman Steve Cohen is a fourth-generation Memphian who has dedicated his life to public service. As a child, he was stricken with polio, but through hard work, he was able to beat this debilitating disease. The challenges of living with polio as a youngster taught him early in life how to overcome obstacles through persistence and determination, values which would shape his career as a legislator.

During his term as a Shelby County Commissioner, Congressman Cohen cast one of the essential votes for the creation of The MED. This would be the first in a long line of votes during his career that would define his legislative philosophy: fighting to ensure the basic human rights of every American, such as access to health care.

During his 24 years in the Tennessee State Senate, Congressman Cohen amassed a strong record of passionate, honest and unselfish service. On issues ranging from women’s rights to animal welfare, Congressman Cohen was a relentless advocate in the Tennessee State Senate even in the face of overwhelming opposition. Before he was elected to Congress, he became known throughout the state as the “Father of the Tennessee Lottery,” after leading the referendum effort that instituted arguably the most successful education initiative in Tennessee history.

Upon election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2006, Congressman Cohen immediately distinguished himself on the Hill for his thoughtful legislation and quick wit. His pointed questioning of Bush Administration officials like Alberto Gonzalez, David Addington, Monica Goodling and Michael Mukasey in the highly influential Judiciary Committee quickly earned Congressman Cohen the reputation as a champion of government accountability and a fierce interrogator.

He has remained a steadfast leader on issues of importance to the people of the 9th District, leading the policy debate on issues like infant mortality, universal health care, the economy, crime and criminal rehabilitation, transportation and infrastructure, and of course, education.

Luke Gebhard

Luke Gebhard is Energy Efficiency Program Director for Nashville Mayor Karl Dean’s Office of Environment and Sustainability.  In this role, Luke oversees Nashville Energy Works (NEW), a partnership between Metro Government, TVA and NES to provide Davidson County homeowners with information on, and cash incentives for, making home energy improvements.  Prior to moving to Nashville and joining the Mayor’s Office, Luke worked for New York City’s Department of Parks & Recreation and provided management consulting services in Los Angeles. Luke received a B.A. from the University of the South and a Master’s Degree from Vanderbilt University.

Kevin Lynn

Solar Energy Technologies Program
Department of Energy

Kevin Lynn works for the Department of Energy (DOE) in the Solar Energy Technologies Program (SETP) and is the lead for the Systems Integration subprogram. Lynn manages a budget that invests in grid integration, testing and evaluation, and codes and standards. He also develops programs in support of the SunShot Initiative.

Previously, Lynn worked as a support services contractor at the DOE in the Solar Energy Technologies Program. He provided leadership for the Systems Integration subprogram and the Solar America Board for Codes and Standards, a body of experts receiving funding from DOE to address codes and standards issues. Lynn has provided leadership in programs requiring technical assistance such as the Solar America Cities program, the Solar America Showcases program, and the Government Solar Installation Program.

Before working for Sentech, Lynn was a Senior Research Engineer at the Florida Solar Energy Center working in a faculty position from 1998 to 2007. In 2005, Lynn was the principal investigator on the Southeast Regional Experiment Station, a project with the Department of Energy focused on photovoltaic system research.

Sam DeLay

Senior Project Manager, Tennessee Valley Authority

Sam DeLay, a senior project manager for research at TVA, is a winner of the 2011 EPRI Technology Transfer Award for Energy Efficiency Demonstration for his work with heat pump water heaters.

DeLay is TVA’s project manager for EPRI’s National Energy Efficiency Demonstration. This project is a field demonstration for six hyper-efficient technologies: commercial LED street and area lighting; variable refrigerant flow air conditioning; efficient data centers; and residential heat pump water heaters, ductless heat pumps, and appliances. DeLay is also the TVA project manager and supporter of the 2011 University of Tennessee Solar Decathlon Entry “Living Light” house.

DeLay has work with residential, commercial, industrial and distributor markets and is regarded as the TVA lighting specialist. His career has found him active with energy efficiency pilot and program development; commercial geothermal heating and cooling technologies and providing cost of service studies for power distributor-owned lighting systems. He is the 2012 president-elect of ASHRAE, Tennessee Valley Chapter; past president of the Tennessee Solar Energy Association; past president of the Smoky Mountain Illuminating Engineering Society of North America; IESNA regional vice president and national board member. DeLay earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and a master of business administration degree from the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga. He also holds a zero energy housing certificate from Cleveland State Community College in Cleveland, TN

Jeffrey C. Genzer

Partner; Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer & PembrokeJeffrey C. Genzer, is a partner in the Washington, D.C. law firm, Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer & Pembroke, P.C.

Genzer’s practice has concentrated on energy and environmental counseling, project development, legislative advocacy and litigation. He has worked on electric and natural gas ratemaking, energy project development, bulk power supply, transmission system issues, contract negotiation, franchise issues, alternative energy resources (including wind, solar, geothermal, ocean, biomass, waste, etc.), and conservation and energy efficiency programs.

Genzer also has an active federal legislative practice. He has worked with a number of local and state governments throughout the United States from New York to Hawaii. He has spoken on numerous occasions, especially on federal legislative activities, energy, environmental and utility issues.

Genzer presently serves as general counsel to the following organizations: the National Association of State Energy Officials; the National Association of Energy Service Companies; the National Energy Assistance Directors’ Association; and the Energy Programs Consortium.

Prior to his current work at the firm, Genzer served as staff counsel to the Committee on Energy and Environment of the National Governors Association. In that role he drafted legislation in the energy and environmental area, and served as the chief energy lobbyist for the association. Mr. Genzer was also employed at the National Consumer Law Center, served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Micronesia and has worked on a number of development projects and served as the first energy planner in the region.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in honors history from Haverford College and a jurist doctor degree from The American University, Washington College of Law. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Energy Bar Association and the District of Columbia Bar.

Klaus Hoppe

Head of Energy Department, City of Freiburg, Germany

Klaus Hoppe is Head of the Energy Department in the City of Freiburg, Germany. He coordinates the city’s energy strategy regarding renewable energies, energy efficiency and energy conservation while integrating all involved parties, including citizens and local industry.

Hoppe is in charge of the development of the city’s energy integration approach for new neighborhoods and housing stock, and responsible for technical knowledge exchange within national and international city networks in order to share experiences in Freiburg and cooperate with other cities to find new solutions.

Through his long-time experience with local governments, Hoppe has extensive knowledge of structures and processes within municipalities and their political bodies as well as local and regional stakeholder entities.

Since 2007, Hoppe has worked as a consultant for municipalities, city networks and state organizations, both nationally and internationally. His main focus is the integration of environmentally compatible energy solutions as part of a sustainable city development, thus accompanying the transformation of cities.

His public service career started in 1994 in the fields of waste management and continued with climate change policy and energy supply planning. He holds a degree in geography.

Mark H. Luttrel, Jr.

Shelby County Mayor

Mayor Mark Luttrell was born in Jackson, Tenn., and spent his early years in Bells, Tenn. He moved to Memphis as a teenager and graduated from Bartlett High School. He received a bachelor of arts degree from Union University and a master’s in public administration from the University of Memphis.

His first job after college was teaching history at Bradford County High School, Starke, Fla. He served two years in the Army, stationed in Louisiana, Texas and Germany. Returning to Memphis, Mayor Luttrell began his career in criminal justice at the Shelby County Penal Farm serving as the vocational training director.

He joined the United States Bureau of Prisons in 1977 and served with that organization until his retirement in 1999. He also served as warden of federal prisons in Texarkana, Texas, Manchester, Ky., and Memphis, Tenn. He was then appointed director of the Shelby County Division of Corrections and served there until his election as sheriff in 2002 and again in 2006.

As sheriff, he graduated from the FBI National Executive Institute (NEI) and in 2009 was named “Sheriff of the Year” by the National Sheriffs’ Association. He was also selected as Lawman of the Year for the Kiwanis’ Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee Districts.

Now Mayor Luttrell continues his desire to help Shelby County become one of the most effective and efficient governments in the nation.

He is a member of the Germantown Kiwanis Club and serves as a board member of the Memphis-Shelby Crime Commission, Operation Safe Community, Memphis Second Chance, University of Memphis Arts and Sciences Advisory, Union University Alumni Advisory and a member of Second Baptist Church. Mayor Luttrell is a Leadership Memphis graduate and a distinguished recipient of the Outstanding Alumni Award of the University of Memphis, College of Arts and Sciences.

David Millhorn

Executive Vice President, University of Tennessee

David Millhorn is University of Tennessee (UT) executive vice president, serving as the chief operating officer of the university’s four campuses and three statewide institutes. He also continues as UT vice president for research and economic development.

He joined UT in 2005 as vice president for research, overseeing the management of science and technology programs at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the research and economic development programs for the UT system. He became executive vice president in early 2007.

Before coming to UT, Millhorn served the University of Cincinnati as the inaugural director of its Genome Research Institute and chairman of its Department of Genome Science. He is a member of the American Physiological Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Society for Neuroscience, and the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

A C Wharton, Jr.

City of Memphis Mayor

The themes that bind together A C Wharton’s life – and his public service – are about overcoming hardships, inspired leadership, courage of convictions, and a compelling confidence in a better future. They culminated in his election in 2009 as Mayor of the City of Memphis with a 61 percent mandate for his gospel of “One Memphis” and his bold vision to make Memphis a true city of choice for all people.

A native of Lebanon, Tenn., Mayor Wharton attended Tennessee State University on an academic scholarship, graduating with honors in political science in 1962. Six years later, he entered the University of Mississippi Law School. He graduated with honors in 1971 and later became the university’s first African-American professor of law, a position that he held for 25 years.

Wharton served for two years in the Office of General Counsel of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Washington, D.C., before moving to the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law to head the Public Employment Project. In November, 1973, Wharton chose to accept a job as executive director of Memphis Area Legal Services (MALS), a non-profit organization that provided legal assistance and counseling to our community’s poor.

In 1980, then Shelby County Mayor Bill Morris appointed Wharton as Chief Shelby County Public Defender. In 1982, he wrote and passed one of the first state laws in the U.S. to combat domestic violence, and at a national level, he worked for a special appropriation for one of the nation’s first transitional living facilities for juveniles.

Elected as the first African-American Shelby County Mayor in 2002 and reelected in 2006, Mayor Wharton developed the county’s first financial plan that is decreasing the county’s debt payments, reduced the county payroll, kept The Med open, expanded Head Start, increased efficiency, developed the first smart growth and sustainability plan for our community, inspired Operation Safe Community, the first comprehensive crimefighting plan in our history, and limited county government to only one tax increase in seven years.

In October 2009, Mayor Wharton won a special election to become mayor of the City of Memphis. Within his first six months as City Mayor, Mayor Wharton and his team enacted new standards for government transparency and employee ethics; made urgent changes at the Memphis Animal Shelter and the auto inspection stations; launched the third season of the city’s Diversity Development Incubator; established the new Office of Talent and Human Capital to develop, attract, and retain the best and brightest young workers; and laid out a new blueprint for comprehensively restructuring the operations and business model for city government.

Vice Adm. Dennis V. McGinn, USN (Ret.),

Former Deputy Chief of Naval Operations For Warfare Requirements And Programs
Vice Chairman, CNA Military Advisory Board
Vice Admiral Denny McGinn served 35 years with the U.S. Navy as a naval aviator, test pilot, aircraft carrier commanding officer, and national security strategist. His last assignment was Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfare Requirements and Programs at the Pentagon where he led the development of the U.S. Navy’s future strategic capabilities. He also commanded the U.S. Third Fleet, which is responsible for some 50 million square miles of the eastern Pacific Ocean. As Third Fleet Commander, he was recognized for leading great advances in operational innovation, the rapid prototyping of sea-based information technology, and international naval force experimentation and coordination. He received a bachelor of science degree in Naval Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy, attended the national security program at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard.

Neil Placer

Neil Placer is a Senior Analyst of Strategic Initiatives for the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Renewable Energy Programs group.  He is responsible for shaping TVA’s renewable energy direction, tracking renewable energy drivers, technology and market trends, and reviewing strategic initiatives which may impact TVA’s renewable energy portfolio.  Previously he served as a Program Manager responsible for developing technical solutions for TVA’s end-use renewable generation programs.

Neil gained his expertise in the solar PV industry as a Design Engineer within the Technology Department of BP Solar.  While at BP, Neil applied for six patent applications for innovative PV module designs and was a BP Helios Award finalist for the design of an aesthetically pleasing, quick-mount BIPV product.  He has also participated as a DOE merit reviewer of FOA applications and has served as a contributor on various NREL subcontractor reports.

Neil started his career in the U.S. Government as a Mechanical Engineering Officer for the Central Intelligence Agency.  Neil received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech.

John Sanseverino

John Sanseverino is the Director of Programs for the Tennessee Solar Institute since its inception in 2010.  He earned his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Lehigh University in 1989 and then joined the Center for Environmental Biotechnology at the University of Tennessee as a post-doctoral research scientist.  At UT, he earned the rank of Research Associate Professor and was the Managing Director of the Center for Environmental Biotechnology before joining the Tennessee Solar Institute.  In addition, he was the co-founder of 2 biotechnology start-up ventures one of which received as USDA SBIR award.  At TSI, he is responsible for developing grant programs, outreach, workforce development activities, and building industry partnerships.

Rupy Sawhney

Dr. Rapinder (Rupy) Sawhney has been a faculty member with the Department of Industrial and Information Engineering for almost two decades, was named as head and Weston Fulton Professor in 2010. He is also a faculty member of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education (CIRE), a joint effort between UT and ORNL focused on renewable energy. He is a 2006 Boeing Welliver Fellow and has received numerous teaching and research awards during his career at UT, including the prestigious COE Teaching Fellow Award and the COE Research Fellow Award.

Sawhney received his Ph.D in engineering science and mechanics from the University of Tennessee and joined the College of Engineering faculty as an assistant professor in 1993. He was promoted to associate professor in 1999 and was named as associate head of the department in 2006. Sawhney is the recipient of the 2010-2012 Weston Fulton Professorship and is currently serving as faculty senator from the College of Engineering.

His research expertise is in the development of supply chain management models, integrating reliability into lean systems and development of enterprise improvement strategies. He currently heads a research team comprised of 20 research faculty, post docs and graduate students.

Edgar Stach

Prof. Edgar Stach, Dipl.-Ing. (equivalent to Master’s Degree), AIA/IA, RA (Germany) Professor, joint Faculty at Oak Ridge National Laboratories (ORNL), Building Technologies Research and Integration Center at the Energy and Transportation Science Division. Before joining the faculty at The University of Tennessee, College of Architecture and Design in 1999, he taught at the Bauhaus University Weimar in Germany. His current research centers architecture technologies and high performance buildings. He is the founder of ut•zero and director of the Institute for Smart Structures ISS. He is Principle Investigator for the Solar Decathlon LIVING LIGHT project 2011 and received the 2008 AIA award for innovative teaching and in 2009 the Cox Professorship award from UT for excellence in teaching and scholarship. From 2007 to 2009 he was visiting research professor at the Department of Building Technology at the TU Delft, Netherlands. He published over 50 scientific papers and technical publications and lectured at Universities in Europe, Asia and America,

He is a licensed architect in Germany and established the architecture practice in 1995 in Weimar, Germany and since 1999 in Knoxville, USA. His focus on materials, technology, and sustain­ability is supported through a mode of working that combines practice, teaching, and research. He actively takes part in the discourse of contemporary architecture through participation in international design competitions. His submitted work focuses on efficiency, ecological sensitivity, and responsibility and reflects his concern for the built environment. He has received national and international design awards and recognition for his accomplishments in this area.

John A. Hopkins

John is Director of Strategic Operations working out of the Office of the Executive Vice President of the University of Tennessee.  He is also Director of Tennessee NSF and DOE EPSCoR programs, including the National Science Foundation Track I RII titled Tennessee Solar Conversion and Storage using Outreach, Research, and Education – TN-SCORE.  These statewide programs are directed to building research infrastructure and collaborations within the state to make Tennessee more successful in competing for research funding.  Dr. Hopkins was formerly Vice President of the UT Research Foundation, which manages the technology commercialization activities stemming from the research performed at UT’s campuses.

Prior to UTRF, Dr. Hopkins served as a faculty member at the UT Space Institute, where he contributed to a number of innovative technologies, leading to 11 US patents, and directly assisted in their commercial success.  He helped develop and license laser-manufacturing technologies that were used in the world’s first no-lube fifth wheel latches for over the road trucks, and has been involved in more than ten start-up companies, including roles as founder, technology inventor, licensor of intellectual property, and business development support.

Dr. Hopkins received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from The University of Tennessee.  Dr. Hopkins, is a licensed engineer in Tennessee, has authored or co-authored more than fifty technical papers, and received his MBA from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University.

Jeff Smith

Jeff Smith is a Senior Project Manager in the Power System Studies Group at EPRI. His current area of focus is transmission and distribution analysis and planning as it pertains to renewable resources, including: Photovoltaic (PV) modeling for distribution and transmission studies, advanced inverter control for high-penetration PV, and distribution planning with distributed resources.

Mr. Smith joined EPRI in 2004 as a Project Manager in the System Studies Group, where his activities focused on power quality analysis, insulation coordination, and wind interconnection studies.  He also developed a novel mathematical model of the transmission ultracapacitor.

Before joining EPRI, Mr. Smith was a Senior Power Systems Engineer at Electrotek Concepts Inc., where his primary responsibilities were focused on power system studies including: power quality, distribution planning with distributed generation, and bulk transmission studies.  However, the majority of his efforts were focused on engineering studies related to bulk wind interconnection and integration.

Robin (Rob) E. Manning

Executive Vice President and Chief Energy Delivery Officer
Manning joined TVA in August 2008 as Executive Vice President, Power System Operations. He joined TVA from Duke Energy, where he was Vice President of Field Operations for Duke Energy’s Power Delivery business.

Manning was recently named EVP & Chief Energy Delivery Officer in the Energy Delivery organization.

He joined the industry in 1978 and has held increasingly responsible positions across the energy business, including roles like Process Owner for Energy Delivery, Vice President Electrical Standards, Vice President Electric Transmission and Distribution and Vice President Gas Pipeline Engineering.

Manning has been involved in several civic and professional organizations throughout his career. He has chaired or served on the board of a number of industry committees, including EEI, Southern Gas Association and the North American Transmission Forum. Manning has served on the University of Houston Engineering Leadership Board and now serves on the NC State Engineering Foundation Board.

Manning earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from North Carolina State University and a master of business administration degree from Queens College in Charlotte, N.C.

Alan Mantooth

Dr. Mantooth received the B.S. (summa cum laude) and M. S. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Arkansas in 1985 and 1987, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1990. He joined Analogy in 1990 where he focused on semiconductor device modeling and the research and development of HDL-based modeling tools and techniques. Besides modeling, his interests include analog and mixed-signal IC design and power electronics. In 1996, Dr. Mantooth was named Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at Analogy (now owned by Synopsys).

Dr. Mantooth returned to the UA in 1998, and is currently a Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and established the National Center for Reliable Electric Power Transmission (NCREPT) at the UA in 2005, for which he serves as director. In 2006, he was selected as the inaugural holder of the 21st Century Endowed Chair in Mixed-Signal IC Design and CAD. Dr. Mantooth has published over 200 refereed articles on modeling, power electronics and IC design. He holds patents on software architecture and algorithms for modeling tools and has others pending. He has received numerous teaching, service, and research awards since returning to the UA, including the 2010-11 Distinguished Researcher Award as the top researcher at the University of Arkansas. He is co-author of the book Modeling with an Analog Hardware Description Language by Kluwer Academic Publishers and has served on several technical program committees for IEEE conferences.

He is currently serving the profession as a member of the IEEE Power Electronics Society Advisory Committee as Chair of the Society’s Standards Committee. Dr. Mantooth is a Fellow of IEEE, a member of Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu, and registered professional engineer in Arkansas. Professor Mantooth serves as the Executive Director for NCREPT as well as two of its constitutive centers of excellence: the NSF I/UCRC on GRid-connected Advanced Power Electronic Systems (GRAPES) and the NSF EPSCoR Vertically-Integrated Center on Transformative Energy Research (VICTER).

Dr. Mantooth has received several NSF grants in his career. One of his early awards was co-funded by EPSCoR in the area of power semiconductor device modeling. During his 13-year career in academia he has received over $30 million in external research support from federal agencies and industry. The NSF EPSCoR funding received in 2010 to fund VICTER is enabling him to cultivate a new culture of interwoven science and engineering with an expanded vision of “innovating in science and engineering for transitioning to business development.” In this research culture, EPSCoR enables a high-risk, high-reward effort to bring multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional scientists and engineers to bear on a problem (solar electric power in this case) in a vertically-integrated way that is expected to accelerate adoption by industry through more effective research production.

Paula Mints

Ms. Mints is the Principal Analyst for the Solar Market Research Program, and a Director in Navigant’s Energy Division, located at Navigant Consulting, Inc.’s Palo Alto, CA, office. Ms. Mints also serves as executive editor of the Solar Outlook Bimonthly Newsletter. The Solar Services Market Research program dates to 1974 and is a globally recognized market research practice.  Ms. Mints began her work with this program in 1998.

Ms. Mints is recognized as having expertise in photovoltaic (PV) technologies and markets in context with CSP and CPV technologies.  In 2011, she spoke at over 40 conferences and published over 30 times in industry journals, magazines and newsletters. In 2012, she will again speak at over 40 conferences as well as publishing twice a month with PV World/ElectroIQ, as well as Renewable Energy Focus.  Ms. Mints will also publish quarterly with Renewable Energy Focus.  She serves on several conference committees.  Ms. Mints provides \clients with objective, comprehensive PV industry analysis based on extensive primary research, including her forward-looking understanding of market and technology trends.

Bruce Tonn

Dr. Bruce Tonn is a tenured, full professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UT). He is also a Senior Researcher in the Environmental Sciences Division of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Dr. Tonn is internationally known for his research and writings in the fields of energy and environmental policy, and future studies. Dr. Tonn is a consulting editor for the journal Futures and is on the editorial boards of Sustainability and Social Science Computing Review. He received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Stanford University, a Masters in City and Regional Planning from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning from Northwestern University.

Vijay K. Varadan

Vijay K. Varadan is currently the Twenty-First Century Endowed Chair in Nano-and Bio-Technology and Medicine, and Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering (College of Engineering) and Neurosurgery (College of Medicine) at University of Arkansas. He is also a Professor of Neurosurgery at the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. He also holds honorary doctorate degrees in Nano-, and Bio-Technologies and Medicine from Korea, Finland and India. He joined the University of Arkansas in January 2005 after serving on the faculty of Cornell University, Ohio State University and Pennsylvania State University for the past 32 years. He is also the Director of the Center of Excellence for Nano-, Micro-, and Neuro-Electronics, Sensors and Systems and the President of Global Institute of Nanotechnology in Engineering and Medicine (GINTEM). The GINTEM is a non-profit organization that promotes research and education pertaining to the use of nanotechnology in three broad areas (1) Health-care and health diagnostics, (2) Renewable and green energy driven systems, and (3) Information Technology.

Joseph Wiedman

Joseph Wiedman is a partner with the law firm Keyes, Fox & Wiedman, LLP. Mr. Wiedman represents IREC in state-level rulemakings on many topic areas essential to building sustainable markets for renewable energy including net metering rules, interconnection standards, and community renewables. Mr. Wiedman is also involved in IREC's efforts to shape emerging program areas such as wholesale distributed generation market design, smart grid, and plug-in electric vehicles to ensure those programs support the continued growth of renewable energy markets.

Becky Williamson

Strategic Marketing Coordinator, Memphis, Light, Gas and Water

Becky directs market research, new program development, targeted communications and green initiatives for Memphis Light, Gas and Water, the nation’s largest three-service municipal utility.  She manages MLGW customer participation in TVA’s Green Power Switch, Generation Partners, Energy Right Solutions and EnerNOC programs, in addition to MLGW-specific initiatives. Becky also serves as project manager for MLGW’s 1,200-meter residential Smart Grid Demonstration.

Becky is a native of Chicago.  She earned a bachelors degree and an MBA from the University of Memphis prior to joining MLGW in 1992.

Robert Zavadil

Vice-President and Principal Consultant EnerNex Corporation
As a co-founder of EnerNex, Mr. Zavadil is responsible for developing and overseeing the company’s power system engineering consulting business.

He has worked on electric power system issues for wind generation for over 20 years.  Clients include wind turbine designers and manufacturers, project developers and operators, transmission service providers and ISOs, and research and development organizations including NREL, DOE, and EPRI.

From 1989 until  2003, Mr. Zavadil served in various consulting and product development capacities for Electrotek Concepts and its parent company, WPT.

Mr. Zavadil began his career in the electric power industry in 1982 as a special studies engineer in the Transmission and Distribution Engineering Division of the Nebraska Public Power District.

Mr. Zavadil received a BSEE degree, with highest honors, from South Dakota State University.

He is a member of the IEEE Power Engineering, Power Electronics, and Industrial Applications Societies, and serves as secretary of the IEEE PES Wind Power Coordinating Committee.