Luncheon Moderator and Panel Members:
Janine Finnell, Panel Moderator, is the Founder and Clean Energy Ambassador of the 1000+ Leaders in Energy group. She has consulted on energy alternatives, sustainable development policy mechanisms, and education and outreach on clean energy technologies. Her career experience includes working for the U.S. Agency for International Development as a Foreign Service Officer, as well as for IBM and DynCorp International. At IBM she worked on projects including green supply chain and the development of an IT sustainability platform for businesses and consumers. Her work has been published in professional journals and magazines including Elsevier Journal and agricultural resource magazines. Janine has a Masters from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Agricultural and Applied Economics, with a focus on international development and energy resource economics. She pursued Post Masters work at George Washington University in energy and environmental management and resource policy. Janine serves on the Board of the Association of Energy Engineer's National Capital Chapter representing its Council on Women in Energy and Environmental Leadership (CWEEL).
Friday, February 20, 2015 from 11:30
AM to 7:00 PM EST
George Washington University
Foggy Bottom Campus
Science & Engineering Hall
800 22nd Street NW
Washington DC 20052
Donna Attanasio joined GW Law in July 2013 as Senior Advisor for Energy Law Programs to lead the law school's Sustainable Energy Initiative. Ms. Attanasio has worked in the electric energy sector for over 30 years, including over 24 years as a lawyer in private practice, most recently as a partner at White & Case (2006-2013). She is a former President of the Energy Bar Association (EBA) and presently chairs the EBA's ad hoc committee on Energy Law Education. She has been widely recognized as a leading practitioner in the field of electric energy regulatory law, including as the recipient of Euromoney LMG Americas Women in Business Law Award for Energy, Natural Resources and Mining (2013).
Sunita Satyapal, Ph.D., is the Director of the Fuel Cell Technologies Office in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) at the U.S. Department of Energy. After joining DOE in 2003, she served as the Hydrogen Storage Team Lead until 2008 when she became the Hydrogen Office's Chief Engineer and Deputy Director. She coordinated hydrogen and fuel cell activities across DOE, with other agencies, and with international stakeholders, including with seventeen countries and the European Commission, through the International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy. Dr. Satyapal has over 20 years of experience in academia, industry, and government, including at United Technologies Research Center and at UTC Fuel Cells in Connecticut. Earlier in her career, she was a visiting assistant professor at Vassar College, and a visiting scientist at Columbia University and at Hokkaido University in Japan. She has also worked in the area of laser diagnostics in photo dissociation and in the combustion of chemical warfare agents. She has authored or co-authored numerous publications, including in Scientific American, and has 10 patents issued.
Meghan Chapple, Director of GW's Office of Sustainability. She coordinates operational
activities University-wide under a collaborative plan that maximizes GW's environmental efficiency at its two campuses, in Washington, DC and Ashburn, VA. Meghan will provide an overview of GW's Climate Action Plan, Water Plan, and Ecosystems Strategy.
Scott Sklar, Adjunct for two unique interdisciplinary courses on Sustainable Energy at The George Washington University. Scott runs a clean energy technology optimization and strategic policy firm, the Stella Group, Ltd. He served as Executive Director for 15 years of two national trade associations concurrently - the Solar Energy Industries Association and the National BioEnergy Industries Association.
Friday, February 20th: Luncheon Program & Energy and Sustainability Extravaganza
11:30 to 2 pm:
AEE National Capital Chapter Luncheon and Panel Discussion "Women in Energy and Environmental Leadership" Luncheon fees are $30 for AEE National Capital Chapter members, $40 for nonmembers and guests, Free for AEE student chapter members (click to join AEE as a student member for $15 per year) and their faculty/staff sponsors.
2 to 4 pm:
George Washington University Showcase of Energy and Sustainability Educational Programs and Research Projects (no charge for this event)
Jonathan Deason, PhD., P.E., Lead Professor of GW's Environmental and
Energy Management Program. Professor Deason's program at GW is designed for professionals in the rapidly expanding environmental and energy sectors. It provides advanced education across the full spectrum of subjects, including protection of air and water quality, hazardous and solid waste management, benefit-cost analysis, risk assessment and management, environmental energy policy analysis, and related subjects.
2 to 4 pm: GW Showcase of Energy and Sustainability Education Programs and Research Projects
Kathleen Merrigan, Ph.D., Executive Director for Sustainability at The George Washington University where she leads the Sustainability Collaborative, the Food Institute, and serves as Professor of Public Policy. From 2009 to 2013, Dr. Merrigan was the U.S. Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She created and led the "Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food" Initiative to support local food systems; was a key architect of First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move!" campaign; and made history as the first woman to chair the Ministerial Conference of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. She holds a Ph.D. in environmental planning and policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Master of Public Affairs from the University of Texas, and a B.A.
from Williams College. Recognizing the history and scope of her work, Time Magazine named Dr. Merrigan among the "100 most influential people in the world" in 2010.
4 to 5 pm:
Information Tables in the hallway about GW engineering, energy, and sustainability programs; AEE - programs, certifications, local and student chapters, publications, and events (no charge)
5 to 7 pm:
Professional Networking Event. Cohosted by the Leaders in Energy Research Communications Policy Analysis (LERCPA), GW School of Engineering and Applied Science, and the AEE National Capital Chapter. Note: there will be a $10 registration fee in advance and $15 at the door for the networking event to help defray the cost of food and expenses. You will need to sign up through LERCPA - and you will also be able to pay at the door. The registration link for the evening networking event will be provided in the next email.
Jim Chung is the founding Executive Director for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at
George Washington University, and a Co-Principal Investigator for the National Science
Foundation I-Corps Node in Washington DC (DC I-Corps). The Office of Entrepreneurship provides programming around innovation, education, venture creation, and making connections to support GW entrepreneurs and the Mid-Atlantic start-up community.
Kathleen O'Dell, an AEE-certified Carbon Reduction Manager, is a Senior Manager with Deloitte Consulting and has 17 years of international development experience in clean energy, energy efficiency, private sector development and the gender-energy nexus. She is currently Board Member and International Committee Chair of AEE's Council on Women in Energy and Environmental Leadership (CWEEL). In this role, Kathleen is building momentum for the advancement of women in the energy sector around the world, including establishing CWEEL chapters in Jordan and in Bangladesh to date. Kathleen has managed projects for various public sector entities and international donor organizations in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Jordan, Kenya, Lesotho, Mongolia, Tanzania, Ukraine, Vietnam, and West Bank. She is currently managing a global USAID Infrastructure; sustainability portfolio that includes the Catalyzing Clean Energy in Bangladesh project, which aims to scale up industrial energy efficiency; and the Jordan Energy Sector Capacity Building project, which is enabling utility supported energy efficiency programs. She recently authored a Point of View on the role of energy access in women's economic empowerment in emerging market economies.
Mar Kelly is the President and Founder of District Sun and serves as its Executive Solar Developer. Mar is responsible for developing each stage for the solar projects and selecting the best talent and partners for high quality construction and maximum electric production. She has successfully built teams for mid-size environmental and energy projects for over 20 years in New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Washington DC for private and public companies. Mar holds a bachelor degree of science in Biology & International Environmental Studies at Rutgers University. She obtained her Master's of Science in Teaching from Fordham University in New York City. She is a recipient of a National Science Foundation Fellowship and is a Robert Noyce Scholar in Science Education. She has served on the executive committee of the Mid-Atlantic Solar Energy Industries Association.
Volker Sorger, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is the director of the Smart Innovation Labs at The George Washington University. His research areas include advanced devices, smart-grid technologies, and environmental sustainability. He is the founder of GW's Green Renewable Energy Engineering (GREEN) Institute. Dr. Sorger is also the faculty sponsor for the AEE Student Chapter at GW.