The White House and other national venues.  Seema is most fulfilled when serving in the local and global community. She co-founded the Lullaby Project which has provided over 1000 free blankets to babies in the US and around the world and continues on its mission. Seema also enjoys serving on the board of the USGBC-National Capital Region. Ms. Wadhwa earned a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering in Environmental/Water Resources from the University of Alberta, Canada.

Elaine Ulrich, Ph.D, U.S. Department of Energy, SunShot Program

Dr. Elaine Ulrich is a program manager at the Department of Energy where she leads the SunShot balance of systems/soft costs team.  Her team which works to reduce the non-hardware (soft costs) of solar, lower barriers to solar adoption, and foster market growth through  support for state and local development and technical assistance programs; information & data assets; finance & business model development; workforce & training programs; and policy & regulatory analysis.

A former American Physical Society/American Association for the Advancement of Science policy fellow, Dr. Ulrich has spent the past few years working on renewable energy. She previously held positions in the office of former U.S. Senator Ken Salazar, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science and Technology, the Energy Department’s Office of Strategic Planning and Analysis, and in the office of U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords, where she worked to build a comprehensive 

solar energy portfolio. Dr. Ulrich holds a B.A. in physics from Wellesley College and a Ph.D. in optical science from the University of Arizona. 

Joanne Ivancic, Executive Director, Advance Biofuels USA

Advanced Biofuels USA Executive Director, Ms. Joanne Ivancic, has lived and worked in the Washington area for nearly 40 years.  She graduated from George Washington University National Law Center, worked for Senator Charles Grassley under his chairmanship of the Senate Special Committee on Aging and has served as a lobbyist for Atlantic Biomass Conversions, Inc., an enzyme development company working to convert agricultural waste into value-added advanced biofuels. On Capitol Hill, with executive agencies, and in other public forums she promotes advanced biofuels understanding, research, production and use.

Ms. Ivancic has observed the development of advanced biofuels research and financing for about 20 years. In April 2008 she co-founded Advanced Biofuels USA to fill a gap in public understanding and perception about biofuels, to emphasize the potential of truly renewable sustainable “next generation” or “advanced" biofuels.  “People knew about corn-ethanol and biodiesel, but they didn’t—and don’t—know much about advanced biofuels,” she explains. “We aim to change that.” She has earned a spot in Biofuels Digest’s “Top 100 in the Bioeconomy” for the past six years.

Moderator: Janine Finnell – AEE/NCC CWEEL Chair

Janine Finnell is the Founder and Clean Energy Ambassador of Leaders in Energy, a clean energy and sustainability networking and professional services organization, with 1700+ members worldwide who engage and collaborate on key energy, environmental, and sustainability topics. She has been passionately engaged in energy, environmental, and sustainability topics throughout her domestic and international career. In addition to serving on the Board of the National Capital Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers and its Council on Women for Energy and Environmental Leadership (CWEEL)

the Office of Nuclear Energy, Science and Technology.  There she provided technical leadership for DOE’s nuclear energy programs and facilities, including the development of next-generation nuclear power systems. From 1998-1999, Dr. Marcus spent a year in Japan as Visiting Professor in the Research Laboratory for Nuclear Reactors, Tokyo Institute of Technology.  Previously (1985-1998), Dr. Marcus had been in the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).  She served there in a variety of positions, including as technical assistant to Commissioner Kenneth Rogers at the NRC for over four years, where she contributed significantly to the NRC rules for nuclear power plant license renewal and for the standard design certification and combined licenses for new nuclear power plants. Prior to her service at NRC, Dr. Marcus was Assistant Chief of the Science Policy Research Division at the Congressional Research Service (1980-1985).  In this position, she played a lead role in policy analysis and the development of legislation for energy, nuclear power, and risk assessment and management.    

From 2001-2002, Dr. Marcus served as President of the American Nuclear Society (ANS), an 11,000 member professional society. From 2007-2008, she served as the elected Chair of the Engineering Section of AAAS.  She is a Fellow of the ANS and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and recently received the first Gail de Planque Award for “outstanding accomplishments by a woman in nuclear science and engineering.”  She was a member of the 1989-1990 National Research Council Committee on the Future Needs of Nuclear Engineering Education. Dr. Marcus recently authored a book, Nuclear Firsts:  Milestones on the Road to Nuclear Power Development, chronicling the major technical and institutional steps in the development of nuclear power, both in the United States and abroad, from the earliest days of research on the atom through some of the most recent developments.  In 2013, the book was recognized by ASME with its Engineer-Historian Award.  Dr. Marcus has an S.B. and S.M. in Physics, and an Sc.D. in Nuclear Engineering, all from MIT.  She is the first woman to earn a doctorate in nuclear engineering in the United States.

Seema Wadhwa, Assistant Vice President Sustainability and Wellness at Inova Health System

Ms. Seema Wadhwa is the Assistant Vice President of Sustainability and Wellness for Inova Health System.  Ms. Wadhwa embraces health and wellness as core drivers for sustainability and her strategic planning and management efforts have demonstrated multi-million dollar savings and measurable impacts.   Ms. Wadhwa has influenced the national conversation on sustainability in healthcare while leading the Healthier Hospitals Initiative from launch to over 1300 hospitals enrolled across the nation.  
She began her career as a Civil Engineering working to build communities and now works to build healthier communities. Ms. Wadhwa has a passion for sharing knowledge and co-authored the first book for leadership in the field of healthcare sustainability. Her publications also include material in variety of books on topics ranging from teaching sustainability to sustainability in managerial ethics. Ms. Wadhwa has been quoted in national publications including Modern Healthcare, Becker’s Review and Healthcare Finance.

Ms. Wadhwa is an accomplished public speaker and has been included on panels and roundtables at 


11:30 to 12:30 pm   Registration and lunch (lunch is included with cost of admission)

12:30 to 1:45 pm     CWEEL Panel:  “Making an Impact in Your Clean Energy and Sustainability Career”

Registration:   The cost of admission is just $40.00 for National Capital Chapter Members and $40.00 for non-members.  Students with valid identification are admitted free-of-charge.  Advance registration for all attendees is strongly recommended to ensure sufficient space and meals.  Please visit www.aeencc/org/events.html to register.


The Association of Energy Engineers- National Capital Chapter (AEE NCC) is hosting its Council on Women in Energy & Environmental Leadership (CWEEL) lunch and panel.    The topic is “Making an Impact in Your Clean Energy and Sustainability Career.”    Women leaders who are making important impacts in a number of different energy sectors including solar, bioenergy, energy efficiency (still in process), and nuclear will share their perspectives on the impacts they think they are making in their career; key developments that they are seeing in their sectors that can help our society move towards a more sustainable energy system;  jobs and skills that they see as being needed in these areas; and career advice that they would give to students and others who are interested in pursuing careers tracks in clean energy and sustainability. 

Gail H. Marcus, Ph.D., Independent Consultant

Dr. Gail H. Marcus is presently an independent consultant on nuclear power technology and policy.  She has over 35 years of experience, including nearly 30 years working on nuclear regulation and development, both for U.S. government agencies and for an international agency.

Her recent work has focused on analysis of and assistance to countries considering nuclear power, as well as analysis of advanced reactor and post-Fukushima issues for private clients.  In 2013, she also advised 14 engineering students studying science policy in Washington DC as part of the Washington Internships for Students of Engineering (WISE).

​Dr. Marcus served as Deputy Director-General of the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) in Paris from 2004-2007, where she oversaw work on nuclear safety and regulation, economic and policy analyses of nuclear power, radiation protection, radioactive waste management, and nuclear law for the 28 member countries of the Agency.  From 1999 through 2004, Dr. Marcus served as Principal Deputy Director of 

February 5th: Women in Energy and Environmental Leadership Lunch and Panel Session - “Making an Impact in Your Clean Energy and Sustainability Career”


Friday, February 5th


Multipurpose Room and Auditorium
Founder’s Hall
George Mason University – Arlington Campus
3351 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22201-4426