Panelists

URBAN MOBILITY PANEL

Yafeng Yin, University of Michigan. Yin is a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Michigan. His research interests include analysis, modeling, design and optimization of transportation systems towards achieving sustainability and economic efficiency. His ongoing research involves examining the interdependency of urban infrastructure systems, and investigating the implications of emerging vehicular and information technologies on urban mobility.

Maged DessoukyUniversity of Southern California. Dessouky is Professor and Chair of the Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Southern California. He was recipient of the 2007 Transportation Science & Logistics Best Paper Prize (“Optimal Slack Time for Schedule-Based Transit Operations”).

 Lindsey D. Cameron, University of Michigan. Cameron is a PhD candidate at the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business and formerly a pre-doctoral fellow at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Starting in Fall 2019 she will be an assistant professor of management at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Cameron’s research focuses on work, workers, and organizing in post-bureaucratic organizations with an emphasis on equity, inclusion, and worker well-being.

Nigel Jacob, Co-founder of the Boston Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics.  MONUM is a civic innovation incubator and R&D Lab within Boston’s City Hall. Nigel’s work is about making urban life better via innovative, people-oriented applications of technology and design. Prior to joining the City of Boston in 2006, Nigel worked in a series of technology start-ups in the Boston area. Nigel’s work has been written about extensively in magazines such as Wired, MIT Technology Review, Fast Company and books including The Responsive City, by Stephen Goldsmith and Susan Crawford and Smart Cities by Anthony Townsend.

 

CLOUD COMPUTING PANEL

Carole-Jean Wu, Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering in Arizona State University and Research Scientist with Facebook’s AI Infrastructure. Professor Wu works in the area of Computer and System Architectures. In particular, her research interests include high-performance and energy-efficient computer architecture through hardware heterogeneity, energy harvesting techniques for emerging computing devices, temperature and energy management for portable electronics, performance characterization, analysis and prediction, and memory subsystem designs. More recently, her research has pivoted into designing systems for machine learning.

John Goodhue, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center. The MGHPCC supports scientific computing needs of faculty-driven research at MIT, University of Massachusetts, Boston University, Northeastern University, and Harvard University. John is a business and technical leader with 30 years experience in networking and high performance computing. John has held senior engineering management, general management, and technology leadership positions at Cisco Systems, where he led the development and marketing of Internet routers for service providers, and BBN Technologies, where he led projects to develop Internet routing and High Performance Computing technologies.

Emmanuel Arzuaga, Associate Professor, Departments of Computer Science and Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez (UPRM). Professor Arzuaga is currently the director of the Laboratory for Applied Remote Sensing, Imaging and Photonics (LARSIP) and the Co-Director of the Center for Aerospace and Unmanned Systems Engineering (CAUSE). His research interests include: Virtualization, Cloud Infrastructure, Pattern Recognition, Remote Sensing, and Computer Systems Architecture and Security.

 

ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND BUSINESS MODEL INNOVATION PANEL

Marshall Van Alstyne, Professor of Information Systems at the Questrom School of Business, Boston University. Professor Van Alstyne is one of the leading experts in network business models. He conducts research on information economics, covering such topics as communications markets, the economics of networks, intellectual property, social effects of technology, and productivity effects of information. As co-developer of the concept of “two sided networks” he has been a major contributor to the theory of network effects, a set of ideas now taught in more than 50 business schools worldwide.

James Zimbardi, CEO of Rent Items, Inc., a peer-to-peer rental marketplace. James is a senior executive and entrepreneurial-minded leader with experience growing businesses and getting results for startups and progressive thinking corporations. He has over 19 years of experience working with organizations such as Walt Disney Company, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), World Vision, National Cancer Institute, SmartCity, and Florida Hospital.

Andrew Gouldstone, Director and Generate Faculty Co-Advisor, Michael J. and Ann Sherman Center for Engineering Entrepreneurship Education at Northeastern University. The Sherman Center has a mission to enable interdisciplinary student entrepreneurship by providing education about tools, concepts, and resources to foster creativity and the ability to develop commercially viable ideas. Since its opening in May 2014, the new program’s cur­riculum is designed to arm engi­neering students with the appro­priate entre­pre­neurial skills to suc­cess­fully pitch and com­mer­cialize their inno­va­tions. Work­shops and courses are led by Northeastern fac­ulty and inno­va­tors from industry.

 

DISTRIBUTED ELECTRICITY PANEL

 Forrest Watkins, Solstice Community Solar Low-Income Inclusion Program Manager. Forrest handles development, grant writing, and content creation at Solstice. Previously, over a yearlong Princeton in Asia Fellowship and a two-year world bicycle tour, he developed 360 By Bike, an independent journalism project aimed at understanding and documenting the global impacts of climate change and the energy transition. In his years on the road, he saw first-hand the inequalities inherent in our current energy systems, and resolved to use his skills to help democratize ownership and control of the next generation of energy resources.

Lynne Kiesling, Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at Purdue University and the Associate Director of the Purdue University Research Center in Economics. Professor Kiesling’s research focuses on transactive energy uses transaction cost economics to examine regulation, market design, and technology in the development of retail markets, products and services and the economics of smart grid technologies in the electricity industry. She also writes about economics as the editor and owner at the website Knowledge Problem. Kiesling is an emerita member of the GridWise Architecture Council.

Marla Perez-Lugo, University of Puerto Rico, National Institute for Energy and Island Sustainability. Perez-Lugo is a professor of Sociology at the Department of Social Sciences, University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez (UPRM), since 2002. She received her Ph.D. in environmental sociology, with a special focus on vulnerability to natural hazards and risk/disaster communications, from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey (2003). Since 2005, her research has shifted towards the social aspects of energy, energy policy, interdisciplinary energy studies and public engagement in energy decision-making processes in Puerto Rico.

Cecilio Ortiz Garcia, University of Puerto Rico, National Institute for Energy and Island Sustainability. Ortiz Garcia is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez. His research focuses on environmental /energy justice issues and the governance of socio-technical systems transitions. He is the author of “Airs of Injustice: How Air Pollution Affects the Health of Hispanics and Latinos in the U.S. (2004). In 2009, Dr. Ortiz Garcia served as Co-Principal Investigator in the project Sustainable Development for Rural Communities: Social, Health, Economic and Environmental Advances. Through this project a consortium of universities and colleges in Mexico, Canada and the United States tackled crucial issues in rural sustainability preparing a new generation of students and creating a collaborative network of researchers.

Halina Szejnwald Brown, Professor Emerita of Environmental Science and Policy at Clark University. Dr. Szejnwald Brown is co-founder of the graduate Program in Environmental Science and Policy at Clark University, an Associate Fellow of the Tellus Institute in Boston, Co-founder and Executive Board Member of the Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative (SCORAI), a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and a fellow of the International Society for Risk Analysis (SRA). She is actively engaged in the city of Newton’s Climate Action Planning process.