AZSEC 2020 Tutorials
Charlie Smith is a member of the IEEE Power and Energy Society; a member of CIGRE, the International Council on Large Electric Systems; a member of the American Meteorological Society; and a Fellow of the IEEE. He is a guest editor for the IEEE Power and Energy magazine, and a past editor for the IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy. Mr. Smith received the IEEE PES Ramakumar Family Renewable Energy Excellence Award in 2014.
He received his BSME and MS degrees from MIT in 1970. He currently serves as the Executive Director of the Utility Variable-Generation Integration Group (UVIG). Previously, he served as President of Electrotek Concepts, a power engineering consulting firm. He has over 40 years of experience in the electric power industry.
Zachary Holman is an Associate Professor in the School of Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering at Arizona State University, as well as the Director of Faculty Entrepreneurship within the Fulton Schools of Engineering. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota for his work on plasma- synthesized silicon and germanium nanocrystals, after which he spent two years as a postdoctoral researcher developing high-efficiency silicon solar cells at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland. His research group at ASU focuses on new materials, processes, and device designs for high-efficiency silicon solar cells and silicon-based tandem solar cells. He has been named a Moore Inventor Fellow, Trustees of ASU Professor, Fulton Entrepreneurial Professor, and Joseph C. Palais Distinguished Faculty Scholar, and he is the co-founder of an advanced materials start-up company, Swift Coat.
Ellen B. Stechel is Co-Director, ASU LightWorks®; Professor of Practice, School of Molecular Sciences; Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University (ASU;) and Fellow of the Institute for the Future of Innovation in Society. She received her PhD in Chemical Physics in 1978 from the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL. Her career has afforded her opportunities to build and/or coordinate research programs at a national laboratory, industry, a U.S. government agency, and now in higher education at ASU; in both basic and applied research; policy and commercialization of emerging technologies; and in multidisciplinary R&D strategy and management. She has held and holds numerous positions of an advisory or editorial capacity nationally and internationally and has published >100 peer reviewed articles. Her current research focuses on materials and systems design for solar technologies for producing sustainable liquid hydrocarbons from carbon dioxide, hydrogen from advanced water splitting, clean water, renewable ammonia, and for thermochemical and chemical energy storage.
Andrea Achilli is an Assistant Professor in the Chemical and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Arizona and affiliated faculty at the UA Water and Energy Sustainable Technology (WEST) Center. He received a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Nevada, Reno where he developed the osmotic membrane bioreactor and investigated pressure retarded osmosis. He has 15 years of research experience in membrane processes for desalination and water reuse, including membrane distillation and energy recovery. His research focuses on process integration and energy aspects in water and wastewater treatments. Dr. Achilli is the PI or Co-PI of several funded research projects for membrane contactor processes and hybrid systems for desalination and water reuse. Current funding sources include the Bureau of Reclamation, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), the Department of Energy RAPID program, and the Department of Defense ESTCP program.