The affiliated faculty and technical staff of i4Energy are its creative core, a team of national leaders focused on high-impact innovation.

Carl Blumstein
Managing Director, i4Energy
Director, California Institute for Energy & Environment

Carl Blumstein is a founder of CIEE, working to define, plan, and manage public-interest energy research. He played a role in the establishment of the California Energy Commission’s Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program in 1998, and has worked closely with it since. His research centers on energy efficiency, energy policy, and restructuring the electric-power supply industry. He chairs the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), among many pivotal appointments in the field. He holds a BS from Reed College, an MS from San Diego State University, and his PhD in chemistry from UC San Diego.

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Karl Brown
Deputy Director, California Institute for Energy & Environment

Karl Brown is Deputy Director of California Institute for Energy & Environment (CIEE) and Director for CIEE's Energy Use in Buildings program. As Program Director, he plans and manages new technology demonstration efforts that are leading to deep reductions in energy consumption by buildings. Karl also helps develop energy policy for the University of California (UC), provides energy planning support for UC campuses and contributes to UC system wide energy initiatives.

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Richard Brown
Research Scientist, Building Technologies & Urban Systems, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Rich Brown is a research scientist with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where he has conducted research on energy use in buildings for over twenty years. He leads a team developing solutions to address the growing energy use of electronics and miscellaneous equipment in buildings.

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Duncan Callaway
Assistant Professor, Energy & Resources Group, UC Berkeley

Duncan Callaway joined the Energy & Resources Group (ERG) as an assistant professor in the Fall of 2009, and he holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He received his PhD in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from Cornell University in 2001 and subsequently held an NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at the University of California, Davis.

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David Culler
Faculty Director, i4Energy
Professor and Chair, Computer Science, UC Berkeley

David Culler has advanced many critical technologies since joining the UC Berkeley faculty in computer science in 1989. His research centers on complex energy systems, embedded wireless networks, cybersecurity, global Internet services, and parallel computing. A member of the National Academy of Engineering, he is a Fellow of both ACM and IEEE. In 2003 his work on networks of wireless sensors earned him a place on Scientific American’s annual list of top 50 innovators and Technology Review’s “10 Emerging Technologies That Will Change the World.” Culler earned his BA at UC Berkeley and his PhD at MIT.

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Girish Ghatikar
Program Manager, Demand Response Standards & Codes, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Girish Ghatikar is a Program Manager with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory overseeing Demand Response (DR) technologies, Open Auto-DR standards, international Smart Grid, and energy-related services and markets

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Chris Jones
Research Associate, Energy & Resources Group, UC Berkeley

Chris Jones is the lead coordinating researcher at the CoolClimate Network, a research program of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley. He also currently serves as co-chair of the Behavior, Energy and Climate Change Conference and is a doctoral student in the Energy and Resources Group at UC Berkeley.

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Sila Kiliccote
Acting Group Leader, Grid Integration Group, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Sila Kiliccote, with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, has been a part of the demand response team developing an automated communication infrastructure, integrating it with building control systems, and working with stakeholders to standardize the information model.

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Igor Paprotny
Research Scientist, Electrical Engineering, UC Berkeley

Igor Paprotny is Research Scientist at the Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center (BSAC) at UC Berkeley where he is involved in applying MEMS technologies to distributed self powered microsensors for the Smart Grid, microrobotics and pollution monitoring using air microfluidics. He received his PhD in Computer Science from Dartmouth College, holds an Engineering Diploma in Mechatronics from the NKI College of Engineering in Oslo, Norway, and BS and MS degrees in Industrial Engineering from Arizona State University.

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Therese Peffer
Associate Director, i4Energy
Research Coordinator, California Institute for Energy & Environment

Therese Peffer, works on Demand Response, Smart Grid and Building-to-Grid research projects based at CITRIS and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Her current focus, energy consumption displays, thermostats, and consumer behavior, includes developing metrics for the EPA's EnergyStar specifications on climate controls, and other user interface usability research. Therese earned a Master's degree in Architecture at the University of Oregon, and a BA in neurobiology and psychology from UC Berkeley.

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Mary Ann Piette
Research Director, Demand Response Research Center, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Mary Ann Piette, Research Director of the Demand Response Research Center, is also the Deputy of the Building Technologies Department, and has been at LBNL since 1983. Mary Ann has extensive experience developing and evaluating low-energy technologies for buildings. She has a Master's of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley and a Licentiate in Building Services Engineering from the Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden.

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Pit Pillatsch
Postdoctoral Researcher, Berkeley Manufacturing Institute (BMI), UC Berkeley

Pit Pillatsch is a Postdoctoral Researcher with the Berkeley Manufacturing Institute (BMI) and is involved in several projects funded by the California Energy Commission (CEC), FlexTech and the Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute (BECI) as well as i4energy. He received his M.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ) after completing his thesis at Kyoto University (Japan) in 2010. He finished his Ph.D. on vibrational energy harvesting in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Imperial College London (UK), in 2013 and continued working in that group as the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Doctoral Prize Fellow before starting this position here in Berkeley with Prof. Paul Wright.

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Sascha Von Meier
Co-Director Electric Grid, California Institute for Energy & Environment

Alexandra "Sascha" von Meier, Co-Director in CIEE's Electric Grid program area, and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at UC Berkeley. She is currently studying technical and operational issues related to the integration of high levels of renewable resources in "smart grids", in particular, increasing the visibility on power distribution circuits through advanced instrumentation. Sascha received a BA in physics in 1986 and a PhD in Energy and Resources in 1995 from UC Berkeley.

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Paul Wright
Director, Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute
A. Martin Berlin Professor, Mechanical Engineering, UC Berkeley

Paul K. Wright is the Director of the Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute (BECI) and Director Emeritus of the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS). He is a professor in the mechanical engineering department and holds the A. Martin Berlin Chair. Born in London, Paul obtained his degrees from the University of Birmingham, England came to the United States in 1979 following appointments at the University of Auckland, New Zealand and Cambridge University England.

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Gaymond Yee
Research Coordinator, Enabling Technologies, California Institute for Energy & Environment

Gaymond Yee served as founding Technical Director of i4Energy. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering and a Master of Engineering Degree in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley.