Maury Dobbie

Acting Executive Director, Colorado Energy Research Collaboratory
Assistant Director, Center for the New Energy Economy

Maury Dobbie began her entrepreneurial career at the age of 19. Over a span of 27 years, she founded and operated six diverse companies, holding CEO or principal positions. Prior to joining the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University in 2011, Maury was president/CEO of a regional not-for-profit economic development corporation in Northern Colorado. While the CEO of the economic development corporation, Dobbie helped stand up the Northern Colorado Clean Energy Cluster and has participated in Colorado’s new energy economy movement since 2006.  She worked with industry partners to create CSU’s Systems Engineering Program and the Clean Tech Certification Program at Front Range Community College.  Ms. Dobbie splits part of her time as Executive Director of the Colorado Energy Research Collaboratory. In past years, she has received numerous business awards, including the Entrepreneur of the Year award from the Northern Colorado Business Report; the Woman Leader of Excellence award from the Colorado Women’s Leadership Coalition; Top 10 Women Making a Difference; Creative Vision for Women; the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Women in Business Champion of the Year; and Office Depot’s prestigious national Businesswoman of the Year award.


Peter F. Green

Deputy Laboratory Director
Science and Technology
National Renewable Energy Laboratory

On August 1, 2016, Dr. Peter Green became the Deputy Laboratory Director for Science and Technology for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Green began his career at Sandia National Laboratories in 1985 where he later became Manager of Glass and Electronic Ceramics Research, from 1990-1996. In 1996 he moved to the University of Texas, Austin, where he became Professor of Chemical Engineering, and was the B.F. Goodrich Professor of Materials Engineering. Later in 2005 he was recruited to the University of Michigan to become Chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Green was the Vincent T. and Gloria M. Gorguze Professor of Engineering, and also Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Macromolecular Science and Engineering, Applied Physics. He was also the Director of the DOE Energy Frontier Center (EFRC) –Center for solar and thermal energy conversion (CSTEC). Green has served as President of the Materials Research Society (MRS), and as member of various external advisory boards for Government Laboratories, Universities, the National Academies and private foundations. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK), Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Fellow of the American Ceramics Society and Fellow of the American Physical Society. He earned a doctorate in Materials Science and Engineering from Cornell University in 1985. Green attended Hunter College, N.Y. (1977-1981), where he earned B.A. and M.A. degrees in Physics (honors).


Bill Ritter

Center for the New Energy Economy

Bill Ritter, Jr. is the founder and director of the Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE) at Colorado State University which launched on February 1, 2011. The Center employs an assistant director, five senior policy advisors, an executive assistant and a team of student researchers. The Center works directly with governors, legislators, regulators, planners, policymakers, and other decision makers. It provides technical assistance to help officials create the policies and practices that will facilitate America’s transition to a clean-energy economy. Ritter was elected as Colorado’s 41st governor in 2006, and built consensus to tackle some of the state’s biggest challenges. During his four-year term, Ritter established Colorado as a national and international leader in clean energy, by building a new energy economy. He signed 57 new energy bills into law, including a 30% Renewable Portfolio Standard and a Clean Air Clean Jobs Act that replaced nearly a gigawatt of coal-fired generation with natural gas. In total, the Colorado new energy economy created thousands of new jobs. Ritter is a member of the board of the directors of the Energy Foundation and a senior fellow and member of the board of directors of the Advanced Energy Economy Institute. Ritter earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Colorado State University (1978) and his law degree from the University of Colorado (1981). With his wife Jeannie, he operated a food distribution and nutrition center in Zambia. He then served as Denver’s district attorney from 1993 to January 2005.


Martin Keller, Ph.D.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Martin Keller became the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) director on November 30, 2015. NREL is the Department of Energy’s primary laboratory for energy efficiency and renewable energy research and development. NREL is operated for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) by Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC (Alliance). Martin also serves as the President of Alliance. Martin joined Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in July 2006. He was appointed to the role of Associate Laboratory Director at ORNL on July 1, 2009. On November 1, 2010, a new directorate was formed, Energy and Environmental Sciences, and he was asked to lead this newly-established directorate. As Associate Laboratory Director of this directorate, he was responsible for the energy, biological, and environmental research programs at ORNL supported by DOE, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Institutes of Health. Martin served as the Founding Director of the DOE BioEnergy Science Center, and, before being named Associate Laboratory Director at ORNL, he served as the Director of the Biosciences Division. Between 1996 and 2006 Martin held a series of research management positions within Diversa Corporation, a publicly-traded biotechnology company in San Diego. Martin joined Diversa Corporation in June 1994 as a consultant to build and develop the microbiology expertise within Diversa, before joining Diversa Corporation full time in 1996. Martin was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2013. Martin received his Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Regensburg, Germany.


Dr. Mark A. Northam

Director of the School of Energy Resources
University of Wyoming

Mark Northam came to the university in 2007 after a year and a half with Saudi Aramco in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia where he worked as a Research Science Consultant in the Research and Development Center. Prior to joining Saudi Aramco, Mark worked for over twenty years at Mobil and ExxonMobil. He held a variety of domestic and international positions in research, operations and management during that time. His technical background is in the area of fossil energy natural systems with primary focus on exploration for and development of coal, oil and gas accumulations. He also has extensive experience in carbon dioxide management technologies and processes. Mark earned a Ph.D. degree in Organic Geochemistry from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Wake Forest University. He is originally from Virginia.


Robert Simm

Water/Wastewater Treatment Specialist
Dr. Robert Simm leads the Process Engineering group for Stantec’s Water sector. He is a Senior Vice President with over 25 years of experience in municipals and industrial wastewater treatment, including process evaluation and design, project management, facility planning and optimization, pilot testing, operators training and
contract administration. Dr. Simm is an expert in biological nutrient removal design having completed over 30 related projects. He has published numerous papers on biological nutrient removal, specifically nitrogen removal, and remains active in ongoing research and development in wastewater engineering. He is currently an active member of the IWA Water and Wastewater Companies for Climate Mitigation Expert Group. Dr. Simm is currently on faculty at the University of British Columbia as an Adjunct Professor in the Civil Engineering Department. Dr. Simm received his Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering at University of British Columbia, his MS in Environmental Engineering at University of British Columbia, and his BS in Civil Engineering from University of British Columbia.


Frank Prager

Vice President,
Policy and Federal Affairs
Xcel Energy

Frank Prager is vice president of Policy and Federal Affairs at Xcel Energy, a U.S. investor-owned electricity and natural gas company with regulated operations in eight Midwestern and Western states. Frank is responsible for advancing Xcel Energy’s public policy and ensuring the company’s positions create value for the corporation, its customers and its many stakeholders. His organization designs and advocates for federal and state policies associated with a number of energy-related issues, including the environment, climate change, renewable energy, utility regulation, energy markets, tax issues, transmission and innovative technologies. It also represents the company before U.S. Congress and with various federal agencies. Frank has been with Xcel Energy for almost 21 years. Previously, Frank was the company’s vice president of Strategy and Policy. He also served as vice president of Environmental Policy and Services where he was responsible for the company’s environmental compliance and policy. Frank started his career at Xcel Energy as assistant general counsel, representing the company on environmental matters. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado, with degrees in Chemical Engineering and English. He earned his law degree from Stanford University. Prior to joining the utility industry, he was an associate at Holland & Hart in Denver and in-house environmental counsel at The Gates Corporation.


Paul Johnson

Colorado School of Mines
Dr. Paul Johnson is the 17th President of Colorado School of Mines. Mines is world‐ renowned for producing highly sought‐after scientists and engineers, innovations, and objective analyses, especially in fields relevant to earth, energy, and the environment. Dr. Johnson’s career reflects his strong passion for innovation, education, and student success. He began his career at Shell Development in Houston, TX, developing novel approaches for managing and treating contaminated soil and groundwater sites. He then joined the faculty at Arizona State and later the Colorado School of Mines. As an academic leader he has focused on creating signature student experiences, expanding experiential learning opportunities, increasing peer‐to‐peer interactions, growing entrepreneurial ecosystems, and supporting use‐inspired discovery and innovation, all for the purposes of improving student retention and graduation rates and growing the economic and societal impact of the university. A chemical engineer by training, Dr. Johnson earned a BS from the University of California‐ Davis and masters and doctoral degrees from Princeton University. He has been recognized for excellence in teaching and innovation through numerous awards, including the Fair Distinguished Engineering Educator Award from the Water Environment Federation, the Brown and Caldwell Lifetime Achievement Award in Remediation, and the National Ground Water Association’s Keith E. Anderson Award. He continues to teach and mentor students, lead research projects, and share his expertise with industry, government, and professional organizations.


John Hickenlooper


John Hickenlooper is a lifetime entrepreneur. He recently added “author” to his resume with the publication of his forthcoming memoir, The Opposite of Woe: My Life in Beer and Politics. When he was inaugurated Governor of Colorado in 2011, having run on his history of collaboration for community good, he became the first Denver mayor to be elected governor in 150 years. He also became the first geologist to become a governor in the history of the nation, and the first brewer since Sam Adams in 1792. He has recruited talent from all quarters, and is redefining the relationship between a state government and its business and civic communities. Governor Hickenlooper’s goal is to create the most pro‐business state government, but with the highest environmental and ethical standards. His administration has already examined more than 16,000 rules and regulations, and either eliminated or streamlined more than half of them. They have created the Colorado Innovation Network (COIN) and provided Advanced Manufacturing Grants to accelerate start‐ups and early stage technology businesses. They are building an integrated workforce training system, in conjunction with the Markle Foundation and LinkedIn, that will create a single, seamless continuum for education and workforce preparation, from childhood to old age. Governor Hickenlooper applied his passion to create good government on a national level as well. His 2015 “Chair’s Initiative” at the National Governors Association, focusing on hiring, appropriate creation and implementation of regulations, and continuous improvement, was a bipartisan success. He is a great believer that governors, far more than Congress, can revive American democracy.


Phil DiStefano

University of Colorado Boulder

Dr. Philip P. DiStefano is the Chancellor at the University of Colorado Boulder. Prior to his appointment on May 5, 2009, Dr. DiStefano was the top academic officer at CU Boulder for eight years as the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. He served as interim chancellor twice during pivotal times in the university’s history. Dr. DiStefano co-chaired the steering committee for CU Boulder’s visionary strategic plan, Flagship 2030, conceived with campus, community and statewide input, to guide CU Boulder for decades to come. Today, Dr. DiStefano is shepherding its implementation as Flagship 2030 moves from vision to reality. Dr. DiStefano has served CU Boulder for 42 years. He joined the University of Colorado in 1974 as an Assistant Professor of Curriculum and Instruction at the School of Education. His academic career flourished as he assumed a series of academic and administrative positions, including Professor, Associate Dean, Dean and Vice Chancellor. He was appointed Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs in 2001. A first-generation college graduate, Dr. DiStefano earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Ohio State University and a Master of Arts degree in English Education from West Virginia University. He holds a Doctorate in Humanities Education from Ohio State University, where he served as a teaching and research associate.


Franklin (Lynn) Orr

Under Secretary for Science and Energy
U.S. Department of Energy

Dr. Franklin (Lynn) M. Orr was sworn in as the Under Secretary for Science and Energy on December 17, 2014. As the Under Secretary, Dr. Orr is the principal advisor to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary on clean energy technologies and science and energy research initiatives.  Dr. Orr is the inaugural Under Secretary for the office, which was created by Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz to closely integrate DOE’s basic science, applied research, technology development, and deployment efforts. As Under Secretary, he oversees DOE’s offices of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Fossil Energy, Indian Energy Policy and Programs, Nuclear Energy, and Science.  In total, these programs steward the majority of DOE’s National Laboratories (13 of 17). Prior to joining the Department of Energy, Dr. Orr was the Keleen and Carlton Beal Professor Emeritus in the Department of Energy Resources Engineering at Stanford University. He joined Stanford in 1985.  He served as the founding director of the Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford University from 2009 to 2013.  He was the founding director of the Stanford Global Climate and Energy Project from 2002 to 2008, and he served as Dean of the School of Earth Sciences at Stanford from 1994 to 2002.  He was head of the miscible flooding section at the New Mexico Petroleum Recovery Research Center, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology from 1978 to 1985, a research engineer at the Shell Development Company Bellaire Research Center from 1976 to 1978, and assistant to the director, Office of Federal Activities, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 1970 to 1972. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and a B.S. from Stanford University, both in Chemical Engineering. Dr. Orr is also a member of the National Academy of Engineering.  He served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute from 1987 to 2014, and was a member of the Board of Trustees of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation from 1999 to 2008, for which he has also chaired the Science Advisory Panel for the Packard Fellowships in Science and Engineering from 1988 to 2014.  He served as a member of the 2008/09 National Research Council Committee on America’s Energy Future.


Terri Fiez

Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation
University of Colorado Boulder

Dr. Terri Fiez joined CU Boulder one year ago to be the Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation.  In this role, she is responsible for the $425 million research portfolio which includes supporting current research operations, growing cross disciplinary collaboration, and building research partnerships with other universities, industry and federal laboratories.  The Research and Innovation Office (RIO) has been expanded to include the office of technology transfer and the office of industry collaboration.  RIO is leading the university’s first grand challenge focused on space exploration and earth observation.  Additionally, RIO is leading the Innovation and Entrepreneurship initiative that CU Boulder is embarking on beginning this fall.  Prior to joining CU Boulder, Dr. Fiez was Head of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Oregon State University (OSU).  In this role, she built strong industry partnerships, grew nationally known research strengths & she was an education serial entrepreneur.  In 2008-09 she took a leave of absence from OSU to co-found, launch and serve as CEO of a solar electronics startup company and since then she has helped support several other early stage startup companies.  Her scholarly interests focus on analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits and novel approaches to innovative education where she has published over 150 papers & advised over 80 graduate students.


Bryan Hannegan

Associate Director
Energy Systems Integration
National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Dr. Bryan Hannegan is the Associate Director for Energy Systems Integration at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the U.S. Department of Energy’s primary national laboratory for energy efficiency and renewable energy research and development. In this role, he leads NREL’s global initiative to optimize links between electricity, fuel, thermal, water, and communication networks in order to enable a more sustainable society. Prior to joining NREL, Dr. Hannegan held several research leadership positions in fossil energy, renewable energy, and environmental science and technology at the Electric Power Research Institute, the non-profit R&D arm of the electric power industry. Earlier in his career, Dr. Hannegan served as a senior energy advisor to President George W. Bush in staff positions for the Council on Environmental Quality and the National Economic Council, and he has also served as a staff scientist for the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Dr. Hannegan is a former elected Director of the Coastside County Water District, and he serves on numerous professional societies and commissions, including the California Council on Science and Technology, the American Meteorological Society’s Board on Global Strategies, and the International Energy Agency’s Renewable Energy Industry Advisory Board. Dr. Hannegan holds a Doctorate in earth system science and a Master of Science in engineering, both from the University of California, Irvine, and he also holds a Bachelor of Science in meteorology from the University of Oklahoma.


Dan Zimmerle

Senior Research Associate
Energy Institute at Colorado State University

Daniel Zimmerle is a Senior Research Associate in the Energy Institute @ Colorado State. Zimmerle was a principal investigator on three major studies of methane emissions in the natural gas supply chain, and for the ARPA-E MONITOR test facility at CSU. Additionally, Zimmerle also has major research programs looking at microgrids for remote communities and the integration of distributed generation into power systems. Prior to CSU, he served as the Chief Operating Officer at Spirae, Inc. and worked 20 years at Hewlett Packard and Agilent Technologies including experience as both a division general manager and R&D manager. He has lead organizations in several business areas, including computer systems, test systems, and consumer products. Organizations included personnel in the US, Ireland, Singapore and other countries. He holds a BSME and MSME from North Dakota State University.


Ken Carlson

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Colorado State University

Dr. Kenneth Carlson is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Colorado State University with over 25 years of experience addressing water and wastewater related issues. He is director of the Center for Energy Water Sustainability (CEWS) and in this role directs research related to optimizing the synergies between water and energy. Current projects include reducing the cost of produced water recycle treatment technologies, real-time ground water monitoring in oil and gas fields, and GIS-based Decision Support Tool development for managing water and wastewater in spatially diverse oil and gas operations. In addition, the CEWS is conducting research on using treated produced water for agricultural irrigation, a project that is using produced water with different levels of treatment to grow biofuel crops and analyzing impacts to soil, crop productivity and plant tissue chemical uptake. Additional CEWS research includes developing climate change adaptation strategies for military installations around the world. He has a BS in chemical engineering from the University of Wisconsin, MS in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University and a PhD in Environmental Engineering from the University of Colorado – Boulder.


Tzahi Cath

Professor of Environmental Engineering
Colorado School of Mines

Dr. Cath is a professor of environmental engineering at the Colorado School of Mines. His main field of research is membrane processes for wastewater treatment, desalination of saline and hypersaline brines, reclamation of impaired water for potable reuse, and energy from water and wastewater. Dr. Cath is a PI on many research projects focusing on the integration of membrane processes in seawater and brackish water desalination, in domestic and industrial wastewater treatment (including oil & gas wastewater), and in life support systems. Other areas of research include development of decision support tools for selection of treatment technologies and life cycle assessment of novel water and wastewater treatment processes. Prof. Cath is the director of the Advanced Water Technology Center (AQWATEC) and the Chair of the Research Council at the Colorado School of Mines.


Dag Nummedal

Director, Colorado Energy Research Institute
Colorado School of Mines

Dag Nummedal is director at the Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO. CERI was established by an act of the Colorado legislature for the purpose of coordinating energy research across disciplinary boundaries and between the many universities and research institutions in Colorado. CERI began operations on July 1, 2004. The initial programs are focused on issues in carbon sequestration, enhanced oil recovery, coal bed methane, oil shale research, and selected themes in sustainable energy and energy education. Prior to joining CSM, Nummedal was Professor of Geology and Geophysics at Louisiana State University (1978-1996) and the University of Wyoming (2000-2004), and served as manager of E&P geosciences at the Unocal Corporation, Houston, TX (1996-2000). Nummedal’s research over the past 40 years has covered a broad range, including sequence stratigraphy, lacustrine sedimentation, tectonics and stratigraphy, depositional systems, energy systems analysis, sustainable energy technologies, carbon sequestration and global climate mitigation. Nummedal served as president of SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology) in 2001-02, was AAPG distinguished speaker for Europe in 2002, & currently serves on the board of Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA).


Bob McGrath

Director of Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI)
University of Colorado Boulder

Dr. Robert McGrath serves as Director of Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI), a joint institute between the University of Colorado Boulder and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).  Prior to joining RASEI in 2015, Bob served as senior vice president at the Georgia Institute of Technology and director of the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) providing a broad array of innovative technologies for DoD.  Under his leadership, GTRI created over 500 new jobs & grew to more than 2,000 employees.   Over the years, Dr. McGrath has supported energy R&D programs, national laboratory/university partnerships and STEM education initiatives for Battelle Memorial Institute.  In 2008, he played an instrumental role in Battelle’s successful bid to manage and operate NREL, and served as the Laboratory’s Deputy Director during the initial contract period. From 2004-2008, Dr. McGrath served as senior vice president for research at The Ohio State University.  Between 1996-2004, Bob was professor of engineering at Penn State where he simultaneously served as associate vice president for research and director of strategic & interdisciplinary initiatives.  Earlier in his career (1981-98), Dr. McGrath served as researcher, program manager or division manager for Sandia National Laboratory, where he directed research programs on high performance computing applications; diagnostics, components and materials operating in extreme high-heat flux, intense plasma environments; and cooperative research programs with SEMATECH on microelectronics manufacturing. Dr. McGrath earned a PhD in Nuclear Engineering (plasma physics) from the University of Michigan, and completed MS, MA and BS degrees respectively in Physics, Mathematics, and Engineering Sciences at Penn State.


Bryan Willson

Executive Director
Energy Institute at Colorado State University

Dr. Bryan Willson is Executive Director of the Energy Institute at Colorado State University, where he also serves as a Professor of Mechanical Engineering. He served as a Program Director at ARPA-E (Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy, from 2012-2016 and continues to serve as a consultant / advisor to the agency). He has worked for over 25 years to develop and deploy large-scale technology solutions related to energy, air quality, and human health. As an entrepreneur, Dr. Willson is co-founder of Envirofit International, a global company that has developed solutions for clean mobility (direct injection retrofits for 2-stroke cycle engines) and is now manufacturing and distributing clean cookstoves in the developing world; Solix BioSystems, a developer of large-scale production systems for algae-based fuels and specialty chemicals; and Factor(e) Ventures, a venture development firm supporting early stage ventures working on access to energy in the developing world. In his university role, he has helped to launch or enhance numerous other companies. His research laboratory, the Engines & Energy Conversion Laboratory, has made important contributions in many areas, including: internal combustion engines, oil & gas production technology, advanced electrical grids, advanced biofuels, technology for the developing world, and advanced building technologies. He has worked in over 40 countries.


Ryan Gill

Executive Director of the BioDesign Center
Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI)

Dr. Gill is CEO, Muse bio as well as the Slade Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Executive Director of the BioDesign Center at the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI), and the Associate Director for Biotechnology of RASEI. Prof. Gill’s research bridges genomics and synthetic biology with a particular emphasis on the development of new genome-engineering technologies. Prof. Gill is Associate Editor for Synthetic Biology at Biotechnology and Bioengineering, Founding Co-Editor in Chief for Metabolic Engineering Communications, and serves in the Editorial Boards of Metabolic Engineering and ACS Synthetic Biology. Prof. Gill’s research group actively publishes their results in top journals as well as via the patenting process. Prof. Gill is co-founder of Opbxio, Inc., Biota, Inc., and Muse bio, Inc.


Anthony M. Dean

Senior Vice President
Research and Technology Transfer
Colorado School of Mines

Tony Dean is Senior Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer at the Colorado School of Mines. He had served as Dean of the College of Applied Science and Engineering at CSM from 2012-2014. He joined Mines in 2000 as the W. K. Coors Distinguished Professor in the Chemical Engineering Department. He received his B.S. in Chemistry from Spring Hill College and his A.M. and Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Harvard University. He was a faculty member and Associate Chairman in the Chemistry Department at the University of Missouri-Columbia (1970-79). He then joined the Corporate Research Labs of Exxon Research and Engineering where his group developed quantitative kinetic mechanisms to describe processes involving free radical reactions. At Mines he is still active in research. These research efforts focus on the quantitative characterization of reaction networks, with particular emphasis on the impact of fuel structure on performance and emissions. In 2008, he received the Dean’s Excellence Award from CSM. In 2012, he received the Colorado Section Award from the American Chemical Society.


Alan Rudolph

Vice President of Research
Colorado State University

Dr. Rudolph has had an active career in translating interdisciplinary life sciences into useful applications for technology development. His experience spans basic research to advanced development in government laboratories, the nonprofit and private sectors and most recently in academia.  He has published more than 100 technical publications, 3 books and 15 patents in areas including molecular biophysics, lipid self-assembly, drug delivery, blood substitutes, medical imaging, tissue engineering, neuroscience, and diagnostics. After a decade at National Research Council, he was recruited to join the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, to lead new strategic efforts to extract and exploit useful principles and practices in life sciences and technology and establish an agency-wide strategy for investments in biosciences and biotechnology. As Chief of Biological Sciences and Technology, Dr. Rudolph established a framework for investments in interdisciplinary life sciences that continues today.  In 2003, he founded two biotechnology companies with one currently in human clinical development of novel blood therapeutics.  Dr. Rudolph served in the Senior Executive Service leading the nation’s investments in biological threat defense and biosecurity from 2010-2013.  Dr. Rudolph started the International Neuroscience Network Foundation in 2006 that has funded research over the last decade in brain machine interface science & education.  He has a doctorate degree in zoology from the University of California at Davis and an MBA from George Washington University.