Paul Choe

Manager, Smart Grid Team, Corporate Development Department; ITOCHU Corporation
Paul F. Choe is Manager of Smart Grid Team, Corporate Development Department, ITOCHU Corporation.  He is responsible for creating innovative new growth strategies in smart grid and smart community areas involving sustainable new energy and integrated energy infrastructure solutions. Prior to the current position, he was actively involved in the development and implementation of cross-border market development and entry strategies for over 25 years through strategic alliance and M&A efforts in sectors such as cleantech, IT, media, food, machinery, pharmaceutical , retail, and private equity. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the College of Political Science & Economics at Korea University, after attending Premedical School at Catholic University of Korea.
+*-Paul F. Choe is Manager of Smart Grid Team, Corporate Development Department, ITOCHU Corporation. He is responsible for creating innovative new growth strategies in smart grid and smart community areas involving sustainable new energy and integrated energy infrastructure solutions. Prior to the current position, he was actively involved in the development and implementation of cross-border …
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Dr. Hideki Hayashi

General Manager - Smart Grid Technology, Transmission & Distribution Systems; Toshiba Corporation
Hideki Hayashi is General Manager-Smart Grid Technology, Transmission & Distributions Division and Chief Engineer of Smart Community Div. of Toshiba Corporation Principal Office. He has been assuming leadership roles in some of the most technically challenging smart grid projects such as Miyako-Island Micro Grid (already in operation), US-Japan Collaboration of New Mexico Smart Grid Project, Integrated Energy Storage Systems for Smart Community, Next Gen. Optimal T&D Smart Grid Projects, Japan Smart Communities, etc. He is the Japan Representative of IEC SMB SG3, Expert of TC8 AHG4 and convener of Jisc/Cenelec Smart Grid WG, member of International Standardization Working Group of Japan Smart Community Alliance (JSCA), Japanese Committee of IEC-ACTAD, and Power System Technical Committee of the Japan Electrical Manufacturers’ Association (JEMA) etc. In these capacities, he is actively participating in international and domestic committees for the next generation power network and smart grid global standards. He recently spearheaded Toshiba’s engineering efforts in the photovoltaic systems and smart grid systems. He completed his master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Graduate School of Engineering Research at the University of Tokyo in March, 1978. He then joined Toshiba Corporation in April, 1978, and has been pursuing engineering, development, design of electric power systems monitoring and control systems, and electric power system solutions. He completed his doctorate (engineering) at the University of Tokyo in 1996.
+*-Hideki Hayashi is General Manager-Smart Grid Technology, Transmission & Distributions Division and Chief Engineer of Smart Community Div. of Toshiba Corporation Principal Office. He has been assuming leadership roles in some of the most technically challenging smart grid projects such as Miyako-Island Micro Grid (already in operation), US-Japan Collaboration of New Mexico Smart Grid Project, …
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Dr. Dan Hirleman, Jr

E. Daniel Hirleman Jr. joined Purdue University as Chief Corporate and Global Partnerships Officer in 2014, with responsibility for growing strategic private sector partnerships as well as for global alliances with nations, universities, and NGOs. He also oversees the Global Policy Research Institute, and Purdue’s International Programs operation which currently serves over 9,000 students and scholars. Hirleman received the BSME with Highest Distinction from Purdue, followed by MSME and Ph.D. He received Howard Hughes Doctoral and NSF Graduate Fellowships, did six industry internships, and was a visiting researcher at the Technical University of Denmark. He joined the Arizona State University faculty where he received teaching and research awards and held multiple administrative positions culminating in associate dean for research.  In 1999 he joined Purdue as the William E. and Florence E. Perry Head of ME, and in 2010 became dean of Engineering at the University of California, Merced.  He has received: the Hon. George Brown Award for International Scientific Cooperation, and the Charles Russ Richards Memorial Award of ASME/Pi Tau Sigma. He is a Fellow of ASME and chaired Engineers for a Sustainable World. Prof. Hirleman has about 200 technical publications, 6 U.S. patents, and has presented 80 invited lectures in 14 countries on laser-based detection and identification of cells and colonies, semiconductor manufacturing, and global engineering.  His research has been supported by 70 grants from 31 companies and 10 government agencies with total funding of over $21M.  Ten inventions/technologies developed in his lab have been licensed to the private sector and/or are in commercial products. Hirleman is married to Laura Kennedy Hirleman, M.C., who has a counseling practice. They have 3 children, and serve on various boards and ministries.  For stress relief Hirleman plays competitive racquetball.
+*-E. Daniel Hirleman Jr. joined Purdue University as Chief Corporate and Global Partnerships Officer in 2014, with responsibility for growing strategic private sector partnerships as well as for global alliances with nations, universities, and NGOs. He also oversees the Global Policy Research Institute, and Purdue’s International Programs operation which currently serves over 9,000 students and …
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David Mohler

Vice President of Emerging Technology, Duke Energy
David Mohler is vice president of emerging technology for Duke Energy. He is responsible for the development and application of technologies in support of Duke Energy’s strategic objectives. Mohler has operational experience in both nuclear and fossil power generation, as well as experience in corporate marketing, human resources and business development. He also led the establishment of the technology office at Duke Energy in 2006. Mohler is a member of the advisory boards of GridPoint Inc., Verizon Wireless and the Carnegie Mellon Electric Utility Industry Center. He is a member of the Electric Power Research Institute’s Research Advisory Committee. Mohler also serves on the board of directors of the Asia Clean Energy Innovation Initiative. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University, a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of the State of New York at Albany, a Master of Arts degree from Xavier University of Cincinnati, and a Master of Science degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He also completed the Columbia University Marketing Management Program and Penn State University Executive Development Program.
+*-David Mohler is vice president of emerging technology for Duke Energy. He is responsible for the development and application of technologies in support of Duke Energy’s strategic objectives. Mohler has operational experience in both nuclear and fossil power generation, as well as experience in corporate marketing, human resources and business development. He also led the …
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Alec Proudfoot

Engineering Consultant - Proudfoot Design
Alec Proudfoot is the engineer at Google Inc. who started the RechargeIT plug-in vehicle project. He was a member of the engineering team at AeroVironment that created the GM Impact prototype. The Impact entered production as the GM EV1, the first modern high power AC induction electric vehicle. Alec has followed the alternative fuel vehicle scene as an engineer, a consumer, and journalist -- some of his footage appeared in the documentary film "Who Killed the Electric Car." In addition to his alternative fuel vehicle work, Alec has a diverse engineering career, spanning fields from aviation to medical devices to telecommunications, and has also worked as a professional helicopter pilot. Most recently, Alec was a renewable energy engineer at Google working on the RE<C project, and previously worked as an engineering manager on imaging related applications for projects including Google Book Search and Google Maps. In his "20% time," Alec advised Google's philanthropy organization on energy and transportation issues.
+*-Alec Proudfoot is the engineer at Google Inc. who started the RechargeIT plug-in vehicle project. He was a member of the engineering team at AeroVironment that created the GM Impact prototype. The Impact entered production as the GM EV1, the first modern high power AC induction electric vehicle. Alec has followed the alternative fuel vehicle …
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Dr. John Wall

Chief Technology Officer, Cummins, Inc.
Dr. John C. Wall is Vice President and Chief Technical Officer of Cummins Inc., based in Columbus, Indiana. John was named to this position in March 2000. Since joining Cummins in 1986, he has held positions in Emissions Research, Advanced Product Development, Technology Planning, and Research and Technology. As John has progressed from research and product engineering into engineering leadership, he has remained directly involved in the most critical technology programs for low emissions, powertrain efficiency and alternative fuels. He contributes domestically and internationally in the areas of diesel engine emission controls and fuel property effects on emissions. He initiated and is actively involved in Cummins’ sponsorship of a laboratory for engine research and biofuel development at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) - Bombay.  He serves on Boards of Directors of Cummins joint venture companies, including Cummins India, Ltd; Cummins Research and Technology, India; Cummins-Komatsu Industrial Power Alliance; and Cummins Westport Inc., where he also serves in a technical advisory capacity to Westport Innovations on fuel systems and combustion technology. John plays a key role with Cummins’ Science and Technology Council in identifying advanced technologies that should receive the attention of Cummins and the Council. John holds U.S. Patent 6,244,256: “High Temperature Coolant Loop for Cooled Exhaust Gas Recirculation for Internal Combustion Engines.” Before joining Cummins, John worked in fuels and lubricants research at Chevron. His research team at Chevron was the first to quantify the contribution of fuel sulfur to diesel particulate emissions. John's technical interests today include advanced technologies for emission control and energy conversion, energy and environmental policy, renewable fuels, and engineering in a global work environment. John studied Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received his SB and SM degrees from the Mechanical Engineering Honors Program in 1975 and his ScD in 1978. His doctoral research was in the area of internal combustion engine efficiency and emissions. He continued his research in engine emissions and fuel effects on emissions at Chevron Research and then at Cummins. John’s technical publications have focused primarily on engine emissions and fuel economy.  Most recently, John’s technical contributions outside Cummins have been primarily via industry working groups and speaking opportunities.
+*-Dr. John C. Wall is Vice President and Chief Technical Officer of Cummins Inc., based in Columbus, Indiana. John was named to this position in March 2000. Since joining Cummins in 1986, he has held positions in Emissions Research, Advanced Product Development, Technology Planning, and Research and Technology. As John has progressed from research and …
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John Waters

President, Waters & Associates, LLC
President of Waters & Associates, John Waters is an entrepreneurial and business development professional with over 25 years in energy, enterprise solutions, sustainability, strategic planning, and transportation. He is currently developing multiple global sustainability projects in Africa, China, and across the US. Mr. Waters is a Senior Fellow at the Sagamore Institute, and previously a member of Duke Energy’s “Thought Leaders Council”. He also serves as part-time CTO for multiple “plug-in” start-up companies. In 2008, Mr. Waters led and co-developed a $2B business plan for the energy supply and transportation sectors and was founding CEO of Bright Automotive, Inc. Bright was an automotive OEM developing a 100-MPG plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) for the commercial fleet sector. Prior to leading Bright, Mr. Waters was Vice President of Transportation at Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) where he established the consulting practice and provided energy efficiency solutions for Fortune 100 companies. Prior to RMI, he was VP of Business Development for EnerDel, Inc., where he led the joint-venture and was responsible for developing global commercial sales. As Manager of Product Engineering at Delphi Corporation (2001–2004), Mr. Waters was responsible for the design, testing, and production of multiple lithium battery products, including certified solutions for the iBot® and Segway®. Prior to Delphi, Mr. Waters worked for GM where he led numerous projects, including the invention of battery packs for GM’s first electric vehicles, GM’s EV1, and Electric S-10. Mr. Waters has six U.S. patents, two international patents, holds two defensive papers in battery pack designs, and has received numerous industry awards.
+*-President of Waters & Associates, John Waters is an entrepreneurial and business development professional with over 25 years in energy, enterprise solutions, sustainability, strategic planning, and transportation. He is currently developing multiple global sustainability projects in Africa, China, and across the US. Mr. Waters is a Senior Fellow at the Sagamore Institute, and previously a …
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