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External Advisory Board
GCEP has established an External Advisory Board to provide broad-based advice on the content, direction, quality, and progress of the Project. Its members are:
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Dan Arvizu - Director and chief executive of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Dan Arvizu is the director and chief executive of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the U.S. Department of Energy's primary laboratory for energy efficiency and renewable energy research and development. NREL is operated for DOE by Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC. Arvizu is president of Alliance and an executive vice president with MRIGlobal. At NREL, Arvizu implemented a new strategy to position the lab for higher impact on national energy challenges, overseeing an increase of more than 50 percent in the lab's operating budget and a doubling of the technical staff. He frequently engages with national leaders in Congress, the Administration, academia, non-governmental organizations and industry. Arvizu is a member of the American Council on Renewable Energy Advisory Board; the Great Minds in STEM (formerly Hispanic National Achievement Award Conference) Board of Directors; the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Working Group III, serving as a coordinating lead author on a special report on renewable energy; and the National Science Board. Prior to joining NREL, he was with the CH2M HILL Companies, Sandia National Laboratories and AT&T Bell Telephone Laboratories. Arvizu has a B.S. in mechanical engineering from New Mexico State University, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Stanford University.

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John M. Deutch - Prof. Emeritus at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

John M. Deutch is an institute professor emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He has been a member of the MIT faculty since 1970, serving as chair of the Department of Chemistry, Dean of Science and Provost. He is on the board of directors of Raytheon and Cheniere Energy, and a trustee of the Center of American Progress, Resources for the Future, the Massachusetts Hospital Physician Organization, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. During the Clinton Administration, Deutch was director of central intelligence, deputy secretary of defense and undersecretary of defense for acquisitions and technology. From 1981 to 1999, he served on several Presidential commissions, including the nuclear safety oversight committee, the commission on strategic forces, the White House science council and the intelligence advisory board. From 1977 to 1980, he held several positions in the Department of Energy, including director of energy research and undersecretary of energy. Deutch has received fellowships and honors from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation He was awarded public service medals from the departments of Energy, State, Defense, Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and the CIA. Deutch earned a B.A. in history and economics from Amherst College, and a B.S. in chemical engineering and Ph.D. in physical chemistry from MIT.

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Ira Ehrenpreis - General Partner, Technology Partners

Ira Ehrenpreis has been with Technology Partners since 1996, where he leads the firm's Cleantech investment practice, investing in energy technology, water technology and advanced materials opportunities. He serves on the boards of the National Venture Capital Association and the Western Association of Venture Capitalists. He co-chairs the VCNetwork and the YVCA, two non‐profit organizations comprising more than 1,000 venture capitalists. Ehrenpreis has served on several industry boards, including the Clean‐Tech Investor Summit, Cleantech Venture Network, American Council on Renewable Energy, Energy Investors Forum, Energy Venture Fair and the California Climate Change Advisory Board. He has also served on the advisory boards of the Southern California Tech Coast Alliance, Forum for Women Entrepreneurs and Comerica Venture Capital. Ehrenpreis is an active leader at Stanford University, helping teach a course on venture capital and serving on the board of visitors at the Stanford Law School. He is also a contributor to Nimmer on Copyright, a leading authority on U.S. copyright law. Ehrenpreis received a J.D./M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and Stanford Law School, where he was an associate editor of the Stanford Law Review. He earned a B.A. from the University of California-Los Angeles.

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Jiang Mianheng - Vice President, Emeritus, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Jiang Mianheng serves on several boards of directors, including the China Netcom Company, the Shanghai Automotive Industry Company and the Shanghai Airport Group Company. He was vice president of the Chinese Academy of Sciences from 1999-2011, where he was responsible for research and development on fuel cells, hydrogen energy, coal-based synoil, wireless sensor networks and other technologies. After attending Fudan University, Jiang joined the Chinese Academy of Sciences' Shanghai Institute of Metallurgy, serving as president from 1997-99. He has also served as a research fellow and tutor of doctoral candidates at the Acadamy's Shanhgai Institute of Microsystem and Information Technology (SIMIT). In 1991, Jiang received a PhD in electrical engineering from Drexel University in Philadelphia. His doctoral research focused on high-transition temperature superconductor materials. From 1991-93, he was on the staff of the Hewlett-Packard Corporation in California.

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Martha Krebs - Executive Director for Energy and Environmental Research at the University of California - Davis

Martha Krebs is executive director for energy and environmental research development at the University of California-Davis. She works with faculty and staff to leverage and expand the energy and environmental research programs at UC-Davis through partnerships with federal, state and private entities. Krebs also served as science advisor for the California Energy Commission. Prior to joining UC-Davis, she was deputy director for R&D at the California Energy Commission and responsible for the Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program, which conducts research to improve the quality of life for California citizens by developing environmentally sound, reliable and affordable electricity and natural gas services and products. Krebs was the founding institute director of the California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA and UC-Santa Barbara. From 1993 to 2000, she served as assistant secretary and director of the Office of Science at the Department of Energy (DOE). From 1983-1993, she was an associate director for planning and development at the DOE’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. From 1977-1983, she served on the House Committee on Science, first as a professional staff member and then as subcommittee staff director. Krebs received a B.S. and Ph.D. in physics from the Catholic University of America.

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Steve Pacala - Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton and Director of the Princeton Environmental Institute

Stephen W. Pacala is the Frederick D. Petrie Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University, and director of the Princeton Environmental Institute. He also co-directs the Carbon Mitigation Initiative, a collaboration among Princeton University, BP and the Ford Motor Company to find solutions to the problem of global warming. His research covers a wide variety of ecological and mathematical topics, with an emphasis on interactions among greenhouse gases, climate and the biosphere. Pacala serves on the board of the Environmental Defense Fund and Climate Central, and on the advisory council of the Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford University. Among his many honors are the David Starr Jordan Prize and the George Mercer Award of the Ecological Society of America. Pacala is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Academy of Sciences. He received a B.A. from Dartmouth College and a Ph.D. in biology from Stanford University.

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Donald L. Paul - William M. Keck Chair of Energy Resources at the University of Southern California (USC) and the Executive Director of the USC Energy Institute

Donald L. Paul is the William M. Keck Chair of Energy Resources at the University of Southern California (USC) and executive director of the USC Energy Institute. He is also a senior adviser for the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. Prior to USC, Paul worked at Chevron, retiring as the corporation's vice president and chief technology officer. During his 33-year tenure at Chevron, he helped form external research and technology partnerships with major universities, governments and businesses. Paul directed Chevron's efforts to build collaborations with U.S. government agencies in energy research and development, alternative fuel infrastructure and cyber-security for oil and gas. USC president C.L. Max Nikias, then dean of the school of engineering, worked closely with Paul to establish CiSoft (Center for Interactive Smart Oil Field Technologies), a Chevron-USC partnership focused on applying advanced information and media technology to oil and gas field automation. Paul participated on the 1997 Presidential Panel on Federal Energy Research and Development, the National Research Council and a 2007 National Petroleum Council study for the secretary of energy. He received a B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Charles V. Shank - Prof. Emeritus of Chemistry, Physics, and Electrical Engineering and of Computer Sciences at the University of California - Berkeley; Director Emeritus of Lawerence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL)

Charles V. Shank is professor emeritus of chemistry, physics, electrical engineering and of computer sciences at the University of California-Berkeley; and director emeritus of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. From 1969 to 1989, he worked at AT&T Bell Laboratories in New Jersey as a researcher and director, where he introduced the use of short laser pulses to the study of ultrafast events that take place in a millionth of a billionth of a second. This technique allows researchers to observe atomic motions and interactions with extraordinary time resolution, gaining a better understanding of how energy is stored and transferred within materials. From 1989 to 2004, Shank served as director of the Lawrence Berkeley lab. During his tenure, the lab became a leader in the field of supercomputing and joined with two other national labs to form the Joint Genome Institute, a major contributor to the decoding of the human genome. Shank is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Sciences. He is recipient of the Charles H. Townes Award and R.W. Wood Prize of the Optical Society of America; the David Sarnoff and Morris E. Leeds awards of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers; and the John Scott Award. Shank earned a B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. from UC-Berkeley.

Other Committees

GCEP has established a Faculty Advisory Committee and a Deans' Advisory Committee to provide valuable input from the Stanford community about the Project.
Faculty Advisory Committee
  • Stacey Bent, Chemical Engineering
  • Bruce Clemens, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Yi Cui, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Chris Edwards, Mechanical Engineering
  • Jerry M. Harris, Geophysics
  • Roland Horne, Energy Resources Engineering
  • Jeffrey Koseff, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Mike McGehee, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Parviz Moin, Mechanical Engineering
  • Fritz Prinz, Mechanical Engineering
  • ZX Shen, Stanford Institute for Materials & Energy Science
  • Alfred Spormann, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • James Sweeney, Management Science and Engineering
  • Bob Waymouth, Chemical Engineering
  • John Weyant, Management Science and Engineering

    Student Members
  • Boxiao Li, Graduate Student, Energy Resources Engineering
  • Jason Bloking, Graduate Student, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Haotian Wang, Graduate Student, Applied Physics
Deans' Advisory Committee
  • Ann Arvin, Vice Provost and Dean of Research
  • Richard Saller, Dean of Humanities and Sciences
  • Pamela Matson, Dean of Earth Sciences
  • James Plummer, Dean of Engineering


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