Jesse Berst, MSL Advisor, is Managing Director of Global Smart Energy, Inc., a strategic consulting firm. He is also the founder and Chairman of the Smart Cities Council, an industry coalition led by a dozen of the world’s top technology companies, including AT&T, Cisco, Electricite de France, General Electric, IBM, Itron, Microsoft and others. He was formerly Chief Analyst at SmartGridNews.com, the internet’s largest and highest-ranked smart grid site.
Seth Blumsack is an Associate Professor in The John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering at Penn State; an Adjunct Research Professor at the Carnegie Mellon Electricity Industry Center; an External Faculty member of the Santa Fe Institute, and Collaborator with the Centre for Research in Energy and Mineral Economics at the University of Curtin, Australia. His work focuses on policy-relevant engineering, environmental and economic research for the energy, electric power and transportation industries. He holds a BA in Mathematics/Economics, an MS in Economics, and a PhD in Engineering and Public Policy.
David Breecker serves as Managing Director of MSL, and its Microgrid Innovation Consortium. He is the founder and President of the Santa Fe Innovation Park, an applied solutions laboratory pursuing fresh solutions to large-scale complex challenges; and Principle Consultant at David Breecker Associates, specializing in strategies for business, industry, and economic development, with extensive work in the energy domain.
Christian E. Casillas serves as an advisor to MSL. His work focuses on helping to build learning and energy systems that support more sustainable communities. Christian has been involved in various aspects of design, testing and implementation of renewable energy systems and training programs in the United States, Central and South America, Africa, and India. Christian holds a PhD and MS in Energy and Resources, an MS in Applied Math, and a BA in environmental engineering.
Larisa Dobriansky, MSL Advisor, serves as Senior Vice President, Legal, Regulatory and Energy Policy for General MicroGrids, Inc. Larisa was formerly Deputy Assistant Secretary for National Energy Policy at the U.S. Department of Energy, where she coordinated and provided strategic policy direction for Departmental activities to implement national energy policy objectives.
Randy Grissom leads MSL’s Microgrid Education Center. He is Interim President and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Santa Fe Community College, where he previously served as Dean of Economic and Workforce Development, and Director of SFCC’s Sustainable Technologies Center. He joined the college’s business faculty in 1983, and was New Mexico state director for the Small Business Development Centers from 1989-1994.
Bryan Hannegan is President and CEO of Holy Cross Energy, a member-owned electric cooperative. Prior to joining Holy Cross in July 2017, Bryan was the Associate Laboratory Director for Energy Systems Integration at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Earlier in his career, Bryan served in multiple executive roles over seven years at the Electric Power Research Institute. From 1999-2006 Bryan was an active high-level contributor to U.S. and global energy and environmental policy, helping to formulate the Advanced Energy Initiative and to implement the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Bryan holds a Doctorate in earth system science and a Master of Science in engineering, both from the University of California, Irvine; and a Bachelor of Science in meteorology from the University of Oklahoma.
Karl Jonietz is a Senior Strategy Advisor to MSL’s Microgrid Innovation Consortium. He is a Guest Scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, and former Program Manager for Alternative Energy Programs and Senior Advisor on International Relations there. His long tenure at LANL included various assignments within the Principal Associate Directorate for Science, Technology, and Engineering. He previously served with the U.S. State Department Diplomatic Corps, and was Deputy Chief of Mission for the European Union in Brussels.
Roger Levien, Ph.D., is a Strategy Advisor to MSL’s Microgrid Innovation Consortium. He is the founder of Strategy & Innovation Consulting, previously held senior positions at the Xerox Corporation in business and technology strategy, and was with the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, which he served as General Director from 1975 through 1981. Roger also served on the staff of The RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California and Washington, DC.
Terry Mohn is the founder of General MicroGrids, Inc. and an internationally recognized smart grid and microgrid expert, who served as chief technology strategist for Sempra’s San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Gas. He is an advisor to the U.S. Departments of Energy and Commerce, and chairs the MicroGrid working group of the U.N. Foundation’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative.
Mani Vadari, Ph.D. is a Senior Technical Advisor to MSL’s Microgrid Innovation Consortium. He is the Founder and President of Modern Grid Solutions, delivering consulting and training services to a global set of smart grid companies. He was previously Vice-President of Energy Infrastructure at Battelle’s Energy Technology Global Business Unit, and was one of the lead partners in Accenture’s global T&D team where he founded their System Operations and Smart Grid practice.
Kurt Yeager, MSL Advisor, is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), where he led the development of the Electricity Technology Roadmap and the Electricity Sector Framework for the Future. Following his tenure at EPRI, he led the Galvin Electricity Initiative, and has also worked with the MITRE Corporation, the EPA Office of Research, and the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), for which he was the convening lead author for the Global Energy Assessment.
Hisham Zerriffi, MSL Advisor, is an Associate Professor in Forest Resources Management at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Zerriffi’s research is at the intersection of technology, energy and the environment, with a particular focus on rural areas of the developing world. Much of his research focuses on institutional factors impacting the diffusion of new technology, determinants and patterns of household energy choice and welfare implications of rural energy use.