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Stanford University CEE 173A/207A, and ESYS 103

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Professor Jane Woodward
Jane Woodward is a founding shareholder of MAP and its Chief Executive Officer. MAP is a private firm focused on acquiring and managing natural gas royalty interests and renewable energy royalty interests (primarily wind) in the onshore continental U.S. MAP funds a variety of sustainable energy education initiatives largely benefiting Stanford students. Since 1990, Jane has been a Consulting Associate Professor at Stanford University where she teaches classes on energy and environment in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Prior to founding MAP, Jane worked as an exploration geologist with ARCO Exploration Company and later as a petroleum-engineering consultant. She holds a BA in geology from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Additionally, she holds an MS in engineering and petroleum geology and an MBA, both from Stanford University. Jane serves on the Advisory Boards/Councils for Stanford's Precourt Institute for Energy Efficiency and the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy; and she serves as a Trustee Associate of the AAPG Foundation.

Karl Knapp
Karl Knapp is the Director of Sustainable Energy Education at MAP and a Lecturer in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford, where he co-teaches two energy courses with Jane Woodward. Dr. Knapp is also responsible for MAP's Sustainable Energy Fellowships program, and serves as an advisor to several student organizations and NGOs focused on energy and the environment. Dr. Knapp has over 25 years experience in the renewable energy industry. Prior to joining MAP in March 2008, he was a Senior Resource Planner for City of Palo Alto Utilities, where he was responsible for the City's renewable energy, energy efficiency and climate protection programs. From 1982 to 1994, he developed processes and equipment for manufacturing photovoltaic cells and modules at Arco Solar/Siemens Solar, where he was awarded three U.S. Patents. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Engineering-Economic Systems and Operations Research, all from Stanford University, and is a LEED Accredited Professional. His doctoral research was inspired by his strong interest in energy and environmental issues in developing countries, studying the economic value derived from flexibility attributes of small-scale distributed energy systems, applied to a case study in India. Karl enjoys scuba diving, basketball and two daughters, drives an electric car, and makes excellent homemade beer.

Guest Lecturers

Audrey Chang
Audrey Chang is a staff scientist with the Natural Resources Defense Council's energy program. Based in NRDC's San Francisco office, she works on energy policy and utility regulation to promote the increased development of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and other global warming solutions through research and advocacy at the state, regional and national levels. Recently, Ms. Chang played a key role in designing and implementing California's landmark law establishing a greenhouse gas performance standard for electric generation (Senate Bill 1368). Ms. Chang has represented NRDC in utility advisory committees in California and Idaho and has participated in numerous regulatory proceedings before the California Public Utilities Commission and California Energy Commission.† She currently serves on the Green-e Governance Board and is also a LEED Accredited Professional. Prior to joining NRDC, Ms. Chang worked as an energy efficiency and green building consultant at Energy Solutions in Oakland, California, where she managed projects for schools, universities, and small businesses. She also worked with Stanford University to develop its Guidelines for Sustainable Buildings, serving as a lead author. Ms. Chang holds an M.S. degree in Energy Engineering and a B.S. degree in Earth Systems, both from Stanford University.

Professor David Freyberg
David Freyberg is an Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at Stanford. He has been on the faculty here since 1981. He completed undergraduate degrees in engineering science and environmental engineering at Dartmouth College in 1972. Following three years working in the water resources department of a consulting firm in Boston, Massachusetts, he headed west to Stanford for graduate work, where he completed his M.S. (1977) and Ph.D. (1981). His current work focuses on the role of low permeability inclusions on the flow of water and dissolved contaminants in heterogeneous subsurface environments, flow in and below ephemeral channels, sedimentation in small reservoirs, and the pedagogy of fluid mechanics and water resources engineering. He also maintains a strong interest in water resources development, policy, and history, particularly in North America, the American West, the Middle East, and Asia. He is a co-author of a widely-used textbook, Water-Resources Engineering. Prof. Freyberg was a recipient of a 1985 Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation. From 1988 until 1992 he served as Associate Dean of Engineering for Undergraduate Education. He served on the National Research Council's Water Science and Technology Board from 1991 until 1997, chairing it from 1994-97. In June 1993 he was awarded the 1992-93 Tau Beta Pi Teaching Award for the outstanding educator in the School of Engineering, and in April 1994 he was named a Bing Teaching Fellow at Stanford. He is a member of the Fluid Mechanics and Hydrology program within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Professor Gil Masters
Gil Masters is the MAP Emeritus Teaching Professor of Sustainable Energy. Professor Masters has focused the latter part of his career on renewable and efficient energy systems as keys to both climate stabilization and energy security. His primary interests are in the energy-efficiency side of green buildings, distributed generation, vehicle-to-grid (V2G) potential, combined-heat-and power systems, design and evaluation of solar and wind energy systems, and emerging solar-thermal technologies. Although he officially retired in 2002, he continues to teach CEE 176A: Energy-Efficient Buildings, and CEE 176B: Electric Power: Generation and Conservation. He is actively involved in the CEE department's planning for an energy-efficient "green dorm" on campus. He is the author or co-author of eight books, including Introduction to Environmental Engineering and Science, now in its third (2008) edition, Renewable and Efficient Electric Power Systems (2004), and Energy for Sustainability: Technology, Policy and Planning (2008). Professor Masters has been the recipient of a number of teaching awards at Stanford, including the Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the Tau Beta Pi teaching award from the School of Engineering. He was also a three-year Bing Fellow for Undergraduate Teaching. Over the years, more than 10,000 students have enrolled in his courses. He served as the School of Engineering Associate Dean for Student Affairs from 1982-1986, and he was the Interim Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in 1992-93.

John Perkins
John Perkins (Ph.D., nuclear physics, University of Birmingham, England) is a physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. His research interests include nuclear fusion, inertial confinement fusion, fission and fusion energy and advanced concepts. He is presently leading research in advanced target designs for inertial confinement fusion for applications to the National Ignition Facility and future inertial fusion energy systems. He is a former group leader and member of the international design team for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), and group leader for Advanced Fusion Concepts at LLNL. He is a member of the editorial board for the journal Fusion Science and Technology and has authored over 100 scientific papers and several popular press articles in the fields of fusion physics, technology and fusion energy systems.

Joel Swisher
Joel Swisher, PhD, PE, is Director of Technical Services and CTO for Camco International. Dr. Swisher has 30 years' experience in many areas of clean energy technology. Starting in 1989, he performed some of the seminal research into carbon offset baselines and project analysis, helped develop offset projects in forestry, renewable energy and energy efficiency, and authored emission inventories, baseline studies and monitoring and verification plans for various offset buyers. Prior to joining Camco, Dr. Swisher was managing director of research and consulting at Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), where he is now Senior Fellow. He led RMI's consulting work for electric utilities and major corporations in mining, oil and gas, and manufacturing of products ranging from semiconductor chips to potato chips. Dr. Swisher is a consulting professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford, where he has taught courses in greenhouse gas management and sustainable energy, and was the MAP/Ming Visiting Professor for Energy and the Environment in 2002-2003. Dr. Swisher is a registered professional engineer, and he speaks five languages. He has a PhD in energy and environmental engineering from Stanford University, and he also earned a BS and MS from Stanford's School of Engineering.

Aaron Zubaty
Aaron Zubaty is the Vice President, Renewable Energy Acquisitions at MAP with responsibility for creating and managing a portfolio of investments in royalties derived from the production of electricity from renewable energy projects, primarily using wind and solar resources. Before joining MAP, Mr. Zubaty spent nearly four years with independent power producer AES Corporation, based in both London and Africa. Through his various roles in business development and financial management capacities, he helped lead the planning, implementation, and financing of large energy projects and power plants as well as helping to direct the management and operation of the national utility serving the country of Cameroon. The successful financial closing with a consortium of international banks in 2004 for the LimbÈ power plant at the time marked the single largest investment in the Cameroon power sector in nearly 25 years. Mr. Zubaty holds a BS in Earth Systems (concentration Energy) and an MS in Civil Engineering (concentration Fluid Mechanics and Hydrology), both from Stanford University, and is a graduate of Choate Rosemary Hall.

Teaching Assistants

Doug Hannah
Doug Hannah was so inspired after taking Energy Resources in 2007 that he's joined the teaching team in order to take the class again. He's now entering the second year of his masters in Management Science and Engineering, where he studies technological change, innovation, and economic modeling through Stanford's Energy Modeling Forum. Prior to becoming a Californian, Douglas graduated with a degree in environmental science from Dartmouth College and spent two years at an environmental policy consulting group in Boston. Outside of classes, you'll find him cycling the local hills or cruising local restaurants looking for the deep fryer oil he uses to power his waste vegetable oil car.

Noel Crisostomo
Noel Crisostomo is a senior in the Earth Systems Program - Energy Science and Technology and enjoyed debating during Energy Resources section last year. This summer, he traveled through Turkey and studied how the nation's niche in international resource geopolitics affects the sustainability of its energy choices and development. The past two summers Noel worked for Sempra Energy at San Diego Gas and Electric. As part of the Efficiency Partnerships Program, he wrote strategies to help cities meet AB32 mandates, assisted with greenhouse gas inventories, and was involved in the appropriation of San Diego's Recovery Act funds. Outside of class, you'll find Noel trying to reclaim the Intramural championships in D2 sand volleyball and foosball.

Sara Marks
Sara Marks is Sara Marks registered for Energy Resources in 2007 and soon became the girl in class that kept saying "…it's exactly like water resources!" As a third year PhD student in the Environmental Engineering & Science program she continues to explore the link between energy and water, working throughout rural Mozambique, Senegal, and Kenya on projects relating to the productive use and sustainable management of community-scale infrastructure. Before plunging into the world of academia, Sara spent three years on the lovely western slope of Colorado working for Aspen's municipal water system and the non-profit Sustainable Settings on passive solar building projects. In her free time she likes to escape to the climbing gym, the backcountry, or quiet spot to practice her mandolin.

Tina Pham
Tina Pham is pursuing a Masters degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering. Tina's Bachelor's degree is in environmental engineering, and her interest in energy grew dramatically in the year since taking Energy Resources. She is particularly interested in how water and energy are related. This summer, she worked for an environmental consultant to help utilities streamline their operations to minimize their energy usage. Tina travelled to the Appalachian region on an energy-related alternative spring break and to Qatar on an overseas seminar, exposing her first hand to how energy affects people domestically and internationally. In Qatar, she visited the largest LNG plant in the world and witnessed how the Middle East is developing quickly from energy exports. In West Virginia and Kentucky, she saw how rural towns could be almost 100% dependent on coal revenues and how that affected the politics and policies of the region. From both experiences, she learned how to facilitate conversations and discussions related to energy from both a technical and policy point of a view. Tina is excited to be part of the teaching team this year.

Stephen Schneider
Stephen Schneider is a second-year MS student in Atmosphere/Energy and is interested in the environment, food production, energy, and power systems. In 2007, he graduated from Boston University with a BS in Biomedical Engineering. Instead of pursuing graduate studies in the same field, he moved to California to find a job and ski at Lake Tahoe. He then worked for two years at Codexis in Redwood City, a protein engineering company applying its technology towards cellulosic biofuel production. He worked as both a molecular and computational biologist. After realizing that biofuels are not all they are cracked up to be, Stephen applied to Stanford and eventually left his job to TA for Energy Resources and concentrate on his degree. Stephen enjoys the outdoors, including farmer's markets, hiking, cycling, and skiing off cliffs.

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