He completed his academic education at the University of Genoa in Genoa, Italy (bachelor’s and master’s in electronics engineering and a doctorate in electrical engineering) then awarded a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) fellowship for a post-doctoral appointment at the University of California at Berkeley in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department. He conducted research in support of the U.S. Department of Energy fusion program starting at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and at Science Application International Corporation, involved in modeling and simulation and high-performance computing. He then worked at the NASA Johnson Space Center in the Shuttle, Constellation, and International Space Station programs focusing on both hardware and software research and development (R&D) in plasma propulsion, electromagnetic compatibility, and space power systems. During that time, he also developed academic liaisons at University of Houston - Clear Lake as an adjunct professor then research assistant professor in the Physics Department. He also served as a project manager at the Electric Power Research Institute in the Power Delivery and Utilization sector, and as chief scientist at NPL Associates Inc., a small firm focused in plasma and nuclear technologies. More recently, he joined the senior R&D staff at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the Electrical and Electronics Systems Research Division.
He is a distinguished research staff member and a group leader of Materials Chemistry at the Chemical Sciences Division at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), a Distinguished UT-Battelle Inventor at ORNL, and fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the American Ceramic Society, ASM International and the Institute of Physics, London. Since 2010, he has served as a joint faculty appointment as a professor with the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Bredesen Center. His research spans superconductivity, solar cells, batteries, permanent magnets, geothermal lithium extraction, polymer composites and scintillators. He was named the Lockheed-Martin scientist of the year in 1997. He has authored or co-authored more than 400 journal publications and issued 31 U.S. patents related to superconductivity, energy storage, and solar cells. He has commercialized and licensed his technologies to six companies. He has won several awards, including U.S. Department of Energy outstanding mentor awards, five R&D 100 Awards, and three National and two Regional Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) Awards. His current research focuses on the development of scintillators for neutron detection, radiation resistant polymer composites, critical materials research including additive manufacturing of permanent magnets, lithium separation from geothermal brine, and energy storage materials.
His research spans computational and experimental materials science across fields, including solar energy, energy storage, and energy conversion. Much work has focused on the electronic, optical, and optoelectronic properties of semiconductors and nanostructures, emphasizing the relationships among defects, electronic structure, surface/interface effects, and device performance with a theme of enabling materials by design. He employs advanced predictive materials modeling methods in conjunction with advanced synthesis and characterization techniques. At Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), he leads a team of about a dozen computational materials scientists as the deputy group leader of the Quantum Simulations Group and oversees collaborations with experimental groups both internal and external to LLNL. He was a LLNL fellow and Scowcroft National Security fellow at LLNL, and a Hertz Fellow at Stanford where he received his doctorate. He was recently elected a young leader of The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS).
Dr. Sean Peisert is jointly appointed as a staff scientist at LBNL, chief cybersecurity strategist at CENIC, and director of the CENIC/ESnet joint cybersecurity initiative. His research interests cover a broad cross-section of computer and network security. Recent projects include intrusion detection for control systems in smart/power grids, techniques for insider threat identification and mitigation, and security in high-performance computing and networking environments.
Sean is also an associate adjunct professor and faculty member in the Graduate Groups in Computer Science, Forensic Science, and Health Informatics at the University of California, Davis. Prior to roles at LBNL and CENIC, Sean was an I3P Research Fellow and computer security researcher at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC).
He received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 1969 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a doctorate degree in Theoretical Chemistry in 1973 from Carnegie Mellon University. He was a fellow at Battelle Memorial Institute from 1973 to 1976 before joining Argonne National Laboratory. His research focuses on computational chemistry, including the development of new quantum chemical methods and the application of computational methods to problems in materials science and chemistry with catalysis, batteries, and carbon materials. He developed the series of quantum chemical methods referred to as Gaussian-n theory, which have been widely used for the accurate calculation of enthalpies of formation, ionization potentials, and electron affinities of molecules. His recent computational studies focused on the design of new electrolytes and electrolyte additives for lithium-ion batteries, modeling of anode materials for lithium-ion batteries, the understanding of charge and discharge chemistries in Li-O2batteries, catalytic reaction mechanisms of supported sub-nanometer clusters, and biomass conversion reaction mechanisms. He has over 450 publications and a member of the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR).
He has more than 10 years of experience in various capacities spanning nuclear and chemical engineering. His research expertise is in the design, modeling, simulation, and analysis of experiments in the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) at Idaho National Laboratory; chemical processes including the manufacturing of high purity polysilicon and oil separation from brine water; and both test and space nuclear reactors. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Utah, where he collaborates on nano- to micron-thick film coating projects, which are done with a fluidized bed chemical vapor deposition (FB-CVD) reactor. He has also been a senior reactor operator of the TRIGA reactor at the University of Utah. His recent work includes the modeling and simulation of corrosion on the surfaces of various cladding materials to be tested at ATR, which is a coupling of nuclear activation, radiolysis of water, chemical systems simulation with the chemical kinetics, and thermodynamics from a selected set of corrosion, acid/base and electrochemical reactions.
He is a research scientist with the Seismic Research Group at Idaho National Laboratory. His research interests include numerical and experimental simulations of structural and earthquake engineering problems, seismic risk mitigation, and probabilistic risk assessment. He has a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, and has master’s and doctorate degrees in civil engineering from the University at Buffalo.
Dr. Stephen M. Folga is a senior manager in the Risk and Infrastructure Science Center at Argonne National Laboratory. He has been involved for more than 15 years in projects related to infrastructure assurance. During that time, he contributed to the development of systems analysis methodologies to use in natural gas and petroleum fuels infrastructure assessments. He also developed methodologies for estimating the potential consequences of component disruption and the time needed to return disrupted components into service. Dr. Folga has helped to determine the interdependencies between the natural gas and petroleum infrastructures with other critical energy infrastructures, such as electric power and telecommunications
He has more than 10 years of industrial and research experience in automation, instrumentation, and control. He holds a doctorate in nuclear engineering from Texas A&M University, a master’s degree in information technology and automation systems from Esslingen University of Applied Science in Germany, and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Jordan University of Science and Technology in Jordan. In 2015, he joined Idaho National Laboratory as a research and development scientist with special focus on nuclear automation, instrumentation, and control. Before earning his doctorate, he worked at Asea Brown Boveri for 6 years and was a lead distributed control systems engineer by 2010. While pursuing his degree, he researched various nuclear engineering topics at Texas A&M University and worked for a year at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). He also worked for Daimler Chrysler-Mercedes Group and Fraunhofer Institute for Production and Automation in Germany. He is a senior Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) member and author of several publications and technical reports. He is also a reviewer of nuclear energy and IEEE journals and U.S. Department of Energy grants.
Robert Baldwin is a Principal Scientist in the National Bioenergy Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado; he has worked at NREL since 2008. Dr. Baldwin holds the degrees Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from Iowa State University (USA) and the PhD degree in Chemical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. Prior to joining NREL Bob spent 30 years as a faculty member at the Colorado School of Mines including 10 years as Head of the Chemical Engineering department and retired as Professor Emeritus in 2005. Bob is a member of the project team that founded the Petroleum Institute (PI) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, and served as Program Director in Chemical Engineering
With 23 years of experience in engineering design, safety, and analysis of nuclear and energy systems, he has served as a principal member of the technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories since 1995, as well as a research associate professor at the University of New Mexico since 2012. His key areas of expertise include computational fluid dynamics, turbulence, dimpling, swirl, advanced manufacturing, and heat transfer. He is experienced with gas, water, molten salt, and heavy-water cooled reactors, including large, small, and miniature reactors. His primary technical achievements include right-sized dimpling, the LIKE algorithm, design of advanced fire sprinklers, isotropic turbulence decay model, development of five new vortices, a vortex unification theory, dynamic swirl modeling, and central recirculation zone modulation. He earned a doctorate in nuclear engineering from the University of New Mexico, as well as a doctorate in philosophy and apologetics from Trinity Seminary and College. He earned two master’s degrees in applied mathematics from the University of New Mexico and mechanical engineering from the University of Idaho, and a bachelor’s in nuclear engineering from the University of California - Santa Barbara. He is currently writing an engineering book for the Springer Publishing Company entitled, “Applied Computational Fluid Dynamics and Turbulence Modeling.”
She is a Senior Scientist in the Bioscience Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and LANL Biofuels Program Manager. She is a cell biologist and has 30+years of experience in finding innovative solutions in the biosciences. Marrone is Senior Technologist in Residence, partnered with Procter & Gamble, in the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Technologist in Residence Pilot Program, with a focus on sustainable manufacturing. Marrone participates in several R&D projects sponsored by the DOE-EERE Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO). She previously led the Ultrasonic Harvesting and Extraction project for the National Alliance for Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts (NAABB), a large algae biofuels and bioproducts consortium of over 30 institutions sponsored by DOE-EERE-BETO, from 2010-2013; was the Director and PI of the NIH-sponsored National Flow Cytometry Resource from 2009-2014; and has led projects sponsored by NIH, DOE-BER, DHS, and the FBI.
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