Dr. Chris Haase joins as Director of the Critical Materials Institute from GE Ventures, where he was Senior Director, leading new business creation and investment activities in the areas of oil & gas, power and renewables. With background in defense and natural resources, Chris has served as early-stage technology manager and investor in several corporate venture capital organizations, including Shell Technology Ventures Fund 1, BTG Ventures, Shell GameChanger and GE Ventures. In upstream energy, Chris served as the head business advisor to the Chief Technology Officer of Royal Dutch / Shell, managing alignment of R&D funding with the company’s long-term corporate strategy and value chains and also launching Shell’s latest venture fund, Shell Ventures. Additionally, Chris was Shell’s manager for external research, where he helped Shell close many innovative partnership agreements with universities and small enterprises in North America. With a background in numerical modeling, petrophysics and quantitative seismic interpretation, Chris has worked on oil & gas exploration and development projects, new upstream joint ventures and divestments involving assets in the Gulf of Mexico, South Atlantic, North Sea, Middle East and Australia.
A former US Department of Defense Fellow and adjunct professor at the United States Naval Academy, Chris held R&D positions with the Naval Ocean Systems Center (now SPAWAR) and Department of Defense and also served as a 10-year volunteer commercialization advisor for the National Technology Transfer Center and US Missile Defense Agency. An inventor with several patents, Chris received his Ph.D. and MS degrees in mathematics from the University of Chicago, his MBA from Erasmus University in Rotterdam and his Bachelor of Science degree, Summa Cum Laude, from Ohio State University. Chris is married to Ineke and has two sons, Mark and Peter, both studying mechanical engineering in university.
He is a lead risk analysis engineer at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and the primary or key investigator in multiple Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) probabilistic risk assessment (PRA) projects, including common cause failure analysis, simulation-based dynamic external flood analysis, nuclear operating experience data analysis, SPAR integrated capability model, SPAR model maintenance, and DOE Risk Informed Safety Margin Characterization projects. Prior to joining INL, he worked at Ameren Callaway Nuclear Plant as a PRA engineer and Beijing Institute of Nuclear Engineering as a nuclear system and design engineer. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in nuclear reactor engineering from Xi’an Jiaotong University in China and his master’s and doctorate degrees in nuclear engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He serves on the ASME/ANS Jointed Standard Committee on Nuclear Risk Management Subcommittee on Standard Development, the ANS Professional Engineering Examination Committee, and the ANS Nuclear Installation Safety Division Executive Committee.
He has 37 years of experience in probabilistic risk assessment, including methods development and regulatory applications of reliability analysis, risk analysis, and decision analysis. He also has 33 years of supervisory and project management experience in risk analysis, including program development and supervision of Ph.D. research. Much of his work focuses on commercial nuclear plants, but he has also worked on waste handling facilities, gaseous diffusion plants, accelerator-based systems, semiconductor manufacturing, space systems, and, more recently, offshore drilling facilities. In addition to his work at Idaho National Laboratory, he supports NASA’s Headquarters Office of Safety and Mission Assurance (OSMA) in improving the technical basis for decision making in System Safety. Based in part on his contributions to NASA’s original PRA Procedures Guide, he supports the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) in developing guidance to conduct a Probabilistic Risk Assessment for offshore oil and gas industry operations. The team issued the first draft of BSEE’s guide at the end of Fiscal Year 2016. He has authored or co-authored more than 125 publications and technical reports.
Dr. Wendy Kuhne is a Fellow Scientist at Savannah River National Laboratory. She has a M.S. in Wildlife Science and a Ph.D. in Radiological Health Sciences specializing in Radioecology. She completed post-doctoral studies at the Medical College of Georgia in the Institute of Molecular Medicine and Genetics under a National Research Service Award, by the National Institutes of Health. She has more than 10 years of experience in the areas of radioecology and radiation biology. Her research focuses on the transport and movement of radionuclides through the environment and uptake into human and non-human biota (plants, trees, and wildlife). She has experience in measuring biological responses to exposure to ionizing radiation including DNA damage endpoints, DNA repair processes, and genomic and proteomic level responses. Her work has involved chronic low dose exposures and acute exposure from low-LET gamma rays and high-LET alpha, protons, and secondary neutrons associated with space travel. Dr. Kuhne is a member of the International Union of Radioecology and she is the Past-President of the Environmental and Radon Section of the Health Physics Society.
Joseph H. Eto, senior advisor to LBNL's Electricity Markets and Policy Group and strategic advisor for LBNL's Energy Storage and Demand Resources Department. He leads the program office for the Consortium for Electric Reliability Technology Solutions, a national laboratory-university-industry R&D consortium founded by LBNL, ORNL, PNNL, SNL, PSERC, and the Electric Power Group that conducts research and analysis on electricity reliability and transmission.
Joe is a published expert on electricity reliability, transmission planning and operations, demand response, distributed generation, utility integrated resource planning and demand-side management, and building energy-efficiency technologies. Among other special assignments, Joe led coordination of technical support for preparation of all three DOE National Electric Transmission Congestion Studies (2006, 2009, 2015). He is a registered professional Mechanical Engineer in the State of California.
Lawrence “Paul” Lewis is the Program Lead for Technology Implementation in the Decision and Infrastructure Sciences Division. In this capacity, Paul leads multidisciplinary analyses of critical infrastructure protection and community resilience strategies across the country, and the development of decision support tools to address these challenges. Paul’s primary project is support of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of Infrastructure Protection’s Regional Resiliency Assessment Program (RRAP), which seeks to identify single points of system failure, opportunities for closing gaps in coordinated preparedness, and address potential consequences of cascading impacts to interdependent social and physical infrastructure.
In addition, Paul has developed decision support tools for international humanitarian assistance programs for the U.S. Department of Defense, energy supply chain security programs for the U.S. Department of Energy, and served as lead social scientist in the development of community resiliency frameworks for Argonne’s Center for Integrated Resiliency Analysis. Paul is also a Lecturer in the Threat and Response Management program at the University of Chicago, where he teaches a course on emergency management policymaking, law, and ethics. Paul received his B.A. and M.A. from Tulane University in New Orleans, his J.D. from Tulane University Law School, and his M.S. from the University of Chicago.
Daniel is a research scientist in the Grid Integration Group at LBNL focusing on the application of control, optimization, and machine learning techniques for electric grid management and cyber security. Daniel received his Ph.D. from the Mechanical Engineering Dept. at the University of California, Berkeley and was a 2015 ITRI-Rosenfeld Postdoctoral Fellow at LBNL. Prior to his work at LBNL, Daniel conducted research and development of unmanned underwater vehicles for the United States Navy at the Space and Naval Warfare Center in San Diego.
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 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.
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