The Institute Advisory Board advises the University of Maryland on the management of the Institute and consists of nine members: 1) the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Maryland Clean Energy Center; 2) the Director of the Institute; and seven members selected by the University of Maryland based on expertise in energy technology commercialization, the clean energy industry, venture capital financing, and energy research.

General Manager, North American Operations, Global CCS Institute
Assistant Secretary of Fossil Energy, U.S. DOE (retired)
1532 Turkey Foot Road
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
 

Dr. Victor K. Der has a distinguished 37-year career of leadership, achievement, and promoting international cooperation in science, research and development at the United States Department of Energy. He is currently Acting Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy, with responsibilities for office operations and managing the oversight of Fossil Energy's Research and Development program, which includes one of the world’s foremost coal and carbon capture research efforts, as well as the vitally important 727 million barrel U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Dr. Der also serves as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy, where he helped provide strategic planning, direction, and guidance for FE’s daily activities, as well as its long-term goals and objectives.

During his DOE career, he played a vital role in developing, implementing, and leading several key programs within the Office of Fossil Energy. Prior to becoming the Principal Deputy, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Clean Coal, where he was responsible for directing clean coal R&D. Included in these responsibilities were implementation of energy policy initiatives and priorities relating to clean coal utilization and its role in climate change mitigation, including carbon capture and storage.

He holds a bachelor of science, a master of science, and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Maryland and is based at DOE’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.

 
Senior Vice-President, Exelon Corporation
101 Constitution Avenue, NW, Suite 400 East
Washington, DC 20001
 

Dominguez joined Exelon in 2002 as Associate General Counsel, responsible for all litigation matters in the Mid-Atlantic region. In 2004, he was named General Counsel for PECO. In 2007, he was named Senior Vice President of State Regulatory and Government Affairs and General Counsel of Exelon Generation Company. His role expanded in 2009 to include Senior Vice President of Communications and in 2010, he was named Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory Affairs & Public Policy for Exelon Corporation. In 2012, Dominguez became Senior Vice President, Governmental and Regulatory Affairs and Public Policy for Exelon Corporation.

Prior to joining Exelon, Dominguez was a partner in the law firm of White and Williams, L.L.P., with a broad-based litigation practice counseling large and small corporations, institutions and government entities. He is also a former assistant U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, where he spearheaded the investigation and prosecution of numerous crimes ranging from money laundering to murder-for-hire.

 

 

Vice-President, Government and Industry Affairs, A.O. Smith Corporation
Chair of the Board, Maryland Clean Energy Center
400 North Capital Street, NW Suite 585
Washington, DC 20001
 
Josh Greene is the vice president of Government and industry affairs and is primarily responsible for monitoring and influencing legislation that impacts A. O. Smith and the water heating industry, as well as ensuring the company’s positions on legislation and regulations are known to elected officials and Federal regulators. He also works with the company’s corporate development and innovation teams, as well as helping to direct and support the company’s Political Action Committee.  
 
President & CEO, Solar Energy Industries Association
600 14th Street, NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20005
 

Abigail Ross Hopper is the President and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association, the national trade organization for America's solar energy industries. She oversees all of SEIA's activities, including government affairs, research, communications, and industry leadership.

Before joining SEIA, Abby was the Director of the Department of Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. As the BOEM's second director, she weighed complex and sometimes conflicting factors to achieve balanced federal energy policy.

She served formerly as the Director of the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) and has broad experience in the energy sector, including working with a wide variety of stakeholders as well as legal expertise. Abby led the MEA from 2012, first as Acting Director and then as Director in June 2013. She also served concurrently as Energy Advisor to Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley since 2010. As MEA Director, Abby was pivotal in ensuring the passage of the Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2013.

She was a lead negotiator representing the State’s interests in both the Exelon/Constellation merger and the FirstEnergy/Allegheny Energy merger, securing millions in benefits for Maryland and its citizens. Abby has also focused significant resources on improving the resiliency of the State’s electric utilities in the face of major storms.

Abby previously spent over two years as Deputy General Counsel with the Maryland Public Service Commission, during which she advised commissioners on a broad range of legal matters arising from their duties as utility regulators.

Before embarking on a career in public service, Abby spent nine years in private practice where she specialized in complex merger and investment counseling and corporate law.

Abby graduated Cum Laude from the University of Maryland School of Law and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Dartmouth College.

 

Abigail Ross Hopper is the President and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association, the national trade organization for America's solar energy industries. She oversees all of SEIA's activities, including government affairs, research, communications, and industry leadership.

Before joining SEIA, Abby was the Director of the Department of Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. As the BOEM's second director, she weighed complex and sometimes conflicting factors to achieve balanced federal energy policy.

She served formerly as the Director of the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) and has broad experience in the energy sector, including working with a wide variety of stakeholders as well as legal expertise. Abby led the MEA from 2012, first as Acting Director and then as Director in June 2013. She also served concurrently as Energy Advisor to Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley since 2010. As MEA Director, Abby was pivotal in ensuring the passage of the Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2013.

She was a lead negotiator representing the State’s interests in both the Exelon/Constellation merger and the FirstEnergy/Allegheny Energy merger, securing millions in benefits for Maryland and its citizens. Abby has also focused significant resources on improving the resiliency of the State’s electric utilities in the face of major storms.

Abby previously spent over two years as Deputy General Counsel with the Maryland Public Service Commission, during which she advised commissioners on a broad range of legal matters arising from their duties as utility regulators.

Before embarking on a career in public service, Abby spent nine years in private practice where she specialized in complex merger and investment counseling and corporate law.

Abby graduated Cum Laude from the University of Maryland School of Law and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Dartmouth College.

 
Director, U.S. Army Research Laboratory
2800 Powder Mill Road
Adelphi, MD 20783-1197
 

Prior to becoming the Director of ARL, Perconti was the director of ARL's Sensors and Electron Devices Director where he was responsible for leading and transitioning the Army's primary basic and applied research programs in sensors, electronics, signal processing, and power and energy component technologies.

Prior to joining ARL in January 2013, Perconti was the director of the Science and Technology Division of the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center's Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate for 12 years.

He received a bachelor's degree in electrical and computer engineering from George Mason University, a master's degree in electrical and computer engineering from Johns Hopkins University, and a doctorate in electrical and computer engineering from The George Washington University.

Perconti is a Fellow of the Military Sensing Symposium, a member of the Eta Kappa Nu Electrical Engineering Honor Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Army Acquisition Corps, the Technical Cooperative Program Sensors Multi-Sensor Integration Panel and the Institute of Electrical Engineers, and serves as chairman for the Military Sensing Program, Passive Sensors Committee.

He has published extensively on many aspects of military sensing and countermine/counter improvised explosive device technology, has authored and co-authored over 40 publications including three book chapters, and he holds two patents.

 
Founder, Generate Capital Inc.
555 DeHaro Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94107
 

Jigar Shah is the President and Co-Founder of Generate Capital. Jigar was the founder and CEO of SunEdison (NASDAQ: SUNE), where he pioneered “no money down solar” and unlocked a multi-billion-dollar solar market, creating the largest solar services company worldwide. After SunEdison, Jigar served as the founding CEO of the Carbon War Room, a global non-profit founded by Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Unite to help entrepreneurs address climate change. Jigar sees business model innovation as a leveraged tool for driving the next productivity revolution – resource efficiency. He is committed to helping entrepreneurs and large companies alike implement resource efficiency solutions using “no money down” project finance models. In 2013, Jigar authored Creating Climate Wealth: Unlocking the Impact Economy. He holds an MBA from The University of Maryland and BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. He sits on the boards of sPower and the Rocky Mountain Institute.

 
 
Director, Maryland Energy Administration
1800 Washington Blvd., Suite 755
Baltimore, MD 21230
 

As deputy secretary of the Maryland Department of the Environment, Dr. Tung helped develop innovative solutions for the department to work more efficiently while providing guidance and support to its science-based efforts. Previously, Dr. Tung had worked extensively in the legal and scientific communities. As an attorney, she specialized in business law, intellectual property, and biotechnology patent law. She has also taught at the University of Rochester School of Medicine, and studied and performed biomedical research in immunology, pharmacology, and virology.

In addition, Dr. Tung earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Maryland School of Law, a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences from Wright State University, a postdoctoral associate in pharmacology and virology from the Yale University School of Medicine, and a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Cincinnati.

 

 

University of Maryland Distinguished University Professor
Department of Physics & Institute for Physics and Science Technology
College Park, MD 20742
 
Distinguished University Professor Ellen Williams earned her B.S. in 1976 from Michigan State University and her Ph.D. in 1981 from the California Institute of Technology. Her research interests are in surface chemistry and nanotechnology. She founded the University of Maryland Materials Research Science and Engineering Center and served as its Director from 1996 through 2009. She served as Chief Scientist at BP from 2010-14, and as Director of the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) from 2014 until early 2017.
 

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