Koji Abe

General Manager, Corporate Development Department; ITOCHU Corporation
In 2013, Koji Abe was appointed General Manager of Corporate Development Department, and is responsible for ITOCHU’s new mid-to-long term business initiatives in advanced technology areas such as energy, healthcare, social infrastructure, and industrial materials. From 2008 to 2011, he served as General Manager of Innovative Technology Business Development Department, where he spent 10 years leading ITOCHU’s innovative technology initiatives through venture investments and joint R&D program with universities and research institutions in the advanced technology field. He also has 12-year global business experience in electronics, telecommunications, and IT industries. He holds ME in Communication Engineering from Graduate School of Engineering at Osaka University. With approximately 130 offices in 65 countries, ITOCHU, one of the leading sogo shosha, is engaged in domestic trading, import/export, and overseas trading of various products such as textile, machinery, metals, minerals, energy, chemicals, food, information and communications technology, realty, general products, insurance, logistics services, construction, and finance, as well as business investment in Japan and overseas.
In 2013, Koji Abe was appointed General Manager of Corporate Development Department, and is responsible for ITOCHU’s new mid-to-long term business initiatives in advanced technology areas such as energy, healthcare, social infrastructure, and industrial materials. From 2008 to 2011, he served as General Manager of Innovative Technology Business Development Department, where he spent 10 years …
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Dr. Hideki Hayashi

General Manager - Smart Grid Technology, Transmission & Distribution Systems; Toshiba Corporation
Hideki Hayashi is General Manager-Smart Grid Technology, Transmission & Distributions Division and Chief Engineer of Smart Community Div. of Toshiba Corporation Principal Office. He has been assuming leadership roles in some of the most technically challenging smart grid projects such as Miyako-Island Micro Grid (already in operation), US-Japan Collaboration of New Mexico Smart Grid Project, Integrated Energy Storage Systems for Smart Community, Next Gen. Optimal T&D Smart Grid Projects, Japan Smart Communities, etc. He is the Japan Representative of IEC SMB SG3, Expert of TC8 AHG4 and convener of Jisc/Cenelec Smart Grid WG, member of International Standardization Working Group of Japan Smart Community Alliance (JSCA), Japanese Committee of IEC-ACTAD, and Power System Technical Committee of the Japan Electrical Manufacturers’ Association (JEMA) etc. In these capacities, he is actively participating in international and domestic committees for the next generation power network and smart grid global standards. He recently spearheaded Toshiba’s engineering efforts in the photovoltaic systems and smart grid systems. He completed his master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Graduate School of Engineering Research at the University of Tokyo in March, 1978. He then joined Toshiba Corporation in April, 1978, and has been pursuing engineering, development, design of electric power systems monitoring and control systems, and electric power system solutions. He completed his doctorate (engineering) at the University of Tokyo in 1996.
Hideki Hayashi is General Manager-Smart Grid Technology, Transmission & Distributions Division and Chief Engineer of Smart Community Div. of Toshiba Corporation Principal Office. He has been assuming leadership roles in some of the most technically challenging smart grid projects such as Miyako-Island Micro Grid (already in operation), US-Japan Collaboration of New Mexico Smart Grid Project, …
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Dr. Dan Hirleman, Jr

E. Daniel Hirleman Jr. joined Purdue University as Chief Corporate and Global Partnerships Officer in 2014, with responsibility for growing strategic private sector partnerships as well as for global alliances with nations, universities, and NGOs. He also oversees the Global Policy Research Institute, and Purdue’s International Programs operation which currently serves over 9,000 students and scholars. Hirleman received the BSME with Highest Distinction from Purdue, followed by MSME and Ph.D. He received Howard Hughes Doctoral and NSF Graduate Fellowships, did six industry internships, and was a visiting researcher at the Technical University of Denmark. He joined the Arizona State University faculty where he received teaching and research awards and held multiple administrative positions culminating in associate dean for research.  In 1999 he joined Purdue as the William E. and Florence E. Perry Head of ME, and in 2010 became dean of Engineering at the University of California, Merced.  He has received: the Hon. George Brown Award for International Scientific Cooperation, and the Charles Russ Richards Memorial Award of ASME/Pi Tau Sigma. He is a Fellow of ASME and chaired Engineers for a Sustainable World. Prof. Hirleman has about 200 technical publications, 6 U.S. patents, and has presented 80 invited lectures in 14 countries on laser-based detection and identification of cells and colonies, semiconductor manufacturing, and global engineering.  His research has been supported by 70 grants from 31 companies and 10 government agencies with total funding of over $21M.  Ten inventions/technologies developed in his lab have been licensed to the private sector and/or are in commercial products. Hirleman is married to Laura Kennedy Hirleman, M.C., who has a counseling practice. They have 3 children, and serve on various boards and ministries.  For stress relief Hirleman plays competitive racquetball.
E. Daniel Hirleman Jr. joined Purdue University as Chief Corporate and Global Partnerships Officer in 2014, with responsibility for growing strategic private sector partnerships as well as for global alliances with nations, universities, and NGOs. He also oversees the Global Policy Research Institute, and Purdue’s International Programs operation which currently serves over 9,000 students and …
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Alec Proudfoot

Engineering Consultant - Proudfoot Design
Alec Proudfoot is the engineer at Google Inc. who started the RechargeIT plug-in vehicle project. He was a member of the engineering team at AeroVironment that created the GM Impact prototype. The Impact entered production as the GM EV1, the first modern high power AC induction electric vehicle. Alec has followed the alternative fuel vehicle scene as an engineer, a consumer, and journalist -- some of his footage appeared in the documentary film "Who Killed the Electric Car." In addition to his alternative fuel vehicle work, Alec has a diverse engineering career, spanning fields from aviation to medical devices to telecommunications, and has also worked as a professional helicopter pilot. Most recently, Alec was a renewable energy engineer at Google working on the RE<C project, and previously worked as an engineering manager on imaging related applications for projects including Google Book Search and Google Maps. In his "20% time," Alec advised Google's philanthropy organization on energy and transportation issues.
Alec Proudfoot is the engineer at Google Inc. who started the RechargeIT plug-in vehicle project. He was a member of the engineering team at AeroVironment that created the GM Impact prototype. The Impact entered production as the GM EV1, the first modern high power AC induction electric vehicle. Alec has followed the alternative fuel vehicle …
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Gary Johansen

Executive Director of Engineering for High Horsepower, Cummins, Inc.
Gary Joined Cummins in 1987 in the Midrange Engine Business as a development engineer focused on emissions, combustion and performance. In 1993, he became group leader for C-Series Engine Performance Development, and in 1995, he assumed responsibility for all midrange engine performance and emissions development. In 1997, Gary became Worldwide Chief Engineer for C and L engines, consolidating platform architecture and complexity across multiple JVs, markets, and six assembly plants. In 2000, he returned to his hometown, Chicago, for family reasons and joined Navistar where he held engineering, purchasing, and strategy leadership roles. In 2005, Gary returned to Cummins in 2005 as Executive Director, Engineering, leading the several Heavy Duty engine programs. Since 2009, Gary has been Executive Director, Engineering in the Power Generation Business Unit, focusing on improvements in product development, technology and innovation, as well as the launch of a number of new large platform programs and the convergence of global product architecture. Gary is very active in several community organizations in Minneapolis focused on issues including STEM education and improving the quality of life for individuals with severe disabilities. Gary earned his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Trine University in 1987.  He and his wife Linda, who have two children, will be relocating from Minnesota to Indiana.
Gary Joined Cummins in 1987 in the Midrange Engine Business as a development engineer focused on emissions, combustion and performance. In 1993, he became group leader for C-Series Engine Performance Development, and in 1995, he assumed responsibility for all midrange engine performance and emissions development. In 1997, Gary became Worldwide Chief Engineer for C and L engines, …
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John Waters (TAC Chairman)

Chief Technology Officer, Energy Systems Network
John E. Waters has been developing sustainable “engineered” solutions since his early work on the first electric car, GM’s EV1. John was the inventor for the battery pack for the EV1, Electric S-10, and multiple electric drive platforms spanning from commercial buses to race cars to golf carts. Along with his “plug-in” colleagues in industry, John discovered how the electron can be utilized for superior performance, reduced costs and lower (system) emissions to both the transportation and built environment sectors, improving the lives of individuals, communities, and nations. John is also active in bringing sustainable energy, housing and transportation solutions to “off-grid” communities around the world. Since the early days of developing the EV1 battery pack, John’s interests led him to develop sustainable energy storage solutions in large format lithium-ion batteries for Delphi, forming the EnerDel joint venture, and launching Bright Automotive as the founding CEO. John also created and led Rocky Mountain Institute’s (RMI) practice in sustainable transportation and consulted with multiple Fortune 1-to-100 companies in sustainable transportation solutions. At RMI (and inspired by Amory Lovins), John launched his passion for whole-system design in energy, economics, quality of life, the built environment, and transportation – all to improve the quality of life for people groups and social systems. John is also a Senior Fellow at the Sagamore Institute, previously a member of Duke Energy’s “Thought Leaders Council”, and advises multiple “plug-in” start-up companies. Prior to RMI and being the VP of Business Development for EnerDel, Inc., John was responsible for the design, testing, and production of multiple lithium battery products, including certified solutions for the iBot® and Segway®. Mr. Waters holds seven U.S. patents, two international patents, two defensive papers in battery pack designs, and has received numerous industry awards.
John E. Waters has been developing sustainable “engineered” solutions since his early work on the first electric car, GM’s EV1. John was the inventor for the battery pack for the EV1, Electric S-10, and multiple electric drive platforms spanning from commercial buses to race cars to golf carts. Along with his “plug-in” colleagues in industry, …
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Michael Rowand

Director of Technology Development, Duke Energy
Michael Rowand is Director, Technology Development for Duke Energy. He is responsible for technology evaluation and development of distributed energy resources, including energy storage, electric transportation, distributed generation, and other end-use energy systems and devices. Mike has 30 years’ experience with Duke Energy in various aspects of the utility industry including Transmission and Distribution Engineering, Customer Service, Rates and Regulatory processes, and Marketing. He is an honors graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and is a licensed Professional Engineer in North Carolina and South Carolina, and a Certified Energy Manager.
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