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Ecotech Institute Board of Advisors

The following individuals serve as the Board of Advisors for Ecotech Institute, offering input on programs, curricula, and focus. They represent a broad cross section of academia, government and industry.

Dr. Abbas Ghassemi

Professor, Chemical Engineering, New Mexico State University
Executive Director, IEE and WERC

Dr. Ghassemi is the Director of Institute for Energy and Environment (IE&E) and professor of Chemical Engineering at New Mexico State University. He oversees the operations of WERC: A Consortium for Environmental Education and Technology Development (WERC), the Southwest Technology Development Institute (SWTDI) and the Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring & Research Center (CERMC). As the Director of IE&E he is the Chief Operating Officer for programs of over $10-million annually in education and research, and outreach in energy resources including renewable energy, water quality and quantity and environmental issues. He is responsible for administrative duties, operation, budget, planning, and personnel supervision for the program.


Alden Zeitz

Manager of Renewable Energy Services for Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative

Alden Zeitz is Manager of Renewable Energy Services for Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative and offers a wealth of experience in the wind energy sector. In 2004, Mr. Zeitz was responsible for the development of curriculum, syllabi and laboratory work for the pioneering wind energy and turbine technology program at Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville, Iowa.

He is a member of the American Wind Energy Association, the AWEA Safety Committee, AWEA Operations & Maintenance Working Group, and the AWEA Education Working Group. He also serves as a consultant to the Iowa Wind Energy Association.


Colin M. Coyne

Chief Strategy Officer, Samford University
LEED 2.0 Accredited Professional
Lecturer of Sustainable Enterprise at Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

Mr. Coyne has gained direct experience in almost every functional area of business organizations and has a varied background across multiple industry sectors. With work spanning eighteen countries over 25 years, he has been directly responsible for more than $1.7 billion in assets. He is nationally recognized for his work in sustainability, emphasizing corporate strategic opportunities and a for-profit model to enhance the enterprise and community. His "Sustainable Strategy" course at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University is at the forefront of new strategic thought in the 21st century business world.

Mr. Coyne also serves as an adjunct professor at Samford University where he teaches "The Economics of Sustainability" to masters and PhD students in the School of Biology and Environmental Sciences.


Craig Mataczynski

Chief Executive Officer, Gradient Resources
Chairman, Ecologic Analytics

Mr. Mataczynski has over 25 years of energy and utility industry experience with both large and small companies. Prior to his current position as CEO of Gradient Resources, Mr. Mataczynski was President and CEO of RES Americas. Previously, as President and CEO of NRG North America, Mr. Mataczynski led nine regional business units, establishing division-wide standards for safety, operational performance and management reporting.

He currently serves on the boards of EcoLogic Analytics, a developer of meter data management software, and TransAmerican Strukturoc, a manufacturer of textured wall covering systems for use in the pre-engineered steel building industry.


Declan Flanagan

President & CEO, Lincoln Renewable Energy LLC

Declan Flanagan is Executive Advisor in Renewable Energy for Willis Stein and serves as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Velocitel Inc. He is also co-founder and CEO of Lincoln Renewable Energy, a company focused on development of renewable energy projects across the United States. He previously served as CEO of E.ON Climate & Renewables North America Inc., a subsidiary of E.ON AG, the world's largest investor owned utility. There he worked on E.ON's investments in solar PV, solar thermal, biomass, and offshore wind power.

He currently serves as a member of the board of the American Wind Energy Association and speaks regularly at industry conferences. He has also been a Grand Final Judge for the MIT Clean Energy Prize


Ghazi Darkazalli, Ph D, PE

President & CEO, Novaray
Provost, Florida Polytechnic University

Dr. Darkazalli is a senior executive and educator with more than thirty years in business and academic settings. He is recognized as a pioneer in the solar energy industry. His diverse background includes corporate start-ups, public offerings, joint ventures, technology transfer, strategic planning, and energy utilization policies for institutional and rural development.

He has extensive experience in photovoltaics, wind energy, semiconductors, and other renewable energy industries. He consults the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and has formulated long-term plans for the development of policy and strategy to use renewable energy in rural development in non-electrified regions of the world. He is a fellow member of the Mechanical Engineering Society.


Janelle Kellman

Attorney, Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Janelle Kellman is in-house counsel working on renewable resource development at Pacific Gas and Electric, a California-based utility. Her practice focuses on energy, land use, and complex project permitting, compliance counseling, natural resource and environmental transactions, as well as regulatory and legislative development.

Representative projects include environmental and land use permitting and due diligence for large-scale solar thermal projects in the Mojave Desert and for PG&E's 250-MW photovoltaic program. She most recently led environmental due diligence efforts on a 200+MW wind project in Southern California. Prior to coming to PG&E, Ms. Kellman was an Assistant Regional Counsel at the Environmental Protection Agency, Region 9, where she worked on regulatory issues related to water and endangered species. She also worked as the Director of Regulatory Affairs for Solmetric Corporation, a solar technologies test and measurement company, and she spent six years on the City of Sausalito Planning Commission, serving as Chairwoman for two years, and led efforts to install solar panels on the city's public buildings.


Timothy Callahan

Partner, Paul Hastings

Tim Callahan is a partner in the corporate practice of Paul Hastings' Chicago office. He represents owners, developers, lenders, utilities and contractors in all facets of the development, financing, acquisition and disposition of energy and other infrastructure facilities. He has advised clients on projects related to power plants fired by gas, coal and petroleum coke, coal gasification plants, hydroelectric, biomass, biodiesel and other renewable facilities, gas and water pipelines, sports stadiums, water and wastewater plants, ethanol plants, oil refineries, and pulp and paper mills.

His project counseling experience includes oversight and management of legal services related to environmental land use, regulatory compliance, legislative and related lobbying efforts, and the securing of tax and other economic credits, grants and benefits.

 

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