Founder, Pionergy Consulting Firm
Kenneth W. Anderson, Jr.
Public Utility Commision
Strasburger & Price, LLC
Tom Anson is a partner at the law firm of Strasburger & Price, LLC. His energy and utility law practice spans over three decades, including regulatory, contract, financial, administrative, and litigation matters for the electricity and pipeline industries. Tom is also very active in, and serves on the Board of Directors of, the Gulf Coast Power Association, an industry education and networking organization.
Tom has a Bachelor of Science from Oklahoma State University, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Texas School of Law.
Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy
Chad is an Air Force Honors Graduate and Distinguished Graduate, and is a Summa Cum Laude alumnus of Saint Edward’s University.
Associate Professor of Energy Policy and Economics
Harvard Electricity Policy Group
KBH Energy Center
William W. Buzbee
She holds a Ph.D. in public policy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Founder & CEO
The Ohio State University
Assistant Professor of Economics
Dr. Cullen received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Arizona.
Vice President, Market Operations
Lower Colorado River Authority
UT Austin Energy Institute
Frank A Felder
Center for Energy, Economic and Environmental Policy
He has both a BA and BS in Applied Mathematics from Columbia College and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Columbia University.
Research Into Action
Erik Funkhouser is a Senior Consultant at Research Into Action, and a Research Fellow with UT-Austin’s Energy Systems Transformation (EST) research group. Erik leads a portfolio projects related to distributed generation (DG) and smart grid programs, and innovation and entrepreneurial programs. Recently this had included research and program development for community solar offerings, and program performance assessment of public DG RD&D programs. Currently Erik and his team are also leading behavioral studies related to consumer engagement and adoption, smart grid services, and time of use rates. Erik splits his time between Portland, Oregon and his home in Austin, Texas.
He completed his graduate studies in public policy at UT-Austin.
University of Maryland-College Park
BEG's Center for Energy Economics
Dr. Gülen has numerous publications, and presents regularly to a wide range of audiences. He received a Ph.D. in Economics from Boston College and a B.A. in Economics from Bosphorus University in Istanbul.
Lead Market Operations Analyst
Texas Solar Power Association
Charlie holds a master’s degree in Public Service & Administration and a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering, both from Texas A&M University.
Ian A. Hiskens
Vennema Professor of Engineering
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Professor, Department of Economics
University of North Carolina Greensboro
Founder and CEO
David has a Masters in Engineering from Cambridge University and an MBA from the London Business School.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Mr. Jones is a private investor based in Houston, Texas. Mr. Jones has been involved with a number of companies as an investor and board member across a range of industries, including energy, real estate, software, process technologies and internet services. With respect to public companies, Mr. Jones is a member of the Board of Directors of Shell Midstream Partners, L.P. (SHLX), and Spire Inc. (SR), a natural gas utility holding company based in St. Louis. Mr. Jones is President and CEO of Cinnabar Investments, a Houston Texas based Energy Company. From 2012-2014, Mr. Jones was an Executive in Residence at the McCombs School of Business. Prior to 2012, Mr Jones was an investment banker with Merrill Lynch and Co-Head of Merrill Lynch Commodities, Inc.
Associate Professor of Instruction
Lynne has a Ph.D. in Economics from Northwestern University and a B.S. in Economics from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.
Good Company Associate
Principal, Klein Energy, LLC
Prior to starting her own company in 2006, Ms. Klein was the Chairman of the Public Utility Commission of Texas during which time she oversaw the restructuring of the State’s $36 billion electric power industry. She worked extensively with other State PUC commissioners and Federal regulators on issues related to power, water and critical infrastructure protection. From 2007 to 2013, Ms. Klein was Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Lower Colorado River Authority, the largest river authority in Texas. During her tenure she helped shepherd advances in the way LCRA implements water management, water permitting and water rate methods. While at the LCRA, she interacted extensively with Federal and State authorities to enhance funding levels and to seek regulatory efficiency. Following the World Trade Center bombings in 2001, Ms. Klein was appointed to the Texas Homeland Defense Task Force which was tasked to identify and mitigate security vulnerabilities for the State across power, water and telecommunications assets.
Ms. Klein has worked previously in Washington, DC and continues to engage in federal issues for her clients as they relate to power and water. She first arrived to the Nation’s Capital in 1988 as one of twelve people selected nationally to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Fellowship Program during which time she worked for the Secretary of the Air Force’s Legislative Affairs Office. From 1989-1992, she worked in the White House in the Office of Presidential Personnel where she assisted in recruiting and recommending sub-cabinet level presidential appointees in the national security arena of government. She served as Associate Director at the U.S. Trade Development Agency, from 1992-1993, overseeing the agency’s accounts in multi-national development banks. From 1996-1997, Ms. Klein worked at the American Enterprise Institute undertaking legal research in current telecommunications issues. She was then hired as a Senior Fellow at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. Ms. Klein also worked for Bearing Point Consulting, spearheading the start-up of their Government Affairs & Industry Relations Office.
Presently, Ms. Klein sits on the Board of Directors of Avista Corporation, a publicly traded utility headquartered in Spokane, WA. Other Boards on which she currently sits include PowerFin Partners, a privately held solar company; the for-profit company, National Institute for Renewable Energy, and the non-profit, Texas Energy Poverty Research Institute. She has previously served as a Diversity Advisory Committee Member for the Federal Communications Commission.
Ms. Klein retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserve in January 2015. She is a veteran of Desert Storm where she served in Saudi Arabia. She received her academic training at Stanford University (B.A., Biology); Georgetown University (M.A., National Security Studies); and St. Mary’s Law School (J.D.). She is fluent in Spanish having grown up partly in Venezuela and Mexico. She is a native of San Antonio, TX.
Principal Advisor, MISO
Javad Lavaei is a recipient of INFORMS Optimization Society Prize for Young Researchers, Donald P. Eckman Award, INFORMS ENRE Energy Best Publication Award, and PES PSACE paper award.
Dr. Lott is a licensed Professional Engineer in 6 states, a NSA Cryptographic Engineer, and holds CISSP, ISSEP, and PMP certifications.
UT Arlington, Department of Electrical Engineering
Jose Maria Lujambio
Energy Practice Director
Cacheaux, Cavazos & Newton
Senior Director of Market Design and Operations, ERCOT
Senior Vice President of Government & Regulatory Affairs
ENGIE North America
Manager of R&D
Oncor Electric Delivery Company, LLC
Bill graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an M.S. in Engineering. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Texas, and Member of the IEEE Power & Energy Society.
He earned a B.S. from The University of Texas, an M.B.A. from The University of North Carolina, and an M.A. from The University of Texas.
Texas A&M University
He is a Member of the CIGRE Working Group B2.59 on ‘Forecasted Line Ratings’. He is also active at the NASPI Working Group meetings and was recently given NASPI Control Room Solutions Task Team MVP Award. He is a senior member of IEEE and a distinguished lecture.
Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering Department
Pontificia Universidad Catolica
University of Kansas School of Law
Director of Engagement and Integration
Assistant Professor at the Nicholas School of Environment
She received B.S. and M.Sc. degrees in Industrial Engineering from University of The Andes, Bogotá, Colombia and the PhD degree in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University.
Brett A. Perlman
Fellow in Advanced Leadership Initiative, Harvard University
Matias Negrete Pincetic
Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering Department
Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile
Deputy Director, Independent Market Monitor, ERCOT
The Ohio State University
Co-Founder & Vice President
Fox, Smolen & Associates
Paul Smolen has assisted commercial consumers, cities, counties and public power providers with assessment of their financial options and regulatory requirements related to the restructured electricity market in Texas. Paul is a co-founder and the Vice President of Fox, Smolen & Associates, Inc. (FSA), which was founded in 2001. FSA sold its electricity brokerage business to NRG SimplySmart Solutions, LLC. in September of 2014. He served as a Director for SimplySmart from September through October 2015 and was then contracted as a Consultant to NRG. Smolen managed electricity procurement for members of 30 Chambers of Commerce and several associations. Smolen has participated in many electricity-related rulemakings at the PUCT.
Paul M. Sotkiewicz
President and Founder
E-Cubed Policy Associates, LLC
Associate Professor of Law
University of Florida Levin College of Law
Prior to her academic appointments, she practiced at Latham & Watkins LLP in the firm's Washington, D.C., and Silicon Valley offices. She is a member of the District of Columbia, Illinois, and California state bars and a graduate of the University of Chicago (AB and JD).
Senior Policy and Economic Analyst and Section Manager, NREL
Senior Vice President of Commercial Analystics
He holds a bachelor’s degree in history and social studies from Oral Roberts University and a Master of Business Administration in finance from Washington University.
Vice President of Power Supply and Energy Services
Pedernales Electric Cooperative
He holds a BSME and MBA from UT and MNE from NC State.
Principal Engineer-Emerging Technologies for Grid Coordination
Vice President of Public Policy
Energy Future Holdings
Stanford Law School
He holds a J.D. from Stanford Law School, a Ph.D. in Ocean Sciences from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a B.A. from Columbia University
He teaches courses on renewable energy law and policy, and energy regulation, and writes on issues related to renewable energy development and climate change.
University of South Carolina School of Law
Senior Scientist and Group Leader
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
He holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Stanford University and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Energy and Resources from the University of California, Berkeley.
Manager of Regulatory Affairs
President, Frontier Associates
Director for Western Transmission