Panel Co-Chair on On-site Renewable Energy: Stan Rosinski

Stan Rosinski is a Program Manager at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). He currently manages renewable generation activities in the Generation Sector, directing research to facilitate increased deployment of biomass, solar, wind and geothermal energy. He is also responsible for tracking the cost and performance of renewable technologies and evaluating the impact of proposed climate policies on renewable generation.

Prior to joining Renewables Generation, Rosinski managed EPRI’s Technology Innovation Program and was responsible for “incubating” innovation by directing fundamental, innovative, and crosscutting R&D within EPRI to accelerate the application of advanced science and technology.

Previously at EPRI, Rosinski managed the Reactor Pressure Vessel Integrity and Fatigue Issue Task Groups under the Nuclear Sector Materials Reliability Program. Research in this area included radiation damage and embrittlement management, structural integrity assessment and component life prediction, materials selection and performance, and operating plant criteria improvement for life extension and license renewal.

Before joining EPRI in 1995, Rosinski was a Senior Member of Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories, where he was responsible for the resolution of light water reactor (LWR) materials-related issues. He also served as chief metallurgical consultant for the U.S. Department of Energy Office of LWR Safety & Technology.

Rosinski received a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering and a Masters degree in metallurgy from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He also received a Professional Nuclear Engineer degree (honorary) from the University of Missouri-Rolla.

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Panelist on Industrial Energy Storage: Tom Stepien

Tom Stepien is CEO of Primus Power, a leader in utility-scale electrical energy storage.
He helped launch Primus Power in early 2009 and raised over $30 million from venture capital sources and government grants. He has over 25 years of engineering, operations, and general management experience at small and large companies. Prior to joining Primus, Tom was a Vice President and General Manager at Applied Materials, a Fortune 500 provider of semiconductor, solar, and flat panel display equipment and services. He had P&L responsibility for a $500M business unit with complex set of systems, global customers, manufacturing and support.

He has expertise in industrial robotics and control systems having lead efforts at Applied, Novellus Systems and Draper Laboratory. He holds a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from MIT where he was a Pi Tau Sigma, Bendix and Alpha Tau Omega scholar. He currently serves on industrial advisory board for the MIT’s Laboratory for Manufacturing &Productivity.

Tom was a co-captain and three year letterman for the MIT Varsity Crew Team. He was born & raised in Detroit, Michigan and currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with his lovely wife and two kids. His enjoys mechanical tinkering, pheasant hunting, photography and golf. He serves on the Northern California board of Special Olympics and served in his youth as a camp counselor for special needs kids.

About Primus Power 

Primus Power is a leader in low-cost, grid-scale energy storage solutions with a scalable, distributed system that economically serves multiple storage applications including transmission capacity, renewable energy integration and frequency regulation. With patent-pending innovations in chemistry, cell design and system engineering, the Primus’ EnergyCell and EnergyPods™ products offer exceptional power density and portability at industry-low prices.

Primus is the only company to receive government grants from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E), and the California Energy Commission (CEC). Its technology stands to revolutionize the economics, stability, and security of the electric grid, while accelerating the incorporation of renewable wind and solar energy.

Panel Co-Chair on Energy-Efficient Technologies: Ammi Amarnath

Ammi Amarnath is a Technical Executive in the Energy Efficiency & Demand Response program area at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). He leads a team of engineers and scientists with focus on the development and demonstration of smart and efficient end-use technologies while ensuring their interoperability with the electric supply system. Some of the technologies demonstrated include: advanced space conditioning systems for residential and commercial buildings, hyper-efficient appliances, heat pump water heaters, advanced demand response systems that integrate with the smart grid, industrial process efficiency improvements, and advances in motor and drive technologies. His activities also focus on customer and utility technology improvements to make energy efficiency and demand response programs successful in the country.

Amarnath rejoined EPRI in 2007 as a team member of the Energy Efficiency Initiative. He was previously the President of KSON International Inc., a consulting firm providing technical and business consulting services to energy efficiency and clean tech companies. Before this, he was the Vice President of Business Development at Advanced Material Sciences, Inc., where he managed the development of a micro-fuel cell business.

In his prior tenure at EPRI, Amarnath was a Senior Project Manager within the Distributed Generation program. His activities included the development and deployment of fuel cell and other energy storage technologies.

Amarnath received a Bachelor of Engineering degree in chemical engineering from India and a Master of Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Houston.

Closing Roundtable with Jigar Shah – Executive Director, Institute for Industrial Productivity

Jigar V. Shah is Institute for Industrial Productivity’s Executive Director. Jigar has over 25 years of experience in Energy Efficiency and Cleaner Production for the manufacturing sector. Prior to joining IIP he was at the International Finance Corporation (the World Bank Group) and was responsible for developing a worldwide program for Cleaner Production in IFC’s Climate Change Practice to assist clients in undertaking climate friendly investments — energy efficiency, water management, and resource conservation.

His work history includes: Engineer for a major oil company, Consultant to utilities, chemical and petroleum companies, Energy Manager for aluminum plants in Russia, Head of London Office for an international energy consultancy. Jigar has a PhD in Chemical Engineering and taught graduate courses in Sustainable Energy as an Adjunct Professor at McMaster University, Canada, and George Washington University, Washington D.C.

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