Ammi Amarnath

Ammi Amarnath is a Senior Program Manager in the Energy Utilization 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 previously ran 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.

Electric Power Research Institute


Laurent Fournie

Graduate from the Ecole Polytechnique, Laurent Fournié has nearly 10 years of experience in technical and economic studies, in the energy and telecommunication fields, first at N2Nsoft in the simulation and optimization of telecommunication networks, then at Voltalis, where he designed the first experimentation plans for load shedding. He is today executive project manager at Artelys and leads several studies to evaluate and optimize large energy systems for the executive committees of European companies. He is also in charge of the technical coordination of European project CitInES, for the evaluation and optimization of local energy strategies and work with several local authorities and industrialists to help them to optimize their energy investments.


Nicholas de Monchaux

Nicholas de Monchaux is an architect and urbanist whose work examines the intersections of nature, technology, and the city. He is the author of Spacesuit: Fashioning Apollo (MIT Press, 2011), an architectural history of the Apollo 11 Spacesuit. de Monchaux received his B.A. with distinction in architecture from Yale, and his professional degree (M.Arch.) from Princeton. He has worked as a designer for Michael Hopkins & Partners in London, and Diller, Scofidio + Renfro in New York. Until 2006, he was Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Virginia. He is currently Assistant Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at UC Berkeley.

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Larry Rohrbough

Larry Rohrbough is Executive Director of the TRUST Science & Technology Center at the University of California, Berkeley.  Larry provides center leadership and coordinates TRUST activities that advance a leading-edge research agenda to improve the state-of-the art in cyber security; develop a robust education plan to teach and train the next generation of computer scientists, engineers, and social scientists; create diversity programs to increase the pipeline of women and underrepresented minorities in science and engineering; and purse knowledge transfer opportunities to transition TRUST research results to end users in industry and the government.

Larry has over 20 years of experience in software engineering, technology consulting, program management, and public/private research and development initiatives.  He has domain expertise in the areas of embedded systems, wireless sensor networks, complex, software-intensive systems, and large-scale operations support systems.  Prior to joining TRUST, Larry was the Chief Technology Officer of the ESCHER Research Institute, a non-profit organization focused on transitioning government-sponsored open source technology from the research community to industry and government.  At ESCHER, Larry was responsible for defining and managing research and development projects, identifying technology transition opportunities, leading ESCHER’s technology market analysis and roadmapping exercises to forecast the direction of new technologies, and interfacing with researchers, scientists, and executives in academia, industry, and the government to identify research needs for the government, military, and industry.  Prior to ESCHER, Larry held technical and management positions with Accenture Ltd., CACI International, and Delex Systems, Inc.

Larry is a member of ACM and IEEE and holds a B.S. in Systems Analysis from Miami University and an M.S. in Software Systems Engineering from George Mason University.

The Team for Research in Ubiquitous Secure Technology