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Research Program on Energy & Water Sustainability

First Western Forum on Energy & Water Sustainability

Speaker Biographies

John Geesman, Commissioner CEC
Presentation: Water availability and power plant siting in California
John L. Geesman was originally appointed to the California Energy Commission on July 18, 2002, to fill an un-expired term. He was reappointed to a full five-year term by Governor Gray Davis on December 31, 2002, and was confirmed by the Senate. By law, four of the five members of the Energy Commission are required to have professional training in specific areas - engineering or physics, environmental protection, economics, and law. One commissioner is appointed to represent the public-at-large. Commissioner Geesman fills the Attorney position. Commissioner Geesman serves as Presiding Member of the Renewables Committee and the Facility Siting Committee. Commissioner Geesman, of Orinda, California, rejoined the Commission after originally serving as its Executive Director from 1979 to 1983. From 1983 to 2002, he was an investment banker specializing in the debt markets. During this time, he served as Chairman of California Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board, Chairman of the Board of Governors of the California Power Exchange, and as a member of the Board of Governors of the Independent System Operator. Commissioner Geesman earned a bachelor of arts degree from Yale University, and a juris doctorate degree from Boalt Hall, University of California, Berkeley.

Mary Heim, Chief, Demographic Research Unit for CA Dept of Finance
Presentation: Future Population Growth Trends in California
Mary was appointed Chief of the Demographic Research Unit in 2001 and has worked for the California Department of Finance since 1979. Initially she worked in the city estimates program that produces the annual January 1 population estimates used to calculate the appropriation limits and to distribute state subvention funds. In 1983 Mary was first involved in the production of population projections. Since that time Mary has had primary responsibility for 9 population projection series. Along with the day-to-day operations of the Unit, Mary routinely represents the Department; advises management; consults on demographic issues; develops methodologies; and serves as the State's population expert. Mary’s is a member of the Population Association of American. Her publications include Fertility of Immigrant Women in California; Soaring Growth—California’s 1990 Census Preview; and Demographic Outline Health Care Needs of the 90s. Prior to her work at the Demographic Research Unit, Mary was a labor market analyst for the Employment Development Department.

Gary Matteson, President Matteson & Associates
Presentation: California Energy Sources/Consumption Projections and Economic Analysis 2005 to 2050
Gary C. Matteson is the President of Mattesons and Associates, a consulting firm that specializes in energy and utilities planning. The firm also prepares business plans. He retired from the University of California in 2001 after a 42-year career which culminated in 5 years as the Director of Energy and Utilities for the University. He was responsible for defining the University's energy management strategies before the State's Legislature and regulatory agencies. He was also responsible for defining university policy on sustainable building construction and operation. For the past three years, as Assistant Director for the California Biomass Collaborative he has been conducting research into biomass-to-energy and biomass-to-product systems. His focus has been on the availability of food residuals as biomass resources for these conversion systems. Mr. Matteson has a Bachelor of Science in Biology, Masters in Economics, and a Masters in Business Administration

Michael Dettinger, Scripps / U.S. Geological Survey
Presentation: Climate change and water supplies in the West
Dr. Dettinger is a research hydrologist for the U.S. Geological Survey, Western Branch of Regional Research, and a research associate at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Dr. Dettinger has monitored and researched water resources of the West for over 20 years, with emphases on regional surface- and groundwater systems, and on climatic influences on water resources. In 1996, he was honored with a Vice President's National Performance Review Award for physical-sciences leadership in Mojave Desert Ecosystems science-planning efforts. Dr. Dettinger was the program chair and fundraiser for the annual Pacific Climate (PACLIM) Workshops from 1998 to 2004, and is a member of the external Science Steering Group for the federal Global Water Cycle Program. He has degrees from the University of California, San Diego, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Timothy Brick, Chairman of the Board, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
Presentation: Energy and Water: A Growing and Increasingly Important Partnership

Thomas Feeley III - NETL
Presentation: Estimating Freshwater Needs to Meet Future Thermoelectric Generation Requirements in Western US

John Andrew, DWR Statewide Water Planning
Presentation: Climate change and California water management

Ralph Marra, Tucson Water
Presentation: Planning for a Sustainable Water Future - Tucson's Challenge
Ralph Marra is the utility Administrator responsible for overseeing Water Resources Management at the City of Tucson Water Department (Tucson Water). Tucson Water is the largest municipal water provider in southern Arizona currently serving over 700,000 residents. Water Resources Management conducts near and long-term water-resources planning which includes resource and facility development, spatial demand projection, aquifer management, hydrologic research and analysis, and environmental assessment and mitigation. Ralph is a strong proponent of scenario planning which provides a rational means to identify and assess critical resource and supply uncertainties within a range of planning horizons. Prior to serving as Administrator, Ralph served as the Chief Hydrologist for the City of Tucson and managed the Research & Technical Support Section at Tucson Water. He has worked at Tucson Water in various technical and planning capacities for 18 years. Ralph has graduate degrees from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and the University of Arizona.

Christopher A. Scott, U Arizona
Presentation: Energy Boom and Groundwater Bust: Mexico's Water-Energy Nexus with Implications for the U.S. Border Region,

Ed Fox, VP of Environmental Health and Safety, APS
Presentation: Planning for Arizona's Electricity Future: The Demand for Water
Ed Fox is Vice President Communications, Environment and Safety for Arizona Public Service (APS). Fox is responsible for all external and internal communications as well as environmental, health and safety compliance. He oversees the company’s Technology Development group that identifies and helps bring to market technologies — such as solar energy and fuel cells. He is responsible for corporate security, facility management and maintenance. An attorney, and the former Director of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ), Fox has also served as an Assistant Attorney General in West Virginia.

Christina Tague, Assistant Professor UCSB
Presentation: Summer water availability in the Cascades and Sierras: Assessing spatial patterns of sensitivity to climate change
Dr. Tague’s research uses a variety to techniques including spatial modeling, remote-sensing and empirical time series analysis to contribute to a better understanding of how landscapes process water, carbon and nutrients. A key focus is the development and application of models of the interactions between hydrology, climate and ecology within heterogeneous environments (see RHESSys - Regional hydro-ecologic simulation system). These models are used to address questions about how landscapes respond to climate and land use change. Her recent work has focused on climate change impacts in the mountains of the western US and the impact of urbanization in both southern California and the north-eastern US. By using an integrated modeling approach, my research helps to generalize results from intensive field-based monitoring studies to larger watersheds and provides science-based information on spatial patterns of vulnerability in water quantity and quality, and ecosystem health.

Ernst von Weizsäcker, Dean Bren School UCSB
Presentation: Resource use efficiency
Ernst von Weizsäcker joined the Bren School as Dean in January 2006. Previously, he served as the policy director at the United Nations Centre for Science and Technology for Development, director of the Institute for European Environmental Policy, and president of the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment, and Energy. He is a member of the Club of Rome, a global think tank devoted to improving society, and he served on the World Commission on the Social Dimensions of Globalization. Later he became a member of the Bundestag, the federal parliament of Germany, where he was appointed Chairman of the Environmental Committee. He has also served as a professor of interdisciplinary biology and was the founding president of the University of Kassel in Germany. Von Weizsäcker has authored several influential books on the environment, including “Earth Politics” and “Factor Four: Doubling Wealth, Halving Resource Use.” His many honors and awards include the prestigious Takeda World Environment Award and the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Medal, presented by World Wildlife Fund International. He is a graduate of Hamburg University and earned his Ph.D. at Freiburg University.

William Bourcier
Presentation: New Materials and Separations Science for Sustainable Water
William Bourcier is a research chemist in the Energy and Environment Directorate at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory where he is currently involved with several projects related to the development of new water treatment technologies, and to novel applications of existing technologies related to water-energy issues. Current projects include the development of a new electrostatic desalination technology, the development of selective electrodialysis membranes for treatment of impaired waters, a project to co-produce marketable by-products from geothermal fluids, and a project where thermal desalination using waste geothermal heat is used to create potable water and brine is disposed of into the geothermal reservoir.

John Crittenden, Erin Lyons, Peng Zhang, Miles Costanza, Ke Li, Arizona State Univ.
Presentation: Life Cycle Assessment of Two Water Supply Systems: Importation vs. Reclamation.

Chuck McGowin, EPRI
Presentation: Dry Cooling as an Alternative for Thermoelectric Power Generation

William J. Cooper, Director, Urban Water Research Center, UCI
Presentation: Water Reuse an Integral Aspect of Sustainability: The Role of Advanced Oxidation Processes; Chemistry and Economics

Noah Goldstein, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Noah Goldstein is a Post-Doctoral Researcher in the National Security Engineering Division at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Dr. Goldstein has expertise in Geospatial Analysis and Simulation Modeling and has participated in numerous research projects covering Environmental and Homeland Infrastructure subjects. His work at LLNL has included spatial modeling on multiple efforts, including adapting real-time weather to wildfire spread modeling and the analysis on variable strategies for siting Hydrogen fuel stations in California. Currently Dr. Goldstein is developing a meso-scale spatial energy demand model for the Western US and contributing to the multi-lab effort on the "Energy Water Nexus". As a graduate student at LLNL and UCSB Geography, Dr. Goldstein produced created a formulation for the quantitative testing of urban growth models. This work included the creation of new metrics for analysis of binary spatial spread Monte Carlo models and the coupling of an urban growth model to a wildfire risk model. Dr. Goldstein professional interested include the incorporation of spatial analysis and models in previously aspatial domains, and developing tools for sustainable energy trajectories.

Craig Eaker, So. Cal. Edison
Presentation: The Last Water-Cooled Thermoelectric in CA? SCE's New Water-Cooled Combined-Cycle Generating Station

Jeffrey O’Hara, PhD student UC San Diego
Presentation: The Value of Climate Forecasts for the Western Power Grid
Jeffrey O'Hara is a fifth year PhD candidate in economics department at UCSD. Jeff's thesis is focused on water resources planning under climate change and variability. Jeff has completed two papers with Dr. Kostantine Georgakakos calculating the costs of climate change on urban water supply for the city of San Diego under imperfect information by constructing a reservoir model for the city. Jeff's current interests include exploring the implications of improved climate forecasting for the western electricity grid and the theoretical derivation of optimal reliability targets for municipal water supply.

Jordan Kear, Daniel B. Stephens & Associates, Inc.
Presentation: Energy savings effects of artificial recharge and increased storage in groundwater basins
Mr. Jordan Kear is a Senior Hydrogeologist with Daniel B. Stephens & Associates, Inc. (DBS&A). DBS&A is a consulting firm with offices in Santa Barbara, California; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Texas; and Colorado. Water resources, environmental, and litigation support projects comprise DBS&A’s main service sectors, while an in-house laboratory provides additional technical support. Mr. Kear is a California Professional Geologist (P.G.) and a California Certified Hydrogeologist (C.Hg.); he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geological Sciences from UC Santa Barbara and a Master of Science Degree in Geology from CSU Northridge. His professional specialties include: groundwater resources and environmental geology; water supply well locating, design, construction, testing and evaluation; groundwater supply and recharge studies; soil and groundwater assessments, remediation investigations, remediation feasibility studies; conceptual and analytical modeling; and environmental and water resource litigation support.

Jay Lund, Professor UC Davis
Presentation: Studies in the interaction of Energy and Water: Insights and Evaluations from Mathematical Methods
Prof. Lund has research interests in the application of systems analysis, economic, and management methods to infrastructure and public works problems. His recent work is primarily in water resources and environmental system engineering, but with substantial work in solid and hazardous waste management and in urban, regional, and transportation planning. While most of this work involves the application of economics, optimization, and simulation modeling, his interests also include more qualitative policy, planning, and management studies. Some of his major research themes are (1) large-scale regional water systems provide much of the world's water supply, flood control, and hydropower, and have major impacts on the environment and regional recreation; (2) integrated urban water supply planning and management; and (3) water transfers or markets as solutions for water problems. He received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington in 1986, an M.A. in Geography and a B.S. in Civil Engineering also from U. Washington, and a B.A. in Regional Planning & International Relations from U.of Delaware.

Dennis Aelbrecht, EDF R&D
Presentation: Framework to Analyze the Risk of Climate Change on Water and Energy Sustainability
M. Denis AELBRECHT : works as a Senior Partnership Project Manager with EDF (Electricité de France) R&D division, through a loan-in position at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) in Palo Alto (CA). He joined EdF in 1995, and successively worked as research-engineer, project manager, and group manager with EDF R&D in its National Hydraulics & Environmental Laboratory (LNHE). He has an academic background (Engineer and PhD) in Hydraulics Engineering and Environmental Fluid Mechanics from the Institut National Polytechnique in Grenoble (France). His activities are currently focused on Water & Environment related issues for Hydro and Thermal power : Climate impact on water resources availability for thermal plant cooling process or Hydropower generation ; Advanced Cooling Technology ; Extreme hydrological hazards effects on plants safety conditions ; Hydropower relicensing processes and related environmental issues (e.g. fish passage, …).

Mike Hightower, Sandia Natl Labs.
Presentation: Building Public/Private Partnerships in Energy/Water Sustainability Research
Mr. Hightower is a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff in the Energy Security Center at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is a civil and environmental engineer and has over 25 years experience in research and development projects. His current efforts include research and evaluation of innovative environmental and energy technologies and security and protection of critical water and energy infrastructures. One of his current activities is as project leader for development of a Science and Technology Roadmap for Energy-Water research and development for DOE. With scientists from Los Alamos, NETL, EPRI, and Sandia he has also helped write a Report to Congress on current and emerging energy and water interdependencies and concerns. Mike holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in civil engineering from New Mexico State University. He serves on the Executive Committee of the New Mexico Pollution Prevention Technical Resource Center, the Board of Directors for Citizens for Responsible Energy, is past-Chair of the Waste management Education and Research Consortium Industrial Advisory Board, and past-Chair of ASME’s Environmental Engineering Division.

Robert Goldstein, EPRI
Presentation: Building Public/Private Partnerships in Energy/Water Sustainability Research
Dr. Robert Goldstein is Principal Scientist, Water and Ecosystems, in the Environment Sector. The area's scope of research includes fish protection, water quality criteria, water toxics, watershed management, energy/water sustainability, ecosystem protection, atmospheric deposition effects, water quality trading, ecological asset management, hydropower environmental issues, and effluent guidelines. Dr. Goldstein’s current activities include managing the Watershed Management and Water Resources Sustainability Program and serving as technical lead for EPRI’s strategic energy/water sustainability initiative and the overall water and ecosystems research area. He is also responsible for research on total maximum daily loads (TMDLs), water quality trading, atmospheric deposition effects, thermal discharge effects, and energy/water sustainability. Dr. Goldstein’s has conducted research and published papers in ecosystem analysis, biogeochemical cycling, environmental modeling, water resources, terrestrial ecology, watershed analysis, plant physiological ecology, and population dynamics. Prior to joining EPRI in 1975, Dr. Goldstein was a Systems Ecologist with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Dr Goldstein holds a Doctor of Engineering Science, degree, an MS degree in nuclear science and engineering, and a BS degree in engineering from Columbia University. He also holds a BA degree in liberal arts from Queens College in Flushing, NY. He has taught classes and lectured at universities and scientific societies worldwide.

John R. Wolfe, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE, Senior Manager at Limno-Tech, Inc.
Presentation: Electric Power and Water Resource Sustainability
John R. Wolfe is a Senior Manager at Limno-Tech, Inc. He has expertise in fate and transport modeling of contaminants and environmental economics, and manages projects in areas of contaminated sediment, wastewater treatment and discharge permitting, combined sewer overflow control, and groundwater protection for a variety of municipal, state, federal, and industrial clients. Dr. Wolfe holds an M.S.E. from the University of Michigan, where has an adjunct teaching appointment in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He also holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, and was previously Associate Professor of Economics at Michigan State University. He is a licensed Professional Engineer and a Member of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers, and is currently a member of the National Research Council Committee on Sediment Dredging at Superfund Megasites.

Bob Wilkinson, Professor UCSB
Presentation: Integrated planning for water and energy systems
Dr. Robert C. Wilkinson is Director of the Water Policy Program at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at UCSB. His teaching, research, and consulting focus on water policy, climate change, and environmental policy issues. Dr. Wilkinson is also a Senior Fellow with the Rocky Mountain Institute. Dr. Wilkinson advises government agencies on water policy, climate research, and policy issues. He currently serves on the public advisory committee for California’s State Water Plan, and he represented the University of California on the Governor’s Task Force on Desalination. He advises various agencies including the California Energy Commission, US DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and the US EPA on water and climate research, and he served as coordinator for the climate impacts assessment of the California Region for the US Global Change Research Program and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. In 1990, Dr. Wilkinson established and directed the Graduate Program in Environmental Science and Policy at the Central European University based in Budapest, Hungary. He has worked extensively in Western Europe, every country of Central Europe from Albania through the Baltic States, and throughout the former Soviet Union including Siberia and Central Asia. He has also worked in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Japan, South Africa, and China.

Siwa Msangi, International Food Policy Research Institute
Presentation: Towards an Economic Rationale for Sustainable Groundwater Management
Siwa Msangi is a Research Fellow within the Environment and Production Technology Division of the International Food Policy Research Institute, and works on the economics of natural resources management and the interface between agricultural production, trade and the environment. Siwa is a graduate of the Agricultural and Resource Economics program at the University of California at Davis, where he did primary research in ground and surface water management in China and Northern California, as well as core methodological work in quantitative dynamic economics and the application of game theory to the analysis of natural resource extraction behavior and the design of policy.

Manucher Alemi – Office of Water Use Efficiency and Transfers, CA Dept Water Resources
Presentation: Financial Assistance- Means to Conservation and Efficiency
Dr. Alemi graduated in Irrigation Engineering from Shiraz University, Iran in 1968. Received Master of Science degree in Soil Physics from Michigan State University in 1971 and a Ph.D. degree in Soil and Water Sciences from the University of California-Davis in 1975. Served as Associate Professor at Tehran University College of Agriculture from 1975 to 1984. Worked as research scientist at UC Davis between 1984 and 1989. Worked as a scientist for the State Water Resources Control Board from 1989 to 1993. Has been with DWR since 1993. Currently is Acting Chief of DWR Office of Water Use Efficiency and Transfers working on statewide agricultural and urban water use efficiency and related programs..

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