Opening Keynote:

David Cole, Chairman, Center for Automotive Research

Panel 1: Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs)

Moderator: Fara Warner, Author and Freelance Journalist


Richard Curtin, Surveys of Consumers, Survey Research Center, University of Michigan

John DeCicco, Senior Fellow for Automotive Strategies, Environmental Defense Fund

Nancy Gioia, Director, Sustainable Mobility Technologies and Hybrid Vehicle Programs, Ford Motor Company

Jon J. Lauckner, Vice President, Global Program Management, General Motors Corporation

Ann Marie Sastry, President & CEO, Sakti3, Inc. and University of Michigan

Justin Ward, Advanced Powertrain Program Manager, Advanced Technology Vehicles -- FC&HV Group, Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America (TEMA)

Panel 2: The Smart Grid

Moderator: David Kiley, Senior correspondent, Detroit Bureau, BusinessWeek


Todd Hillman, Executive Director, Strategic Business Development, Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator (Midwest ISO)

Ian Hiskens, Vennema Professor of Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Michigan

Roland Kibler, Manager Technology Development, NextEnergy

Monica Martinez, Commissioner, Michigan Public Service Commission

Eric Shreffler, Sector Development Manager - New Markets, Michigan Economic Development Corporation

Knut Simonsen, Senior Vice President, DTE Energy Resources, and President, DTE Energy Ventures

Second Keynote:

John Denniston, Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

Roundtable: Recharging Michigan

Moderator: Fara Warner, Author and Freelance Journalist


David Cole, Chairman, Center for Automotive Research

Richard Curtin, Director, Surveys of Consumers, Institute of Social Research

John Denniston, Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

Orjiakor N. Isiogu, Chairman, Michigan Public Service Commission

Skip Pruss, Special Advisor to the Governor, Renewable Energy and the Environment

Gary Was, Director, Michigan Memorial Phoenix Energy Institute, University of Michigan

David Cole

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David E. Cole is the Chairman of the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He was formerly Director of the Office for the Study of Automotive Transportation (OSAT) at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute. He has worked extensively on internal combustion engines, vehicle design, and overall automotive industry trends.

Dr. Cole's recent research has focused on strategic issues related to the restructuring of the North American industry and trends in globalization, technology, market factors, and human resource requirements. He was formerly a member of the Energy Engineering Board of the National Research Council and the U.S.-Canada Free Trade Pact Select Panel. He is also a director of the Original Equipment Suppliers Association, as well as a director of seven automotive supplier companies. In addition, Dr. Cole is a member of the Executive Committee of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and was recently appointed by Michigan's Governor to the Strategic Economic Investment and Commercialization Board and the Michigan Renewable Fuels Commission. He was named a co-chair of Detroit Renaissance's "Road to Renaissance" Project in the fall of 2006. At the University of Michigan he is a member of the Energy Research Council and Mechanical Engineering External Advisory Board. He is also a member of the Denso Foundation Board. Dr. Cole was formerly a director of the Automotive Hall of Fame and a member of the Board of Trustees of Hope College.

He is active in SAE, including serving two terms on the Board of Directors. In February 1986, he was named a fellow of SAE. He is also active in the Engineering Society of Detroit and was elected to fellow status in 1990. In 2000, he received the Engineering Society's highest award, the Horace H. Rackham medal. In 1993, he received the National Automobile Dealers Association Foundation's International Freedom of Mobility Award. In 1994, Design News selected Dr. Cole as one of eight engineering leaders, and he was also selected to receive Sweden's Order of the Polar Star.

In the fall of 1998, Dr. Cole was named as the Marketing Educator of the Year by the Society of Marketing Executives. Additionally, he received the 1998 Rene Dubos Environmental Award for his contributions to the industrial ecology of the automobile and in 1999, Chevalier of the National Order of Merit from France.

Dr. Cole also has been actively involved in the start-up of five different Ann Arbor-based companies. Dr. Cole's technical and policy consulting experience includes a variety of assignments for industry, labor, and government.

Dr. Cole received his B.S.M.E. and Mathematics, M.S.M.E. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

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Fara Warner

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Business journalist and author Fara Warner offers business audiences a real-world perspective on marketing--how to reach consumers by speaking to their deepest concerns. Her recent research gives her special expertise in three areas, in particular:

Women--how to put today's most important consumers at the center of your overall business strategy. She is the author of The Power of the Purse, which details how a handful of Fortune 500 companies have rebuilt their businesses by understanding all the roles and responsibilities of today's modern women.

China--how to keep up with the trends that are turning China's exploding middle class into a huge and ultra-sophisticated population of consumers. Under a recent Knight-Wallace Fellowship from the University of Michigan, Fara has studied the effects of globalization on Chinese consumers and has spent considerable time in China in the past two years.

Cause-related marketing--how values, issues and the need for involvement motivate consumers today and how to connect these motivations with your marketing.

Fara Warner has been writing about marketing, advertising and consumer trends for more than fifteen years. She is a contributing writer to Fast Company and has written extensively for The New York Times, Forbes, Brandweek and other national publications. She's been a correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, covering advertising, marketing, media and consumer trends in Asia and e-commerce and the auto industry from the Detroit bureau.

She holds a Master's Degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and received a Knight-Wallace Fellowship from the University of Michigan. She is recipient of a 2006 Diamond Award from Women in Communications for her work illuminating women's issues in the media.

She serves on the advisory board of G23, a landmark new all-female consultancy from Omnicom to help businesses address the unrealized potential of the global female economy.

Fara is a guest blogger on The Power of the Purse at

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Jonathan J. Lauckner

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Jon Lauckner was appointed vice president of General Motors global program management effective May 1, 2005. In that role, he leads an organization which includes GMs vehicle line executives and the global and regional program management groups. In addition, as a member of GM's Automotive Product Board, he is part of the GM Automotive Leadership Group.

Lauckner began his career with General Motors in 1979 as a salaried-employee-in-training with Buick Motor Division. Lauckner held various positions in powertrain and vehicle engineering until 1984, when he was named product line manager for large and luxury cars for Buick. In 1988, he transferred to the Marketing and Product Planning Staff in Detroit and, in 1990, was appointed director of market and business analysis for Asia-Pacific and Latin America.

In 1992, Lauckner moved overseas as director of export operations and trade development for GM do Brasil in Sao Paulo. In 1995, Lauckner became director of planning for GM do Brasil, with responsibility for product planning and program management.

In January 2000, Lauckner was appointed vehicle line executive for compact cars for General Motors Europe, with responsibility for the Opel/Vauxhall Astra and Zafira. In May 2004, Lauckner became the global vehicle line executive for the Epsilon Architecture, based in Russelsheim, Germany, until his latest appointment.

Born October 5, 1957, Lauckner received a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan in 1979. He earned a master's of science degree in management from Stanford Business School in 1990 through the Sloan Fellowship program and attended the GM-Harvard Senior Executive Program in 2001.

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Richard Curtin

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Richard Curtin is an Associate Research Professor and the Director of the Surveys of Consumers at the Survey Research Center, The University of Michigan. Professor Curtin's monthly report on consumer confidence is one of the most closely followed economic indicators, with findings from his research extensively reported in the international media. His research is widely used by businesses and financial institutions, by federal agencies responsible for monetary and fiscal policies, as well as by academic researchers. Data from the University of Michigan's Surveys of Consumers is an official component of the Index of Leading Economic Indicators.

Through frequent presentations and published articles, Professor Curtin has reported on his research in behavioral economics, including the theory and measurement of expectations, consumer saving and spending behavior, household income and wealth, reactions to change economic opportunities, public policy preferences, and entrepreneurship. He has published more than 1,000 reports on trends in consumer expectations and their implications for changes in consumer spending and saving behavior. The success of his research has prompted more than three dozen other countries to implement surveys of consumer confidence patterned after the University of Michigan's. During the past five years, Professor Curtin has consulted with scholars and government officials in several countries, helping to establish consumer surveys in China, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Jamaica, Indonesia, Russia and Trinidad.

He is a member of the American Economic Association, the National Association for Business Economics, the Association of Consumer Research, the International Association for Research in Economic Psychology, and a member of the Center for International Research on Economic Tendency Surveys. He is the Associate Editor of the Journal of Business Cycle Measurement and Analysis. Dr. Curtin received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan in 1975.

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John DeCicco

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DeCicco is a nationally recognized expert on automotive energy and environmental issues. He specializes in analysis of transportation sector greenhouse gas emissions and oil consumption, covering topics such as vehicle and fuel technologies, air pollution, oil dependence and broader social and environmental impacts of transportation. His work includes advising policy makers, industry and public interest groups; developing market-based solutions that balance the needs of business, consumers and the environment; in-depth assessment of technologies and design strategies; and providing information for consumers and media. A special interest is enhancing public institutional capacity for constructively confronting the "cars vs. climate" challenge.

DeCicco's recent studies include Global Warming on the Road, Automakers' Corporate Carbon Burdens, and Putting the Brakes on U.S. Oil Demand. He has three books and over 70 published papers and reports to his credit. Over the years he has led influential studies of vehicle efficiency, covering conventional options such as better, engines, improved transmissions, and lightweight materials as well as new options such as hybrid-electric drive and other advanced technologies, including an in-depth assessment of fuel cell vehicles. He has also examined the economics of transportation energy use and changes vehicle technology, and co-authored economy-wide energy and climate studies.

DeCicco is also a leader in addressing the consumer side of automotive environmental issues. He pioneered consumer-oriented green vehicle ratings in the United States as the creator of ACEEE's Green Book: The Environmental Guide to Cars and Trucks (launched in 1998 in a previous capacity). He spearheaded EDF's partnership with Yahoo! Autos to make consumer-friendly Green Ratings widely available on the web.

DeCicco is active in SAE (the Society of Automotive Engineers) as well as the National Research Council's Transportation Research Board (TRB), for which he chaired the Energy Committee from 1996-2000. He received his doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from Princeton University in 1988.

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Ann Marie Sastry

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Ann Marie Sastry is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Mechanical, Biomedical and Materials Science and Engineering, and Director of the Energy Systems Engineering Program, at the University of Michigan. She is also CEO of Sakti3, Inc. She holds MS and PhD degrees from Cornell University, and a BS from the University of Delaware, all in Mechanical Engineering. She is the recipient of numerous honors for her work, including the 2007 ASME Gustus Larson Award, the University of Delaware Presidential Citation for Outstanding Achievement (2004), the UM College of Engineering 1938E (2000), the University of Michigan Henry Russel Award (1999), and NSF's Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (1997). In 2005, she was honored with a University of Michigan Faculty Recognition Award, acknowledging outstanding contributions as a senior faculty member in research, teaching and service. She has served on three Editorial Boards: the ASME Journal of Engineering Materials and Technologies, Journal of Composite Materials, and as a Founding Associate Editor of the Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials. She founded the nation's first graduate degree program in Energy Systems Engineering in 2007 to provide graduate education in advanced energy technologies.

Her research spans the biology/energy interface. She has published over 60 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and delivered over 50 invited seminars at academic institutions and organizations, including the National Academy of Sciences and the National Institutes of Health. Her work has featured in Nature, Business Week, and other publications. In energy technologies, her laboratory has developed new materials, invented techniques for manufacture and optimization of batteries, and algorithms for optimization of power systems. Her work in batteries for the Department of Energy, for example, comprises the first coupled mechanical and electrochemical simulation technique to understand failure initiation in high power battery systems. Her laboratory's projects, sponsored by the DoE, Army Research Office, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, NSF, and Ford Motor Company, range from design of microbatteries for implantable systems, to creation of biological batteries comprised of cellular organelles coupled with engineered substrates, to fully integrated structural batteries for realization of multifunctional, composite materials, to automotive Li-ion batteries, for hybrid electric vehicles.

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Nancy Gioia

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Nancy Lee Gioia is Ford Motor Company's director of Sustainable Mobility Technologies and Hybrid Vehicle Programs. Appointed to this position Nov. 1, 2005, she is leading efforts develop and implement Ford's current and next generation of sustainable products including today's Ford Escape Hybrid and Mercury Mariner Hybrid.

Prior to this assignment, Gioia was Director of Current Model Vehicle Quality for North America where she was responsible for overall current model quality performance. Gioia has held several key management and executive positions within Ford Product Development., in electronics architecture design and integration in vehicles. To date, Gioia has been a key part of 26 different vehicle launches at the company. Gioia joined Ford Motor Company in 1982 as a graduate trainee in the Electronics Division.

Gioia received her Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan and her Master of Sciences in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Stanford University. While studying with the assistance of a Ford Advanced Education Fellowship, she received the Outstanding Service Award from the Stanford Institute for Manufacturing and Automation.

In 2005 she was named as one of the Automotive News "100 Leading Women in the Auto Industry." In September 2007, she received the Rare Foundation's "Ordinary Hero" Award for leadership and mentoring, and Crain's Detroit Business Award as one of Metro Detroit's Most Influential Women in 2007. She remains an active member with Stanford University as the Ford Corporate Champion and is a member of the Smith College Advisory Board, the Electric Drive Transportation Association Board, and the UC Davis Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle Center Advisory Board.

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Justin Ward

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Justin Ward is the Advanced Powertrain Program Manager with Toyota's Advanced Technology Vehicles (ATV) department at Toyota Technical Center (TTC), located in Gardena, California. TTC, Toyota's North American R&D center, has been a division of Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing, North America, Inc. (TEMA) since 2006. Mr. Ward's responsibilities include suitability testing of advanced powertrain configurations in North America, coordinating development of new or improved software logic for Fuel Cell and Hybrid Vehicle (FC&HV) controls systems, managing Toyota's contributions to North American FC&HV Codes & Standards activities, and supporting technical outreach related to advanced powertrains.

Mr. Ward began his career at TTC in 2001, when he joined the company to support the opening of Toyota's first facility in North America dedicated to Fuel Cell Vehicle development, located at the California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP) in West Sacramento, California. In this role, he supported CaFCP PR outreach efforts and technical workgroups. He was promoted to his current position in 2008.

Mr. Ward earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California Davis in 1999. He has been a member of SAE since 2000.

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David Kiley

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David Kiley is a senior correspondent at BusinessWeek magazine. Prior to locating in Ann Arbor, MI in that post, Kiley was the marketing editor for the magazine at its New York headquarters. Kiley was the Detroit bureau chief for USA Today between 2000 and 2004. He has also worked at CNN and Adweek. Kiley is the author of two books: Getting the Bugs Out: The Rise, Fall and Comeback of Volkswagen in America (2001); Driven: Inside BMW, The Most Admired Car Company in the World (2004). Kiley makes frequent appearances on CNBC, NPR, and CNN as an expert on the auto industry and energy.


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Todd Hillman

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Todd joined the Midwest ISO in November 2004 and just began a new role as the Executive Director of Strategic Business Development, responsible for the implementation of Resource Adequacy and developing demand response and energy efficiency in the Midwest ISO footprint.

Prior to his current assignment, he oversaw the teams of Stakeholder Relations, Customer Management/Relations, Registration, Corporate Communications and Training.

Prior to joining the Midwest ISO, he worked for Reliant Energy in both their Houston headquarters and European operations (Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London) in the areas of Contract Management and Corporate Development.

Todd also worked for DuPont/Conoco and the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) in the areas of contract development and trading/origination.

Todd earned a B.A. and a B.S. from the University of the Pacific.

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Knut Simonsen

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Knut A. Simonsen, 45, is an officer of DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE), a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. In this position, Simonsen leads strategy, M&A and new business growth for DTE Energy, which includes DTE Energy Ventures a clean technology investment group. Key areas of contribution to DTE Energy's growth include defining entry strategy and expansion of DTE's unconventional gas E&P business and subsequently completing a very successful monetization of the Antrim shale in Michigan in 2007 for $1.3 billion, while continuing to invest in the Barnett Shale in Texas. Simonsen also led the development of the original gas storage and pipeline strategy for DTE, with follow-on acquisition of Duke's share in the Vector Pipeline. Simonsen joined DTE Energy from McKinsey & Company's Dallas, Texas office. At McKinsey, he was a management consultant specializing in the energy industry serving leading firms among gas and electric utilities and major oil companies. Areas of primary focus were merger and acquisitions, growth and restructuring strategies, wholesale trading and performance management.

Prior to McKinsey, Simonsen worked in Texaco's Alternative Energy division based in New York. As a Project Manager at Texaco, Simonsen led power development teams in North America, Europe and Latin America. Alternative energy efforts focused on clean coal and waste gasification. Renewable energy efforts included plastics, tires, sewage sludge and auto fluff. Previously, Simonsen was an Assistant Treasurer in the New York based Project Finance group of Den Norske Bank, with responsibility for project finance primarily for wind, wood, and gas fired power projects. Simonsen earned a bachelor of science degree in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M University, and a master of business administration degree from Columbia University in New York with a concentration in finance.

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Ian Hiskens

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Ian A Hiskens is the Vennema Professor of Engineering in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He also holds an Honorary Professorship in the School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering at the University of Queensland in Australia. He received the Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) and Bachelor of Applied Science (Mathematics) degrees from the Capricornia Institute of Advanced Education, Rockhampton, Australia in 1980 and 1983 respectively. He received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Newcastle, Australia in 1991.

From 1980 to 1992, Dr Hiskens held various positions within the Queensland Electricity Supply Industry. This industry experience covered distribution system design, system operation and control, and transmission system planning. From 1992 to 1999, he was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Newcastle, Australia, from 1999 to 2002 a Visiting Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and from 2002 to 2008 a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Dr Hiskens' primary research interests lie in the analysis and control of power systems. Current projects include large-scale integration of wind generation, grid controllability, and the development of methods for analyzing the impact of uncertainty on system dynamic performance. He is involved in numerous IEEE committees, is past Chair of the Technical Committee on Control of Energy Processing and Power Systems within the IEEE Control Systems Society, and past Chair of the Power Systems and Power Electronic Circuits Technical Committee of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society. He was an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems-I: Regular Papers from 2002 to 2005, and is currently an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology. He is the Treasurer of the IEEE Systems Council.

Professor Hiskens is a Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of Engineers Australia, and a Chartered Professional Engineer in Australia.

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Monica Martinez

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Monica Martinez was appointed by Governor Jennifer M. Granholm to the Michigan Public Service Commission on July 3, 2005. Her appointed term expires July 2, 2011.

Since joining the Commission, Commissioner Martinez has taken an active role in promoting issues relating to consumer education and awareness, energy efficiency and renewable energy development and low-income and senior citizen energy assistance. She has led new Commission efforts promoting lifeline awareness and summer energy conservation. The Governor recently appointed her to the Climate Action Council. As a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Committee on Consumer Affairs, she has supported efforts for uniform data collection on energy arrearages and calls for additional federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funding. She is also a member of the NARUC Committee on Telecommunications and its Federal Regulatory Subcommittee, which is currently examining special access. She is the current President of the Mid-America Regulatory Conference and serves on the Federal Interstate Telecommunications Relay Services Advisory Council. The Organization of MISO States selected her to serve on the Midwest ISO Advisory Committee and as a member of its Executive Committee.

Prior to her appointment to the Commission, Ms. Martinez served as Deputy Director of the Governor's Legislative Affairs Division, with primary responsibility as liaison to the Michigan Senate. Prior to her position in the Executive Office, she served as a policy advisor to the Michigan Senate Democratic Office where she specialized in telecommunications, energy, human services, and family law policy issues. Before joining the Senate Democratic Office, Ms. Martinez served at the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan and the Center for Corporate and Professional Development at UM-Dearborn.

Ms. Martinez earned a Bachelors in Economics and Political Science and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Michigan.

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Roland Kibler

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Roland serves as Manager of Technology Development at NextEnergy Center. He is responsible for technical and market assessments of alternative energy concepts to support the development of emerging alternative energy companies and technologies.

Roland has over 30 years experience in the automotive industry in the areas of product development and applications for engine management related components and systems.

Roland holds a BSEE degree from General Motors Institute, a MSEE from Michigan State Univ. and an MBA from University of Michigan Flint.

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Eric Shreffler

Eric Shreffler is a Sector Development Manager in the New Markets group at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation with responsibility for directing the department's Advanced Energy Storage and Wind Energy System Manufacturing initiatives. The group's major focus is on supporting the diversification of Michigan's economy in the area of alternative energy through leveraging the unique talent and natural resources of the state. Prior to joining the MEDC, Shreffler was the Global Thermal Product Manager for Delphi Product & Service Solutions. He holds a BS in Engineering Arts from Michigan State University and Executive MBA from Northwood University.

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John Denniston

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John Denniston is a Partner with Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. At KPCB, John has worked with a wide variety of portfolio companies, with a primary emphasis on the Greentech industry. John was a member of the KPCB Partner team that many years ago conceptualized and launched KPCB's Greentech investment initiative. Since then, KPCB has been an active investor in the Greentech field, having invested in start-up companies across a wide variety of sectors. John is an active participant in KPCB's Greentech Innovation Network, a network of business, academic and policy leaders who meet regularly to identify, and then pursue, the most important green technology and public policy innovations.

He is actively involved in Greentech public policy issues, having testified before several Congressional committees. John serves on the Board of Advisors of the National Renewable Energy Labs. He is a frequent speaker at Greentech industry conferences.

Prior to joining KPCB, John was a Managing Director and Head of Technology Investment Banking, Western U.S. at Salomon Smith Barney. He also served on the Investment Committees for both Salomon's venture capital direct investment fund and CitiGroup's venture capital fund-of-funds. Before that, he was a Partner at the law firm Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison, where he was the Head of the firm's Venture Capital Practice Group, co-head of its Information Technology Practice Group, and served on the Investment Committee for its venture capital fund.

He holds a B.A. in Economics and a J.D. from the University of Michigan.

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Skip Pruss

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Stanley "Skip" Pruss, a graduate of the University of Michigan and Wayne State University Law School, now serves as Governor Granholm's Special Advisor on Renewable Energy and the Environment. Mr. Pruss served as Deputy Director of the Department of Environmental Quality from January 2003 until August, 2007.

Prior to that appointment Mr. Pruss was the Assistant Attorney General in Charge of Michigan's Consumer Protection Division and Chair of the Public Protection Practice Group within the Department of Attorney General. Mr. Pruss practiced environmental protection and natural resource law for 13 years and was the legal advisor to the Natural Resources Commission and the Department of Natural Resources.

Mr. Pruss has received numerous public service awards and citations for legal advocacy during his career including selection by the American Bar Association as the 2001-2002 recipient of the Mary C. Lawton Award for Outstanding Government Service.

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Orjiakor N. Isiogu

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Orjiakor N. Isiogu was appointed to serve as Chairman of the Michigan Public Service Commission by Governor Jennifer M. Granholm on September 9, 2007. His term ends July 2, 2013.

Prior to acting as Director of the Telecommunications Division, Mr. Isiogu was an Assistant Attorney General in the Special Litigation Division of the Michigan Attorney General's office where he served since 1989. The Special Litigation Division advocated on behalf of the Attorney General before the Michigan Public Service Commission, the Federal Communications Commission, and federal and state trial and appellate courts. While at the Attorney General's office, Mr. Isiogu worked under three Attorneys General and served on the Litigation Advisory Board. As an Assistant Attorney General, Mr. Isiogu represented the state, its agencies as well as the consumer interests in state and federal proceedings involving utilities such as natural gas, electric and telecommunications. Mr. Isiogu serves as Chairman of the State of Michigan's Energy Advisory Committee. The Energy Advisory Committee is charged with the responsibility of determining whether an energy emergency is imminent and is required to notify the Governor of an impending energy emergency. In addition, Mr. Isiogu is a member of the Michigan Highway Reciprocity Board, the Michigan Relay Center Advisory Board, the Emergency Telephone Services Committee, the Renewable Fuels Commission, and the Climate Action Council. In addition, he is a member of the Smart Grid Collaborative effort between the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC).

Mr. Isiogu earned his law degree from Wayne State University Law School in Detroit, Michigan, and holds an undergraduate degree in political science from Wayne State University.

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Gary Was

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Professor Was received his ScD from MIT in 1980. He is the Walter J. Weber, Jr. Professor of Sustainable Energy, Environmental and Earth Systems Engineering, and holds appointments in Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences, and Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan. He is currently the Director of the Michigan Memorial Phoenix Energy Institute and has held positions as Associate Dean of the College of Engineering and Chair of the Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences Department. Professor Was' research is focused on materials for advanced nuclear energy systems and radiation materials science, including environmental effects on materials, radiation effects, ion beam surface modification of materials and nuclear fuels. He has worked extensively in experiments and modeling of the effects of irradiation, corrosion, stress corrosion cracking and hydrogen embrittlement on iron- and nickel-base austenitic alloys. He has led the refinement of models for radiation induced segregation to account for composition dependent processes, and developed the first comprehensive thermodynamic and kinetic model for chromium carbide formation and chromium depletion in nickel-base alloys. Most recently his group has led the development of proton irradiation as a technique for emulating neutron irradiation effects in reactor structural materials and has conducted some of the first stress corrosion cracking experiments of austenitic and ferritic alloys in supercritical water.

During his tenure at the University of Michigan, Professor Was has graduated 22 Ph.D. students, created three new graduate level courses dealing primarily with irradiation effects on materials and on nuclear fuels, and an engineering summer course on Ion Beam Modification of Materials. He served as chair of the Nuclear Engineering Department Heads Organization and co-authored the first ASEE report on Manpower in the Nuclear Industry. He is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Engineering Research Council of ASEE. He has helped to organize more than a dozen technical symposia and is a member of the American Society for Engineering Education, Materials Research Society, American Society for Metals, the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society, the National Association of Corrosion Engineers, Sigma Xi and Tau Beta Pi. He was chair of the Materials Research Society, Fall 1994 meeting. He is director of four laboratories at the University of Michigan: the Michigan Ion Beam Laboratory for Surface Modification and Analysis, the High Temperature Corrosion Laboratory, the Irradiated Materials Testing Laboratory and the Materials Preparation Laboratory. In 1985, Professor Was received the Presidential Young Investigator award from NSF, the 1994 Excellence in Research Award from the College of Engineering. In 2000 he was awarded the Champion H. Matthews Award from TMS and in 2004 he was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award by the Materials Science and Technology Division of the American Nuclear Society. He is a Fellow of ASM International, NACE International and the American Nuclear Society. Professor Was has published over 160 technical articles in referred, archival journals, has presented over 200 conference papers, and given 75 invited seminars and talks, and has published a graduate level textbook on Radiation Materials Science.

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2pm - Registration/Networking

3 to 7pm - Program

3-Opening Keynote: Cole

3:30-Panel 1: PHEVs

4:30-Panel 2: Smart Grid


5:40-2nd Keynote: Denniston

6-Round Table Discussion

7pm - Afterglow Networking