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What will Communities of the Future look like?
Friday, April 14, 2017 08:30AM - 09:40AM
Panel Discussion
Confluence Ballroom
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Dr. Johney Green Jr.
Associate Lab Director, Mechanical & Thermal Engineering
Dr. Johney Green Jr. serves as the associate laboratory director for mechanical and thermal systems engineering. He oversees the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's transportation, buildings, wind, water, geothermal, and manufacturing research programs, which encompass a portfolio of approximately $100 million and close to 300 employees. Mechanical and Thermal Systems Engineering Directorate R&D advances science and engineering innovation in the areas of energy efficiency, sustainable transportation, and renewable power.

Prior to assuming his current position, Green held a number of leadership roles at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), where he served as director of the Energy and Transportation Science Division and group leader for fuels, engines, and emissions research. Green managed a broad science and technology portfolio and user facilities that made significant science and engineering advances in building technologies; sustainable industrial and manufacturing processes; fuels, engines, emissions, and transportation analysis; and vehicle systems integration. It was during his tenure as a division director that ORNL developed the Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy (AMIE) demonstration project, a model of innovative vehicle-to-grid integration technologies and next-generation manufacturing processes.

Early in his career, Green conducted combustion research to stabilize gasoline engine operation under extreme conditions. During the course of that research, he joined a team working with Ford Motor Company, seeking ways to simultaneously extend exhaust gas recirculation limits in diesel engines and reduce nitrogen oxide and particulate matter emissions. He continued this collaboration as a visiting scientist at Ford’s Scientific Research Laboratory, conducting modeling and experimental research for advanced diesel engines designed for light-duty vehicles. On assignment to the Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Office, Green also served as technical coordinator for the 21st Century Truck Partnership.

Green has served on numerous advisory boards for organizations including the Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Tennessee, and the University of Memphis. He is a fellow of SAE International and is active in the National Academy of Engineering. He holds two U.S. patents in combustion science and, as the lead or co-author of more than 40 technical publications.

Green holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Memphis and a master's and doctorate in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
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Eric Drummond
President of Global Strategy and Chief Legal Officer
Eric is an entrepreneur, business development ecosystem builder, and a former partner with one of the globe’s most powerful law firms, now with 46 offices in 21 countries. With 25 years as a legal professional and having owned his own law firm, Eric has supported the development and growth of businesses from the small and innovative to some of the largest companies in the world. Eric understands that the increasing complexity of the global marketplace requires businesses to perform at a higher strategic and competitive level.

Eric is the President of Global Strategy and Chief Legal Officer for Formativ, a unique real estate development company focusing on transformative urban projects and building distinctive business development ecosystems.

For over 10 years, Eric was legal counsel to one of the three largest wireless companies in the world, ultimately serving as one of five Regional General Counsels. Eric represented this company from acquisition of spectrum to their growth of a subscriber base of over 90 million customers. In addition, Eric was on the merger team that created the third largest electric utility holding company in the U.S. at the time.

Eric has a business law, corporate law, and complex administrative law background focusing his practice in emerging technology, alternative energy issues, telecommunications, climate, and capital formation. Eric served as the Founder and Chair of the Alternative Energy Practice Group at Denver’s oldest law firm, now with offices in 5 states and was the Cleantech Practice Group Leader of a global law firm with 20 offices across the world.

For a number of years, Eric supported the U.S. Department of Justice on state and federal matters related to Section 271 Relief under the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Eric also represented the federal government and the U.S. Department of Energy in the nation’s $32.4 billion Section 1705 Loan Guarantee Program. Eric has represented European Smart 20 companies, as well as leading the rollout of his client’s cutting-edge solar business in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

In addition to national and global initiatives, Eric is an active supporter of Colorado’s business and innovation community having been appointed to Colorado’s Renewable Energy Development Team by the Governor and to the Board of Directors of the Colorado Venture Capital Authority by the President of the Senate. Eric served on the Advisory Board of the Bank at Broadmoor in Colorado Springs and currently serves on the Advisory Board for Colorado Business Bank (CoBiz) in Denver. He is also the Vice Chairman of Colorado's Venture Capital Authority, which makes seed and early stage capital investments in advanced industries-related companies, and is the former Vice Chair of the Innosphere technology incubator headquartered in Fort Collins.

In 2014, Eric was appointed to the 5-member Foundation Board of Directors for the University Corporation for Atmosphere Research (UCAR) in Boulder, Colorado. UCAR operates the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), the nation’s premiere federally funded research lab in weather forecasting, climate, and the earth sciences, on behalf of the National Science Foundation.

Eric is listed in Who’s Who in American Law, Martindale-Hubbell “Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers”, Super Lawyer-Colorado, and is a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas. Eric received his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (Symbolic Logic) from the University of Texas at Austin and his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Texas School of Law.
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Shailen Bhatt
Executive Director
Shailen P. Bhatt serves as the Executive Director for the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), where he is charged with leading the department in planning for and addressing Colorado’s transportation needs. Bhatt oversees 3,300 employees statewide and an annual budget of approximately $1.4 billion, guiding an organization committed to becoming the best DOT in the country for all our customers. During his tenure, CDOT has launched the Road X program which is focused on deploying innovative technology solutions such as connected vehicles and teaming with the private sector to shape our transportation future. Prior to this appointment, he served as the Cabinet Secretary for the Delaware Department of Transportation. He also served as an Associate Administrator at the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).
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Jarrett Wendt
Executive Vice President Strategic Initiatives
Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Company
Jarrett Wendt serves as Executive Vice President of Strategic Initiatives for Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Company (PESCO), a division of Panasonic Corporation of North America. The company provides comprehensive solutions directly to clients in two major areas: CityNOW, Panasonic’s holistic approach to Smart Cities that illuminates the full breadth of Panasonic solutions across its global divisions and Eco Solutions, comprised of commercial-scale solar and energy efficiency systems.

Jarrett is charged with leading Panasonic’s Smart Cities initiative CityNOW leveraging the strengths of Panasonic’s tremendous history in smart and sustainable solutions, including solar, battery storage, micro-grids, traffic and mobility solutions, healthcare, and more. He also leads corporate partnerships for Panasonic providing large-scale solutions across Panasonic’s global portfolio. Jarrett joined Panasonic August, 2015.

Prior to joining Panasonic, Jarrett spent 8 years as President and CEO of CPI International, a leading analytical and life science manufacturer. He grew CPI’s global business by successfully launching markets in over 40 countries. While as CPI, he attained 12 patents, and presented before the US EPA gaining two EPA approvals for Colitag ™, a novel drinking water test that detects e. coli and coliforms. He secured global OEM contract manufacturing partnerships with Thermo-Fisher, Agilent, Spectro, PerkinElmer, and Horiba while growing CPI’s vertically integrated capabilities.

Prior to his role at CPI, Jarrett found and served as President of JMG, an entertainment and media company focused on global distribution of music and motion pictures.

Jarrett holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Colorado Boulder. He currently resides in Colorado with his wife and son.
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Dr. Bryan Hannegan
Associate Lab Director, Energy Systems Integration
Dr. Bryan Hannegan is the Associate Director for Energy Systems Integration at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the U.S. Department of Energy’s primary national laboratory for energy efficiency and renewable energy research and development. In this role, he leads NREL’s global initiative to optimize links between electricity, fuel, thermal, water, and communication networks in order to enable a more sustainable society.

Prior to joining NREL, Dr. Hannegan held several research leadership positions in fossil energy, renewable energy, and environmental science and technology at the Electric Power Research Institute, the non-profit R&D arm of the electric power industry. Earlier in his career, Dr. Hannegan served as a senior energy advisor to President George W. Bush in staff positions for the Council on Environmental Quality and the National Economic Council, and also served as a staff scientist for the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

Dr. Hannegan is a former elected Director of the Coastside County Water District, and he serves on numerous professional societies and commissions, including the California Council on Science and Technology, the American Meteorological Society’s Board on Global Strategies, and the International Energy Agency’s Renewable Energy Industry Advisory Board. Dr. Hannegan holds a Doctorate in earth system science and a Master of Science in engineering, both from the University of California, Irvine, and he also holds a Bachelor of Science in meteorology from the University of Oklahoma.

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