Director, Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE) at CSU
Bill Ritter Jr. is currently the Director of the Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE) at Colorado State University. The Center started in February 2011 with Mr. Ritter as the founding Director. Bill Ritter Jr. was elected as Colorado's 41st governor in 2006 -- the first Colorado-born governor in more than 35 years. Mr. Ritter led Colorado forward by bringing people together to tackle some of the state's biggest challenges. During his 4 year term he established Colorado as a national and international leader in renewable energy by building a New Energy Economy that is creating thousands of new jobs and establishing hundreds of new companies.
Deputy Director, Science and Technology Strategic Plans and Programs, National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL)
Randy Gentry has more than 20 years’ experience in environmental science and engineering with a focus on water resources. He came to NETL after serving as Deputy Division Director of the Argonne National Laboratory’s Environmental Science Division. He has also served as an associate editor of the Journal of Hydrologic Engineering and an honorary scientist at the Institute of Soil and Water Conservation within the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Ministry of Water Resources.
Chief Operating Officer, AGA
Lori Traweek is in her 28th year at AGA and is committed to leveraging and utilizing American’s abundant, domestic, affordable and clean natural gas to help meet the nation’s energy and environmental needs. Lori is directly responsible for overseeing AGA operations. Prior to her current responsibilities, Lori was integrally involved in AGA’s pipeline safety and environmental advocacy, including participating in the development of the EPA STAR program to encourage voluntary operations reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, serving on the executive steering team of the Department of Transportation’s distribution integrity management program, and participating in the launch of the Common Ground Alliance – a collaborative organization with the goal of reducing excavation damage of underground facilities.
Energy Policy Thought Leader & Principal, Adamantine Energy
Tisha Schuller is is an energy policy thought leader, specializing in oil and gas. In her consulting capacity as principal of Adamantine Energy, she serves clients from non-profit environmental organizations to Fortune 500 companies. She recently worked as Strategic Advisor to Stanford University's Natural Gas Initiative, leading a symposium to address energy poverty. Ms. Schuller speaks around the world on the contentious issues associated with energy development. As past President & Chief Executive Officer of the Colorado Oil & Gas Association, she navigated one of the most dramatic and contentious times for energy development in Colorado's history. Ms. Schuller also serves as a member of the National Petroleum Council, an advisory board to the Secretary of Energy
Executive Director, Energy Institute at Colorado State University
Dr. Bryan Willson is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at CSU and is the founder CSUs Engines and Energy Conversion Lab. In these roles, he has worked for over 25 years to develop large-scale solutions for global energy needs with a significant focus on reducing environmental impacts from natural gas production and use.