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CE-CERT Board of Advisors
Chairman of the Board and CEO, Bourns, Inc.
Gordon Bourns joined the company in 1973 and has managed various business units and operations with Bourns since that time. He was elected Chairman of the Board in December 1988 by the Company’s Board of Directors, and was also elected President in 1990. He now serves as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer.
As Chairman and CEO, Mr. Bourns heads a worldwide electronics corporation that produces more than 3,000 different products at 10 domestic and international facilities, with 3,500 employees worldwide. Mr. Bourns currently focuses much of his attention on strategic planning to accomplish the Company’s Mission. He has led the Bourns commitment to the Six Sigma quality process to assure the Company meets or exceeds customer requirements and specifications, while anticipating future needs through the continuous improvement of people, processes, products and services.
Mr. Bourns is the son of the co-founders of Bourns, Inc., Marlan and Rosemary Bourns. He became Vice Chairman of the Board in 1985, prior to becoming CEO in 1987. He presently serves on the Boards of Company subsidiaries throughout the world. Mr. Bourns is Chief Financial Officer of the Woodcrest Christian School System Board of Directors on which he has serves since 1993. He is a member and past chairman of the Board of Directors for the UCR Foundation.
Mr. Bourns holds a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of California at Irvine and an MBS in finance/marketing from the University of California in Los Angeles.
Technology Development Manager, U.S. Department of Energy
Leo Breton is the Acting SBIR Program Manager for the Energy Efficiency Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy. Mr. Breton manages the Small Business Innovation Research grants program and technology portfolio for DOE/EERE related to energy conservation and renewable energy, including vehicle technologies, solar wind, and building energy efficiency. Mr. Breton pioneered the field of real-world, in-use emissions and fuel economy testing for vehicles and engines in the mid 1990's when there was little interest and no budget for such a thing. He personally built the first system known as ROVER, and showed how diagnostic data from the engine, vehicle, driver, and location devices could be used and combined.
Mr. Breton received his M.S. of Mechanical Engineering from University of Maryland in 1990 and his B.A. in Physics with Honors from Clark University in 1985.
Board Vice President, Clean Air Now
Virginia Field has been active in the struggle for clean air in Southern California for over 35 years. She has served in many capacities with Clean Air Now ever since helping to found the organization in 1969. She served as the President from 1982 until 1989, and then again, from 1999 to the present day. She has also served as secretary and chairman of the speaker’s bureau. Ms. Field also serves as Governing Board Member of the South Coast Air Quality Management District.
Manager of Research for Ford Asia Pacific, Ford Motor Company
Weijian Han specializes in life-cycle analyses of sustainable mobility dilemmas. His strength is to consider a wide range of variables, including government regulations, social policy, technology, and human behavior. He networks diverse stakeholders in a problem area in order that solutions will benefit and be endorsed by all. Since joining Ford Motor Company in 1995, he has organized and led numerous research and technology programs in China, Thailand, India, the Philippines, and Vietnam. He has spearheaded Ford’s public citizenship effort in Asia, through coordinating the Clean Air Initiative (CAI), sponsored by the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank, as well as through numerous activities to influence policy making and public awareness in the areas of environment, energy, mobility, and road safety. He has played a key role in developing network among universities, institutes, and government agencies in China.
Han’s educational preparation combined business, science, and technology: Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering (1997) and M.S. in Engineering Management (1990), both from Tulsa University, OK; and B.S. in Metal Materials Engineering from Sichuan University, China. In addition, through collaborative work with experts, he has established proficiency in social psychology and information sciences. He is currently a guest professor and advisor to postgraduate students at Tsinghua University, Shanghai Jiaotong University Chongqing University and Chongqing University.
He has published more than 50 scientific papers and given presentations, lectures and seminars worldwide on energy economics, life cycle assessments, automotive emissions control technologies, and alternative fuel vehicle technologies.
Jeff J. Jetter
Principal Chemist, Honda R&D Americas, Inc.
Jeff Jetter is a Principal Chemist at Honda’s Los Angeles R&D facility, where he is responsible for projects related to energy and the environment. Prior to joining Honda in 1991, he worked for 10 years at Unocal’s Science & Technology Center as a Research Chemist.
Mr. Jetter sets on the Board of Directors for the CRC (Coordinating research Council), and also manages several CRC research projects. He is a member of the advisory boards for the CSU Long Beach Chemistry Department, the CU Davis Institute of Transportation Studies, and the UC Riverside Center for Environmental Research and Technology.
Jeff holds patents in the area of emission measurement technology, and has authored numerous technical papers. He holds a degree in Chemistry from California State University, Long Beach.
Timothy V. Johnson
Director, Emerging Technologies and Regulation, Corning, Inc.
Tim Johnson is Director – Emerging Regulations and Technolgies for Corning Environmental Technologies, Corning Incorporated. Dr. Johnson is responsible for tracking emerging moile emissions relations and technologies, and helps develop strategic positioning via new products. He has been with Corning for 24 years, and 14 years in the current position. He is an acknowledged expert and frequent speaker on diesel emission control technology and trends. In that regards, he received the 2007 and 2009 Lloyd L. Withrow Distinguished Speaker Awards from SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers), and in 2008 was awarded the Fellow membership grade by SAE. He is a recipient of California’s 2009 Haagen-Smit Clean Air Award.
Dr. Johnson is quite active in various advisory committee roles with various governments agencies, universities, and private organizations. He earned his B.S. and M.S. Engineering Degrees from the University of Minnesota in 1978 and 1979, and his Doctor of Science from MIT in 1987.
Frank B. Rowley Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota
Professor Kittleson is the director of the University of Minnesota Center for Diesel Research. He has worked for more than 30 years on improving performance and reducing emissions from engines. Current research interests include sampling and characterization of ultrafine and nanoparticles from engines and other combustion systems; development of advanced engine exhaust aftertreatment systems, production and use of biofuels including biodiesel, butanol, DME, Fischer-Tropsch liquids, ethanol, and biorudes; use of hydrogen produced on-board to modify combustion in engines; reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from transportation, and development of fast response sensors for engine control. He is a Fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers.
Executive Vice President, SolarMax Technology
Ching Liu serves as Executive Vice President of SolarMax Technology, Inc. Ms. Liu has over 20 years of experience in global private equity investments. Ms. Liu has extensive experience in U.S. Non-Resident Alien investment vehicles and has worked with high net worth Asian clients with complex NRA taxation issues.
From 1994 to 2000, she served as Vice President and Premier Banking Manager of the Asian Segment at Wells Fargo Bank. She served as Vice President of Wealth Management at Merrill Lynch since April 2000.
Ms. Liu is an expert in asset-based financing and asset management for both private investors and Asian-based institutions. She provides private clients with diverse investment portfolios utilizing money managers, mutual funds, and hedge funds.
Tahmid Mizan Ph.D.
Senior Technology Advisor, Corporate Strategic Planning, Exxon Mobil Corporation
Tahmid is the Senior Technology Advisor, Corporate Strategic Planning, for the Exxon Mobil Corporation. He provides guidance to senior corporate officers in assessing strategic technology opportunities and challenges. Tahmid manages the corporate R&D portfolio, which looks at technologies having long time horizons or in fields outside the company’s immediate business focus.
His past technical assignments have included leading engineers and scientists engaged in developing new methods for producing ultra-low sulfur fuels, devising new processes for making advanced lubricant basestocks, and improving the energy efficiency of refineries.
Tahmid earned his Ph.D. in Chemical engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, M.S. from the University of Pittsburgh, and B.S. from the Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology. Tahmid has a number of refereed journal publications in the AIChE Journal, Chemical Engineering Science, the Journal of Physical Chemistry, Energy & Fuels, and Catalysis Today. He is an inventor on several patents in the fields of clean fuels, biofuels, and energy efficient processes. Tahmid has served on national and international expert panels in the areas of transportation and sustainable energy use and was a team member on the National Petroleum Council study on “advancing Technology for America’s transportation Future” (2012). He is a member of the University of Michigan Chemical Engineering Alumni Advisory Board.
Director, Air Quality Modeling Center, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Edward Nam is the Director of the Air Quality Modeling Center in the Office of Transportation and Air Quality in the U.S. EPA. He currently leads the mobile source emissions inventory research and development for EPA. Dr. Nam was one of the leads for the historic 2012-2016 as well as the 2017-2025 EPA light-duty greenhouse gas rules and continues to play a leading role in greenhouse gas regulations. Dr. Nam has been with the EPA since 2003, and prior to becoming a Center Director, his research had earned him several technical achievement awards in hybrid vehicle efficiency and particulate matter modeling. He was instrumental in the development of the EPA MOVES (Motor Vehicle Emissions Simulator)and PERE (physical Emission Rate Estimator) models. He continues to lead the development of many mobile source models for EPA. Dr. Nam also contributed to the basic design of the 5-cycle fuel economy labeling rule as well as greenhouse gas control from mobile air conditioning systems.
Prior to joining the EPA, Dr. Nam was a scientist at the Ford Motor Company, where he conducted research on traffic and (near-roadway) emissions and fuel consumption modeling. He also conducted air conditioner research as well as testing and development with Portable Emissions Measurement Systems.
Dr. Nam earned his Master’s and Ph.D. Degrees in Physics from the University of Michigan in 1999. He also earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics from the University of Pennsylvania. He is married, has 2 children and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Chief, Division of Equipment, California Department of Transportation
Mr. Lawrence H. Orcutt (Larry) is a 25-year veteran of the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). He currently is the Research and Innovation Division Chief, but he has also served as the Maintenance Division Chief, and had 18 months as the Acting Deputy Director for Maintenance and Operations. He has spent 13 years in Headquarters (Sacramento) and 12 years working in the Northern California Districts. He is Co-Chair of TRB’s Technology Transfer Committee as well as a member of TRB’s SHRP II Safety Technical Coordinating Committee and a lifetime member of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) and past Vice-Chair of the AISES Board of Directors. He is a licensed professional Civil Engineer in California, C35228.
In 2008, Larry received his Masters of Science in Transportation Management, San Jose State University, Business School, Mineta Transportation Institution. In 1979, he received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, California State University, Sacramento. In 1975, he received Associate of Arts in Engineering, College of the Redwoods, Eureka, California.
Mitchell W. Pratt
Chief Operating Officer, Clean Energy Fuels Corporation
Mitchell W. Pratt is lean Energy Corp.’s Chief Operating Officer and Corporate Secretary. Mr. Pratt has served as Clean Energy’s Senior Vice President, Engineering, Operations and Public Affairs since January 2006, and as Corporate Secretary on the Company’s Board of Directors since December 2002. Mr. Pratt has over 26 years of experience in the natural gas industry, and prior to joining Clean Energy, he was General Manager for the Natural Gas Vehicle Department at San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Gas Company, where he held a variety of sales and operational positions over his 18-year career. Throughout his career he has held diverse leadership roles ranging from customer satisfaction, financial and distribution operations, to public policy, sales and market development.
Mr. Pratt earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the California State University at Northridge, and an M.B.A. from the university of California, Irvine.
Professor of Energy Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley
During his 45-year career at Berkeley as a professor of mechanical engineering, Dr. Sawyer’s teaching and research have included rocket propulsion, energy conversion, combustion, air pollution, and regulatory policy. He has authored or co-authored more than 350 publications including two books. He chaired the Energy and resources Group and was selected to be the first Class of 1935 Professor of Energy at Berkeley. From 2003-2005 he headed the University of California Education Abroad Program in London. In January 2006, Dr. Sawyer left the University of California to accept the appointment by Governor Schwarzenegger to head the California Air Resources Control Board, a position he held through June 2007.
Currently he is the Class of 1935 Professor of Energy Emeritus at UC Berkeley. He is a graduate of Stanford and Princeton universities. He received the Berkeley Citation, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ Soichiro Honda Metal, and the California Air Resources Board Haagen-Smit Award. He is past president of the Combustion Institute, a fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
Director of Science, Health Effects Institute
Director, Global Product Environmental Management (PEM), Environmental Strategy and Compliance, Cummins, Inc.
D. Env., Executive Officer, South Coast Air Quality Management District
A longtime Southern California resident, Barry R. Wallerstein holds a doctorate in environmental science and engineering from the University of California at Los Angeles – School of Public Health, and M.S. and B.S. degrees in biological science from the University of Southern California. He has over two decades of experience in urban planning and environmental studies, with an emphasis in air pollution control and public policy development. He has been AQMD’s Executive Officer for 13 years, having served the agency in increasingly responsible positions since 1984.
Previously in his career, Barry held positions as an Environmental Control Administrator at Northrop and as a member of rule development staff at the California Air Resources Board.
As executive officer, he serves as chief of staff to implement environmental protection policies as approved by the agency’s 13-member Governing Board, working proactively with state and federal regulatory officials, local governments, regulated businesses, and community stakeholders. In recent years, he has executed innovative programs to:
- Achieve concurrent reduction of greenhouse gases, criteria pollutants, and air toxics for simultaneous progress toward public health & climate protection goals;
- Strengthen public-private investment in clean fuels and renewable energy technologies;
- Address specific community and neighborhood environmental justice issues, including the evolving area of cumulative impacts;
- Identify and reduce air toxics exposure (especially diesel particulate); and
- Integrate voluntary cleanup incentives into regulatory structures.
During Barry’s tenure, he has overseen the development and continuing implementation of the first local-district air toxics control plan in the United States, an outgrowth of the agency’s Multiple Air Toxics Exposure Studies (MATES-II and III). Findings from these studies points to diesel engine exhaust as the primary contributor to community cancer risk from air toxics in Southern California – especially in neighborhoods adjoining heavy diesel activity such as ports, freeways, and rail yards. As a result, Barry has also led implementation of AQMD’s historic Clean Fleet Vehicle rules, which are achieving international recognition as a strategic model to accelerate the transition to clean-fueled fleets based on advanced technologies.
Sr. Principal Research Chemist, Shell Global Solutions, Inc.
Paul Weider has been with Shell Chemical Company for 20 years. Currently, he is a senior staff research chemist in the Chemical Process Development group where he provides basic scientific support for existing for Shell ventures and works to identify and develop new business opportunities.
Paul has spent the last decade working on the development and implementation of a commercial route to produce 1,3-propanediol. Prior to this position, he worked on the development of new polymer monomers, methods for producing new non-ionic surfactants, and new methods of cobalt-based hydroformylation of olefins to produce detergent range alcohols. Paul provided plant support to the startup of Shell Middle Distillate Synthesis (natural gas to diesel fuel) and the development of a new platinum-based hydrocracking catalyst. Paul’s areas of interest include using new in situ analysis techniques to discern process reaction mechanism as well as stream composition for intelligent process control.
Director National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL)
Martin Keller became the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) ninth director on November 30, 2015. He also serves as the President of Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC.
Keller has joined NREL from Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) where he served as the Associate Laboratory Director for Energy and Environmental Sciences, which includes ORNL's programs in biosciences, environmental sciences, buildings technologies, transportation, climate change, manufacturing, and electrical and electronics systems. In 2006, Keller was recruited to ORNL from an industrial enzyme discovery and development company to lead the Office of Science-supported BioEnergy Science Center, in which NREL is a partner.
Keller earned his doctorate in Microbiology (Summa Cum Laude) from the University of Regensburg in Germany. He was appointed a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2013. He serves on multiple boards and advisory panels, including the Science Advisory Board for the Council on Competitiveness.
Dr. Matt Miyasato
Deputy Executive Officer for Science & Technology Advancement, South Coast Air Quality Management District
Dr. Matt Miyasato is the Deputy Executive Officer for Science & Technology Advancement at the South Coast Air Quality Management District. He is responsible for the SCAQMD's Technology Advancement Office, Mobile Source Division, and Monitoring and Laboratory Analysis Division. Dr. Miyasato’s principal charges are to identify, evaluate and stimulate development and commercialization of clean air technologies, develop and coordinate mobile source regulations, and to conduct ambient monitoring, source testing and laboratory analysis.
Dr. Miyasato received his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering, and his Masters and Ph.D. in Engineering, specializing in combustion technologies and air pollution control – all from the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Miyasato has worked at Southern California Edison in the Nuclear Engineering Department and at General Electric, where he designed burners and combustion modifications for utility boilers. He was also a research scientist at UCI, where he managed the industrial burner research program and has publications on combustion phenomena, active control, and laser diagnostics. Dr. Miyasato has also been a lecturer at UCI for the undergraduate air pollution control course.
Dr. Daniel Sperling
Professor of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science and Policy,
Founding Director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis (ITS-Davis)
Dr. Daniel Sperling is Professor of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science and Policy, and founding Director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis (ITS-Davis). The Institute has over 150 faculty, staff and student researchers.
He has led ITS-Davis to international prominence by building strong partnerships with industry, government, and the environmental community, integrating interdisciplinary research and education programs, and connecting research with public outreach and education.
He is recognized as a leading international expert on transportation technology assessment, energy and environmental aspects of transportation, and transportation policy. He has testified 10 times to the US Congress and state legislatures, and provided keynote presentations and invited talks in recent years at international conferences in Asia, Europe, and North America. In the past 25 years, he has authored or co-authored over 200 technical papers and 11 books, including Two Billion Cars (Oxford University Press, 2009). He has made 500 professional presentations in his career, including many keynote talks in the past few years.
Sperling is an international expert on transportation technology, fuels and policy, with a focus on energy and environment. His research is directed at accelerating the global transition to cleaner, more efficient transportation and energy, and mitigating climate change. The award recognizes Sperling for his unique ability to bring together the top thinkers and strategists in academia, government and industry to develop new vehicle- and fuels-policy approaches that are models for the world.
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