Howard Branz

Howard Branz

Howard Branz, Ph.D., a principal scientist with NREL's National Center for Photovoltaics, and a nationally and internationally renowned scientist with achievements in physics, materials science, and device engineering related to renewable energy. Branz has led NREL's amorphous silicon photovoltaic development for more than 5 years and all of NREL's silicon research. Primary research interests include film crystal silicon photovoltaics; defects, metastability, and diffusion in semiconductors; amorphous semiconductors; mechanisms of film...
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Rebecca Kauffman

Rebecca Kauffman

President & COO
Southern Ute Alternative Energy Investment Fund Rebecca Kauffman is President and Chief Operating Officer of Southern Ute Alternative Energy, an operating entity of the Southern Ute Growth Fund. The Southern Ute Growth Fund was established and is operated by the Southern Ute Indian Tribe. The Growth Fund represents a diverse group of businesses and investments, functioning as a merchant bank with direct ownership of its many operating companies. Its offices...
Michael Knotek

Michael Knotek

Former RASEI Director
Michael brought more than forty years of energy science and technology expertise to the University of Colorado Boulder. He served as a consultant specializing in transitions and creating new research directions in agency and institutional programs, projects, and major research facilities, and has led several teams developing multi-billion dollar proposals and contracts for the Department of Energy (DOE). He has been involved in strategic planning and project management for multidisciplinary...
William Lewis

William Lewis

Professor of Biology, Director of the Center for Limnology, and Interim Director of RASEI at CU-Boulder
Lewis and students have studied lakes, streams, and wetlands in Colorado and in the American and Southeast Asian tropics. His interests include biogeochemistry of inland waters, food web dynamics, biotic productivity, and environmental factors controlling structure and function of aquatic ecosystems. Examples of recent work include construction and validation of a model that estimates global primary production of lakes under preindustrial conditions and under current conditions, quantification of denitrification rates...
Pat Moriarty,

Patrick Moriarty

Pat Moriarty, Ph.D., a senior engineer at NREL's National Wind Technology Center, where he spends most of his time researching statistical loads extrapolation techniques for wind turbine design. He has developed new design techniques that enable industry to more reliably predict loads and produce cheaper designs. This work is included in the IEC International design standard 61400-1, edition 3, published in 2004. Moriarty continues to research wind turbine design and...
Richard Noble,

Richard Noble

Richard Noble, Ph.,D., is the Alfred T. & Betty E. Look Professor of chemical engineering in the College of Engineering and Applied Science and co-director of the Membrane and Applied Science Center (MAST) at CU-Boulder. Noble and his group are studying the use of ionic liquids for gas separations with plans to evaluate various ionic liquids and complexation chemistry to tailor the material properties to the feed mixture being separated...
Bill Tumas, Ph.D.

Bill Tumas

RASEI Associate Director NREL-Programs
Bill Tumas is the director for the Chemical and Materials Science Center in Energy Sciences at NREL. He came to NREL from Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he held positions of increasing responsibility since 1994. Most recently, as program director of Applied Energy Programs, he was responsible for management, sponsor interface, and development of Los Alamos R&D programs in renewable energy, energy efficiency, infrastructure, and fossil energy. Tumas has extensive...