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California State University, Long Beach

Distinguished Lecture Series: The United States Energy Challenge...Exploring The Alternatives

Thursday, April 26, 2012

About the Panel of Experts:

profile pic Ralph J. Moran

BP America, Inc.

Ralph J. Moran has 20 years experience in both the upstream and downstream segments of the oil industry including oil field formation evaluation, site remediation and government relations. As Senior Director of California Government and Public Affairs at BP America, he has primary accountability for managing BP's political, legislative and regulatory interests in the state. In his previous role as BP's Director of Environmental Affairs in Washington D.C. he supported BP's Western Hemisphere business segments and Communications and External Affairs group by facilitating engagements with non-governmental organizations and by managing environment-related policy issues including federal climate change policy. Mr. Moran holds B.S. and M.S. Degrees in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Southern California.

profile pic Gabriel Canto

Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems

Mr. Gabe Canto is from Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems at the Advanced Programs & Technology Division, in Redondo Beach California. He is the Integrated Subsystems Program Manager in the Technology Development Department. He and his team are responsible for research and development of systems for next generation air vehicles, and chartered to optimize energy efficiency by enabling lower fuel consumption. In his position, Mr. Canto collaborates with technology development departments at leading propulsion system companies and aerospace equipment suppliers. Proposed emerging technologies are assessed for beneficial applications in future high-technology aircraft, and innovative system architectures with emergent technologies are developed for energy optimized efficiency.

His past experience spans military air vehicles holding positions in support of Subsystems and Propulsion Integration on the F/A-18, B-2 Bomber, YF-23 Advanced Tactical Fighter, and B-1B Bomber. Mr. Canto holds a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Irvine and has 30 years of experience in the aerospace industry.

profile pic Greg Wolfson

Senior VP and Chief Technology Officer,
PsomasFMG, LLC

An innovative business and engineering strategist, Mr. Wolfson has more than twenty years of experience in the solar and electronics industries. In his role as Chief Technology Officer at PsomasFMG, he has ultimate responsibility for ensuring that the solar system designs meet project expectations for energy production, client energy savings, functionality and aesthetics as well as operational requirements. He also leads the new technology evaluation team and oversees the selection of vendor equipment, balance of systems and performance monitoring systems. Prior to joining PsomasFMG, as founder of Solar Alternatives, he conceived and directed the first solar energy technology tour in Monterey County and authored and presented the technical paper "Harvesting More Than Energy" at the 2005 International Solar Energy Society conference. Mr. Wolfson has a successful track record in high-growth technology industries and has proven experience reframing market landscapes to reveal underlying value propositions, creating novel business models and modes of market penetration. For example, he guided one of the most profitable acquisitions in Broadcom's history, delivering over $500 Million dollars in annual revenue in just seven years. He holds a MBA in Technology Marketing and Entrepreneurship from the University of California, Berkeley and a BSEE in Microprocessor Applications from the University of Pennsylvania.

Ms. Nancy McFadden, Senior Vice President, Public Affairs, Pacific Gas and Electric Company Kent Peterson '86

Vice President and Chief Engineer,
P2S Engineering

Kent Peterson, PE, LEED AP, ASHRAE Presidential Fellow is Vice President and Chief Engineer at P2S Engineering with over 25 years of experience working in consulting engineering and building commissioning. His award-winning design experience includes ultra-energy-efficient central plants, high-performance green buildings, and innovative energy-efficiency strategies. He constantly strives to improve best practices in the building industry. Mr. Peterson is a Past Society President of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). He is chair of the ASHRAE Associate Society Alliance working with 49 professional societies around the world. He also chairs the California State University Mechanical Review Board assisting with improving mechanical systems on the CSU campuses. Mr. Peterson serves as Chair of ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1 – Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings. Mr. Peterson has authored a number of articles and papers and has made presentations to governments and professionals throughout the world on improving building sustainability and energy efficiency. He is also an ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer.

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