With expanded scope, Energy Institute welcomes 11 new External Advisory Board members

Thursday, October 17, 2013
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The University of Michigan Energy Institute announced on October 14 th 2013 the addition of 11 members to its External Advisory Board. The new members met with existing board members, Energy Institute staff, and university leadership for their first meeting after the Institute’s fall symposium on October 15th.

“We felt that with the Energy Institute’s expanded role in facilitating energy storage research, increased profile at the University, and expanded mission, the time was ripe to broaden the input we’re receiving from what was already a strong board,” noted Energy Institute Director Mark Barteau.

During the past year, the Institute has hired Barteau, signed a major Department of Energy agreement to partner in the Argonne- headquartered Joint Center for Energy Storage Research, and, most recently, developed a battery user facility to allow for the scale up and testing of new energy storage materials.

The Energy Institute’s new External Advisory Board members include:

Phyllis Cuttino
Director, Clean Energy Program
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Phyllis Cuttino is director of Pew’s Clean Energy Program, which works to accelerate the clean energy economy in order to seize its economic, national security and environmental benefits for the nation. Pew advocates for national energy policies that enhance industrial energy efficiency, expand energy research and development and deploy advanced transportation and renewable technologies. She joined the Pew Charitable Trusts in 2007 as project director for the Pew Campaign for Fuel Efficiency, which played a critical role in passage of the first increase in federal fuel efficiency standards for cars and light trucks in more than 30 years. Cuttino has a background in policy, strategic communications and campaigns. In the policy arena, Cuttino worked on the senior staffs of two United States senators. In philanthropy, she served as vice president of public affairs for Ted Turner’s $1 billion gift to U.N. causes. As a senior vice president at a consulting firm in Washington, Cuttino helped Fortune 500 companies and nongovernmental organizations to influence public policy and increase awareness of critical issues. Cuttino has directed issue advocacy campaigns and served in various roles for political campaigns. Cuttino holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from Furman University.

Mark Finley
General Manager, Global Energy Markets and US Economics
BP America

Mark Finley is General Manager, Global Energy Markets and US Economics at BP. In addition to analyzing the economics and politics of the world oil market, he has produced market assessments for natural gas and carbon. He manages the annual production of the BP Statistical Review of World Energy (now in its 62nd year), and he regularly presents BP’s views on global energy markets to external audiences.

Mr. Finley has over 25 years of private- and public-sector experience as an energy economist. He joined BP’s Economics Team in 2001 and has worked in Washington DC and London.  He has served as Chairman of the US Conference of Business Economists and as Chair of the American Petroleum Institute’s Committee on Economics and Statistics.   Mr. Finley also has served as Vice President of the International Association of Energy Economics and a Council member of the US Association for Energy Economics, where he is a 2013 Senior Fellow.

He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Michigan (Economics), and holds graduate degrees from Northwestern University (Economics) and the George Washington University (Finance). He and his wife Leigh Ann live in Arlington, VA with their two beautiful daughters.

Russ Ford
Executive Vice President Contracting and Procurement
Royal Dutch Shell

Russ Ford is Executive Vice President, Contracting and Procurement for Royal Dutch Shell.   Contracting and Procurement is responsible for worldwide annual spend of $65 bln across Shell’s Upstream and Downstream operations.

Ford assumed his present position in January 2013 after having served as Executive Vice President for Onshore in the Americas, a role that included subsurface engineering, drilling, and producing operations for the Onshore business mainly centered in the lower 48 states and western Canada.  Prior to that, he was responsible for all onshore and offshore development in the Western Hemisphere.  Ford started with Shell in New Orleans as a production engineer in Onshore operations in 1981.  Since then he has served in a variety of technical, research, operations and commercial assignments in Texas, New Orleans, California, and The Netherlands.
Ford holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Michigan, and an MBA from California State University.

Timothy Frasier
Regional President, Automotive Electronics North America
Robert Bosch LLC

Timothy Frasier is the regional president of the automotive electronics division for Robert Bosch LLC. In this position, he is responsible for all operational activities in body electronics and automotive sensors products within the North America region. Since joining Bosch in 1992, Frasier has held numerous positions with increasing responsibility in the areas of hybrid vehicle technology, engineering body electronics, exterior sensing product development, anti-lock braking systems, traction control systems and electronic control unit hardware development. Prior to Bosch, Frasier held various engineering positions int he areas of powertrain controls design and development, chassis control systems, and wiper control systems for Ford Motor Company and General Motors Corporation. Frasier earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, Michigan, and his master’s degree in electrical engineering and computer control systems from Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan. He also studied global management of engineering design and development at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


Christopher Grundler
Director, Office of Transportation and Air Quality
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Prior to being appointed to his current position, Christopher Grundler served as the Deputy Office Director and Chief Executive of the National Vehicle and Fuel Emissions Laboratory located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He and a staff of nearly 400 employees strive to protect public health and the environment by reducing air pollution from transportation vehicles, engines, and the fuels used to operate them. Grundler and his team establish and implement national emissions standards for transportation fuels and vehicles, as well as a variety of off road equipment. These mobile sources include cars and light trucks, heavy trucks and buses, nonroad engines, marine vessels, and airplanes. Since joining EPA in 1980, Mr. Grundler has held a number of senior leadership positions within the Agency including Director of the Office of Federal Facilities Enforcement and Director of the Great Lakes National Program Office. Mr. Grundler has also served at the U.S. Department of Energy, where he helped create the Department’s first environmental audit program. Mr. Grundler has been awarded the Gold Medal for Exceptional Service, EPA’s highest honor. Mr. Grundler was part of the team that developed the nation’s first greenhouse gas emission standards for both light- and heavy-duty vehicles. Prior to that, he helped bring a slate of clean diesel standards for cars, trucks, and construction equipment. In addition, he administered a five year modernization program for EPA’s National Vehicle and Fuel Emissions Laboratory, the nation’s premier facility for testing and evaluating clean automotive technology. Mr. Grundler holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Michigan. He was raised in Michigan and divides his time between Washington, D.C. and Ann Arbor.

Ted Miller
Senior Manager, Energy Storage and Materials Strategy and Research

Ford Motor Company

Ted Miller is Ford’s Senior Manager of Energy Storage and Materials Strategy and Research.  His team is responsible for energy storage strategy, research, development and implementation for all Ford hybrid, plug-in hybrid and battery electric vehicles.  Mr. Miller’s team supports global prototype and production vehicle development programs.  They are involved in every aspect of energy storage design and use from raw materials to end-of-life recycling.  His team also sponsors collaborative research programs at the University of Michigan, MIT, Stanford, and a number of other major universities worldwide.  Mr. Miller is Chairman of the United States Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC) Management Committee.  He holds a number of energy storage technology patents and is the author of many published papers in the field.


Larry Nitz
Executive Director, Electrification
General Motors

Larry leads GM’s Global Electrification team, with engineering operations in North America, Europe, and Asia.  His team is responsible for batteries, propulsion systems, controls, integration and vehicle development of GM hybrid and electric vehicles.

Larry has been with GM for 37 years.  His career has allowed him to work on gasoline engines, manual and automatic transmissions, powertrain and vehicle controls, and hybrid and electric systems. He received a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from General Motors Institute and a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

Larry holds 44 US patents and four GM Boss Kettering Awards for Engineering Innovation.

Michael Pcolinski
VP Innovation & Technology North America, BASF Corporation

Dr. Michael Pcolinski is Vice President of Innovation & Technology at BASF in North America.  His responsibilities include leading multiple research groups in polymer & materials science, white biotechnology, and analytical chemistry as well as supporting BASF through expanding innovation capabilities & innovation management.   He also serves as a primary liaison with universities, government laboratories and other external partners at all levels.

Dr. Pcolinski joined BASF in 1992 and has served the company in a variety of capacities and disciplines including research, strategic planning, sales & business management.  Most recently, he headed BASF’s Inorganic Chemicals North America business unit from 2008 -2012.  In 2010 he established BASF’s Inorganic Life Science Chemicals global business unit.

Dr. Pcolinski holds a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University (1986) and a doctorate in Medicinal Chemistry & Pharmacognosy from The Ohio State University (1992).


Jean Redfield
President and CEO, NextEnergy

NextEnergy is a Detroit non-profit organization founded in 2002 whose mission is to advance alternative-energy technologies, businesses, and industries. Ms. Redfield previously served as the company’s Vice President, Public Policy Programs, leading public sector initiatives, a position she held since 2010, following a fifteen-month consulting assignment for NextEnergy. Her experience includes multiple leadership roles at DTE Energy, where she served from 1994 to 2001, as well as consulting roles at McKinsey and Company from 1988 to 1994. Ms. Redfield’s work has primarily been setting strategy, leading major change initiatives and supporting companies as they transform through major dislocations in their respective industries. She has worked in various industries (investment banking, chemicals, aerospace/defense, pharmaceutical and biotech start-ups, and energy) in the United States, Europe, Brazil, India, and China. Ms. Redfield has also served as co-owner and CFO of Fordsell Machine Products, a precision machine products company, from 1994 to the present.

David Sandalow
Inaugural Fellow, Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University
Former Under Secretary of Energy (Acting) and Assistant Secretary for Policy & International Affairs, US Department of Energy
David Sandalow is the Inaugural Fellow at Columbia University’s new Center on Global Energy Policy.   He also serves as a Senior Advisor to Garten Rothkopf LLC (an international advisory firm).

From Spring 2009–Spring 2013, Mr. Sandalow served in senior positions at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), including Under Secretary of Energy (Acting) and Assistant Secretary for Policy & International Affairs.  As Under Secretary of Energy (Acting), Mr. Sandalow helped oversee DOE’s renewable energy, energy efficiency, fossil energy, nuclear energy and electricity delivery programs, with a budget of more than $3.5 billion per year.  As Assistant Secretary for Policy & International Affairs, he helped coordinate policy development and international activities at the Department.  Priorities included China (14 trips during his tenure at DOE), the Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States (helping manage DOE’s CFIUS process), critical materials (launching DOE’s first-ever Critical Materials Strategy) and electric vehicles (helping shape DOE’s EV Everywhere program).

Prior to serving at DOE, Mr. Sandalow was Energy & Environment Scholar and a Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program of the Brookings Institution, as well as Energy & Climate Change Working Group Chair at the Clinton Global Initiative.  He also served as a Senior Advisor to Good Energies, Inc. (a private equity fund) and Garten Rothkopf LLC.  Previously, he served as Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans, Environment & Science, a Senior Director on the National Security Council staff, an Associate Director on the staff of the White House Council on Environmental Quality and an attorney in private practice.

Mr. Sandalow is the author of Freedom from Oil (McGraw-Hill, 2008) and editor of Plug-In Electric Vehicles: What Role for Washington? (Brookings Press, 2009).  He has written widely on energy and environment policy, including op-eds in the New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times and other publications.  He has appeared on ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC, NPR and many other broadcast outlets.  Mr. Sandalow speaks frequently on a wide range of energy topics and has delivered commencement addresses at the University of Michigan School of Environment & Natural Resources and University of Colorado’s Global Energy Management Program.

Mr. Sandalow is a member of the Zayed Future Energy Prize Selection Committee, the University of Michigan Energy Institute’s Advisory Board and the Council on Foreign Relations.  He was recently named a member of the Electric Drive Transport Association’s “Hall of Fame.”  He is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School (JD) and Yale College (BA Philosophy).

Kevin Self
Vice President, Strategy & Corporate Development
Johnson Controls
Building Efficiency Business

Kevin is responsible for global strategy development for the $15 billion Building Efficiency (BE) business of Johnson Controls. He drives strategy development and the resulting action plan to drive greater growth and continued margin expansion. This includes leading external/competitive analysis, collaboration to assure the business portfolio and technology developments align with the BE strategy, and continuing to build relationships with external partners. Kevin also leads BE’s inorganic processes, including acquisitions, integrations and divestitures. Prior to joining Johnson Controls, Kevin led the integration of MillerCoors, and also directed corporate strategy for Miller Brewing Company. He has also held leadership positions at GE Healthcare, McKinsey & Co. and Baxter Healthcare Corporation. Kevin has an MBA from Northwestern University, a master’s degree in Bioengineering and a bachelor’s degree in Engineering Science from the University of Michigan.

For a complete listing of all External Advisory Board members, visit the link.

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