Meet the Judges

Contest #1 Judges

The Energy Ideas Contest

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Ron Ambrosio

Ron Ambrosio is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and Chief Technology Officer for Smarter Energy Research, overseeing the Energy & Utilities Industry activities in IBM's twelve world-wide Research Laboratories. Ron joined IBM in 1981 at the T.J. Watson Research Center, working in a variety of areas including embedded operating systems, distributed application frameworks, and pervasive computing environments, ultimately focusing on networked embedded computing with particular emphasis on what he coined "Internet-scale Control Systems" - the interoperability of sensor networks and control systems with enterprise systems and business processes. He helped establish IBM's activities in both Intelligent Utility Networks and Sensors & Actuators.

In 2000 Ron began working with the U.S. Department of Energy on the planning, collaboration and workshops that led to the establishment of the DoE GridWise initiative in late 2002, and then on the planning and launch of the GridWise Alliance industry consortium in 2003. In 2004 he was selected by the Department of Energy to sit on the 13-member DoE GridWise Architecture Council, and served as Chairman of the Council in 2009-2010.

Ron is the Chairman of the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel v2.0 (SGIP v2.0) Architecture Committee, and is the Convenor of the ISO/IEC JTC 1 Special Working Group on Smart Grid. He is also active in ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 25 Working Group 1, where he is the Editor of a new premises automation application interoperability standard (ISO/IEC 18012).

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Eric Emmons

Eric Emmons is an Investment Partner at Siemens Venture Capital based in Boston, MA. He focuses on investments in energy, materials, and industrial technologies. His current and past board involvement includes Managesoft, Powerit, Porogen, Protonex, and Zolo Technologies.

Before joining Siemens Venture Capital, Eric was a partner at the Massachusetts Green Energy Fund, where he led many of its investments in power generation, energy efficiency, and new materials. He also worked with Commons Capital, a Boston area venture capital firm which invests in energy, medical, and technology companies.

Eric was on the founding team of Enmed, Inc., which developed clinical trial management software for the biopharmaceutical and medical device industries, and managed strategic planning for EPIX Medical, Inc., (Nasdaq: EPIX) a public biotechnology firm in Cambridge, MA. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelors degree cum laude from Princeton University.

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Becky Harrison

Becky Harrison is the CEO of the GridWise Alliance. Prior to joining the GridWise Alliance, she was the Director, Smart Grid Technology and Outreach for Progress Energy. She was responsible for establishing the Progress Energy's Smart Grid Program for both its Carolina and Florida service territories. Under Ms. Harrison's leadership, Progress Energy was awarded a $200M ARRA Smart Grid Investment Grant.

Ms. Harrison has a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of South Carolina and an MBA from Wake Forest University. She is a registered professional engineer in North Carolina and South Carolina with over 25 years experience in the electric utility business in distribution and information technology.

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Thomas M. Siebel

Mr. Siebel is the chairman and chief executive officer of C3 Energy, an energy efficiency and smart grid analytics software company.

Mr. Siebel was the founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Siebel Systems, one of the world's leading software companies, which merged with Oracle Corporation in January 2006. Founded in 1993, Siebel Systems rapidly became a leader in application software with more than 8,000 employees in 32 countries, over 4,500 corporate customers, and annual revenue in excess of $2 billion.

Mr. Siebel serves on the board of advisors for the Stanford University College of Engineering, the University of Illinois College of Engineering, and the University of California at Berkeley College of Engineering. He is a director of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and is the chairman of the board of the American Agora Foundation.

Mr. Siebel is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in History, an M.B.A., and a Master of Science in Computer Science.

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Adam Sieminski

Adam Sieminski was sworn in on June 4, 2012, as the eighth administrator of the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). EIA is responsible for collecting, analyzing, and disseminating independent and impartial energy information to promote sound policy-making, efficient markets, and public understanding of energy and its interaction with the economy and the environment. EIA also prepares analyses and special reports on topics of current interest.

From March 2012 to May 2012, while awaiting confirmation as EIA administrator, Mr. Sieminski served as senior director for energy and environment on the staff of the National Security Council. From 1998 until March 2012, he served as a senior energy analyst for Deutsche Bank, working with the Bank's global research and trading units. Drawing on extensive industry, government, and academic sources, Mr. Sieminski forecasted energy market trends and wrote on a variety of topics involving energy economics, climate change, geopolitics, and commodity prices.

Mr. Sieminski has served in leadership positions for the International Association for Energy Economics and the affiliated U.S. Association for Energy Economics. He also has acted as a senior adviser to the Energy and National Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a nonpartisan policy think tank in Washington. In 2006, Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman appointed Mr. Sieminski as a member of the National Petroleum Council (NPC), an industry-government advisory group to the U.S. Secretary of Energy.

He is a member of the Washington, D.C., investment professional society, and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. He received both an undergraduate degree in civil engineering and a master's degree in public administration from Cornell University.