Meet the Judges

Contest #2 Judges

Apps for Energy II

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Bob Brese

Mr. Brese is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Department of Energy (DOE). He provides leadership, establishes policy, and maintains oversight of DOE's annual $2 billion investment in information technology (IT), at more than 25 National Laboratories and Production Facilities, to enable urgent missions that span from open science to nuclear security. Mr. Brese is also a leader in the U.S. Government's cybersecurity community and a key contributor to the Administration's efforts in legislation, policy and technology research, development, and deployment. He is a Chair to the CIO Council's Management Best Practices Committee and also serves as an advisor to the Domestic Policy Council's Strong City, Strong Community Pilot. Prior to his current assignment, Mr. Brese served as DOE's Deputy CIO.

Previously, Mr. Brese was the Deputy CIO for Information Technology for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), where he was responsible for establishing functional accountability and governance of $1.5 billion of investments in IT across the NNSA enterprise, including three National Laboratories, four Production Plants, the Nevada Test Site, and the NNSA Service Center. He initiated the transformation of NNSA's IT environment with innovative approaches to integrate enterprise design and manufacturing solutions, as well as the deployment of an extensive wireless infrastructure, both of which improved productivity and reduced cost during major facility modernization projects.

Mr. Brese also served NNSA as the Director of the Office of Program Evaluation, Defense Nuclear Security, where he was the lead executive responsible for establishing internal corporate evaluation of the $750 million nuclear physical security program; providing leadership and guidance to, and evaluating the performance of nine field Security Directors and over 100 field security professionals; all while assuring effective Federal line management oversight of security across the nuclear weapons complex.

Prior to his assignment to Defense Nuclear Security which began his civilian career and his tenure in Senior Executive Service, Mr. Brese served as a submarine officer in the U.S. Navy, retiring after a 22-year career, which culminated in his assignment as a Senior Advisor to the Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs within NNSA. During his military career he served in a variety of operational and headquarter assignments, completing seven major sea deployments, and serving in every ocean and major sea.

In 2011, Mr. Brese was awarded DOE's highest award for individual achievement, the Secretary's Award of Excellence, for his leadership in IT and cybersecurity transformation. Mr. Brese holds a Federal Chief Information Officer Certificate from The National Defense University. He obtained a Master of Science from Catholic University of America, was a qualified Naval Nuclear Propulsion Engineer in the U.S. Navy's Nuclear Propulsion Program, and received a Bachelor of Engineering at Vanderbilt University.

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Laney Brown

Laney Brown is the Director of Smart Grid Planning and Programs at Iberdrola USA. Prior to her current role, she was responsible for the planning and deployment of Central Maine Power's Advanced Metering Infrastructure program. Prior to working at Central Maine Power, Ms. Brown worked in international telecommunications including her role as Director of International Product Development at Qwest Communications and Director of Marketing and Product Development for LinxTelecom, a start-up company in the Netherlands serving the Baltic Sea region.

Ms. Brown received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Colby College and is currently studying for a joint Masters in Business Administration with a focus on the Global Energy Industry from the University of Strathclyde Business School in Scotland and University Pontificas Comillas ICADE in Spain.

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Jim Pauley

In his role as senior vice president, external affairs and government relations, Jim is responsible for state and federal legislative and regulatory policy. He oversees the Schneider Electric relationship with government officials and agencies. In addition, he has responsibility for the Schneider Electric strategy and participation in trade and industry associations, standards organizations and conformity assessment bodies.

Over his 28 year career, he has held positions in industry standards, product management, marketing and product planning.

Jim currently serves as the Chairman of the Board for the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), Chair of the NEMA High Performance Building Council and a member of the board of the Alliance to Save Energy.

Pauley holds a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kentucky and is a licensed professional engineer.

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Roy Perry

Mr. Perry leads the expansion of's ecosystem through technology and business partnerships, bringing's presence into the overall mass market by enabling an ever-growing portfolio of compatible connected home products and services. Previously, Mr. Perry was Director, Strategic Assessment, for CableLabs. He led the Security, Monitoring and Automation program, which evaluated technologies that could provide smart home capabilities, such as home security, energy management, and home automation, for the cable industry, and developed an associated SMA protocol for home monitoring and control. He acted as liaison to the alarm/security industry and the Smart Grid/utility industry, and developed public policy positions for the cable industry around smart homes and the smart grid.

Mr. Perry has a unique cross-industry perspective, having experience at network service providers, technology suppliers, and industry associations. He has developed broadband, VoIP, smart home, and smart grid consumer products and services. In the 90's, Mr. Perry held senior technical staff positions at US WEST Advanced Technologies and MediaOne, designing and deploying IP broadband networks. Starting in 2000, he held cable-related executive positions at Nortel Networks and Cisco Systems, managed the successful launch of VoIP at Adelphia, and assessed strategic opportunities for the cable industry at CableLabs. Roy earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Virginia Tech.

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Commissioner Catherine J.K. Sandoval

Catherine J.K. Sandoval was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown in January 2011 to serve as a Commissioner at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). Her appointment and confirmation to that post made her the first Latino to serve as a CPUC Commissioner in the agency's 100-year history. She serves as the Co-Vice-Chair of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Telecommunications Committee, on the NARUC Federalism and Telecommunications Committee, and on the NARUC Utility Market Access Committee. She was appointed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to the Federal-State Joint Conference on Advanced Telecommunications Services. She has served since 2007 on the California Emerging Technology Fund Board of Expert Advisors. She is a tenured professor at Santa Clara University School of Law where she joined the faculty in 2004 and taught Telecommunications, Broadcast, and Internet Law, Antitrust Law, and Contracts. She is an Adjunct Professor at U.C. Berkeley School of Law where she teaches Communications Law. She served as Undersecretary and Staff Director of the State of California's Business, Transportation, and Housing Agency, which oversaw 47,000 employees, and worked on California's energy crisis, restructuring, and development of demand response programs from 2001-2004. She directed the FCC's Office of Communications Business Opportunities and was a senior manager at the FCC from 1994-1999.

In the private sector she was the Vice-President and General Counsel for Z-Spanish Media Corporation, a broadcast, Internet, and outdoor media company that merged with Entravision Communications, and was an Associate at the law firm of Munger, Tolles & Olson. She clerked for Judge Dorothy W. Nelson on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals after earning her J.D. from Stanford Law School. She earned a Masters of Letters in Politics from Oxford University in England where she was the first Latina to win a Rhodes Scholarship. She graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. from Yale University. She hails from East Los Angeles and Montebello, California, and lives with her husband in California's Silicon Valley.

You can contact Commissioner Sandoval at:
Commissioner Catherine J.K. Sandoval
California Public Utilities Commission
505 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102

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Scott Ungerer

Scott Ungerer, Founder & Managing Director: Scott has been a visionary and recognized leader in venture capital investing for the traditional and advanced energy sectors for nearly 20 years. He is also one of the few with an extensive and proven investment and management operations history. Currently, Scott specifically looks for opportunities that reduce the cost and/or improve the customer experience related to all aspects of energy supply, delivery and usage. His specific areas of experience, interest and expertise include companies that sell into the following industry sectors: central and distributed power generation; electric transmission; electric, natural gas and/or water distribution; energy management for the customer premise; broadly defined smart grid; and transportation.

Scott has worked with more than 15 early-to-mid stage companies providing both strategic and operational guidance and advice as a board member and investor. He currently sits on the boards of The NanoSteel Company (Chairman), Tangent Energy Solutions and N-Dimension Solutions; and is a board advisor to Enbala Power Networks. Scott managed investments in and formerly sat on the boards of Clean Air Power (L:CAP); CURRENT Group; Catalytic Solutions (L:CTSU)- sold; Enerwise - purchased by Comverge, Intellon (NASDAQ: ITLN)- purchased by Atheros/Qualcom, Comverge (NASDAQ: COMV)- purchased by private equity investor, and CoaLogix (NASDAQ: ACORN) - purchased by private equity investor.

Scott shares his expertise and viewpoints with the core energy/power industry through participation in a select few organizations: board member of the NIST created Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP), and Chairman of the Executive Committee; member (and former Chairman) of the VC Advisory Board for the National Renewable Energy Lab. He is also a former member of the Battelle Energy Advisory Council and of the Cleantech Venture Network Advisory Board.

Prior to EnerTech, Scott spent 16 years in the power industry as an operating executive with Atlantic Energy culminating in his role as one of five senior officers, and as President & COO of the entire set of the company's non-regulated enterprises.

Scott received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Princeton University; he has also attended several graduate level Business, Strategy and Management courses at Wharton.

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