• Nate Blair

    Group Manager, Energy Forecasting and Modeling

    U.S. Department of Energy, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

    Nate Blair has been at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) since 2002. His particular areas of expertise are energy system modeling and electric grid capacity expansion modeling, especially solar power (PV and CSP) and solar water-heating systems. His research interests also include economic energy-impact analysis and wind-power market analysis. He leads a research group focused on energy economics, grid integration modeling, transportation sector modeling, and risk and uncertainty modeling.



  • Debbie Brodt-Giles

    Digital Assets Supervisor, Data Analysis and Visualization Group

    U.S. Department of Energy, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

    Debbie Brodt-Giles has been at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) since 1995. She is an expert in advanced transportation and alternative fuels and data management and visualization. Her primary research interests include developing smart grid analysis technologies and creating online tools to make energy data more accessible.



  • Karen Cator

    Chief Executive Officer

    Digital Promise

    From 2009-2013, Karen Cator was Director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education, leading the development of the 2010 National Education Technology Plan. Previously, she directed Apple’s efforts in education. She began her career as a teacher in Alaska.


  • Stephen Connors

    Director of the Analysis Group for Regional Energy Alternatives

    MIT Energy Initiative, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Stephen Connors is the director of the Analysis Group for Regional Energy Alternatives (AGREA) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Energy Initiative. Since the late 1980s, AGREA has conducted research to identify cost-effective and environmentally responsible local and regional energy solutions. Projects in the United States, Europe, South America, China, and elsewhere focus on the cost and emissions benefits of transformative energy portfolios. Mr. Connors holds degrees in mechanical engineering and applied anthropology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, as well as a master’s in technology and policy from MIT In addition to his research at MIT, Mr. Connors also assists the U.S. Offshore Wind Collaborative, the New England Clean Energy Council, and AltWheels.



  • Caleb Waugh

    Research Assistant/Graduate Student, Nuclear Science and Engineering Department

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    A graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Caleb Waugh is passionate about realizing a sustainable energy future that is informed by the best available science, economics, policy, and business strategies. With interest in the potential for high-risk/high-reward disruptive technologies in the energy space, his Ph.D. work with the Nuclear Science and Engineering Department addresses the technical and engineering advances needed to realize nuclear fusion energy. Prior to his Ph.D. work, he completed a master’s degree with the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change and explored the potential that air pollution policies have for reducing carbon emissions. He holds dual bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering and philosophy and has extensive experience working with the U.S. Department of Energy’s national laboratories.