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Speaker BiographiesSURE 2009


Mr. CarrickChris Carrick

Chris Carrick is Senior Energy Planner with the Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board. He received his Master’s degree in Community Development from the University of California-Davis and his PhD in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University. He has over fifteen years of experience in energy, economic development and environmental management and has worked in British Columbia, California, Maine and New York.

As the Central New York Energy $mart Communities Coordinator for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, he is responsible for public education and project development for residential and commercial programs offered by NYSERDA.

imageDaniel Conable

Dan Conable is an agricultural policy and business consultant based in Syracuse, New York.  His background includes teaching, farming, and a twenty-year career with the Foreign Agricultural Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, several Asian countries, and Mexico.  He was a consultant on policy matters to the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets for six years, concentrating on as land use policy, national farm policy issues, and applied agricultural research funding policy.  His private consulting practice has involved feasibility studies, program evaluation, and change management for a wide range of public sector, private, and non-profit clients in New York and Washington, DC.  He is the managing partner of Central New York Land Management, LLC, a firm that provides advisory and consulting services related to crop production to landowners and to crop procurement to investors.  Dan was co-PI of a biomass feedstock project undertaken by SUNY-ESF with funding from the New York State Energy Research and Development Agency, and is Project Leader on a cropped biomass availability modeling project now being carried out with funding from the New York Farm Viability Institute.

imageDwayne Cole

Dwayne is doctoral student at Syracuse University's Whitman School of Management.  His area of concentration is Supply Chain Management / Marketing and his research topic is Sustainable / Green Supply Chain Management.  Prior to entering his doctoral studies, Dwayne worked as business / internet strategy consultant and as a visiting professor of Management Science at Florida A&M University.  He holds a MS in MIS from Florida State University, an MBA from Florida A&M University's School Of Business & Industry (SBI) and a BS in Actuarial Science also from FAMU.   His corporate work experience includes Volkswagen and American-Express.  Dwayne has also consulted with dozens of small to mid-sized companies.  His practical working knowledge base includes business process analysis; demand & capacity management; control and strategic performance; and web application design and development.  Dwayne is currently researching issues in sustainability and Closed-loop Supply Chain Management.  He studies product recovery systems in general; more specifically he examines buyback and trade-in incentive schemes.

David Dungate

David Dungate is the President/Founder of ACT Bioenergy, LLC, a New York-based manufacturer of high-efficiency, commercial-scale biomass gasification boilers, passionate about providing practical solutions to the linked challenges of global warming, reducing fossil fuel reliance, and encouraging sustainable local development. ACT’s focus is to be the North American leader in providing sustainable renewable heating solutions for institutional, commercial and multi-family buildings by providing our customers with superior service and state-of-the-art technologies.

Prior to his job at ACT Bioenergy, David was the Vice President of Marketing for First American Scientific Corporation, implementing marketing and sales program to fully commercialize the innovative grinding/drying system for industrial/agricultural and public utility markets. He also was the Director of Programmes for Asia-Pacific International Centre of Sustainable Cities where he was responsible for managing multi-million dollar environmental infrastructure projects in Asia focusing on solid waste management, recycling, and energy efficiency.

David received his Bachelor of Arts in Geography from the University of British Columbia and his Masters of Environmental Engineering from Hokkaido University in Japan.

EichornDavid Eichorn

David (“Dave”) Eichorn is a Meteorologist of 30 years experience. He was formerly with WSYR TV Syracuse for 20 years specializing in lake effect snowstorms and atmospheric patterns which produce them. Dave now holds adjunct positions at SUNY Oswego and Onondaga Community College where he teaches Introductory Meteorology, Advanced Forecasting, Broadcast Meteorology. He is a full member of the American Meteorological Society, has a specialized background in mesoscale atmospheric modeling and lake effect snow forecasting. As a Meteorologist, Dave has won awards for severe weather coverage of the superstorm of March 1993, Hurricane Gloria, and for educating the public in the science of Meteorology. Dave recently made a career change and is perusing a new career in Environmental Science. Since January 2006, he has given dozens of talks and presentations on climate change with a meteorological perspective to thousands of Central New Yorkers. Dave has worked with SUNY-ESF speaking with Syracuse City School Students at the “SUNY-ESF Environmental Challenge” science fair and in 2008, moderated SUNY-ESF’s seminar series “CNY's Response to Global Energy and Climate Change Challenges” working with community leaders across all of Central New York on local efforts toward the mitigation of our carbon footprint. Dave is now working on climate change course development at ESF. He is focused on global weather patterns and potential regional impacts as a result of climate change. Dave brings to the classroom and his climate change presentations a broad meteorological, regional and global climatological perspective.

GermainRené Germain

René received his Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry from the University of Vermont in 1983 and Masters in Business Administration from Boston University in 1988. He worked as a forester with the forest products industry for 8 years before returning to school to complete a Ph.D. in Forest Resources Management in 1997.

Dr. Germain teaches Integrated Resources Management, Forest Operations, Forestry Consulting and Wood Procurement and Principles of Management. His research interests include: the impact of forest ownership fragmentation on forest management and water quality, feasibility of nonindustrial private forestland owners to contribute to woody biomass, impact of land use changes on the forest products industry, environmental management systems for sustainable forestry, evaluating relative advantage of forestry innovations by nonindustrial private forestland owners. He conducts much of his research in the New York City Watershed where he leads the effort to develop a series of Model Forests with the Watershed Agricultural Council.

He serves as the Graduate Coordinator for the Department of Forest and Natural Resources Management. He is a Society of American Foresters Certified Forester, Faculty Advisor to the Student Chapter of the Society of American Foresters, Board Member of New York Logger Training and New York Forest Owners Association.

Mr. HamlinArthur Hamlin

Art Hamlin is National Grid’s Director of Economic Development for upstate New York. In this role Mr. Hamlin manages National Grid’s ongoing efforts to generate economic growth in the communities it serves. Working closely with state, regional, county and local allies, National Grid’s economic development services focus on site development, energy infrastructure assistance, and marketing the region’s assets to prospective customers and site selection professionals. National Grid also provides a portfolio of targeted grant and energy discount programs aimed at promoting sustainable growth in Upstate New York. Art began his career with Niagara Mohawk, a National Grid predecessor company, in 1989 and has also held positions in marketing, research, and program/policy development. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Hamlin held positions with the U.S. Department of Labor, the Great Lakes Commission and the U.S. Department of the Interior. Art earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Michigan.

National Grid is an international energy delivery company. In the U.S., National Grid delivers electricity to approximately 3.3 million customers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island, and manages the electricity network on Long Island under an agreement with the Long Island Power Authority. National Grid also is the largest distributor of natural gas in the northeastern U.S., serving approximately 3.4 million customers in New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

imageLinda Dickerson Hartsock

Linda Dickerson Hartsock is Director of the Center for Clean Tech Entrepreneurship (The Clean Tech Center), a consortium that includes leading New York State academic institutions, research and development centers, investors, industry partners, trade associations and government agencies. 

The Clean Tech Center is funded by NYSERDA to help incubate and accelerate the growth of clean technology startups in New York State.  The Clean Tech Center works with entrepreneurs and emerging companies to refine their business and technology strategy, understand the clean tech industry from a market perspective, and identify growth capital. 

Linda’s areas of expertise include: state and regional development; strategic planning; and structuring complex economic and community development projects.  She has helped organize regional development efforts across New York State, particularly education-industry partnerships related to emerging technologies.  Prior to this role, Linda was a senior member of New York State’s economic development team, with responsibility for Central Upstate New York.  Previously, she was president and CEO of a leading Hudson Valley planning, policy and development organization, and was a long-time faculty member at Marist College.

The Clean Tech Center’s goal is to help position this region as a national model for clean technology entrepreneurship, and to attract talent and investment capital to Upstate New York.

imageMichael Kelleher

Mike recently joined the College of Environmental Science and Forestry as the Director of Renewable Energy Systems. In that position he is focused on expanding the use of sustainable technologies and energy efficiency to reduce the College’s carbon footprint. Prior to joining ESF Mike served as an executive with National Grid and Niagara Mohawk.  He has extensive hands-on senior management experience in market assessment, strategic planning, mergers & acquisitions, corporate finance, and transaction structuring. Mike and his team built and maintained strong relationships with commercial, industrial, and municipal customers for National Grid.  In addition, he developed effective economic development and pricing programs to attract and retain customers.  He has also held a variety of financial and resource planning positions with Niagara Mohawk. Mike earned an MS in Agricultural Economics, and a BS in Agricultural Engineering Technology from Cornell University.

imageDr. Cornelius Murphy

Prior to being President of SUNY-ESF, Neil held various positions at O’Brien & Gere Engineers, Inc. starting out as a Laboratory Technician in June 1970, and working his way up to President in 1993 and Chairman of the Board in 1998.

Neil is director of several boards including:  O’Brien & Gere Ltd., OP-TECH Environmental Services and Bergmann Associates.  He is an advisor to or board member of the following:  Upstate Medical University Foundation; BSA Hiawatha Council; Metropolitan Development Association; Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce; New York State Environmental Technology Institute; Syracuse University, College of Engineering and Computer Science Advisory Board; University Hill Corporation; New York Indoor Environmental Quality Center; Success by Six; Syracuse City School District, Syracuse 20/20, Community General Hospital, CNY MedTech Foundation and the CNY Regional Board of Advisors for the American Cancer Society.  Neil serves as Vice Chair of University Hill Corporation, Co-Chair of Syracuse 20/20 and Vice President of CNY MedTech Foundation.

His technical expertise lies in the areas of environmental science and engineering management, hazardous waste management, environmental assessment, renewable energy systems, limnology, urban runoff planning, and industrial wastewater treatment.

Neil belongs to various professional affiliations including the American Chemical Society, Environmental Chemistry Division; American Association for the Advancement of Science; Water Pollution Control Federation: Toxic Substance Committee, Pollution from Non-Point Sources Commitee (former chairman), and Acid Precipitation Committee; New York Public Consultation Panel of the International Joint Commission on the Great Lakes' "Pollution from Land Use Activities" Reference Group, Mid-Atlantic Industrial Waste Conference, Member, Planning Committee; and the American Management Association.

nieblingCharles Niebling

Charlie Niebling is General Manager of New England Wood Pellet LLC, the largest manufacturer of wood pellet fuel in the northeastern US.

Prior to taking this position in January, 2006, Mr. Niebling was vice president for policy and land management with the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. Prior to assuming this position in 1997, Mr. Niebling was a consultant for two years in the firm Innovative Natural Resource Solutions, specializing in natural resource policy, research, advocacy and public relations for corporate, government and non-profit clients. From 1987 to 1995, Mr. Niebling served as executive director of the New Hampshire Timberland Owners Association. Mr. Niebling has also worked for the US Forest Service.

Mr. Niebling holds forestry degrees from the University of Vermont (BS) and the Pennsylvania State University (MS).

imagePatrick Penfield

Patrick Penfield is an assistant professor of supply chain practices and director of Supply Chain Executive Management Programs at Syracuse University. He is Certified in Purchasing Management (CPM), Certified Fellow in Production and Inventory Management (CFPIM) and Certified in Integrated Resource Management (CIRM). He was voted Professor of the Year at the Whitman School of Management in 2007 and won the Syracuse University Meredith Teaching Recognition award in 2009. Penfield has over 20 years of work experience in Supply Chain Management, he has worked with Johnson & Johnson, Philips Electronics and, The Raymond/Toyota Corporation. Professor Penfield’s research focuses on the Green Supply Chain and Sustainability.

imageDr. Morris Pierce

Morris A. Pierce, PhD, is energy manager and adjunct assistant professor of history at the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York.  He is a graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point and has thirty years of experience as a facilities and energy manager for large institutions.  While at the University of Northern Colorado he assisted the development of a cogeneration project that provided free heat to the campus in exchange for a land lease for the plant.  He has been with the University of Rochester since 1988 where he wrote his doctoral dissertation on the history of cogeneration and district heating while managing the University’s energy needs.  The University recently installed a 25 MW natural gas-fired combined heat and power plant and a low temperature hot water district heating system that will cogenerate about half of the University’s annual electric requirements without using any more fuel that it previously used just to generate heating and cooling for the campus.  Dr. Pierce is currently working to further reduce the University’s carbon footprint by utilizing wood residues and energy crops as a fuel source, and is also working with several communities in New York and New England to develop new biomass district energy systems.  He has written numerous articles on district energy and local heat supply planning, as well as the history of these subjects, and also teaches courses on the History of Technology, Environment, and Energy at the University.

imageMatthew Smith

Matt Smith, ACF, CF, EMS-A currently holds the position of Director of Ecosystem Services, Forecon EcoMarket Solutions LLC.(Forecon EMS), an approved aggregator for the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX).  Matt has worked with forest owners large and small for nearly 20 years. In 2004 Matt began working in the area of ecosystem services on behalf of these clients. Since that time, Matt has; completed extensive forest carbon modeling and analysis, successfully presented and prepared managed forest carbon offset projects for the CCX market (including the first TIMO owned project in the nation), extensively written and has presented on carbon sequestration at the national level.  Matt has served as a consultant to State and local municipalities, forest owner organizations, carbon registries, professional organizations, private landowners, the CCX, and other groups. Along with carbon related services, Matt directs a team of ecosystem specialists working on market based incentives for biodiversity and water resources. Matt is the Chairman of the Western New York Chapter of the SAF, and a member of: the SAF National Task Force on Climate Change, the Forest Carbon Education Group, 25 by 25 Carbon Working Group, Association of Consulting Foresters, and the New York Forest Owners Association. Matt is a graduate of the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry with a BS in forest resource management, and an experienced auditor and consultant for sustainable forest certification systems.

Stapleton James Stapleton

James Stapleton has 23 years of experience in energy management and power quality. He obtained his bachelor’s in engineering from Virginia Tech and an M.B.A. from LeMoyne College. A Certified Energy Manager and a Certified Power Quality Professional, Jim has been with National Grid / Niagara Mohawk for 24 years. He is currently managing Upstate NY Commercial & Industrial Energy Efficiency Programs for National Grid.

imageDr. Timothy Volk

Dr. Timothy Volk has over 20 years of experience working in the fields of forestry, agroforestry, short-rotation woody crops and bioenergy in the Northeastern United States and Africa. He holds degrees from the University of Guelph (Guelph, Ontario) in Natural Resources Management, Cornell University (Ithaca, NY) in Forest Science and SUNY–ESF (Syracuse, NY) in Forest and Natural Resources Management. He is currently a senior research associate at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF).  In that capacity he is responsible for a series of research projects focused on the development of willow biomass cropping systems as a feedstock for bioproducts and bioenergy and the use of willow as an alternative cover for industrial waste sites. He also actively involved in research and development of sustainability assessments of bioenergy systems, living snowfences,   regional woody biomass resource supplies, and harvesting systems for short rotation woody crops. He chaired the ad hoc committee at SUNY-ESF that developed and is now implementing the curriculum for a minor in Renewable Energy and is currently teaching courses on Energy Systems and Biomass Energy.

Dr. WebsterDr. Scott Webster

Scott Webster is the Steven Becker Professor of Supply Chain Management at the Whitman School of Management of Syracuse University. He serves as co-director of the H. H. Franklin Center for Supply Chain Management at the Whitman School. He holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Miami University, and a Ph.D. in Operations Management and Decision Sciences from Indiana University. He has worked in industry in the areas of consulting and corporate finance, and he teaches undergraduate and graduate classes in supply chain management. His research focuses on improving competitiveness through logistics.

WilcoxenPeter Wilcoxen

Peter J. Wilcoxen is an Associate Professor of Economics and Public Administration at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. He is also the director of the Maxwell School’s Center for Environmental Policy and Administration, and is a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and co-director of the Brookings Climate and Energy Economics Project. He is a member of the US Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Board’s Environmental Economics Advisory Committee and was a Review Editor on the Third Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Wilcoxen's principal area of research is the effect of environmental and energy policies on economic growth, international trade, and the performance of individual industries. His work often involves the design, construction and use of large-scale intertemporal general equilibrium models. He is a coauthor of the Jorgenson-Wilcoxen model, a thirty-five-sector econometric general equilibrium model of the US economy that has been used to study a wide range of environmental, energy and tax policies. He is also a coauthor of G-Cubed, an eight-region, twelve-sector general equilibrium model of the world economy that has been used to study international trade and environmental policies. He has published more than 50 papers and has co-authored two books: one on the design of an international policy to control climate change, and one on the design and construction of large scale economic models.

Wilcoxen received a BA in physics from the University of Colorado in 1982 and a PhD in economics from Harvard University in 1989.