programs. During his 26 years of activities in the utility industry, Dr. Nourai has developed and applied many techniques to improve the energy efficiency and performance of power systems. He holds seven patents and has published a number of technical papers. He works closely with the energy storage program in DOE’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability and serves as a regular peer reviewer for the energy storage projects of DOE. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Ohio and received the Walter Fee Award from IEEE’s Power Engineering Society for professional contributions and technical competence through significant engineering achievements.
Terry Surles is currently director for the Pacific International Center for High Technology Research. PICHTR’s activities focus on the demonstration and deployment of renewable energy technologies in Pacific island nations (PINs). These activities also include technical training and capacity building for PIN nationals for the operation and maintenance of renewable energy systems. Previously, he was vice president at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and its subsidiary, the Electricity Innovations Institute. Before joining EPRI, Dr. Surles was program manager at Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) and assistant director for science and technology of the California Energy Commission. Dr. Surles was the associate laboratory director for energy programs at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, following his time at the California Environmental Protection Agency as deputy secretary for science and technology. Dr. Surles was at Argonne National Laboratory for a number of years, holding a number of positions in the energy and environmental systems area, with his last position being general manager for environmental programs. Dr. Surles holds a B.S. in chemistry from St. Lawrence University and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Michigan State University. He was a member of the Phase One committee.
Gunnar Walmet has been with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) for over 20 years. He has been the director of NYSERDA’s industry and buildings R&D programs since 1989. These two R&D programs helped companies implement dozens of innovative, energy-efficient, environmentally beneficial technologies and processes. Many of NYSERDA’s industry and building projects have resulted in patents and awards, including “The Best of What’s New” award by Popular Science, DOE’s National Award for Energy Innovation, and the Governor’s Pollution Prevention Award, as well as awards from such diverse groups as R&D 100, the National Center for Appropriate Technology, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Renew America, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The work has resulted in several new businesses, thousands of jobs created or saved, and tens of millions of dollars in product sales each year. Successful buildings R&D projects include creating the internationally renowned Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; developing the nation’s first non-ozone-depleting supermarket refrigeration and air-conditioning system; commercializing a pulse combustion boiler and a gas-fired hydronic boiler; developing several district heating systems; and innovative programs in demand reduction and real-time pricing. The industry program has been instrumental in developing a radio-frequency induction heating system, commercializing an adaptive controller for resistance welding, constructing the state’s first full-scale indoor fish-production facility, an academic center for remanufacturing technology, developing and demonstrating an environment-friendly paint booth for solvent-based coatings, and developing an optical lens system to monitor wafer contamination in semiconductor production. Under Mr. Walmet, NYSERDA has also implemented the nation’s most aggressive program to promote CHP, or cogeneration, and to demonstrate superconducting power systems. Prior to joining NYSERDA, he was an engineer at GE’s R&D Center and Medical Systems Division in Schenectady, where he helped develop a new membrane blood oxygenator for use in open-heart surgery, helped design the gas cleanup train for a pilot-scale coal gasifier, and developed biogas purifying systems. His research at GE resulted in 14 issued patents. In 2003 Mr. Walmet won national recognition from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, which named him a Champion for Energy Efficiency. He has an M.S.M.E. from Union College and a B.S.M.E. from Trinity College.