WENDY DAVIS is an associate professor and director of the Illumination Design Program in the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning at the University of Sydney. She previously (2004-2011) worked as a vision scientist in the Lighting and Color Group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Dr. Davis’s research addresses lighting and color, with a particular focus on quality issues in emerging and next-generation energy efficient lighting technologies. With a colleague at NIST she developed the Color Quality Scale (CQS) to evaluate the color rendering properties of light sources for general illumination. This work led to her 2009 U.S. Department of Commerce Silver Medal Award for Scientific/Engineering Achievement for “developing measurement methods and technical standards to accelerate the commercialization of energy-efficient, solid-state lighting products.” Dr. Davis chairs the International Commission on Illumination (CIE) technical committee 1-69, “Colour Rendition by White Light Sources,” and is a member of the IESNA Color Committee. She earned her Ph.D. and M.S. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, in vision science and her B.A. in psychology and physiology from the University of Minnesota.
PAUL A. DeCOTIS is vice president of power markets at Long Island Power Authority where he oversees strategic resource planning; fuel, energy, and capacity purchases and sales; power project development and management; and participation in the region’s wholesale power markets. Prior to this Mr. DeCotis was deputy secretary for energy in New York, serving as senior energy advisor to Governor Spitzer and Governor Paterson. He was also chair of the State Energy Planning Board and previously served as director of energy analysis for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority where he oversaw corporate strategy and planning, forecasting and analysis, and energy program evaluation. Prior to this, Mr. DeCotis was chief of policy at the State Energy Office. Until his appointment as deputy secretary, he was president of a management consulting business specializing in executive and board development, strategy, and mediation. Since 1985, he has served as an adjunct faculty member at several colleges and universities, including Cornell University, Rochester Institute of Technology, and the Sage Graduate School at Russell Sage College. Mr. DeCotis is a member of the NRC Board on Energy and Environmental Systems, board member of U.S. Offshore Wind Collaborative, board member of the Clean Energy States Alliance, editorial board member of the Energy Efficiency Journal, executive committee member of the New York State Reliability Council, New York’s representative to the Eastern Interconnection States Planning Council, and a member of other boards and committees. He has served on and chaired many professional organizations and associations and has extensive community service experience. Mr. DeCotis has published dozens of articles and professional papers on energy and industry matters. He received his bachelor of arts in international business management from the State University College at Brockport, his master of arts in economics from the University at Albany, and his M.B.A. in finance from the Sage Graduate School at Russell Sage College.
STEVEN P. DenBAARS (NAE) is a professor of materials and co-director of the Solid State Lighting Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). Specific research interests include growth of wide-bandgap semiconductors (GaN based) and their application to blue lightemitting diodes (LEDs) and lasers and high-power electronic devices. This research has led to the first U.S. university demonstration of a blue GaN laser diode. Dr. DenBaars has performed cost evaluations of LED technologies over the past 23 years and is active in LED research and development as well as commercialization. He is also engaged in the international SSL community. In 1994 he received an National Science Foundation (NSF) Young Investigator award. He has authored or co-authored more than 580 technical publications, 270 conference presentations, and 35 patents. Prior to joining the faculty of UCSB, Dr. DenBaars was a member of the technical staff at Hewlett-Packard’s Optoelectronics Division, which was involved in the growth and fabrication of visible LEDs from 1988-1991. In 2012 he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. He received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and an M.S. in materials science from the University of Southern California (USC) and a B.S. in materials and metallurgical engineering from University of Arizona.
MICHAEL ETTENBERG (NAE) is managing partner at DOLCE Technologies, a company that commercializes technologies invented at leading universities, such as Princeton and Columbia. He retired from Sarnoff Corporation (formerly RCA Laboratories) after 35 years, ending as senior vice president in charge of all of Sarnoff’s device research, including a small silicon integrated circuit fabrication, TV displays, optoelectronics, and cameras. Dr. Ettenberg was elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering for his work on optoelectronic components, including the evolution of practical and reliable semiconductor lasers. He also has extensive experience with III-V materials and optoelectronic devices. He developed the dielectric mirrors used on all of today’s laser diodes. Dr. Ettenberg has published 110 papers and has been awarded 35 patents, mainly in the area of optoelectronics. He also was president of the IEEE Lasers and Electro-Optics Society and was a member of the Defense Science Board. He received his B.S. from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn and his M.S. and Ph.D. from New York University.