2015 Featured Speakers

Opening Plenary (Monday, September 21)

I2SL Welcoming Remarks

DOE Remarks

  • Timothy Unruh, Federal Energy Management Program, U.S. Department of Energy

Keynote Speaker

  • Scott Samuelsen, Advanced Power and Energy Program, University of California, Irvine

Go Beyond Awards Lunch (Monday, September 21)

Special Guest


Timothy Unruh

Timothy Unruh
Federal Energy Management Program, DOE

Dr. Timothy D. Unruh is the Program Manager for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP), which falls within the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). As FEMP Program Manager, Dr. Unruh oversees the implementation of policy and actions that result in energy efficiency implementation, renewable energy adoption, reductions in energy and water use in Federal government operations.

Dr. Unruh was formerly Director of Operations for ConEdison Solutions where he led a team of engineers and managers. Dr. Unruh has a doctorate degree in electrical engineering from Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas.


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Scott Samuelsen

Scott Samuelsen
Advanced Power and Energy Program, University of California, Irvine

Professor Scott Samuelsen is the Director of the Advanced Power and Energy Program, Director of the National Fuel Cell Research Center for the U.S. Department of Energy and the California Energy Commission, and HORIBA Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). Professor Samuelsen received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from University of California, Berkeley and is the founding chair of the UCI Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department.

He co-chairs the California Stationary Fuel Cell Collaborative with the California Air Resources Board, a unique public-private alliance that addresses critical technology and market hurdles confronting the commercialization of advanced power generation systems, and serves as the technical and program chair for the annual presentation of both the International Colloquium on Environmentally Preferred Advanced Power Generation (ICEPAG) and the Microgrid Global Summit (MGS).

His research focuses on energy systems, microgrid/smart grid technology, combustion technology, fuel cells and fuel cell systems, and the fueling infrastructure for the next generation of alternative vehicles with over 300 referred journal publications and conference papers.


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Ulrich Lindner

Ulrich Lindner

Mr. Ulrich (Ulli) Lindner is widely recognized as an authority on laboratory design and has dedicated his career to the planning and design of state-of-the-art laboratory facilities for nearly every scientific discipline.

Mr. Lindner joined Earl Walls, forming Earl Walls Associates (EWA) in 1963, to complete construction documents for the Salk Institute and to oversee construction through occupancy. While there he worked closely with the late Louis I. Kahn.

Mr. Lindner is known worldwide as a dynamic and innovative designer with the proven ability to successfully complete highly complex projects. Mr. Lindner has participated in the design of hundreds of technical facilities encompassing over a million square feet, supporting programs in teaching, research, product development, and testing. He has participated in the planning of research facilities in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, India, Taiwan, Thailand, Spain, Scotland, Singapore, and the United Kingdom.

Mr. Lindner has assisted in the upgrade and development of laboratory design standards for several federal agencies including the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Mr. Lindner also served as Principal-in-Charge on many of EWA's most prestigious and award winning projects including five Lab of the Year winning facilities.

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