Precourt Institute for Energy


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  • Nilay Papila

    Nilay Papila

    Senior Program Manager, Precourt Institute for Energy

    BioNilay Papila is the research manager for Hacking for Defense at Stanford University. Nilay’s expertise is in research management, pre- and post-award services, university and industry cooperation, technology transfer, intellectual property, and technology commercialization.

    Prior to joining Stanford, she worked as the Founding Director of Technology Transfer Office at Ozyegin University in Istanbul. She also worked as the Manager of the Project Development Office at Sabanci University and Associate Director of Interdisciplinary Program Development Office at the University of Florida. She served as a national expert on the European Union 7th Framework Program (Marie Curie Actions) and an expert/evaluator at the Technology Transfer Support Program Group at the Science and Technology Council of Turkey.

    Nilay received her B.S. and M.S. degrees from the Aerospace Engineering Department of the METU in Ankara in 1994 and 1997, respectively. She got her Ph.D. from the Aerospace Engineering Department of the University of Florida in 2001.

    Nilay is a Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellow (2000), NCURA (National Council of Research Administration) Global Fellow at Stanford University (2018) and certified Registered Technology Transfer Professional (RTTP) (2018).

  • Bianca Dilip Patel

    Bianca Dilip Patel

    Assistant Director, Explore Energy, Precourt Institute for Energy

    BioBianca Patel is an Assistant Director at the Precourt Institute for Energy. She develops and leads Explore Energy, an interdisciplinary energy education program that spans Stanford’s eight schools. Bianca comes to Precourt with a background in sustainable development; she has worked with communities across the US and globally on development policies and programs, primarily as they intersect with climate and energy, education, and social justice.

    Bianca received her MA in Development Practice from Emory University and BS in Public Health from The University of Texas at Austin. She was also a Fulbright Scholar in Malaysia.

  • Blas L. Pérez Henríquez

    Blas L. Pérez Henríquez

    Senior Research Scholar

    BioBlas L. Pérez Henríquez founded and serves as Director of the California-Global Energy, Water & Infrastructure Innovation Initiative at Stanford University, sponsored by the Precourt Institute for Energy and the Bill Lane Center for the American West, focusing on regional low-carbon development opportunities. His research and teaching centers on policy analysis to advance clean innovation through novel technological, business, policy, and social solutions for a new clean economy and a net zero, carbon neutral future. He is a Senior Research Scholar at the Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford University and leads the Stanford | Mexico Clean Economy 2050 program.

    He is also the faculty director of the Local Governance Summer Institute @ Stanford (LGSI) and of the Smart City: Policy, Strategy and Innovation Institute @ Stanford. He is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the School of Engineering and Sciences of the Technological Institute of Superior Studies of Monterrey (ITESM) in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, and has served as Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate and the Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in London, United Kingdom, and as Guest Professor at the Centre of Economics Research and Teaching (CIDE) in Mexico City, Mexico.

    He is the author of “Environmental Commodities and Emissions Trading: Towards a Low Carbon Future,” Resources for the Future – RFF Press/Routledge, Washington, DC (2013) and co-editor of “Carbon Governance, Climate Change and Business Transformation,” Routledge Advances in Climate Change Research, Taylor & Francis Group, Oxford, UK (2015). He also co-edited the book "High-Speed Rail and Sustainability, Decision-making and the political economy of investment," Routlege Explorations in Environmental Studies, Taylor & Francis Group, Oxford, UK (2017). He has written on public-private environmental and energy collaboration in Silicon Valley, water-energy nexus, sustainable transportation and on the use of information technology to support environmental markets and smart policymaking.

    Pérez Henríquez is a member of the Distinguished Advisory Group of the Integrity Council for Voluntary Carbon Markets (IC-VCM), derived from the work of the Taskforce for Scaling Voluntary Carbon Markets (TSVCM) where he served as Member of the Board of Advisors. He is a member of the Mexico – United States Entrepreneurship & Innovation Council (MUSEIC), created through the High-Level Economic Dialogue between the presidents of the United States and Mexico. He serves as the U.S. Co-chair of the MUSEIC Energy & Sustainability Subcommittee. Pérez Henríquez is also on the International Advisory Board of Public Administration & Policy: An Asia-Pacific Journal. From 2002 to 2015, he directed UC Berkeley’s Center for Environmental Public Policy which he had founded, and was a faculty member of the Goldman School of Public Policy. He has served as an ex-officio member of the Goldman School advisory board (2002 -2012), and as a Quarterly Chair of the Commonwealth Club of California, the nation's oldest and largest public affairs forum.

    Pérez Henríquez holds a Masters and a Ph.D. in Public Policy from UC Berkeley, a law degree from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), a diploma in Public Policy from the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM), and a certificate in Compared Environmental US – EU Law & Policy from Indiana University, Leiden & Rotterdam Universities.

  • Sharon Hakeman Poore

    Sharon Hakeman Poore

    Understand Energy Project Manager, Precourt Institute for Energy

    Current Role at StanfordProject Manager, Understand Energy
    Precourt Institute for Energy