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  • Jane Woodward

    Jane Woodward

    Adjunct Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

    BioJane Woodward is a founder and Managing Partner at MAP Energy, a renewable energy and natural gas investment firm. She is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University where she has taught classes on energy and environment since 1991. She currently teaches Understanding Energy every Autumn and Spring quarter (CEE 107A/207A/EarthSys 103 https://energy.stanford.edu/understanding-energy). She is also involved with CEE 107R/207R: E3: Extreme Energy Efficiency, a course that takes place at Rocky Mountain Institute in Basalt, CO over spring break (https://web.stanford.edu/class/cee207r/).

    She founded the Schneider Sustainable Energy Fellows Program (honoring Stephen H. Schneider) that places over 20 Stanford students annually at leading US sustainable energy NGOs. Jane also serves on Stanford’s Precourt Institute for Energy Advisory Council, and funds a variety of sustainable energy education initiatives at Stanford.

    In 1988, Jane co-founded Community Impact (now HandsOn Bay Area), a Bay Area public service volunteer organization. In 2016, she also created The Foster, a 14,000-square-foot art venue in Palo Alto, to share artist-explorer Tony Foster’s powerful exhibitions of watercolor journeys with an intention to inspire connection to the natural world.

    Prior to founding MAP in 1987, Jane worked as an exploration geologist with ARCO Exploration Company and later as a petroleum engineering consultant to Stanford University’s endowment.

    Jane has a BS in Geology from UC Santa Barbara, an MS in Engineering and Petroleum Geology, and an MBA, both from Stanford University.

  • Miki Yu

    Miki Yu

    Marketing and Outreach Manager, Precourt Institute for Energy

    BioMiki Yu joined Precourt Institute for Energy (PIE) as an Event and Outreach Program Planner. In this role she will help shape the programs that PIE, TomKat Center and GCEP offer as they build greater visibility within the Stanford community, the energy community at large, and throughout the world.

    Miki started at Stanford working for the Office of Development in 2002, where she reported to the Vice President’s office. She then joined the Stanford Challenge Campaign as an initial team member, working with OOD partners and engaging volunteers and donors at every stage to build and direct momentum for The Stanford Challenge campaign. She was instrumental in executing the Leading Matters component of the campaign, which achieved record breaking attendance and engagement results.

  • Xiaolin Zheng

    Xiaolin Zheng

    Professor of Mechanical Engineering

    BioProfessor Zheng received her Ph.D. in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University (2006), B.S. in Thermal Engineering from Tsinghua University (2000). Prior to joining Stanford in 2007, Professor Zheng did her postdoctoral work in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University. Professor Zheng is a member of MRS, ACS and combustion institute. Professor Zheng received the TR35 Award from the MIT Technology Review (2013), one of the 100 Leading Global Thinkers by the Foreign Policy Magazine (2013), 3M Nontenured Faculty Grant Award (2013), the Presidential Early Career Award (PECASE) from the white house (2009), Young Investigator Awards from the ONR (2008), DARPA (2008), Terman Fellowship from Stanford (2007), and Bernard Lewis Fellowship from the Combustion Institute (2004).