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BioDavid T. Danielson became a Precourt energy scholar at Stanford in 2016. With Stuart Macmillan and Joel Moxley, Dave co-teaches the yearlong course "Energy Transformation Collaborative." This project-based course provides a launchpad for the creation and development of transformational energy ventures. Interdisciplinary student teams research, analyze and refine detailed plans for high-impact opportunities in the context of the new energy venture development framework offered in this course.
Since January 2017, Dave has been managing director of Breakthrough Energy Ventures, a $1 billion fund focused on fighting climate change by investing in clean energy innovation.
From 2012 to 2016, Dave was assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy. There, he directed the U.S. government’s innovation strategy in the areas of sustainable transportation, renewable power, energy efficiency and clean-energy manufacturing, investing about $2 billion annually into American clean-energy innovation. He is considered a global expert in the development of next generation clean-energy technologies and the creation of new R&D and organizational models for high-impact clean energy innovation.
Prior to being appointed by President Obama as assistant secretary, Dave was the first hire at DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency– Energy (ARPA-E), a funding agency that focuses on the development of high-risk, high-reward clean-energy technologies. Prior to his government service, he was a clean-energy venture capitalist and, as a PhD student at MIT, was the founder and president of the MIT Energy Club.
John Steven Davis
Affiliate, Department of Energy Resources Engineering - SUPRI-C
BioSteve is a research affiliate with the Stanford Center for Carbon Storage (SCCS). In the Stanford SCCS he is collaborating with Sally Benson's group on development of site selection criteria and risking/ranking methods to improve identification and assessment of potential geologic carbon dioxide storage sites.
Steve has more than 22 years experience at Exxon Mobil in the geosciences. While at Exxon Mobil Steve's research and applications spanned a wide spectrum of disciplines including fault and top seal analysis (as the corporate discipline expert), geologic and engineering risking methodologies, technical software development, seismic structural interpretation techniques and workflows, and pore-scale capillary processes in tight reservoirs. During his time at Exxon Mobil Steve was involved in multiple cross-disciplinary geoscience and engineering research collaboratives with universities and government research organizations.
Prior to his time at Exxon Mobil Steve spent more than 5 years in the geotechnical engineering field. In this role Steve was responsible for designing and completing geotechnical engineering testing and analysis programs on an extremely broad range of construction projects. His work spanned everything from field evaluation to rock and soil mechanics to engineering analysis to design recommendations.
Steve holds a PhD from the U. of California, Davis (structural geology and tectonics), an MS from the U. of Montana, and a BS from U. of California, Santa Cruz. Steve has published his work in a wide range of peer-reviewed geoscience and engineering journals with topics including structural analysis, tectonics, pore-scale capillary flow modeling, basin modeling, natural rock fractures, and fault seal analysis.
Jacques de Chalendar
Affiliate, Benson Program
Visiting Scholar, Department of Energy Resources Engineering - Energy Resources Engineering
BioJacques de Chalendar is a Visting Scholar in the Energy Resources Engineering department at Stanford University. He was previously a doctoral candidate in the same department, advised by Profs. Sally Benson and Peter Glynn. He is also an Ingénieur Polytechnicien from the French Ecole Polytechnique (X2011).
His research focuses on building state-of-the-art computational tools for energy and carbon management problems.
Ricardo Huntemann Deucher
Ph.D. Student in Petroleum Engineering
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsMy research interests are on reservoir simulation and modeling of reactive flow in porous media. More specifically, I am working on adaptive and multiscale solution strategies for single and two-phase reactive flow problems.
Otto N. Miller Professor in Earth Sciences
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsGeneral reservoir simulation, optimization, reduced-order modeling, upscaling, flow in fractured systems, history matching, CO2 sequestration, energy systems optimization