Precourt Institute for Energy


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  • Brian Bartholomeusz

    Brian Bartholomeusz

    Executive Director of Innovation Transfer, TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy, TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy Operations

    Current Role at StanfordBrian is the TomKat Center’s executive director of innovation transfer. In this position, he helps assist in the commercialization of energy related technology inventions and innovations resulting from research at Stanford.

  • Michael G. Borja

    Michael G. Borja

    Finance and Administration Manager, Precourt Institute for Energy

    BioA native to the Central Valley, Michael G. Borja developed a career focus within business/finance during his undergrad experience at UC Davis, earning a BS in Economics. Michael started his Stanford career supporting first and second year student programs as part of the business unit for Stanford Introductory Studies with the Vice Provost Office for Undergraduate Education (VPUE). He then transitioned into the operations with Stanford Energy. As a contributing member with the Precourt Institute for Energy, Michael is proud to support the operations of several upcoming and groundbreaking achievements within energy research.

  • Jimmy Chen

    Jimmy Chen

    Managing Director, SECA - Stanford Energy Corporate Affiliates, Precourt Institute for Energy

    BioJim Chen leads a number of energy programs at Stanford Energy,
    including Stanford’s new Hydrogen Initiative; Stanford’s energy storage initiative,
    StorageX; and Stanford’s integrated energy program, Stanford Energy Corporate
    Affiliates (SECA). Dr. Chen was also the founding Managing Director of Bits & Watts,
    Stanford’s initiative focusing on the grid of the 21st century, launched in 2016.

    Dr. Chen is enthusiastic about the global energy transformation and building a more
    sustainable society through innovation. At Stanford, Dr. Chen creates and expands
    impactful global communities of practice that enable industrial-academic-government
    collaboration in energy research and scale-up. Dr. Chen is also a leader in Stanford
    Energy’s global events including its regional roundtables and Global Energy
    Forum. Finally, Dr. Chen is deeply involved in Stanford’s innovation ecosystem,
    advising student groups, start-up companies, and accelerators. Dr. Chen’s research
    interests include hydrogen, energy storage, the circular economy, decarbonizing
    transportation, and integrated energy systems. Dr. Chen’s teaching roles include
    lecturing for Stanford’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and for
    Stanford Energy’s Hydrogen Economy Seminar.

    Dr. Chen is passionate about global energy entrepreneurship and innovation. He works
    with energy agencies around the world promoting global collaboration, accelerating
    innovation, and sparking entrepreneurship. He also serves on a number of advisory
    councils, including on EPRI and GTI’s Low Carbon Research Initiative’s (LCRI)
    technical advisory board.

    Dr. Chen came to Stanford University after 25 years in industry, bringing a broad
    background in energy and technology, with a specialization in technology and product
    development. He has held technical positions at Lawrence Berkeley Labs, GTE Labs,
    IBM, and AT&T Bell Labs, as well as technology executive positions at both starts-ups
    and Fortune 500 companies, including FormFactor and Eaton.

    Dr. Chen received a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and MS from
    the University of California, Berkeley — both in materials science and engineering —
    and holds a BS from the University of California, Berkeley in electrical engineering.

  • Justine Dachille

    Justine Dachille

    Understand Energy Program Manager, Precourt Institute for Energy

    Current Role at StanfordUnderstand Energy, Program Manager

  • David Danielson

    David Danielson

    Adjunct Professor

    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.

  • Jeffrey Decker

    Jeffrey Decker

    Program Director, Precourt Institute for Energy

    BioJeff Decker is managing director and co-instructor of Hacking for Defense at Stanford University. Hacking for Defense uses the Lean Startup technique to tackle complex problems critical to the government around national security, energy networks, cyber security, and AI, and develops new technologies with teams of engineers, scientists, MBA’s and policy experts. With the program, I have taught more than 250 students, faculty, and government personnel user-centered design at more than two dozen colleges and universities, helping them solve more than 40 unique national security challenges for the Defense Department and related industries. Several student teams have gone on to form companies winning Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, gaining venture capital funding, and one team even became a program of record. Our work and research with H4D focuses generally on defense innovation and dual-use technologies, with a focus on developing go-to-defense market strategies for technology startups and fostering defense-industry partnerships. With my Lean Startup experience and expertise with Hacking for Defense, plus my military service, I work with national security and help solve Defense Department challenges.

    I served in the U.S. Army as a 2nd Ranger Battalion light infantry squad leader in Iraq and Afghanistan. Following my service, I earned a MS in International Relations (Laws), and a doctorate in International Relations before conducting national security and international affairs research at the RAND Corporation.

  • Carey deRafael

    Carey deRafael

    Chief of Staff, Director Finance and Operations, Precourt Institute for Energy

    BioCarey serves as the Precourt Institute for Energy Chief of Staff where he supports the Institute’s faculty and staff to accomplish the mission and goals of the Institute. He oversees operations for the Institute and its related energy research centers and educational programs. Carey works with the Institute’s faculty Director and the other senior members to develop and implement strategic objectives and he represents the institute’s interests with other Stanford units and external organizations.

    Previously, Carey was the Director of Finance and Administration at Signature Therapeutics, a startup initially founded on a Stanford invention that evolved into a pharmaceutical company. He was part of the founding team and was responsible for developing, leading and managing the company’s accounting, administrative, human resources, information technology, and facilities departments. Prior to that, Carey was with Stanford’s Office of Technology Licensing transferring Stanford inventions and intellectual property to industry for commercial development.

    In addition to his professional association with Stanford, Carey is a Stanford alumnus. His wife, Bernadette, is the Director for Facilities and Hospitality at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. For fun, Carey serves as the commissioner for the Stanford summer softball league that supports more than five hundred Stanford community players.