Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability


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  • Andrea Gray

    Andrea Gray

    Director of Finance and Operations, Sustainability Accelerator

    BioAndrea joined the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability in 2023 from Stanford's Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), where she had been the Associate Director for Administration and Finance since 2017. Andrea started her career at Stanford in 2012 as a director at the Graduate School of Business, responsible for delivering innovation and entrepreneurship programs internationally. In 2015, she moved to the School of Medicine as an internal consultant, supporting leadership at the School and two hospitals across a portfolio of initiatives in the areas of international strategy, graduate medical education, clinical expansion, and faculty affairs. Prior to Stanford, Andrea managed a product line at a Fortune 500 company, helped lead a technology startup from conception to acquisition, worked as a strategy consultant, played a leadership role at a grassroots environmental non-profit, and directed an educational foundation. Andrea holds a bachelor's degree from Queen's University in Canada.

  • Isik C Kizilyalli

    Isik C Kizilyalli

    Senior Director of Technology (R&D), Sustainability Accelerator

    BioDr. Isik C. Kizilyalli currently serves as the Senior Director of Technology (R&D) Sustainability Accelerator within the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability.

    Prior to joining the Accelerator, he was the Associate Director for Technology at the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E). In this role, Dr. Kizilyalli oversaw all technology issues relating to ARPA-E’s programs, program development, Program Director and Fellow recruitment, and coordinating project management across the Agency. As an ARPA-E Program Director his focus included power electronics, semiconductor devices, electrification of transportation (aviation, ships, automotive, space) and associated infrastructure, enhanced geothermal systems, subsurface instrumentation and drilling, electric distribution and transmission grids, and grid technologies and resiliency against aging, EMP, space weather, natural disaster, and cyber threats.

    Before joining ARPA-E, Kizilyalli served as founder and CEO/CTO of Avogy Inc. and Zolt Inc., venture backed start-ups focused on power electronics. At the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Zolt Inc. was a CES Best of Innovation Awards Honoree, Best Startup CES finalist (by Engadget), a Top Tech of CES nominee (by Digital Trends), and a Top Pick CES (by Laptop Magazine). Previously, he was with AT&T Bell Laboratories and its spinouts for nearly 17 years, followed by Nitronex Corporation, and solar PV startup Alta Devices where his team holds the world record for single junction solar cell conversion efficiency.

    Kizilyalli was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in 2007 for his contributions to "Integrated Circuit Technology". He also received the Bell Laboratories’ Distinguished Member of Technical Staff award and the Best Paper Award at the International Symposium on Power Semiconductors and Integrated Circuits (ISPSD) in 2013. Kizilyalli holds his B.S. in Electrical Engineering, M.S. in Metallurgy, and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering all from the University of Illinois (Urbana). He has published a Springer-Nature book titled "Direct Current Fault Protection", more than 100 papers, and holds 127 issued U.S. patents.

  • Huijun Ring

    Huijun Ring

    Adjunct Professor, Primary Care and Population Health
    Temp - Non-Exempt, Sustainability Accelerator

    BioDr. Huijun Ring received her PhD in molecular biology and genetics from Cornell University and completed her post-doctoral medical genetics training at Stanford University School of Medicine. She is a clinical molecular geneticist and board-certified by the American Board of Medical Genetics.

    Dr. Ring is an experienced biotech entrepreneur and executive. Previously she worked at Incyte Pharmaceuticals and DNA Direct in Silicon Valley. She was the founder and CEO of iDNA Inc, a precision medicine company. iDNA Inc. was named as one of the fastest growing technology companies in China by Deloitte and was acquired by a public company. She has also cofounded and advised several biotech startups in Silicon Valley and mentored many first-time entrepreneurs.

    Currently, Dr Ring is an Adjunct Professor at Department of Medicine, and Senior Director of Market Engagement at Stanford Sustainability Accelerator. She works on developing bio-solutions for Sustainability, including synthetic biology, biomanufacturing and sustainable food. At Stanford Sustainability Accelerator, we accelerate the translation of Stanford research into impactful policy and technology solutions to address global sustainability challenges. She is involved in mentoring Stanford Graduate School of Business students, Knight-Hennessy Scholars, and junior women faculty in science and medicine through the Stanford University Faculty Development Office. Dr. Ring also teaches the course “Science and History of Traditional Chinese Medicine” and serves as a faculty advisor for the Stanford iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine) team.