Speakers

Meet our Speakers!

Brad Queen

Brad Queen

Brad Queen is the founder of Cube Resources, providing electric load optimization analysis and resource efficiency planning. He started his career as an Edison Engineer, working in spacecraft design, systems engineering, and business operations at General Electric, Lockheed Martin, and Ball Aerospace. As the Energy Division Director at the Center for ReSource Conservation he managed the Residential Energy Action Program, the northern Denver Energy Challenge, and the larges sustainable homes tour in Colorado.  He created the ReNew Our Schools energy conservation competition. He is a member of the City of Boulder’s Environmental Advisory Board.

Dan Cross-Call

Dan Cross-Call

Dan Cross-Call works at Rocky Mountain Institute on projects related to electric utility strategy and regulatory policy, including the Electricity Innovation Lab (eLab), a multi-year collaboration of industry leaders that are developing new solutions to enable greater adoption of distributed energy resources. Prior to RMI, he spent time at a series of other three-letter acronym organizations—including an energy consulting company in Boston and studying for a degree in technology and policy. When not making the world safe for distributed energy resources, Dan can be found exploring the Rockies by boot, pedal, and ski.

Danielle Vitoff

Danielle Vitoff

Danielle Vitoff, LEED AP, is a Senior Consultant in Navigant’s Energy Practice. Before joining Navigant, Mrs. Vitoff worked in architectural design and energy efficiency program implementation. Mrs. Vitoff has experience designing high-performance and Net Zero Energy commercial, residential and multi-family projects in the challenging New England climate. Mrs. Vitoff provided also supported the writing of a recently published book on Zero Net Energy buildings, The New Net Zero. Since joining Navigant, Mrs. Vitoff has leveraged her experience in high-performance design to deliver products and services that help others to recognize the value of energy efficiency.

Julia Alvarez

Julia Alvarez

Julia has been exploring the social change sector for nearly a decade. After spending almost five years as a consultant, helping U.S. based organizations work more effectively and efficiently, Julia recently made the move back to international development. Since receiving her BA from Kenyon College and her MA in international peace studies from the UN mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica, Julia has also worked as a policy analyst in Washington, D.C. and as a facilitator of youth leadership development workshops. These days, Julia is thrilled to be working to bring sustainable light to communities around the world.

Justin Spencer

Justin Spencer

Justin Spencer is a serious energy geek currently engaged primarily in evaluation of energy efficiency programs in the Northeast and Northwest. His professional areas of expertise include energy efficiency applications of building science, HVAC, energy simulation, and sampling statistics. Justin is a professional engineer with 10 years of energy engineering experience and holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and Certificate of Environmental Studies from Princeton University and a Masters from the Building Systems Program at CU-Boulder. Justin grew up off the grid in Maine and now lives on the grid in Lyons with his wife and two little girls. In another life, he’d be an itinerant fishing and skiing bum.

Laurent Meillon

Laurent Meillon

Laurent Meillon, MBA, UW-Madison, serves as Policy Committee Member for CRES, the Colorado Renewable Energy Society,  and recently served as Vice-President of the Board of COSEIA, the Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association. He is a key author of the Colorado Solar Thermal Roadmap. Laurent is Vice-President of Capitol Solar Energy, a leading Colorado solar thermal design and installation firm since 1982. He leads thermal renewable legislative and regulatory initiatives in our sunny state.

Maithreyi Gopalakrishnan

Maithreyi Gopalakrishnan

Hi! I’m Maithreyi, and I am a senior engineering physics major at the University of Colorado-Boulder. I am the founder and CEO of Surya Conversions, a company that will sell hybrid conversion kits for vehicles in developing countries. I also conduct ultrafast laser physics research for the Kapteyn-Murnane group in JILA Physics and am VP of the CU Energy Club. I’m originally from India, but moved to Colorado when I was 6 months old and love it here! In my spare time I like to dance, hike, snowboard, indoor climb, and spend time with family and friends!

Rudy Kahsar

Rudy Kahsar

Rudy recently completed his PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of Colorado where he studied surface science and catalysis for the conversion of petrochemicals.  As a graduate student, Rudy was an officer in the CU Energy club where he founded and ran the club’s weekly discussion series “Energy Talks.”  Now he is looking for a job in biomass conversion, and eventually hopes to work on renewable energy policy.

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Richard Martin

Based in Boulder, Richard is an author, editor, and analyst with particular expertise in energy, technology, and foreign affairs.  He is the editorial director of Navigant Research, the premier clean-energy research and analysis firm.  A contributing editor for Wired, feature writer for Fortune, and energy blogger for Forbes.com, he is the author of SuperFuel, which chronicled the thorium power movement, published in May 2012 by Palgrave Macmillan.  Described as “the most important science and technology book of the year,” it was reviewed favorably in Nature, Foreign Affairs, New Scientist, and many other publications.

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Chuck Ray

Chuck Ray, director of business development at E Source, has more than 10 years of sales experience and is responsible for business development in the northeastern U.S. and Canada.  Before joining E Source, Chuck worked as a principal for gNav LLC, a market application and business development consultancy of energy saving solutions and geographic information systems.  He is passionate about energy and social challenges and claims co-founder status in switch~.  Chuck is an engineer by trade from the University of Texas and a business practitioner by necessity from the University of Colorado  303-345-9193chuck_ray@esource.comgoogle.com/+ChuckRay


switch~ at eTown Hall Topic Selections

Have you ever wondered…

…what Doomsday Preppers can teach us about selling green?

…why the pitchforks are coming for our utilities and what we can do about it?

…how we can get beyond incremental fixes to build our energy future?

…what we really mean by “utility of the future?”

…where hybrid rickshaws and digital kerosene will take us?

We don’t know the answers to these questions yet, but you can! Buy your ticket to switch~ at eTown Hall today!

Once again, this community has risen to the occasion and flooded us with high quality, thought provoking energy topics for the next switch~. It was tough, but we’ve made our selection and are already counting down the days to another fabulous event! This switch~ is loaded with talented speakers covering topics ranging from energy in our local communities to international sustainability advances. Check out our full line up below!

Is “more of better less”? Brad Queen
Cube Resources
The Pitchforks Are Coming Chuck Ray
E Source
What We Talk About When We Talk About The Utility Of The Future Dan Cross-Call
Rocky Mountain Institute
What Doomsday Preppers Teach us about Selling Green Danielle Vitoff
Navigant
Creating Digital Kerosene Julia Alvarez
Elephant Energy
Building our Energy Future — Why we need to go beyond the incrementalist approach Justin Spencer
Navigant
Solar Thermal Laurent Meillon
Capitol Solar Energy
Surya Conversions: The Rise of the Hybrid Rickshaw Maithreyi Gopalakrishnan
Surya Conversions LLC
Creating meaning in energy science Rudy Kahsar
University of Colorado Energy Club
China’s Great Coal Migration Richard Martin
Navigant Research

Topic Submission Deadline Extended!

Did Labor Day throw a wrench in your schedule? We’ve heard from several of you that you plan to submit but need a little more time to refine your topics. So, we’re honoring your requests and extending the topic deadline to Friday, September 12.

Submit your topic proposal now!

Topic Submission Now Open!

switch~ at eTown Hall is seeking speakers who have:

  • An interesting idea about energy and sustainability,
  • The flexibility to work within the 5-minute, 20-slide format, and
  • The ability to have fun with it!

No professional speaking experience is necessary. No honorarium will be paid; this is an all-volunteer event. To learn more, visit us at http://switchenergy.wordpress.com/.

Topic submission will be open from August 25-September 8.

SUBMIT YOUR TOPIC PROPOSAL NOW!

The Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Association for Energy Services Professionals (RM-AESP) has hosted four switch~ events since 2012 and each one has sold out!

Watch a YouTube excerpt from switch~.

Tickets for switch~ at eTown Hall will be available September 2, stay tuned for more information!

Presented in partnership with RM-AESP, switch~ is an all-volunteer event organization that operates under a 501(c)3, spreading ground-breaking thought on sustainable energy.

 EVENT
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2

TOPIC SUBMITTAL OPEN
AUGUST 25-SEPTEMBER 8

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