May 11-12, 2010

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Steering Committee and Speakers

Dr. Patrick D. Gallagher

Deputy Director, National Institute of Standards & Technology
Opening Remarks

Dr. Patrick D. GallagherDr. Patrick Gallagher was confirmed as the 14th Director of the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on Nov. 5, 2009. Gallagher provides high-level oversight and direction for NIST. The agency promotes U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology. NIST's FY 2009 resources total $1.6 billion and the agency employs about 2,900 scientists, engineers, technicians, support staff and administrative personnel at two main locations in Gaithersburg, Md., and Boulder, Colo. In addition to $819 million in FY09 appropriations and $125 million from other agencies, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 provides a total of $610 million to NIST for building critically needed research facilities, expanding fellowships and research grants, and addressing important national priorities critical to the nation's future.

Gallagher had served as Deputy Director since 2008. Prior to that, he served for four years as Director of the NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR), a national user facility for neutron scattering on the NIST Gaithersburg campus. The NCNR provides a broad range of neutron diffraction and spectroscopy capability with thermal and cold neutron beams and is presently the nation's most used facility of this type. Gallagher received his Ph.D. in Physics at the University of Pittsburgh in 1991. His research interests include neutron and X-ray instrumentation and studies of soft condensed matter systems such as liquids, polymers and gels. In 2000, Gallagher was a NIST agency representative at the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC). He has been active in the area of U.S. policy for scientific user facilities and was chair of the Interagency Working Group on neutron and light source facilities under the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Tim Anderson

Distinguished Professor, Director of the Florida Energy Systems Consortium, University of Florida
Session Co-chair: Amorphous Silicon and Polycrystalline Thin Film PV

Tim AndersonTim Anderson received his education in chemical engineering from Iowa State University (B.S.) and the University of California, Berkeley (M.S., Ph.D.). He joined the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Florida in 1978 and served as chairman from 1991 until 2003. Tim currently holds the rank of Distinguished Professor. He is also Director of the Florida Energy Systems Consortium (FESC), consisting of the 11 State of Florida universities and dedicated to research, education, and outreach in Florida-centered energy systems. His research includes the deposition of advanced electronic and photonic materials. In particular, his group has an active program in the growth of CuInxGa1-xSe2 and hybrid organics absorbers for photovoltaics, group III nitrides for solid state lighting applications, and barrier materials for Cu metallization.

Travis Bradford

President, Prometheus Institute
Lunch Speaker, Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Travis BradfordTravis founded the Prometheus Institute in 2003 as a means to connect the vast reach and power of industrial and capital markets with the technologies necessary to sustain and develop long-term economic well-being for people around the world. Travis is currently the Editor-in-Chief of PVNews, the solar energy industry's oldest newsletter, and is the author of Solar Revolution: The Economic Transformation of the Global Energy Industry published by MIT Press. He is also a partner at Atlas Capital, a hedge fund based in Cambridge, MA.

Benny Buller

Director of Device Improvement, First Solar, Inc.
Session Co-chair: Amorphous Silicon and Polycrystalline Thin Film PV

Benny BullerBenny Buller has a master degree in Applied Physics from The Jerusalem University. He also holds a master degree in Electrical Engineering in the area of signal processing and communications from the Israel institute of technology (Technion). He was a director of engineering and later headed the electron beam mask business in Applied Materials. He was Vice President of Engineering and Technology in Solyndra, a Silicon Valley PV start up and is currently the Director of Device Development in First Solar.

Robert W. Collins

Distinguished University Professor and NEG Endowed Chair of Silicate and Materials Science, University of Toledo
Workshop Chair

Rob CollinsRob Collins received his education in Physics and Mathematics from Clark University, Worcester MA (B.A.), and in Applied Physics from Harvard University, Cambridge MA (M.S., Ph.D.). Rob joined the faculty of The Pennsylvania State University in 1988, was granted a Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation in 1989, and reached the rank of Professor of Physics and Materials Research at Penn State in 1992. He joined University of Toledo, Toledo OH, in 2004. At UT, Rob serves as Distinguished University Professor, NEG Endowed Chair of Silicate and Materials Science, and co-Director of the Wright Center for Photovoltaics Innovation and Commercialization (PVIC), a State of Ohio consortium that includes three universities and about 40 industrial and non-profit members. His research since 1976 has focused on the physics of thin film photovoltaic materials and devices with recent interests in the development and applications of optical metrology to thin film solar cells using high speed polarization spectroscopies.

Gilles Dennler

Director Device Research, Konarka Technologies Inc.
Session Co-chair: Excitonic and Quantum-Structured PV

Gilles DennlerGilles Dennler received his engineer degree in Solid State Physics and his master degree in Semiconductor Physics at the National Institute for Applied Sciences (INSA), Lyon, France in 1999. He obtained a first Ph.D. in Plasma Physics at the University of Toulouse, France, and a second one in Experimental Physics at Ecole Polytechnique of Montréal, Canada. In 2003, he moved to the Linz Institute for Organic Solar Cells (Austria) directed by Prof. N. S. Sariciftci, where he was appointed Assistant Professor. He joined Konarka in September 2006, where he is currently Director of Device Research.

Keith Emery

Manager for Device Performance, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Plenary Speaker: State-of-the-Art Measurements for PV

Keith EmeryKeith Emery received his B.S. in Physics and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Michigan State. He has managed the Cell and Module Performance Characterization Section at NREL since 1980 and authored over 280 publications and 5 chapters in PV books. His ISO 17025 PV accredited calibration group provides the community with reference cell calibrations and efficiency certification. He is also active in PV standards development and consulting on performance rating hardware, software and procedures.

Jim Ermer

Director CPV Products, Spectrolab, Inc.
Plenary Speaker: III-V Multi-Junction PV

Jim ErmerJim has over 30 years of experience in photovoltaic research, development, and manufacturing including, single crystal Si, α-Si and II-VI thin films and advanced III-V multijunction solar cells. Jim joined Spectrolab in March of 1993; at a time when the company was transitioning from primarily Si solar cell products to III-V solar cell technology. He was responsible for establishing both a new MOVPE reactor capability and the first production recipes for III-V solar cells. Jim led MOVPE manufacturing and development efforts for the next ten years from 1998 to 2008 before transitioning to his current role as Director of CPV Products. He is genuinely excited by the prospect of bringing III-V solar cell technology "back to earth" for terrestrial applications. Jim received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from California State University, Northridge in 1982. He has authored or coauthored more than 80 publications and holds 13 patents in the field of photovoltaics.

Ethan Good

Director Research and Development, SolarWorld
Plenary Speaker: Wafer-Based Crystalline Silicon PV

Ethan GoodEthan Good is the research and development director at SolarWorld, the nation's largest crystalline silicon photovoltaic manufacturing facility, located in Hillsboro Oregon. He received a bachelors of science degree in metallurgy and a doctorate degree in materials science from the Colorado School of Mines. He was a U.S. Department of Energy fellow at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory working within the crystalline silicon materials group. Along with a team of solar specialists and investors, he helped found Solar Power Industries in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Before assuming his current role at SolarWorld in 2009, Dr. Good worked for the Dow Corning Corporation leading research into solar grade silicon purification, novel crystal growth methods, advanced dielectric and antireflection coatings, and silicone-based encapsulants.

John Iannelli

Chief Technology Officer, Emcore Corporation
Session Co-chair: III-V Multi-Junction PV

John IannelliDr. John Iannelli joined EMCORE in January 2003 through the company's acquisition of Ortel Corp. from Agere Systems. Since June 2007, he has served as the company's Chief Technology Officer and is responsible for the R&D, intellectual property, and strategic planning of the fiber optic and solar divisions. More recently he had assumed the additional role of General Manager of the space and terrestrial solar divisions within Emcore. Prior to his current roles, Dr. Iannelli was Senior Director of Engineering of EMCORE's Broadband division. Dr. Iannelli has led numerous development programs and products in the areas of fiber optic transmitters/transceivers, high-speed semiconductor devices, and photovoltaic systems. He has made seminal inventions in the area of photonics and has numerous publications and issued U.S. patents. Dr. Iannelli holds a Ph.D. and MS degree in Applied Physics from the California Institute of Technology, a BS degree in Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California.

Nasser Karam

Vice President, Advanced Technology Products, Boeing Spectrolab Inc.
Session Co-chair: III-V Multi-Junction PV

Nasser KaramDr. Nasser H. Karam is Vice President of Advanced Technology Products and is responsible for Boeing - Spectrolab's internally and externally funded Research and Development. He received a B.S. degree in Materials Engineering from The American University in Cairo in 1980, and a Ph.D. in Materials Engineering from North Carolina State University in 1984. He has over twenty years of experience in the field of semiconductor materials research, photovoltaic and optoelectronic devices. He is actively involved in the development of advanced space solar cells for satellites, as well as terrestrial concentrating solar cells, and other optoelectronic devices. In addition to numerous awards, patents, and publications, Dr. Karam leads the team that currently holds the world efficiency record (41.6%) for solar cell under concentration.

Sarah Kurtz

Principal Scientist, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Session Co-chair: III-V Multi-Junction PV

Sarah KurtzSarah Kurtz obtained her PhD in 1985 from Harvard University. She has worked at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, in Golden, CO, ever since then. She is best known for her contributions to developing multijunction, GaInP/GaAs solar cells and for supporting the Concentrator Photovoltaic industry. Currently, she is managing the Reliability Group at NREL.

Roger G. Little

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Spire Corporation
Workshop Chair

Roger G. LittleRoger G. Little founded Spire Corporation in 1969 as a small research and development company after earning his M.S. degree in Physics from MIT and is currently Spire's Chairman and CEO. He has guided the commercialization of Spire's technology and directed its growth to a diversified solar energy company. Spire is now a leading supplier of photovoltaic module manufacturing equipment and turnkey production lines with more than 190 customers in 96 countries and was voted 2009's Turnkey PV Manufacturing Line Company of the Year. Mr. Little has served on many committees and advisory boards related to innovative research, transfer and commercialization of technology, worldwide growth of the photovoltaic industry, and development of sound renewable energy policies. He has been an advisor to the US Department of Energy and has testified before Congress on renewable energy on numerous occasions. Mr. Little has been honored with many awards in recognition for his contributions.

Dana Olson

Research Scientist, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Session Co-chair: Excitonic and Quantum-Structured PV

Dana OlsonDr. Dana C. Olson received his Bachelors degree in chemistry from Carleton College, his Masters degree in materials science from The Pennsylvania State University, and his Ph.D. in materials science from the Colorado School of Mines. He was an intelligence community (IC) postdoctoral fellow at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, NM. He is presently a senior scientist at NREL and oversees much of the organic photovoltaic research in the national center for photovoltaics (NCPV). Since returning to NREL, his focus has returned to interfacial modification and the development of electron and hole blocking layers for use in organic photovoltaic devices.

Tom Surek

President, Surek PV Consulting
Session Co-chair: Wafer-based Crystalline Silicon PV

Tom SurekDr. Tom Surek is an independent consultant with 37 years of experience in the photovoltaics field. He is an early pioneer in terrestrial photovoltaic research in the United States. Prior to starting his consulting business in July 2007, he worked 29 years at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and its predecessor, the Solar Energy Research Institute, in Golden, Colorado, where he was Manager of the Photovoltaics Program. Dr. Surek earned his Ph.D. and M.S. in Materials Science at Stanford University in 1971, and B.Eng. in Engineering Physics at McGill University.

John Wohlgemuth

Program Manager, BP Solar
Session Co-chair: Wafer-based Crystalline Silicon PV

John WohlgemuthDr. John Wohlgemuth earned a Ph.D. in Solid State Physics from Rensselear Polytechnic Institute. He has been working at Solarex/BP Solar for more than 30 years. His PV experience includes cell processing and modelling, Si casting, module materials and reliability, and PV performance and standards. In his present position Dr. Wohlgemuth is the Project Manager for BP Solar's DOE sponsored Technology Pathways Partnership Program and is a Senior Scientist responsible for module reliability and the development of non-cell materials in BP Solar modules. Dr. Wohlgemuth is also the convener of the module working group WG2 within TC-82, the IEC Technical Committee on PV.