My studies have been as a physicist, with a bachelor’s from U.C. Berkeley and a Ph.D. from MIT. Even in high school I was interested in energy policy, devouring articles in Omni Magazine on how micro-fusion plants were only 20 years away. Thirty years later they’re now 40 years away, a sign of the progress we’ve made in estimating how difficult a problem fusion is.
In 2001 the Cheny Energy task force was meeting and purposing very stupid ideas. During the ENRON driven energy crisis Cheny was actually discouraging conservation, while the people of California cut power consumption 10% overnight. I felt that action at the state level was our only hope for the near term and that led me to found the Energy Committee of the Cascade Chapter of the Sierra Club. Among our accomplishments was passage of I-937, which requires Washington State Utilities to get 15% of their electricity from non-hydro renewables by 2020.
Professionally, I’ve mainly worked in Research and Development as an engineer, and project and program manager for companies large and small, including Amazon and Microsoft. Products I’ve worked on include medical devices, the Nike FuelBand and equipment used to lay utility lines. I also spent 2 years working for Seattle City Light running an energy conservation project.