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Breakout Session IV: Infrastructure Development

Chaired by Mariesa Crow, Finley professor of electrical engineering, Missouri University of Science and Technology

Panel members: Brian Clevinger, Ph.D., Mariesa Louise Crow, Ph.D., William H. Downey, Mehdi Ferdowsi, Barbara H. Kenny, Linda M. Martinez and Mark Templeton

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Brian Clevinger, Ph.D.

Brian ClevingerBrian has 20 years of experience in all phases of commercial technology development. He is a founder and managing director of Prolog. Previously, following an academic career in a tenured position at Washington University in St. Louis, he learned the art of investing at an affiliate of Alafi Capital and then served as founding CEO of a vaccine delivery company. Brian holds a doctorate in immunology from Indiana University and has completed his postdoctoral fellowship at Washington University. (Back to top)

Mariesa Louise Crow, Ph.D.

Mariesa Louise CrowMariesa Louise Crow (F. Finley Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering) received her BSE in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan and her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois – Urbana/Champaign.  Her area of professional interest is computational methods and power electronics applications to bulk power transmission systems analysis and security.   She has been PI or Co-PI on over $15 million in externally funded research since joining Missouri S&T.  She has authored over 150 technical articles and a textbook.  She has received the IEEE Third Millennium Medal in 2000 and the IEEE Power Engineering Society Walter Fee Award.   She served as the Vice President for Education/Industry Relations of the IEEE Power Engineering Society from 2002-2004.  She served as Dean of the School of Materials, Energy & Earth Resources at the University of Missouri-Rolla from 2003-2007 and is currently the Director of the Energy Research and Development Center.  She is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Missouri.  (Back to top)

William H. Downey

William H. DowneyWilliam H. Downey joined Great Plains Energy and Kansas City & Light in 2000 after 28 years of electric utility experience, including 20 years in executive positions with Commonwealth Edison in Chicago.  

Prior to joining the company, Downey served as vice president of Commonwealth Edison and President of Unicom Energy Services Company Inc., an unregulated energy marketing and services company operating throughout the Midwest. In October 2003, he was named to his current position and was also elected director of Great Plains Energy.

Downey has a bachelor's degree from Boston University, a master's degree from Columbia University in New York and a master's in business administration from the University of Chicago.

Downey is active in the community, serving as a board member of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. He is also a board member of the Kansas City Industrial Foundation and the National Association of Manufacturers, where he serves on the executive committee. He is a board member of Starlight Theater and vice chairman and a board member of Swope Community Enterprises. He is a board member and past chair of the Missouri Energy Development Association. He serves as a director of Enterprise Financial Services Corporation and is a board member and chair-elect of the United Way of Greater Kansas City. (Back to top)

Mehdi Ferdowsi

Mehdi FerdowsiMehdi Ferdowsi is currently an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology. His research interests include energy storage systems, multi-input power electronic converters, projected cross point control and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. 

He received the NSF CAREER award in 2007. Ferdowsi received Missouri S&T's Outstanding Teaching Award in 2006. He is a member of IEEE and an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics. He is also an active member of Missouri S&T's EcoCAR the NeXt Challenge team. (Back to top)

Barbara H. Kenny

Barbara H. KennyBarbara H. Kenny is a program director for the Engineering Research Center program in the division of engineering education and Centers at the National Science Foundation. She is the program officer for the recently awarded Future Renewable Electric Energy Delivery and Management Systems ERC.

Prior to coming to NSF in 2006, Kenny spent 17 years at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland where she was a research engineer in the electrical systems development branch. She conducted research and managed grants in the areas of space power systems and motor drives and control. Prior to joining NASA, she began her career with service in the U.S. Air Force as a facilities engineer at Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota and Andrews Air Force Bace in Maryland. After leaving active duty, she served in the Air Force Reserves and retired as a lieutenant colonel in 2006.

Kenny holds a bachelor's degree from Cornell University, a master's degree from the University of Texas-Austin and a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a senior member of IEEE. (Back to top)

Linda M. Martinez

Linda M. MartinezLinda M. Martinez is the director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development.

Martinez's experience includes serving as counsel to numerous developers and on numerous finance and development transactions including serving as bond counsel and counsel to underwriters, credit enhancers, trustees and issuers on all forms of tax credit and tax exempt financing, including housing, hotels, health care and other non-profit institutions, arenas, commercial and retail, airports small issue industrial development bonds, Chapter 100 bonds and municipal bonds.

Martinez holds a bachelor's degree in biological sciences from the University of Missouri-Columbia and earned her law degree from Washington University School of Law. Previously, she was partner at Bryan Cave LLP. (Back to top)

Mark Templeton

Mark TempletonMark N. Templeton is the director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. 

With a background that incorporates environmental stewardship, alternative energy and sound business practices that transcend the public, private and nonprofit sectors, he brings a unique skill-set and perspective to the department. 

From 2001 to 2005, Templeton developed environmental and sustainability strategies for clients while with McKinsey & Company, a global management consultancy headquartered in New York. While there, he worked with clients to explore new "green" markets for products and services and to develop next-generation jobs in the environmental and energy sectors. While at McKinsey, Templeton advised major organizations including the United Nations Development Programme's Commission on the Private Sector and Development. In 2005, Templeton left McKinsey to become associate dean and chief operating officer of Yale Law School, his alma mater.

Prior to joining McKinsey, Templeton was special assistant and senior adviser to the U.S. assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labor and an adviser to the U.S. Delegation to U.N. Commission on Human Rights. He worked as office director of the Human Rights Documentation Center in Bangkok, Thailand from 1999 to 2000 and as a research associate with the South Asia Human Rights Documentation Center in New Delhi, India in 1997.

Hailing from Olivette, Missouri, Templeton earned his bachelor's degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard College in 1994 and his legal degree from Yale Law School in 1999. He graduated from Horton Watkins High School in Ladue.

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