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Executive Director

Kris Mayes, Professor of Practice

 

Kris Mayes is the Founding Faculty Director of the Program on Law and Sustainability at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and is a member of the faculty at ASU’s Global Institute of Sustainability.  Mayes served as an Arizona Corporation Commissioner from 2003 to 2010, where she was also its Chairman for two years.  During her tenure at the ACC, Mayes co-authored Arizona’s Renewable Energy Standard, and was a driving force behind the Commission’s adoption of one of the nation’s most ambitious Electric Energy Efficiency Standards.  She received her bachelor’s degree in political science and law degree from ASU and a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University in New York.

 

 

Executive Director

Martin J. Pasqualetti, PhD

Dr. Pasqualetti holds academic degrees from the University of California (Berkeley), Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge), and the University of California (Riverside). Since 1972 he has focused his research, teaching and writing on four energy topics: renewable energy, societal costs of energy, energy security, and energy landscapes. On these themes he has published about 75 articles and five books. He was twice appointed Chairman of the Arizona Solar Energy Advisory Council by the Governor of Arizona.  In addition, he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Arizona Solar Center, and part owner of Strategic Solar Energy (developer of PowerParasol™).  He received a “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Renewable Energy Task Force, was voted “Environmental Educator of the Year” by the Arizona chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers, and was nominated as Professor of the Year at ASU in 2011 and Faculty of the Year in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 2012.  He has served as an advisor the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Academy of Sciences, and the U.S. Office of Technology Assessment.

At Arizona State University, Dr. Pasqualetti regularly teaches several energy courses, including Energy and Environment, Reading the Energy Landscape, Solar Energy and Policy, and Energy in the Global Arena.  He is preparing a new entry-level course called The Thread of Energy.  He also is a frequent speaker, having made over 200 presentations on various aspects of energy in 17 of the United States, 3 provinces of Canada, Mexico, England, Scotland, the Czech Republic, Belgium, Singapore, and China.

Dr. Pasqualetti is currently working on several solar energy grants.  These include a Professional Science Master’s program in Solar Energy (supported by the National Science Foundation); Sustainable Energy Systems (supported by the Research Coordination Network-Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability of the National Science Foundation); and an IGERT called Solar Utilization Network (SUN) (also supposed by the National Science Foundation).

 

Strategic Initiatives Coordinator

Maren Mahoney

Maren Mahoney is an attorney with a Master's degree in Sustainability from ASU's School of Sustainability.  She attended New York Law School as a Harlan Scholar and worked at the School's Center for New York City Law. After graduating, she practiced law in Manhattan. Maren decided to return to school to pursue her interest in science policy. As a Master's student, she co-founded The Sustainability Review, established The Sustainability Review graduate workshop course for editors, and served as its first editor-in-chief. Maren also worked in the Salt River Project's legal department and as a teaching assistant for the undergraduate course Sustainability and Society. Her undergraduate degree is from Bishop's University in Quebec, Canada.

 

 

 

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Student researcher

Madeline Tyson

Madeline Tyson is a Phd Candidate in the School of Sustainability.

She studies how a more sustainable energy system will require changing not just how we manage energy but the information we use to manage it for adaptability and innovation.  She combines complexity approaches and models with institutional analysis and behavioral experiments.  She has worked in the energy consulting in the private sector, for the Department of Energy (ARPA-E), for energy policy think tanks and in the development sector.

 

 

 

 

 

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Student researcher

Manjit Chakravarthy

Manjit Chakravarthy is a first year masters student at the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering majoring in Computer Engineering (Hardware Design). He studied at National Institute of Technology Calicut (India) for his undergraduate degree where he majored in Electrical and Electronics Engineering. He worked for Reliance Industries Limited Vadodara (India) for 10 months where he was trained with maintenance of various electrical machines and power system. His major interests are solar power generation and electric vehicles (autonomous).

 

 

 

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Student researcher

Nicolas Martino

Nicolas Martino is a second-year law student at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. He is involved with Jurimetrics law journal and internal moot court competitions. Nicolas earned a degree in Environmental and Water Resource Economics from the University of Arizona. Prior research includes cost-benefit analyses of different energy and water sources, the potential of offshore wind energy in the United States, how tax and admiralty law affect offshore energy production, and various aspects of mechanic’s lien law. Nicolas is interested in water rights and management, energy production and security, and property law.

 

 

 

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Student researcher

Sanjeev Ravindranathan

Sanjeev Ravindranathan is a Graduate Industrial Engineering student in the Ira A. Fulton School  of Engineering.  He is currently also working on the Hyperloop concept to revolutionize the transportation and energy industries. He completed his undergraduate degree from Vellore Institute of Technology in Mechanical Energy specializing in energy systems. Sanjeev’s research interests include optimizing existing renewable energy systems, developing strategic and operational plans to improve transportation and energy infrastructures and maximizing reliability in complex engineering systems. His areas of interest include Renewable Energy Systems, Energy Production and Transmission and Space Exploration.

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