March 13-Smarter Cities: Speaker Bio’s

David Bartlett, Vice President, Smarter Physical Infrastructure, IBM

David Bartlett leads the IBM’s Smarter Buildings initiative, helping clients create more green, cost-efficient cities, campuses, corporate offices, commercial sites, casinos, hospitals and neighborhoods worldwide.  As IBM’s “Building Whisperer,” he is a vocal advocate at industry events and in media for using data analysis to better control buildings’ function and tame wasteful energy practices.

Dave brings a unique set of capabilities to his function, stemming from his professional experience and academic training.  In his nearly three decades at the IBM company, he has led teams in autonomic computing, software development and internationals roles.

His academic work melds ecology, biology, computer science and policy studies—integral to the interdisciplinary Smarter Buildings area.  Mr. Bartlett attended the Graduate School for Computer Science at the University of Minnesota, the Graduate School for Business at the University of North Carolina, the Graduate School for Project Management at George Washington University, and the Undergraduate School for Life Sciences at the State University of New York.  He currently holds Project Management Industry certification.

You can follow Dave on twitter at @davebart and on IBM’s Smarter Planet Blog

Michael Caramanis, Division of Systems Engineering, Professor, Boston University

Michael C. Caramanis (BS in Ch.E. Stanford U., 1971, MS and PhD in Engineering Harvard U., 1976) is a Boston University Professor of Mechanical and Systems Engineering, teaches in the areas of Stochastic Control, supply chains and Power Markets, and conducts research in smart grid enabled demand response, distributed renewable and other resource integration, and the extension of whole sale power markets to include distribution/retail participants. He is widely published in the areas of supply chain control and in power system capacity expansion, markets and demand response including co-authorship of Spot Pricing of Electricity Kluwer, 1988. Before joining Boston University he served as Associate Director of the Scientific Secretariat of the Greek National Energy Council (1976-1979), MIT Energy Laboratory Utility Systems Associate Director (1979-1982), and during a recent leave, as chair of the Greek Regulatory Authority for Energy and Investment Group Chair of the Brussels-based Energy Charter (2004-2008).

Christos Cassandras, Head, Division of Systems Engineering, Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Boston University

Christos Cassandras works on the modeling, analysis, and real-time management of complex systems arising in computer and sensor networks, transportation, logistics, manufacturing, and command-control. Most of these come under the heading of “cyber-physical” systems. His broad interests in this project are related to understanding how to create a sound information technology infrastructure for “smart cities” by collecting and processing data in ways that enable good decisions and proper actuation of physical components (vehicles, traffic lights, power lines, building HVAC, etc). His more specific interests are in urban transportation aspects: modeling traffic flows, controlling traffic lights to reduce congestion and delays, and “smart parking” to reduce traffic cruising for parking, wasted fuel, and pollution while also improving how parking spaces are utilized throughout the city. His work has led to commercial computer simulation software that can be used to model urban environments and benefit from data collected through this project.

Nikhil Garg, Black Coral Capital

Nikhil Garg is a Vice President with Black Coral Capital, based in Boston. There, he is a member of the senior investment team, focused on clean technology opportunities including project finance, venture capital and growth equity investments. Additionally, he currently serves as a Director on the boards of OneRoof Energy and Clean Energy Collective.

Before joining Black Coral, Nikhil was a member of Climate Change Capital’s carbon finance investment team. There, he helped lead U.S. strategy development for a $1.0 billion private equity fund, the evaluation of low carbon project and technology investments and management of the project portfolio. Nikhil has also spoken at various industry events on emerging financing models for sectors including energy efficiency, carbon offsets and carbon capture and sequestration.

Prior to Climate Change Capital, Nikhil consulted for a leading carbon fund focused on opportunities in Russia and the CIS. In addition, Nikhil has worked in corporate venture capital and business development for Comcast and America Online where he invested in and developed early-stage technology-based businesses. Nikhil began his career as a management consultant with Bain & Co., where he advised industrial and technology clients on issues including M&A, process re-engineering, and product strategy.

Nikhil holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management where he was recognized with the McKinsey Award and a BS in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University. In addition, he is co-chair of the Boston chapter of the Clean Economy Network.

Lucy Hutyra, Assistant Professor, Department of Earth and Environment, Boston University

Lucy Hutyra is a biogeochemist and ecologist working to understand the flows of greenhouse gases between the Earth’s surface and the atmosphere. Much of her current research is focused on characterizing the metabolism of CO2 and CH4 across urban to rural gradients through a combination of atmospheric observations, atmospheric transport modeling, emissions estimation, and biological measurements of carbon pools and fluxes. For this project, her contribution is in the area of CO2 emissions estimation from traffic congestion and the development of statistical scaling methods to generate fine scale, gridded emissions inventories for Boston.

Nalin Kulatilaka, Finance, School of Management, Professor, Boston University

Nalin Kulatilaka is Wing Tat Lee Family Professor of Management and Professor of Finance in the School of Management at Boston University. His current research interests include the role of financial markets in directing investments to clean energy technologies.  Professor Kulatilaka has published over 75 papers in scholarly journals and in a wide range of topics real options, economics of business platforms, valuation of early-stage firms, role of energy intermediaries, technology licensing and financial contracting.  His book, Real Options: Managing Strategic Investment in an Uncertain World, has received wide acclaim from both academic and practitioner worlds. Nalin received the Association for Investment Management and Research’s Graham and Dodd Award for the outstanding feature article published in the Financial Analysts Journal, held the Bertil Danielsson Professor at the Stockholm School of Economics and Göteborg University in Sweden, and the Tamkang Chair at the Tamkang University in Taiwan.

Professor Kulatilaka actively engages in activities outside academia: He advises corporations and international organizations on a variety of issues relating to financial valuation and technology strategy.  He has been a featured speaker at international conferences, is the co-founder of FirstFuel, serves on advisory boards of EnergyPoints and WattzOn, and the board of Assette. Nalin received a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Imperial College, London, a Master’s degree in Decision and Control Engineering from Harvard University and a PhD in Economics and Finance from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Kenneth Lutchen, Dean, College of Engineering, Boston University

Dr. Kenneth R. Lutchen, is Dean of the College of Engineering and Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Boston University.  He received his B.S. from the University of Virginia and the M.S. and Ph.D from Case Western Reserve University. Dr Lutchen has published over 125 peer-reviewed journal articles related to lung structure and function.  Dean Lutchen was Chair of Biomedical Engineering from 1998-2006.  He was the chief architect of their $14 million dollar Leadership Award from the Whitaker Foundation and a $5 Million Translational Research Partnership Award from the Coulter Foundation. Dr. Lutchen is the Immediate Past-President of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE).  He has been on the Board of Directors for the Biomedical Engineering Society, served on scientific advisory boards for several bioengineering departments and colleges of engineering nationwide, and is a sitting member of an NIH Study Section.  As Dean, Dr. Lutchen has orchestrated the creation of a new Division of Materials Science and Engineering and a new Division of Systems Engineering. He has also created new Concentration programs in Energy Technologies, in Nanotechnology, and in Technology Innovation.  His focus is to transform engineering education to create the Societal EngineerTM, an individual who combines their engineering foundation with particular attributes to address society’s challenges regardless of which direction or profession their careers engage. Since becoming Dean, undergraduate freshman enrollment has increased by 30% with SAT scores have increased by nearly 100 points and Graduate funding per faculty has increased to 21st in the nation. The College’s Graduate Ranking in US News and World Report has improved from 52nd to 38th in the Nation. Dr. Lutchen has been the recipient of the College of Engineering’s Professor of the Year Award and the Biomedical Engineering Professor of the Year Award — twice.

Matthew Mayrl, Chief of Staff, City of Boston

Matthew Mayrl is Chief of Staff to Commissioner Massaro in the Boston Public Works Department.  Since joining the Department in fall of 2010, he has worked across all divisions to make PWD operations cleaner, leaner and better.  Prior to his work with the Public Works Department, he served as a special assistant in the City’s Department of Administration and Finance, and as policy director at a national non-profit focused on clean energy and energy efficiency.

Bill Oates, Chief Information Officer, City of Boston

Bill Oates is the Chief Information Officer for the City of Boston, Massachusetts. Oates was named Boston’s first Cabinet level CIO by Mayor Thomas M. Menino in June of 2006. As CIO, Oates is charged with spearheading the City’s technology initiatives and is responsible for the delivery of IT services in support of the various city functions. Under Bill¹s leadership, the City of Boston has been recognized as a leader in leveraging technology to improve citizen engagement and access to services. In 2011, Oates was recognized as one of the “Top 25 Public Sector Innovators” by Government Technology Magazine and named the New England CIO Innovation Award winner by Mass High Tech. In 2012, Bill was inducted into the CIO Hall of Fame by IDG’s CIO Magazine and was also recognized as a finalist for the MIT Sloan CIO Award for Innovation. Prior to joining the City,Oates served as the Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. Based in White Plains, NY, Starwood is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world. Named CIO in June, 2000, Bill was responsible for delivery of the Company’s global information technology services.

A graduate of Boston College, Oates is also an attorney and member of the Massachusetts Bar. He received his JD from Suffolk University Law School in Boston and was awarded his LL.M in Global Technology Law in 2005. In 1996, Oates was inducted into the hospitality industry’s “Technology Hall of Fame” for his vision in applying technology to the business. Mr. Oates is based at Boston’s City Hall. A native of the Boston area, Bill is married with two children.

Dan O’Connell, Massachusetts Competitiveness Partnerships

Dan O’Connell is the President and CEO of the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership, a public policy group made up of Chief Executive Officers of the largest private employers in Massachusetts. He served as Secretary of Housing and Economic Development for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from 2007 to 2009. Dan was a Principal in the Development Services Group at Spaulding & Slye Colliers, where he was in charge of several large-scale permitting and development projects, including: Fan Pier in Boston, North Point in Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville, and the Puerto Rico Convention Center District Development in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Dan also served as the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Industrial Finance Agency (now MassDevelopment) and as the Director of Planning and Development for the Massachusetts Port Authority. Dan was a real estate attorney with the Boston and Washington, DC law firm of Gadsby & Hannah, where he served as Managing Partner. He was also the first Chief of Staff for Congressman Edward J. Markey (D-MA).

Dan is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He is a member of the Bar in Massachusetts and the District of Columbia.

Jurij Paraszczak, Director, Industry Solutions and Smarter Cities, Watson Research, IBM

Jurij is Director of IBM Research Industry Solutions and the leader of the Research Smarter Cities program focusing on helping cities manage the complex set of demands placed on their infrastructure by their constituents and on the optimization of flows of energy, people and water through this infrastructure. As the IBM Research lead for Smarter Cities, Jurij is responsible for aligning the 10 Research Laboratories around Smarter Cities opportunities emerging around the globe. In this role he is also responsible for integrating research capabilities in materials and processes, IT innovation, modeling and optimization to implement sustainable solutions with IBM’s customers in industries as diverse as retail, telecom, automotive, electric power and government. In addition, Jurij manages a team of specialists who help develop Research innovations in ICT into customer solutions for all industry verticals.

Nathan Phillips, Professor, Department of Earth and Environment, Acting Executive Director, Sustainable Neighborhood Lab, Boston University

Nathan Phillips is Executive Director of the Sustainable Neighborhood Lab and Professor in the Department of Earth and Environment. His areas of interest include global change biology, tree physiology, and sustainability science and practice.

Devin Quirk, Citywide Performance Manager, Office of Administration and Finance, City of Boston

Devin L. Quirk is the Citywide Performance Manager for the City of Boston.  In that role he leads the award-winning Boston About Results (BAR) program which is responsible for comprehensively measuring city performance, providing leaders with data driven strategies for improving city services, and transparently sharing results with the public.  Prior to coming to Boston, Mr. Quirk worked as a management consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington D.C. and served as a charter school consultant in New York City.  He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Urban Planning from the Harvard Kennedy School, and a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Harvard University.

Nancy Staisey, Vice President, Smarter Cities, North America, IBM

Nancy Staisey is IBM’s Vice President, Smarter Cities, North America. In that role, she focuses upon creating smarter cities that are healthier, safer, and more productive for residents. The position continues her focus on combining business insight with technology innovation over the past 20 years. Nancy joined IBM through the company’s acquisition of Pricewaterhouse Coopers Consulting Practice in 2002. She has spent the last eight years in Northern Europe as Managing Director and as Vice President of Global Technology Services for Northeastern Europe. She returned to the US this year to lead IBM’s initiatives in North America to create “smarter cities” for consumers. Originally from Pennsylvania, Nancy has worked with Fortune 500 clients as well as mid-sized clients in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia and Africa. A graduate of Northwestern University, she completed her MA and PhD degrees at Carleton University in Canada, where she was a National Research and Development Scholar and Fellow. In 1996, she was named Krieger Wolf Distinguished Lecturer at Northwestern University.

Charles Zhu, Office of the Mayor, City of Boston

Charles Zhu is a Greenovate Fellow, in the Mayor’s Office of the City of Boston. Greenovate is a new sustainability movement to ensure a greener, healthier and more prosperous future for the City by meeting Mayor Menino’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by 2020.  Charles Zhu most recently worked for the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (formerly the Pew Center on Global Climate Change), and previously for the U.S. Department of Transportation, where he gained expertise on electric vehicle policy, solar deployment, CO2-enhanced oil  recovery, and energy efficiency financing. He has also worked on building a start-up accelerating community investment in local energy efficiency projects. Zhu holds a degree from Yale University in environmental studies and concentrations in economics and applied mathematics. He is a Truman and Udall Scholar.