Advisory Board

Dr. Uday Varadarajan

Principal
Rocky Mountain Institute

Dr. Lilly Winfree

Product Manager
Open Knowledge Foundation

Dr. Joshua Rhodes

Research Associate
University of Texas at Austin

Portrait of Dr. Aranya Venkatesh

Dr. Aranya Venkatesh

Public Policy Research Scientist
Carnegie Mellon University

Priya Donti

Ph.D. student in Computer Science & Public Policy
Carnegie Mellon University

Brendan Pierpont

Senior Electricity Sector Analyst
Sierra Club

David Pomerantz

Executive Director
The Energy & Policy Institute

Jan Rous

Software Engineer

Dr. Uday Varadarajan

Uday Varadarajan is a principal in the Rocky Mountain Institute’s Electricity Practice and Resident Associate at Stanford’s Precourt Institute for Energy. Before joining RMI, Uday was a Principal at CPI Energy Finance, managing their San Francisco team. At CPI, he led the development of innovative financial, regulatory, and policy data analytics and tools that are helping consumers, utilities, and communities in states across the US realize the benefits from a just and equitable transition from uneconomic dirty resources to clean energy. Prior to moving to the Bay Area, he served as a program examiner in the U.S. White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), where oversaw the budget for U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) energy efficiency and renewable energy programs and the cost assessment and approval of the first $8 billion in DOE loans to automakers, including loans to Tesla and Nissan to build electric vehicles. Before joining OMB, he was a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the Department of Energy and then on detail to the staff of the U.S. House of Representatives, Appropriations Committee. He came to DC after completing a postdoctoral fellowship in theoretical physics in the Weinberg Theory Group at the University of Texas at Austin.


Dr. Lilly Winfree

Lilly Winfree is the Product Owner of the open source Frictionless Data for Reproducible Research Project at Open Knowledge Foundation, where she solves researchers’ technical data management issues. She has her PhD in neuroscience, and is active in the open data, open source, and open science communities. In her free time, you’ll find Lilly hanging out with her dogs, running, baking, eating tacos, or reading sci-fi.
Frictionless Data | GitHub


Dr. Joshua Rhodes

Joshua D. Rhodes, Ph.D. is a Research Associate at The University of Texas at Austin, and a Founding partner of IdeaSmiths LLC. His current work is in the area of smart grid and the bulk electricity system, including spatial system-level applications and impacts of energy efficiency, resource planning, distributed generation, and storage. He is also interested in policy and the impacts that good policy can have on the efficiency of the micro and macro economy. He is also a regular contributor to Forbes and is an AXIOS Expert Voice. He sits on the boards of the Texas Solar Energy Society and Pecan Street Inc. (Data Advisory Board). He holds a double bachelors in Mathematics and Economics from Stephen F. Austin State University, a masters in Computational Mathematics from Texas A&M University, a masters in Architectural Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. He enjoys mountain biking, rock climbing, and a good cup of coffee.
Twitter | Forbes | Webber Energy Group


Portrait of Dr. Aranya Venkatesh

Dr. Aranya Venkatesh

Dr. Aranya Venkatesh is a research scientist in the Engineering and Public Policy department at Carnegie Mellon University. Aranya’s research interests are focused on modeling and evaluating energy infrastructure development, and the environmental and policy implications of energy utilization decisions. She has a background in systems modeling, optimization, and data analysis for energy technology and environmental assessment, with research experience in industry, government, and academia.
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Priya Donti

Priya Donti is a Ph.D. student in Computer Science and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University, and a U.S. Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellow. She is also a co-founder and chair of Climate Change AI, an initiative to catalyze impactful work in climate change and machine learning. Her work lies at the intersection of machine learning, electric power systems, and climate change mitigation. Specifically, her research explores ways to incorporate domain knowledge (such as power system physics) into machine learning models.
Website | Climate Change AI | Marginal Emissions Factors Estimates


Brendan Pierpont

Brendan is an electricity sector expert who has worked in advocacy and research to advance clean energy and climate solutions. He is currently a Senior Analyst in the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign, where he supports advocacy work across regions with economic analysis and sector expertise. Prior to the Sierra Club, Brendan was a Principal with Climate Policy Initiative, where he conducted research and analysis focused on electricity markets, power system flexibility, and economics of new energy technologies. He holds an MS from Stanford University, where he studied energy systems analysis. He lives in Portland OR and enjoys the outdoors, music, cooking and creating delicious food, and getting tackled by his toddlers.
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David Pomerantz

David Pomerantz is the executive director of the Energy and Policy Institute, a watchdog organization working to expose attacks on renewable energy and counter misinformation by fossil fuel and utility interests. Prior to joining EPI, David spent eight years working with Greenpeace to move the electric sector away from fossil fuels and towards renewable energy. David previously worked as a reporter for newspapers in Boston and New York City. A transplanted New Yorker, David now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Energy and Policy Institute


Jan Rous

Jan is an outdoor enthusiast with a software engineering background. He has worked for Google for close to 10 years, mostly focusing on scalability and resilience of large scale distributed systems and infrastructure work. After quitting Google and walking Pacific Crest Trail he’s looking for opportunities to apply his skills to causes that advance the well-being of the humankind. Jan considers climate change to be the biggest threat to our shared future and would like to find ways to participate in the solution.
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