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Mayank Malik is the Chief Architect for Computing at SLAC with over 15 years of experience in software development and technology architecture. Before joining SLAC he worked in investment banking and wholesale finance, developing trading algorithms and financial models. He has a Masters in Computer Science from State University of New York at Buffalo. Currently he is working extensively at the intersection of Big Data and Renewable Energy.


Ashley Pilipiszyn strives to create a sustainable, connected planet through scaling blockchain technology and artificial intelligence for distributed energy systems. She began researching blockchain applications for energy in 2015 for the local utility company while living in Switzerland and since has been nominated as a MIT Technology Review Innovator Under 35 for Europe, awarded the 2017 Deloitte Blockchain Scholar Award, and awarded the inaugural Sir Edmund Hillary Fellowship for her work. Ashley has worked with a number of companies, organizations, and governments to explore blockchain and energy use cases, prototype Dapps, and develop smart contracts with regards to renewable energy credits, electric vehicles, and peer-to-peer trading. She is currently a Program Manager for the Grid Integration, Systems & Mobility (GISMo) team at SLAC and an incoming PhD student at Stanford. Ashley is also a member of the Energy Web Foundation, the Nordic Blockchain Association, The Ocean Protocol, Hyperledger, and SolarCoin.


Michael Wara is a lawyer and scholar focused on climate and energy policy.  Wara is a senior research scholar at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, where he provides fact-based, bipartisan, technical and legal assistance to policymakers engaged in the development of novel climate and energy law and regulation. He also facilitates the connection of Stanford faculty with cutting edge policy debates on climate and energy, leveraging Stanford’s energy and climate expertise to craft real world solutions to these challenges. Wara’s legal and policy scholarship focuses on carbon pricing, energy innovation, and regulated industries. He collaborates with economists, engineers and scientists in research on the design and evaluation of technical and regulatory solutions to climate and energy challenges. He is also an expert on international environmental law with a particular focus on the ozone and climate treaty regimes. Prior to joining Woods, Wara was an associate professor at Stanford Law School and an associate in Holland & Knight’s government practice. He received his J.D. from Stanford Law School and his Ph.D. in Ocean Sciences from the University of California at Santa Cruz. 


Ram Rajagopal is an Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University, where he directs the Stanford Sustainable Systems Lab (S3L), focused on large-scale monitoring, data analytics and stochastic control for infrastructure networks, in particular, power networks. His current research interests in power systems are in the integration of renewables, smart distribution systems, and demand-side data analytics. He holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences and an M.A. in Statistics, both from the University of California Berkeley, Masters in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Texas, Austin and Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. He is a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award, Powell Foundation Fellowship, Berkeley Regents Fellowship and the Makhoul Conjecture Challenge award. He holds more than 30 patents and several best paper awards from his work and has advised or founded various companies in the fields of sensor networks, power systems, and data analytics.