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Charles Kolstad
Co-Director

Charles D. Kolstad, faculty co-director of Bits and Watts, is an energy and environmental economist with a research focus on climate change and energy markets.  In addition to his affiliation with the Dept. of Economics, Prof. Kolstad is a senior fellow in the Precourt Institute for Energy (PIE), the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR) and the Woods Institute for the Environment.  Prior to joining Stanford in 2012, Prof. Kolstad was on the faculty of the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was co-director of the systemwide University of California Center for Energy and Environmental Economics (UCE3).  He has been a Convening Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and is a former president of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AERE).

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Arun Majumdar
Co-Director

Arun Majumdar, faculty co-director of Bits & Watts, is a professor of mechanical engineering and co-director of Stanford’s Precourt Institute for Energy. Arun was the founding director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) and acting undersecretary of energy. His research focuses on the science and engineering of energy conversion, transport and storage, and re-engineering the electric grid. Before joining Stanford, Arun was the vice president for energy at Google. Previously, he was a professor at UC-Berkeley and the associate laboratory director for energy and environment at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Sila Kiliccote
Managing Director of Grid Innovations

Sila Kiliccote is the Managing Director of Grid Innovations at Stanford and the leader of the Grid Integration, Systems and Mobility research at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. She has worked as a demand response expert at Google and spent over 10 years at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) as a deputy of the Demand Response Research Center leading the grid integration initiatives. At LBNL, she worked with a team to develop OpenADR, Virtual Grid Integration Laboratory (VirGIL) and worked on the deployment of micro-PMUs for distribution systems.  Kiliccote holds an Electrical Engineering degree from University of New Hampshire and a Master of Building Science degree from Carnegie Mellon University.