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Charles Kolstad

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

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.

Liang Min
Managing Director, Bits & Watts Initiative

Liang Min leads the development, management, and execution of the Bits & Watts Initiative. Prior to joining Stanford, Liang has worked at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory since 2011, as the associate program leader for the national lab’s Cyber & Infrastructure Resilience program. He was Livermore’s founding group leader on energy delivery and utilization. He had previously worked at the Electric Power Research Institute as a senior project manager and research scientist. Liang earned a PhD in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University in 2007. He has also taught courses for power system professionals and holds two U.S. patents in the area of measurement based power system stability assessment. In his spare time, he is an avid marathoner.