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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.

Wahila Wilkie

Wahila coordinates the many activities of the Bits & Watts Initiative industrial affiliate program. Managing the program and its projects, she leads the production of engagement events – helping to meaningfully connect people and corporations with the Stanford community to promote targeted research to find innovative solutions to power the 21st century electric grid. Prior to joining Bits & Watts, Wahila worked in the photovoltaics industry as the marketing director for a PV installation company and at Stanford in Student Affairs, where she taught courses in Leadership and Interpersonal Communications. She holds a B.S. in Ecology and M.Div. in Human Consciousness.

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Jim Chen
Bits & Watts Industrial Relations

Jim Chen is responsible for creating engagements for corporations who want to explore opportunities with Stanford faculty, graduate students, and research across all energy-related areasHe has a broad background in energy and technology, specializing in technology and product development. He has held technical positions at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, GTE Laboratories, and AT&T Bell Laboratories.  His technology executive experience ranges from startups to Fortune 500 companies, including FormFactor and Eaton.  He holds a PhD from MIT and MS from the University of California, Berkeley, both in Materials Science and Engineering, and a BS from the University of California, Berkeley, in electrical engineering.