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.
Anita Wood is the Program Manager for the Bits & Watts Initiative in the Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy. She is responsible for business operations for the initiative including customer relationship management, finance, administration, marketing, public relations, and event management.
Anita has over 10 years management experience working in the high-tech industry, and over 10 years working in academia identifying new opportunities and leading the development of successful, nationally recognized programs, organizations, and technologies. She has worked at Visa International, Adobe Systems, and two start-ups, one of which was purchased by Microsoft. For the past six years Anita was head coach of the Mountain View High School Science Olympiad Program where she transformed the program and varsity team from taking next-to-last in 2013 at the regional tournament to winning 2nd place at the state championship in 2017, 2018, and again in 2019.
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 areas. He 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.
Sarah Weaver is responsible for myriad tasks in support of Bits & Watts events and outreach.
Sarah has been at Stanford on and off since 2001 – as a student, department administrator, editorial assistant, and most recently an event coordinator. She earned a PhD in English from Cambridge, where she was an active member of various student groups, and has put her language skills to use as a technical editor.
Tracy coordinates the many activities of Energy 3.0, the Precourt Institute for Energy’s industrial affiliate program. Managing the program and its initiatives, she assists the Institute’s team in the production of engagement events – helping to meaningfully connect organizations and corporations with the Stanford community.
Previously, Tracy worked at health and education startups, and has produced factual content across all media. She started her career at the BBC in London, working for News & Current Affairs, Events Programs, and the Documentaries & History department. She later served as Senior Producer for BBC Health. She holds a B.A. in Psychology and M.A. in Sociology from Stanford.