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.
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.