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Building a clean future:
Decarbonizing cement, steel,
and other heavy industries

Princeton E-ffiliates Partnership Retreat 2024

Tuesday, June 11

Speakers

Jack Andreasen

Jack Andreasen

Manager, Carbon Management, United States Policy and Advocacy, Breakthrough Energy

Jack oversees the carbon management portfolio, including designing policy proposals and identifying key legislative and administrative opportunities for carbon dioxide removal technologies, transport, and storage/usage. Prior to joining Breakthrough Energy, Jack was the Energy Policy Advisor at The Climate Reality Project educating the public, private industry, and governments on the role clean energy will play over the next 50 years. Before this, he was an Engineering Design Associate at Duke Energy in the distributed generation interconnection division. Here he crafted public policy on interconnection queue reform and made mathematical models for solar cost estimations. Jack has a Bachelor of Science in Biological Science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Master of Environmental Science, Master of Public Affairs from the Indiana University O’Neill School.

Phil Hodgson

Phil Hodgson

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Calix Limited

Phil joined Calix as CEO in 2013, was appointed a Director in 2014, and is a member of Calix’s Technology Committee. Phil has a technical and commercial background from a successful career with Shell, where for over 14 years he developed significant depth of experience across all key sectors of the Downstream oil industry including refining and supply, marketing and sales, pricing strategy, risk management, corporate strategy and mergers and acquisitions. From 2007 to 2013, Phil ran his own consultancy providing project development, commercial and M&A, and management expertise to a number of sectors including LNG, Biofuel, Clean Coal, Geothermal Energy, Building Products, Logistics and fast moving consumer goods. Phil holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering with Honours (University of Sydney) and a PhD in Chemical Engineering (University of NSW).

Maria Juenger

Maria Juenger

L.B. (Preach) Meaders Professor of Engineering in the Maseeh Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, The University of Texas, Austin

Dr. Maria Juenger is the L.B. (Preach) Meaders Professor of Engineering in the Fariborz Maseeh Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Juenger’s teaching and research focus on materials used in civil engineering applications, with an emphasis on chemical issues in cement-based materials. Dr. Juenger is a fellow of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) and the American Ceramic Society (ACerS) and currently serves as Vice President of ACI. Dr. Juenger received her B.S. degree in Chemistry and Spanish from Duke University and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Northwestern University. After completing her Ph.D., she was a postdoctoral researcher in Civil Engineering at the University at California, Berkeley before coming to the University of Texas at Austin.

Robert Kumpf

Robert Kumpf

Managing Director, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Bob Kumpf is Managing Director and a leader in Deloitte’s Energy and Chemicals Practice. He is a Chemicals and Specialty Materials executive with more than 35 years of experience across multiple geographies and functions. In industry roles, Kumpf has led innovation teams that developed new products and applications in advanced composites, electronic chemicals, lubricants and engineering polymers, personal care, and pharmaceutical applications. At Deloitte, he focuses on heavy industry decarbonization and accelerating innovation via Material Informatics. Prior to joining Deloitte, Kumpf spent 25 years at Bayer, was COO and CTO at Plextronics, and served as CTO of Elevance Renewable Sciences, leading Innovation and Engineering activities. He has a Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University in Material Science.

Paul Majsztrik

Paul Majsztrik

Program Manager, Industrial Efficiency and Decarbonization Office (IEDO), U.S. Department of Energy

Paul Majsztrik is program manager in the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Industrial Efficiency and Decarbonization Office (IEDO). At DOE, he leads an industrial decarbonization program focused on developing emerging technologies through applied RD&D. The program focuses on the hard to abate sectors and includes chemicals and fuels; iron and steel; cement and concrete; food and beverage; forest products; and other sectors. Prior to joining DOE, Paul spent 15 years leading private sector RD&D in the “Greentech” space across multiple technologies and sectors. This includes CO2 to chemicals at Liquid Light (a Princeton spinout), low carbon cement and concrete, and novel solar silicon process development. His background is in mechanical engineering and chemistry. Paul received a PhD in chemistry and materials from Princeton University (2008).

Iain McCulloch

Iain McCulloch

Director, Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, Princeton University

Iain McCulloch is the Director of the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment and a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Princeton University, as well as holding a Visiting Professor position in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Oxford. He previously held joint appointments as Professor of Chemical Science and Director of KAUST Solar Center at KAUST, as well as a Chair in Polymer Materials in the Chemistry Department at Imperial College. Before joining academia, he spent 18 years managing industrial research groups at Hoechst in the US and Merck in the UK. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the Royal Society of Chemistry, the European Academy of Sciences and a Member of Academia Europaea. He is the recipient of the 2022 Royal Society Armourers and Brasiers Prize, the 2020 Blaise Pascal Medal for Materials Science, the Royal Society of Chemistry 2020 Interdisciplinary Prize, 2014 Tilden Medal for Advances in Chemistry and the 2009 Creativity in Industry Prize. His interests are in the design and investigation of organic semiconducting materials.

Anne McPhee

Anne McPhee

Vice President, Business Development, Chemicals and Fuels, Worley Consulting

Worley Consulting is the consulting arm of Worley, a global engineering company focused on the energy, chemicals, and resources industry. Anne is responsible for global oversight for business development and strategy of the Chemicals and Fuels service line in Worley Consulting. She has extensive experience in early-stage capital project development, new technology assessment, and strategic planning in the refining, petrochemical, and energy industries. Anne is passionate about sustainability, carbon emissions reductions, and helping customers achieve their decarbonization targets. She holds a B.A.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toronto, and an M.B.A. from York University, Toronto.

Barry Rand

Barry Rand

Associate Director for External Partnerships, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment; Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, Princeton University

Rand joined the Princeton University faculty in 2013. His research interests highlight the border between electrical engineering, materials science, chemistry, and applied physics, covering electronic and optoelectronic thin-films and devices. He has authored approximately 200 refereed journal publications and holds 25 issued U.S. patents. He has received several awards and accolades, including the 3M Nontenured Faculty Award (2014), DuPont Young Professor Award (2015), DARPA Young Faculty Award (2015), and ONR Young Investigator Program Award (2016). Rand earned a B.E. in electrical engineering from The Cooper Union in 2001 and received M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Princeton University. From 2007 to 2013, he was at imec in Leuven, Belgium, ultimately as a principal scientist, researching the understanding, optimization, and manufacturability of thin-film solar cells.

Harry Warren

Harry Warren

President, CleanGrid Advisors LLC; Non-resident Fellow, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, Princeton University

Harry A. Warren, Jr. is President of CleanGrid Advisors LLC, a renewable energy consulting firm, and co-founder of the Center for Renewables Integration, a 501c3 non-profit working to advance the penetration of renewable energy on the grid. He is a Fellow at Princeton University’s Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment and is currently engaged as a Senior Consultant at the Loan Programs Office of the U.S. Department of Energy. Harry is a former Executive Vice President at Community Energy, Inc., and former President of Washington Gas Energy Services, Inc., a leading retail electricity and natural gas marketer. WGES was named Green Power Supplier of the Year in the non-utility category by the U.S. Department of Energy in 2011 and was given a Mayor’s Sustainability Award by the District of Columbia Department of the Environment in 2013. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Princeton University and a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.

Claire White

Claire White

Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, Princeton University

Claire White’s research focuses on understanding and optimizing engineering and environmental materials, with an emphasis on controlling the chemical mechanisms responsible for formation and long-term degradation of sustainable cements. Other areas of research include conventional cements, new materials for carbon dioxide capture and utilization, industrial waste recycling, and fundamentals of silicates dissolution. This research spans multiple length and time scales, utilizing advanced synchrotron and neutron-based experimental techniques, and simulation methodologies founded at the nanoscale. A component of White’s research involves technique development (experiment and simulation) and advanced data analysis methods.

Lachlan Wright

Lachlan Wright

Manager, Climate Intelligence, RMI

Lachlan is a Manager with RMI’s Climate Intelligence Program, where he focuses on efforts to reduce emissions in heavy industry. His work includes developing and deploying carbon accounting frameworks specific to industrial sectors (e.g., steel, aluminum) to enable the development of a differentiated commodities market for products with low embodied emissions. Prior to RMI, Lachlan worked as a Senior Engineer at Hatch in Australia, focusing on the development of base and battery (i.e., lithium and nickel) metals projects. Lachlan specialized in the delivery of feasibility studies, including process design and technoeconomic modeling.

Davide Zampini

Davide Zampini

Vice President of Global Research and Development, CEMEX

With over 30 years of experience in the construction materials industry, Davide Zampini is on a continuous and relentless quest to push the limits of innovation when it comes to cement-based products and building solutions. Through the adoption of a Design and industrialization-Driven innovation approach, Davide leads a multi-disciplinary and culturally diverse team at CEMEX’s Center for Innovation and Technology. Davide’s team in Switzerland does not limit itself to developing novel functionalities in cement-based materials, but CEMEX’s adaptive research and development model has been conceived with a given versatility, and thus allows for the incorporation of customer-centered strategies that are designed to create strong emotional ties to a material that for ages has been considered “grey.”