We are thrilled to have such an extraordinary group of judges to offer its insights and guidance to the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE. These leaders in their fields are contributing their broad expertise to ensure maximum rigor and impact in this competition.
Mr. Bozzuto's background and experience have been in the areas of new technology development and commercialization. At ALSTOM Power, he has been associated with a wide variety of new process technologies including pressurized fluidized bed combustion systems, atmospheric fluidized bed combustion systems, flue gas desulfurization systems, NOx control and removal technologies, firing systems, coal gasification combined cycle systems, coal water mixtures, coal conversion technologies, solar thermal power generation, H2S removal systems, iron production systems, and paper mill recovery systems. In addition, he has been responsible for personnel training and organizational development, particularly in areas related to process technology and computer applications. He has been responsible for advising senior group management through the strategic planning process of future technological developments to assist in decisions regarding business directions. He has also been responsible for marketing and market planning and business development for utility steam generation systems and related products and the profit and loss of the Fluidized Bed System Business Unit. In his most recent position, he was responsible for the Boiler and Environmental Technology development for the Power Environment Sector. Mr. Bozzuto was editor-in-chief of the award winning new textbook entitled “Clean Combustion Technologies” published by Alstom in 2009.
Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry
University of Toronto
Ya-Huei (Cathy) Chin received her B.S. and M.S. degrees (2000) in chemical engineering from University of Oklahoma. While an undergraduate at University of Oklahoma, she was awarded an Undergraduate Research Grant from the Honor’s Office of the University of Oklahoma. She worked with Professor Edgar A. O’Rear III on investigating the seasonal variation and circadian rhythm in the onset of acute myocardial infarction. For her master thesis, she was advised by Professor Daniel E. Resasco in which she investigated the synergistic effects of metal and acid sites for the selective reduction of NOx using light hydrocarbons.
Cathy joined Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), one of the ten United States National Research Laboratories in 2000, operated by Battelle Memorial Institute for the Department of Energy (US), as a research engineer and then as senior research scientist. She led the catalyst development task in an intensive effort of commercializing microreactor technology for conversion of natural gas to liquid fuel. She also involved in developing materials and catalytic conversion technology for NOx exhaust emission control, on-anode reforming in solid oxide fuel cell, and H2 production.
Cathy pursued a doctorate degree at the University of California, Berkeley from 2005-2010 under the tutelage of Professor Enrique Iglesia. Her thesis work focused on elucidating the molecular mechanisms for natural gas conversion on supported Group VIII nanosized metal clusters. Specifically, she applied isotopic and kinetic methods to interrogate the kinetic responses and dynamics of the surfaces during chemical reactions. In a close collaboration with Professor Matthew Neurock at University of Virginia, she applied density functional theoretical methods to probe the structures and energies of molecules along the reaction coordinate.
Besides teaching and carrying out catalytic research, Cathy plays classical piano, rock climb, hike, and dance.
Senior Director Consulting
Russell has over 32 years of experience in energy and chemical consulting with expertise ranging from energy and chemical market analysis, forecasting, and investment analysis. Currently as Senior Director of Consulting at IHSMarket providing companies the information and insight needed to support their decision making processes. Current focus is on helping clients understand their competitive position in the industry and see how that will change over time as new competitors, new technologies and market dynamics impact their business.
Before joining IHSMarkit, Russell held key positions with other chemical and energy consulting companies and worked on a wide variety of projects covering many areas of the hydrocarbon supply chain. While at SRI Consulting he lead the Process Economic Program which publishes independent technical and economic reviews of existing and new technologies that are in development. At IHSMarkit Russel helped to leverage this information with other resources to develop detailed cost curves for most of the major large volume chemicals used in the world.
Russell has a passion for science and technology and has long been concerned about climate change. While at SRIC he launched a Carbon Footprint Program which provided estimates on the emissions from the different process technologies used in the chemical industry and the ability to examine the sources at each process step to identify key areas for improvement.
Russell holds a BS in Engineering and a MBA from Rice University and is a retired professional engineer in the state of Texas.
Kurt has spent over a decade as an entrepreneur and academic working on the physics, chemistry, and economics of various forms of Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) and CO2 management. Kurt has founded two companies to develop Enhanced Oil Recovery Projects with CO2 and other advanced recovery techniques; he has raised $330 million of equity to finance his start-ups from Sequoia Capital, Madrone Capital, the Kuwaiti State Pension Fund, and other institutional investors. Over several years, Kurt’s companies have grown to manage over 50 million barrels of tertiary oil reserves.
Kurt has researched a variety of technical approaches to managing industrial CO2, including ways to accelerate the Earth’s chemical weathering cycle and storing industrial CO2 in ocean sediments. He has also studied the energetics of removing CO2 directly from the atmosphere. He wrote a regular column on energy topics for the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists; he testified to congress regarding the technical feasibility of carbon sequestration; and he was named one of 35 under 35 by MIT Technology Review.
Kurt researched miscible gas flooding as a King Abdullah University of Science & Technology Fellow at MIT, and he received his Ph.D. from Harvard University for related work. His peer reviewed publications have been cited over 500 times. Previously, Kurt did private equity and corporate advising with Bain & Company. He holds degrees in Physics and Geoscience.
Professor, Department of Energy & Environment
Dr. Priyanka Kaushal is presently working as an Assistant Professor in Department of Energy and Environment, TERI University, India and as an adjunct Fellow in The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). Dr. Kaushal has more than thirteen years’ experience in the field of clean energy. She specialized in the area of Energy access and development. She has worked in the above areas at various centers for excellence across the globe, RENET Austria, Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy (ISEEE) Calgary, Canada are just to name a few. She has also been part of projects funded by ministries, uni and multilateral agencies. She has guided seven research interns and is currently guiding five PhD students in the areas of energy and climate-change mitigation. She did her PhD in Chemical Engineering from Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria in 2006. She has obtained M.E and B.E degree in Chemical Engineering in year 2003 and 2001 from India. Overall she has over 25 research publications to her credit. She has jointly organized several International and National Conferences, Workshops & Seminars and has also chaired several Technical Sessions.
Vice President, Coal Generation and Emissions Technologies
Dr. Krutka has spent her post-graduate career focused on research, development, communications, and advocacy low-emissions energy technologies, including CO2 capture, utilization, and storage. In her current role as Vice President Coal Generation and Emissions Technologies, Dr. Krutka is working to advance the development and deployment of technologies that can reduce emissions from the generation and use of coal. Previously, Dr. Krutka was Senior Research Analyst at Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, where she served on the Industrial Advisory Board for the Wyoming Integrated Test Center—a testing facility to give technology developers access to flue gas from a coal-fired power plant and a host site for the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE competition. Prior to joining Tri-State, Dr. Krutka was the Executive Editor for Cornerstone, The Official Journal of the World Coal Industry launched by the Beijing-based Shenhua Group and the World Coal Association. While Executive Editor, Dr. Krutka was responsible for leading an international team to publish a journal focused on policies and technologies impacting the international coal sector. Prior to her role as Executive Editor, Dr. Krutka was a Senior Research Engineer at ADA Environmental Solutions, where she was responsible for overseeing all activities related to CO2 emissions control. In that role, Dr. Krutka’s research was focused on the development of a novel dry-sorbent based CO2 capture process. Dr. Krutka is the lead author on two patents and several other patent applications related to that research.
Dr. Krutka has also received several awards and has a demonstrated continued service to further CCUS R&D. For example, in 2016 Dr. Krutka was the Chair of the Engineering Conferences International CO2 Summit II, an international, interdisciplinary conference focused on CCUS. In 2014 Dr. Krutka was appointed to the National Coal Council by U.S. Secretary of Energy, Ernest Moniz; shortly after her appointment she was invited to serve on the National Coal Council Executive Committee. In 2012 Dr. Krutka was one of the technical leaders of a team presented with an R&D 100 award (shared with the Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory).
President, JM Energy Consulting
I am an independent consultant specializing in technology assessment and R&D planning through scale-up. My clients include DOE, EPA and National Labs. I also provide due diligence for private clients and technology seminars for research scientists, engineers and managers interested in learning more about petro and alt fuels and chemicals.
For the last several years, I have been working in carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS) evaluating CO2 utilization options for the DOE. I am a cheerleader for this cause! Government efforts on climate change have hit a road block when we need to get started right now. Utilization is a bridge to a low-carbon future. Given a choice, consumers would rather buy low-carbon products than pay a carbon tax. Markets and technologies to produce value-added products need to be developed. I plan to continue pushing forward on this issue.
I am also a fuels junkie, so I will continue working in the alt fuels arena. I am currently evaluating algae and other advanced biofuels technologies for cost and performance.
Peter Psarras is a postdoctoral researcher in Energy Resource Engineering in the School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences at Stanford University. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from Miami University (2005) and his PhD in Chemistry from Cleveland State University (2014). There, he partnered with the Cleveland-based NASA Glenn Research Center to investigate methane selectivity in Fischer-Tropsch catalysis. Peter joined the Clean Energy Conversion laboratory at Stanford University in the fall of 2014, where his primary focus is to examine various technologies for CO2 separation, including metallic nitrogen-selective membranes and N-functionalized carbon sorbents. Recently, Peter has examined the industry-specific and geography-specific aspects of CO2 capture from industrial sources in connection with various addressable markets for CO2 utilization in the US, with the end goal of developing a merit-order ranking system for the evaluation of source-sink partnerships. His continued focus is on the acceleration of utilization technology progress and uptake, both through techno-economic modeling and material design and development. Peter is a member of the American Chemical Society and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.
Faculty of Low-Carbon Systems and Technologies
Delft University of Technology
Dr. Andrea Ramírez is Professor of Low-Carbon Systems and Technologies at the Delft University of Technology. She holds a bachelor in Chemical Engineering, a master in Human Ecology and a PhD in the field of energy efficiency. Dr. Ramírez key research focuses on the early evaluation of technologies and their potential contribution to sustainable (energy and resource) systems. Her research aims to build essential bridges between fundamental research at laboratory scale and the insights needed by stakeholders on potential benefits and impacts of these technologies when implemented. Her interest in this subject has taken her into a wide range of fields, including process modeling, techno-economic assessment, life cycle assessment, risk assessment, uncertainty analysis, and public perception. Her current research portfolio includes projects that assess the sustainability of novel technologies for producing bio-based chemicals and materials and for novel CO2 capture and utilization technologies. Dr. Ramirez is Associate editor of the International Journal on Greenhouse Gas Control (Elsevier).