Moderated by: Carl Cannon
Washington Bureau Chief
Vice President, Research and Technology
Director, Transportation Program
Natural Resources Defense Council
Senior Vice-President, Technology
Amy Myers Jaffe
Executive Director of Energy and Sustainability
University of California, Davis
California Business Roundtable
Carl M. Cannon
Carl M. Cannon is the Washington Bureau Chief of RealClearPolitics. Carl is a past recipient of the Gerald R. Ford Journalism Prize for Distinguished Reporting and the Aldo Beckman Award, the two most prestigious awards for White House coverage. Previous positions include Executive Editor of PoliticsDaily.com, DC Bureau Chief for Reader's Digest and White House correspondent for both the Baltimore Sun and National Journal. He was a 2007 fellow-in-residence at Harvard University's Institute of Politics, a past president of the White House Correspondents’ Association, and is a published author.
Wayne Eckerle is the Vice President of Research and Technology at Cummins, Inc. Eckerle received a BS (1975) and an MS (1976) in aeronautical engineering from Purdue University and a PhD (1985) in fluid mechanics from the University of Connecticut. Prior to joining Cummins, Eckerle worked at UTRC for ten years on a variety of internal flow projects including chemical laser systems, scramjets, and gas turbine combustion. Eckerle also was an associate professor at Clarkson University, teaching classes in thermal sciences and performing research in turbulent separated flows, two-phase flow heat transfer, and supersonic combustion.
Roland Hwang is the director of NRDC's transportation program. He works at state and national levels on transportation energy and global warming issues. He is an expert in vehicle fuel efficiency technologies, advanced vehicle technologies, and alternative fuels.
Prior to his work with NRDC, Roland was the director of the transportation program for the Union of Concerned Scientists in their Berkeley office. He has also worked on energy forecasting models at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and as an air pollution engineer at the California Air Resources Board. He is a mechanical engineer by training and holds masters degrees in both mechanical engineering and public policy from the University of California.
Rob Lapsley was named President of the California Business Roundtable in 2011, a nonpartisan organization comprised of the senior executive leadership of the state’s major companies employing over half a million Californians. Previously, Rob served as VP and state political director for CalChamber; President of RCL Consultants and VP for Arnel Development, one of the largest private real estate companies in Southern California. Rob served in the U.S. State Department as special assistant to the U.S. Ambassador to Spain during the Iraq war. He served as Chief of Staff to former Secretary of State Bill Jones, serving as Undersecretary of State from 1995 to 2001. Rob is a graduate fellow of the Coro Foundation and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He holds a B.S. in biology and political science from Illinois State University. He is married to his wife Susan, an attorney and they have three children.
Dr. Lars Peter Lindfors is Senior Vice President-Technology at Neste Corp. and Senior Vice President-Technology at Neste Jacobs Oy. He is on the Board of Directors at Fortum Foundation.
Amy Myers Jaffe
Amy Myers Jaffe is a leading expert on global energy policy, geopolitical risk, and energy and sustainability. Jaffe serves as Executive Director of Energy and Sustainability at the University of California, Davis, with a joint appointment in the Graduate School of Management and Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS). At ITS-Davis, Jaffe leads research on comparative pathways for alternative fuels for the Next STEPS program (Sustainable Transportation Energy Pathways). She is associate North American editor for the academic journal Energy Strategy Reviews and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Economics and Energy and Environmental Policy.