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Visiting Scholars

SECA provides an opportunity for member companies to send a researcher to Stanford University as a visiting scholar to study and engage in research under the direction of a Stanford faculty member. Visiting Scholars appointments are usually made for up to one year, although shorter appointments are possible. The program is intended to build relationships for collaboration through an exchange of ideas. 

For more details about visiting scholar policies, please contact Jim Chen at jimchen@stanford.edu.

Visiting Scholars


Zhifu Qi

Zhifu Qi

Topic: Electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide to valuable fuels and chemicals
Affiliated Faculty: Thomas Jaramillo, Chemical Engineering

Visiting Scholar from Zhejiang Energy Group, 2018

Dr. Qi is a senior engineer of Zhejiang Energy Group. China. Qi is currently a visiting scholar with Professor Thomas Jaramillo in the Chemical Engineering department. In Prof. Jaramillo’s lab, he works on electrochemical conversion of carbon dioxide to fuels and valuable chemicals. By using renewable CO2 free energy, electrochemical reduction of CO2 could be a major contributor to sustainable production of fuels. His research is focusing on the development of effective catalysts with high activity and selectivity.

Established in 2001, Zhejiang Energy Group is the most competitive state-owned energy enterprise with the largest installed capacity in China, which mainly engages in developing power generation, producing power and thermal energy, investment and trade of coal, natural gas and petroleum, energy services, and finance.


Zeb Zhang

Zhebo Zhang

Topic: Micro Grid, Distributed Energy System
Affiliated Faculty: Ram Rajagopal, Civil and Environmental Department

Visiting Scholar from Zhejiang Energy Group, 2018

Mr. Zhebo Zhang is an electrical engineer and researcher in Zhejiang Energy Group of China. After graduating from Tsinghua University, he has worked for 7 years in the power industry and became the State Grid expert of relay protection and distribution network 4 years ago. At present, he is responsible for the optimization of micro-grid and the energy efficiency promotions. He is currently working with Professor Rajagopal in the Civil and Environmental Department. In this team he works on visualization and analytics with high penetration of distributed energy resources and verified the set of tools which integrate and model a large number of disparate sensor sources.

His research at Stanford University will help to find a new way via data science and simulation to operate and maintain the Micro-grid or Distributed energy system with higher efficiency and less cost than before.

Established in 2001, Zhejiang Energy Group is the most competitive state-owned energy enterprise with the largest installed capacity in China, which mainly engages in developing power generation, producing power and thermal energy, investment and trade of coal, natural gas and petroleum, energy services, and finance.


Christine McGuiness

Topic: Electroactive Materials, Skin Care & Batteries 
Affiliated Faculty: Zhenan Bao, Reinhold Dauskardt and Yi Cui
Visiting Scholar from Solvay, 2017-2018

Dr. Christine McGuiness is the Research and Innovation Delegate for the US West Coast at Solvay. She serves as a local point of contact to identify, facilitate and support collaborations between Stanford professors and students, and technical members of the Solvay community on topics including advanced materials, stimuli-active materials, surface modification, new organic and inorganic chemistries and breakthrough sustainable industrial processes.

Solvay has initially engaged with three professors: Zhenan Bao, Reinhold Dauskardt and Yi Cui on topics including electroactive materials, skin care, and batteries.  Within the SECA program, Christine also jointly explores new ideas and pursues new collaborations beyond the initial faculty partnerships.

Christine holds a PhD in chemistry with a background in materials science, characterization, surface science, thin-film interactions, coatings, nanotechnology, electro-active materials and organic electronics. Previously she worked on the early stage commercialization of conductive polymer technologies for key applications in batteries, solar cells, and OLED displays. 

Solvay is a multi-specialty chemical company, committed to developing chemistry that addresses key societal challenges. Its products and solutions are used in planes, cars, smart and medical devices, batteries, in mineral and oil extraction, among many other applications promoting sustainability. 


Andreas Berger and Hans-Martin Hellebrand

Topic: Energy Systems
Affiliated Faculty: Peter Bailis, Computer Science and Ram Rajagopal, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Visiting Scholars from RWE, 2015-16

Dr. Andreas Berger is Senior VP, Global Innovation and Cooperation at RWE New Ventures.  Berger earned a PhD in Business Law, a degree in Eastern European Studies, a degree as business mediator and recently finished his MBA-Studies. His background is as an attorney in banking and finance, including mergers and acquisitions and product launches. Hans-Martin Hellebrand is a Senior Innovation Manager at RWE New Ventures.  Hellebrand holds a first-class diploma in business administration and graduated as valedictorian in graduation year 2006 at the university of Bielefeld.  His experience includes IT-supply controlling, legal-entity controlling and corporate finance.

During the upcoming months, RWE's research at Stanford is focusing on understanding the future of energy systems, wherever centralized or decentralized, to explore alternative business models and transformative technologies especially in the areas of big data and the Internet of things (IoT).


Daisuke Tsukiyama

Topic: Sensors and Sensing Technologies
Affiliated Faculty: Zhenan Bao
Visiting Scholar from DAIHEN, 2013-14

Daisuke Tsukiyama is currently a visiting scholar with Professor Zhenan Bao in the Chemical Engineering department.  In Bao's laboratory Tsukiyama is developing flexible chemical sensors for detecting chemical compounds that are used for the lifetime estimation of transformers.  DAIHEN produces many kinds of transformers for electric power grids in Japan and other Asia countries. Tsukiyama also has interests in printable electronics technology that can build electric circuits on flexible materials by using a printer.  Additionally, he is doing market research about trends in printable electronics and other related technologies in regard to future customer demands.


Shinnosuke Kimura

Topic: Energy Efficiency Programs
Affiliated Faculty: James Sweeney
Visiting Scholar from Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, 2013-14

Shinnosuke Kimura is a visiting scholar from Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd. He is responsible for the energy efficiency promotions and offering new services in the residential market. He had been working at Mathematical Science Team in Research and Development Planning Department until this March since he joined the company in 2003. In this team he applied of mathematical methods, such as operations research and statistics, onto various field operation optimizations and cost reduction.

His researches in Stanford University will help developing a plan to provide energy information/advice to customers and to offer new services from massive data collection from smart meters, customers call centers and field operations.


Toshiya Okamura

Topic: Energy Efficiency Programs
Affiliated Faculty: James Sweeney
Visiting Scholar from Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, 2012-2013

Toshiya Okamura has been responsible in the energy efficiency promotions and renewable energy promotions in the residential market for the past 4 years in the company. He works very closely with the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), the regulator of energy utilities in Japan as well as the Ministry of Land Infrastructure Transport and Tourism (MLIT), the energy efficiency regulator of housing and buildings. Japan is facing a serious energy crisis after the Fukushima nuclear power failures from the Great East Japan earthquake and an associated tsunami in March 2011. His research at Stanford University will help develop new strategies and energy efficiency programs during the restructuring of Japan’s energy market. While at Stanford, he worked on smart meters, smart homes, smart communities and energy efficiency feedback programs. Okamura studied how to establish efficiency programs on sound research and cost-effectiveness analysis, and then to verify and assess outcomes.

 

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