Energy Security, Sustainability & Environmental Law
Director of the Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise & Senior Lecturer of Management and Organizations, Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University
Dr. Mark Milstein is Director of the Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise and Lecturer of Strategy, Innovation, and Sustainable Global Enterprise at the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University. He oversees the center's work on sustainable innovation and low-income – or base of the pyramid – enterprise development. Professor Milstein teaches and conducts research on strategy, decision making, technology management, and innovation. Dr. Milstein is a member of the Management and Organization Group at the Johnson School, as well as the university-wide Entrepreneurship@Cornell program. He is currently serving as a faculty advisor to the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, as well as a member of Cornell's Ad Hoc Committee on Sustainable Endowment Practices.
Dr. Milstein's own research is focused on how and why firms generate new business growth opportunities by treating social and environmental challenges as unmet market needs. His work includes private sector approaches to poverty alleviation and technology commercialization strategies to catalyze sustainable innovation.
Currently, Dr. Milstein is heading a study of the approaches being used by the U.S. Army and Marine Corps for promoting private enterprise to spur economic development in areas such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Africa, and the Philippines. His other research projects include a collaboration with researchers in Mexico and Canada to examine how companies are pursuing sustainable innovation, and a collaboration with researchers from the Netherlands and China to examine corporate approaches to enterprise development in Latin America, China, and Africa. Dr. Milstein has led research supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) focused on improving ways to bridge management and engineering education of sustainable technology commercialization. From 2002-2006, he was Project Director of another NSF-sponsored study of U.S. multinational corporate initiatives to build new businesses that serve the world's poorest people.
Professor Milstein's writings have appeared in the Academy of Management Executive, Sloan Management Review, Environmental Finance, and Value, as well as various edited books. He is an award-winning author of several popular teaching cases. Dr. Milstein has taught strategy, innovation, and sustainable enterprise to undergraduates, MBAs, and executives in the U.S., Latin America, and Asia.
He is a frequent speaker on the topics of strategy, organizational change, and innovation related to business and sustainability. He also consults with a number of multinational firms, small- and medium-sized enterprises, and NGOs, including Caterpillar, Suncor, the U.S. Army, and Schering-Plough.
From 2004 to 2006, Dr. Milstein was the business research director for the Sustainable Enterprise Program at the World Resources Institute (WRI), a non-profit, non-partisan think tank located in Washington, D.C. There, he oversaw a number of projects and initiatives in the U.S., Latin America, and China related to strategy and innovation in the private sector.
From 2002 to 2004, he was on the faculty of the Kenan-Flagler Business School at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he directed research and strategy for the school's Center for Sustainable Enterprise.
Milstein earned a B.A. in economics and Japanese from the University of Michigan. He later earned both an MBA in general management and an M.S. in natural resource policy from the University of Michigan's dual-degree Corporate Environmental Management (now Erb) Program. He received his PhD in strategic management from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.Panelists William Boyd
Associate Professor of Law, University of Colorado at Boulder; Senior Advisor and Project Lead for the Governors' Climate and Forests Task Force (GCF)
William Boyd joined the University of Colorado Law School faculty in 2008. Professor Boyd received his Ph.D. from the Energy & Resources Group at UC-Berkeley and his J.D. from Stanford Law School, where he was an Articles Editor on the Stanford Law Review. After law school, Professor Boyd clerked for Judge Diana Gribbon Motz of the United State Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Professor Boyd then served as American Association for the Advancement of Science Congressional Science Fellow and Counsel on the Democratic minority staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works. He then practiced energy, environmental and climate change law with the firm of Covington & Burling LLP in Washington DC. He continues to be actively involved in legislative and regulatory debates on energy and climate change at state, national, and international levels, and is currently senior advisor and project lead for the Governors’ Climate and Forests Task Force (GCF), www.gcftaskforce.org.
As a faculty member at the law school, Professor Boyd teaches energy law & regulation, climate change law & policy, and environmental law. His current research focuses on legal and institutional design issues associated with emerging GHG compliance markets; integration of forests and land use into climate policy; carbon accounting and verification systems for biofuels; regulatory challenges associated with implementation of smart grid technologies; electricity policy; technology transfer in the energy and climate fields; risk assessment; and the role of science and technology in law. Since arriving at the University of Colorado, Professor Boyd has played an active role in establishing the new Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI) – a joint institute between the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the University of Colorado, Boulder -- serving on the campus-wide steering committee that recommended the creation of RASEI and as an inaugural fellow on the RASEI Council of Fellows. Professor Boyd also serves as the University of Colorado representative for the Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis (JISEA) – a newly formed collaborative energy analysis effort between NREL, University of Colorado, Colorado State University, Colorado School of Mines, MIT, and Stanford.
J. Thomas Clark Professor in Entrepreneurship and Personal Enterprise, Johnson Graduate School of Management Cornell University
Associate Professor of Management and Organizations
Professor Sine's research focuses on the emergence of new economic sectors. He explores issues related to institutional change, industry and technology evolution, technology entrepreneurship, and new venture structure and strategy. He has examined a diverse set of economic sectors ranging from the electric power industry to the emergence of the Internet.
Sine has published, provisionally accepted, or papers forthcoming in the following journals: Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Management Science, Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, and Research Policy. Teaching interests include entrepreneurship, commercializing university technology, new venture growth, the management of technology and innovation, and organizational change.
Associate Director, Energy Programs, Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future
David Croll Chair, Sustainable Energy Systems
Dr. Tester is the David Croll Professor of Sustainable Energy Systems in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Cornell University. He is also the Director of the Energy Initiative in the College of Engineering and Associate Director of the Cornell Center for a Sustainable Future, with special responsibility for the energy focus of CCSF.
For more than three decades, he has been involved in chemical engineering process research as it relates to renewable and conventional energy extraction and conversion and environmental control technologies. He is an expert in geothermal energy and supercritical fluids for green chemical synthesis. Until 2008, Tester was the H.P. Meissner Professor of Chemical Engineering at MIT (1980-2008), Director of MIT's Energy Laboratory (1989-2001), Director of MIT's School of Chemical Engineering Practice (1980-1989) and a group leader in the Geothermal Engineering Group at Los Alamos National Laboratory (1974-1980).
He is currently a member of the advisory boards of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (chair), the Midwest Research Institute, the American Council of Renewable Energy, Idaho National Laboratory, and Los Alamos National Laboratory. He has served as a member of the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust (chair) and the Paul Scherrer Institute in Switzerland. He was a member of the 1997 Energy R&D Panel of the President's Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), and has served as an advisor to the USDOE and the National Research Council in areas related to concentrating solar power, geothermal and biomass energy, and other renewable technologies and waste minimization and pollution reduction.