The Technical Symposium is the event to for the technical and scientific communities to present and share innovative research and in the on solar, storage, and smart energy industries at SPI & ESI, which are already the events for business and policy thought leaders. No other platform provides this opportunity for collaboration and access to the industry.
Moving the industry forward with innovation
The Technical Symposium features three days of scientific content, including poster and keynote presentations from industry leaders. Being a part of The Technical Symposium at SPI and ESI pairs the best scientific and technical content with business opportunities at the largest solar and storage event in North America.
Meet the 2018 Committee Chairs
Sarah Kurtz, Reliability Group Manager, NCPV Co-director, Research Fellow, PhD at National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Sarah Kurtz obtained her PhD in 1985 from Harvard University and has worked since then at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, in Golden, CO. She is known for her contributions to developing multijunction, GaInP/GaAs solar cells, supporting the Concentrator Photovoltaic (PV) industry, and, more recently, her work with PV performance and reliability. Her work has been recognized with a jointly received Dan David Prize in 2007 and the Cherry Award in 2012. Currently, she is managing the PV Reliability Group at NREL and working to facilitate the growth of the PV industry through improved understanding of the performance and reliability of PV.
Prof. Andrea Alberto Mammoli, Professor Department of Mechanical Engineering at University of New Mexico
Sector: Smart Technologies
Andrea Mammoli is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of New Mexico, and Director of the Center for Emerging Energy Technologies, an organization within the School of Engineering dedicated to research on the integration of distributed energy resources on the electricity grid through system architecture and controls. Mammoli has been active in the field of distributed energy systems since 2005, with projects including solar-assisted HVAC in commercial buildings, building-scale energy storage, distribution-level PV and battery systems, and microgrids, in the context of optimization and controls leading to better economics and enhanced resilience. He conducts research in collaboration with the Electric Power Research Institute, Sandia National Laboratories and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, among others. Mammoli obtained a Ph.D. in mechanical and materials engineering in 1995 from the University of Western Australia, and was Director's Fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory between 1995 and 1997 in the Energy and Process Engineering group, prior to joining UNM.
Qilin Li, Pegasus Professor & Chair of ECE Department, SAIC Endowed Professor at CECS, University of Central Florida
Sector: Energy Storage