Energy – Decarbonization, Electrification and Securing the Grid

Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Time: 6:00pm-8:30pm
Location: UC Santa Cruz Silicon Valley Campus
3175 Bowers Avenue
Santa Clara, CA 95054



Energy – Decarbonization, Electrification and Securing the Grid

  • What will your company’s role be in realizing California’s low and no carbon future?
  • Which are the critical energy technologies your organization should be embracing?
  • Are you ready for the day every employee drives an EV to work?
  • How would your business be affected if a cyberattack brings down the grid?
  • Is it time to think differently about your energy strategy?

Please join ACG Silicon Valley’s distinguished panel of experts for a lively discussion on Energy.


Our Distinguished Panel


Amolak Badesha

Chief Operating Officer
Orbital Composites

Amolak is Chief Operating Officer at Orbital Composites – a Silicon Valley startup focused on enabling the world’s transition to clean transportation and energy generation through highly-scalable light-weight composite 3D printing technology. Amolak is also a “deep-tech” investor with Sand Hill Angels and technical advisor with Silicon Catalyst. Amolak’s investing interests include full-stack companies in the areas of Clean Energy and Transportation, Communications, and Space Tech.

Previously, Amolak served in several senior leadership roles at Broadcom, Avago and Agilent Technologies. While at Avago Technologies, he led Strategy/M&A effort that resulted in $400M acquisition of CyOptics. Amolak also led the integration team that successfully executed strategy for double-digit margin expansion. His other leadership roles include R&D, Marketing, Operations & Sales.


Katie Fehrenbacher

Sr. Writer & Analyst, Transportation
GreenBiz Group

Katie Fehrenbacher is a senior writer and analyst covering transportation for GreenBiz Group, and chair of VERGE Transport. She’s been a journalist writing about emerging technology and entrepreneurs for over a decade, including as a reporter for Fortune Magazine, Gigaom and Red Herring. She’s also led the editorial development of eight annual conferences including Fortune’s Brainstorm E and Gigaom’s Roadmap and Green:Net conferences.


Ben Narasin

Venture Partner

Ben Narasin is a Venture Partner at NEA. A prolific entrepreneur and highly regarded early-stage investor with three decades of company-building expertise, Ben has focused on emerging technologies and new markets throughout his investment career. With a portfolio comprising key early successes in some of today’s fastest growing sectors, such as fintech, digital marketplaces, mobile and connected devices.

Ben is a 25-year entrepreneur and 10-year early-stage investor. His knack for spotting emerging trends led him to make seed investments in companies like Dropcam, Lending Club, TellApart, Kabbage and Zenefits. Before NEA, Ben most recently served as a General Partner at Canvas Ventures, and was previously with TriplePoint Capital, where he oversaw the firm’s seed funding investment activities.

Like many of NEA’s partners, Ben’s path to investing is rooted in entrepreneurship. He founded several consumer companies before launching his investing career, including, one of the first e-commerce companies, which he founded in 1993 and led to a successful IPO in 1999. Ben holds a B.A. in Entrepreneurial Studies from Babson College.


Patrick E. Mantey

Jack Baskin Professor of Computer Engineering
UC Santa Cruz

Professor Patrick E. Mantey is the founding Dean of the Jack Baskin School of Engineering. He is now the director of ITI, the Information Technologies Institute in the Baskin School of Engineering. Professor Mantey is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and a member of American Society for Engineering Education, Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Xi. He was one of the founders of CITRIS, and served from its beginnings in 2001 until 2018 as the UC Santa Cruz affiliate director of CITRIS. He served on the Steering Committee of the UC Industry University Cooperative Research Program from 2002-2010 and on the Board of Directors of the University of California Global Health Institute 2010-2016.

In 1984, he joined the UCSC faculty to start the engineering programs, coming from IBM where he was a senior manager in Computer Science at the IBM Almaden Research Center. He also taught at Stanford University in Electrical Engineering before and during his IBM employment. From 1984 on, he directed engineering at UC Santa Cruz, led creation of departments including computer engineering and electrical engineering, served as the founding dean of the Baskin School of Engineering 1997-2001, and also continued as a consultant to IBM until 1994.

Prof. Mantey was born in Fort Morgan, Colorado. He received his B.S. (magna cum laude) from the University of Notre Dame, his M.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his Ph.D. (with an NSF Fellowship) from Stanford University, all in electrical engineering.


David Rubin

Director of Strategy Formulation

David Rubin is presently the Director of Strategy Formulation at Pacific Gas and Electric Company in San Francisco, where he has responsibility for leading utility-level strategy ideation, strategy selection and initial implementation of strategic initiatives.

From 1982-1985, David was responsible for energy efficiency, cogeneration and district heating with the City and County of San Francisco. He joined PG&E in 1985, and spent seven years in the marketing and rates areas. He left PG&E in 1992 to join the International Energy Agency in Paris, France. While at the IEA, he had responsibility for electricity restructuring, energy efficiency and demand side management, and participated in a number of energy sector studies throughout Europe and the former Soviet Union.

He returned to PG&E in 1995. His educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of Maryland, and a Master of Science degree in Technology and Policy from MIT. David is a registered mechanical engineer in California.


Our Distinguished Moderator


Susan Brennan

EVP & Chief Operating Officer
Bloom Energy

Susan brings more than 24 years of manufacturing experience, including automotive vehicle, powertrain and components assembly. Susan has dedicated her career to improving American manufacturing and assuring that the United States maintains a vital manufacturing footprint, especially in areas of key technological advances. In her time as a manufacturing practitioner, she has always been a strong proponent of sustainability, starting in her first role as the Environmental and Coating Manager with Douglas and Lomason, leading the plant to the State of Iowa’s first ever Waste Minimization award and, most recently, launching the all-electric Nissan Leaf in Smyrna, TN.

Throughout her career, Susan has maintained that jobs and the environment can have a symbiotic relationship, and that passion drives her as she pursues her role at Bloom. In addition, she has created and supported organizations that encourage young women to pursue careers in math and science as a way to support future generations of technological manufacturing in the United States.

Susan holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Nebraska, Omaha and a Bachelor’s of Science in Microbiology from the University of Illinois, C-U.