John E. Bowers

bowers [at] iee [dot] ucsb [dot] edu
Office: Phelps 2324

John E. Bowers is Director of the Institute for Energy Efficiency and a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is also the West Coast Director of the American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics (AIM Photonics) and CTO and cofounder of Calient Networks and Chairman of the Board of BioIQ.  His research interests are primarily concerned with silicon photonics, optoelectronic devices, optical switching and transparent optical networks.  Bowers is cofounder of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Engineering Management, and founder of Terabit Technology (sold to Ciena).  Bowers received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University. He worked for AT&T Bell Laboratories and Honeywell before joining UCSB.

Bowers is a fellow of the IEEE, OSA and the American Physical Society, and a recipient of the IEEE LEOS William Streifer Award and the South Coast Business and Technology Entrepreneur of the Year Award.  He was an elected member of the IEEE LEOS Board of Governors, a LEOS Distinguished Lecturer, and Vice President for Conferences for LEOS. He has published eight book chapters, 450 journal papers, 700 conference papers and has received 52 patents.  He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He and coworkers received the ACE Award for Most Promising Technology for the hybrid silicon laser in 2007.



Executive Director David AustonDavid Auston
Executive Director

auston [at] ece [dot] ucsb [dot] edu
Office: Phelps 2319

David Auston is Executive Director of the Institute for Energy Efficiency at UC Santa Barbara and the Chemical Life Cycle Collaborative (CLiCC). Prior to joining UC Santa Barbara, he was President of the Kavli Foundation. He has been a member of the technical staff and department head at AT&T’s Bell Laboratories (now Lucent Technologies), Professor of Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics and Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University, Provost of Rice University, and President of Case Western Reserve University.

Auston has contributed to research in the fields of lasers, nonlinear optics, and solid-state materials. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, the Optical Society of America, and the American Physical Society.

A native of Toronto, Canada, Auston earned bachelors and masters degrees in engineering physics and electrical engineering from the University of Toronto and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.


Jen McJannetJen McJannet
Corporate Relations Specialist

jen [at] iee [dot] ucsb [dot] edu
Office: Phelps 2313

Jen McJannet is the Corporate Relations Specialist for the Institute for Energy Efficiency. Jen is a former corporate and environmental lawyer with 16 years of program management and business outreach experience.  

Jen has worked for major Canadian law firms including Heenan Blaikie and Lang Michener (now McMillan LLP), and founded and ran a startup company. She received her law degree from the University of Victoria and B.A. from McGill University. She has run the Institute's corporate program since she joined the Institute in 2010.

Jen has dedicated her volunteer efforts towards environmental and sustainable energy organizations including the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association and the West Coast Environmental Law Association, and served for many years as a board member of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society's Wildlands League.


Jane Allen
Financial Manager

jane [at] iee [dot] ucsb [dot] edu
Office: Phelps 2317

Jane Allen is the Financial Manager for the Institute for Energy Efficiency. She is responsible for overseeing all day-to-day financial operations of IEE, as well as all stages of extramural fund administration, including proposal preparation, financial management, and oversight.

Jane joins us from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, where she held positions both of Contract & Grant Analyst and Undergraduate Program Advisor. She received her bachelor's degree in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. 


Whitney Worthington
Contract and Grant Analyst


whitney [at] iee [dot] ucsb [dot] edu
Office: Phelps 2314

Whitney is the Contract and Grant Analyst for the Institute for Energy Efficiency. She works with the Financial Manager on the day-to-day financial operations for the Institute as well as all stages of extramural funding, including reporting, invoicing and proposal preparation. She also oversees the personnel process and is responsible for analyzing payroll and general ledgers as well as other related financial and research administration.       

Prior to joining the institute, Whitney worked in Boston with a group of non-profit grant making organizations dedicated to ending homelessness and improving educational outcomes for urban schools in Massachusetts. She received her dual bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Religious Studies from the University of California, Davis.



Savannah Swartz
Events & Marketing Manager

savannah [at] iee [dot] ucsb [dot] edu
Office: Phelps 2321

Savannah Swartz is the Events & Marketing Manager for the Institute for Energy Efficiency. Savannah is responsible for the IEE Seminars, Leadership Lectures, Frenkel and Holbrook Fellowships, website management, Newsletter, Symposia, & related activities. 

Prior to joining us, Savannah worked for Housing and Residential Services and for the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UCSB, in event planning and academic advising, respectively. She received her bachelor’s degree in English and French from the University of California, Santa Barbara.



Kaitlyn LeGros
Lead Events & Marketing Assistant

kaitlyn [at] iee [dot] ucsb [dot] edu
Office: Phelps 2318

Kaitlyn LeGros is the Lead Events & Marketing Assistant for the Institute for Energy Efficiency. She assists the Events & Marketing Manager with events and acts as the liason to visiting seminar speakers. Kaitlyn is responsible for preparing email announcements and promotional materials.

Kaitlyn is a junior at UCSB majoring in Psychology and Art History. After graduation, she plans to continue working in the events and marketing fields. 




Madeline Smedt
Corporate Relations Research Assistant

madeline [at] iee [dot] ucsb [dot] edu 
Office: Phelps 2318

Madeline is an undergraduate Student Research Assistant at the Institute for Energy Efficiency. She works with Jen McJannet, Corporate Relations Specialist, assisting with preparation related to seminars and conferences, and supporting business development and client relations.

Madeline is a senior at the University of California, Santa Barbara majoring in Hydrological Sciences and Policy with an emphasis on physical and chemical hydrology. After graduation in the spring, Madeline hopes to pursue a career in environmental consulting.  



Alex Swider
Student Financial Assistant

alex [at] iee [dot] ucsb [dot] edu
Office: Phelps 2318 

Alex Swider is a Student Financial Assistant for the Institute of Energy Efficiency. He assists with tracking and organizing the expenditures of the company and to help keep records.

Alex is a junior at UCSB majoring in Biochemistry. After graduation he plans on pursuing graduate school for medicine or research. 



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