John E. Bowers
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 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.
David Auston is Executive Director of the Institute for Energy Efficiency and Executive Director of the Center for Energy Efficient Materials, at UC Santa Barbara. 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 McJannet is Director of Corporate Relations and Outreach for the Institute for Energy Efficiency. She holds a law degree from the University of Victoria and a B.A. from McGill University. Jen practiced corporate and environmental law with Lang Michener, a major Canadian law firm; managed the Professional Development department at Heenan Blaikie, a large national firm; and founded an internet-based recruitment business.
Jen has a particular interest in environmental and sustainable energy issues. She has dedicated her volunteer efforts towards organizations including the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association, the West Coast Environmental Law Association, and the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society's Wildlands League for which she served as a board member for many years.
Mikaela joined the Institute in December 2011. She has over 15 years of experience in program management, marketing, and advertising - specializing in digital media. Most of her career has been at internet start-ups and advertising agencies in positions such as Director of Project Management, Director of Operations, and Executive Recruiter. Companies include theknot.com, Deutsch Advertising, Digitas, Markinekt, The AVM and running her own consulting business. While at Deutsch, Mikaela was Vice President, Director of Production for the interactive group and was responsible for implementing process, procedures and best practices across all online deliverables.
Mikaela received her bachelor's degree in International Studies and Economics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. After 10 years in New York City, she and her husband moved back to Santa Barbara, where she has been a volunteer with the Ty Warner Sea Center, Channelkeepers, and other environmental organizations. In addition to her passion for the environment and energy efficiency, Mikaela loves travellng, hiking, yoga, and swimming.
Lauren Ferguson joined the Institute as Financial Manager in September 2010 and has worked in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department since 2008 in various financial roles. She also oversees the budget for the Center for Energy Efficient Materials, an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the Department of Energy. Ferguson earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Mississippi.
Courtney Richardson joined the Institute as Program Coordinator in January 2011. She is responsible for facilitating Institute programming such as the Santa Barbara Summit on Energy Efficiency, specialized technology forums and the guest lecture and weekly seminar series. She also oversees the Institute's visitor and graduate fellowship programs. Richardson earned her bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Philosophy from the University of Western Ontario and her Master's degree in English Literature from Concordia University.