Summit Speaker: Daniel Colbert
Executive Director, Institute for Energy Efficiency
Daniel T. Colbert joined the Institute for Energy Efficiency as Executive Director in June 2008. Prior to coming to UC Santa Barbara, he was Chief Technology Officer and a principal at NGEN Partners, a Santa Barbara-based venture capital firm focusing its investments in “cleantech”— products and services that positively affect the environment. Colbert earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry at Cornell University and his Ph.D. in physical chemistry at The University of Wisconsin-Madison. Colbert did postdoctoral work at UC Berkeley and Lawrence-Berkeley National Laboratory, then joined the Chemistry faculty at Rice University in Houston, where he worked closely with nanotechnology pioneer and Nobel laureate Professor Rick Smalley on carbon nanotubes; that work led to a founding role, with Smalley, in Carbon Nanotechnologies, Inc. (CNI). He left CNI for the position at NGEN.