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October 2014 SLPS Discussion Panel Bios

  • Bill Moore

    Bill Moore is the founder and publisher of EV World.Com. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in theology from Ambassador College, St. Albans, England. He launched EV World in 1998. He is the 'godfather' of the OPPD/NPPD PowerDrive, a statewide, high school program to build and race electric vehicles, now entering its 15th year. He is also the co-author of several legislative bills in Nebraska promoting electric vehicles. Currently, he is developing a new spin-off of EV World called ePEDALER, an electric bicycle rental enterprise.

    Jim Stark

    Jim Stark is Vice President of Investor and Media Relations for Green Plains Inc. and has served in this capacity since March of 2009. Jim has over 25 years of experience, with 15 years in investor, media and government relations in a variety of industries, including transportation and wireless communications. Jim has a MBA and a Bachelor of Science in economics from the University of Texas at Arlington.

    Dr. Williams

    Scott H. Williams, Ph.D. was born and raised in Omaha. Dr. Williams attended Iowa State University as a National Merit Scholar, receiving a Bachelor of Science in materials engineering in 2005, and a Ph.D. in materials science in 2009. As an undergraduate, he worked as a researcher at Ames Laboratory, and as an engineer at Mercury Marine, and John Deere. During graduate school he worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he studied in-situ neutron diffraction of ductile intermetallic compounds. After graduation he worked for 6 months for a clean energy legislation campaign in Omaha, before accepting a postdoctoral appointment at Helmholtz Center Berlin, Germany. Dr. Williams used neutron tomography and radiography to study a variety of engineering systems, including hydrogen fuel cells, agricultural seedlings, and magnetic domain structures. He also implemented a new detector system which achieved world-leading neutron radiography resolution. From Berlin, Dr. Williams accepted a position at Johns Hopkins University, working under grant funding from the U.S. Department of Energy. There he studied advanced biofuels derived from algae, and along with his adviser, filed a patent for a process to use two-phase solvent systems to separate oils from algae. In April of 2014, Dr. Williams returned to Omaha to serve as the Managing Director of the Omaha Biofuels Cooperation, a not-for-profit organization he founded with his twin brother Eric Williams. Dr. Williams was accepted into the Year Of The StartUp, an entrepreneurship residency program, as one of the 2014 inaugural fellows, with the goal of expanding the capacity and reach of the biofuels cooperative.

    Chris Swanson

    Christopher Swanson is a Grants Program Manager and adjunct instructor at MCC, in many sustainable technologies, including: Alternative Fuels, Compressed Natural Gas, Electric Vehicles, Weatherization, and Solar Photovoltaics. Chris is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Educational Policy and Leadership Studies at the University of Iowa. His research interests center around social stratification in educational opportunities and outcomes, and the role credentialism plays in institutional policy. He is involved in a number of local sustainability organizations and is an ambitious DIYer.