Energy Briefing Presenter Bios
IN ALPHA ORDER:
David Althoff Jr. Director – Energy Programs Office; Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
David has worked for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for over 20years. David’s office, the Energy Programs Office, is involved in supporting, designing and implementing energy focused programs to encourage the development and deployment of energy efficiency and alternative energy projects in Pennsylvania. The Energy Program’s Office’s mission is to support energy activities which result in environmental improvements including mitigating the effects of and adapting to climate change.
During his career with DEP, David has led the development and implementation of several significant energy incentive programs including deployment of $125 Million of American Recovery and Reinvestment Stimulus funds, the $100 million Pennsylvania Sunshine Program, a $20 million Program focusing on encouraging natural gas use in on-road heavy duty vehicle fleets and a $15 million Green Energy Revolving Loan Fund.
David and his staff lead the very popular Pennsylvania Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Programs distributing nearly $5 Million annually to support alternative fuel use in the transportation sector in Pennsylvania. In addition, Dave and a few key staff persons have spent the last several years developing Pennsylvania’s Electric Vehicle Roadmap and creating a stakeholder group, the Drive Electric Pennsylvania Coalition.
Dave is a life-long Pennsylvanian, a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and lives in Hummelstown, PA.
Katie Cullen – Founding Partner; SC Partners LLC
Katie began her Washington career as Deputy Director of the House Radio-TV Gallery, where she got to know then junior Members of Congress and staff, who are now leading figures in U.S. politics.
After leaving Capitol Hill, Katie served as Vice President for the Integrated Waste Services Association, the leading trade organization for the waste energy industry. During her tenure, she was responsible for implementing renewable portfolio standards (RPS) in various states around the country. Katie also served as Vice President of Public Affairs for the U.S. Conference of Mayors representing the mayors of America’s largest cities.
Since founding SC Partners, Katie is leading advocate for clean and renewable energy resources as an engine of innovation, economic development, and job creation. Katie expanded the breadth of her energy and environment policy experience working on issues related to solar, onshore and offshore wind, combined heat and power, waste heat to power, battery storage, ethanol, waste-to-energy, electrochromic glass, transportation, and recycling. Katie has appeared on speaker expert panels at a variety of political and energy industry conferences. Katie received her BA from the University of Miami, Coral Gables and studied at the Washington Consortium for American Government in Washington, DC.
Andy Daga – President & Chief Executive Officer; Momentum Dynamics Corporation
Andy’s fascinating story takes him from his birthplace of Brooklyn, NY, through Ithaca NY where his family developed the best Italian Restaurant in town through Hawaii, degrees in structural and civil engineering, architecture and space science and technology, ground-breaking work at NASA and his current role at Momentum Dynamics. Prior to founding Momentum Dynamics, Andy was a leading consultant to the aerospace industry and contributed to the design of the International Space Station solar power array system, the Mars Pathfinder program, and future mission planning studies with NASA and the US Department of Defense.
Andy will admit that this layered journey wasn’t fully planned, but nor did it happen by accident: as a child, Andy would travel with his family from his home in Brooklyn to visit their extended family in Philadelphia, PA (hence our home today in Malvern PA). This route took him through New Jersey and past the bleak refineries of Route 95. As a lover of architectural beauty, the outdoors and being obsessive about ‘all things efficiency’, the New Jersey oil refineries were the antithesis of everything Andy wanted the world to be.
Fast forward to Andy’s time at NASA. He came upon the idea of inductive charging while mulling on ways to save cable weight on the International Space Station and future Mars missions. Why employ heavy cabling to carry electrons when it could be done efficiently through a vacuum or even the air itself? Out of this thought was born Momentum Dynamics.
Through his varied experiences Andy has developed a strong capacity to identify engineering talent and manage multidisciplinary engineering and business teams. Andy is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) where he serves on a number of standards committees. He believes that every precious piece of our finite resources should be fully valued and carefully spent. He envisions a world of zero emissions, zero cables and zero wasted miles doing anything but making our lives better.
He is a devoted husband, family man, polymath and entrepreneur. He is passionate about his dogs and his team at MD – perhaps in that order.
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