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Renewable Energy, Graduate Certificate


William Patrick Arnott, Ph.D.

William Patrick Arnott

Dr. Arnott holds a B.S. in physics from the University of Southern Colorado, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in physics from Washington State University. His current research involves development and use of novel instruments for particulate air pollution measurements in the atmosphere, and he holds two patents associated with various instrument designs. These patents have been licensed by Droplet Measurement Technology.

Dr Arnott has 23 years of experience teaching physics and atmospheric science courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level, and he is currently the director of the undergraduate Atmospheric Science Program at the University. He is also a member of the graduate faculty in both physics and atmospheric science.

Dr. Arnott's postdoctoral research involved numerical simulation and experiments for novel thermoacoustic refrigerators that use simple climate-benign gases like Helium and Helium/Xenon mixtures. These gases do not destroy the ozone layer or contribute to global warming as do common refrigerants like chlorofluorocarbons.

David R. Boden

David Boden

Dave Boden is currently Professor of Geoscience at Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, Nevada. Since 2007, he has taught a course on the geology of geothermal resources as part of the college's certificate and applied associate of science degree programs in renewable energy (geothermal emphasis). Prior to coming to Truckee Meadows Community College in 2004, Dr. Boden worked in the minerals industry for about 20 years looking for base and precious metal deposits-the fossil analogs of today's geothermal systems.

Dr. Boden has earned degrees in geology and geological engineering from UC Davis, Colorado School of Mines, and Stanford University and is currently involved in writing an introductory textbook on the geology of geothermal resources. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking and skiing to backcountry hot springs with family and friends.

Amber Broch

Amber Broch

Amber Broch is an associate research engineer at the Desert Research Institute. Her focus of research is on renewable energy related technologies. This has included alternative-fueled vehicles conversion, testing and modeling (CNG and hydrogen); biofuels research including life cycle modeling, land use changes, and environmental impacts; and biomass-to-fuel conversion technologies.

Ms. Broch also serves as the lab manager in DRI's energy lab, and is an instructor in the University's Mechanical Engineering Department.

Derek Kauneckis, Ph.D.

Derek Kauneckis

Derek Kauneckis, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Nevada, Reno where he teaches environmental policy, policy analysis, public finance and budgeting, and quantitative methods. He earned his Ph.D. from Indiana University at Bloomington and his M.S. in International Development from the University of California at Davis.

His research focuses on institutional analysis, water and land policy, local government climate adaptation, state-level science and technology policy, collaborative governance arrangements, and policy instruments for environmental innovation. Dr. Kauneckis conducts research and consults on domestic and international policy and across public and private sector issues.

Curtis Robbins

Curt Robbins

Curtis Robbins is an assistant research engineer at the Desert Research Institute, working in the Bio-Energy Group within Atmospheric Sciences. He is the PI on DRI's REDD (Renewable Energy Deployment and Display) Facility, which consists of a house and workshop run off of solar and wind for electricity, heating, and cooling.

His main focus areas are currently solar energy and biomass with an emphasis on system design and integration. He has worked on projects that include solar air collectors, solar hot water systems, PV cell testing, Syngas sampling and analysis, gasification, hydrothermal carbonization, hydrogen combustion, and thermoelectrics.

Michael Moltz, M.Ed.

Michael Moltz

Michael Moltz received his M.Ed. and B.A. in political science from the University of Nevada, Reno. He was one of the first graduates of the university's undergraduate renewable energy program and is an NSF research award recipient for research into climate change and alternative energy policy.

Michael has served as an instructor for courses in political science and secondary education at the University of Nevada, Reno. His research interests include STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education, alternative energy policy, and interdisciplinary education.

Guadalupe Paredes-Miranda, Ph.D.

Guadalupe Paredes-Miranda

Lupita Paredes-Miranda received her M.S. and Ph.D. in atmospheric science from the University of Nevada, Reno and a bachelor's degree in physics from the University National Autonomous of Mexico (UNAM).

She has taught Introduction to Atmospheric Meteorology at the University, and made extensive use of WebCampus for delivering portions of her course. Her research is associated with the role of atmospheric aerosol in air pollution, atmospheric radiation transfer, and cloud properties.

Ravi Subramanian, Ph.D.

Ravi Subramanian

Ravi Subramanian is an associate professor in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering. He received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 2004.

His research is the field of alternate energy with emphasis in materials. He has more than 10 years of experience in solar energy materials synthesis, characterization, and application. He mentors students in master's and Ph.D. programs and has several publications to his credit. He has also spearheaded the teaching of alternate energy courses at the University of Nevada, Reno for several years.

Christopher A. Simon, Ph.D.

Christopher Simon

Christopher A. Simon is professor of political science and director of the MPA program at University of Utah. He earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in political science from Washington State University and undergraduate degrees in political science and history from Oregon State University.

Dr. Simon teaches graduate courses in public administration at University of Utah and is the author of Alternative Energy: Political, Economic, and Social Feasibility (Rowman & Littlefield, 2007).

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