Leadership

Costas Spanos

Costas Spanos is the Director of CITRIS and the Banatao Institute. He is also the Andrew S. Grove Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at UC Berkeley, and the Chief Technical Officer of the Berkeley Education Alliance for Research in Singapore (BEARS). He has served as the EECS Department Chair and the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Engineering at Berkeley. His present research is focusing on energy and sustainability.

J.J. Garcia-Luna-Aceves

J.J.  Garcia-Luna-Aceves is the Director of CITRIS and the Banatao Institute UC Santa Cruz. He received the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City, Mexico in 1977; and the M.S. and Ph.D.  degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI in 1980 and 1983, respectively. He is a Distinguished Professor of Computer Engineering at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC),  holds the Jack Baskin Endowed Chair of Computer Engineering, and is a Principal Scientist at the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC).

Bahram Ravani

Bahram Ravani is the CITRIS Director at UC Davis. He is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Davis and a Co-Director of the Advanced Highway Maintenance and Construction Technology Research Center, a collaborative research center between the California Department of Transportation and the University.

Joshua Viers

Joshua Viers is the Director of CITRIS at UC Merced and an Associate Professor in Water Resources Engineering at UC Merced. He has also served in leadership roles as Executive Associate Director at the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences, on the UC Davis Graduate Education Committee, and chaired the International Programs Committee for the College of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences.

Stefano Foresti

Dr. Stefano Foresti is the Associate Director of CITRIS at UC Merced. As Director of Innovation at the UC Merced School of Engineering, he coordinates research and academic programs in innovation while cultivating relationships with industry for programs including the Innovation Design Clinic, Engineering Capstone Projects, CITRIS Mobile App Challenge, and Innovate 2 Grow.

Ken Goldberg

Professor Ken Goldberg is Faculty Director of the CITRIS People and Robots Initiative. He previously served as Faculty Director of the CITRIS Data and Democracy Initiative and is a Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research (IEOR), with an appointment in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at UC Berkeley.

Thomas Nesbitt

Thomas Nesbitt is the Faculty Director of the CITRIS Health research thrust. Based at the UC Davis School of Medicine, Dr. Nesbitt serves as Vice Chancellor for Human Health Sciences and Associate Vice Chancellor for Strategic Technologies and Alliances where he is responsible for advancing the UC Davis Health System’s excellence in telemedicine.

Michael Matkin

Michael Matkin is the Assistant Director of CITRIS and the Banatao Institute, UC Santa Cruz. He works with Director, J.J. Garcia-Luna-Aceves, managing and developing programs at the UC Santa Cruz main campus and Silicon Valley extension.

David Lindeman

Dr. David Lindeman is Director of the CITRIS Health Initiative. He also serves as Director of the Center for Technology and Aging, which was developed with support from The SCAN Foundation. He is Co-Director of the Center for Innovation and Technology in Public Health, which advances the use of technology to support population health.

Claire Tomlin

Professor Tomlin is Faculty Director of the CITRIS Sustainable Infrastructures Initiative. Prof. Tomlin graduated from the University of Waterloo with a B.A.Sc. in 1992, and from Imperial College London, with a M.Sc. in 1993, from the University of California, Berkeley, with a PhD in 1998. She currently holds a joint appointment as an associate professor in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Department of Electrical Engineering, at Stanford University where she is director of the Hybrid Systems Laboratory and as an associate professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at University of California, Berkeley.

Carl Blumstein

Carl Blumstein is Managing Director of the CITRIS Sustainable Infrastructures Initiative. He is also Director of the California Institute for Energy and Environment (CIEE). Carl’s recent work includes publications on evaluation and incentives for energy efficiency programs, administration of energy efficiency programs, restructuring in the electric power supply industry, the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, and the role of market transformation in energy efficiency programs.

Eric Paulos

Eric Paulos is co-Director of the CITRIS Invention Lab, which he co-founded in 2012. He works at the interface between computing and the humanities, with research research and creative activities encompassing both human-computer interactions and New Media arts. He is jointly appointed in EECS at UC Berkeley and the Berkeley Center for New Media (BCNM).

Pushkar P. Apte

Dr. Pushkar Apte is Director of Strategic Initiatives for CITRIS at UC Berkeley, where he develops industrial and institutional partnerships that support innovative research and applications. Dr. Apte previously worked with Texas Instruments Incorporated on cutting-edge research and technology development, with McKinsey & Company as their Global Semiconductor Business Expert, and with the Semiconductor Industry Association as Vice President of Technology Programs.

Jill Finlayson

Jill Finlayson is Director of the Women in Technology Initiative at UC, co-sponsored by CITRIS and the Berkeley Engineering Department at UC Berkeley and serving Berkeley, Davis, Santa Cruz, and Merced campuses. WITI@UC supports research and initiatives to promote the equitable participation of women in the tech industry.

Maher Hakim

Maher Hakim, Ph.D., is the new executive director of the CITRIS Foundry, the in-house innovation accelerator launched in 2013. Hakim brings more than 25 years of experience in innovation and entrepreneurship – from co-founding several tech start-ups in Silicon Valley to founding the entrepreneurship center at Carnegie Mellon’s Qatar Campus and heading up Qatar Science and Technology Park. Hakim takes the helm of the Foundry after its five-year review and expanded mission as an innovation hub for deep technology. He muses on topics of innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership on his Linkedin Blog which you can find here: https://www.linkedin.com/today/author/drmaherhakim

Brandie Nonnecke

Brandie Nonnecke, PhD is Founding Director of the CITRIS Policy Lab and Co-Director of the CITRIS Tech for Social Good Program. She is a Fellow at the World Economic Forum where she serves on the Council on the Future of the Digital Economy and Society. She was named a 2018 RightsCon Young Leader in Human Rights in Tech […]

Bill Flounders

Bill Flounders is Executive Director of the Berkeley Marvell Nanofabrication Laboratory, located at CITRIS headquarters on the UC Berkeley campus. He received the B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University in 1985 and the Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1992.

Jennifer Granholm

Jennifer Granholm served as Michigan’s 47th governor from 2003 to 2011. She is a Senior Research Fellow at CITRIS, focused on development of clean energy policy and technology roadmaps through the The American Jobs Project.

Therese Peffer

Therese Peffer works on demand response, smart grid and building-to-grid research projects based at CITRIS and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Her current areas of focus are energy consumption displays, thermostats, and consumer behavior, including developing metrics for the EPA’s EnergyStar specifications on climate controls and other user interface usability research.

Tarek Zohdi

Professor Tarek Zohdi is Chair of the Designated Emphasis in Computational and Data Science and Engineering (DE-CDSE) program at UC Berkeley. DE-CDSE is an interdisciplinary graduate minor coordinated through CITRIS that trains students to use and manage scientific data.

Tod Stoltz

As Director of Business Development and International Affiliations for the UC Davis Health System, Tod Stoltz is responsible for building strategic partnerships with industry and international organizations that help to fulfill the Health Systems mission.

Duncan Callaway

Duncan Callaway is the Assistant Faculty Director of the CITRIS Sustainable Infrastructures research thrust. Duncan received his PhD in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from Cornell University in 2001 and subsequently held an NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at the University of California, Davis. He then spent 4 years working in the energy industry in senior engineering positions, first at Davis Energy Group and later at PowerLight Corporation. He was a member of the research faculty of the Center for Sustainable Systems at the University of Michigan from 2006-2009.

Professor John Zysman

John Zysman directs the Future of Work research thrust at CITRIS. He received his B.A at Harvard and his Ph.D. at MIT. He has written has extensively on European and Japanese policy and corporate strategy; his interests also include comparative politics, Western European politics, and political economy.

Constance (Connie) Chang-Hasnain

Constance (Connie) Chang-Hasnain is the faculty director of the Berkeley Marvell Nanofabrication Laboratory at CITRIS, as of January 2019. Chang-Hasnain also serves as associate dean for strategic alliances for the UC Berkeley College of Engineering. She joined the Berkeley faculty in 1996 and is now the John R. Whinnery Distinguished Chair Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences.

Ruzena Bajcsy, Director Emeritus, CITRIS

For pioneering researcher Ruzena Bajcsy, fostering cutting-edge technology to improve people’s lives is a noble challenge. Dr. Bajcsy took the helm at CITRIS in November 2001, after devoting more than 30 years of her life to research in the fields of robotics, artificial intelligence and machine perception. Bajcsy’s credentials reach across the traditionally discrete fields of neuroscience, applied mechanics and computer science. She is a member of both the National Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Medicine, a distinction few people can match.

S. Shankar Sastry, Director Emeritus, CITRIS

S. Shankar Sastry is currently the Dean of Engineering at University of California, Berkeley and the faculty director of the Blum Center for Developing Economies. He was the Director of CITRIS from 2005 to 2007 and now serves on the CITRIS Advisory Board.

Paul Wright, Director Emeritus, CITRIS

Paul K. Wright was Director of CITRIS and the Banatao Institute at CITRIS Berkeley from 2007-2014. He is currently Director of the Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute (BECI). He is a professor in the mechanical engineering department and holds the A. Martin Berlin Chair. He is also a co-director of the Berkeley Manufacturing Institute (BMI) and co-director of the Berkeley Wireless Research Center (BWRC).

Randy Katz, Director Emeritus, CITRIS

Randy Katz, Vice Chancellor for Research at UC Berkeley since January 2018, was the interim director of CITRIS before the center was launched in 2001. Katz joined the Berkeley faculty in 1983, and in 1996 was named the United Microelectronics Corporation Distinguished Professor in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He is a Fellow of ACM and IEEE, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has published over 250 refereed technical papers, book chapters, and books. His textbook, Contemporary Logic Design, which has sold over 85,000 copies, has been used at hundreds of colleges and universities. A second edition, co-written with Gaetano Borriello, was published in 2005. He received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from UC Berkeley.