Steph Stoppenhagen is the Smart cities Business Development Director at Black & Veatch. She leads efforts to create smart cities technologies such as mobility/transportation, energy storage transformation, smarter energy use, and connected infrastructure. She is recognized as a business development expert in strategizing client data to bring value and revenue forward and running large teams to deliver programs/products. Steph has been an executive adviser on the Smart Grid Northwest Board since 2013, and she continues in this role today. Steph was responsible for the development of the technical mapping team of solar experts that have defined a methodology called SAFE ™ Method (Solar Automated Feature Extraction) which automates the process of examining the Photovoltaic (PV) potential of rooftops/reduces the time to analyze this potential by 75 percent. This process is being patented. Prior to joining Black & Veatch and CH2M HILL in Portland, Steph served as a geo-integration officer and business consultant internationally with the Department of Defense in the United Kingdom. Steph also worked as a Senior Consultant and Project Engineer with SCHLUMBERGER focusing on water and electric utilities. Steph has a strong history with the EPA and a background in Secret Service projects. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from the University of Iowa and a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado.
Alasdair Allan is a scientist, author, hacker, and journalist. He is Director of Babilim Light Industries, a tech consulting company focused on open hardware, mobile, and emerging technologies. Babilim Light Industries provides expertise in electronics, especially wireless devises and sensor networks, mobile computing, and the Internet of Things. In addition, Al is a freelance writer specializing in micro controllers and the Internet of Things for Hackster.io, he is a contributor-at-large to Hackaday on the topics of electronics, the maker movement, sensors, networking, and space, he is an advisor for the low-cost and accessible physical computing company Kano Computing, and he is a stakeholder resident of Kaleider, a production studio that brings together academics, climate scientists, technologists, creatives, and young people to produce innovative content and tackle the world’s greatest challenges. Al is the author of numerous books, a well-known conference presenter, and an expert in sensor deployment. He holds a M.Sci. degree in Astronomy from the University of St. Andrews and a Ph.D. degree in Astrophysics from Keele University. As a former academic scientist, Al spent over a decade contributing to academic research. Through his research, Al built a distributed peer-to-peer network of telescopes that, acting autonomously, reactively scheduled observations of time-critical events.