Year: 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | Print version (pdf) The U.S. C3E program recognizes the outstanding achievements of mid-career women working to advance clean energy. C3E Ambassadors select the winners and these remarkable Awardees are recognized for their work at the C3E Symposium each year.

2014 C3E Award Winners

Lifetime Achievement Award

tierney-susan2Susan F. Tierney Managing Principal, Analysis Group Sue Tierney is an expert on energy policy and economics, specializing in the electric and gas industries in the U.S. At Analysis Group in Boston, she has consulted to companies, governments, non-profit organizations, and others on energy markets, and economic and environmental regulation and strategy. She previously spent over a dozen years in state and federal government – as Assistant Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Energy; and as cabinet officer for environmental affairs, public utility commissioner, and chair of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority in Massachusetts. She chairs the External Advisory Board of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, chairs the ClimateWorks Foundation Board, and is a director of World Resources Institute, the Alliance to Save Energy, and the Energy Foundation. She is a member of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Energy Project, and the China Sustainable Energy Program’s Policy Advisory Council. She recently co-chaired the NAESB Gas-Electric Harmonization Committee, was a member of the National Academy of Sciences panel on shale gas risk, and was co-lead author of the energy chapter of the National Climate Assessment. She served on the U.S. Secretary of Energy Advisory Board (and its Shale Gas Subcommittee). She has published widely, and frequently speaks at industry conferences and lectures at universities. She earned her Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in regional planning at Cornell University, New York (where her mentor was a female professor), and her B.A. at Scripps College (a women’s college in California). She and her husband, John Tierney, have two grown sons, James and Tom.

Advocacy Leadership Award

barnett-dorothy2Dorothy Barnett Executive Director, The Climate and Energy Project As Executive Director of the Climate + Energy Project, Dorothy Barnett is leading the effort to address the Heartland’s energy future. Grounded in an approach based on prosperity and energy security, Barnett has been successful in convening diverse voices in a conservative region of the country. Prior to her position as Executive Director, Barnett served for 4 years as CEP’s Director of Energy and Transmission. This work put Dorothy on the ground in energy policy work at the local, state and regional level. In this capacity she also led innovative programs such as the Take Charge Challenge and the Heartland Alliance for Regional Transmission – both of which raised the profile for energy efficiency, transmission and wind energy in Kansas and beyond. CEP’s newest project is gathering the agricultural, energy and water sectors to highlight innovative farm advancements in water and energy conservation that also positively impact the bottom-line. Barnett coordinated a successful and far-reaching effort to defend the Kansas Renewable Portfolio Standard from special interest groups attacks on clean energy during the 2014 Kansas legislative session. CEP and Mrs. Barnett have been recognized with national media attention, including MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show for the innovative work being done in Kansas and across the Heartland. Barnett is frequently invited to speak on a range of clean energy topics including a recent presentation at Yale for a public forum of “The ‘C’ Words: Addressing Climate Change Without Talking About Climate Change – a Regional Perspective.” Barnett got her start in wind energy with the Reno County Wind Energy Task Force, which was awarded the Governor’s Energy Award for Energy Education in 2008. Dorothy has a BA in organizational management from Friends University.

Business Leadership Award

mohammed-zadhya2Zadhya Mohammed Head of Sales, Wind Service, Americas, Siemens Zadhya Mohammed has worked in the energy industry for 15 years and is leader in the business, as well as a mentor for Diversity at Siemens in the area of new employees, minorities, and women in the workplace. While completing her Masters in Mechanical Engineering, Zadhya started her career at Siemens as an intern, and was subsequently hired as a design engineer. She then worked in various teams that developed turbo-machinery for high efficient gas turbines, to reduce emissions, improve energy production, and improve the product cost for the ultimate sale to the customer. She then moved to a marketing role and was responsible for promoting and selling products and services to make the current North American customer fleet more efficient and affordable. During this time, Zadhya transitioned into management and also became involved in the Siemens Inclusion & Diversity Council, participating in a variety of formal and informal mentoring and leadership development initiatives, both internal and external to Siemens. These include participating in programs developed by the European School of Management & Technology and the nationwide Women UNLIMITED leadership development program. She is PMP and Six Sigma Green Belt certified. Zadhya is now in Siemens’ renewables division, as a senior marketing manager for the Americas. In this role, she is responsible for selling long term service contracts on wind turbines, as well as product upgrades to customers to improve energy output, as well as focusing on new markets in Central and South America. She continues to provide extensive mentoring to younger employees across various divisions of the corporation.

Education Leadership Award

Debra RoweDebra Rowe Professor, Oakland Community College Dr. Rowe is the President of the U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development ( The U.S. Partnership convenes members of the business, education, communities, government, and faith sectors of the U.S. and catalyzes national sustainability initiatives. Dr. Rowe is also co-founder of the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (, founder/facilitator of the Disciplinary Associations’ Network for Sustainability (, Senior Fellow at Second Nature ( and Senior Advisor to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education ( She works with the private sector to catalyze successful business models for the triple bottom line of sustainability. She helps higher education faculty and staff, K-12 associations and other private and public institutions integrate sustainability into mission, curricula and training, research, policy, culture, purchasing and investments, facilities and operations, and community partnerships. Dr. Rowe has been staff consultant for a U.S. Department of Education funded project entitled “Sustainability Improves Student Learning” ( Debra has also been professor of energy management and renewable energies for over 30 years at Oakland Community College ( She has also developed curricula in sustainable development, products and processes and sustainable living. She also teaches Campus Sustainability and Corporate Sustainability for the University of Vermont. Dr. Rowe helps other colleges and universities create their energy management, renewable energies and sustainability programs. Dr Rowe is presently chairing the Technical Advisory Group and the Green Jobs Policy Community of Action for the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). In these roles, she convenes energy and sustainability experts, collects and reviews resources, and authors overarching documents for AACC’s Sustainability Education and Economic Development Resource Center ( This Resource Center is designed to share curricula, partnership and civic engagement models, skills and competencies, quality criteria, promising practices and more resources relating to sustainability and green energy. Debra was also convener of the Detroit Green Skills Alliance, growing the green economy of Detroit while creating jobs for the Detroit area residents. Debra Rowe is often a keynote speaker at national and international education conferences. She is the author or editor of numerous publications, including the newly released encyclopedia, Achieving Sustainability: Vision, Principles and Practices.

Entrepreneurial Leadership Award

dyson-lisa2Lisa Dyson Chief Executive Officer, Kiverdi, Inc. Dr. Dyson is the CEO of Kiverdi, a next-generation sustainable oil company that converts CO2 and waste carbon gases into customized oils using the power of biotechnology. Dr. Dyson’s technical background began with a PhD in physics from MIT and has included research in bioengineering, energy and physics at Stanford University, UC Berkeley, Princeton University, UC San Francisco, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories. Dr. Dyson was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of London, where she received a Master of Science degree, and has degrees in physics and mathematics from Brandeis University. Dr. Dyson has broad business experience developing corporate strategies in a number of industries including in packaging, energy, automotive, chemicals, telecommunications, travel, and non-profits. While at The Boston Consulting Group, Dr. Dyson worked with executives at multi-national corporations to help them solve strategic business problems including cutting operational costs, expanding internationally, franchising, developing governance structures, designing effective organizations and developing market entry strategies. Dr. Dyson’s entrepreneurial background began when she was on the founding team of an MIT start-up that received funding from Microsoft and later built and led a team that developed a technology that reached millions in volunteering campaigns. Among her recent accolades, Dr. Dyson was honored this year by the San Francisco Business Times as “One of the Most Influential Women in the Bay Area” for a second year in a row and was given their “Forty Under 40” award for her leadership.

Government Leadership Award

carroll-ghita2Ghita Levenstein Carroll, Ph.D. Sustainability Coordinator, Boulder Valley School District Ghita Levenstein Carroll is the Sustainability Coordinator for the Boulder Valley School District (BVSD), located in Colorado. In this roll, Dr. Carroll is directing and coordinating existing efforts around sustainability, and garnering support and partnerships for further integrating sustainability into district operations and curriculum. Some of her successes include defining a vision and goals for district-wide environmental sustainability and receiving Board of Education approval for a policy that supports sustainability initiatives. She has significantly increased renewable energy technologies and green products throughout the district and implemented several energy, water and waste reduction strategies. Carroll emphasizes the educational opportunity in all of her projects, and has supported many new green teams throughout the school district. BVSD received the 2014 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools District Award for this work. Previously, Dr. Carroll managed the energy program for CU-Boulder’s Environmental Center. One of her major accomplishments in that role was to develop and lead a university wind power campaign in 2000, making CU-Boulder the first school in the nation to raise student fees to support wind power and the largest university purchaser of wind at the time. Ghita received a Ph.D. in Environmental Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2008. Her dissertation work examined the relationship between emerging carbon markets and renewable energy markets. She has presented her work at forums such as the National Renewable Energy Marketing Conference, the First National Green Schools Conference, and conferences sponsored by the Electric Utility Industry and the American Wind Energy Association. Her work has been published in Energy Policy, Solar Today and by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Dr. Carroll is a LEED Green Associate and an Instructor for the Sustainable Practices Program at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She lives in Boulder with her husband and two children.

International Leadership Award

muspratt-ashley2Ashley Murray Muspratt Founder and CEO of Waste Enterprisers Ltd, Waste Enterprisers Holding and Pivot Kenya Ashley Muspratt is a waste-to-energy entrepreneur focused on using business to solve human waste management challenges in developing cities. She is the Founder & CEO of Waste Enterprisers Holding (USA)/Pivot Ltd (Kenya), a start-up company that converts human waste to solid fuel for industry. Ashley’s academic background includes a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley’s Energy & Resources Group and an M.S. from the university’s Civil and Environmental Engineering department. Her business background evolved over a childhood spent working at and helping manage her parents’ small businesses. Ashley is driven in her work by a passion for protecting the environment and a penchant for tackling global challenges. Ashley was named a National Geographic Emerging Explorer in 2011, was a Fellow at the 2012 Unreasonable Institute and mentor at the 2014 Unreasonable Institute East Africa, and has been an invited speaker at numerous conferences, including Harvard’s Africa Business Conference, World Water Week (Stockholm), and World Biofuels Market (Rotterdam). She has published over 10 peer-reviewed journal articles in the sanitation and renewable energy literature. Ashley lives in Mombasa, Kenya, where Pivot is constructing a waste-to-fuel factory. When she’s not in CEO mode, she enjoys the outdoors, a variety of sports, cooking, reading, traveling, and crossword puzzles. In addition to Kenya, she has lived and worked in China and Ghana; conducted short-term assignments in India, Uganda, and Senegal; and traveled extensively across Europe, Southeast Asia, and the U.S.

Law & Finance Leadership Award

phillips-phuong2Phuong Young Phillips Assistant General Counsel, SolarCity Corporation Phuong Phillips is SolarCity Corporation’s Assistant General Counsel. SolarCity is the #1 solar installation company in the U.S. After working with SolarCity as its lead outside counsel, she joined the in-house team in 2011. Phuong leads the corporate and securities team and advises senior executives and the board of directors on a broad range of public company matters, including corporate governance, securities compliance, SEC reporting, internal and external communications and a variety of corporate transactions. As a key senior member of the SolarCity legal team, Phuong has helped drive the company’s rapid and enormous growth, particularly in managing such important transactions as the company’s IPO, convertible note financings, and first-of-their-kind solar asset securitization financings. She also recently has managed the development and anticipated deployment of an innovative financing platform for smaller investors to directly invest in clean energy projects, creating greater opportunities for clean energy investors and raising potentially up to hundreds of millions of dollars for the company to expand access to clean energy for customers. Phuong has played key roles in SolarCity’s acquisitions and integration of significant assets, technology and teams to support the company’s growth and to drive greater organizational and financial efficiencies. Previously, from 2003 to 2011, Phuong was an attorney at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, a premier national law firm focusing on technology companies. Phuong holds a B.A. in Communication Studies, with a specialization in Business Administration, and a J.D., both from the University of California, Los Angeles. Phuong also serves as chairwoman of the fundraising committee of her daughters’ public elementary school, as a board member of the local AYSO soccer league and as a manager of girls’ softball teams. Phuong lives with her husband and two young daughters in Los Altos, California.

Research Leadership Award

kiliccote-sila2Sila Kiliccote Leader, Grid Integration Group, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Sila Kiliccote is a Research Scientist, the Group Leader of the Grid Integration Group and the Deputy of the Demand Response Research Center at the Energy Storage and Distributed Resources Department at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Her research interests include use of demand response and distributed energy resources for distribution system operation, including quantifying resource availability, advanced control of loads, communication systems and optimization of distribution networks. She is the recipient of the leadership award in Smart Grid Acceleration from GridWeek in 2010. Back to top

2013 C3E Award Winners

Lifetime Achievement Award

Maxine SavitzMaxine Savitz Vice President National Academy of Engineering As the Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Maxine Savitz was nominated and chosen by distinguished energy experts who are part of the C3E Ambassadors program. Savitz recently retired as the general manager for technology partnerships at Honeywell, Inc. During her career at Honeywell, she oversaw the development and manufacturing of innovative materials for the aerospace, transportation and industrial sectors. Previously, Savitz worked at DOE and its predecessor agencies, and served as the deputy assistant secretary for conservation. Savitz has and continues to serve on many advisory boards, including the President’s Council of Advisors for Science and Technology, the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy and the Federation of American Scientists. This year, she was also elected as a fellow to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and is the vice president of the National Academy of Engineering.

Innovation and Technology Development

Milo WernerMilo Werner New Product Introduction Tesla Motors Werner is the Senior Manager of New Product Introduction for Tesla Motors, where she is responsible for the successful launch of all new vehicle and powertrain models – a job that includes developing integrated product development and launch programs, leading cross functional teams through execution and finally delivering high quality manufacturable designs to the Tesla Factory for volume production. Werner is a key member of the team responsible for the successful launches of the powertrains for Tesla Model S, Toyota Rav4 EV and Daimler Smart Car.

Entrepreneurship and Innovative Business Models

Erica MackieErica Mackie Co-founder and CEO Grid Alternatives Mackie is the CEO and Co-Founder of GRID Alternatives, the nation’s largest nonprofit solar installer. She founded the organization in 2001, while working as a professional engineer implementing large-scale renewable energy and energy efficiency projects for the private sector. Her vision was to make the benefits of these technologies available to low-income communities that need the savings the most, but have the least access.

Corporate Implementation

Kristin GundersonKirstin Gunderson Senior Manager, Renewable Energy Walmart Gunderson is a Senior Manager for Walmart’s Energy Team, where she helps drive the successful deployment and management of Walmart’s onsite renewable portfolio – advancing Walmart’s goal to produce or procure 7 billion kWh of renewable energy globally by 2020, and the company’s long-term goal to be supplied by 100 percent renewable energy.  Last year, Gunderson led the installation of Walmart’s first 1 MW onsite wind turbine in Red Bluff, CA.

Policy and Advocacy

Rebecca StanfieldRebecca Stanfield Senior Energy Advocate Deputy Director for Policy, Midwest Program, Chicago NRDC Stanfield has nineteen years of experience in environmental advocacy and organizational development.  Since July 2008, Stanfield has led NRDC’s Midwest clean energy advocacy in a five-state regional footprint, with a goal of transforming electric utility rate and resource acquisition policies to spur a shift from fossil fuels to energy efficiency and renewable energy resources.

Education and Mentorship

Kristen GrafKristen Graf Executive Director Women of Wind Energy Graf is the Executive Director of Women of Wind Energy (WoWE), a national nonprofit that promotes the education, professional development and advancement of women to achieve a strong diversified workforce and support a robust renewable energy economy. Before working at WoWE, Graf spent five years as a Clean Energy Program Coordinator and Research Associate with the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) in Boston.  In these roles, she worked on renewable energy policy at the state and national level with particular focus on wind and biomass.

Advancements for the Developing World

Katherine LuceyKatherine Lucey Chief Executive Officer Solar Sister After a successful 20-year career on Wall Street, Lucey decided to give back. She brought her business acumen and passion for empowering women to Africa, creating a sustainable, market-based social enterprise – Solar Sister – that provides light, hope and opportunity to women and their communities. Solar Sister combines the breakthrough potential of micro-solar lighting and energy with a deliberately woman-centered direct sales network.  Women become Solar Sister entrepreneurs, earning income to lift themselves and their families out of poverty and providing access to clean, affordable solar light to their communities. Back to top

Meet the 2012 Winners

2012 C3E awards presentationMITEI and DOE hosted an invitation-only Women in Clean Energy Symposium on September 28, 2012 for leaders who have helped advance the careers of women in clean energy – laying the foundation for a broader, continuing effort to support and enhance the educational and career opportunities for women in clean energy. View awards ceremony

Corporate Implementation

Liz PorterLiz Porter Program Director, ITA Enterprise Transport Management, Lockheed Martin Ms. Porter is responsible for all personnel, equipment, tools, maintenance, materials, supervision, and other items and non-personal services necessary to perform U.S. Army ITA Transport Management. This includes a 24x7x365 network operations center, project management, and engineering services for 300 sites with more than 8,500 devices across four classifications of networks for more than 55,000 users. Previously, as the Director for Corporate Energy Initiatives at Lockheed Martin, she developed and executed the strategy for the Energy Campaign, working closely with Corporate Strategy and Business Development to grow the company’s business in the energy market.

Entrepreneurship and Innovative Business Models

Judy DoresyJudy Dorsey President and Principal Engineer, Brendle Group Ms. Dorsey has 20 years of executive leadership experience in sustainability, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Her specialties include district-scale and community-scale planning in climate and energy, clean energy, sustainable economic development, organizational development, and net-zero energy and water initiatives. She has led the completion of more than 200 sustainability projects for more than 100 clients across 15 states. She co-founded the Colorado Clean Energy Cluster and helped spearhead two of its primary initiatives: the International Cleantech Network, a global network connecting the world’s leading cleantech clusters, and FortZED, an initiative to create one of the world’s largest active net-zero energy districts.

Education and Mentorship

Tracey HollowayTracey Holloway Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor Holloway works with the Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment and is a member of the Energy Sources, Systems and Policy Cluster. Her research examines air pollution chemistry and transport at regional and global scales, especially the mechanisms underlying transport across international borders. She employs the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Community Multi-Scale Air Quality Model to assess regional air pollution in East Asia and the Great Lakes Region of North America, and she uses the Model of Ozone and Related Tracers to analyze pollution on a global scale. Her work has been supported by grants from NASA, the EPA, the National Institute of Health, and the National Science Foundation.

Innovation and Technology Development

Jing LiJing Li Professor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Rutgers University Professor Li’s work is primarily in the areas of solid-state inorganic and inorganic-organic hybrid materials that possess interesting and useful properties for clean energy applications. She has published more than 220 scientific papers and has received a number of awards, including the Presidential Faculty Fellow Award and the National Science Foundation CAREER Award. She is currently an Associate Editor for the Journal of Solid State Chemistry and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Crystal Growth and Design.

Advancements for the Developing World

Laura StachelLaura Stachel Founder, WE CARE Solar Dr. Stachel is the Medical Director of WE CARE Solar, which helps reduce maternal mortality in developing regions by providing health workers with reliable lighting, mobile communication, and blood bank refrigeration using solar electricity. Dr. Stachel is a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist and the Associate Director of Emergency Obstetric Research in West Africa for the University of California, Berkeley Bixby Center for Population Health and Sustainability. She is also a co-investigator in an upcoming $1.9 million “Saving Lives at Birth” study on the impact of solar interventions on Ugandan maternal health.

Policy and Advocacy

Margaret DowneyMargaret Downey Assistant County Administrator, Barnstable County, Massachusetts Ms. Downey is the Administrator for the Cape Light Compact, the first municipal aggregator in Massachusetts. Ms. Downey manages and directs the Cape Light Compact’s electric power supply aggregation program and energy efficiency programs. She also represents the Cape Light Compact in its sister organization, the Cape & Vineyard Electric Cooperative, which is presently working on installing up to 40 MW of distributed renewable energy projects. Ms. Downey has been working on energy-related issues for more than 17 years.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Millie DresselhausMildred Dresselhaus Institute Professor of Electrical Engineering and Physics,MIT Mildred Dresselhaus is an Institute Professor of Electrical Engineering and Physics at MIT. Professor Dresselhaus has served as President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Treasurer of the US National Academy of Sciences, President of the American Physical Society and is currently Chair of the Governing Board of the American Institute of Physics. She is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering, as well as of the Engineering Sciences Section of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Physical Society, the IEEE, the Materials Research Society, the Society of Women Engineers, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and American Carbon Society. She has received numerous awards, including the US National Medal of Science and 23 honorary doctorates worldwide. She served as the Director of the Office of Science at the US Department of Energy in 2000–2001. She is the co-author of four books on carbon science. Her research interests are in electronic materials, particularly in nanoscience and nanotechnology, with special regard to carbon related materials, novel forms of carbon, including fullerenes, carbon nanotubes, porous carbons, activated carbons and carbon aerogels, as well as other nanostructures, such as bismuth nanowires and the use of nanostructures in low dimensional thermoelectricity. She headed a national Department of Energy Study on “Basic Research Needs for the Hydrogen Economy,” including hydrogen production, storage, and use. She recently cochaired a National Academy of Sciences Decadal Study on “Condensed Matter Materials Physics, CMMP2007″ Professor Mildred Dresselhaus is a native of the Bronx, New York City, where she attended the New York City public schools through junior high school, completing her high school education at Hunter College High School in New York City. She began her higher education at Hunter College in New York City and received a Fulbright Fellowship to attend the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge University (1951-52). Professor Dresselhaus received her master’s degree at Radcliffe College (1953) and her Ph.D. at the University of Chicago (1958). Professor Dresselhaus began her MIT career at the Lincoln Laboratory. During that time she switched from research on superconductivity to magneto-optics, and carried out a series of experiments which led to a fundamental understanding of the electronic structure of semi-metals, especially graphite. A leader in promoting opportunities for women in science and engineering, Professor Dresselhaus received a Carnegie Foundation grant in 1973 to encourage women’s study of traditionally male dominated fields, such as physics. In 1973, she was appointed to The Abby Rockefeller Mauze chair, an Institute-wide chair, endowed in support of the scholarship of women in science and engineering. Professor Dresselhaus has greatly enjoyed her career in science. On her experience working with MIT students, she says, “I like to be challenged. I welcome the hard questions and having to come up with good explanations on the spot. That’s an experience I really enjoy.” Back to top