NM Energy:
Powering the State's Economy

About the Conference

The NM Energy: Powering The State’s Economy conference will focus on business and technology challenges, trends and opportunities for major areas of energy applications, to inform decisions manufacturers in the energy sector will need to make. Critical frameworks for the energy industry will be addressed by nationally and locally recognized experts and practitioners to provide insight for the development of New Mexico’s energy technology manufacturing infrastructure.

As New Mexico contemplates the manufacture of advanced energy technologies for next-generation energy applications, businesses should be mindful of the current state of affairs. Presently, the energy industry is unusually dynamic and in an explosive transition. Traditional energy generation and distribution technologies are perceived to be insufficient, offering New Mexico the opportunity to exploit and profit from its critical assets – numerous natural energy resources, valuable intellectual capital, vibrant workforce development capacity and an energetic entrepreneurial spirit. However, profits and prosperity won’t occur spontaneously or effortlessly. Committed collaboration across the state will be required to make the best use of these assets and successfully facilitate the development of an energy manufacturing ecosystem for all energy applications.

This conference will begin the journey toward realizing success.  Attendees will:

  • gain insight on future direction and trends in the energy sector (mobile, stationary)
  • discover an effective means of navigating the technology rich landscape in New Mexico
  • understand challenges, opportunities and support systems for energy manufacturers in NM
  • network with cohorts in business, industry, R&D, education and government sectors
  • hear how the NM Energy Manufacturing Consortium and the NM Energy Manufacturing Institute can help new and established energy businesses to locate and access resources for business expansion and growing jobs in New Mexico.   


Keynote Speaker

Dr Dan Arvizu

Chancellor, New Mexico State University, Chief Executive of the New Mexico State University System

Chancellor Dan Arvizu joined NMSU last summer, as the most recent step in his distinguished career. He brings to NMSU experience in advanced energy research and development, materials and process sciences, and technology commercialization. He has deep experience working in the public and private sectors. Dr. Arvizu served as the Chief Technology Officer for CH2M Hill Companies, Ltd. and was the 8th Director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado. He was also appointed by two separate presidents to serve on the National Science Board, and he chaired the board that oversees the National Science Foundation his last four years. Chancellor Arvizu is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Public Administration. He received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from New Mexico State University and a Master of Science and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.

Dr Stephen Catt

Deputy Director Education and Workforce Development

Dr. Stephen Catt is the Deputy Director of Education and Workforce Development at Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM). ARM’s mission is to be the leading catalyst of robotics innovation and expertise, accelerating growth in U.S.-based manufacturing and high value careers. This nationwide initiative seeks to enhance existing education and training by identifying and promoting best practices in preparing an adaptive workforce for Industry 4.0.

Prior to joining ARM, Dr. Catt taught higher education administration, organizational development, and management at the Master and Baccalaureate levels. He worked as an administrator for a community college for 30 years where he was a catalyst in regional development of advanced manufacturing programs, an associate degree in robotic technology, STEM coalitions among businesses and education, and other creative workforce initiatives.

He worked in the departments of Student Affairs, Workforce Development, Foundation, and Academics and earned his Certified Fund-Raising Executive (CFRE) certification while acquiring over $1 million in new grant funds a year.  At the college, he transformed the strategic planning process, formed a new Workforce Development department, and was critical in developing and implementing new curriculum in robotics, energy production, cybersecurity, and disaster training.

At ARM, Dr. Catt coordinates project calls, convenes experts around the nation to solve workforce challenges, and helps companies and workers adapt to new technologies.

Kristin Dziczek

Vice President - Industry, Labor, & Economics | Center for Automotive Research

Kristin Dziczek is Vice President of Industry, Labor & Economics at the Center for Automotive Research (CAR). Dziczek joined CAR in 2005 and has more than 25 years of experience as a researcher and policy analyst. She is globally recognized as an expert on automotive labor, employment and talent issues, especially on the topic of labor union relations and contracts, and she regularly presents at conferences and industry events throughout North America.

Kristin leads the ILE team—a group whose expertise includes economic analysis, forecasting & modeling, policy, and economic development. The ILE team’s research portfolio is focused on developing a better understanding of the connections between the automotive industry, technology, the economy, society, and public policy, and is home to CAR’s Automotive Communities Partnership program. Kristin’s research includes analyzing the competitive cost position of the U.S. automotive industry, and evaluating how different tax, trade, or industrial policies and incentives could impact overall automotive sales, production, and employment.

Prior to joining CAR, Kristin served as the associate director of the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center, and has worked for the U.S. Congress, International Union UAW, and General Motors Corporation. She has published articles in the Monthly Labor Review, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, the Journal of Technology Transfer, and the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, among others. She earned her B.A. in economics, M.P.P. in public policy, and M.S. in industrial and operations engineering, all from the University of Michigan.

Wendy M. Elliott

Founder and Managing Director | Advanced Technology Management

Wendy M. Elliott is the Founder and Managing Director of Advanced Technology Management (ATM), founded in 1997 to address technology and management issues for global corporations, academic institutions, and government agencies, providing thought leadership and improved economic returns.

At ATM, Ms. Elliott worked with the governmental agency Enterprise Ireland and the Canadian Consulate to:

  • Foster new product definition and development in manufacturing companies
  • Create strategic partnerships with US companies
  • Explore new market opportunities
  • Identify patent and licensing opportunities

She has expertise in advanced materials, product manufacturing, and medical device development. Ms. Elliott contributes to overall organic growth in an organization by addressing client challenges, new business development, feasibility assessments and technology licensing agreements. Select clients include BASF, Bose, Corning and Mitsubishi Pharmaceuticals. Ms. Elliott also co-developed curriculum and training in the area of technology-based entrepreneurship for the National Collegiate Inventors Innovators Alliance. This program is now used at over 50 US universities.

In addition to her duties at ATM, Ms. Elliott managed an experiential learning program for medical device development for Harvard University’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. The program was created to help students design and build engineering prototypes with their foreign student and faculty counterparts. This summer exchange program took place in India.

Ms. Elliott previously was involved in improving education through engineering for students in grades K-12.  Elements included educator training, robotic workshops, and interactive collaboration with museums.

As a Corporate Relations Manager in MIT’s Industrial Liaison Program (ILP), Ms. Elliott brokered relationships between MIT faculty and researchers and the program’s corporate members. This innovation program fostered research and technology collaboration between corporations, faculty and researchers. Her successful identification of mutual interests led to sponsored research agreements, resource management and new corporate executive education programs. In addition, Ms. Elliott was the liaison between the ILP and the Technology Licensing office. Her responsibilities were in several sectors including materials and manufacturing, biopharma manufacturing, and defense. Her company portfolio included several European companies and she led similar work in Thailand.  

Early in her career, Ms. Elliott was a research engineer in the areas of polymer coatings and filter dye development.  She has manufacturing expertise in magnetic media (tape and flexible disks) at Polaroid Corporation.

She has been a Visiting Scholar at the 304 Hospital in Beijing, China and continues today as a Research Affiliate at MIT focusing on entrepreneurship in developing economies.

Ms. Elliott received both her BS in Chemical Engineering and her MS in Engineering, with concentrations in Industrial Engineering from Northeastern University.  She also has an SM in Management of Technology from the Sloan School of Management/School of Engineering at MIT.

Round Table Discussion

“University, Industry, Government: Overcoming Existing Challenges And Paving New Avenues For Effective Collaboration ”

States and communities are in a high stakes battle amid worldwide competition to secure their economic health and well-being. Innovation and advanced technology are and will continue to be critical to the structure and stability of economic growth throughout the United States and especially in New Mexico. As a dependable source of economic prosperity and sustainability for the most successful states, innovation has only grown in importance in this era of divergent economic outcomes and rapid technological disruptions1. In this regard, innovation, which includes creating new ideas and purposing them for commercial use, helps resolve economic sine waves in numerous ways such as increased product exports, expanded supply chain networks, increased ancillary businesses, improved social well-being, and many more.

New Mexico can double down on its commitment to an innovation economy.  The state can increase investments in capital, people, and most of all collaboration.  This round table will explore elements that should be included in the formation of a robust and  effective system of collaboration that warrants a healthy research and industry nexus. This revolutionary platform will ensure continuous success for New Mexico’s innovation economy. 

The overarching question for this discussion addresses the research and industry nexus. It asks,  How can Universities (U), Industry (I), and the Government (G) work together to find novel solutions to compelling problems in mutually-beneficial ways by applying an effective peer-to-peer model? 

Questions will be posed to the table participants to collect the perspective of each of the represented sectors – university, government and Industry, to understand the unique challenges within each sector and to identify common patterns in their experiences.

The bottom line for  this exercise is to identify specific courses of action required to create the best conditions for UIG collaborations.

Moderator: Dr. Peter Anselmo, NMT, is Executive Director of the Office of Innovation Commercialization at New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (New Mexico Tech) in Socorro. Prior to this position he served for 15 years as Department chair; during that tenure he designed and implemented the New Mexico Tech Graduate Engineering Management Program. Dr. Anselmo has taught a variety of executive and graduate courses around the country and the world, and he has extensive experience with executive graduate management and other technical training programs. Via the Office of Innovation Commercialization, he is actively involved in efforts to protect New Mexico Tech technologies and develop strategies to help link New Mexico Tech research teams with market opportunities.  His current research interests are in the areas of design and governance of complex electronic financial markets, decision analysis applications in industry and government, the relationship between evolution of patent citation networks and technological performance, and the connection between the timing of market inputs into the design process and new-technology success. Dr. Anselmo earned his PhD and MBA degrees from the University of Texas at Austin, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry and Fine Art from New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, New Mexico.
Dr. Edl Schamiloglu, University of New Mexico, is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer at the University of New Mexico.  He is also the Associate Dean for Research and Innovation in the School of Engineering, as well as the Special Assistant to the Provost for Laboratory Relations.  He has been with the University of New Mexico since completing his Ph.D. in Engineering at Cornell University in 1988.

Dr. Patricia Sullivan, New Mexico State University, serves as Associate Dean for Outreach and Recruitment in the College of Engineering and is currently on assignment as Director for Strategic Initiatives in the Office of the Chancellor. With over 34 years’ experience at NMSU, Dr. Sullivan provides direction for advancing system-wide strategic initiatives as well as directing statewide engineering extension and outreach and recruitment programs under the College’s Engineering New Mexico Resource Network. Dr. Sullivan serves as PI for an EDA i6 Challenge Grant entitled Innovation and

Commercialization for a Regional Energy Workforce (ICREW) and is PI for EPA and USDA grants to advance adoption of energy efficiency and pollution prevention best practices by business and industry statewide. Additionally, Dr. Sullivan serves on a variety of regional, state and local boards and commissions where she is regarded for her professional and visionary leadership, including over 13 years on the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), a founding member of the board of directors for Enchantment Land Certified Development Company (a program that certifies SBA 504 loans in support of economic development), and a member of the New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority’s Tax Allocation Committee. She has received the NM Distinguished Public Service Award, the Outstanding MAESstro Bravo Award from the national MAES organization, was named a Women of Influence by Albuquerque Business First, was named Energy Executive of the Year by the NM Association of Energy Engineers and is a graduate of the Leadership New Mexico program. Most recently, she was elected to the Board of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) College Industry Partnership Division for a three-year term.

Carlos Romero, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology New Mexico Tech, has over 15 years’ experience in higher education working in roles from government and community relations to center director to researcher. Currently, Carlos is the Associate Vice President for Research at New Mexico Tech in Socorro, NM. Mr. Romero worked in public finance and has taught for the past 20 years. His current projects are focused on Big Data, Information Environment Assessment, and Cyber-Kinetics. He is currently the Principal Investigator on projects with the Air Force Research Laboratory, National Park Service and North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Mr. Romero’s interests in community development and capacity building through research engagement and development.
Steven A. González, NASA, has applied his skills in visioning, strategy, innovation and fostering collaborations to benefit the human exploration of Space for over 31 years.  At the NASA/Johnson Space Center (JSC), Mr. González led the team to develop the 20-year strategy for the Center and was instrumental in creating numerous strategic initiatives that connected NASA to the entrepreneur and innovation community in Houston, including the creation of the SpaceCom Conference and Exposition. Earlier in his career Mr. González instructed the crew of the Space Shuttle Columbia STS-65 mission on the vehicle’s computer and navigation system. He received his Master of Science at Texas A&M University and his Bachelors in Computer Engineering at Boston University. He has also been recognized as one of the “2018 HENAAC (Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Corporation) Luminary “and named one of the “100 Most Important Hispanics in Technology and Business”.
Charles Hanley, Sandia National Laboratories, is Senior Manager of the Grid Modernization and Resilient Infrastructures Group at Sandia National Laboratories. His group conducts research on enhancing the resilience of our critical energy infrastructures, including grid-scale optimization, controls, and microgrids; energy storage technologies; renewable energy integration; power electronics; cyber security; and advanced analytics for complex systems. He joined Sandia in 1988 and has been working in Sandia’s renewable energy and electric grid programs since 1994. From 2005 through 2014, Charlie managed Sandia’s Photovoltaics and Distributed Systems Integration Program. Prior to that, he managed Sandia’s international renewable energy programs, through which he oversaw the implementation of more than 400 photovoltaic and wind energy systems in Latin America. He received his B.S. in Engineering Science from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in Troy, New York.
Steven Stringer, Los Alamos National Laboratory, is a Business Development Executive/Alliance Manager in The Richard P. Feynman Center for Innovation, which is the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s technology transition office. His job is to connect business needs with basic science. He manages a portfolio of Laboratory engagements with industrial and academic partners, including patents, copyrights, licenses, and joint research agreements (CRADA, SBIR, STTR, TCF). The applications areas he works in are Applied Energy (fuel cells, power grid, batteries, wind power, and hydrogen generation), Big Data (cybersecurity, commercial practices quality assurance, predictive simulation, and education analytics), and Supercomputers (conventional/massively parallel, and quantum systems). His professional background is in supercomputer sales (Cray Research) and in software development for defense systems.
Matthew Fetrow, Air Force Research Laboratory, is the Director of the Tech Engagement Office at the Air Force Research Laboratory in New Mexico.  He leads the laboratory’s technology transfer, STEM outreach, commercialization, innovation, and community engagement activities in the state.   In addition, Mr. Fetrow has led numerous technology programs for the Air Force with a focus on space remote sensing, laser remote sensing, and advanced photonics.  Prior to his years of federal service, he worked in optical systems research and development at industry startups and in academia.  Matt received his B.S. in Physics from Utah State University and his M.B.A. from the University of Massachusetts.
Michael Orshan, Arctech Solar, is formerly New Mexico’s Director of Science and Technology during Governor Bill Richardson’s first term.  Then creating state clusters in renewable, biotech and electronics, authoring the Angel Investment Tax Credit and other legislation.  From 1992, he was a sales executive for the telecommunication industry, leading the first development of embedded solutions for high speed communications.  After state office he has been a sales executive in the solar industry responsible for over 4GW of deployments around the globe.  Today he is General Manager for Arctech Solar out of Shanghai, China.  Michael has a BS in Computer Science and Accounting from The Ohio State University.
Andrew Hisey, Go-Station, has been involved in the business of manufacturing technical and high margin products for the Aerospace, Defense, Oil/Gas/Renewable Energy and High Performance Automotive industries for more than a decade.  Throughout that time, Mr. Hisey has also worked alongside some of the world’s largest automotive and transportation companies, helping to build strategic partnerships, create efficiencies and grow their businesses.  He is currently President and CEO of Go-Station, a New Mexico based company in the business of building a fast, universal and convenient Direct Current Fast Charger network to enable EV owners to travel freely throughout the United States and in select global markets.  In addition to building its own network, Go-Station also provides consultation, site analysis, construction, maintenance, repair and management services for property owners and government entities interested in EV charging.
Dr. Matthew Bergren, UBIQD, is the Chief Product Officer at UbiQD, a nanomaterials company that spun-out of Los Alamos National Laboratory in 2014. At their Los Alamos, NM research and manufacturing facility, UbiQD focuses on developing new technology in the renewable energy and agriculture industries that is enabled by their novel nanomaterials called quantum dots. Dr. Bergren has a PhD in applied physics from the Colorado School of Mines and worked as a researcher at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory for over 5 years, where he was developing photovoltaic technologies based on novel nanomaterials. As an entrepreneur, Dr. Bergren has helped grow UbiQD’s business over the past 4 years and now leads their product development.


An Energy Manufacturing Ecosystem for New Mexico Capital, Supply Chain/Logistics, Export, Workforce Development and State Government

The objective of the panel is to collectively introduce the audience to a few of the critical entities, agencies, and organizations that comprise the broad and complicated system needed to support a vibrant and successful energy manufacturing ecosystem.  The panelists will provide a 30,000-foot overview of their area of expertise, creating a taste for the deep dives that will occur in future Energy Manufacturing summits and symposiums.   Please read about this distinguished list of professionals below:

Moderator: Candace Beeke Publisher and president of Albuquerque Business First, a position she accepted in July 2015. She previously served as editor in chief of the Houston Business Journal. Under her direction, Albuquerque Business First , known for accurate and Impartial journalism, has positioned itself as the foremost authority on all things business in New Mexico.
Dave Blivin, Founder & Managing Director of Cottonwood Technology Funds — Cottonwood is a founding stage investor in disruptive hard science technologies based in the Southwest US and Northern Europe. Areas of focus include photonics, robotics, energy, advanced materials and health sciences. Prior to Cottonwood Mr. Blivin was Founder &  Managing Director of Southeast Interactive, the first and largest information technology–focused fund based in the Southeast. Dave holds a MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.
Victor Chavez, New Mexico Trade Alliance — Victor has a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance from Mexico. In 2017 he came to ABQ under a Fulbright scholarship, becoming the first Fulbright student from Mexico in UNM. Since then, he has been working with the New Mexico Trade Alliance finding international market opportunities for local companies. He is currently studying his MBA with the concentration in Management of Technology and Entrepreneurship at UNM.
Brian ConnellDirector of Business Development for New Mexico Transloading – New Mexico’s first rail served foreign-trade zone located in Albuquerque, NM. — Brian is experienced in logistics, oilfields, railroad construction and federal law enforcement.  His training and experience have enabled him to rapidly identify and execute growth opportunities for a wide range of companies. His advice and assistance are requested daily to address challenges experienced by new ventures or existing companies, seeking to increase their business’s  efficiency and productivity. His breadth of experience provides him with the knowledge and skills to confront these challenges, chart new territory, and solve  business problems.

Celina Bussey, Chief Workforce Development Officer, Central New Mexico Community College– 

Celina spent nearly eight years as Cabinet Secretary for the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions, overseeing all agency operations, budget and personnel, prior to joining CNM in 2018 as their Chief Workforce Development Officer. She has held multiple positions related to workforce development, specializing in apprenticeship and innovative strategies to address workforce needs in the community. A native of Albuquerque, Celina earned her B.A. in Political Science and Communications from the University of New Mexico.

Myrriah Tomar, Director of the Office of Science and Technology for the New Mexico Economic Development Department. Myrriah completed her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical School and her B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of New Mexico. Dr. Tomar oversees the Innovation Voucher program, the NM SBIR Matching Grant Program, and most recently the launch of a new program called the New Mexico Technology Transfer Assistance Grant (NM-TAG) to assist early stage startups in New Mexico.


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Hotel Accomodations

A block of rooms have been reserved at the Sheraton Airport Hotel at a conference rate of $106 per night. To take advantage of that rate, call 1(800)227-1117 and provide the group code “CTR”.