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The Earth Science & Industry Seminar Series at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab is a new kind of seminar series aimed at bridging the gap between science, technology, and industry with the following goals:

  1. Reach out to industry and create/maintain open lines of communication for 2-­‐way dialog between LBL scientists and industry professionals
  2. Introduce young scientists and students to science related career options outside of traditional academic roles
  3. Provide networking opportunities with industry contacts

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Earth Science & Industry Seminar Series

Photo of Daniel KrasnerNEXT EVENT (5/17/12): Data Science and the Tech Sector

Who: Dr. Daniel Krasner, Data Science Lead, Sailthru

Where: Building 90, Room 1099, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory

When: Thursday, May 17th: 3-4pm (followed by informal networking, refreshments included)


In the last five years the term data science has evolved from an ill-defined combination of mathematical and computer science skills to a job title, a course description, and a colloquialism in the private sector. With the data deluge came the demand for the data scientist, a demand that is continually growing.

I will describe the collection of skills, mathematical, technical and otherwise that the industry expects with this relatively new role. In doing so, I will touch upon the stark differences you might find between the traditional, academic, world of machine learning and statistical analysis and that of the private sector as it is evolving today.  Given that the opportunities are coming from a wide range of sources, from tiny startups to large corporations, I'll talk about some of the differences, advantages, drawbacks of each. 

A few examples of the work I do on a day to day basis will be provided – the descriptions will be geared towards a general scientific audience and I will skirt technical particulars of the field.  Last but not least I will give the short story of my path from pure mathematics to the startup/data science world, and will close with how I see this industry evolving in the years to come and the opportunities that lie in store.

Speaker Biosketch:

After receiving a PhD in mathematics from Columbia University, Daniel Krasner held academic posts at both the Mathematical Sciences Research Center in Berkeley, CA and at UCLA.  His research focus was centered on the intersection of low-dimensional topology and homological algebra. With the rapid evolution and demand for statistical analysis, he decided to move from academia to the private sector where his focus shifted to mathematical modeling, predictive analytics, data visualization, and machine learning.  Currently, he leads the data science team at Sailthru, an email, ad and analytics platform provider.  His work involves behavioral predictive models, recommendation systems, parallel and GPU computing, big data, as well as product development. As an independent consultant for financial firms, startups and non-profit organizations, he has had the opportunity to work on problems related to the medical and social sciences, web analytics and social media. Daniel is also the co-founder of KFit Solutions.

**If you are not an employee or guest of the Lab, and plan to drive to and park at the Lab, please email Sara Hefty ( so that a visitor pass may be arranged for you through our Site Access office.  Additional information regarding the lab including maps and parking can be found here.**

Archive: 4/19/2012

Making Progress on Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage to Meet 2050 Goal

Dr. Elizabeth Burton, Technical Director, WESTCARB

Where:  LBNL Building 90, Room 1099

 When: Thursday, April 19th: 3-4pm

Speaker Biosketch:

Dr. Elizabeth Burton is the Technical Director of the West Coast Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership (WESTCARB) and a project manager in Carbon Management at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She has worked in the field of carbon capture and storage for over 10 years, both as a researcher and as a technical consultant, in industry as well as in government. She has extensive experience at the federal and state level in providing technical consultation for energy policymakers, including as a team member in developing the Energy-Water Report to Congress and Energy-Water Roadmap, in leading the Assembly Bill 1925 effort at the Energy Commission to report to the California Legislature on recommendations of policies to facilitate commercial-scale CCS adoption in the state, and as a member of the Technical Advisory Committee to the California CCS Review Panel. She is the author or coauthor of over 100 published technical papers and a college textbook on oceanography.

Archive: 4/5/2012

Accelerating Tidal Array Deployment: Lessons from the Offshore Wind Industry

Hannah Abend, Technical Team Lead,  RES offshore, Hertfordshire UK

Where:  LBNL Building 15, Room 253

 When: Thursday, April 5th: 3-4pm

Speaker Biosketch:

Hannah Abend graduated from NYU with a degree in Physics and from Columbia with a Master’s in Geophysics. She then began working Verdant Power in NYC, where she was Senior Resource Analyst and Deputy Project Manager.   Verdant deployed 6 tidal turbines in the East river in NYC, which were operational for almost a year. She then moved to England to accept a position with RES Offshore as the Technical Team Lead within the Engineering Department. She has been with RES for 2 years and has been Project Technical Coordinator of two tidal projects, and Metocean specialist during the development of 3 Offshore Wind farm projects.

Archive: 3/22/2012

An Adaptive Reliability-Based Decision Framework for Water and Hazard Management

Dr. Chin Man “Bill” Mok, Principal Engineer and Hydrogeologist, AMEC

Where:  LBNL Building 15, Room 253

 When: Thursday, March 22nd: 3-4pm

Speaker Biosketch:

Chin Man W. Mok is a principal engineer and hydrogeologist in AMEC’s Oakland office with 26 years of industry experience in geology as well as geotechnical, earthquake, environmental, hydrologic, and structural engineering worldwide.  He obtained his BSc(Eng.) in civil and structural engineering from the University of Hong Kong, his MS(soil dynamics focus) and PhD (groundwater and reliability analysis) from the UC Berkeley. Apart from his industry practice, he is an affiliated professor(engineering risk) and Diesel Fellow at the Technical University of Munich, an adjunct professor(earth science) at the University of Waterloo and has been a part-time associate professor(geotechnical engineering) at the University of Hong Kong. He has taught continuing professional development short courses in many countries and has been a principal investigator in many research studies funded by national agencies and AMEC. His expertise is in computational modeling, reliability/risk/hazard analysis, resource and operations optimization, and field testing. He is interested in applied research and is currently supervising several graduate students.

Archive: 3/1/2012

PhD to Private Sector: Marketing and Applied Science at Weidlinger Associates, Consulting Engineers

Christy Veeder and Dave Vaughan, Weidlinger Associates, Inc.

Where:  LBNL Building 15, Room 253

 When: March 1, 2012, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Speaker Biosketches:

Christy Veeder is the Strategy and Development Coordinator at Weidlinger Associates, Inc., a structural engineering firm that designs and rehabilitates buildings, bridges, and infrastructure and provides special services in applied science, forensics, and physical security. For almost 60 years, Weidlinger has been acknowledged worldwide for design solutions both innovative and practical and for a commitment to advancing the state of the art in engineering. Christy is responsible for the company's social media initiatives and also contributes to proposal production, business development initiatives, and the maintenance and upkeep of the company's marketing resources. Prior to joining the field of civil engineering, Christy earned a Bachelor's degree in English at Cornell University and worked in publishing and food journalism for six years before enrolling in the doctoral program at Columbia's Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, where she studied climate modeling and atmospheric science. After graduating in 2009, she transitioned to civil engineering marketing work and has been fascinated with the world of consulting engineering ever since. 

Dave Vaughan has Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M University.  His master's thesis investigated accurate nonlinear constitutive models to use for representing large strain, plastic behavior of aluminum alloys used in aerospace structures.  As a Principal at Weidlinger Associates, Dave is currently the Director of the company’s Applied Science & Investigations (ASI) group which encompasses 56 staff members located at six offices within the U.S. The focus of the ASI group is to apply extensive staff expertise and advanced simulation methods to solve problems for government, academic and commercial organizations that cannot be addressed using typical commercial software tools. Dave has extensive experience in the development and application of explicit finite element techniques to solve dynamic, highly nonlinear problems. He has directed a wide range of projects that have advanced the state-of-the-art in simulating: the blast response of structures, progressive collapse of blast damaged buildings, airblast propagation from explosions in urban environments, ballistic penetration of man-made construction and wave propagation for seismic, ultrasonic and electromagnetic applications.

Archive: 2/9/2012

Putting Your Science to WORK:  Entrepreneurship 101 for Scientists and Engineers

Peter Fiske, PAX Water Technologies, Inc.

Where: LBNL Building 15, Room 253

When:  February 9th 2012, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Speaker Biosketch:  

Chief Executive Officer of PAX Water Technologies, Inc. PAX Water has pioneered the use of biomimicry (adapting nature’s best designs to man-made engineering problems) to develop innovative and energy efficient technologies for the water industry. PAX Water is widely recognized as the market leader in energy-efficient water quality technologies for the distribution system. Prior to PAX Water, Fiske was co-founder of RAPT Industries, Inc., a pioneer in the field of plasma processing of optics and semiconductors. Fiske spun the company out of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory where he was a staff scientist. Fiske is the author of 24 technical articles, most in international peer-reviewed journals including SCIENCE. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1994 and an M.B.A. from the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley in 2002. Fiske is a nationally-recognized author and lecture on the subject of leadership and career development for scientists and engineers and writes a regular column in the journal Nature. He is the author of To Boldly Go: A Practical Career Guide for Scientists (1997) and Put Your Science to WORK! (2000).

Archive: 1/26/2012

Creating Your Personal Brand through LinkedIn and  Other Social Media

JP McDermott, MassMutual Financial Group

Where: LBNL Building 15, Room 253

When:  January 26th 2012, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Speaker Biosketch:  

Preparing for that next step in life isn’t always easy. My combination of experience, professionalism and access to a wide variety of products and services can help you meet your financial goals, estate strategies and insurance needs. Whether your goals include preparing for milestone life events like retirement or college, or whether you’re simply looking for life, disability income or long-term care insurance protection, I promise you a new level of attention, insight and capability.

I specialize in retirement planning, long term care education and helping business owners and entrepreneurs maximize their finances.

Archive: 12/15/2011

Origin of CH4 and H2S in Shallow Gas Fumes at the Belmont Learning Center in Los Angeles: A Forensic Report of a Geochemical Sherlock Holmes

Dr. Martin Schoell, GasConsult International Inc. 

Where: LBNL Building 15, Room 253

When:  December 15th 2011, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Speaker Biosketch:  Dr. Martin Schoell, an internationally known geologist and geochemist, founded GasConsult International in 2001 upon his retirement from Chevron after a 30 year career in government research and the oil industry.  Dr. Schoell developed fundamental concepts and techniques for the application of isotope geochemical data that are now widely used in the industry.  Dr. Schoell is widely published and has been awarded the prestigious 2009 Alfred Treibs award for organic geochemistry for his lifetime contributions to the field.

Archive: 11/10/2011

Bringing Science to Market: Commercial Energy and Environmental Innovations

Dr. Martin Schoell, GasConsult International Inc.

Where: Building 15, Room 253

When:  November 10th 2011, 3PM to 4PM

Speaker Biosketch:  Andrew M. Isaacs is a successful scientist, technology company executive, entrepreneur, and educator.  He is passionate about mentoring the next generation of technology business leaders and has a strong track record of helping young entrepreneurs launch their careers.  Isaacs has worked at the crossroads of advanced technology and business innovation for 25 years, ten of those years at UC Berkeley, helping start-ups and established technology companies create and execute successful growth strategies

Archive: 10/13/2011

Commercial Geologic CO2 Storage Project Development

Daniel Enderton, Ph.D.

Director of External Affairs: C12 Energy

Thursday Oct. 13, 2011 Perseverance Hall  (Bldg 54, Rm 130)


Closed Networking Session to Follow for Preregistered Postdocs 4-5pm

Refreshments Provided

Company Description:

C12 Energy is a commercial developer of geologic CO2 storage projects. C12 Energy has identified and acquired injection rights to approximately 400,000 acres of privately-held pore space spanning 13 sites in 10 different states. The cumulative storage capacity of these sites is equivalent to approximately 15% of the nation’s coal fleet CO2 emissions for 30 years. The firm was founded in 2008 and is backed by Sequoia Capital, Reservoir Capital, and Madrone Capital, and General Catalyst Partners.


In this talk, Daniel Enderton will provide an overview of the market for geologic CO2 storage and describe the process of commercial CO2 storage site identification, acquisition, engineering, permitting, construction, and operation. The talk will focus on how science, engineering, policy, and business are integrated into this development process.


Dr. Daniel Enderton is the Director of External Affairs for C12 Energy, a commercial developer of geologic CO2 storage projects. Dr. Enderton manages and implements the companyʼs legislative and regulatory agendas. He also conducts business development and communications for the firm. Prior to C12 Energy, Dr. Enderton was the Executive Director of the MIT Energy Initiativeʼs Sustainable Energy Revolution Program, where he worked with faculty across disciplines to coordinate and raise support for research on renewable energy sources. Dr. Enderton has Ph.D. from MITʼs Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences. He was a Linden Earth System Fellow, Rossby Prize recipient, President of the MIT Energy Club, and a Director of the MIT Energy Conference.