Program Director

Fred Wellington is the program director of the energy systems management program where he also serves on the faculty. He has over 20 years of experience working on energy and environmental issues in the private, public and academic sectors. Prior to joining USF, Fred worked as a consultant to electric utilities, technology companies, and federal, state, and local governments on various issues related to clean energy. He's held senior consulting positions at NewGen Strategies, Leidos Engineering...

  • University of San Francisco, MS in Environmental Management, 2004
  • University of San Francisco, MBA, 2004
  • Southern Methodist University, BA Latin American Studies, 1997
  • Southern Methodist...

Academic Director

Downtown Campus, Room 205

Dr. Jim Williams is a global thought leader in the area of low-carbon energy systems.  At USF his focus is on developing a new generation of energy professionals with the skills and knowledge needed to have rewarding careers in sustainably meeting society’s energy needs.  

Dr. Williams has written extensively about the transition from today’s energy system to one that emits no climate-altering greenhouse gases (“net zero”) and is involved in many research collaborations.  He is a senior...

  • PhD in Energy and Resources, University of California, Berkeley
  • MS in Energy and Resources, University of California, Berkeley
  • BS  in Physics, Washington & Lee University
  • Energy technology, planning, and regulation
  • Low carbon energy systems
  • Climate change science and policy

Full-Time Faculty

SFH 210

Dr. Jalel Sager is a globally recognized leader in distributed renewable energy technologies, and the historical evolution of economic and energy systems. His mission at USF centers on research and service that addresses linked climate change-equity challenges, and training the next generation of energy leaders.

In 2006 Dr. Sager began to focus his career on addressing sustainability and climate change, after years spent working as a writer. Also concerned with development and equity issues...

  • PhD in Energy and Resources, University of California-Berkeley
  • MA in Energy and Resources, University of California-Berkeley
  • BA in Interdisciplinary Studies, New York University
  • Economic History
  • Renewable Energy & Energy Technologies
  • Ecological Economics
  • Climate Change
  • Development Engineering
Harney Science Center 440E

Professor Siehr works on energy–based solutions to multiple environmental problems–from local air pollution to global climate change–combining engineering with tools from political economy and organizational analysis. With a geographical focus on China, Japan, and the US, her research and teaching examine energy and carbon saving strategies; emissions inventories; city climate action; environmental and energy policy analysis; urban sustainability, international cooperation; and environmental...

  • PhD, MS, Environmental Engineering and Policy, Stanford University
  • SB, Chemical Engineering, MIT

Part-Time Faculty

SFH 209

Riya Jain Chajed is a contemporary expert in developmental finance. She works with Generate Capital Inc., a financial services company broadly focused on investments in clean tech & sustainable infrastructure.

Professor Chajed has extensively worked with an array of non-banking financial institutions (such as manufacturing, retail, and logistics companies) on value-based addition models to provide operational & financial solutions.

While she has broad experience in strategic modeling...

  • MS, Financial Analysis, University of San Francisco
  • MBA, Amity Business School
  • B.Com, Accounting & Finance, University of Mumbai
  • Finance

Paul De Martini is a leading expert on the business, policy and technology dimensions of a more distributed power system. His work draws upon a unique set of successful executive experiences in transforming utility operations, building successful competitive energy services firms and growing technology ventures. His extensive writings and consulting work have influenced industry transformation efforts in Australia, Canada, and across the US. Paul is also currently a visiting scholar at the...

  • MBA, University of Southern California
  • BS, Applied Economics, University of San Francisco
  • Energy Industry Business Strategy
  • Electric Policy and Regulation
  • Integrated Grid Planning
  • Grid Modernization

Chris Greacen works on policy and hands-on implementation of renewable energy from village to government levels. As co-director of the non-profit organization Palang Thai he helped draft Thailand’s Very Small Power Producer (VSPP) policies and conduct studies in support of the country’s feed-in tariff program.

As a consultant to the World Bank, GIZ and ADB he assisted the Myanmar government in developing and implementing the off-grid component of Myanmar’s National Electrification Program...

  • PhD, Energy and Resources, University of California, Berkeley
  • MS, Energy and Resources, University of California, Berkeley
  • BA, Physics, Reed College
  • Mini grids
  • Renewable energy
  • Rural electrification in developing economies

Adjunct Professor Frank R. Lindh is the retired general counsel of the California Public Utilities Commission and currently a solo practitioner. Mr. Lindh has been a practicing lawyer in the field of energy law for 33 years, initially in Washington, D.C., and since 1991 in San Francisco. Lindh is former president of the Western Chapter of the Energy Bar Association, and is a past member of the Energy Bar Association's national board of directors. He also has been a member of the board of...

  • JD, Georgetown University
  • MSW, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • BA, Pennsylvania State University

Jason works on policy and regulatory initiatives for Enphase Energy, a global manufacturer of distributed energy resource (DER) systems based in Silicon Valley. As the head of policy for Enphase, Jason is responsible for supporting product development and market adoption initiatives through engagement with industry stakeholders in the areas of DER market design, global trade, utility reform, codes and standards, project financing, and interconnection. His work also includes advising on M&A...

  • University of San Francisco, MS in Environmental Management, 2010
  • Charted Financial Analyst, 2000
  • University of Windsor, Honors BComm in Finance, 1997
  • University of Windsor, BA in Political Science, 1994
  • Energy industry business strategy
  • Electric policy and regulation
  • Grid modernization