Dr. Ronnen Levinson is a Staff Scientist and Leader of the Heat Island Group in the Energy Technologies Area of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Within his research portfolio he develops cool roof, wall, and pavement materials; improves methods for the measurement of solar reflectance; and quantifies the energy and environmental benefits of cool surfaces. Ronnen collaborates with researchers and regulators from the U.S., China, India, Brazil and Mexico to advance the appropriate use of cool materials in warm climates. He serves on the boards and technical committees of the Cool Roof Rating Council and the Global Cool Cities Alliance, and advises policymakers, code officials, utilities and building rating programs about cool surfaces. He holds a B.S. in engineering physics from Cornell University and an M.S. and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. He has authored or co-authored over 50 publications, and serves on the editorial boards of Energy & Buildings and Advances in Building Energy Research.
Jonathan Slack is a Senior Scientific Engineering Associate with the Energy Technologies Area at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His twenty-seven years of experience supporting research programs in the physical sciences have combined engineering, materials science, product design, and instrument development to enable new technologies, with an emphasis on improved energy performance in buildings. Current research areas include Zero Net Energy buildings, vaccine cold chain product development, Smartwindows, and industrial-scale production systems for thin-film transparent conductors. He received an R&D 100 Award for Transition Metal Switchable Windows, is an author or coauthor of 15 journal articles, is active in the field of appropriate technology/development, and is an engineering mentor and guest speaker for UC Berkeley's graduate course, Design for Sustainable Communities. Jonathan worked at Genetics Institute in Cambridge, MA before joining LBNL, and holds a B.A. degree in Biology from UC Santa Cruz.
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