The Energy Exchange has a tradition of featuring some of the leading voices across the federal energy management sector, and 2019 is no exception. Below is the current speaker line up. Be sure to check back often for updates and new speaker additions.
Opening Plenary Speakers
Mr. Daniel Simmons
Assistant Secretary, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, DOE
In his role as the Assistant Secretary in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Daniel Simmons leads EERE to promote affordable and reliable energy to enhance America’s economic growth and energy security. He oversees technology development in the energy efficiency, renewable power and sustainable transportation sectors.
Before joining DOE, Mr. Simmons served as the Institute for Energy Research’s Vice President for Policy, overseeing its energy and climate policy work at the state and federal level.
He previously served as the director of the Natural Resources Task Force of the American Legislative Exchange Council, was a research fellow at the Mercatus Center and worked as professional staff on the Committee on Resources of the U.S. House of Representatives.
He is a graduate of Utah State University and George Mason University School of Law.
Mr. Alex Beehler
Assistant Secretary of the Army – Installations, Energy and Environment
In his role as the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment, Mr. Beehler is the primary advisor to the Secretary of the Army and Chief of Staff of the Army for all matters related to Army installation policy and oversight, and coordination of energy security and management. In addition, he is responsible for policy and oversight of sustainability and environmental initiatives; resource management, including design, military construction, operations and maintenance; Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC); privatization of the Army real estate portfolio and installations’ Safety and Occupational Health programs.
Before joining IE&E, Mr. Beehler served in the Office of Under Secretary of Defense for Installations and Environment. He was also the first Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) of the Department of Defense.
Mr. Beehler has extensive experience in private industry as well as environmental and regulatory affairs. He served in the Department of Justice, at the Environmental Protection Agency and on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.
Mr. Beehler has a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and a law degree from University of Virginia.
The Honorable Lucian Niemeyer
Acting Assistant Secretary of the Navy – Energy, Installations and Environment
The Honorable Lucian Niemeyer serves as the Acting Assistant Secretary of the Navy – Energy, Installations and Environment, responsible for oversight and policy for Navy and Marine Corps programs. In this and his previous role as the Assistant Secretary of Defense, he provides budgetary, policy and management oversight of the Department’s real property portfolio, including investments and collaboration with the private sector and communities to enhance security and resilience. Previously, he served on the professional staff of the United States Senate Committee on Armed Services where he was responsible for a wide portfolio of national security programs, including military installations, ranges, world-wide basing, energy programs, facility privatization initiatives, military budgets, unit readiness, industrial base, and environmental issues.
Prior to his appointment, Mr. Niemeyer worked in the private sector as the founder of The Niemeyer Group, LLC. He also served from 2003 to 2014 on the professional staff of the United States Senate Committee on Armed Services where he was responsible for a wide portfolio of national security programs, including military installations and ranges, world-wide basing, energy programs, facility privatization initiatives, military budgets, unit readiness, industrial base, and environmental issues. He also provided oversight for military logistics and sustainment programs as well as Air Force and Navy acquisition programs.
Mr. Niemeyer is an Air Force veteran, retiring in 2008 at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel with 15 years of active and 5 years of Air National Guard service working within the installation engineering and military plans community.
Mr. Niemeyer holds a Bachelor of Architecture, from the University of Notre Dame, a Master of Business Administration from The George Washington University, and a Master of National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.
Dr. Martin Keller
Director, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Dr. Martin Keller became the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) ninth director on November 30, 2015. He also serves as the President of Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC.
Dr. Keller has joined NREL from Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) where he served as the Associate Laboratory Director for Energy and Environmental Sciences, which includes ORNL’s programs in biosciences, environmental sciences, buildings technologies, transportation, climate change, manufacturing, and electrical and electronics systems. In 2006, Dr. Keller was recruited to ORNL from an industrial enzyme discovery and development company to lead the Office of Science-supported BioEnergy Science Center, in which NREL is a partner.
Dr. Keller earned his doctorate in Microbiology (Summa Cum Laude) from the University of Regensburg in Germany. He was appointed a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2013. He serves on multiple boards and advisory panels, including the Science Advisory Board for the Council on Competitiveness.
Dr. Robert W. Ivester
Director, Federal Energy Management Program, DOE
Dr. Robert W. Ivester currently serves as the Director of the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). FEMP oversees the implementation of policy and actions that result in energy efficiency implementation, renewable energy adoption, and reduction in energy and water use in federal government operations.
Prior to this position, Dr. Ivester served in EERE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) for six years. During that time, AMO launched five Manufacturing USA Institutes, the Critical Materials Hub, and hundreds of small R&D and technical assistance projects across the Nation. He also worked at the National Institute of Standards and Technology for over 16 years, leading and performing research in advanced manufacturing.
He has been an instructor for the Johns Hopkins University Engineering for Professionals program for graduate-level studies in manufacturing engineering since 2001. Dr. Ivester is a SME Fellow and a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Dr. Ivester received his doctorate in engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Master of Science in Manufacturing Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Dr. Teresa R. Pohlman
Executive Director, Sustainability and Environmental Programs, DHS
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Dr. Teresa R. Pohlman is the Executive Director for Sustainability and Environmental Programs at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)’s Headquarters. She has over 25 years of experience managing environmental and infrastructure program and product development.
Dr. Pohlman’s background includes positions with responsibility for up to $1 billion annual budgets for environmental, infrastructure, and facility maintenance programs. As the Air Force Headquarters Air Staff Environmental Division Chief, she managed the worldwide environmental program.
While working for the Navy, Dr. Pohlman led policy and guidance for base closure, cleanup, health and safety, and quality assurance. As the Tenant Activities Group Leader at the Pentagon Renovation Office, she was responsible for strategic master planning for the entire Pentagon Renovation.
Closing Plenary Speakers
Mr. Alex Fitzsimmons
Chief of Staff and Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency, DOE
Mr. Alex Fitzsimmons is Chief of Staff for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency (DAS-EE) at the U.S. Department of Energy. In his role as Chief of Staff, Mr. Fitzsimmons leads strategic planning, policy and communications, supporting the Assistant Secretary in advancing the mission of the office.
In his role as Acting DAS-EE, Mr. Fitzsimmons leads a diverse energy efficiency program and research portfolio that includes advanced manufacturing, buildings, federal energy management, low income weatherization, and intergovernmental partnerships. As part of EERE’s senior leadership, he implements and advances administration priorities and initiatives that increase energy affordability, productivity, and resiliency of the built environment.
Prior to joining DOE, Alex worked on energy policy for a variety of D.C.-based organizations, including the Institute for Energy Research, where he served as the Policy Director managing energy and environmental issues at the state and federal level.
Mr. Fitzsimmons is a graduate of The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Ms. Leslie Nicholls
Strategic Director, Federal Energy Management Program, DOE
Ms. Leslie Nicholls is the Strategic Director for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). She previously served as FEMP’s Acting Director and Strategic Communications and Training Manager.
She brings nearly three decades of clean energy and executive leadership experience to EERE. Most recently, she served as Vice President of the Building Energy Solutions Division at Energetics Incorporated, a subsidiary of VSE Corporation. In this capacity, she was responsible for the management of multiple cross-cutting programs. She also provided expertise to federal agencies and private sector energy companies in federal and commercial energy management, greenhouse gas reduction, energy efficiency, clean energy deployment, and strategic planning.
Ms. Nicholls also has 17 years prior experience at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory as a Senior Contracting Officer. During her tenure, she worked on many energy sector projects including lighting and building systems technology procurements, GovEnergy, and inventor innovation competitions.
Ms. Nicholls has bachelor and master degrees in business administration from Washington State University.