People Key to SPEED Success
Expertise, solid management and an aligned commitment – that’s what it takes to deliver quality results for the SPEED program. SPEED owes its success to the people that make it happen – those working collaboratively to efficiently develop and deploy the innovative technologies that drive progress towards achieving California’s energy reduction goals.

Jeffrey Doll, SPEED Contract Manager
California Energy Commission (CEC)

As SPEED Contract Manager for the CEC, Jeffrey Doll provides a critical connection to CEC staff, communicating priorities for SPEED program activities based on California's energy efficiency goals. In addition, he acts as liaison to faciliate updates of technology status information from other PIER projects, as well as feedback for demonstration progress and deployment successes back to CEC staff.
(916) 327-1367

Karl Johnson, SPEED Program Demonstrations Manager
CIEE Research Coordinator, Energy Use in Buildings

As SPEED Program Demonstrations Manager, Karl Johnson is responsible for the development of demonstration projects and leads pilot scaled deployment efforts to accelerate technology adoption. He works closely with key SPEED technology partners CLTC and WCEC, and is the primary liaison with demonstration hosts. In addition, Karl is co-lead for technology status prioritization and co-liaison with the UC/CSU/IOU Energy Efficiency Partnership. Karl has 30 years experience in energy efficiency research, development and demonstration, and excels in collaborative program and project management, evaluation of new technologies, and market connection programs.
(650) 255.6867

Karl Brown, SPEED Program Director
CIEE Deputy Director, Energy Use in Buildings Program Director

Karl Brown is SPEED Program Director and primary liaison with CEC in establishing the program’s direction and priorities. He also lends his technical expertise as lead for monitoring-based commissioning and other special technology transfer projects. Working with Karl Johnson, Karl acts as a co-lead for technology status prioritization and co-liaison with the UC/CSU/IOU Energy Efficiency Partnership. A CIEE staff member since 1991, Karl has more than 25 years of experience in energy systems engineering and is an expert in 'deep energy efficiency' in buildings.
(510) 205.0761

Pedram Arani, Associate Development Engineer
California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC)

Pedram Arani is the center's staff lead on SPEED lighting demonstrations. As the primary engineer, he plays a key role in the success of SPEED's lighting technology installations. Pedram also acts as co-liaison with manufacturers and vendors for technology status information and for feedback of demonstration experience to improve product quality. He has facilitated the installation of leading edge lighting technologies in more than 50 sites throughout California. Pedram graduated UC Davis with a degree in Civil Engineering, and is currently conducting market research and modeling illumination levels for technology demonstrations.
(530) 747-3823

Dr. Michael Siminovitch, Director
California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC)

Michael Siminovitch is Director and co-founder of CLTC and the creative lead for SPEED lighting technology and applications. Working with Cori Jackson, he also contributes as co-liaison with manufacturers and vendors for technology status information and feedback to product development. Michael established CLTC as an industry, utility, and government partnership to accelerate the development and commercialization of efficient residential and commercial lighting technologies.
(530) 747-3835

Kelly Cunningham, Outreach Director
California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC)

As CLTC’s Outreach Director, Kelly Cunningham is the lead for SPEED case study document design, as well as in the development of a range of technology transfer materials for the web and other media. Her CLTC role provides opportunities to represent SPEED, providing information about energy-efficient lighting technologies to the lighting industry, project partners, and the public through online and printed publications, tours, events, and reporting.
(530) 747-3824

David Grupp, Associate Development Engineer
Western Cooling Efficiency Center (WCEC)

David Grupp is WCEC's staff lead on SPEED HVAC demonstrations for occupancy thermostats, duct sealing, evaporative cooling and others. He is the primary engineer for SPEED HVAC demonstrations and co-liaison with manufacturers and vendors for technology status information and demonstration experience feedback for product improvement. David's doctoral work at UC Davis to design, construct and study fuel cell powered transportation and refrigeration systems, led to the construction of two working demonstrations.
(530) 752-2525

Mark Modera, Director
Western Cooling Efficiency Center (WCEC)

Mark Modera, Director of WCEC, provides general oversight for the center’s activities supporting the SPEED program, including most HVAC and other non-lighting demonstrations. Mark partners with Jonathan Woolley as co-liaison with manufacturers and vendors for technology status information. Mark is a UC Davis Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering, and an Associate Director of the campus’ Energy Efficiency Center as well as the Sempra Energy Chair in Energy Efficiency.
(530) 754-7671

Paul Fortunato, Outreach Coordinator
Western Cooling Efficiency Center (WCEC)

Paul Fortunato is the lead for SPEED case study document design, as well as in the development of a range of technology transfer materials for the web and other media. His WCEC role provides opportunities to represent SPEED, providing information about energy-efficient HVAC technologies to the HVAC industry, project partners, and the public through online and printed publications, tours, events, and reporting.
(530) 752-0280