Founder, CEO and Governing Board
Leslie Field-Barth, Ph.D.
Leslie Field-Barth, Ph.D. is the Founder of Ice911 Research, and has been working on the problem of melting polar and glacial ice since 2006. She earned the BS and MS in Chem. E. from MIT and the MS and PhD in EECS from UC Berkeley, worked at HP Labs/Agilent Labs and Chevron Research, founded two successful technical consulting companies and is a Consulting Professor in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University.
CTO Field Testing
Satish Chetty is the CTO of Beyond 66, and specializes in polar instrumentation and open source solutions. Mr. Chetty also founded the Polar Technology Conference 10 years ago.
CTO IP and Optics
Shalini Venkatesh, Ph.D.
Dr. Shalini Venkatesh is a physicist, born in India, educated in the United Kingdom, and working in the USA since 1988, first in corporate R&D, and then as a self-employed consultant. Most of her work concerns Intellectual Property issues, as she writes and prosecutes patents as a USPTO registered Patent Agent. She was delighted to join the Ice911 team in mid-2013.
Armond Cohen is co-founder and Executive Director of the Clean Air Task Force, which he has led since its formation in 1996. In addition to leading CATF, Armond is actively involved in CATF projects focusing on Arctic stabilization, low carbon technology innovation and zero carbon fossil energy.
Steve Payne is a partner with Architect Partners, LLC, the Palo Alto-based mergers and acquisitions advisory firm. Previously he was a partner with Ignite Group, a trans-Pacific venture capital firm, headed software development for Sega and managed strategy consulting projects for Booz, Allen & Hamilton. Steve earned his B.S. in Engineering and Public Policy from Washington University and his MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Governing Board and Secretary
Nicole Kerness, Ph.D. is a Director of Technology Research and Development at Maxim Integrated Products. Previously Nicole was the VP of Product Engineering at Silicon Microstructures Inc. (SMI), a MEMS pressure sensor company, was a post-doctorate at Stanford University, and worked at Lockheed Martin Federal Systems as an engineer in MEMS and system reliability in radiation environments. She holds a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering / MEMS from Eidgenoessische Technische Hochschule (ETH) Zurich, Switzerland, an M.S. degree in Nuclear Science and Engineering from Cornell University, and a B.S. degree in Engineering Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Ellen Baum is a Senior Scientist with the Clean Air Task Force.
Professor Roger Howe is in the Electrical Engineering Department, Stanford University.
Marv Keshner is a veteran solar start-up entrepreneur and a former HP Labs Center Director.
Professor Terry Root is a Biologist in the Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University.
Susan Strehlow is a strategic senior level manager with demonstrated skills in communication, process improvement, analysis, problem solving, innovation, organizational development, team building, and leadership.
B. Stephen Toben is the President of the Flora Family Foundation.
Kimberly Wiefling is a globally recognized author, leadership and inspiring organizational culture consultant. Her superpower is helping teams achieve what seems impossible, but is merely difficult.
Xavier Cross, Ian Foraker, Rich Horan, Gary Rosenberg, David Rummler and Kim Eva Van Keymeulen
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has provided comprehensive pro bono legal services to this project.