2022 Cleantech Innovation Awards Program

Meet the Nominees & Finalists

View the Awards Ceremony Agenda

4:30pmNetworking Reception
5:15pmAwards Program
WelcomeTim Fairchild, SAS
Opening RemarksDr. Deb Wojcik, RTCC
Research Innovation in Cleantech Award Dr. Deb Wojcik, RTCC
Cleantech Entrepreneur Award Dr. Deb Wojcik, RTCC
Lighting Talk: Innovative Technologies  Dr. Chris Wedding, Entrepreneurs for Impact
Cleantech Talent Development Award Dr. Deb Wojcik, RTCC
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion in Cleantech Award Dr. Deb Wojcik, RTCC
Lightning Talk: Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion in Cleantech   Nina Barrett Cooper, City of Raleigh
Cleantech Impact: Local Government Dr. Deb Wojcik, RTCC
Cleantech Impact: Water Dr. Deb Wojcik, RTCC
Platinum Sponsor Remarks Anthony Allard, Hitachi Energy
Cleantech Impact: EnergyDr. Deb Wojcik, RTCC
Cleantech Impact: Transportation   Dr. Deb Wojcik, RTCC
Cleantech Impact: Economic Development  Dr. Deb Wojcik, RTCC
Lighting Talk: Energy TransformationJim Musilek, NCEMC
Cleantech Champion Award Dr. Deb Wojcik, RTCC
Lifetime Achievement Award Dr. Deb Wojcik, RTCC
Video: Celebrating 10 Years of Cleantech Innovation
Concluding RemarksDr. Deb Wojcik, RTCC
6:40pmNetworking Reception

Meet Our Speakers

Tim Fairchild

Opening Remarks

Director, Global Manufacturing Industry Marketing Practice, SAS

As the Director of the SAS Global Manufacturing Industry Marketing Practice, Tim Fairchild leads a team of industry domain experts responsible for driving market engagement, portfolio readiness, and strategic positioning and messaging in the manufacturing industry. Tim represents SAS on the Board of Directors of the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster which works to expand the Research Triangle region’s capabilities in advanced transportation, water technologies, and clean energy renewable energy and energy efficiency by bringing together the collective power of industry, government and academia. He also serves on the Industry Advisory Board of UNC Charlotte’s Energy Production Infrastructure Center (EPIC) which was formed through private and public funding in response to the need to supply well-educated and highly trained engineers to the manufacturing and energy industries. Tim joined SAS in 2002 and his experience at SAS includes Product Management, Sales and Business Development, and Solutions Architecture. Prior to joining SAS Tim worked as a global supply chain professional at IBM, Compaq, Texas Instruments, and Hughes Simulation.

Dr. Chris Wedding

Lightning Talk: Innovative Technologies

Founder, Entrepreneurs for Impact

Dr. Chris Wedding is the founder of Entrepreneurs for Impact, where he leads a climate CEO and investor peer group community whose members represent over $10B of market value or assets under management. He also produces a weekly newsletter and a weekly podcast focused on climate finance, startups, and personal productivity. In addition, he is a former environmental private equity investor and impact investment banker, professor at Duke University and UNC Chapel Hill, 4x founder, and occasional monk, with over $1B of investment experience and 60,000 professional students taught.

Nina Barrett Cooper

Lightning Talk: Diversity and Equity in Cleantech

Program Consultant, Partnership Raleigh, City of Raleigh 

Raised in Va Beach, Virginia with New York roots, Nina has a passion for protecting the environment for future generations through policy. In 2019, Nina underwent training as part of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps hosted by former U.S. Vice President, Al Gore. Her environmental justice advocacy was highlighted in The Washington Post.

In addition to her climate advocacy, she has held several professional policy and government affairs positions in city, county, regional, and state government.

Nina has also been instrumental in the launch of the City of Raleigh’s Neighborhood Enrichment Services -Partnership Raleigh Community Climate Internship Program, a public-private partnership between the City of Raleigh and local businesses. Her role consists of outreach/recruitment, curriculum development & assisting in program management.

Nina holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science degree from William Peace University and a Master of Public Administration degree from North Carolina Central University. She holds a Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification through the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

In her leisure time, Nina enjoys mentoring, traveling, and planning networking events for millennial business owners.

Anthony Allard

Platinum Sponsor Remarks

Country Managing Director United States and Head of North America Business, Hitachi Energy

Anthony Allard is Executive Vice President, Managing Director, United States and Head of Hitachi Energy’s business in North America.

Allard was most recently Chief Operating Ofcer of BECIS, a leading energy as a service solution provider in Singapore. Having spent most of his career in the power sector at GE and Alstom in the US, he held several executive-level positions, including General Manager and Board Member for GE Prolec Transformers in the US. He was also General Manager for the GE-XD High Voltage Products partnership and spent 10 years working for Alstom Grid in both North America and the Americas in Strategy and Operations management roles.

Allard holds an MBA from Yale University and a Masters in Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications from the Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble, France.

Jim Musilek

Lightning Talk: Clean Energy Transformation

Vice President, Innovation & Business Development, NCEMC

Jim Musilek serves as the Vice President, Innovation & Business Development for North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives (NCEMC), a Raleigh-based organization that supplies power and transmission services to 25 member electric cooperatives throughout the state.

In his role, Jim directs grid modernization programs, an effort that involves working with distribution cooperatives to test new and innovative technology at the edge of the grid. He also manages NCEMC’s community solar efforts and is helping to develop microgrid and storage projects, including North Carolina electric cooperative’s first microgrid project on Ocracoke Island, NC.

Jim has over 20 years of diverse industry experience in engineering, planning, operations, rates, and portfolio management.

He graduated from California State University, Northridge, with a B.A. in geography and earned his MBA from Campbell University.

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