UCI Beall Applied Innovation


Precision Agriculture Technology

Precision Agriculture Technology

Event Details

Precision Agriculture (PA) seeks to use new technologies to increase crop yields and profitability while lowering the levels of traditional inputs needed to grow crops (land, water, fertilizer, herbicides and insecticides). In other words, farmers utilizing precision agriculture are using less to grow more.

The rapid rise of PA over the last 20 years has been nothing short of staggering. Given the diminishing resources and the ever growing demand, one could argue that PA is the key to sustainable farming and, so, to feeding the world.

During lunch of Februrary 28th, Sustain OC will explore a few crutial technologies of PA and how these technologies are creating farming efficiencies. Speakers and Topics include:

Predictive Crop Analytics: Helping to Feed 9.7 Billion by 2050

Eileen Licitra
Director of Product Marketing, ClearAg, Iteris, Inc.

Drones and Analytics for Superior Performance

Steve Gitlin
VP Corporate Strategy, Communications and Investor Relations, AeroVironment


Experience, learn, connect and collaborate at Sustain OC’s fourth annual advanced transportation symposium, Driving Mobility 4. Sustain OC has become the regional go-to hub for all things advanced transportation and acts as the e4Mobility Advanced Transportation Center in Orange County and the Inland Empire.

In an effort to capture this industry’s rapid acceleration and dynamic ecosystem, DM4 will bring some of the brightest minds and hottest topics to the Cove at UCI Applied Innovation on June 27th.

8:00 – 8:30 Registration / Networking / Expo
8:25 – 8:30 Welcome
8:30 – 8:50 Drivers for the Development of the Next Generation of Advanced Technology Vehicles
Dean Saito, Manager On-road Mobile Source Strategies, SC AQMD
8:50 – 9:40 Drivers for the Development of the Next Generation of Advanced Technology Vehicles
Michael Terreri, Project Manager, Center for Sustainable Energy
Rick Teebay, Office of Sustainability, County of LA Internal Services Dept.
Rick Sikes, Co-founder, CarbonBLU
Andrew Quinn, Sr. Environmental Specialist, Compliance & Sustainability, LA Metro
9:40 – 10:20; DC / Fast Charging Trends, Use Cases and Challenges
Claire Dooley, Director of Market Development & Product Strategy, EVgo
10:20 – 10:40 Break / Networking / Expo
10:20 – 10:40 RNG: Zero Equivalent
Ken Chawkins, Business/Policy Manager, Southern California Gas Co.
Nick Lumpkin, Global Environmental Products, BP
Tyler Henn, VP General Manager, Clean Energy Renewable Fuels
11:20 – 12:00 Fuel Cell Vehicles: Commercialization Has Begun
Joe Gagliano, Regional Representative, California Fuel Cell Partnership
Tim Brown, COO & Principal, First Element Fuel
Steve Ellis, Manager, Fuel Cell Vehicle Marketing, American Honda Motor Co.
Geri Yoza, National Manager, Toyota
12:00 – 12:30 Networking Lunch
12:30 – 1:30 Connected and Automated Vehicle Status and Developments
Aravind Kalais, Principal Technology Planner, Volvo Group N.A.
Kurt Brotcke, Director Strategic Planning, OCTA
Sam Morrissey, AVP Transportation Systems, Iteris
Steve Ritchie, Prof. Civil Engineering & Director Institute of Transportation Studies, UC Irvine
Dean Deeter, President, Athey Creek Consulting
1:30 – 1:45 What’s up with Hyperloop?
Arwa Tizani, Project Manager, UCI HyperXite
1:45 – 2:00 Something Cool
2:00 – 3:00 Adjourn / Networking / Expo

Claire Dooley

Claire Dooley is the Director of Market Development and Product Strategy at EVgo, where she leads emerging regulatory and technology programs supporting the organization’s nationwide network of public EV charging stations. Claire’s areas of focus encompass utility rates, energy storage, government affairs, and low-carbon credit markets. Claire holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering from California Polytechnic State University and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science & Management from UC Santa Barbara, where she participated in the Carbon Neutrality Initiative and Environment Defense Fund Climate Corps fellowships. Claire’s former employers include Apple, Energy Solutions, and Deloitte Consulting.

Geri Yoza

Geri Yoza is the National Business Planning Manager in Toyota Motor Sales, USA’s Corporate Marketing Dept in Torrance, CA. She is responsible for defining and implementing market launch and business plans, including developing and advocating consumer-centric policies and processes, to support Toyota’s advanced technology vehicles and expansion of electric drive technology, and the introduction of Toyota’s fuel cell vehicle the Mirai. Geri has 29 years of experience with Toyota, in the areas of Marketing, Advertising, Environmental Strategy, and Product Planning. As Marketing Product Manager, she played a key role in the launches of the first gen Prius and first gen RAV4 EV. Geri has a BA and MBA from the University of Chicago. .

Stephen G. Ritchie

Stephen G. Ritchie serves as Director of the Institute of Transportation Studies and as a Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of California, Irvine. He received his Ph.D. degree in civil engineering-transportation from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. Professor Ritchie’s research interests focus on intelligent and sustainable transportation systems planning and engineering. Particular interests include modeling and assessing the GHG, energy, air quality and health impacts of transportation operations, alternative fueled vehicles, and new shared connected-automated vehicle concepts; new and innovative approaches for statewide freight transportation and commodity flow modeling, including data sources and survey instruments, for infrastructure investment and environmental analysis; collection and integration of high-resolution sensor data for advanced real-time modeling and classification of heavy duty truck characteristics and activity patterns; and real-time traffic performance measurement.

Sam Morrissey, PE

Sam Morrissey, PE is an Associate Vice President with Iteris, and manages the Mobility Services group, providing operational planning support to make innovative transportation solutions a reality in cities. Sam’s focus includes evolving discussions and advisory services provided to Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), County agencies, and local jurisdictions related to connected and autonomous vehicles. Sam is also a lecturer at UCLA, where he shares teaching responsibilities for the two transportation engineering-focused courses within the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Prior to joining Iteris, Sam served as Manager of Parking and Traffic for the City of Santa Monica, where he was responsible for overseeing all aspects of the City’s transportation and parking network. While working for the City of Santa Monica, Sam also served on the California Traffic Control Devices Committee (CTCDC), where he developed and approved experiments with new traffic control technologies.

Throughout his career, Sam has managed planning and engineering projects in California, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii, Utah, and Washington. He is a registered Civil Engineer in California and Hawaii, and a registered Traffic Engineer in California. Sam received his BS in Civil Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, and is currently completing his MBA at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Sam lives in Pasadena with his wife and two children, and hopes to pass on his love of either music or engineering (hopefully both) to his children.

Joe Gagliano

Joe serves as the Infrastructure Development Manager for the California Fuel Cell Partnership. He leads the outreach efforts for the Partnership’s Fuel Retailer Program, providing education services and connecting Partnership members with retail gas station owner/operators and fuel distributors to further the development of a hydrogen fueling network throughout the state. He also coordinates automaker and hydrogen station developer/operator consensus on technical and operational issues critical to hydrogen infrastructure development.

Joe has over 20 years of experience managing clean technology programs and projects in the government, private and non-profit sectors as well as management and marketing experience with internet startups.
He formerly served as Manager of International Business Development for DMJM International, an engineering services firm in Los Angeles, and Director of Calstart’s Pasadena clean technology business incubator. Prior to Calstart, Joe managed federal and state air quality technology programs for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and as a consultant with MJ Bradley & Associates, served as project manager on a number of clean technology development projects.

Joe holds an M.A. in Public Policy from the State University of New York at Albany and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Union College (NY).

Tyler Henn

Mr. Henn serves as Vice President and General Manager of Clean Energy’s subsidiary Clean Energy Renewables. In this role Tyler is responsible for the operations, marketing and distribution of Clean Energy’s Redeem™ brand of renewable natural gas. Prior to this role Tyler served as the Vice President of Finance and Commodities for Clean Energy Renewables where he provided financial oversight and worked on financing transactions to support the growth of Redeem. Tyler began his career working for Deloitte and Touche, LLP. He received his B.A. in Accounting from the University of La Verne.

Brian Choe

Mr. Brian Choe works as Program Supervisor in Technology Advancement Office of the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD). In his 28 years at the SCAQMD, he has served in many different capacities. For the past 10 years, he has managed various technology implementation and demonstration projects for advanced alternative and/or renewable fuel and vehicle technologies. With increased focus on reducing diesel emissions from cargo transport operations, his current responsibilities primarily involve overseeing research and demonstration projects to develop medium- and heavy-duty trucks using advanced powertrain technologies, such as battery electric, fuel cell and hybrid electric drive systems. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Paul M. Glenney

Paul Glenney is responsible for the deployment of EV Charging Infrastructure in North America for Faraday Future, an electric and autonomous vehicle start-up. Paul was most recently the director of new products and services for NRG EVgo and possesses over a dozen years of cleantech business experience with a focus on strategy, marketing & sales, product development, and the adoption of technology solutions. He has been part of three start-ups as well as a late stage company that later became a successful IPO.

Prior to this, Paul led the clean energy practice at AeroVironment, Inc., (AV). During his tenure at AV, Paul was engaged in a myriad of technology solutions that included: renewable energy technologies such as wave, tidal and wind energy (Architectural Wind™), micro-grids, solar water pumping, energy efficiency and energy storage systems. He later helped launch AV’s EV Solutions business unit leading marketing and sales, resulting in over 1,000 automotive dealers installed with EV charging.

In 2009 Paul was honored by California State University Channel Islands as the Technologist of the Year, and was featured in Discovery Channel’s “Earth: The Sequel.” In 2008, his demonstration project, Architectural Wind, was highlighted in Sundance Channel’s “Big Ideas for a Small Planet;” celebrated by the Environmental Hall of Fame. Architectural Wind further received several international design awards including Red Dot International, ID and Seoul International Design.

Paul holds his MBA with a specialization in entrepreneurship from the Graziadio School at Pepperdine University. Paul lives in Santa Monica, CA, and has conducted business in over two-dozen countries.

Rick Sikes

Rick Sikes has over 40 years of fleet management experience with a wide variety of equipment and alternative fuel vehicle projects. His commitment to sustainability helped the City of Santa Monica move 85% of their vehicles to alternative fuels, including electric, propane, compressed natural gas (CNG), hydrogen and biodiesel.
Rick has worked with manufacturers and conversion companies to design and build alternative fuel vehicles and has participated in several advanced technology demonstration projects. He has overseen the installation and operation of CNG, hydrogen and EV infrastructure and has used grant funding from AQMD, CEC, ARB and MSRC to offset the incremental cost of advanced technologies. He is a co-founder of AltCar Expo and carbonBLU and supports the NAFA and MEMA fleet associations.

Randal Kaufman

Randal Kaufman is the Western Region Sales Manager for ABB, a pioneering global technology leader that works closely with utility, industry, transportation and infrastructure customers to make the future of electric power and automation.

Randal is responsible for sales of Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure in the United States, including account management, channel sales management, and product development.

Customers include OEM vehicle manufacturers, system integration partners, commercial & industrial end users, utilities, consulting engineers, project developers, and construction companies.

Randal received his Masters of Business Administration from the University of California Irvine, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from California State University Chico, is a Certified Energy Manager, and has over 15 years of experience in the energy industry.

Dean Deeter

Dean Deeter is responsible for technical operations of Athey Creek Consultants. He has more than 25 years of experience in planning, design, operations and evaluation of technology solutions for transportation, with an emphasis on Systems Engineering, Traveler Information, Connected and Automated Vehicles, and Rural Initiatives. Dean has a Bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University and a Masters degree from the University of California, Irvine. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Minnesota and Oregon.

Kurt Brotcke

Kurt Brotcke has over 27 years of transportation planning and project funding experience in Orange County. He is the Orange County Transportation Authority’s (OCTA’s) current Director of Strategic Planning. Kurt’s responsibilities include creating freeway, street, transit, bikeway, and technology plans to tackle Orange County transportation issues as well as developing transportation funding programs to implement new projects and programs. Kurt also manages monthly technical advisory and ad-hoc committees comprised of public works directors and transportation planning professionals.