Staff and Affiliated Faculty Directory

Director, GW Solar Institute
Amit Ronen is the Director of the GW Solar Institute and a Professor at the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy & Public Administration at the George Washington University. In this capacity he focuses on the economic, technical, and public policy issues associated with the development and deployment of solar energy.
James Mueller, Director of Research
Director of Research, GW Solar Institute
James Mueller is the Director of Research for the GW Solar Institute, where he oversees the Institute’s broad research agenda. In addition to coordinating with partners and collaborators on research projects, he also conducts original research that promotes pragmatic policy solutions for barriers to solar energy deployment.
Executive Coordinator, GW Solar Institute
Jen Bristol is the Executive Coordinator of the GW Solar Institute where she serves as an assistant to the director and manages office operations. She is responsible for overseeing student staff and volunteers and manages the Institute’s diverse public affairs portfolio. She played an integral role in the Institute's website redesign and manages the Institute's web presence, communications, and events.
Affiliated Faculty
Ekundayo (Dayo) Shittu is an assistant professor of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering at George Washington University. Professor Shittu conducts basic and applied research that take a systems approach to address the different dimensions of decision making under multiple and sequential uncertainties.
Affiliated Faculty
Sanjay Patnaik is an assistant professor in the Department of Strategic Management and Public Policy at the George Washington University School of Business where his main research and teaching interests include among others non-market strategy, global strategy, environmental regulation and political economy. 
Affiliated Faculty
Peter Linquiti is the Director of the George Washington University’s Environmental Resource Policy Graduate Program and an Associate Professor on the faculty of  GW’s Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration where his research and teaching focus on public policies relating to air quality, climate change, hazardous and solid waste, drinking water, risk assessment, and clean energy technologies.
Graduate Research Analyst
Dan Moring is a Graduate Research Analyst at the GW Solar Institute and a student in the Sustainable Urban Planning program at GW, where his research focuses on integrating and analyzing spatial components of energy and building data.
Graduate Research Analyst
Katherine Scott is a research analyst at the GW Solar Institute and graduate student in the Environmental Resource Policy Program at the George Washington University. Prior to graduate school, she worked for three years in the energy sector including at the North Carolina Department of Commerce where she focused on grant management and economic development for alternative energy resources.
Student Research Assistant
Michaela Stanch is the Student Research Assistant for the GW Solar Institute. She is a current sophomore at the George Washington University, pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering with a concentration in Environmental Engineering with a minor in International Affairs. She is also a member of the University Honors Program, where she pursues her passion for global water treatment and clean energy.
Student Program Assistant
Maggie Kesaris is the Student Program Assistant for the GW Solar Institute. She is currently a sophomore at the George Washington University, pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Aerospace Engineering. She is a member of the professional women’s engineering sorority Alpha Omega Epsilon, where she strives to promote ideals and objectives that further the advancement of female engineers and scientists, all while developing lifelong friendships with her fellow sisters.