Staff and Student Researchers 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.
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.