Meet the Joint Venture Team
Strategic Advisor, Smart Energy Enterprise Development
Dr. Surles has a distinguished career in energy and environmental management and consulting positions. He currently is back at the University of Hawaii as Lead for Clean Energy Solutions. From 2010 to 2012, as DRI Vice President for R&D, he led program development and management efforts for three research divisions and four research centers in environmental and energy sciences. From 2006 to 2010, he was the Technology Integration and Policy Analysis Program Manager at the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute focusing on grid integration of variable renewable resources and electricity storage technologies. He was simultaneously a senior advisor to the University of California's California Institute for Energy and Environment focusing on carbon capture and storage. From 2003 to 2005 he was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Pacific International Center for High Technology Research and continues to serve as Director. He was also Vice President for Environment at the Electric Power Research Institute. From 2000 to 2004, he was on loan to the California Energy Commission as the Public Interest Energy Research Program Director from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where he had been Associate Laboratory Director for Energy Programs. Emphasis in these programs was on energy efficiency, demand side management and response and climate change science and analysis. From 1978 to 1997, he was at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) with his final position being General Manager for Environmental Programs. Major programmatic areas included energy systems assessment, climate change science, risk analysis and assessment, emergency planning and response, and environmental modeling.
Dr. Surles received his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Michigan State. He has more than 250 publications, technical reports, and presentations to his credit. He has served on a number of committees, including five appointments with the National Academy of Sciences and continues that service for government agencies, including the US Department of Energy and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. He has recently consulted for a number of organizations, including the Economic Development Alliance for Hawaii, Booz, Allen, Hamilton, the East-West Center, the United Kingdom Energy Research Centre, and the State of Victoria.