Eric A. Schiff, Ph.D.
Interim Executive Director, SyracuseCoE
Dr. Schiff has a long history of leading complex research projects that bring together academics, industry scientists and other partners to discover solutions to society’s energy-related problems. He has been a professor of physics at Syracuse University since 1981, leading interdisciplinary research groups and collaborating with laboratories from other universities and private organizations throughout the world. He has been a principal investigator for externally funded research projects from government agencies (Department of Energy, National Science Foundation and the Empire State Development Corp.) and corporations (United Solar Ovonic LLC, Boeing Inc., First Solar Inc., and SRC Inc.).
During his time at Syracuse, he has spent half-year sabbaticals at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center and at Innovalight, Inc., a startup company. From 2014-1017, he served concurrently as a program director at ARPA-E, an agency of the Department of Energy. There he initiated the SHIELD research program of a dozen research projects for development of inexpensive efficiency retrofits for legacy single pane windows. He also supervised a portfolio of additional projects on solar energy conversion and other energy technologies.
Schiff’s own research accomplishments include development of low-mobility solar cell device physics for thin film solar cells such as perovskites, amorphous silicon, and cadmium telluride. His fundamental physics contributions include work on electronic transport and defects in semiconductors as well as on plasmonics. He is co-author of more than 100 refereed research publications with more than 4,000 citations and he is co-inventor on three U.S. patents. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society.
Chair, SyracuseCoE Industry Partners Council
Director, Markets and Growth, Ramboll, Syracuse
Neil Webb serves as chair of the Industry Partners Council since March 2017. Mr. Webb has been working within the energy industry for over 26 years. His experience spans the evolution of energy markets from the vertically integrated holding companies of the early 1990s to today’s deregulated marketplace. During this transformation, Mr. Webb has been engaged by utilities, independent system operators and energy supply companies to assist in strategic and operational functions of both the wholesale and retail energy markets. Recently, Mr. Webb’s work has been focused at the retail level assisting entities with critical decisions involving energy products from the procurement of electricity, natural gas, and oil to the planning and management of Renewable Energy Credits (RECs), and Green House Gas (GHG) products. Mr. Webb has a Bachelor’s in Industrial Engineering from Clarkson University and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Rochester’s Simon School.
Associate Director for Grid-interactive Efficient Buildings
Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, College of Engineering & Computer Science, Syracuse University
Dr. Dong has more than 20 years of experience in grid-interactive efficient (GEB) buildings, intelligent building controls, and occupant behavior modeling in buildings. Dr. Dong was Subtask A leader for IEA EBC Annex 66 project: “Definition and Simulation of Occupant Behavior in Buildings” and currently serves as activity 2 leader for IEA EBC Annex 79 project: “Occupant-Centric Building Design and Operation”, involving more than 100 researchers from 16 countries. Dr. Dong has led 23 research projects since 2013 that lead to research awards totaling over $10 million funded by Department of Energy (DOE), ARPA-E, NYSERDA, industries, and National Science Foundation. He is the receipt of 2019 NSF CAREER award. He has over 100 journal and conference papers published, and holds six technical patents. He serves as research committee chair of ASHRAE MTG.OBB, and an associate editor of the Journal of Building Simulation.
SyracuseCoE Industry Partners Council
The SyracuseCoE Industry Partners Council offers input and guidance on selected resource allocations.