Technical Divisions – Chair Biographies

Energy Economics Division

Wyldon Fishman – Chair 2020 – October 2023

Bio – Wyldon Fishman is an ASES Fellow, Founder and President of NYSES since 2007 delivering consumer resources on energy conservation and renewable energy, and distributing Green Energy Times. She analyzes legislation and state programs, and communicates with legislative staffs in New York City, New York State and Washington, DC. Wyldon is also a thought leader and organizer of the Solar Salon NYC series and NYSES conferences. She travels to local events and facilitates “Make A Solar Module” workshops. As a chapter leader and Fellow of ASES, she helps coordinate the yearly National Solar Tour and assists new chapters and emerging professionals. Wyldon also mentors a local organization working on food, energy and environmental justice, and is a regular contributor to local magazines, the NYSES publications and Green Energy Times. In 2014, she won the Rebecca Vories award.

Grid Modernization and Storage Division

Summer Ferreira – Chair 2021

Bio – Dr. Summer Ferreira is the Manager for the Renewable and Distributed Systems Integration program, which promotes the research and development of technologies that enable grid modernization and resiliency, along with the large-scale deployment of renewable and distributed energy sources. Prior to her role at RDSI, beginning in 2011, Summer led the Energy Storage Analysis Laboratory at Sandia in support of the DOE Office of Electricity program, after spending the two previous years here at a postdoctoral researcher in hybrid organic/inorganic photovoltaics.

  • Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Bachelor Science, Materials Engineering from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

Photovoltaics Division

John Burke – Chair 2019 – October 2022

Bio – I have been actively involved with Maine Solar Energy Association (MESEA) since 1990, and on the board since 2000. I continue with my d-i-y solar PV activities with SEADS of Truth, Inc (1980) and DAD Solar, Inc (2011), non-profit solar educational corporations. I have presented hundreds of ‘hands-on’ solar assembly workshops (PV and Thermal), with the general public; junior and senior high schools; as well as other interested groups, across the country and around the world, since 1980. I facilitated the effort to establish MESEA as a full state chapter of, with Dr. Richard Komp. The Downeast Solar Center in Jonesport, Maine, has a history that includes passive solar building practices (1985), international ‘intern program’, as well as many solar assembly and ‘off-grid’ installation workshops. We are continuing with activities to promote understanding and utilization of Solar Energy and self-reliant lifestyles. I have a BFA (Fine Arts) degree (1974), from the Univ. of Hawai’i, Manoa. I’m working on a book that combines the Art and Solar aspects of my life. I have been involved with anti-nuclear and Peace actions since 1970

Rich Stromberg – Vice Chair 2022  – October 2022

Bio – Rich Stromberg first became intrigued with off-grid living when a subversive classmate brought a copy of The Whole Earth Catalog to elementary school. Rich acquired his first solar panel (a Sharp 80-watt module) in 2005 and has been living off-grid since then – first on a small ranch on the east side of the Sangre de Cristos, then at an old homestead in southcentral Alaska and now back at the Colorado ranch. After a two-decade career in the semiconductor industry, Rich worked at the Alaska Energy Authority running the state’s solar and wind energy programs. He holds a BS in math/compsci, BA in journalism and a Master in environmental management. His current doctoral studies are focused on the reuse of solar photovoltaic systems for social and ecological benefit which is based on his work as a co- founder of the Equitable Solar Solutions™ program at Coldharbour Institute, based in Colorado. His intended focus on the PV technical division is to engage system owners (residential, commercial, large commercial and utility) on performance, reliability and circular economy pathways.

Policy Division

Gilbert Michaud – Chair 2019 – October 2023

Bio – Gilbert Michaud, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Energy and Environmental Policy at the School of Environmental Sustainability at Loyola University Chicago. Dr. Michaud also serves as a Faculty Affiliate at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan, and as a Senior Research Fellow at Global Law Initiatives for Sustainable Development (gLAWcal). An engaged and applied scholar, Michaud’s research portfolio broadly focuses on solar energy policy, electricity markets, and sustainable economic development. Recent work has focused on the unfolding energy transition in the U.S., including studies on workforce and tax impacts, pollution mitigation scenarios, and innovative clean energy deployment programs. He holds a PhD in Public Policy and Administration from the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), as well as a certificate in Data Analytics from Cornell University.

Resource Applications Division

James Stalker – Chair 2020 – October 2022

Bio – Dr. James Stalker is the Chair of the ASES Resource Applications Division. As a systems thinker, Dr. Stalker applied his skills first to the field of Mechanical Engineering dealing with both solids (B.S.) and fluids (M.S.). After earning his first master’s degree in computational fluid dynamics (CFD), Dr. Stalker went on to earn both master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Atmospheric Science with a research focus on simulating severe thunderstorms using numerical weather prediction (NWP) models. As a researcher and serial entrepreneur, Dr. Stalker has developed a cutting-edge method, now called the Stalker Method for CFD/NWP modeling. This method has been implemented into a weather/climate simulation platform at his small business, Regional Earth System Predictability Research LLC (RESPR). The RESPR platform allows his team to simulate all the relevant underlying atmospheric physical processes that constantly shape atmospheric state variables such as wind speed, temperature, including solar radiation reaching the ground, in a comprehensive manner globally. Such robust simulations of solar radiation, for example, are proven to be applicable to all three application modes of project design (assessment), project operation (forecasting), and project evaluation (feedback) that the Resource Applications Division will specifically focus on going forward for accelerated solar energy adoption globally. Dr. Stalker’s current focus is to employ this cutting- edge technology and expertise to develop highly robust weather/climate databases/maps for all countries in order for them to be able to optimize weather-related resources, minimize weather-related losses, and accurately determine climate change and ensure effective climate change mitigation efforts. As a serial entrepreneur, Dr. Stalker also developed ‘9 Fundamentals for Entrepreneurs’ and an effective leadership development process called ‘Leadaging’ for organizational excellence. Dr. Stalker is also the founder and CEO of his world-facing business: The Enterprise Universe.

Solar Buildings Division

Julian Wang – Chair 2020 – October 2022

Bio – Julian Wang is Associate Professor in Architectural Engineering and the Director of the ArchiLambda Laboratory at Penn State University. He also holds affiliated positions within the Material Research Institute and the Architecture Department at PSU. He received a Ph.D. in Architecture from Texas A&M University and Dr. Eng. in Building Physics from Tianjin University. Before joining PSU, he has worked at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, University of Cincinnati, and Tsinghua University. His research focuses on interdisciplinary applications of building physics and computational methods in sustainable, healthy, and interactive building environments. His research projects have been funded by AIA, NSF, EPA, DOE, and NIST, and the project topics are related to building envelopes, solar energy utilization, smart buildings, daylighting, BIM parametric design, and biomimetic design. Also, solar building design and engineering are one of his primary research trajectories, in which he has received several federal research awards, such as NSF CAREER (about the independent modulation of solar infrared radiation in spectrally selective glazing systems) and IESNA Richard Kelly (about visual and thermal effects of solar radiation through building envelopes). Julian also sits in the editorial board of the journal of Technology, Architecture, and Design (TAD) published by Taylor & Francis and serves in committees in several professional organizations including ASHRAE, IESNA, and NIBS and the international conferences, such as the Passive Low Energy Architecture (PLEA) conferences, Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC), and Architecture and Civil Engineering (ACE) conferences.

Debbie Coleman – Vice Chair

Bio – For over 40 years, I have been a passionate proponent of residential passive solar energy! When a home uses less heating energy by taking advantage of the free heat of the sun, then the PV system can be much smaller. My company, Sun Plans, founded in 2002, provides passive solar house plans and custom home design services for clients throughout the U.S. and Canada. Hundreds of homes have been built according to the passive solar heating and cooling principles illustrated in my book “The Sun-Inspire House: house designs warmed and brightened by the sun” first published in 2005. The principles are rooted in the early Passive Solar Design Strategies: Guidelines for Home Building that were developed by Doug Balcomb, an early passive solar pioneer, in association with PSIC, NREL, DOE and many people associated with ASES. Since 1984, I have been a registered architect and currently hold registrations in Alabama and North Carolina. In other states, I provide residential design services. My Bachelor of Architecture was received from the University of Arizona where I gained the fundamentals in sustainable and energy education. Passive solar heating and passive cooling elements were part of the design process and not something that could be tacked onto a building or set of plans at the end. I am a LEED G.A. and believe that sun-inspired design is the gold lining of green building. Taking advantage of the free heat of the sun to warm buildings in winter is low hanging fruit for energy-savings. In 2015, I completed the Zero Net Energy Home Design course by Marc Rosenbaum, P.E., Energysmiths where I logged over 200 hours exploring the details of what it takes to design a zero net energy home. Homes built from my designs have been on the National Solar Tour for over 20 years across the U.S. I have been published in Fine Homebuilding, Solar Today, Mother Earth News, Home Power, and Home Energy. I have presented papers, posters and seminars on passive solar design in the U.S. and Canada. I was the general contractor for my previous sun-inspired home and assisted with the renovations of my current one. These construction projects have given me experience in the construction details of high-performance, low-energy homes. In both homes, the energy consumption typically averages around 700 kWh per month for the home’s energy use with about 1/3 being the heating/cooling portion.

Solar Thermal Division

Henry K. Vandermark – Chair 2014 – October 2023

Bio – Henry K. Vandermark founded Solar Wave Energy in 1978 where he has been involved in design, installation and service of solar thermal systems including site-built and factory-built collectors. He spent 30 years installing and servicing many types of solar hot water systems used in the Northeast U.S. and brings detailed analysis and that hands-on experience to solar monitoring. He currently oversees the team that has built and operates , a web-based solar thermal monitoring platform designed to help installers optimize performance, manage service of solar thermal systems and provide reports for performance based incentives program, Thermal PPAs, and company fleets. Monitoring experience includes conventional solar thermal systems with flat-plate and evacuated tubes panels as well as hybrids (PV-Therms/PVT) panels combining thermal and electrical production. He has taught conference workshops, trade school classes, and programs for science teachers. He continues to consult on solar thermal designs for building applications and portfolio management using the monitoring platform as a Lifetime Commissioning tool to optimize efficiency. He is the board chair of the Boston Area Solar Energy Association, member of ASES, ISES, NESEA, SEIA (Solar Heating and Cooling Alliance) and participates in several working groups and forums such as those of the International Energy Agency (IEA) Solar Heating and Cooling Programme), Solar Thermal R&D and the Solar Desalination Forum.

Sustainability Division

Paulette Middleton – Chair 2019 – October 2023

Bio – For me the ultimate vision is a world where people are living in harmony with each other and nature. I bring 20 years of experience with ASES and ISES; 40+ year professional career in energy and environmental issues with expertise in air quality and climate change science; program management and strategic planning; stakeholder dialogues aimed at policy development; and communication through diverse media. As an atmospheric chemist (PhD Chemistry 1973 University of Texas) specializing in scientific assessments that support decision making at regional and international levels, I have held leadership/executive positions at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Atmospheric Sciences Research Center at the State University of New York at Albany, Science & Policy Associates, Inc., and RAND. In addition to my work with ISES and ASES, other ongoing activities include Global Emissions Initiative (GEIA) coordinator, and environment/energy advisor to diverse organizations through my company Panorama Pathways (



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