Rodin's "The Thinker"
Founder: Brian Von Herzen, Ph.D.
Brian Von Herzen obtained his A.B. in Physics, Magna Cum Laude, from Princeton University and his Ph.D. in Computer and Planetary Science from Caltech where he was the recipient of the prestigious Hertz Fellowship (http://www.hertzfoundation.org). While at Princeton, Brian spent four years working closely with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. At Princeton, his dissertation on global climate models demonstrated how changes in the Earth's orbit affects climate. During his Caltech years Brian worked on models being developed for terraforming Mars—a problem related to Earth’s climate change challenge. From these experiences he acquired a detailed understanding of the Earth’s carbon cycle and envisioned a solution to global warming using a technology-based complex of natural biogeochemical interactions, including the use of biochar to sequester gigatons of carbon from the atmosphere for millennia.
Much of Brian’s career has been in Silicon Valley, where he developed innovative technical solutions for companies like Pixar, Dolby, Microsoft and others. Among other projects, he designed field programmable gate array (FPGA) applications considered to be among the world’s fastest at the time.
Rebecca Truman logistics, web maker, marketing, administration and logistics.
Dan Gregerson co-founded Intelligent Technologies International (ITI) in 1981. ITI was the first company to market a PC-to-mainframe communications solution ("PC Express") before being acquired by London-based LogicaCMG. In 1986, Mr. Gregerson founded PeerLogic, where he acquired and integrated four software businesses to create the Internet's first "Live Content" development suite before selling the company to Critical Path, Inc. in a transaction valued at $416 million. Dan Gregerson serves as an advisor to the foundation.
The Hertz Biochar Group
Shannon Yee, John Frank, Tony Miller, Matt Lucas, Matt Beres, Andrew North
Stanford Gates RTTC Project
Faculty: Prof. Reginald Mitchell
Advisors: Shannon Yee, John Frank, Tony Miller, Matt Lucas
Project Reversing Coral Bleaching in American Samoa
Doug Fenner, Lee Slater, Xavier Bowles, Anton Sabev, Gustavo Fernandez