President – Ashok Ghosh
Ashok Kumar Ghosh, Ph.D., P.E., is President of the New Mexico Solar Energy Association, president and founder of Composite Solutions LLC, Fulbright Specialist with U.S. State Department, and an Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering at New Mexico Tech. He is a Professional Engineer in the state of New Mexico since 2004, a certified Entrepreneur with 5 utility patents and one pending on Covid-19. As Principal Investigator, he has completed a large number of Industry and Government sponsored projects including three by the World Bank. These funding agencies include, Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, Office of Naval Research, Department of Transportation, New Mexico Small Business Administration, New Mexico Economic Development, New Mexico Space Grant Consortium, Missile Defense Agency, Sandia National Laboratories, New Mexico Society of Professional Engineers, and Fulbright Specialist Program World Learning. As sub-consultant, he was involved in multiple SBIR and STTR projects. He also served as the President of New Mexico Society of Professional Engineers. During the summer of 2018, he spent 6 weeks under the Fulbright Specialist Program mentoring participants at the Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS), Goa, India, to become entrepreneurs. Last year, he was awarded “Engineer of the Year 2019” by the society of professional engineers. He is one of the four winners of the “Pitch in – New Mexico’s Social Enterprise Challenge” competition for the idea on “Early Diagnostic Kit for Covid-19 related pneumonia.
Treasurer – Walter Gerstle
Walter Gerstle is Professor Emeritus of civil engineering at the University of New Mexico with an emphasis in structural engineering and structural mechanics. Gerstle has been active in researching the computational modeling of fracture of composite structures. He is a licensed professional engineer. He has worked for many years as a structural consultant, and has spent summers and sabbaticals performing research at NASA, Sandia National Laboratories, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, National Institute of Standards and Technology, and Oak Ridge National Laboratories. He is the Engineer of Record on many UniRAC, Inc. and Array Technologies, Inc. facilities and products and has provided engineering expertise for both companies in the early development of their now successful business models for the solar energy sector. Gerstle is past president of the New Mexico Section of ASCE, past president of NMSPE, and he is currently Secretary of the NM Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Professional Surveyors. He is now CTO of CSolPower LLC, https://www.csolpower.com .
Secretary – Athena Christodoulou
Athena Christodoulou is a technology entrepreneur and leader. She has been launching new companies in various industries since 2007. As such, she has designed and built out a cafe, spec home, clean tech consultation, and online app, Udorami. While completing her 2nd masters at UNM she led a team of engineers and MBA student to win the UNM 2012 Technology Business Plan Competition and was the initial Project Manager for the UNM/ASU Solar Decathlon team. She has been active in the clean energy world as president of the NM Solar Energy Association and new technology business consultant. She brings integrity, fresh innovation, outstanding analysis ability, and strategy to her team. Whatever group she leads thrives, be it non-profit or for profit. She says “Together, we will make it happen.” She adheres to the triple bottom line business model: People, Planet, Profit.
Tom Solomon, co-coordinator of 350.org New Mexico, is a retired electrical engineer. During his 34 year career at Intel he led the team which built Intel’s Rio Rancho, NM Fab 11X in 2001, the $2B microprocessor Fab which employed 4,000 people at its peak. He also led the efforts to build Intel’s first (10kW) solar array in NM in 2008, and a 100kW solar array in 2011. After retirement in 2011, Tom became a full-time activist. He was a field organizer for OFA in 2012 and is a co-coordinator of 350NM, the NM chapter of 350.org, fighting global warming to ensure a safe climate for his 3 children. 350NM’s campaigns include UNM divestment, large public rallies to demand action on climate, public education forums on the need to rapidly convert from fossil fuels to renewable energy, and helping to pass the 2019 Energy Transition Act, legislation which expanded NM’s renewable electricity standard to 100% carbon free by 2045.
Stefi Weisburd is the pre-college Education and Outreach Manager at the University of New Mexico School of Engineering for a number of grants including the Quantum Energy and Sustainable Solar Technologies (QESST) Engineering Research Center. In that capacity she has helped K12 students in Title 1 schools throughout New Mexico make, race and take home more than a thousand solar cars. She has a MS in Applied Physics from Stanford University, was a policy analyst for the Solar Powered Satellite at the now defunct Congressional Office of Technology Assessment and was a science journalist at Science News magazine. Weisburd is the author of two poetry books, Barefoot for children (Boyds Mill Press, 2008) and The Wind-Up Gods (Black Lawrence Press, 2007), which won the St. Lawrence Book Award. She is the recipient of a 2020 STEMY Award for STEM mentoring.
Andrew Stone is a lifelong solar enthusiast, a lifetime member of NMSEA, and was instrumental in planning and running The First Annual Solar Fiesta at UNM in 1977. He built passive solar adobe additions to homes in the ’80’s and permitted the first PNM grid-tied PV system in 2005. In 2008, he received the first Tesla Model S in New Mexico. In 2016, he added one of the first grid-tied Tesla powerwall battery storage systems to make a residential nanogrid.
He founded PACE Fund NM in 2018 to bring capital to the commercial behind-the-meter solar market. In 2020, he was a member of the Senate Memorial 63 Community Solar Working Group and advocates for community ownership of solar resources. He is an active board member of the Renewable Energy Industry Association, and devotes his time to the Policy Committee which works on bringing good solar legislation to New Mexico. He is a member of NREL’s National Community Solar Partnership.