2014 Speakers

Calum Davidson

Director of Energy and Low Carbon, Highlands and Islands Enterprise

Calum Davidson is the Director of Energy and Low Carbon at Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the Scottish Government’s economic and community development agency for the north and north-west of Scotland. Calum has a background in regional policy, technology development, knowledge transfer, innovation, inward investment, project development and infrastructure and venture investment.

With degrees in Regional Planning and Entrepreneurship, Calum leads a team focused on meeting the testing, deployment, infrastructure, policy and supply chain needs of Scotland’s world leading wave and tidal sector and the rapidly developing Scottish Deepwater Off-shore wind industry. Calum is a member of the Scottish First Minister’s Energy Advisory Board.

Calum was born in Thurso overlooking the wave and tides of the Pentland Firth. Married to Ruth, with three sons, he now lives in Cromarty in the Black Isle, where he enjoys watching prototype wave and tidal devices being towed past his house on route to EMEC in Orkney.


Jose Zayas
Program Manager, Wind and Water Power, Energy Efficieny & Renewable Energy
Jose Zayas is the Program Manager for the Wind and Water Power Program. In this role, he manages efforts to improve performance, lower costs, and accelerate deployment of wind and water power technologies, which can play a significant role in America’s clean energy future. Working with U.S. Department of Energy national laboratories, academia, and industry, the program funds research and development and deployment activities aimed at reducing the overall cost of energy of these systems and addressing key market barriers.

Prior to his arrival at Department of Energy, Mr. Zayas was the senior manager of the Renewable Energy Technologies group at Sandia National Laboratories. His responsibilities in this role included establishing strategy and priorities, defining technical and programmatic roles, business development, and performing management assurance for the renewable energy-related activities of the laboratory. He managed and developed programs to:

• Bring together key renewable energy technology capabilities to consistently implement a science-based reliability and systems approach

• Leveraged Sandia’s broader predictive simulation, testing/evaluation, materials science, and systems engineering capability with expertise in renewable energy technologies

• Expanded and accelerated Sandia’s role in the innovation, development and penetration of renewable energy technologies

Mr. Zayas joined Sandia National Labs in 1996 and spent the first ten years of his career supporting the National mission of the labs wind energy portfolio as a senior member of the technical staff. During his technical career he had responsibilities for several programmatic research activities and new initiatives for the program. Mr. Zayas’ engineering research contributions, innovation and outreach spanned a variety of areas which included active aerodynamic flow control, sensors, dynamic modeling, data acquisition systems, and component testing.

After transition to the position of program manager in 2006, Mr. Zayas engaged and supported a variety of national initiatives to promote the expansion of clean energy technologies for the Nation. Most recently, Mr. Zayas continued to lead the organization’s clean energy activities and has coordinated and developed the laboratories cross-cutting activities in advanced water power systems. This program focuses on developing and supporting an emerging clean energy portfolio (wave, current, tide, and conventional hydro energy sources). Through developed partnerships with key National labs, industry and academia, Sandia is supporting and leading a variety of activities to accelerate the advancement and viability of both wind energy and the comprehensive marine hydrokinetics industry.

Mr. Zayas holds a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Mexico and a Masters degree in Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering from the University of California at Davis.


Alison LaBonte

Department of Energy Wind and Water Power Program


Alison LaBonte recently joined the Department of Energy Wind and Water Power Program as the Marine and Hydrokinetic Technology Development lead. Her background is in Oceanography, Geophysics (PhD: Scripps Institution of Oceanography), and Mathematics (BS: UC Los Angeles). Dr. LaBonte came to D.C. in 2009 as a Science and Technology Policy fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She spent her fellowship term at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the DOE Geothermal Technologies Program.

Before her AAAS fellowship, Alison applied her technical expertise integrating scientific instrumentation with Canada’s NEPTUNE cabled observatory (Postdoctoral Fellowship: University of Victoria), and designing, prototyping, and deploying new seafloor sensors (Engineering internship: Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute).


Bill Staby

Founder, CEO; Resolute Marine Energy, Inc.


Bill Staby is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Boston-based Resolute Marine Energy, Inc. (RME) – a developer of technologies for harvesting energy from ocean waves.

Bill is an experienced manager of early-stage technology companies. His entrepreneurial career started in 1997 when he was co-founder of an Internet business-to-consumer commerce company that subsequently went public. Bill then helped start two companies in media technology and business process automation before founding RME in 2006. Earlier in his career, Bill was an investment banker at Credit Suisse in the Electric Utility Corporate Finance Group and later he was co-head of the North American mergers & acquisitions team at Rabobank International.

Bill is a member of the executive committee of the U.S. delegation to IEC-TC114 and he is one of its two representatives on the IEC’s Conformity Assessment Board. Bill is also actively involved with the Ocean Renewable Energy Coalition, the Washington-based industry trade association that advocates on issues including R&D investment, market incentives and regulation.

Bill attended the University of Oregon before receiving his undergraduate degree in accounting and finance from the City University of New York in 1985. He went on to earn his M.B.A. from New York University in 1987 and, more recently, he was a featured speaker at TEDx Boston.


Kevin Gamiel

NC State Coastal Studies Institute

Kevin Gamiel is a senior research software developer at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI).  Kevin has been a software developer for 25 years in Internet applications, networked information retrieval, computational genomics and other diverse areas of interest.  Kevin is currently stationed on the Outer Banks of North Carolina at the UNC Coastal Studies Institute where he collaborates with engineers, oceanographers and other scientists on numerical modeling, software development and electronics engineering projects.


Bill Bolin
Anadarko Petroleum
William D. Bolin has worked for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation for 34 years with facilities in the Oil and Gas industry.  William is a Distinguished Engineering Advisor – Worldwide Facilities. Of his patents, he holds three in energy conversion including the recent issued Water Current Power Generation System patent. He has held multiple chairman positions and authored many papers at the PCIC-IEEE and SPE.  William D Bolin, PE (S’73) received his BSEE from University of Arlington in 1973.