ICAST Board

Executive Board

Bruce Hutton
Professor of Marketing, Daniels College of Business, University of Denver (DU). Dean Emeritus and Piccinati Professor in Teaching Innovation R. Bruce Hutton, Ph.D., is the Daniels College of Business leader in sustainable development education for graduate and corporate programs. He has received numerous local, regional and national honors for his contributions in business education, applied market research and community service. In 2005, his body of work in the areas of corporate citizenship and sustainability were included in the Faculty Pioneer Featured Collection, in CasePlace.org of the Aspen Institute Business and Society Program.


Dr. John Trefny
Dr. John U. Trefny was the fifteenth President of the Colorado School of Mines. He currently serves on the Boards of the Lutheran Medical Center Community Foundation, the Red Rocks Community College Foundation, and the Denver Regional Office of the Institute of International Education.


Dr. Moncef Krarti
Dr. Krarti is a Professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering at the University of Colorado. He also served as the director of the Architectural Engineering Program at the University of Colorado. He has conducted several research projects in a wide range of applications related to building energy systems and renewable technologies.

He is considered one of the world’s best experts in energy efficiency of building systems. He has published over 10 books and handbook chapters as well as over 180 technical publications in referred journals and conference proceedings. He has received several awards from professional organizations including American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), and International Solar Energy Society (ISES) for his service to promote and improve the engineering profession. He has conducted projects in several countries to promote energy efficiency and renewable technologies. In particular, he has conducted over 1000 energy audit of various residential, commercial, and industrial facilities throughout the world. As part of his activities as a professor at the University of Colorado, he has managed the energy management center at the University of Colorado. He has also helped the development of similar energy efficiency centers in other countries including Brazil, Mexico, Kuwait, Qatar, and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Tunisia. Dr. Krarti has an extensive experience in promoting building energy efficiency technologies and policies overseas, including the development of building energy codes and energy efficiency training programs in several countries, including Tunisia, Sri Lanka, Mexico, and Egypt as well as collaborative research with over ten countries in Europe, Africa, Asia, and South America.


Dr. Robert Knecht
Dr. Knecht works with the Design (EPICS) program for first- and second- year students at the Colorado School of Mines. This program requires students to explore a design methodology for resolution of authentic open-ended problems and to communicate both in written and verbal forms the results of their work. His research activities include unique reactor designs to remove components from dilute solutions, membrane technologies to remove impurities from gas and liquid streams, fluid-bed hydrodynamics for combustion/pyrolysis and neutralization processes.


Robyn McGuckin
Mrs. Robyn McGuckin is the Group Vice President for Winrock International. She has over 17 years of experience in business profit and loss, program management, technical delivery, client service and project management. Specializing in energy, climate change and international development, she has worked in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the US at the municipal, utility, federal and international institute level. Her international work has been acknowledged by the press and in several current affairs books, and combined with her infrastructure work has resulted in two consecutive years of distinction as one of the Top 100 Energy Professionals in the 2012 and 2013 American City Business Journals’ “Who’s Who in Energy”. Robyn sits on several boards, has numerous publications, and has spoken at events around the world.


Paul Major
Paul Major has served as the President and CEO of the Telluride Foundation since its inception in June 2000. Major leads the Foundation’s multimillion-dollar development, grant-making, capacity building and initiative efforts.

Prior to the Telluride Foundation, Major worked as the Director of Business Development for Booth Creek Ski Holdings six resorts. Major’s ski industry experience began in 1984 with the U.S. Ski Team in Park City, UT. He served as the Vice President of Athletics and Alpine Olympic ski coach, directing and managing all athletic aspects of the 6 Olympic sports of the U.S. Ski Team including 200 athletes, 60 staff and 50,000 members. Major is a board member of the Colorado Association of Funders, Bright Futures for Early Childhood and Families, Mobile Accord and the Council on Foundation Community Foundation Leadership Team and chairs the Technology Task Force.


 

Board of Directors

Vic Ahmed
Vic Ahmed is a serial entrepreneur who has successfully built several startup companies. He has the gift of translating visions and foresight into companies with specific and sizeable business opportunities. In addition, he has demonstrated the commitment and energy needed to raise angel, venture and private equity funding, assemble world-class teams and transform these visions into reality.


Matt Heimerich
Matt Heimerich is active in areas ranging from conservation efforts for local land use, to farm wind programs and, water rights of the Arkansas River. He is currently serving his third term as county commissioner for Crowley County. Matt has been serving as chair of the Southeast Colorado Resource Conservation and Development Council for four years and has been a board member since 1995. Matt has also been a member of the Colorado Energy Forum and was appointed by former Colorado governor Bill Owens to the Arkansas River Compact Administration, where he is chair of the engineering committee. Matt and his wife own and operate a 220-acre irrigated farm by the Colorado Canal that produces forages, hay and grain.


Bruce Dines
For the past 4 years, Bruce has served as the Executive Director of the StEPP Foundation, a 501c.3 organization headquartered in Denver.  The foundation developed a web-based application and database of Carbon Offset Projects and Opportunities.   That Database now holds more than 3000 Project Records representing all 50 states.

Prior to moving to the StEPP Foundation, where Bruce could pursue his passion for Sustainability, he spent 20 years in the Technology and Telecommunications Field.  Over half of those years were spent in earlier stage environments, where Bruce founded companies and led businesses from concept and model development, through the capital formation, revenue generation and team building phases, ultimately realizing successful exits on 3 different companies.  The other half of his career has been spent in mid-size and large corporations, where he has either served as President or Division President, including comCables as President, Northstar Exchange as COO (sold to Construction Software Technologies in 2007), EHPT as President (sold to Ericsson in 2002), and Ericsson Mobile Communications as Division President.

Bruce is a 5th generation native of Colorado, with roots going back to the Homestead Act in Colorado Territory.  He graduated in 1976 from Stanford University, with a BS in Biology, and subsequently received a graduate degree (M.S) in Ecology.  


Maureen Hewitt
Maureen Hewitt is President and Chief Executive Officer at InnovAge. With more than 20 years of leadership at for-profit and non-profit health care organizations, Maureen now leads InnovAge, which provides essential services and support for aging adults in Colorado and New Mexico. The organization soon will expand to California. Maureen also has many years of experience leading skilled nursing/sub-acute care facilities; acute care and rehabilitation hospitals; outpatient clinics; CCRCs and affordable senior housing.


Ravi Malhotra
As President of ICAST, Ravi Malhotra guides ICAST staff to partner with local communities to utilize local resources for local benefit. Through these partnerships, Mr. Malhotra applies his extensive technology and business building experience to execute on projects that promote local sustainability. He started working on community development shortly after receiving a B. Tech in Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), New Delhi, India, in 1988. Mr. Malhotra spent seven years working as a social entrepreneur developing micro-enterprises using the micro-finance model in India and Africa. He later received an MS in Engineering and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. For the past 20 years, Mr. Malhotra has developed and established numerous sustainable projects in the U.S. and internationally. He was a member of the Western Governor Association’s Solar and Bio-energy Task Force