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Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis Staff

The Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis (JISEA) seeks to guide the transformation of the global energy economy through comprehensive, transdisciplinary research focused on the nexus of energy, finance, and society.

Jill Engel-Cox, Ph.D.—Director

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Jill Engel-Cox is director of JISEA. Over her 25-year career, Engel-Cox has been an engineer, researcher, program manager, and strategic planner for a diverse suite of renewable energy, clean technology, and environmental programs in the United States, Asia, and Middle East. Her first job was climbing smokestacks in Los Angeles, followed by leading industrial pollution prevention programs for small and medium sized businesses and R&D laboratories in the United States and internationally. In the past decade, she has led international strategic planning and technology assessments for renewable energy and environmental sustainability research programs, working extensively in Malaysia and Saudi Arabia. She also teaches industrial processes and environmental communications courses at Johns Hopkins University Engineering for Professionals Program.

Patricia Statwick—Program Administrator

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Patricia Statwick is JISEA's Program Administrator, and works to develop, implement, and manage JISEA programs. She provides project management for programs ranging from topical studies to international technical assistance. 

Prior to joining JISEA, Statwick was associate director of an entrepreneurship development program at Northwestern University focused on launching Homeland Security technology start-ups. She managed a seed grant program to assist start-up technology companies in reaching the next level of development, and provided access to training and resources to improve the entrepreneur's chances for success.

Statwick's experience extends to technology transfer and commercialization activities for NASA in Illinois, for which Battelle was the primary contractor; business development for a start-up satellite imagery analysis company; small business consulting; and financial analysis for the banking and information technology industries.

Statwick has a master of applied science degree in environmental policy management, with a concentration in energy and sustainability, from the University of Denver. She also has an MBA from Northwestern University and a BA from the University of Notre Dame.

Liz Weber—Project Controller

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Liz Weber joined NREL in 2018 as a Program Controller for JISEA. In her role, she provides project management for JISEA programs and studies related to natural gas and the U.S. electricity sector, energy storage, and other power sector issues. Her primary responsibilities include planning and implementation, monitoring and evaluation, reporting, and financial analysis. Weber also provides program support for NREL’s Vehicle Technologies Office.

Prior to joining JISEA, Weber was the Western Regional Manager for the American Forest Foundation where she managed a portfolio of collaborative partnerships across five states. Her experience includes working with federal and state agencies, universities, and local nonprofit organizations across the West to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire and safeguard the watersheds on which local communities depend. Weber also held positions with the Colorado Department of Parks and Wildlife and the City of Boulder working on invasive species programs and policy.

Weber holds a master of environmental law and policy from Vermont Law School. She also holds a master of environmental science and a bachelor of science in biology from the University of Colorado.

Kathleen (Katie) Watts—Business Administrative Associate

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Katie Watts joined JISEA in May 2018 as the Assistant to the Center Director, Jill Engel-Cox. Watts is a seasoned Executive Assistant with over 20 years in the field. She manages the day-to-day activities of JISEA, including financial and project tracking, and coordinates special meetings and events. Prior to joining JISEA, Watts held the position of Student Records Manager at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. During her tenure at the university, she worked with students at all levels, from matriculation through graduation. Not only is Watts a Colorado native, but she is married to a Colorado native. She is very proud parent of two adult daughters and is recently a new grandmother.