New Additions to SusTech 2023 Program


SusTech 2023 is pleased to announce two new additions to the SusTech 2023 program.

  • Opening Keynote (Thursday, April 20, 2023 @8:00 am)

K John Holmes, Scholar and Director of Energy and Environmental Systems, National Academies of Sciences, speaking on “Technology, Policy, and Societal Dimensions of Decarbonization:  Where We Are Now, Where Did We Come From, and Where Are We Headed

  • Sustainability Forum Keynote (Saturday, April 22, 2023 @ 2:15 pm)

Chris Mi, Fellow of IEEE & SAE, San Diego State University, speaking on “Second-Life EV Batteries for Renewable and Smart Grid Storage Applications


K John Holmes is the senior director and scholar of the National Academies’ Board on Energy and Environmental Systems (BEES). The portfolio for BEES is broad and includes activities on climate mitigation and assessment, electricity system modernization, fuel economy technologies for light-duty vehicles, and energy innovation. Dr. Holmes currently leads the cross-Academies initiative on the technological, societal, and policy issues related to deep decarbonization of the United States energy system. That work includes public events on a host of topics related to decarbonization and the February 2022 report Accelerating Decarbonization of the U.S, Energy System. His other recent activities include: co-directing studies on the future of the electricity system and negative emissions technologies; directing a study on electricity system resiliency; and organizing workshops on sub-national climate assessment and scaling deep decarbonization technologies.


Chris Mi is distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at San Diego State University. He is a Fellow of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers). He is also the Director of the US Department of Energy-funded Graduate Automotive Technology Education (GATE) Center for Electric Drive Transportation at SDSU. He was previously a faculty member at the University of Michigan-Dearborn from 2001 to 2015, and an Electrical Engineer with General Electric from 2000 to 2001. He also served as the CTO of 1Power Solutions from 2008 to 2011 and is currently the CTO of EV Safe Charge, Inc.  Dr. Mi received his Ph. D from the University of Toronto, Canada, in 2001.