Innovative Solutions at the Interface of Energy & Food

TUESDAY, MAY 16, 2017

Vanderhoef Studio Theater, Mondavi Center, UC Davis


8:30am – 9:00am  Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00am – 9:15am  Welcome & Framing Meeting Goals

9:15am – 9:20am  Network Mapping

9:30am – 10:30am  Finance Panel

10:30am – 10:50am  Break & Networking Activity

11:00am – 12:00pm  Food Systems Panel

Finance PanelFunding and facilitating innovation in fields with low margins and long time horizons in the 21st century.

  • Harold Schmitz Mars, Incorporated (Chair)
  • Amy Jaffe – Energy & Sustainability, UC Davis
  • Jenny Rooke – 5 Prime Ventures
  • Joe Cornelius – ARPA-E
  • Stephen Hohenrieder – Meyer Family Enterprises

Food Systems Panel – Technologies and approaches to evaluate and optimize system-level inefficiencies in food production and processing.

  • Rob Trice The Mixing Bowl (Chair)
  • Glenda Humiston – UC ANR
  • Brian Willson – Colorado State University Energy Institute
  • Anna Smidebush – Pacific Gas & Electric
  • Edward Spang – Food Science & Technology, UC Davis


12:00pm – 1:30pm Booth Showcase Lunch

1:45pm – 2:45pm  Production Panel

2:45pm – 3:45pm Processing Panel

4:00pm – 4:30pm  Break

4:45pm – 5:45pm Consumption Panel

5:45pm – 6:00pm  Conclusion

6:00pm – 7:30pm  Dinner Reception

Production – How do agricultural producers balance rising energy costs with the need for safe, sustainable, and affordable products?

  • Pam Ronald UC Davis (Chair)
  • Colleen BreitensteinPacific Gas & Electric
  • Eric O’Brien Fall Line Capital
  • David BubenheimNASA Ames Research Center

Processing – A review of current bottlenecks and costs associated with energy usage in food processing.

  • Irwin Donis-Gonzalez Ag. Engineering, UC Davis (Chair)
  • Eric Heidman – Diamond Foods LLC
  • Mark Evans – The Morning Star Company
  • Eric Klingenberg – Mars, Incorporated.

Consumption – Nutritional and consumer preferences for fresh vs. packaged foods, as well as energy usage in markets and restaurants for providing safe and nutritious products.

  • Gail Bornhorst – Biol. & Ag. Engineering, UC Davis (Chair)
  • Kevin Sanchez – Yolo Food Bank
  • David John – General Produce
  • Lauren Shimek Food.Tech.Design.