The SunTrain Team

~BIOGRAPHIES~

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Christopher D. Smith

Chief Executive Officer - Founder

Penn State University: Energy Business // Finance
Solar Energy International: PV Systems Engineering // Battery Systems Engineering

Christopher Smith is the chief executive officer of Paradigm Power and Planning LLC. He is the idea and whitepaper author, the development leader of the SunTrain concept. He organized Paradigm Power and Planning in 2016 as a means to develop boutique energy projects to further the industry and mitigate climate change. Showcase projects include net zero energy buildings, off-grid facilities, microgrids, energy transmission experiments, DCtoDC projects, and utility scale energy projects for industrial operations, and utility scale applications.

Christopher's educational background includes degrees in Energy Business, and Finance from the Pennsylvania State University. He also minored in Economics and Meteorology. Christopher received higher education from Solar Energy International in Paonia, Colorado where he received two technical degrees Photovoltaic Engineering, and Energy Storage Systems. Christopher has his Project Management Professional (PMP) certification, his North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) certification and has received various awards for his work in the green energy field.

In the greater energy industry, Christopher volunteers his time to the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program (EVITP) as the operations manager. He also volunteers for the Energy Storage and Microgrid Training and Certification (ESAMTAC) program as a curriculum developer.

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Wesley Cronk

Chief Information Officer -  Contributing Author

New York University: Masters in Sustainable Development & Policy

University of Florida: B.S. in Sustainability Studies & Psychology

Wesley is a clean energy professional and entrepreneur who has spent the past 15 years working on startups in the solar, storage, efficiency, and electric vehicles spaces. 

Most recently, Wesley has spent his time guiding and growing clean tech startups as a Strategy Consultant for Buildify Inc. Prior to that, Wesley served as the Director of Technology Operations at Bright Power, a national solar and efficiency firm based in New York City.

 

Wesley received a Master of Arts in Sustainable Development & Environmental Policy from New York University. His undergraduate was achieved at the University of Florida where Wesley received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology & Sustainability Studies.

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Katie R. Klatt

Chief Operations Officer - Contributing Author

Harvard University: Masters in Public Health in Health Management
University of Virginia: Bachelors of Science in Nursing

Katie Klatt earned her MPH from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, with a focus in health management. Her expertise covers emergency management, biostatistics and epidemiology, communications, and business organization and strategy.

 

Katie has focused her practical public health work in emergency management and response, serving on the initial COVID-19 response team for Boston Emergency Medical Services. At Boston EMS, she adapted protocols to respond to the rapidly unfolding pandemic, as well as developed and implemented the infection control database. She now helps organizations prepare for and respond to crises, and become better consumers of health intelligence. As the world must adapt to climate-driven phenomena, her work encompasses the ways in which renewable energy can be utilized in ensuring organizations are prepared for and can rapidly respond to emergencies. 

 

Prior to her transition into emergency management and public health,

Katie worked as an ICU nurse in the US and Australia. She has seen firsthand how health conditions can be caused or exacerbated by climate change, and strives to be a part of the solution that can influence health on a larger scale.

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Jack J. Lucas

Vice President - Idea Cofounder

Curtin University: Masters in Occupational Therapy
University of Western Australia: Health Science

Jack Lucas is a healthcare professional who received a Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy from Curtin University and a Bachelor's Degree in Health Science from the University of Western Australia. Jack’s role in the SunTrain concept’s implementation is a layman editor. Jack is passionate about the environment and wants to affect material change. 

 

Jack is from Albany in Western Australia which generates 80% of the town’s power from wind energy. Jack was born and raised in a city that embraced renewable, clean energy. On a recent trip to Alaska, both Christopher and Jack were astounded by the natural resources. Jack co-authored the SunTrain concept together with Christopher, while hiking along the Trans-Alaska Pipeline.

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