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RosenfeldArthur Rosenfeld, Professor of Physics Emeritus at UC Berkeley, was the last graduate student of Nobelist Enrico Fermi. In 1955 he joined the Physics faculty at UC Berkeley and the research group of Luis Alvarez. In 1974, in response to the OPEC oil embargo, Rosenfeld switched to the new field of efficient use of energy, and founded the LBNL Center for Building Science, which he led until 1994, when he was appointed Senior Advisor to the Department of Energy, Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. In 2000 he was appointed Commissioner at the California Energy Commission, where he served two terms until 2010.


Melvin Pomerantz is a member of the Heat Island Group at Berkeley Lab. Trained as a physicist at UC Berkeley, he specializes in research on making cooler pavements and evaluating their effects. Before coming to LBNL, Pomerantz did research on condensed matter physics at IBM and was elected to Fellowship in the American Physical Society. He also teaches in the Physics Department at UC Berkeley.


Ronnen Levinson is a staff scientist at Berkeley Lab and the acting leader of its Heat Island Group. He has developed cool roofing and paving materials, improved methods for the measurement of solar reflectance, and helped bring cool roof requirements into building energy efficiency standards. He holds a B.S. in engineering physics from Cornell University and an M.S. and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from UC Berkeley.

Last updated: 10/12/2010