Teresa W. Zhang
Engineer, entrepreneur, environmentalist
I'm a mechanical engineer and clean energy enthusiast living in San Francisco. I bike in heels most days of the week.
SunEdison, Leidos, Applied Materials, UC Berkeley, MIT
Led a global engineering innovations program, advised financiers on solar investments worth $5B, taught grad and undergrad engineering classes, and built walking robots.
B.S. MIT, M.S. and Ph.D. UC Berkeley
I spent a decade learning, designing, and building while pursuing three degrees in mechanical engineering.
Upstate New York & Beijing
I grew up between two cultures, which helped me understand the connection between our consumption in the wealthy west and environmental impacts experienced globally. It's what drives me every day.
Areas of Expertise
Solar Resource and Energy Performance Modeling
I testified as an expert witness on solar resource and photovoltaic energy production modeling for GCL vs. PsomasFMG. I previously performed technical due diligence, including solar resource, energy production, and/or inter-annual variability analysis, on nearly 2.0 GW of solar asset transactions.
With partners in Solar Modules, I spearheaded the deployment of bifacial, or double sided, module technologies in SunEdison solar power projects. I was invited by Sandia National Laboratory and TÜV Rheinland to chair their first workshop session on bifacial performance modeling.
Life Cycle Assessment
My PhD dissertation is on life cycle analysis of amorphous silicon photovoltaic systems using hybrid economic input-output (EIO) methods. I created life cycle analysis tools for semiconductor manufacturers and developed EIO-based methods of quantifying the impacts of energy-labor substitutions.
Gender Equality in Sustainability & Finance
October 2017 - San Francisco
The Cleanweb Initiative: The State of Solar Software
July 2017 - San Francisco
Energy Discuss San Francisco with Jigar Shah
June 2016 - San Francisco
What's Next in Clean Technology
July 2015 - Palo Alto