David Loomis is Professor of Economics at Illinois State University where he teaches in the Master’s Degree program in electricity, natural gas and telecommunications economics. Dr. Loomis is Director of the Center for Renewable Energy and Executive Director of the Institute for Regulatory Policy Studies. As part of his duties, he leads the Illinois Wind Working Group under the U.S. Department of Energy. Dr. Loomis is part of a team of faculty that has designed a new undergraduate curriculum in renewable energy at Illinois State University. Dr. Loomis earned his Ph.D. in economics at Temple University. Prior to joining the faculty at Illinois State University, Dr. Loomis worked at Bell Atlantic (Verizon) for 11 years. He has published articles in the Energy Policy, Electricity Journal, Review of Industrial Organization, Utilities Policy, Information Economics and Policy, International Journal of Forecasting, International Journal of Business Research, Business Economics and the Journal of Economics Education.
Dr. J. Randy Winter is Associate Director of the Center for Renewable Energy, and a Professor of Agricultural Economics at Illinois State University. He has a B.S. in agricultural industries from Southern Illinois University—Carbondale and a M.S. and Ph.D. in agricultural economics from Oregon State University. He currently serves at the Chairperson of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences.
Dr. Jin Jo is Associate Director of the Center for Renewable Energy and leads the Solar Power Research Group at the center. Dr. Jin Jo is Associate Professor of Technology at Illinois State University where he teaches in the Renewable Energy program. His research, which has appeared in Energy Policy, Renewable Energy, Habitat International, and Building & Environment, focuses on the use of renewable energy systems and sustainable building strategies to reduce negative impacts of urbanization. Dr. Jo has partnered with various national and international governmental organizations to examine the technical, economic, and environmental impacts of the sustainable and renewable energy system implementations. He earned his Ph. D. in Sustainability at Arizona State University. Dr. Jo is the nation’s first Ph.D. in sustainability.
Matt Aldeman is Assistant Professor of Technology at Illinois State University where he teaches in the Renewable Energy program. Matt joined the Center for Renewable Energy after working for General Electric as a wind site manager, where he managed operations at the Grand Ridge and Rail Splitter wind projects. Previously, he served in the U.S. Navy as the Reactor Electrical Officer on the USS John C. Stennis and as the Gunnery Officer on the USS O’Bannon. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Nuclear Power School and holds a Master of Engineering Management degree from Old Dominion University and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University.
Jeritt Williams is an Instructional Assistant Professor, teaching Engineering Technology at Illinois State University. Previously, he served at STEM Education Coordinator, assisting in the implementation of the Energy Learning Exchange, professional development for teachers, plus public and educational outreach. He has seven years of experience teaching Middle and High School Technology Engineering. Jeritt earned his B.S. in Technology Education at Illinois State University in 2007 and M.S. in Training and Development in 2012.
Janet Niezgoda is responsible for the behind the scenes work for the Center's conferences, workshops, and forums, as well as marketing materials, communications with members, and reports. She has over 25 years of professional marketing and event planning experience, including working as the Vice President of Marketing and Membership at the Greater Muskogee Area Chamber of Commerce in Oklahoma. She is a proud Redbird, having earned her B.S. Marketing at Illinois State University in 1991.