Non-Affiliated Experts

Individuals not affiliated with ITIF who have participated in ITIF events or co-authored an ITIF publication.

Timothy Brightbill

Timothy Brightbill
Partner
Wiley Rein, LLP

Mr. Brightbill represents clients on all aspects of international trade law and policy including import trade remedies (such as antidumping law, countervailing duty law, and safeguards investigations), global trade policy and trade negotiations, international arbitration, export controls (compliance and licensing), climate change policy, customs matters, and international e-commerce issues. He is rated among the nation’s leading lawyers for business by Chambers USA (2010-2014) which notes that he “is making a name in the trade remedies field” (2011). Read more »

Jason Kearns

Jason Kearns
Minority Chief Trade Counsel
House Ways and Means Committee

Reed McManigle

Reed McManigle
Senior Manager, Business Development and Licensing
CMU's Center for Technology Transfer and Enterprise Creation

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C. Fred Higgs III

C. Fred Higgs III
Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University

Professor Higgs conducts particulate flow modeling and experimental research that utilizes the basic principles of tribology, fluid and rheological mechanics. His Particulate Flow & Tribology Laboratory studies three different flows found in sliding contact interfaces: Read more »

Hahna Alexander

Hahna Alexander
Co-Founder
Sole Power

As a child, Hahna was inspired by the technology in science fiction books, shows, and comics. She became an engineer because she wanted to make such technology a reality. For her, developing an energy harvesting shoe insert meant creating a device that could be found in an Isaac Asimov book. She also has a lifelong dream of going to space, which grew bigger while designing robots at NASA. As Sole Power CTO, she leads product design and is the only one capable of drawing more than stick figures.

Jay F. Whitacre

Jay F. Whitacre
Associate Professor
Carnegie Mellon University

Professor Whitacre examines the materials science of synthesizing, characterizing, and implementing promising materials and device architectures for energy storage and generation technologies such as Li-ion batteries, fuel cells, and photovoltaics. He will concurrently be addressing the policy implications involved with selecting and implementing these renewable technologies. Read more »

Deborah Stine

Deborah Stine
Assoc. Dir. for Policy Outreach
Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation, Carnegie Mellon University

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Evan Engstrom

Evan Engstrom
Policy Director
Engine Advocacy

As Engine’s first Policy Director, Evan develops Engine’s positions on the key policy issues facing startups and the tech community. Prior to joining Engine, Evan was an attorney at Farella Braun + Martel in San Francisco, focusing on copyright and other intellectual property litigation matters. At Farella, Evan litigated several high-profile Digital Millennium Copyright Act cases, defending websites and ISPs against claims for secondary copyright liability, and was named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine. Read more »

Michael Weinberg

Michael Weinberg
Vice President
Public Knowledge

Michael is a Vice President at Public Knowledge.  He oversees PK Thinks, Public Knowledge's place to explore long term trends and anticipate policy challenges.  He also focuses on the policy implications of emerging technologies such as 3D printing and open source hardware. Read more »

Gregg Rothschild

Gregg Rothschild
Managing Director of Government Affairs Division
Glover Park Group

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