Roger D. Aines, PhD
Chief Scientist and Geochemist

Roger Aines develops climate and energy technologies for a more livable planet. He first got interested in science growing up on a farm in Ohio. How did all those pieces of machinery work? Nature was ever present on the farm, and he enjoyed understanding how it worked. This proved to be a career-setting interest when Roger took his first geology course at Carleton College, while ostensibly studying to be a medical researcher. Learning why the world around looked the way it did, and why the history of the earth is written ever so subtly in what remains today, proved too interesting to pass up. He completed his chemistry degree, and the Caltech geology department was glad to accept him and teach him the earth science required to be a geochemist.

Roger has delivered and endured countless scientific presentations, heightening his appreciation for the value of effective communication. Applying his principles for championing science, Roger has enlisted dozens of funders, collaborators and peers to support his work. He regularly coaches colleagues in the art of presentation preparation and delivery. Roger works at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where he is the Chief Scientist for the laboratory’s Energy Program.

Since 1984 Roger’s work has spanned nuclear waste disposal, environmental remediation, applying stochastic methods to inversion and data fusion, managing carbon emissions and sequestration monitoring and verification methods. Roger works with a global network of academics, investors, and innovators dedicated to addressing future climate challenges, taking an integrated view of the energy, climate, and environmental aspects of carbon-based fuel production and use. His current focus is on efficient ways to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and effective ways to minimize carbon dioxide emissions from industrial and energy processes.

Roger holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from Carleton College, and Doctor of Philosophy in geochemistry from the California Institute of Technology.

Amy L. Aines
Founder and CEO Damianakes Communications

Explaining T1 multiplexers to prospective customers and the press launched Amy Aines’ technical communications career. For the past 30 years she has helped scientists and technologists communicate breakthrough ideas on topics ranging from remote network management to anti-angiogenesis, wireless location algorithms and the arcane complexities of stock plan administration. Hundreds of technical experts tell more compelling stories and get their listeners to take action thanks to Amy’s counsel.

Amy is an accomplished speechwriter, media spokesperson and presenter. Her passion for finding the right words has enabled her to successfully position countless products, programs, companies and their leaders. Messaging strategy and delivery is the cornerstone of her work. She got her start teaching presentations skills in 1978 as a University of California undergrad when she was selected by her professor to co-teach the Introduction to Public Speaking course at Santa Barbara City College.

Early in her career, Amy managed marketing and technical communications for T1 multiplexer manufacturer, Coastcom. There she found her voice as a technical writer and marketer, documenting new products, creating application guides, promoting products and writing test plans. Her knowledge of voice and data networking equipped her to become public relations manager for start-up PacTel Spectrum Services. Amy spent the following 11 years serving as corporate spokesperson for Baby Bell Pacific Telesis Group and leading communications for wireless spin-off AirTouch Communications. Since 1999 Amy has been CEO of Damianakes Communications, a boutique consultancy that provides strategic communications counsel to start-ups and global giants primarily in the technology, communications, healthcare and biotech arenas.

Amy received her BA in Communications Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara and is a certified Human Capital Strategist through the Human Capital Institute.