Team members

Jeffery Greenblatt, Ph.D.

Founder, CEO and Chief Scientist

Jeffery Greenblatt (Ph.D. Chemistry, UC Berkeley; see CV) is a well-known expert in the fields of energy analysis, climate policy and sustainable transportation. He left a position at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in 2018 after eight years, where he focused on large-scale, multi-sector, multi-decadal modeling of greenhouse gas reduction strategies at the local, state and national levels, and analysis of emerging technologies including artificial photosynthesis and autonomous vehicles. He has published several high-profile academic studies on these topics. In addition, he has been developing an analytic expertise in emerging space technologies since 2014, and founded Emerging Futures in 2016. Previously, Jeff has worked at NASA Ames Research Center, Princeton University, Environmental Defense Fund and Google. He lives in Berkeley, CA.

Margaret McCall

Transportation Consultant

Margaret is a UC Berkeley student pursuing her MS/MPP with the Energy and Resources Group and the Goldman Public Policy school. She joins Emerging Futures from a position as a research affiliate with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where she focused on technoeconomic analysis of electrified trucking. Before coming to Berkeley, Margaret was a Senior Associate at Rocky Mountain Institute. She worked between RMI’s Sustainable Energy for Economic Development (SEED) program and RMI's Electricity Innovation Lab (eLab). She focused on strategies to extend off-grid energy access throughout Sub-Saharan Africa and worked on corporate client engagements and research throughout the U.S. electricity sector. Separate from her work at RMI, Margaret also has a background in clean energy advocacy, operations research, and solar financial analysis. She graduated from Yale University with a B.S. in Geophysics.

Gordon Bauer

Transporation Consultant

Gordon is a PhD candidate in UC Berkeley's Energy and Resources Group, where he focuses on deployment and impacts of electric vehicles in on-demand mobility fleets and transit systems. He has built several computer models and worked with leading scholars, including Dr. Greenblatt, resulting in high-impact research publications. After receiving a B.A. in chemistry from Williams College, he applied for and won funding to travel to Nicaragua to study the impact of solar ovens as an independent researcher, writing a research paper about his findings. After a stint at the National Center for Appropriate Technology in Butte, MT as a Renewable Energy Educator, he spent a year at the University of Oslo, Norway as a Visiting Research Scholar studying electric vehicle usage in that country, publishing additional research. Fluent in English, Spanish and Norwegian, he expects to graduate in May 2020.

Denise Penrose

Technical Writing Consultant

Denise Penrose is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant with decades of experience working with scientists and engineers in multiple disciplines, including computer science, engineering, energy, and the physical and life sciences. She has worked for several major publishers, including McGraw-Hill, Pearson, Elsevier, and Springer Nature, acquiring and editing university textbooks, professional references, and scholarly journals as well as trade books and magazines. While living in The Netherlands, she wrote review articles for European and American technology magazines and edited documentation.  Her freelance clients include professional online course developers and researchers and analysts developing grant proposals, white papers, and reports.

Prof. Akhil Rao

Economics Consultant

After receiving a B.S. in business administration, finance and economics at UC Riverside in 2012, Akhil Rao spent nine months in a public affairs fellowship in Los Angeles and two years as a data analyst at Red9 before enrolling in a Ph.D. program at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he graduated in 2019 with a focus on space economics. He collaborated with Dr. Greenblatt in writing Emerging Futures' entry analyzing a 1,000-person settlement for the Mars Society's 2019 Mars Colony Prize contest. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Economics at Middlebury College in Middlebury, VT.

Andrew Granatstein

Research Consultant

Andrew is focused on accelerating the development of a space-based economy, and also has an interest in green energy technologies. He has 5+ years of project management experience, with a background in areas including orbital dynamics, market research, and entrepreneurship, and has spent time volunteering for the Space Frontier Foundation. He has been consulting with Emerging Futures since 2017, and became a Senior Analyst at SpaceFund in 2019. Andrew holds a degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Arizona.

Jason Aspiotis

Advisor, Fintech, Space and Laser Systems Architecture

Jason is a Millennial technologist and strategist for socio-economic development and empowerment, sustainability, and technological advancement on Earth and in Space. He is the Founder and CEO of Finsophy Inc., the world's first platform for Quadruple Bottom Line (QBL) focused personal finance – capital growth, social impact, environmental sustainability, and development of the future. He has 15+ years total experience in technical, organizational and project leadership, R&D, systems engineering, product design, and business development. His career path includes 7.5 years in aerospace & defense developing lasers, sensors and satellite systems, 2 years in commercial product design and manufacturing, and 3.5 years in academic R&D in applied physics. Jason's current pursuits: Integration of FinTech, blockchain, and meaningful-finance to catalyze value creation in the context of social advancement, green, clean and sustainable technology solutions, and socio-economic development of the Space frontier.

Brad Neuberg

Strategic Advisor

Brad's role at Emerging Futures draws upon his deep experience with software development, start-ups, and knowledge of space technologies. He is currently a Machine Learning Research Scientist/Software Engineer at the SETI Institute and NASA Frontier Development Lab. Previously, he was a Senior Software Engineer at Dropbox on the Machine Learning team, where he built an optical character recognition system for millions of users using deep machine learning and computer vision. Prior to this position, he founded Inkling Habitat, a scalable publishing environment for interactive content. He also created Coworking, an international grassroots movement to establish a new kind of workspace for the self-employed. Brad met Jeffery Greenblatt when he was at Google, building software for the Google Docs team and helping to push forward such web technologies as HTML5. Brad has a history of innovation, whether working with Douglas Engelbart, the inventor of the computer mouse and hypertext, on the HyperScope project; exploring deeply collaborative web browsers with Paper Airplane; working on one of the first web-based RSS aggregators; and more.

A serious space enthusiast, Brad has acquired a remarkable knowledge of space activities, regularly following developments at NewSpace companies like SpaceXBlue OriginMade In Space and Planetary ResourcesNIAC- and DARPA-funded projects, and long-term efforts like Breakthrough Starshot100 Year StarshipTau Zero and Long Now.

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