Catalyst Keynote Address: KR Sridhar from Bloom Energy
"Entrepreneurship with Impact"
KR Sridhar is the principal co-founder and CEO of Bloom Energy.
Prior to founding Bloom Energy, Sridhar led a team developing technologies to sustain life on Mars for NASA. For his work, Fortune Magazine cited him as "one of the top five futurists inventing tomorrow, today". Before this Sridhar was a professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering as well as Director of the renowned Space Technologies Laboratory (STL) at the University of Arizona.
Sridhar received his Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering with Honors from the University of Madras, India, as well as his M.S. in Nuclear Engineering and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Sridhar has served on many technical committees, panels and boards. He has over fifty publications and is a sought-after speaker and advisor on energy and environmental issues. He is outspoken in his belief that the climate crisis we face is also a tremendous economic opportunity, that energy policy must be technology-neutral and performance-based, and that we can solve our current energy problems through a combination of technology, innovation and conservation.
KR enjoys outdoor activities. He is an avid hiker and runner, participating in marathons when possible. KR enjoys mentoring young people interested in math and science. KR and his wife have two children and live in Woodside, California.