Carbon Tax Now
Team

Team

We are concerned citizens, scientists, engineers and parents who believe that climate change needs to be tackled as a long-term, persistent global collaboration.

Ty Jagerson, President

Ty has 20 years of experience in the energy industry, including in the development and deployment of solar, storage, grid analytics, carbon-negative waste gasification, and other technologies. Ty is currently VP Commercialization at Google spin-off Malta Inc, which deploys 100 MW+ molten salt renewable energy storage solutions. Ty previously started and launched a Google X grid analytics moonshot, was President of solar installer HelioPower, and was co-founder of concentrator photovoltaics company Solfocus. Ty commercialized technologies at Xerox PARC for five years, and is on the UC Merced Board of Trustees, and the board of Phoenix Energy.

Ty received his MBA from Wharton and M.A. from Wesleyan University, has six patents including on semiconductors and grid analytics technology, and has guest lectured at Stanford on energy tech finance since 2012.

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Alaeddine Mokri, Chief Technology Officer

Alaeddine has over 10 years of experience building software solutions to promote clean energy adoption. His passion is in leveraging state-of-the-art computing technologies to address problems across the clean energy value chain. He’s currently with the Renewable and Energy Solutions Division at Shell where he contributes to different clean energy projects. Prior to Shell, he has build energy products at Google, NASA, Masdar and several Silicon Valley startups. In addition to building software products, Alaeddine published several academic studies on the design, manufacturing and economics of solar energy generation and storage. Alaeddine’s work earned him several awards among which are: Best Graduate Research Award at the International Renewable Energy Conference, Best Research Paper Award at the DII’s Conference, Middle-East Solar Entrepreneur of the Year in 2012 by the MENA Solar Industry Association, etc.

Alaeddine earned an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from Tlemcen University, an MSc in materials science from the MIT-Cooperative Program in Masdar Institute, and a post-grad certificate on exponential technologies from the NASA-based Singularity University. He’s currently pursuing a doctorate in engineering management at The George Washington University.

Dr. Susan Morse, Advisor

Susan Morse is a law professor at the University of Texas. She studies and writes about international tax reform and tax compliance; and has taught federal income tax, business tax, international tax, and tax policy courses. Professor Morse clerked for the Honorable Michael Boudin of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and spent seven years in business tax practice at Ropes & Gray, Boston and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Palo Alto. Prior to joining the Texas faculty, she served as Associate Professor at UC Hastings College of the Law and as Research Assistant Professor at Santa Clara University School of Law. Her papers are available at www.ssrn.com.

Dr. Morse earned a J.D. from Harvard Law School and an A.B. magna cum laude from Princeton University.

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Dr. Shi-Ling Hsu, Advisor

Professor Shi-Ling Hsu is an expert in the areas of environmental and natural resource law, climate change, law and economics, and property. He has published in a wide variety of legal journals and recently published a book, The Case for a Carbon Tax: Getting Past our Hang-ups to Effective Climate Policy (Island Press 2011). Prior to entering academia, Hsu was a senior attorney and economist for the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, D.C. He also practiced law in California, both as a deputy city attorney for the City and County of San Francisco and as an associate attorney with the firm of Fenwick & West in Palo Alto. He teaches Property and Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Climate Change.

Professor Hsu earned his PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics and MSc in Ecology from University of California at Davis, a J.D. from Columbia Law School and BSc in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University.

Dr. Roger Bales, Advisor

Founding Professor of Engineering at University of California at Merced and  has been active in water- and climate-related research for over 30 years. Dr. Bales’ scholarship includes over 140 papers in peer-reviewed journals, and many more presentations, reports and book chapters. He is a fellow in the American Geophysical Union, the American Meteorological Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has been active in climate applications both regionally and nationally. He has led development of regional, national and international measurement programs that are critical for understanding climate change and contributing to climate solutions. He has also served on multiple advisory committees, is active in the region, and has a long record of service to the university. Dr. Bales is also an Adjunct Professor at UC Berkeley, and a researcher in the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS).

Dr. Bales’ degrees include a BSc in Civil Engineering from Purdue University, MSc in Civil and Environmental Engineering from University of California at Berkeley, MSc in Social Science/Economics from California Institute of Technology and Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering Science from California Institute of Technology.

Marcus K, Intern

Marcus is a high school junior at The Nueva School in California. He believes climate change is the single biggest problem facing all of mankind, and sees carbon taxation as a valuable tool in the effort to preserve our planet. At Carbon Tax Now, he enjoys working on web design and outreach.

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