Susan is a Principal Advisor for Larta’s Commercialization Assistance Programs.
Susan is a scientist and engineer who has operated her own successful consulting practice for over 20 years. Her expertise in the areas of energy and environmental technologies is complemented by business ventures with a number of private companies moving into the clean energy and transportation sectors with advanced technologies and system concepts. Her key business competency is in market analysis and business plan development.
Susan founded Longitude 122 West, Inc., in Menlo Park, California in 1995. The company provides consulting services to both US Government clients (primarily Department of Energy and NASA), as well as private companies. Major focus in recent years has been on renewable energy, energy storage, hydrogen, and biofuels, with particular emphasis on cost/benefit analysis, market analysis and market planning. Susan has participated in the development of business plans for several companies, including T2M Global, Toscosa Allied Services and AdapTec SA.
In the hydrogen space, Susan served for 10 years as Task Leader for a Working Group of the International Energy Agency’s Hydrogen Implementing Agreement, focused on the assessment of global hydrogen and fuel cell markets in both the power and transportation sectors. She is currently an active member of the California Hydrogen Business Council and the Energy Storage Association. Susan has also provided background cost analysis on biofuel from algae for supply curves recently published as the DOE’s Billion Ton Update.
Susan has presented and published over 50 papers and holds 2 patents.
Susan holds a B.S. in Physics from Iowa State University, an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. Susan has also earned a certificate in Technology Transfer and Commercialization from the University of California.