Advisory Council

CEE's Advisory Council is made up of members who represent a broad spectrum of interests and backgrounds. 

Kristin Barbato

Kristin Barbato

Organization: Build Edison

Occupation: Founder

Kristin Barbato has a long career in energy and sustainability leadership and has held various executive positions in both private and public sector.  She provides energy management advisory services for customers and investors as well as go-to-market and planning strategies for cleantechs and ESCOs. With her experience running large operations along with her tenure as both a provider and buyer of energy services for utilities, commercial/industrial companies, and municipalities, she provides unique energy market insight to move strategies into commercial action. As the founder of Build Edison, her company helps bridge the gap to commercialization for cleantechs and provides faster insights for investors and customers. Ms. Barbato graduated Cornell University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. She also holds an M.S. in Organizational Leadership from Mercy College and completed her MBA in Finance and Economics from Columbia University in May 2008. 

James Becker

James M. Becker

Organization: SKANSKA USA Building, Inc.

Position: Retired Executive, Skanska

Leadership Activities

Chairman, Board of Trustees of the Engineering Center of Educational Trust, member of Board of Trustees of Massachusetts Alliance of Small Contractors, Member and former President of Board of AGC of Massachusetts.

Prashanth Chandrasekar

Prashanth Chandrasekar

Organization: Stack Overflow

Position: Chief Executive Officer

Prashanth Chandrasekar is Chief Executive Officer of Stack Overflow and is responsible for driving Stack Overflow’s overall strategic direction and results. Prashanth is a proven technology executive with extensive experience leading and scaling high growth global organizations. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President & General Manager of Rackspace’s Cloud & Infrastructure Services portfolio of businesses, including the Managed Public Clouds, Private Clouds, Colocation and Managed Security businesses. Before that, Prashanth held a range of senior leadership roles at Rackspace including Senior Vice President & General Manager of Rackspace’s high growth, global business focused on the world's leading Public Clouds including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and Alibaba Cloud, which became the fastest growing business in Rackspace’s history. Prior to joining Rackspace, Prashanth was a Vice President at Barclays Investment Bank, focused on providing Strategic and Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) advice for clients in the Technology, Media and Telecom (TMT) industries. Prashanth was also a Manager at Capgemini Consulting where he managed Operations transformation engagements and consulting teams across the US. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, an M.Eng in Engineering Management from Cornell University and a B.S. in Computer Engineering (summa cum laude) from the University of Maine. Prashanth is married and has two children.

Veronica Davis

Veronica Davis

Organization: Nspiregreen, LLC

Position: Partner and Principal Planning Manager

Veronica O. Davis, PE is the Partner and Principal Planning Manager at Nspiregreen LLC, which she co-owns with Chanceé Lundy. In July 2012, the White House recognized her as a Champion of Change and Transportation Innovator for her professional accomplishments and community advocacy in the District of Columbia.

At Nspiregreen, she is responsible for managing the Urban Planning business unit, which includes surface transportation planning, policy development, and long range planning. Some of Nspiregreen’s Washington D.C. projects include moveDC – the District of Columbia's long range transportation plan, North-South Corridor Planning Study under the D.C. Streetcar program, Vision Zero, and 16th Street Transit Priority Study.

Veronica is one of the co-founders of Black Women Bike (BWB), an organization and movement that encourages African American women to use biking for health and wellness as well as an alternative form of transportation for commuting. In less than two years the organization has grown to over 1,500 African American women ranging in age from late 20’s to early 70’s.

Veronica earned her dual Masters Degrees (Engineering Management and Regional Planning) from Cornell University.  She has a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from the University of Maryland. She is a registered professional engineer in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia.


James McCormick

Organization: Hunter Roberts Construction Company

James joined the Manhattan office of Hunter Roberts Construction Group in 2006. He has completed the NYC Viceroy Hotel and the 50 West St. Condominium tower as Senior Project Manager. He has overseen preconstruction of several notable NYC buildings as a Senior Estimator. James advises the New York City Building Department on safety protocols developed for the NYC construction industry.

James graduated from Cornell Civil Engineering in 2005, with a masters in 2006. He remains an active alumni of the Cornell Fencing Team. 


Pawel Woelke

Organization: Thornton Tomasetti

As a leader in Thornton Tomasetti’s Weidlinger Applied Science practice, Dr. Woelke heads the firm’s Industrial R&D efforts, which involve tackling some of the most challenging engineering problems related to fracture and failure of materials and structures subjected to extreme loading conditions. With a strong background in predictive failure analysis, finite element methods and expertise in materials, he is able to provide unique insights into any failure investigation.

Dr. Woelke participated and led multiple vulnerability studies of critical infrastructures in the New York Metropolitan area. He participated in design of the mitigation schemes protecting the structures against explosive, impact, incendiary, thermal and cutting threats. He also participated in planning, execution and investigation of results of multiple full-scale blast tests, conducted in support of the infrastructure protection programs. Dr. Woelke designed multiple new structures to resist explosions and other extreme loading scenarios. His experience includes vulnerability studies and protective design for bridges, tunnels, buildings, storage facilities, retaining walls as well as elements of non-load bearing building envelope.