IMPEL+ Brown Bag
IMPEL+, Incubating Market-Propelled Entrepreneurial-mindset at the Labs and Beyond, is a program funded by U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office (BTO), and implemented by the LBNL. The IMPEL+ vision is to integrate market-oriented skillsets with the advanced scientific thinking at the national labs, academic and research institutions as well as small businesses in order to focus early stage building technologies R&D on industry gaps and catalyze it towards private sector engagement and impact.
IMPEL+ is offering unique, one-day training workshops to building technologies aficionados from national labs, BTO staff and fellows, BTO’s non-lab awardees, SBIR/STTR award recipients, and university students affiliated with BTO's programs such as Solar Decathlon and JUMP into STEM. Expert coaches will provide hands-on training for effective development and communication of the value proposition of early-stage building technologies R&D to non-technical audiences and drive towards market impact. The goal of the workshops will be for participants, or IMPEL+ innovators to develop well-formulated, confident pitches to use towards next steps for their idea and/or technology or even to pursue public or private sector funds, depending on your roadmap. Learn more about this program in this brown bag with the IMPEL+ Program Director and coaches.
Program Manager 3, International Energy Analysis Department, Commercial Building Systems Group, Whole Building Systems Department, Building Technology & Urban Systems Division
Reshma Singh is the Program Director of the Department of Energy’s tech-to-market IMPEL program, the California Energy Commission's R2M2 Microgrids program, and previously the Presidential U.S.-India Center for Building Energy Research and Development (CBERD) at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She brings over 10 years of experience advancing urban sustainability and cleantech innovation, and working with complex international ecosystems in the United States, India, and Singapore. Reshma’s work lies at the intersection of design and technology of smart buildings and cities, with a focus on energy, data analytics and UX, and IoT sensors and controls.
Reshma holds two cleantech patents. She is the lead author of Building Innovation Guide, and is a contributor to Mutations: Harvard Project on the City and The Bay Area-Silicon Valley and India: Convergence and Alignment in the Innovation Age. She serves on the Telecommunications Industry Association’s (TIA) Smart Buildings and Power and Energy group, and is on the Advisory Council for the State Department’s international TechWomen program (techwomen.org).
Reshma previously co-founded GreenExcel, an online education platform. She is a recipient of the American Association of University Women award, Harvard University’s Community Service Fellowship award and has taught graduate seminars at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and at University of California, Berkeley. Apart from her professional life, she teaches dance and has co-produced an acclaimed children's musical. Reshma holds a master's degree from Harvard University, and a bachelor's degree in architecture from New Delhi, India.