Global Resolve: Advisory Group

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Mark Henderson, Board Chair
Dr. Mark Henderson is President’s Professor Emeritus of Engineering and Co-founder of GlobalResolve.  He recently served as Associate Dean of the Barrett Honors College and taught mechanical engineering for 35 years in the Ira A Fulton Schools of Engineering, including design and global teaming, leading projects in Ghana, Nepal, Kenya, Peru and elsewhere in the developing world.  He has won the President’s Innovation Award, the Alumni Association Creasman Award and named Professor of the Year.  Dr. Henderson has been instrumental in launching several global programs including the Nomadic Design Academy, the Global Product Development Teams, as well as GlobalResolve.

Brad Rogers
Brad Rogers is an Associate Professor of Engineering at The Polytechnic School in the Ira A Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University, a Senior Sustainability Scientist in the Global Institute of Sustainability.  He is one of the founders of GlobalResolve, an interdisciplinary social entrepreneurship initiative that seeks to leverage the skills and talents of students and faculty at ASU and international partner universities to develop sustainable solutions for challenges in the developing world, and based on this work he, along with GlobalResolve co-founders Mark Henderson and Mark Kerrigan, received the prestigious ASU alumni association Creasman award.  In his capacity within GlobalResolve he has initiated programs and managed in-country student teams from ASU and partner universities in the developing world that have worked on multiple projects.  Examples include the design and construction of a microbial fuel cell composting latrine in West Africa, installation of a gelled ethanol plant that produces clean cooking fuel in a rural Ghanaian village, the development of highly efficient gelfuel stoves, a thermoelectric driven sustainable lighting system for the BoP market, the distribution of a water filtration system for the impoverished Ghanaian village of Fawomanye, installation of solar irrigation systems in Nepal, the dev elopment of an automotive repair facility for Maasai tour guides in the Maasai Mara region of Kenya, and several other projects.  While at ASU he has taught more than 50 different courses in engineering topics at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and has lead the development of both graduate and undergraduate programs in Engineering at the Polytechnic campus of Arizona State University, including a recently approved trans-disciplinary PhD program in Systems Engineering.  He has also worked in industry in in several capacities, most often on projects involving conventional and alternative energy conversion systems.

Mark Kerrigan
Mark Kerrigan's work experience spans more than 30 years in the energy management and public policy space. He has held senior management roles in both the Federal Government and the private sector. After graduate school, Mark came to Washington DC as a Presidential Management Intern. He started his career at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in 1980, where he advised senior staff at the Office of the President on budgetary matters associated with a range of energy technology and regulatory issues. He left public service in 1987 and returned in 1989 to an appointment in the George H. Bush Administration as Deputy Undersecretary for Policy at the Department of Energy (DOE). Among his duties, he led the US delegation to the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change which resulted in the first global treaty at the Rio Conference. He oversaw the development of the National Energy Strategy, which became the Energy Policy Act of 1992. This act initiated much of the restructuring of the nation's $300B electric power industry to allow for greater efficiency and deployment of renewable technologies. In 1992, Mark became the manager of the Energy Solutions Group at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). Mark has served on various boards, including as Chairman of the Research and Development Solutions LLC, a joint venture between SAIC, EG&G and Parsons Corporation. Until last year, he served on the Board of Directors of Phoenix Energy Technology Company, an enterprise energy management group that was sold to Duke Energy in 2016. He has been a member of the Board of Visitors at Indiana University, where he received the Alumni of the Year Award at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. In March 2009, Mark received the James W. Creasman Award for excellence from the Arizona State University Alumni Association. He was recognized for his efforts in co-starting the GlobalResolve project, a social impact, engineering based program that designs and implements solar and clean energy projects in developing countries. Mark currently serves on the ASU Alumni Board. Following a Bachelor of Science Degree from Arizona State University, he spent a year studying economics and law at Adelaide University in Australia.  He received a Masters degree from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University in 1978. He lives with his wife Susan in Falls Church, Virginia.

Sean McGraw
Sean McGraw is the Founder and current CEO of FOR Energy.  He moved from Detroit to Arizona in 2006 to attend Arizona State University.  He spent 3 years studying marketing before discovering and switching majors to Sustainability, graduating with a BS in Sustainable Energy and Materials in 2011. He was a part of a team that won the 2011 Innovation Challenge that helped fund their GlobalResolve project in Ghana.  He spent the summer of 2011 in Ghana helping implement a gel fuel stove that he and his team worked on the 2 semesters prior.  Sean founded FOR Energy in 2010 while still a student at ASU.  FOR offers both efficiency and solar energy to residential clients in Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and California with eyes set on opening Florida and Texas in early 2020.  FOR has won numerous awards from the EPA through the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program as well as been named an INC 5000 fastest growing company in the United States  in both 2018 and 2019. FOR is also the recipient of the Sun Devil 100 award for 2018 and 2019 as one of the fastest growing companies run by a Sun Devil.  He has served on the board of Efficiency First and the Executive Council of the Sun Devil Club of Young Professionals.  He currently sits on the Executive Council as the fundraising director of the Phoenix 20-30 Club, a philanthropic group devoted to serving disadvantaged kids in the Phoenix community.

GlobalResolve’s collaborators have included universities and NGOs that complement our strengths.

Partners

  • Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
  • Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana

Donors

  • VentureWell
  • The Kauffman Foundation Grant to ASU
  • Women & Philanthropy, ASU
  • NSF
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Mark Kerrigan
  • Jim Ameduri

Collaborators

  • Ashesi University
  • CEESD Ghana
  • Esperanca
  • IIT Delhi
  • National Peace Corps Association
  • University of the West Indies
  • ASME
  • Groningen University
  • Tribhuvan University
  • Penn State
  • Aprotech
  • Monterrey Tech
  • Kumasi Polytechnic
  • The University of Trinidad and Tobago
  • Jaipur Food
  • Sunbridge Salon
  • Andes Libres
  • SCOPE
  • Namuna Biomass
  • WaterIsLife