Dr. Carole Cameron Inge - President and CEO
Dr. Carole Cameron Inge is the Founder, President and CEO of the National Institute for the Commercialization of Clean Energy (NICCE), which operates under the auspices of the nation's fastest growing energy commercialization organization. Working in collaboration with numerous public and private groups such as Virginia Tech, the University of Virginia, Old Dominion University's Virginia Modeling, Analysis, and Simulation Center and some of the largest national defense companies like General Dynamics, SAIC, Lockheed Martin, etc. The organization has numerous private investors and its initiatives focus on technology, energy, environment, modeling and simulation, human factors, and augmented reality. The goal is to consolidate the state's modeling and simulation capabilities in order to help Virginia become the strongest state in the area modeling and simulation; energy and the environment. Currently, Virginia is second to Florida.
During the summer of 2008, Dr. Inge led the development of the new night vision bench-scale goggle model for ITT Night Vision Inc. in Roanoke, Virginia. The products and processes that emanated from this effort should guide the deployment of next-generation night vision technology for the U.S. Department of Defense and its allied forces. As the primary principal investigator and program manager on the project, Dr. Inge oversaw the development of the physical model for the headgear and the processes associated with the human factors simulations that tested the efficacy of new technology. Another leading role she played was to oversee the ITAR procedures, which in university settings is a challenge.
Dr. Inge also founded and today leads the Virginia Clean Energy Business Incubator, an affiliate of the Clean Energy Alliance, an association of clean energy incubators originally formed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). NREL is a partnering organization with the National Alliance for Clean Energy Business Incubators, and is an entity funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and managed by NICCE's partner, Battelle. Inge has worked with the Virginia Tobacco Commission and its stakeholders for over ten years and nearly since its inception as an organization. She has played an integral role in identifying emerging energy technologies that have potential for commercial scalability.
Using modeling, simulation and computational processing, the NICCE team identifies statewide and national energy problems and applies new technology solutions to address them. The type of technology NICCE works with includes fuel cell, energy storage, wind, solar, algal systems, semiconductor/smart grid and distributed power systems such as biomass electricity generators. In the early stages of this model, the Virginia Tobacco Commission and Tetra Tech Inc., an incubator client, committed $3.6 million to start the project. Inge and her team wrote the grants and won an additional $6 million for the Halifax Education Foundation, the fiscal agent for the energy initiative. In total and since 2007, Inge wrote and secured over $12 million in her role as Executive Director of the Virginia Tech Modeling and Simulation Center of Excellence and the Chief Strategist of the Virginia Clean Energy Business Incubator.
Prior to joining Virginia Tech and NICCE, Dr. Inge was a founding corporate officer and board member of the Mid-Atlantic Broadband Cooperative, a telecommunications start-up business in Virginia designed to deploy 800 miles of carrier class-A fiber optics throughout Virginia and beyond. The network connects to Northern Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, and far southwest Virginia. In her capacity on the board, Inge provided technical input for the design of the network with her lead engineer Mr. Bill Wilson, and today the company is a successful one-of-a-kind broadband initiative for rural areas. Inge's primary role on this board was to represent the public schools of the rural Virginia region and consult on the integration of the E-Rate, a federal program that offsets broadband costs for public education. The Virginia Tobacco Commission funded this project, and since the program's inception, the Commission and the company have leveraged the investment to exceed $106 million for infrastructure. Inge was involved with the E-Rate dating to the inception of this landmark legislation which was part of the Telecommunications Deregulation Act established by the U.S. Congress in the mid 1990s.
A national leader in online research and evaluation, Dr. Inge also previously managed the NASA Center for Distance Learning in Hampton, Virginia. She evaluated online learning methods for supporting the integration of technology into K-12 and adult instructional settings, with these educational programs receiving numerous Emmy awards. In her capacity with NASA, Inge led the development of the Energy Crunch multimedia program, a public television program and online gaming project that reached more than 200,000 teachers and 4 million learners throughout the country.
Dr. Inge is a senior technology policy advocate who has publicly addressed scientific, governmental, educational, and economic communities and organizations throughout the nation, including the U.S. Congress, the Virginia Tobacco Commission, the Virginia General Assembly and several Governors of Virginia. Her knowledge of technology policy has led to her appointment to several leadership service boards, including the Joint Commission on Technology and Science (JCOTS), the Council on Technology Services (COTS - to which she was appointed by Virginia's Governor), and the Statewide Advisory Board for Assistive Technology. Inge's work on a randomized evaluation model applied to Discovery Communications' technology a can be found at the U.S. Department of Education "What Works" Clearinghouse.
Previous positions include: founder and executive director of the National Institute for Technology Policy and Research (NITPR); executive director of the Institute for Teaching through Technology and Innovative Practices (ITTIP), founder and officer of EdTek, Inc. a private start-up focused on education technology, infrastructure development, and instructional technology researcher; social scientist, Intelligent Automation, Inc. Inge, who earned her master's and doctorate degrees from The George Washington University, has worked extensively as a program developer, focusing on technology policies, standards, and methods for advancing technology in instructional settings from K-12 to higher education. Using her knowledge of program development, technology policy, modeling, simulation and online content, Inge is now building the nation's largest modeling and simulation center focused on energy and the environment. Leading this effort with her are some of the leading engineers, scientists and business executives. For information on them, visit LinkedIn and get connected to them today.