Founded by inventor, Stanford consulting professor, and MIT & UC Berkeley alumnus Dr. Leslie Field, Ice911 is pioneering the drive to act responsibly and act now, before it's too late.

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Leslie Field, Ph.d.


Leslie Field, Ph.D., has been working to save polar ice since 2006. An inventor with 54 US patents who has worked at HP Labs, Agilent Labs and Chevron Research, Leslie earned her B.S. and M.S. in Chemical Engineering from MIT and her MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering from UC Berkeley, with a minor in materials science. She now runs Ice911 Research and lectures at Stanford University.

Alexander sholtz


Alex Sholtz does field research, testing, deployment, and instrumentation for Ice911. He joined the team in 2015 after graduating magna cum laude with a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan. Alex enjoys being outside and the opportunity to work on something meaningful.



Roman Decca bridges the gap between engineering and execution for Ice911. He helps with all critical aspects to Ice911’s mission from translating testing data, deployment engineering and materials testing, to growth strategy. His educational background spans Energy Engineering and Climate Science at Stanford University and Business Administration at U.C. Berkeley.



Satish Chetty specializes in polar instrumentation and open source solutions, and founded the annual Polar Technology Conference in 2005. He has an M.S. in Information Systems and a B.S. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from American University and is director of technology for PERI Software Solutions.

kalyan katuri, ph.d.


Kalyan Katuri, Ph.D., has been a part of Ice911 analytics team since 2016. He is also an engineering consultant at Lawrence Berkeley National Labs. Kalyan has an M.S. in Mechatronic Systems and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from NC State University, with a minor in Electrical Engineering. He is passionate about providing data driven solutions to impactful problems. He also very much cares about redwood trees and squirrels.

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Elizabeth Clark



Liz aids in donor communications and engagement for Ice911. She holds an undergraduate degree in International Studies from Colby College and a Graduate Certificate in Fundraising Management for Non-Profits from Boston University.  When not working, you can find her hiking and traveling the world with her husband.



Tony Manzara, Ph.D.

Materials Science & Deployment

Evangelos Christodoulou



Doug Johnson, Ph.D.

Materials Science & Deployment


Climate Modeling

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Subarna Bhattacharyya, Ph.D.
Arctic Scientist and CEO, Climformatics
Subarna is a time series analyst interested in applying mathematical and statistical signal processing tools to analyze real-world engineering problems. She has been working towards understanding global climate change. In particular, she is applying mathematical and statistical tools to analyze and therefore understand past climate change, and be able to predict probable future climate change and its impact from a risk assessment perspective. Modeling and simulation of possible scenarios of Abrupt Climate Change using earth system models like CESM, greenhouse emissions, analyzing El Nino and tropical storms in a warming scenario, understanding precipitation changes in a climate change scenario and its possible impact on water supply, impacts of solar variability on various tropospheric processes and their mechanisms are some of her current research interests. She is interested in climate risk modeling and assessment as well. Her academic journey began with studying physics, civil (stochastic structural dynamics) engineering and proceeded to climate data analysis, climate modeling and simulation, entraining in its wake widely-interdisciplinary analytical skills (statistical signal processing, wavelet analysis and non-linear dynamics) which aid her research.

Detelina Ivanova, Ph.D.
Arctic Scientist and Lead Climate Modeler, Climformatics
Detelina P. Ivanova is a climate modeling scientist for both Climformatics and at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Detelina does research in Oceanography and Climate. Her current projects are in ultra-high resolution global ocean-ice and climate modeling. Her 30 publications can be found at:

Velimir Mlaker, Ph.D.
Lead Computer Scientist, Climformatics
Velimir Mlaker is the lead Computer Scientist for Climformatics. His background spans Climate Model diagnosis, climate data analysis tools, computer vision, machine learning, parallel signal processing, string processing, and general development in Python and C++.


Governing Board

Leslie Field, Ph.D.

Chairman of the Board

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Armond Cohen
Executive Director, Clean Air Task Force
Armond Cohen is co-founder and Executive Director of the Clean Air Task Force, which he has led since its formation in 1996. In addition to leading CATF, Armond is directly involved in CATF research and thought leadership on the need for a broad range low carbon technology options. Prior to his work with CATF, Armond founded and led the Conservation Law Foundation’s Energy Project starting in 1983, focusing on energy efficiency, utility resource planning, and electric industry structure. He is Chair of the Electric Power Research Institute’s Advisory Council, a member of the Keystone Energy Board, a founding board member of the Center for Responsible Shale Development, and co-Chair of the Nuclear Innovation Alliance. Armond is an honors graduate of Brown University and Harvard Law School.

Nicole Kerness, Ph.D.
V.P. Technology, Kionix
Nicole Kerness joined Kionix as VP of Sensor Design and Technology from a position as Executive Director of the Advanced R&D team at Maxim Integrated. Nicole earned her Ph.D. at ETH Zurich in the research group of Prof. Henry Baltes. Her Master of Engineering was from Cornell University and BS in Engineering Physics from RPI in Troy, NY. She is the co-author of multiple technical publications in reviewed journals and conferences papers. She is the co-inventor on 20 U.S. patents/patent applications. She is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Jane Mackey
Founder, One Tree
Jane is a CPA and the founder of One Tree Accounting that specializes in full-service, cloud integration accounting. Jane is keenly interested in sustainable living systems whereby the land is developed to support its animal and human residents. Jane plans to demonstrate to the public that farm animals can be a key component in a model of sustainable living, encouraging the mutually-beneficial interdependence of plants, animals, and people, rather than a system that benefits people at the expense of the farm animals as shown in factory farming.

Steve Payne
Partner, Architect Partners
Steve Payne co-founded Architect Partners in 2009. Steve has been a senior operating executive, a venture investor and a dealmaker in Silicon Valley for over two decades. Most recently, Steve was Managing Partner of the Ignite Group, a trans-Pacific venture capital partnership with funds in Silicon Valley and Tokyo. He has been a Director of two dozen private and non-profit boards. What ties this background together is a strong understanding of technology and bringing a senior, strategic perspective to connecting startups with world-class partners for business development, investment or M&A. Steve holds an engineering degree from Washington University in St. Louis and an MBA from Harvard.

Carol Sontag
Clinician, Palo Alto Unified School District
Carol is an RN, BSN who who has worked as a nurse, clinical research coordinator and clinical research consultant at SCVMC, UCSF and Stanford University Hospitals. She has worked as a diabetes nurse clinician at Palo Alto Unified School District since 2007. Carol has been interested in conservation and climate change sincce the late 1980s and has been a supporter of many local and national environmental groups. Her primary focus is the effect of climate change on children as seen in endocrine, respiratory and overall children’s health. Carol is worried that the brunt of climate consequences will fall on those who do not have a voice in current global policies. She is excited to be a part of an organization that is solution oriented and offers hope for future generations.



Roger Howe, Ph.D.

Director, Stanford Nanofabrication Facility, Stanford Professor


Kathleen McCowin, J.D.

 Special Counsel & IP Law


Peter Fiekowsky, Ph.D.

MIT Physicist & Founder, Healthy Climate Allowance

Don Perovich, Ph.D.

AGU Fellow &  Geophysicist, Dartmouth


Terry Root, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus & Woods Institute Fellow, Stanford University

Nathalie Udo

Author, Organizational Survival