Center For Renewable Energy
Advanced Technological Education


Dr. Kenneth A. Walz
PI, Madison College, Madison WI


Office: (608) 246-6521


Dr. Walz earned his B.S. degree in science education and Ph.D. in Environmental Chemistry and Technology at the University of Wisconsin.  He has taught chemistry, engineering, and renewable energy at Madison Area Technical College since 2003.


From 2005-2016, Dr. Walz was project director and principal investigator for the Consortium for Education in Renewable Energy Technology (CERET). With funding from the National Science Foundation, CERET pioneered some of the first online renewable energy courses available in the United States. In the past decade, CERET has provided professional development for over 300 high school and community college instructors in photovoltaics and biofuel technology.  These instructors have used CERET content and pedagogy to deliver their own renewable energy programs in over 42 U.S. States and Territories.


Dr. Walz is an alumnus of the Department of Energy Academies Creating Teacher Scientists (DOE ACTS) Program at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).  He is also an adjunct professor with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Wisconsin and an advisory board member for the Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program (KEEP).  Dr. Walz has been recognized as Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, and as the Energy Educator of the Year by the Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education.

Dr. Kathleen Alfano

CoPI, College of the Canyons, Santa Clarita, CA


Office: (661) 362-3024


Kathleen Alfano has a Ph.D. from UCLA in Higher Education with a cognate in administration and evaluation. Her B.S. is in chemistry and she worked as an analytical chemist in industry before returning for her M.S. and pursuing a career in education. She served as founder and  Director of the California Consortium for Engineering Advances in Technological Education (CREATE) based at College of the Canyons from 1996 to 2016. At College of the Canyons she is a tenured faculty member and also served as Dean of Professional Programs and Academic Computing from 1996-2000. She currently acts as co-PI for the CREATE NSF ATE Support Center and as PI of a NSF ATE targeted research project. Dr. Alfano served as a Program Director at the National Science Foundation and co-lead of the ATE program in 2007-2008. Dr Alfano was also the only community college representative on the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Workforce Trends in the U.S. Energy and Mining Industries which released their report in March 2013.

Roger Ebbage

CoPI, Lane College, Eugene, OR


Office: (541) 463-6160


Trained in Industrial Arts, Environmental Studies, Technical Education Program Management, and Passive Solar Design, Roger Ebbage is an Association of Energy Engineers Certified Energy Manager, a California Certified Energy Auditor, a Bonneville Power Administration Certified Energy Auditor/Inspector, and a general building contractor.


Roger Ebbage has been the director of the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) accredited Energy Management/Renewable Energy Program at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon, since 1992 and has made the program a national model for energy education. After developing and piloting several energy-efficiency workshops in the residential and commercial sectors, Roger founded and serves as Director of the Northwest Water and Energy Education Institute ( His duties as director include identifying energy-efficiency market trends, developing workshops based upon market trends, evaluating training programs, and providing technical expert consulting.  Most recently, Roger created and delivered, under a National Science Foundation grant, online classes in Energy Efficiency to/through community colleges throughout the United States. Roger currently, serves as a Principal Investigator (PI) on another NSF ATE project grant (iLEED) and Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI) on an NSF ATE National Center grant (CREATE-SC).


Roger has developed programs internationally including the University of Argentina at San Miguel Tucuman and the American University at Beirut in energy efficiency and the energy auditing process. Roger recently worked with Wilberforce Community College in Evaton, South Africa to create an Energy Management and student exchange program. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP - founding member) and Controls Professional Association, also as a founding member.

Joel Shoemaker

CoPI, Madison College, Madison, WI


Office: (608) 246-5275


Shoemaker is a Wisconsin state-certified Master Electrician with over 12 years of experience with photovoltaic systems.  He has been a Co-PI for Madison College’s NSF ATE grants since 2009.   He has been a past instructor for the PV trainer programs offered by Madison College and Solar Energy International, and led the creation of the Madison College PV Institute for High School Teachers.  In 2011, the Wisconsin Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards and the Wisconsin Apprenticeship Advisory Council recognized Shoemaker as a Centennial Educator.

Gabrielle Temple

Project Manager, College of the Canyons, Santa Clarita, CA


Office: (661) 362-3024


Ms. Temple is the Project Manager for the National Science Foundation Center for Renewable Energy Advanced Technological Education Support Center (CREATE SC) at Madison Area Technical College in Wisconsin and the Co-PI on a National Science Foundation Manufacturing grant at College of the Canyons. She has spent the last six years as the Project Manager for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education, California Regional Consortium for Engineering Advances in Technological Education (CREATE) Center, at College of the Canyons in California and has more than ten years’ experience working on NSF grants. During her time as Project Manager for CREATE, Ms. Temple coordinated two successful international projects funded through NSF to explore the renewable energy achievements in Australia and Germany. Ms. Temple started her career in the private sector in accounting and finance before coming to College of the Canyons. Gabie earned her B.A. in Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations at California State University Bakersfield and a M.A. in Strategic Communications from National University. In addition to her grant administration duties, Ms. Temple is an Adjunct Instructor in Communication Studies at College of the Canyons in California, a higher education consultant specializing in grant administration with an emphasis on National Science Foundation grants, and volunteers as the treasurer for a non-profit sports organization in Santa Clarita, California.

Chris Folk, Senior

Senior Personnel, Madison College, Madison WI


Office: (608) 258-2421


Folk began teaching in 1982 for the U.S. Navy, and has been employed by Madison College in the electronics and industrial maintenance programs since 1999.  He teaches PV and wind courses at Madison College and serves as the program director for the renewable energy department. Folk is an ISPQ Certified PV Instructor and a Certified Solar Site Assessor, and is part of the DOE Solar Instructor Training Network with the Midwest Renewable Energy Association.

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