Jeffrey J. Cook, Ph.D.
Solar Analysis Subprogram Manager, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Jeffrey J. Cook is the acting subprogram manager for solar analysis at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and program lead for the Solar Automated Permit Processing Plus Platform. He has been on staff since 2014 and focuses on solar photovoltaics, permitting, resilience, technology cost reduction and distributed energy resource aggregation. Cook received a doctorate in political science from Colorado State University in 2017, where he continues to instruct environmental and public policy courses. He received a Master of Science in environmental science and policy from the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay in 2012.
Sushmita Jena, MS
Energy Analyst, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Sushmita Jena is a renewable energy researcher at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. She has been on staff since 2020 and focuses on solar photovoltaics adoption, cost reduction pathways and corporate renewable procurement. Jena has a Master of Arts in renewable energy technology and international economics from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C. She received a bachelor’s degree in business administration in India and has worked as a product lead for health technology products in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.