Linda A. Capuano, Ph.D., is the fellow in energy technology at the Baker Institute Center for Energy Studies. Her research interests focus on the energy-water-food stress nexus. Capuanoâ€™s career has centered on commercializing technology innovation through her network and experience in high-tech companies, where she has navigated new technologies from design to successful commercialization. She previously served as company officer and vice president of technology at Marathon Oil Corporation; senior vice president of engineering design at Solectron Flextronics; executive vice president and chief technology officer at Advanced Energy Industries; corporate vice president of technology strategy at Honeywell; general manager of wide body aircraft auxiliary product units (APUs) at AlliedSignal Aerospace; and manager in computer memory product development at IBM. She was co-founder and served as chief financial officer of Conductus, a Silicon Valley start-up that commercialized ceramic superconductor technology discovered in the 1980s.
She currently serves on the board of directors of Peak Reliability, providing bulk electricity system oversight within the Western Electricity Coordinating Councilâ€™s (WECC) footprint. She is also a technical advisor to Green Earth Greens Ecopia Farms, dedicated to urban food sustainability, and an associate member of the National Academies of Sciences, an elected lifetime position. Capuano was awarded the Technical Excellence Award by the Society of Women Engineers and the IBM Outstanding Achievement Award, recognizing contributions to computer memory storage. She received her Ph.D. in materials science and engineering and M.S. in engineering management from Stanford University; an M.S. in chemistry and B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder; and a B.S. in chemistry from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.