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Stephen J. Eglash, Ph.D.


Steve Eglash is Director of the Applied Energy Division at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. The Applied Energy Division conducts research in the electric grid and energy materials for batteries, photovoltaics, and additive manufacturing. The Applied Energy Division is part of the Energy Sciences Directorate, which conducts research in chemistry, materials, computer science, and applied energy. Stanford University operates SLAC for the DOE Office of Science.

Applied Energy Division

Past Speaking Engagements

Past Events

  • Keynote Address: "Human-Centered AI Systems" Software Engineering for Machine Learning Applications, (May 23, 2019; Montreal, Canada).
  • AI Today Podcast #73: Tackling Transparent & Responsible AI – Interview with Steve Eglash, Director of Strategic Research Initiatives, Stanford University, (January 23, 2019; Palo Alto, CA).
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  • Speaker at The AI Summit, (September 19, 2018; San Francisco, CA).
  • Keynote Address: “Advanced Analytics and AI—Creating Competitive Advantage.” Melbourne Business Analytics Conference, (July 19, 2018; Melbourne, Australia).
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  • “The Internet of Things: A Primer,” presented by The Silicon Valley Emerging Technology Policy Initiative in collaboration with the California State Assembly Committee on Privacy & Consumer Protection and the Assembly Tech Caucus, (March 9, 2018; Sacramento, CA).
  • Steve presented testimony to the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Subcommittee on Energy, (December 13, 2017; Washington, DC).
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    Subcommittee on Energy Hearing - Advancing Solar Energy Technology: Research Trumps Deployment.
  • “Artificial Intelligence for Asia Business.” 2017 Autumn Forum of the Asia Business Council, (September 28, 2017; Taipei, Taiwan).
  • “The Profitable Collision of Real and Virtual Worlds.” The AI Summit, (September 27, 2017; San Francisco, CA).
  • Keynote Address: “The Present and Future of Sensors for Intelligent Vehicles.” Image Sensors Americas 2016 Conference, (October 27, 2016; San Francisco, CA).
  • Opening Keynote Presentation: “AI will be everywhere.” The AI Summit, (September 28, 2016; San Francisco, CA).
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  • Panelist on "Technology Disruptors," SAE Convergence Conference, (September 20, 2016; Novi, MI).
  • "PV and the Data Science Revolution," Bay Area Photovoltaic Consortium Semi-Annual Meeting, (May 16, 2016; Stanford, CA).
  • Internet of Things in Emerging Markets Panel Series, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, (May 10, 2016; San Luis Obispo, CA).
  • "Impactful Trends in Data Science" The Data Science Conference, (April 21, 2016; Chicago, IL).
  • "The Data Revolution and Innovation" Competition and IP Policy in High-Technology Industries, (April 19, 2016; Stanford, CA).
    (Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research)
  • "IoT, Big Data, AI, and Materials Science" Canadian National Institute for Nanotechnology, (January 20, 2016; Stanford, CA).
  • "What Every Entrepreneur Needs to Know: Trends in Artificial Intelligence and Big Data," TechCode Accelerator, (January 14, 2016; Mountain View, CA).
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  • "Data Science Revolution and University-Industry Innovation" ITRI-Stanford, (November 19, 2015; Taipei, Taiwan).
    "Connected Innovation for Smart Transformation" Workshop on Emerging Tech Innovation Ecosystem of Silicon Valley and Finland
  • "Models for University-Corporate Engagement" ITRI-Stanford, (November 19, 2015; Taipei, Taiwan).
    “Connected Innovation for Smart Transformation” Workshop on The Role of University and Research Institute in Industrial Revolution
  • "So you want to change the world?" TEDx CupertinoHigh, (August 2, 2015; Cupertino, CA).
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  • Keynote address, "Disruptive Engineering and Societal Impact" ISCAS (International Symposium on Circuits and Systems) 2015, (May 24, 2015; Lisbon, Portugal).
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Research on Innovation

S. Eglash and S. Rizk, "Discovery and application of exemplary models of innovation," MRS Bulletin, June 2016.


Stanford News, July 18, 2019, "Steve Eglash named director of SLAC's Applied Energy Division"
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The Stanford AI Lab Blog, May 2, 2019, "Progress Toward Safe and Reliable AI"
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Interviewed in CMO from IDG, July 16, 2018, "Why we need to look inside the black box of AI"
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Reported in Melbourne Business School News, June 27, 2018, “Stanford expert predicts AI of the future will be more of a help than a harm.”
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Interviewed in AI Business, September 11, 2017, Stanford U: “We Are Experiencing An AI Revolution”
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Future Talk, April 29, 2017, Discusses the Internet of Things on Future Talk TV with colleagues Phil Levis and Keith Winstein.
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Interviewed in AI Business, September 15, 2016, "Stanford University’s Steve Eglash: Corporations, Universities & Government are Partners in AI Innovation"
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Quoted in SJMN, February 13, 2016, "Gaming chip is helping raise your computer’s IQ."
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Quoted in The Verge, January 9, 2016, "It’s a kind of convergence of information technology with the traditional automobile industry."
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Interviewed in British online magazine Contagious, October 12, 2015, "Accelerating AI."
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Other Activities


Steve Eglash is Director of the Applied Energy Division at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, a part of Stanford University. Previously Steve developed and managed research programs at Stanford University in artificial intelligence, data science, energy, and sustainability. Prior to joining Stanford, Steve was CEO of solar cell company Cyrium Technologies, consultant for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the US Department of Energy, venture capitalist at Worldview Technology Partners, vice president at SDL (JDSU), and member of the technical staff at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. Steve received a PhD and MS from Stanford and a BS from UC Berkeley.