Dr. Duran is an Associate Professor and the immediate past Chair of the Business Administration Department at Whittier College where he teaches Renewable Energy Development and Policy, Sustainable Development, Entrepreneurial Business, Change Management, and International Business. He also founded Energized Solutions, LLC, in 2002 after a twenty-five year career with several Fortune 100 domestic and international Energy, IT, and Systems Integration firms.
Dr. Duran’s background includes more than twenty-five years of leadership positions in the energy, telecommunications, and IT sectors. He has extensive experience developing and managing energy efficiency, quality assurance, and new technology development during his time with Southern California Edison, PacifiCorp, Edison Enterprises, and Sempra Energy Solutions. He also led the development teams at SCE and Sempra that worked with the California Public Utilities Commission to promote advanced technologies to support energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable development policies and programs. He also served as head of Commercial Business Development for the energy practice of SAIC. Prior to engaging in the energy world, he spent more than fifteen years with NEC and AT&T where he was responsible for international sales and operations of IT applications.
Dan earned a Ph.D. in Information Science and Technology from the University of Wisconsin and also completed the Executive and Latino Institute Programs at the UCLA Graduate/Anderson School of Business. He co-authored a text on Energy Services Outsourcing continues his research on sustainable environmental and economic development with a focus on renewable energy. He has also taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Renewable Energy, International Business, and Sustainable Development at Claremont Graduate University, University of Southern California, UCLA, University of Wisconsin, University of Arizona, and other colleges and universities. Most recently Dan taught a class at the University of Southern California to prepare students to take and qualify as LEED AP professionals. Dan has collaborated with several overseas universities in the area of clean energy and sustainable development and has led more than one hundred field trips with students and faculty to meet with senior executives and tour facilities and operations, including multiple field trips to solar and wind farms, nuclear, hydro and geothermal generation facilities, and water treatment facilities in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Latin America.