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David L. Slutzky

Associate Professor
Unit: School of Engineering and Applied Science
Department: Department of Engineering and Society
Office location and address
Thornton Hall, B206
156 Engineer's Way
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Education
B.A. University of Chicago,1977
Graduate Coursework, Political Science, University of Chicago, 1977-1983
J.D., Program in Environmental and Energy Law, Chicago-Kent College of Law, 1995
Biography

Professor Slutzky is currently a Research Associate Professor in the Science, Technology and Society Program of the Department of Engineering and Society at the University of Virginia. Prof. Slutzky serves as a faculty advisor to the UVA RideForward Program, working with engineering students on technologies for converting internal combustion engine vehicles to all electric drive-train vehicles.

David Slutzky has spent the last 35 years as an entrepreneur, and as a public policy expert. Early in his career, he founded two entire industries. When the US implemented major environmental laws that created significant liability concerns for the commercial real estate industry, Slutzky developed a process tool designed to mitigate the impact of environmental liability, now commonly known as the Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment. He then founded ERC, which went on to become the largest provider of Environmental Site Assessments in the US. In addition to having established the environmental due diligence industry, Slutzky co-founded the nation’s first environmental data company, ERIIS. A successor in ownership of ERIIS, EDR is currently the dominant player in the environmental data industry. David Slutzky later co-founded Skeo Solutions, a Virginia based environmental policy consulting firm, which employs 65 professionals and where he currently serves as Board Chairman.

In 2011, Slutzky founded Fermata Energy, a tech start-up that is using Vehicle-to-Grid technologies to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles while providing the energy storage needed to enable the transition of our electric power grid from coal and nuclear to renewables. Professor Slutzky is widely recognized as a thought leader in the V2G industry.

In addition to his various entrepreneurial endeavors, Mr. Slutzky served as a Senior Policy Advisor at the U.S. EPA, and later at the White House, where he coordinated the International Task Force of the President's Council on Sustainable Development. While at the White House, he focused his efforts on the environmental and labor implications of international trade agreements, such as the Multilateral Agreement on Investments.

In addition to his business activities and his service to the federal government, Mr. Slutzky was elected to serve on the Albemarle County Virginia Board of Supervisors from 2005 -2009, and was chosen to Chair the Charlottesville-Albemarle Metropolitan Planning Organization. Slutzky earned his BA and pursued graduate studies in Political Science at the University of Chicago, and received his law degree from the Program on Energy and the Environment at Chicago-Kent College of Law.

STS 2760: Technology and Policy: Where Intent Meets Process
Credits: 3
In this course, we will explore four case studies illustrative of the potential disharmony between intent and process. In each case, the action is a public policy initiative with scientific or technological dimensions, where good intentions either led to unwelcome collateral consequences, or the process of implementation failed to fulfill the intent of the policy.
SYS 4053: Systems Design I
Credits: 3
A design project extending throughout the fall semester. Involves the study of an actual open-ended situation, including problem formulation, data collection, analysis and interpretation, model building for the purpose of evaluating design options, model analysis, and generation of solutions. Includes an appropriate computer laboratory experience. Prerequisite: SYS 3021, 3060, and fourth-year standing in the Systems Engineering major.
SYS 4054: Systems Design II
Credits: 3
A design project extending throughout the spring semester. Involves the study of an actual open-ended situation, including problem formulation, data collection, analysis and interpretation, model building for the purpose of evaluating design options, model analysis, and generation of solutions. Includes an appropriate computer laboratory experience. SYS 4053 and fourth-year standing in Systems Engineering major.

Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist, Inc. Magazine and Ernst and Young, Chicago 1991