Who We Are
As a founding member of Vertum Partners, Cameron Whiteman focuses primarily on building end-user delivery systems of focused, science-based weather forecasting for the renewable energy community. He brings expertise in renewable energy, project management and digital media to the team. He has experience in the development and distribution of optimization tools relating to revenue, operations, and financing through leadership roles at web-commerce companies, including eBay. Cameron has been active in the Renewable Energy and Cleantech industries for several years and represent Vertum Partners as an Inaugural Corporate Partner of UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability.
Dr. Hall studies the climate system from both regional and global perspectives. He has experience in analysis of climate simulations, and comparing output from these experiments to in situ and remote sensing data. At the global scale, he studies feedbacks determining the climate system's response to increases in greenhouse gases. At the regional scale, he has been active in the development and integration of regional climate models. He uses these simulations to examine mesoscale climate dynamics and interactions among earth-system components that are crucial for simulating and understanding regional climate but are unrepresented in current global climate models. At UCLA, Dr. Hall teaches climate-related courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and is a recipient of the NSF CAREER award (2002-2007).
As a founding member of Vertum Partners, Dr. Kapnick focuses primarily on the research and development of climate and weather-based renewable energy production models for informed energy investment decisions. She brings knowledge of climate and weather modeling and risk management experience to the team. Previously, Dr. Kapnick was an investment-banking analyst at Goldman Sachs in the Financial Institutions Group. Her main focus was insurance risk management and the exchange sector.
Dr. Capps is a postdoctoral researcher in the department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles. Scott earned a B.S. degree in Finance from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Earth System Science from the University of California, Irvine. His Ph.D. dissertation, containing the results of three peer reviewed publications, is titled, "Surface Wind Speed Distributions: Implications for Climate and Wind Power". He has explored the climate response to sub-gridscale near-surface wind speed variability and has utilized satellite scatterometer wind speed measurements to quantify available and usable global ocean wind power. Further, Scott has assessed global ocean wind power for various wind turbine characteristics including turbine hub height, siting depth and cut-out speed and has recently estimated offshore wind power for current and future wind turbine technology.
Neil Berg, M.S., is a graduate student in the department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the University of California-Los Angeles. Neil earned his B.S. in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For his Master's Thesis at UCLA, he examined the impacts of El Niño on near-surface winds over Southern California showing how wind power could be influenced by El Niño. His most recent research focuses on regional hydroclimate modeling with particular attention to potential impacts of climate change on California water resources.