Patrick Ciganer joined the Clear Creek Land Conservancy Board of Directors in 2019. He is a senior executive with a background in critical infrastructure technology investment and management including addressing the emerging challenges related to the energy/water nexus. He is currently a co-founder of the cyber security Analysis Center Network an Initiative aimed at improving the operational security of small and medium size water utilities through the use of advanced technologies such as Deep Learning. He is also managing an effort focused on improving the quality of regional water models in East Africa and South East Asia.
Previous functions also included senior executive positions at DOE, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and NASA. While at DOE, he represented the Department on the Board of the US Water Partnership, a Public/Private Partnership sponsored by the State Department focused on identifying and deploying US technology solutions addressing water management and distribution challenges in various parts of the world. He also developed and managed the First Interagency Roundtable on Climate Change and National Security bringing together senior representatives from all Cabinet-level agencies. The main objective of the roundtable was to foster the exchange of ideas and strategies aimed at mitigating climate change impacts in various areas such as agriculture, transportation, energy and urban growth. While at NASA, Mr. Ciganer led the Red Planet Capital initiative geared at fostering the rapid development of cost- effective, dual-use technologies meeting specific deep space exploration requirements.
Mr. Ciganer was previously Executive Vice President IC Support at In Q Tel, a 501(c)3, where, among other areas, he worked on analyzing the integration of Small Modular Reactors into local desalination applications. He was also involved in the assessment of machine learning technologies focused on enhancing the quality of regional water supply models supporting the development of actionable local policies directed at mitigating the impact of climate change on medium-term water supply.
He started his professional career in Silicon Valley where he spent over two decades in both the financing and operations of emerging high technology companies. He is the recipient of NASA’s Leadership Medal and DOE’s Distinguished Service Award. He is a member of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Armed Forces Communication and Electronics Association ( AFCEA ). He has been a guest lecturer on funding and managing emerging technologies at, among other institutions, Stanford’s ACE Program, the Case Western Graduate School of Business, the US Naval War College, George Mason University and the Shanghai Institute of Navigation. He holds an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and pursued graduate studies at San Francisco State University.