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Res–Intel Targets Residential Water Efficiency

RES-INTEL’S NEWEST PROJECT TO IMPROVE THE COST-EFFECTIVENESS OF RESIDENTIAL WATER CONSERVATION PROGRAMS Res-Intel’s newest project targets residential water efficiency. The project aims to eliminate the need for customer-supplied data for …


Who We Are

The team at Residential Energy and Water Intelligence software is committed to providing best-in-class software to increase profits, improve demand side management programs, make people’s lives better, and protect the environment. We believe all this is possible through advanced analytics. We are dedicated to putting our customers and employees first.

Res–Intel is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Policy Consultants, LLC, a California based company. Policy Consultants has been involved in the development of decision support software tools for the power sector since 2000, with the creation of the Clean Energy Planning Model© which has been used in the UK and in Oregon state to help stakeholders develop energy efficiency and renewable energy policies and programs.

The Res–Intel software was developed by Policy Consultants, LLC partly through a grant from the California Energy Commission’s Energy Innovation Small Grant (EISG) Program #57356A11/12.


Our Team

Hal T. Nelson

Hal Nelson
Chief Executive Officer | Founder
Dr. Nelson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Administration at  Portland State University. In addition, Dr. Nelson worked as a Research Associate Professor at Claremont Graduate University for 10 years prior to his appointment to PSU. As Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Nelson develops practical solutions to complex social, environmental, political, and economic problems. He has developed three decision support tools to help optimize energy sector outcomes. Dr. Nelson has publications appearing in Energy PolicyThe Journal of Artificial Societies and Social SimulationLand Use PolicyJournal of Public PolicyThe Journal of Policy StudiesThe Journal of Environment and DevelopmentThe Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, and other peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Nelson holds a PhD in Public Administration and Policy from Portland State University, with an emphasis in international institutions and energy policy.

Sean Bjurstrom

Sean Bjurstrom
Chief Technology Officer | Co-Founder
As Chief Technology Officer, Mr. Bjurstrom develops analytical solutions and oversees technological implementation. Prior to joining Res-Intel, Sean worked on the analytical teams at COF Training Services, S. Goner Associates, and Esri. With over five years of experience in analytics, Mr. Bjurstrom has developed various analytical frameworks using spatial techniques and traditional econometrics to blend data from a multitude of sources. Mr. Bjurstrom holds a Master of Science in Information Systems and Technology as well as a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Business Information Systems, and International Business Administration.

Allison Hamlin

Allison Hamlin
Research Consultant
As a Research Consultant, Ms. Hamlin provides analytical support to the Chief Technology Officer. Prior to her start at Res-Intel, Ms. Hamlin taught economics courses in the International Studies and Languages department at Pepperdine University. In addition to her work at Res-Intel, Ms. Hamlin is also an Associate Analyst at Global Impact Strategies. She specializes in advanced methodologies including econometrics, dynamic modeling, computational analysis, geographic information systems, and remote sensing. She has employed these skills to help solve a wide range of issues from energy conservation to civil conflict. Hamlin’s research interests include applying quantitative methodologies to the political economy of growth and development, energy conservation and policies, and the economic and demographic consequences of conflict. Ms. Hamlin completed a Master of Arts in International Studies from Claremont Graduate University in 2015, and is currently finishing a PhD in Political Science with an emphasis in international relations and methods.

José Bayoán Santiago Calderón

José Bayoán Santiago Calderón
Research Consultant | Data Scientist
As a Research Consultant and Data Scientist, Mr. Calderón assists with analytical modeling and software integration. Prior to joining Res-Intel, Mr. Calderón served in various analytical roles, including a Research Fellow at Michigan State University, and Research Assistant at the Center of Neuroeconomics Studies at the Claremont Graduate University. Mr. Calderón’s academic research interests include computational economics and behavioral economics. Mr. Calderón holds his a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Southwestern University, and Master of Arts in Economics from Claremont Graduate University. Mr. Calderon is a current PhD Candidate in Economics at Claremont Graduate University.

Harrison Kingery
Business Development | Project Management
Mr. Kingery provides support to the Chief Executive Officer in the areas of business plan development, go-to-marketing strategy development, financing projects and exit strategies, patent applications and IP Incorporation, team recruitment, sustainability and project management. Mr. Kingery is currently a student at Portland State University pursuing a Master of Engineering in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering and a Graduate Certificate in Energy Policy and Management.

Anthony Seto

Anthony Seto
Analytics Intern | GIS Specialist
Mr. Seto uses spatial techniques to help reduce energy costs of local businesses and homes. As an undergraduate student, Mr. Seto was selected as a Hixon Fellow at Harvey Mudd College, where he performs research in environmental sustainability. Mr. Seto expected to complete his Bachelor in Science in Computer Science, with an emphasis in Android App Development in 2019. After completing his degree, he plans on pursuing a career in software engineering.

April Xu
Shujing Xu
Database and Web Developer
As a Database and Web Developer, Ms. Xu oversees the front-end and back-end web development and database development. Ms. Xu holds a Master of Science Information System and Technology from Claremont Graduate University.

Sara Kazemian
Data Scientist
As a Data Scientist, Ms. Kazemian assists with analytical modeling and project management. Prior to joining Res-Intel, Ms. Kazemian worked as Dr. Nelson’s research assistant at the Claremont Graduate University. Her research interests include spatial analytics, political methodology, renewable energies, and international development. Ms. Kazemian holds a Bachelors of Arts in International Studies from the University of California, Irvine. She has a Master of Science in Analytical Politics from the Claremont Graduate University and will begin a PhD in Political Science at UC Davis Fall 2017.

Andrew Royal
Data Scientist
As a Data Scientist, Dr. Royal applies insights from psychology and behavioral economics to topics in environmental and energy policy. He has published some of his work in the Journal of Risk and Uncertainty and Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics. He received his PhD in Economics from Claremont Graduate University and is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at Resources for the Future in Washington, DC.