Rick Azer is Associate Vice President for Black & Veatch’s Transformative Technologies group, assigned as a founding member of the company’s newly established Growth Accelerator. Rick leads strategy and innovation programs to commercialize new technologies and service offerings that extend the company’s position as a leader in critical human infrastructure. Examples of recent projects in Rick’s portfolio include a nationwide network of high power, fast EV Charging stations, Hydrogen fuel filling stations, stationary storage, and communication infrastructure to support various smart city applications and initiatives. Lately, Rick has been working with teams to investigate the impact of artificial intelligence and machine learning in both design and operations. Prior to joining Black & Veatch, Rick worked for a number of years at Qualcomm where he built a team to commercialize emerging wireless technologies networks and services across the globe. Rick is passionate about technology and the advancement of CleanTECH initiatives, and sits on the Executive Board of Directors at Cleantech San Diego. He has a Masters of Architecture and MBA from Washington University, Saint Louis.