Tim Fairchild is the Director of the SAS Global Energy and Communications Practice. In this role he leads a team responsible for developing global product strategy and defining and delivering market-driven offerings for the Energy industry. His team works closely with global customers, alliance partners, and SAS Research & Development to ensure that SAS Energy solutions meet the needs of the market. Tim represents SAS on the Board of Directors of the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster which works to expand the Research Triangle region's potential in smart grid, advanced transportation, water technologies, renewable energy and energy efficiency by bringing together the collective power of industry, government and academia. Tim joined SAS in 2002 and his experience at SAS includes Product Management, Sales and Business Development, and Solutions Architecture. Prior to joining SAS, Tim spent over 20 years in the technology industry at IBM, Compaq, Hughes Simulation Systems, and Texas Instruments.