Innovation begins with great people.


Our people embody our values. We recruit hard science innovators who are determined and able to drive their research to the doorstep of the market. We look for entrepreneurial leaders from among the top scientists in the field—ones with the rare combination of exemplary technical skills, an impact-oriented mindset, and a commitment to build value by solving commercially relevant problems. 


CURRENT FELLOWS:

Tom McDonald Co-founder, Mosaic Materials Tom is an expert in synthetic and materials chemistry and porous materials. As part of his graduate work, he invented a new class of metal-organic framework adsorbents that Mosaic Materials is working to commercialize as its first product, a new technology for acid gas removal for industrial processes. Tom holds a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley and a B.A. from Northwestern University, both in chemistry.

Tom McDonald Co-founder, Mosaic Materials

Tom is an expert in synthetic and materials chemistry and porous materials. As part of his graduate work, he invented a new class of metal-organic framework adsorbents that Mosaic Materials is working to commercialize as its first product, a new technology for acid gas removal for industrial processes. Tom holds a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley and a B.A. from Northwestern University, both in chemistry.

Deepak Dugar Founder, Visolis Deepak adds entrepreneurial know-how to his expertise in industrial biotechnology, having worked as a management consultant specializing in cleantech and completing an M.B.A. at MIT Sloan alongside his Ph.D. With his fermentation platform, he plans to produce high-value, carbon-negative materials. Deepak holds a B. Tech. and M. Tech in biochemical engineering and biotechnology from IIT Delhi, and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from MIT.

Deepak Dugar Founder, Visolis

Deepak adds entrepreneurial know-how to his expertise in industrial biotechnology, having worked as a management consultant specializing in cleantech and completing an M.B.A. at MIT Sloan alongside his Ph.D. With his fermentation platform, he plans to produce high-value, carbon-negative materials. Deepak holds a B. Tech. and M. Tech in biochemical engineering and biotechnology from IIT Delhi, and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from MIT.

 
Kendra Kuhl Co-founder, Opus 12 During her PhD, Kendra laid the groundwork for carbon dioxide conversion catalyst discovery in the Jaramillo Lab at Stanford University. She will be driving toward pilot-scale deployment of electrochemical CO2 conversion by developing novel reactor designs and catalysts for converting CO2 to ethanol and other valuable products. She holds a Ph.D. from Stanford and a B.S. from the University of Montana, both in chemistry. 

Kendra Kuhl Co-founder, Opus 12

During her PhD, Kendra laid the groundwork for carbon dioxide conversion catalyst discovery in the Jaramillo Lab at Stanford University. She will be driving toward pilot-scale deployment of electrochemical CO2 conversion by developing novel reactor designs and catalysts for converting CO2 to ethanol and other valuable products. She holds a Ph.D. from Stanford and a B.S. from the University of Montana, both in chemistry. 

Etosha Cave Co-founder, Opus 12 Etosha is an expert in the electrochemical conversion of CO2 into fuels and high-value chemicals. As a student, she completed the summer Ignite Program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and was selected as an Accel Innovation Scholar; a year-long entrepreneurial education program. Etosha holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Stanford and a B.S. in integrated systems engineering from Franklin W. Olin College. 

Etosha Cave Co-founder, Opus 12

Etosha is an expert in the electrochemical conversion of CO2 into fuels and high-value chemicals. As a student, she completed the summer Ignite Program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and was selected as an Accel Innovation Scholar; a year-long entrepreneurial education program. Etosha holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Stanford and a B.S. in integrated systems engineering from Franklin W. Olin College. 

 
Jared Schwede Co-founder, Spark Thermionics At Stanford, Jared was part of a world-leading research group in thermionic energy conversion. Jared’s graduate research focused on a breakout solar energy technology based on photon-enhanced thermionic energy conversion, which harvests both photon and heat energy from the sun’s spectrum. Jared holds a Ph.D. in physics from Stanford and a B.S. in physics from Yale.

Jared Schwede Co-founder, Spark Thermionics

At Stanford, Jared was part of a world-leading research group in thermionic energy conversion. Jared’s graduate research focused on a breakout solar energy technology based on photon-enhanced thermionic energy conversion, which harvests both photon and heat energy from the sun’s spectrum. Jared holds a Ph.D. in physics from Stanford and a B.S. in physics from Yale.

Daniel Riley Co-founder, Spark Thermionics Dan develops high-efficiency, compact direct heat-to-electricity conversion devices known as thermionic energy converters (TECs). His goal is to advance TEC technology to the point where it may transform the portable, distributed, and utility-scale energy industries. Dan holds a Ph.D. in physics from Stanford and a B.S.E. in engineering physics from Case Western Reserve University.

Daniel Riley Co-founder, Spark Thermionics

Dan develops high-efficiency, compact direct heat-to-electricity conversion devices known as thermionic energy converters (TECs). His goal is to advance TEC technology to the point where it may transform the portable, distributed, and utility-scale energy industries. Dan holds a Ph.D. in physics from Stanford and a B.S.E. in engineering physics from Case Western Reserve University.

 
Raymond Weitekamp Founder, polySpectra Raymond has focused on the interactions of light with polymeric materials with the goal of applying fundamental scientific insights to challenges in sustainability and energy. He will be developing cradle-to-cradle chemistries for advanced materials and additive manufacturing. Raymond holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from Caltech an A.B. in chemistry from Princeton University. 

Raymond Weitekamp Founder, polySpectra

Raymond has focused on the interactions of light with polymeric materials with the goal of applying fundamental scientific insights to challenges in sustainability and energy. He will be developing cradle-to-cradle chemistries for advanced materials and additive manufacturing. Raymond holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from Caltech an A.B. in chemistry from Princeton University. 

Marcus Lehmann Co-founder, CalWave Using his extensive experience in product development and background in industry, Marcus leads a diverse team of engineers, business development specialists, advisors, and industry partners at CalWave. He holds an M.Sc. in technology management from TU Munich and will be completing his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering while at Cyclotron Road.

Marcus Lehmann Co-founder, CalWave

Using his extensive experience in product development and background in industry, Marcus leads a diverse team of engineers, business development specialists, advisors, and industry partners at CalWave. He holds an M.Sc. in technology management from TU Munich and will be completing his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering while at Cyclotron Road.

 
Richard Wang Co-founder, Cuberg Richard worked as a graduate student under Prof. Yi Cui at Stanford University for the past four years. As a student, he managed a team of over 15 students on the SCI-Arc/Caltech Solar Decathlon team and advised the Stanford Solar Decathlon team to compete in the DOE’s solar-powered house competition. He holds a Ph.D. in materials science from Stanford and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Caltech.

Richard Wang Co-founder, Cuberg

Richard worked as a graduate student under Prof. Yi Cui at Stanford University for the past four years. As a student, he managed a team of over 15 students on the SCI-Arc/Caltech Solar Decathlon team and advised the Stanford Solar Decathlon team to compete in the DOE’s solar-powered house competition. He holds a Ph.D. in materials science from Stanford and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Caltech.

Colin Bailie Co-founder, Iris PV Colin published seminal papers on perovskite tandem solar cells with his academic adviser Michael McGehee during graduate school. He has won numerous awards for his work and efforts to commercialize this technology, most recently being named to the Forbes 30 under 30 in Energy and to the inaugural Slavin fellowship. He holds a Ph.D. in materials science from Stanford and a B.S in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M.

Colin Bailie Co-founder, Iris PV

Colin published seminal papers on perovskite tandem solar cells with his academic adviser Michael McGehee during graduate school. He has won numerous awards for his work and efforts to commercialize this technology, most recently being named to the Forbes 30 under 30 in Energy and to the inaugural Slavin fellowship. He holds a Ph.D. in materials science from Stanford and a B.S in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M.

 
Andrew Hsieh Co-founder, Feasible Andrew is an expert in electrochemistry, materials science, and characterization. During his Ph.D., Andrew developed novel graphene-TiO2 anodes for Li-ion batteries. As a postdoc, Andrew led two ARPA-E funded projects and co-invented Feasible’s ultrasonic battery analysis technology. Andrew holds a Ph.D. in chemical and materials engineering from Princeton University and a B.S. in chemical and biomolecular engineering from UCLA.

Andrew Hsieh Co-founder, Feasible

Andrew is an expert in electrochemistry, materials science, and characterization. During his Ph.D., Andrew developed novel graphene-TiO2 anodes for Li-ion batteries. As a postdoc, Andrew led two ARPA-E funded projects and co-invented Feasible’s ultrasonic battery analysis technology. Andrew holds a Ph.D. in chemical and materials engineering from Princeton University and a B.S. in chemical and biomolecular engineering from UCLA.

Barry Van Tassel Co-founder, Feasible Barry is an expert in hardware-software interfaces. During his Ph.D, he designed and built automated systems for materials synthesis and reactive spray deposition of battery electrodes. He has also built automated rigs for electrochemical testing and custom software for image and data analysis. He holds a Ph.D. from The City College of New York and a B.S. from the University of Buffalo, both in chemical engineering.

Barry Van Tassel Co-founder, Feasible

Barry is an expert in hardware-software interfaces. During his Ph.D, he designed and built automated systems for materials synthesis and reactive spray deposition of battery electrodes. He has also built automated rigs for electrochemical testing and custom software for image and data analysis. He holds a Ph.D. from The City College of New York and a B.S. from the University of Buffalo, both in chemical engineering.

 
Philip Taynton Co-founder, Mallinda Philip's graduate work laid the foundation for Mallinda’s novel thermosets and composites, which won the New Venture Challenge at the University of Colorado in 2014. He was the entrepreneurial lead for Mallinda in the NSF’s I-Corps program. Prior to graduate school, Philip worked for three years in new product R&D at Avery Dennison. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado and a B.S. from UC Santa Cruz, both in chemistry. 

Philip Taynton Co-founder, Mallinda

Philip's graduate work laid the foundation for Mallinda’s novel thermosets and composites, which won the New Venture Challenge at the University of Colorado in 2014. He was the entrepreneurial lead for Mallinda in the NSF’s I-Corps program. Prior to graduate school, Philip worked for three years in new product R&D at Avery Dennison. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado and a B.S. from UC Santa Cruz, both in chemistry. 

Chris Kaffer Co-founder, Mallinda Chris has a breadth of operational experience and expertise, specifically in intellectual property and finance. Chris was the principle investigator and directed research and operations for Mallinda’s successfully completed 2016 Phase I NSF SBIR award. He holds a Ph.D. in molecular and cell biology from UC Berkeley and an M.B.A. from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Chris Kaffer Co-founder, Mallinda

Chris has a breadth of operational experience and expertise, specifically in intellectual property and finance. Chris was the principle investigator and directed research and operations for Mallinda’s successfully completed 2016 Phase I NSF SBIR award. He holds a Ph.D. in molecular and cell biology from UC Berkeley and an M.B.A. from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

 
Zachary Sun Co-founder, Synvitrobio Zachary has been developing fundamental synthetic biology technologies since 2006. His graduate work on a cell-free prototyping environment forms the basis for Synvitrobio. Zachary is a NDSEG Fellow, a DARPA Rising participant, and part of the UCLA/Caltech NIH Medical Scientist Training Program. He holds a Ph.D. in biology from Caltech, an A.B. in chemical and physical biology from Harvard, and is a M.D. candidate (on leave) at UCLA.

Zachary Sun Co-founder, Synvitrobio

Zachary has been developing fundamental synthetic biology technologies since 2006. His graduate work on a cell-free prototyping environment forms the basis for Synvitrobio. Zachary is a NDSEG Fellow, a DARPA Rising participant, and part of the UCLA/Caltech NIH Medical Scientist Training Program. He holds a Ph.D. in biology from Caltech, an A.B. in chemical and physical biology from Harvard, and is a M.D. candidate (on leave) at UCLA.

Peter Frischmann Co-founder, Sepion Technologies Peter has devoted the last 10 years to advanced materials R&D. His background in self-assembly and hybrid organic/inorganic materials gives him a unique skill set for tackling long-standing energy storage problems. He was an Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Würzburg and holds a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from the University of British Columbia and a B.Sc. in chemistry from Idaho State University.

Peter Frischmann Co-founder, Sepion Technologies

Peter has devoted the last 10 years to advanced materials R&D. His background in self-assembly and hybrid organic/inorganic materials gives him a unique skill set for tackling long-standing energy storage problems. He was an Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Würzburg and holds a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from the University of British Columbia and a B.Sc. in chemistry from Idaho State University.