Our team has deep hard tech experience across the innovation landscape. We're scientists at heart and entrepreneurs in practice. We wake up every day with one goal in mind: create the ideal home for our innovators to make an impact.
Ilan Gur Founder and Executive Director
Ilan founded Cyclotron Road to bridge a gap he observed in energy technology innovation over the past decade. Before launching the program, he served as Program Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). At ARPA-E, he managed a $50 million portfolio of advanced R&D projects in the areas of energy storage, solar energy, and advanced materials. He was also a senior advisor and cofounder of ARPA-E's Technology-to-Market program, aimed at maximizing the commercial and societal impact of the agency's breakthrough R&D portfolio. Prior to ARPA-E, Ilan launched two venture-backed clean energy startups based on advanced materials and novel manufacturing approaches. He holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in materials science and engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
Email: ilan [at] cyclotronroad [dot] org
Dane Boysen Managing Director, Technology and Mentorship
Dane is dedicated to mentoring our cohort teams through critical technology challenges. Prior to Cyclotron Road, he was Executive Director of Research Operations at the Gas Technology Institute (GTI). Before GTI, he served as a Program Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), where he managed over $100 million spread over 30 of the nation’s most cutting-edge energy technology research and development projects. Prior to joining ARPA-E, Boysen led an $11 million project to develop liquid metal batteries for grid-scale energy storage under Professor Don Sadoway at MIT. This work led to the founding of the venture-backed start-up Ambri. In 2004, Boysen co-founded Superprotonic Inc., a venture capital-backed start-up developing solid acid electrolyte-based fuel cells. Boysen received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Materials Science at Caltech.
Email: dane [at] cyclotronroad [dot] org
Matt Price Managing Director, Partnerships
Before joining Cyclotron Road, Matt was a Vice President at Enlighted Inc. the leading wireless sensor network and lighting controls manufacturer for commercial and industrial buildings. Prior to joining Enlighted in 2011, Matt was a Principal at Nth Power, where he led investments in a broad range of energy and cleantech areas including materials and nanotechnology, fuel cells, biofuels, advanced lighting, and smart grid technologies. Matt is Kauffman Fellow and received his M.B.A. from the Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley. While at Haas, he co-founded the Berkeley Energy Resource Collaborative (BERC). He holds a B.S. in materials science and engineering from Northwestern University.
Email: matt [at] cyclotronroad [dot] org
Jeff Anderson Managing Director, Operations
Jeff has extensive experience in creating and growing organizations that accelerate the adoption of clean energy technologies. Prior to joining Cyclotron Road, he was a Managing Director of CalCEF, where he focused on programs to organize and scale innovation ecosystems. He also served as the founding President of CalCharge, a groundbreaking public-private consortium to catalyze the deployment of new energy storage technologies. Jeff is a member of the Board of Directors of the Center for Sustainable Energy. He holds a Masters in Business Administration (M.B.A.) from Columbia University, a Master of Laws degree in Environmental and Energy law (LL.M.) from Pace University School of Law, and a law degree (J.D.) from Thomas M. Cooley School of Law. As an undergraduate, he attended Michigan State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree (B.A.) in international relations.
jeff [at] cyclotronroad [dot] org
Sebastien Lounis Co-founder and Managing Director, Communications
Sebastien joined Ilan to launch Cyclotron Road in July 2014 and has been deeply involved in building and growing the program since its inception. Prior to Cyclotron Road, he completed a Ph.D. in applied science and technology at U.C. Berkeley, where he studied the interaction of nanomaterials with light. While at Berkeley, he was co-president of the Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative (BERC), an organization connecting over 3,000 students, faculty, and industry members around programing and events related to energy innovation. He also served as Editor in Chief of the Berkeley Science Review, where he led a team of writers, editors, and designers telling stories about breakthrough research coming out of the university. Sebastien also holds B.S. degrees in physics and philosophy from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Email: sebastien [at] cyclotronroad [dot] org
Nicole Systrom Managing Director, Development
Nicole is passionate about growing support for early stage clean technology innovators and facilitating investments for climate impact. In her roles at Cyclotron Road, PRIME Coalition, and as a member of the Energy Foundation's Board of Directors, Nicole develops programs to increase the capacity of foundations, family offices, and seed investors to support ventures that mitigate climate change and contribute to a more sustainable energy system, with both charitable and for-profit investment dollars. She has published work on facets of clean energy ranging from gaps in the hard technology innovation ecosystem to state energy policy. Nicole earned an MBA/M.S. in Environment and Resources from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and a B.S. in Earth Systems, also from Stanford University.
Email: nicole [at] cyclotronroad [dot] org
Beth Zotter Technology Economics
Beth has a decade of experience developing the technical and market potential of new energy technologies. Before joining Cyclotron Road, Beth was an R&D manager for BAL, Inc., a bioenergy venture supported by ARPA-e and DuPont. She has worked with a number of energy startups to design technology cost and performance models to guide business and R&D strategy, and has helped federal manufacturing programs evaluate investments in R&D project portfolios. Beth has an M.S. in energy and resources from U.C. Berkeley and a B.A. from Harvard.
Email: beth [at] cyclotronroad [dot] org
Melanie Miller Laboratory Operations
Melanie has been providing operational support to scientific programs at Berkeley Lab for over 10 years. She manages and organizes a diverse array of business services including event coordination, travel, procurement and HR. Before joining Cyclotron Road, she was part of the Materials Sciences Division operations team and worked with the Helios SERC and JCAP programs. Melanie has also supported an undergraduate lab internship program, directed youth art and recreation programs, and worked as a special education teacher. She holds a B.A. in psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Email: msmiller2 [at] lbl [dot] gov
Brenna Teigler Program Operations
Brenna is committed to directing and increasing the efficiency of program operations. Prior to Cyclotron Road, she was an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellow in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). During her two-year fellowship, she was a project manager for the Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative and Technology-to-Market Program where she spearheaded an effort called Build4Scale to develop manufacturing training for hardware innovators. Brenna has a PhD in Biophysics from Harvard and a BS in Physics from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.
Email: brenna [at] cyclotronroad [dot] org
Nikhil Gargeya Partnerships
Prior to joining Cyclotron Road, Nikhil spent 3 years with Siemens TTB (now next47), a corporate venturing organization, where he worked on strategic engagements with startups touching energy and industry verticals. Nikhil holds a B.S. in environmental science from the College of Natural Resources (CNR) at U.C. Berkeley. He stays involved in local efforts through work with solar non-profit GRID Alternatives, the local Young Professionals in Energy (YPE) chapter, and the CNR alumni board.
nikhil [at] cyclotronroad [dot] org
Mateo Jaramillo, Entrepreneur-in-Residence
Mateo is working with the Cyclotron Road team to define a new EIR program while while he explores new projects in the electric power sector. Prior to Cyclotron Road, Mateo was VP of Products and Programs for Tesla Energy at Tesla Motors, where he was responsible for policy, business development, and product management for the company's grid connected energy storage products. Prior to Tesla, Mateo was Chief Operating Officer and part of the founding team at Gaia Power Technologies, a pioneering distributed energy storage firm. He has an AB in economics from Harvard and a masters in theology from Yale. He is a member of the 2016 Class of Henry Crown Fellows and the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute.
mateo [at] cyclotronroad [dot] org