Our name is unusual. So is our vision.


Our team is here to build something special. Inspired by the great tradition of American innovation and compelled by the need to develop solutions to society's greatest challenges, we wake up every day with one goal: create the ideal home for the best and brightest hard science innovators to make an impact with technology.


Program Team

Ilan Gur, Founding 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

Ilan Gur, Founding 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, Chief Technologist 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

Dane Boysen, Chief Technologist

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

 
Beth Zotter, Tech-to-Market Programming 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

Beth Zotter, Tech-to-Market Programming

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, 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

Melanie Miller, 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

 
Sebastien Lounis, Cyclotron Road Co-founder and VP Communications, Activation Energy 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

Sebastien Lounis, Cyclotron Road Co-founder and VP Communications, Activation Energy

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

Matt Price, Managing Director, Activation Energy 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

Matt Price, Managing Director, Activation Energy

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, Activation Energy 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 Anderson, Managing Director, Activation Energy

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.  

Nicole Systrom, VP of Development and Special Projects, Activation Energy Nicole has extensive project management experience in the clean energy and carbon offset sectors, in both for-profit and non-profit contexts. She has published work on facets of clean tech ranging from new sources of investment capital for the clean tech sector to state energy policy. She holds an MBA/MS in environment and resources from Stanford's Graduate School of Business and a B.S. in Earth systems from Stanford University. Email: nicole [at] cyclotronroad [dot] org

Nicole Systrom, VP of Development and Special Projects, Activation Energy

Nicole has extensive project management experience in the clean energy and carbon offset sectors, in both for-profit and non-profit contexts. She has published work on facets of clean tech ranging from new sources of investment capital for the clean tech sector to state energy policy. She holds an MBA/MS in environment and resources from Stanford's Graduate School of Business and a B.S. in Earth systems from Stanford University.

Email: nicole [at] cyclotronroad [dot] org

 
Frans Nauta, Program Curator, Activation Energy Frans is responsible for designing and delivering Cyclotron Road's hard tech education curriculum. Before joining Cyclotron Road he was responsible for the design and execution of the Climate-KIC Accelerator, a Europe-wide program that supports green startups. He is the founder and CEO of ClimateLaunchpad, the green business ideas competition, and visiting scholar at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business. Frans has a bachelors degree in environmental technology from Wageningen University and a masters in political science from the University of Amsterdam.

Frans Nauta, Program Curator, Activation Energy

Frans is responsible for designing and delivering Cyclotron Road's hard tech education curriculum. Before joining Cyclotron Road he was responsible for the design and execution of the Climate-KIC Accelerator, a Europe-wide program that supports green startups. He is the founder and CEO of ClimateLaunchpad, the green business ideas competition, and visiting scholar at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business. Frans has a bachelors degree in environmental technology from Wageningen University and a masters in political science from the University of Amsterdam.