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. Join our team.
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
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
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
Jeanne Dittman Nonprofit Business Manager
Jeanne has over eighteen years’ experience working in the nonprofit and public sector. Prior to joining Cyclotron Road, she was the Program Officer for the Leo M. Shortino Family Foundation, Director of Grants Administration at Cal State East Bay (CSUEB), and served as director, associate director, and program officer of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at the San Jose State University Research Foundation (SJSURF). Jeanne earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies from San Jose State University and a two-year Professional Development Certificate in Professional and Technical Communication.
Email: jeanne [at] cyclotronroad [dot] org
Mary Catherine O'Connor Staff Writer
Mary Catherine is focused on bringing the work of Cyclotron Road fellows, and the program's mission to support and empower them, to a wider audience. Prior to joining Cyclotron Road, she spent 15 years reporting on environmental issues, technology, and recreation as an independent journalist and staffer for trade magazines. Her work has appeared in publications including Outside, The Guardian, Wall Street Journal, Al Jazeera America, Pacific Standard, and Wired. She also co-founded Climate Confidential, an ad-free, reader-supported online magazine dedicated to deepening the conversation about people, businesses, and society reckoning with climate change.
Email: mc [at] cyclotronroad [dot] org
Kelliane Parker Administrative Support
Kelliane Parker spent over 30 years in the cosmetic industry in sales and marketing management. In addition to her role at Cyclotron Road she is currently teaching Beauty Product Merchandising and Fashion Public Relations at the Academy of Art University.
Email: kparkerlam [at] lbl [dot] gov
Mateo Jaramillo, Executive-in-Residence
Jaramillo 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, he 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, Jaramillo was chief operating officer and part of the founding team at Gaia Power Technologies, a pioneering distributed energy storage firm. He has an A.B. 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.
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