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Advisory Board

Technical Advisors

Dr. Mark Brongersma

Dr. Brongersma is an Associate Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford University. His research is directed towards nanoscale electronic and photonic devices. He has authored\co-authored over 100 publications, including papers in Science, Nature Photonics, Nature Materials, and Nature Nanotechnology. He received the International Raymond and Beverly Sackler Prize in the Physical Sciences (Physics) for his work on plasmonics, and is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America, the American Physical Society, and the SPIE. Brongersma received his PhD from the FOM Institute in Amsterdam and was a postdoctoral research fellow at the California Institute of Technology.

Dr. Michael J. Sailor

Dr. Sailor is a Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), with Affiliate appointments in the Department of Bioengineering and in the Department of Nanoengineering. He is on the executive steering committee of the Materials Science Ph.D. program and a member of the Moores Cancer Center at UCSD.  Professor Sailor received a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Harvey Mudd College (Claremont, CA, 1983), and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemistry from Northwestern University (Chicago, 1988). His Ph.D. thesis work involved the synthesis of organometallic metal clusters, in the laboratory of professor Duward Shriver. He performed post-doctoral studies under Nathan S. Lewis at Stanford and at Caltech (1987-1990). He joined the faculty at the UCSD Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in 1990, was promoted to Associate Professor in 1994, and to Full Professor in 1996.  Professor Sailor’s research focuses on the synthesis and study of nanophase materials with unusual optical, magnetic, or electronic properties, with emphasis on silicon-based systems. Current projects are directed at problems in nanoparticle-based diagnosis and treatment of disease, remote sensing of toxins and pollutants, high-throughput screening of biomarkers, point detectors for chemical or biological warfare agents, and microfluidic technologies. He is the author of over 190 research publications and 18 issued patents, in subjects related to nanotechnology, materials chemistry, sensors, and electrochemistry. He has supervised over 120 undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral research students.  Professor Sailor is widely regarded as one of the leading global authorities on porous silicon. He invented the porous silicon-based interferometric sensor, which is now sold commercially (Silicon Kinetics, inc.) and has spawned a major worldwide chemical and biological sensor research effort; he developed the multifunctional nanostructured photonic crystal particles now commonly referred to as “Smart Dust” and sold commercally under the tradename “TruTags”; he invented the RIFTS (Reflective Interferometric Fourier Transform Spectroscopy) techninque; and he invented the method to prepare nanoparticles of porous silicon, reporting the first in vivo application of these silicon-based quantum dots in a demonstration of their utility as tumor imaging agents. He has been involved as a scientific advisor or as a founder in the startup of Illumina, inc. (ILMN), Protein Discovery, inc., Spinnaker Biosciences, Vesta Nano Technologies, Silicium Energy, TruTag, and Common Sensor Technologies, inc. He has won two “Best of What’s New” awards from Popular Science magazine.  He serves on the editorial advisory boards of the journals ACS NanoAdvanced Healthcare MaterialsJCS Chemical Communications, and Advanced Materials.  He was elected fellow to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2011.

Dr. Robert Tulis

Dr. Tulis is an energy and strategy consultant.  His experience includes research and development, scale-up process development, roll-to-roll printing and manufacturing, and program management, working with the government, large systems integrators, and small businesses in defense and energy industries.  Bob recently held the position of Director of Technology and Business Development with the FlexTech Alliance consortium. Prior responsibilities include CTO of a Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) division, Program Manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), leading several programs including a solar program, and Corporate Program Manager and Divisional R&D and Business Director at Polaroid.

Dr. Ezekiel “Zeke” Kruglick

Dr. Kruglick is a principle at Ardent Research, a consultancy that provides MEMS and nanotech design, simulation, and layout capabilities.  Zeke and his professional activities have been featured in a number of publications, including  The Economist, OE Reports, Scientific Computing World, and EE Times. He has dozens of patents issued or pending, has published over 35 technical papers, and has received a number of awards in recognition of his work including a Congressional NASA Space Act Award.   Zeke has worked at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, various universities, and several commercial companies. He has founded or co-founded multiple companies and taken several concepts from idea to profitability.  Zeke has served on the board of directors of multiple public and private companies. He received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from UC Berkeley.

Dr. Edward Beardsworth

Dr. Beardsworth is a marketing strategy and business development consultant with over thirty years in the electric utility and energy industry, advising startups, investors and corporate clients. A physicist by training, he comes with interdisciplinary strengths that combine both technical and business planning perspectives.  He is Associate Director at Jane Capital Partners and serves on the Advisory Board for Garage Ventures.  Previously he was Technical Director of The Hub Lab, which provided grants to support revolutionary new energy science.  He also conducted UFTO, a multi-client study on behalf of a select group of energy utilities and vendors, to scout technologies of interest and to facilitate collaborations among utilities, government and private companies.  Ed has also been a strategic advisor to Nth Power and Cleantech Group.  Prior to entering private consulting in 1992, Ed served as Marketing Program Development Manager at the Electric Power Research Institute and before that as Associate Scientist at the Brookhaven National Lab in interdisciplinary studies involving energy systems modeling, technology assessment and analysis of developing country energy needs. He earned a B.A. at Northeastern University and a Ph.D. in Physics from Rutgers University.

Mr. Joseph Bendik, MS

Mr. Bendik is an electro-optics and EUV consultant for the semiconductor industry. Joe has been a research engineer at KLA-Tencor since 1999 and a manager of EUV strategic programs at Cymer Inc since 2010. He was a research scientist at National Semiconductor from 1995 to 1999.  Author and co-Author of 20+ papers with 15+ patents, Joe holds degrees in solid-state physics and electro-optics from UC Berkeley and UC San Diego.


Business Advisors

Mr. Lee Krevat

Mr. Krevat serves as a Director at Sempra Energy, where he led the multi-year, multi award winning Smart Grid program.  In 2012, Krevat was named one of the top 100 movers and shakers who are influencing the smart grid market by GreenTech Media for the second time, and recognized as a Top 12 “Mover and Shaker” in the utility industry by Intelligent Utility Magazine for the second time.  In addition to the PI Energy Business Advisory Board, he serves on the Board of Directors of the GridWise Alliance, where in 2013, he led the development of the GridWise Alliance Grid Modernization Index.  Krevat also serves on the Boards of the Electric Drive Transportation Association and GridX, a startup that has developed the first utility scale, cloud-based billing engine.  Before joining SDG&E, Krevat led software teams at Tandem Computers, prior to which, he was a partner at TransPac Software, a startup in Silicon Valley. Krevat received a bachelor’s degree with university honors in applied mathematics/computer science from Carnegie Mellon University.

Mr. Charles Bayless

Mr. Bayless is a respected leader in the nation’s utility industry. He served as President and Chief Executive Officer at Illinova Corp. which he merged with Dynegy Inc in February 2000. From 1991 to 1998, Mr. Bayless served as President and Chief Executive Officer of UniSource Energy and prior to that he was Sr VP and CFO of Public Service Company of New Hampshire.  He is currently a board member of Pike Electric, Essential Power, Recycled Energy Development and the West Virginia American Water Company. Mr. Bayless is a former board member of Dynegy, Edison Electric Institute, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), InSite Services, Thermon Corporation and e3 Greentech.  From 2004 to 2007, Mr. Bayless was President and Provost of the West Virginia University Institute of Technology, a Division of West Virginia University specializing in Engineering. He holds a B.S.E.E. from the West Virginia University Institute of Technology, an M.S.E.E. in Power Engineering and a J.D. from the West Virginia University, and an M.B.A. from the Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Michigan. Michigan.

Mr. Peter Fisher

Mr. Fisher is a co-founder and CEO of LightSource Renewables, LLC. Peter has extensive experience evaluating and investing in clean technology markets.   His investments include: Fallbrook Technologies, Viryd Technologies and Infinity Wind Power Inc. Peter has broad experience in private equity and investment management relating to first and later stage companies and turnaround situations. Prior to founding LightSource Renewables, Peter co-founded Shepherd Ventures. Shepherd invests in emerging growth businesses in the Information Technology and Life Sciences sectors located in Southern California. He specialized in telecommunications infrastructure, software and wireless technologies and applications.  In San Diego, Peter is active in a number of community and business development organizations, including being a Board member of CleanTECH San Diego and Pacific Community Ventures. Peter holds a degree in Finance and Economics from the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa, and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in South Africa and Canada.

Mr. Gary Hessenauer

Mr. Hessenauer is an investor and advisor to early stage companies.  From 2009 to 2011 he was CEO of AUS, a leading environmental controls company. From 2002 to 2003, Mr. Hessenauer served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Sixth Dimension, an energy technology company that developed solutions for real time monitoring and control of dispersed energy assets.  From 2000 to 2001, he served as Senior Vice President of Sempra Energy Solutions, a retail energy services provider that also provided non-regulated energy marketing and trading services.  Sempra Energy Solutions was a subsidiary of Sempra Energy, a large distributor of natural gas and electricity that is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.  Prior to that, he served in management positions with a number of public and private companies. These positions included Vice President, Marketing and Sales for the retail energy services subsidiary of Edison International from 1996 to 1997 and Corporate Area General Manager of multiple business unit development operations for the General Electric Company from 1988 to 1994 and Regional Sales Manager for General Electric Company’s Electrical Distribution and Control business unit from 1984 to 1987. Mr. Hessenauer holds a B.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the United States Naval Academy and completed Stanford University’s executive business program.

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