Speakers

Lux Executive Summit 2017 Speakers

Michael Amaru

Co-founder

SenseDriver Technologies

Michael Amaru, co-founder of SenseDriver Technologies, has always had an entrepreneurial spirit and following involvement with a distracted driving incident, he began developing and designing SenseHUD. This portable head-up display is designed to remove the smartphone from drivers' hands while helping them safely navigate and keep their eyes on the road.

 

Michael founded the company in 2014 and successfully brought a proof-of-concept prototype to CES 2015 in under 5 months. He designed and developed the IP around multi-layered LCD light adaptive display technology and designed the UX / UI as well as the software architecture for a voice controlled driving mobile application. Michael managed both on-shore and offshore teams of 15+ personal comprised of software developers, electrical and mechanical engineers, optical engineers, and industrial designers, cultivated business relationships with a variety of technology partners and vendors, and worked in collaboration with manufacturing partners to bring the hardware product to production.

Patricia Ansems Bancroft

Research Fellow

The Dow Chemical Company

Patricia Ansems Bancroft is a Research Fellow in Dow Corporate Venturing R&D, and has been with The Dow Chemical Company for 26 years. She is responsible for researching and evaluating technologies and opportunities that complement Dow's robust Research & Development pipeline and contribute to the company’s strategy and long-term success, with focus on both internal and external opportunity generation. Her expertise includes innovation methodologies and strategies, scouting, idea generation, early opportunity assessment and polymer product development and commercialization.

 

Patricia holds 23 granted patents and has published 35 articles.

Tom Beauregard

Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer

UnitedHealth Group

Tom Beauregard is Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer of UnitedHealth Group. As a member of the core leadership team, Tom identifies strategies to extend sustainable coverage for all Americans and leads the Enterprise Research and Development team that develops and launches meaningful innovations. He is a noted health care industry expert with broad strategy and implementation experience. Recent innovation accomplishments include a National Diabetes Prevention Program in partnership with the Y-USA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an evidence-based childhood obesity solution, and a reality TV-based diabetes prevention program (Project NOT ME) that earned Tom a regional Emmy for his role as an Executive Producer.

 

Tom previously served as the CEO of a UnitedHealthcare business (United Essentials), where he was responsible for research and new product development. Prior to joining UnitedHealth Group, Tom was the National Practice Leader for Hewitt Associates, a global management consulting firm. Tom has over 25 years of health care leadership experience and is one of the industry’s leading experts on the forefront of dramatic change.

 

Tom is a graduate of Hobart College’s economics program and earned an MBA from the University of Connecticut.

Brad Berkson

President and CEO

N12 Technologies, Inc.

Brad Berkson is the President and CEO at N12. He has extensive startup, growth, and large enterprise experience across industries from high-tech and energy to aerospace and defense. Prior to taking on the CEO duties, Brad was a Senior Advisor at Joshua Capital, LLC, where he advised leading aerospace and defense clients on issues of strategy, operations, and organization. In this capacity, he serves on the Senior Advisory Group of Boeing Defense, the Advisory Board of XSMG World, as a board member of GEM Mobile Treatment Services, and CEVA Logistics. He is also a Senior Advisor for Alliance Bernstein, Blackstone, Sterling Partners, and KeyBanc Capital Markets.

 

Prior to that he served as Director, Program Analysis & Evaluation, Office of the Secretary of Defense. In this role, he provided Secretaries Rumsfeld and Gates independent analytic advice regarding alternative weapon systems and force structures, the development and evaluation of defense program alternatives, and the cost-effectiveness of defense systems. Brad joined the Office of the Secretary of Defense in 2003 serving as Director, Studies and Analysis for the Senior Executive Council. He was then was appointed Acting Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Logistics and Material Readiness) in January 2004, serving as the senior DoD official overseeing its $129B global logistics and weapons systems support enterprise. He was awarded the Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service Medal in 2009 for his service to the nation.

 

Prior to his appointment, Brad was the President of NEW Customer Service Companies, Inc. He came to that position from IP-Mill, Inc., that he, as founder and CEO, sold to NEW in 2000.  Before that, Brad was a Partner at McKinsey & Company, Inc., where he was a leader in the Firm’s Corporate Strategy and Finance, Innovation and Technology Management, and Energy Practices. He also worked as a Senior Project Engineer in Exxon’s Prudhoe Bay operations on the North Slope of Alaska.

 

Brad received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Engineering, from the University of Tulsa and his MBA from Harvard University.

N. Taylor Brockman

Chief Technology Officer

Causam Energy, Inc.

Taylor Brockman is the CTO of Causam Energy.  He has venture capital backed software product innovation and delivery experience in the mobile commerce, medical data exchange, and smart grid industries.

 

Taylor grew Motricity, Inc. to more than $100 million in annual revenues and 500 employees globally. Taylor invented, designed, and implemented a mobile content platform that drove over $3 billion in direct to consumer digital sales.

Jack Burgman, Ph.D.

Associate Director

PPG

Jack Burgman is currently an Associate Director at PPG where he has been employed for 29 years. He leads the Automotive Coatings R&D at the Coatings Innovation Center in Allison Park, Pennsylvania. His prior role was as Technical Director for Substrate Protection Systems at PPG’s laboratory in Cleveland, Ohio.

 

Dr. Burgman received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Tech and his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

Paul Campbell

SVP, Head of Silicon Valley Research & Innovation Center

Schneider Electric

A serial intrapreneur, Paul Campbell is currently SVP of Innovation and Head of the Silicon Valley Research & Innovation Center at Schneider Electric, where he is responsible for creating new products, services and businesses for this $30B Paris-based energy tech company. In addition, Paul heads Schneider Electric’s Global Open Innovation Program, which partners with startups, universities, technology leaders and research centers in areas such as Industrial IoT, Cybersecurity, Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality, Smart Building/Home, and many more.

 

Prior to joining Schneider Electric, Paul successfully built new businesses that generated billions in revenue for companies like Hewlett-Packard, Philips Electronics, and technology startups in Silicon Valley. These businesses created a stunning portfolio of award-winning products that enabled corporations to enter new markets, generate large new revenue streams and strengthen their images as innovation and design leaders.

 

Paul is an advisor to the World Economic Forum, the European Commission and numerous accelerators/incubators around the globe. He lectures at bay area universities on the unique leadership and organizational approaches necessary for large companies to inject disruptive innovations into their portfolio.

 

Paul earned his MBA in Finance/Marketing from the University of Chicago.

Jennifer Chan

Manager, New Product Platforms

ExxonMobil Chemical Company

Jennifer Chan is the Manager, New Product Platforms at ExxonMobil, which she started in 2016.  She joined Exxon in 1993 at the Baton Rouge Chemical Plant in Louisiana. Since then, she has lived in Texas, Singapore, and London, working in a variety of planning, marketing, supply, and manufacturing positions. Her positions include roles in ExxonMobil’s Gas and Power, Refining and Supply, and Chemical companies.

 

Jennifer earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering Practice from MIT in 1992/1993.

Sunil Cherian, Ph.D.

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Spirae, LLC

Sunil Cherian is the Founder and CEO of Spirae. Since 2002, Sunil has built the firm into a profitable company with a growing intellectual property portfolio and a highly skilled team of power systems and software development professionals. He has extensive experience in distributed energy applications including distributed control systems, renewable energy integration, and distributed energy resources management for network operations, power management, and energy services delivery.

 

Prior to Spirae, Sunil Cherian founded Sixth Dimension, Inc. for providing networking technologies for the energy industry and served as its CEO from 1997 until 2002. Sixth Dimension was acquired by Comverge in 2003. Before founding Sixth Dimension, Sunil served as Acting Director for the Colorado Manufacturing Extension Center and as Product Realization Specialist for the Mid America Manufacturing Extension Center, both at Colorado State University.

 

Sunil Cherian currently serves on the Boards of the Colorado Clean Energy Cluster and Colorado Cleantech Industry Association.  He is a frequent speaker at industry events and has over 35 technical presentations and multiple publications in books, journals, conferences, symposia, and tradeshows. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from CSU in 1991 and 1995, respectively.

Carol Christopher, Ph.D.

Co-founder and CEO

CaliVive, Inc.

Carol Christopher is the Co-founder and CEO of CaliVive. Her 35-year career includes marketing, business development, and product development leadership roles at ALZA Corporation, AeroGen, Alexza Pharmaceuticals, and NuMedii, Inc. She also has six years of consumer product development and brand management experience at Procter & Gamble and the Clorox Company.

 

In 2015, Carol co-founded CaliVive, which is developing nutritional approaches to treating diabetes and obesity. Carol holds patents on novel drug formulations, and has published in peer-reviewed journals on Entrepreneurship.

 

She has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and a doctorate in Intercultural Studies.

Nicolas Cudré-Mauroux, Ph.D.

Research & Innovation Group General Manager

Solvay

Nicolas Cudré-Mauroux is the Research and Innovation Group General Manager at Solvay.

 

Nicolas spent the first part of his career with DuPont, starting in 1988 as a researcher at the Experimental Station, DuPont's central research facility in Wilmington, Delaware (USA).  Until 2006, he has held a range of R&D, technical, marketing and new business development leadership roles in the United States, Canada and Europe.

 

In 2006, Nicolas was named Regional Business Director for the Advanced Fibers Systems and Nonwovens businesses in EMEA. In 2011, he joined the DuPont-Danisco integration team and, in 2012, moved to Denmark to become the Technology & Innovation Director for the food ingredient business that DuPont formed following this acquisition.

 

In 2015, Nicolas joined Solvay where he focuses on maximizing the impact of Research & Innovation investments. He is based at the corporate headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.

 

Nicolas is Swiss and was born in Luxembourg. He has a MS and a Ph.D. in Materials Science from the Swiss Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Leo de Luna

Managing Director

Microsoft Ventures

Leo de Luna leads Microsoft Ventures in the Bay Area and New York. He has more than 15 years of experience in venture capital, investment banking, and business development. Previously, Leo was a principal at Split Rock Partners focused on investing in entrepreneurs building leading software and cloud-based service companies. He’s also held positions with Saints Capital, AMD, St. Paul Venture Capital, and Lehman Brothers, and he served as a lieutenant in the Singapore Armed Forces.

 

Leo holds a MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin.

Mark Dobrovolny

Director, Strategic Innovation & Technology Alliances (SITA)

Colgate-Palmolive

Mark Dobrovolny is the Director, Strategic Innovation & Technology Alliances (SITA) at Colgate-Palmolive.  Mark has a passion for new ideas, solving problems, and innovating new products which delight consumers. In his role in SITA at Colgate-Palmolive, he networks and collaborates with R&D and business leaders all over the world to establish strategic partnerships, deep technology alliances, and advance innovation capabilities across CP’s categories.

 

Prior to joining SITA, Mark was the Director of Product Supply and R&D at Tom’s of Maine and was also responsible for leading Tom’s sustainability company efforts.  Mark served on Governor J. Baldacci’s (state of Maine)  “Task Force To Promote Safer Chemicals in Consumer Products” and is one of the founding board members of “Biobased Maine.”

 

Mark holds B.S. in Chemical Engineering from NJIT and a B.S. from Rutgers University.

Zach Ellis, Jr.

Manager, Open Innovation & Alliance Management

PepsiCo

Zach Ellis, Jr. is part of the External Innovation Team at PepsiCo, where he leads strategic partnerships and corporate venturing activity for PepsiCo Global R&D.  As a member of Global R&D Strategy, Zach develops relationships across the needs of packaging, ingredients, supply chain and more to deliver technical innovation for all PepsiCo Categories, globally.  His partnerships span academia, large suppliers, start-ups, invention networks and private investors.


Prior to joining PepsiCo, Zach commercialized early-stage technology for the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), the technology transfer office of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Earlier in his career, Zach worked in various consulting, business development, and project management roles; and spent 7 years as an active duty officer in the US Navy.

 

Denise Fletcher

Former VP & Chief Innovation Officer

Xerox Healthcare, Pharma & Life Sciences

Denise Fletcher formerly served as VP & Chief Innovation Officer for Xerox Healthcare, Pharma & Life Sciences where she was responsible for achieving annual group innovation revenue targets, fueling thought leadership strategies, engaging customers in innovation strategies, and driving innovation through a robust research and development pipeline. She has 6 patents pending in healthcare & pharma. Denise was recognized by Front End of Innovation in March 2014, as one of the top 40 women in Innovation and in 2012 she received the National Diversity Council Award for most powerful and influential woman in Connecticut and received two corporate entrepreneur awards for “best new service” in 2014 and “new venture” in 2015.

 

Fletcher actively serves on the HIMSS Innovation Committee, the Healthcare Delivery Advisory board at WPI (Worcester Polytechnic Institute), the MassTLC (Technology Leadership Council) Healthcare Advisory Council and the Crowd Company Council, which focuses on the collaborative economy.

 

Denise graduated from Quinnipiac University with a BS in Accounting and later obtained her PMP designation.

Joseph B. Hayek

Vice President - Mergers & Acquisitions and Corp. Dev.

Worthington Industries, Inc.

Joseph B. Hayek joined Worthington Industries in April 2014 as Vice President of Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate Development.

 

Hayek spent 10 years in investment banking, advising middle market companies on a range of transactions, primarily focused on M&A. He worked at Wells Fargo Securities for two years and at Raymond James & Associates for eight years, where he headed the firm’s IT Supply Chain and technologies practice. He completed over 75 transactions in his tenure with those two firms.

 

Most recently Hayek worked for PCM Inc., a $1.5 billion IT solutions provider, where he spent four years as that firm’s head of corporate development, leading the acquisition of three companies and numerous strategic initiatives. He then spent two years serving as the president of the firm’s largest commercial subsidiary, SARCOM.

 

Hayek earned his bachelor’s degree from Miami University and MBA from Duke University, where he was named a Rollins Scholar.

Olivier Hua

CEO

Bewell Connect Corp.

Olivier Hua is currently deputy CEO of Visiomed Group (listed on Paris Alternext) and CEO of its US subsidiary Bewell Connect Corp., based in Boston. Olivier started his career in the banking industry working successively for Crédit Lyonnais and Citicorp, both in Paris and London. For 12 years, he managed industrial SMEs active in the automotive industry.
 

He joined the Private Equity/Venture Capital industry in the late 90’s, financing technological companies, from early to late stages. He has been an active investor and Board member in companies like VistaPrint (IPO on Nasdaq), Photoways (European leader in online photo services), Archos (IPO in France), Intego (sold to Bessemer Ventures), TraceOne (sold to HG Capital) and Avanquest.

Chad Joshi, Ph.D.

President & CEO

Advonex International Corp.

Chad Joshi is the President & CEO of Advonex International Corp.  He is a seasoned C-level executive who specializes in building technology companies through collaboration and strategic partnerships. Early in its start-up phase, Dr. Joshi negotiated and leveraged a strategic investment from an oil major with matching financing from government sources. This enabled the company to build a platform of intellectual property from which to develop and launch its sustainable lubricant and fuel products.

 

Before Advonex, Chad served in interim operating positions with Owl Power Co. and Resolute Marine Energy to assist them with business strategy, development and fundraising. Previously, Dr. Joshi founded Energen, a motion control solutions company which sold its image stabilization technology to Panavision Federal Systems. He was also an early hire at American Superconductor Corp. where he was instrumental in the development and execution of their technology strategy.

 

Chad Joshi holds a Ph.D. from MIT, and a BS from WPI and has over 60 patents and peer-reviewed publications to his credit.

Mak Joshi

Director, IoT and Digital Transformation

Schneider Electric

Mak is an accomplished product professional in the energy sector, currently in a leadership role as Director, IoT and Digital Transformation at Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management. Prior to Schneider, Mak's experience in the energy sector included a clean energy fellowship with the prestigious New England Clean Energy Council (NECEC) and two start-ups he co-founded. His most recent start-up, Grid Sensor, built several innovative solutions for electric distribution grid automation working with several utilities and munis, and Mak was invited by the US CTO to present at a showcase event at the White House.


Previously, Mak has consulted as an energy expert for the electric utility sector, MassCEC - MA Clean Energy Center, the Canadian Consulate in Boston and other governmental agencies. Mak also has held leadership roles with the Boston Product Management Association as its President, TiE-Boston as Chair - Energy and Cleantech SIG, and the MIT Enterprise Forum's Energy SIG. Mak also represents Schneider Electric on the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC) Board and the Strategic Partner Network with NECEC.


Mak has a BS and MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.

Maxim Khabur

Chief Marketing Officer

Wisp, Inc.

Maxim Khabur is the Chief Marketing Officer at Wisp. Prior to joining this smart home startup, Maxim helped to build and develop brands for a variety of clients as Managing Director of Young and Rubicam Russia (Advertising Agency), Managing Director of Added Value Russia (Research and Brand Building Agency), and also as Brand Manager of BP Russia (TNK-BP JV).

 

Maxim holds Master degrees in Marketing from the Hult International Business School in Boston and the Plekhanov Academy of Economics in Moscow.

Dave Kjendal

CTO & Vice President Engineering

Senet, Inc.

Dave Kjendal is the CTO & Vice President Engineering at Senet.  He is a senior executive with over 18 years of experience in high-tech innovation management and complex product development. He is a successful leader of large multi-site teams that have delivered dozens of leading-edge LAN/WLAN product lines, embedded and application software designs as well as ODM and OEM development models, with responsibility for research and design, product management and product marketing.

 

Prior to joining Senet, Dave held leadership positions with industry-related technology companies – Extreme Networks as Senior Vice President Engineering, Siemens Enterprise Communications as Senior Vice President, General Manager, and as Engineering Architect for Enterasys Networks.

 

Dave Kjendal received his BS in Physics from the University of New Hampshire and his MS, Electrical Engineering from the University of South Alabama.

Robert Kress

Commercial Manager, Bio-Industrial

Cargill

Rob Kress is the Commercial Manager, Bio-Industrial and currently manages the North America co-location business for Cargill Starches and Sweeteners.  Additionally, Rob leads business development activities for Cargill focused in the bio-industrial market.

 

Prior to Cargill, Rob was with Dow Chemical where he held a variety of roles, including Product Director for the North American low density polyethylene business, Global Business Development Leader for Packaging and Specialty Plastics, along with working in Dow’s Corporate Ventures group.

 

During his career, Rob has served in various strategic and financial roles across industries, including being the Corporate Development and FP&A Leader at Fender Musical Instruments, a key member of a middle-market private equity firm and helping to launch several new businesses within Best Buy.  Rob began his career as an engineer focused on bringing next-generation semiconductor devices to market.

 

Rob received a BS in Microelectronic Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology and an MBA in finance and strategy from the University of Southern California.

Rakesh "Teddy" Kumar, Ph.D.

Director, Center for Vision Technologies

SRI International

Rakesh “Teddy” Kumar, Ph.D., is Director of the Center for Vision Technologies in Information and Computing Sciences at SRI International. In this role, he is responsible for leading research and development in the fields of computer vision, robotics, image processing, computer graphics, and visualization algorithms and systems for government and commercial clients.

 

In 2013, Kumar was honored with the Outstanding Achievement in Technology Development award from his alma mater, University of Massachusetts Amherst, School of Computer Science. He has received the Sarnoff Presidents Award in 2009 and Sarnoff Technical Achievement awards for his work in registration of multi-sensor, multi-dimensional medical images and alignment of video to three-dimensional scene models. The paper “Stable Vision-Aided Navigation for Large-Area Augmented Reality” co-authored by him received the best paper award in the IEEE Virtual Reality 2011 conference.

 

Kumar has served on NSF review and DARPA ISAT panels. He has also been an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence. He has co-authored more than 60 research publications, and received more than 50 patents. Kumar was a principal founder for multiple spin-off companies from Sarnoff Corporation, including VideoBrush, LifeClips, and SSG.

 

Kumar received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. His M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering is from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and his B.Tech in Electrical Engineering is from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India.

Edwin Kwon

Sr. Director, Innovation and Tech/VC partnership

LG Technology Center of America

Edwin Kwon is currently the Sr. Director, Innovation and Tech/VC Partnership at LGTCA (LG Innovation Center) in Silicon Valley.  His primary focus is on emerging HW/SW, AI platforms, Fintech, Big Data, Mobile, Smart Homes, IoT, and Components/Materials.

 

Edwin has 26 years of industry experience at world class companies including Samsung, VLSI Technology, Philips Semi, Nvidia, LG Innotek, and LG Innovation Center.  He has worked as an Open Innovation Officer, in management, business development, marketing & sales, R&D strategy and as an independent consultant.

 

Edwin was in the MIT Sloan Executive Class and has his MSEE from Hanyang University in Seoul, Korea.

Joseph Lake

Manager Global Sciences

McCain Foods

Joseph Lake is Manager Global Sciences at McCain Foods. His varied educational background has provided diverse opportunities from the world of whales to the microcosm of brewing yeast. Joseph leapt at the opportunity to work on French fries and has held various technical management roles with McCain Foods. Currently, Joseph is coordinating McCain Food’s NEXT program, a global innovation platform targeting transformational growth.

Rodin Lyasoff

Chief Executive Officer

A³ by Airbus Group

Rodin Lyasoff is the CEO of A³, the Silicon Valley outpost of Airbus. He has been making unlikely aircraft fly autonomously since his first aerobatic helicopter at MIT. He spent several years at Athena Technologies designing flight software for several vehicles including the AAI Shadow, Alenia Sky-X, and the NASA Mars Flyer. Subsequently, Rodin led flight software at Zee.Aero and worked at Airware. Most recently he created and led Vahana, a self-piloted electric aircraft project at A³. Rodin is passionate about building great teams and making personal flight accessible to all.


Rodin earned his undergraduate and Master’s degrees in aeronautics and astronautics at MIT.

Emilien Marchand

Business Development Manager

A³ by Airbus Group

Emilien Marchand works as a business development manager for A³ by Airbus Group, the innovation arm of Airbus in Silicon Valley. Mr. Marchand is responsible for facilitating exit paths for A^3 projects by charting a post-demonstration pathway, whether within Airbus or externally. Emilien is also responsible for connecting Airbus to the Silicon Valley ecosystem by building relationships between local companies, research labs, and the other Airbus divisions.

 

Before joining A³, Emilien spent a few years at Airbus Defence and Space in Germany, as part of the Liquid Propulsion team, working on Ariane 5 Production as the Technical Authority for the Upper Stage Rocket Engine, and then on the Service Module for the new NASA Orion capsule. He also led innovation projects, including those in virtual reality.

 

Emilien holds a Masters of Engineering in Aerospace from ISAE-Supaero and a Master of Science in Space Systems Engineering from the Delft University of Technology.

Hunter McDaniel, Ph.D.

CEO

UbiQD

Dr. Hunter McDaniel is UbiQD’s Founder and CEO. UbiQD, which is short for ubiquitous quantum dots, was founded in 2014 to commercialize a cadmium-free quantum dot technology that he helped develop as a postdoc at Los Alamos National Laboratory. The ‘killer app’ for UbiQD’s novel, low-cost, low-toxic materials is a window product for buildings. These windows will ultimately power the smart cities of the future.

 

Hunter McDaniel received his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, and was awarded bachelor’s degrees from the University of California at Santa Barbara in Physics and Electrical Engineering.

Sean McNamara

Manager of Health Partnerships

Garmin

Sean McNamara, Manager of Health Partnerships at Garmin, has spent the past few years in the healthcare and digital engagement platforms space.  In his current role, Sean is responsible for managing partnerships for Garmin Health in the payer, provider, pharmaceutical, population health and clinical trials industries.  Prior to managing Health Partnerships at Garmin, Sean has held leadership sales and marketing roles at healthcare engagement companies and consulting firms.

 
Sean earned his degree at the University of Michigan.

Laura R. Nereng

Sustainability Leader

3M Electronics & Energy Business Group

Laura Nereng has 29 years of experience with 3M, serving in various roles, including Engineering, Product Development, Marketing, Sales, and New Business Development, and is now the Sustainability Leader for 3M’s Electronic and Energy Business Group.  In this role, the mission is to drive growth in the business group through Sustainability.  This includes collaborating across the business group and corporation to drive new growth by building a strong new product pipeline which has Sustainability differentiation, as well as facilitating operational improvements which enhance the energy and resource efficiency of the products we offer.

 

Laura received a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 1988, and an MBA from Cardinal Stritch University in 2005.

Charles Nesser

Senior Consultant, Technology Business Development

Phillips 66

Charles Nesser is responsible for business development and commercialization within the Technology division of Phillips 66 Company in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Prior to Phillips, Charles directed strategy and business development at ABB and Bosch in the energy and automotive industries.  Charles started his career as a Systems Engineer at General Motors.

 

Charles holds degrees from Oklahoma State University in Mechanical Engineering and the University of Maryland in Computer Science.

Pankaj Nigam

Senior Manager

Edgewell Personal Care

Pankaj Nigam is a Senior Manager at Edgewell.  He is an innovation and business strategy focused R&D leader with 20 years of proven success in global roles. He has a strong track record of identifying and translating valuable consumer insights into an optimized product portfolio.  Pankaj is a leader of strategic initiatives from concept to launch in emerging and developed markets.  He is recognized for his passion enabling open innovation, building high impact empowered teams and creating intellectual property for sustained strategic advantage.  His experience runs across multiple industries including chemicals, materials, CPG and medical devices.

Michael Nova, M.D.

Chief Innovation Officer

Pathway Genomics

Dr. Michael Nova is the Chief Innovation Officer of Pathway Genomics, and was a founding team member of the company. He is the inventor of the Pathway/IBM Watson big data/deep learning mobile application (OME™), and also the entire wellness (PathwayFit™, SkinFit™ and Healthy Weight DNA Insight®), cardiac, and mental health line of genetic testing products. For Pathway, Dr. Nova has also executed major corporate alliances with Fortune 500 companies.

 

Dr. Nova’s scientific career began as a research associate at the Salk Institute in the laboratory of Nobel Laureate Roger Guillemin, where he studied the genetics and proteomics of human growth factors and cancers. Dr. Nova was the founder and CEO of Discovery Partners Inc. (Nasdaq: DPII), which completed a successful $150M IPO and marketed wireless drug discovery technology and radio-frequency combinatorial chemistry to large pharmaceutical companies. Intellectual property developed by Dr. Nova at DPII included the original “barcode on bead patents” used by many diagnostic and DNA companies. He then founded the wireless sensory network company Graviton, where he was responsible for raising $60 million in capital from venture groups such as Kleiner Perkins, InQtel and large corporations such as Motorola and Qualcomm. Dr. Nova is also a 2005 World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer Award Winner, and the physician of record on the first person ever to have their entire genome sequenced by Illumina (2009). He is also on the Board of Advisors for IBM Watson, Metagenics and The Salk Institute.

 

Dr. Nova has over 30 issued, and 35 pending, patents and has numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals. With degrees in biochemistry, physics, and medicine, Dr. Nova is a Board-certified dermatopathologist licensed in California.

Modest Oprysko, Ph.D.

Strategist & Senior Technical Advisor

IBM

Modest Oprysko is the Strategist for IBM Research Intellectual Property. In this role, he is focused on creating the framework for alliances and partnerships between IBM Research and commercial and government clients interested in transforming their industries through the application of new cognitive computing and analytics technologies.

 

Prior to his current role, Modest held numerous senior management positions in IBM Research and was briefly assigned to IBM’s System Group. For almost a decade, Modest led the IBM Research programs in Communications Technologies. During this “golden era” of communications technology at IBM, the Research teams developed and introduced into IBM products a diverse set of technologies including the world’s first WiFi laptops with integrated antennae, the world’s fastest silicon circuits (56 Gbps), high speed 10 GbE links for chip-to-chip and backplane interconnect IBM’s systems and for external clients using IBM ASICs, parallel fiber optics for supercomputers, plastic optics for AS400 systems, single mode transceiver pluggable optics for z-series mainframe, and the world’s first millimeter-wave wireless transceivers.

 

Prior to IBM, Modest was at Gould Inc., where he invented a technique for repairing micron-scale defects in photo-masks which are used to define the patterns in integrated circuits. The technology became the industry standard for photo-mask repair for years.

 

Modest received his Ph.D. in Chemical Physics from Columbia University in 1983.

Joshua Paradise

Director, Strategic Marketing

GE Ventures

Joshua Paradise leads strategy and marketing for the Energy, Lighting, and IoT team in GE Ventures.  He brings nearly 20 years of clean energy, financial services, product development and business strategy and innovation experience.  Joshua joined GE Ventures from GE Current, where he led customer success and strategy as the Current Ambassador.

 

Prior to joining GE, Joshua worked at EnerNOC on emerging products and strategy including fast response DR in global markets.  Previously, he led the global research and consulting teams at solar-focused Photon Consulting.  At Morgan Stanley, he co-led North American Clean Tech equity research, was the COO of North American Investment Research, and the VP of Marketing for Global Investment Research, where he helped re-invent the research business model during a period of regulatory and market upheaval.  Prior to Morgan Stanley, Joshua worked in equity research and strategic venture capital at JP Morgan and was the founder and lead designer of handbag company Ogden Little, LTD.

 

Joshua is a CFA charter holder and graduated from Wesleyan University with dual degrees in Philosophy and Government.

Maria Peterson, Ph.D.

Sr. Program Manager for Corporate Venturing and Innovation

JSR Micro, Inc.

Maria Peterson is Senior Program Manager for Corporate Venturing and Innovation for JSR Micro, Inc. in Sunnyvale, CA.  JSR is a specialty materials company with headquarters in Tokyo, Japan.  JSR’s core products are materials for use in semiconductor, display, automotive, electronics, energy storage, and life sciences applications.  With the JSR corporate venturing team, she is engaged in tech scouting and identifying and growing new business opportunities.  Maria has been with JSR since 2004.

 

Prior to JSR, Maria was Technical Marketing Director for Cabot Microelectronics, a global leader in semiconductor polishing slurries, and Applications Engineering Manager for EKC Technology (now part of DuPont), developing and promoting polishing and cleaning materials for semiconductor applications.

 

Maria earned her Ph.D. from Stanford University in surface geochemistry.  Her MS is from UC Berkeley, and BA from Carleton College.

Ed Richards

Vice President, Corporate Business Development

The Lubrizol Corporation

Ed Richards is Vice President, Business Development for The Lubrizol Corporation. In this position, he is responsible for the company’s business development activities, including acquisitions, strategic alliances and commercial development.
 

Ed originally joined Lubrizol in 1985, where he held multiple roles of increasing responsibility in sales and marketing management, and business development. In 2006, he took the role of chief executive officer for Engine Control Systems Limited, where he guided the company through two ownership changes. He also served as president of EPR Consulting Services, where he supported venture capital portfolio investments by creating strategic market and business plans while occupying interim CEO roles. Ed also provided consulting services to the Energy Enterprise Division of NorTech, a regional nonprofit technology-based economic development organization serving Northeast Ohio before accepting his current role with Lubrizol in 2012.
 

Ed Richards earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Cleveland State University. He is a member of the American Chemistry Council, American Chemical Society, Association for Corporate Growth, Society of Automotive Engineers and the Ohio Venture Association. He serves on an advisory board for The Schey Sales Centre at Ohio University.

Preston Roper

Chief Marketing and Operating Officer

EMotorWerks

Preston Roper is the Chief Marketing and Operating Officer at EMotorWerks.  He has more than two decades of experience leading innovative marketing and operations teams at high-growth technology companies, including Honeywell, NetDynamics (acquired by Sun Microsystems/Oracle) and Synopsys (IPO). He has helped advanced energy companies such as Stem and energyOrbit set product strategy, launch sales, and ramp marketing and PR. Previously he served as CMO & VP Corporate Development and EVP of Operations & Marketing at energy companies Cogenra and Tioga Energy, respectively.

 

Preston holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering, an MS in Hardware-Software Co-Design from Stanford University, and an MBA from Stanford University.

Xavier Salort

Senior Executive

EasyMile

Xavier Salort is a Sr. Executive at EasyMile and is in charge of business development and the commercial strategy for Europe and the US.  Xavier has a financial background, and he previously spent six years in Boston working in the humanoid robotic field, within a company exploring solutions for children with autism.

 

Xavier is passionate about smart transportation systems but overall about shared mobility solutions for transportation, and he strongly believes autonomous shared transport could change the way we move around. He dreams of cities where individual cars could be banned and citizens could enjoy a more livable environment.

Tim Sherstyuk

CEO

GBatteries

Tim Sherstyuk is a founder and CEO of GBatteries. He has over 7 years of experience developing and commercializing innovative products, components, and systems across multiple industries. He has led the launch of several new products, including BatteryBox, which has been sold in over 38 countries, and is currently responsible for overall product and business strategy.

Chris Skinner, Ph.D.

Director Front End Innovation

Owens Corning

Chris Skinner has been the Director of Front End Innovation since October 2016. In this role, he has responsibility for identifying and prototyping novel technologies in dedicated innovation spaces. Dr. Chris Skinner was the Director of Product Platforms for the Composite Solutions Business at Owens Corning from 2013 to 2016. In this role, he was responsible for the total product line of the $2B Composites business. He received three JEC Innovation awards and Frost & Sullivan’s “Best Product Line” award for the Wind Energy Portfolio. Chris joined Owens Corning in 2009 and has worked in a range of technology and marketing roles within the Composite Solutions Business including Global Technical Fabrics and Engineered Solutions. 

 

Prior working at Owens Corning, Dr. Skinner held the role of VP of Strategic Marketing for the Rhodia Polyamide Business based in Lyon, France. He also worked for more than 10 years at ICI / Huntsman Polyurethanes in various international assignments in technology and marketing in the UK, Belgium and Germany within a range of business units including Composite Panels, Thermoplastic Polyurethanes and the Automotive Group.

 

Dr. Skinner graduated from the Open University Business School with an MBA in 2001. He holds a Ph.D. and B.Sc. (Hons) in chemistry from the University of Durham, UK.

Richard Tabors, Ph.D.

Executive Vice President

NewGrid

Richard Tabors is the Executive VP at NewGrid.  He is an economist and scientist with 40 years of domestic and international experience in energy planning and pricing and international development.  He is co-director of the MIT Energy Initiative’s Utility of the Future project in addition to being President of Tabors Caramanis Rudkevich.

 

Dr. Tabors was a member of the MIT team that developed the theory of spot pricing upon which real-time pricing and locational marginal pricing of electricity and transmissions services are based. He has held multiple research and teaching positions at MIT and is a visiting professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland.

Adam Todorksi

Senior Director of Product Technology

AutoGrid

Adam Todorski serves as Senior Director of Product Technology at AutoGrid, where he ensures AutoGrid’s product functionality meets customer requirements. Previously, he served as Chief Technology Officer at Demansys Energy, where he and his team developed and ran a grid-scale energy storage plant in PJM RTO territory and helped industrial customers participate in ancillary services markets. He began his career designing controls for distributed power generation and automated demand response, including starting an ISO New England IBCS provider in 2006, PowerComm LLC.

 

Adam holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Federico Tripodi

CEO

Calyxt

Federico Tripodi is the CEO of Calyxt, a company that is developing healthier food products to benefit both consumers and growers. Federico has nearly two decades of experience in agricultural R&D. He joined Calyxt in 2016 from Monsanto, where he spent over 17 years in a variety of global- and Midwest-based executive positions focused on bringing a broad range of agricultural biotech products to the market. Throughout his career, Federico led teams in early discovery trough commercialization phases, with roles including Omega-3 Program Lead and Program Director of Corporate Strategy before becoming Sugarcane Commercial Director for the Business in Brazil.

 

Federico received his MBA from Washington University in St. Louis and his Bachelor’s in Agronomic Engineering, Agricultural Science from the University of Buenos Aires.

Eric Walker

Department Manager, Advanced Materials Research

Honda R&D Americas, Inc.

With 16 years of experience in automotive engineering, Eric Walker’s current role includes leadership of the advanced materials research activities at Honda R&D Americas.  This involves development of strategic elements (key trends, new technologies, and product needs) together with execution of research projects to close the gap between today’s vehicles and the anticipated needs of tomorrow.

 

The Honda R&D Americas center in Ohio is responsible for the development of Honda’s light duty truck platform and Acura products, including the new 2016 Acura NSX.

Oliver Yu, Ph.D.

CEO

Calyxt

Oliver Yu is the CEO of Conagen, a biotech company which he co-started in 2010. Conagen has more than 180 scientists and engineers in three cities, focusing on pathway engineering and microbial platform development. Conagen has become a full-spectrum service provider for the synthetic biology industry, providing services ranging from novel pathway constructions, scale-up and process engineering, and pilot and large-scale fermentation production.

 

Oliver Yu’s postdoctoral training was at the DuPont Company in Wilmington, DE. He joined the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in 2001, serving as a Principal Investigator until 2012. During that time, he was also an adjunct professor at the Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Missouri-Columbia. Dr. Yu has published more than 70 manuscripts and patents in the area of metabolic engineering in plants and synthetic biology in microbes.

 

Oliver Yu has a B. Sc. from the Dept. of Biophysics at the Fudan University in Shanghai, and a Ph. D. from the Department of Biology at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC. He is currently also an affiliate staff at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and serves on the editorial board of several academic journals and the review panels of several federal funding agencies. He is also a principal investigator for an 863 Project of China.

   

Mark Bünger

VP of Research

Lux Research Inc.

Mark Bünger joined Lux Research in 2005.  As a VP of Research he focuses on strategic planning and advanced technologies in bio-, aero-, and energy domains. Over 20 years and across 40 countries, he has worked as a management consultant, technology analyst, and entrepreneur at Accenture, Forrester Research, and several startups. He has served as chairman of the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce, and guest lectures at the University of California Berkeley.

 

Mark studied business at Mälardalen Polytechnic (Sweden) and the University of Texas at Austin, and studied and worked in neurology and bioengineering labs at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). He is an avid linguist, athlete, and Maker.

Thomas Dawidczyk, Ph.D.

Analyst

Lux Research Inc.

Tom Dawidczyk leads Lux Research’s Wearable Electronics Intelligence service and contributes to its Digital Health and Wellness practice, where he helps clients make informed decisions about emerging device hardware, components, data management and analysis, and deployments.


Before joining Lux, Tom worked at Becton Dickinson (BD) where he researched point-of-care molecular diagnostics and more recently led the development of a wearable drug delivery device with enhanced “Smart” features.  Prior to joining BD, Tom was an Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Illinois, working on wearable, flexible, and stretchable electronic devices.


Tom has a Ph.D. in Materials Science from Johns Hopkins University, a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M, and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts.  He has published research articles on technology areas such as thin film processing, organic electronics, device physics, and fabric-based electronics.

Noa Ghersin

Analyst

Lux Research Inc.

As an Analyst at Lux Research, Noa leads the Digital Health and Wellness Intelligence team, and contributes to the Wearable Electronics Intelligence. Noa conducts research on technological and market developments and focuses primarily on digital disease management, aging in place, safety, and wellness technologies.

 

Prior to Joining Lux Research, Noa worked as a Product Innovation Associate at athenahealth, where she led a cross-functional team that reacted to and assessed patient safety issues posed by the electronic medical record. In this role, Noa designed solutions to address identified issues and she also engaged with clients.

 

Noa received her B.Sc. in Biological Engineering from MIT, where she focused on regenerative medicine, drug delivery, and prosthetics.

Brent Giles, Ph.D.

Research Director

Lux Research Inc.

Brent Giles is a Research Director at Lux Research. He founded Lux’s Corporate Strategic Intelligence: Chemicals and Materials practice as well as the Exploration and Production Intelligence practice, and has led the Water Intelligence and Alternative Fuels Intelligence practices. Before joining Lux Research, Brent worked for six years at Danaher’s Hach Company and its German partner Lange. As senior chemist and project manager at Hach, Brent led projects in water analysis and green technology. He developed products for the international market and worked in Germany, India and China.  Brent also worked as Director of Green Technology for China Bridge Capital, a China-based investment bank. He identified business opportunities and conducted technical analysis on emerging technology companies in China.
 

Brent received his Ph.D. in chemistry from Purdue University and was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Michigan, and is finishing his MBA at CUNY Baruch. He taught as a professor at Colorado College. His academic research focused on ultrafast aqueous chemical kinetics and developing ultrasensitive spectrometers for atmospheric studies. He is the author of numerous papers and the inventor of a number of successful and field-tested products and industry trade secrets in the fields of green technology and water analytics.

Tim Grejtak

Analyst

Lux Research Inc.

Tim Grejtak is an Analyst for Lux Research’s Energy Storage Intelligence service based in Boston. By providing thoughtful analysis of changing markets and policies, and covering innovative new chemistries and companies, Tim helps clients navigate the complex industries of transportation and stationary energy storage.

 

Prior to joining Lux Research, Tim was a chemical engineer for Lockheed Martin Advanced Energy Storage helping to develop safe, durable, and inexpensive grid-scale batteries based on a proprietary novel chemistry. There, he helped drive major improvements in battery design leading to a half-dozen awarded patents, as well as model system performance and benchmarking. Tim has gained experience with the automotive sector with stints at BMW and Better Place working on fuel cells and lithium ion chemistries, respectively.

 

Tim holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a minor in their interdisciplinary energy studies program.

Michael Holman, Ph.D.

VP of Intelligence

Lux Research Inc.

Michael Holman is VP of Intelligence at Lux Research, helping to lead a research team that assists clients, primarily large global corporations, with identifying and capitalizing on new business opportunities in emerging technology areas by providing market and technology insight and analysis. He also runs Lux Research’s work on benchmarks and best practices in technology scouting and open innovation, and its research on corporate venture capital, advising clients on how they can better run and organize their innovation programs. He manages Lux’s Client Value organization, which helps clients make the best use of Lux’s research and facilitates analyst interactions.

 

Michael has also been deeply involved in public policy issues in emerging technologies. He has been a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) Nanotechnology Technical Advisory Group and the U.S. and EU Perspectives on the Future of Science and Technology program, and helped the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) run its Nanomanufacturing for Energy Efficiency Workshop and research roadmap. Michael is frequently quoted in the press, and has been cited in publications like The Economist, The Guardian, and Congressional Quarterly on the commercialization of emerging technologies.

 

Michael earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Columbia University, where he worked at Columbia’s Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center. He also holds a B.A. in Chemistry and Philosophy from Rice University.

Ross Kozarsky

Senior Analyst

Lux Research Inc.

Ross Kozarsky is a Senior Analyst who leads Lux Research’s Advanced Materials and Bio-based Materials and Chemicals teams. Ross’ primary responsibilities include providing strategic advice and on-going intelligence for emerging coating, composite, metal, and platform materials that serve as enabling technologies for new markets and applications in industries ranging from oil and gas to electronics. He has advised a wide array of entities from large multinational corporations to investment firms to government agencies on strategic innovation decisions in domains such as transportation lightweighting, energy security, and nanotechnology.

 

Beyond his research engagements, Ross has presented at conferences in Asia, Europe, and North America on topics ranging from carbon fiber composites to 3D printing.

 

Prior to joining Lux Research, Ross worked as a chemical engineer at the Silicon Valley solar startup Solexant, developing flexible thin film photovoltaic cells using printable nanomaterial technologies.

 

Ross holds a Master’s degree in Advanced Chemical Engineering from the University of Cambridge and a B.S.E in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University, with certificates in Materials Science and Finance. He has research experience on a wide range of topics including photovoltaic device fabrication and characterization, thin film deposition and processing, sol-gel nanomaterial synthesis, piezoelectric sensors, microfluidic devices, and the electrochemical detection of hydrogen. Ross’ ongoing education includes extension courses at University of California (Berkeley) in Financial Accounting and Princeton University alumni courses on healthcare reform and America’s post-recession economy.

Kyle Landry

Analyst

Lux Research Inc.

Kyle Landry is an Analyst at Lux Research and is based in Boston. He leads the Autonomous Systems 2.0 service where he conducts research and market analysis for clients interested in Autonomous Systems, with representative topics including autonomous vehicles, robotics, unmanned aerial vehicles, and artificial intelligence.

 

Kyle received a dual B.S./M.S. in Mechanical Engineering with a focus in Mechanics from Northeastern University.

Cosmin Laslau, Ph.D.

Director, Research Products

Lux Research Inc.

Cosmin Laslau is the Director of Research Products at Lux Research. He leads the development of next-generation research tools and features, including applied machine learning and other innovation-focused analytics, data source selection and implementation, and advanced visualization.

 

He brings years of experience in managing some of Lux Research’s core analyst teams that focus on energy and mobility. In those roles, Cosmin’s work included developing new analytical methodologies based on primary and secondary research, like data trackers and comprehensive models to address client needs. His research has often been quoted in the press, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Nature, and The Atlantic, as well as being featured at invited conferences around the world. Prior to joining Lux Research, he also worked at a nanomaterials start-up.

 

Cosmin earned his Ph.D. and M.Sc. from the University of Auckland, where he engineered a new scanning probe microscope, and authored 20 scientific publications and reviews. He also holds a B.A.Sc. from the University of Toronto, which focused in part on physics, mathematics, and computer science.

Jonathan Melnick, Ph.D.

Senior Analyst

Lux Research Inc.

As a Senior Analyst at Lux Research, Jonathan leads the Wearable Electronics, Electronic User Interfaces, Sensors, and the Digital Health and Wellness Intelligence services, helping clients make informed decisions on a range of emerging technology areas such as displays, thin-film batteries, organic photovoltaics, functional inks and deposition methods. Prior to taking on this role, Jonathan also worked in Lux Research’s consulting practice on projects ranging from energy storage to materials for oil and gas.

 
Prior to joining Lux Research, Jonathan was a National Institute of Health (NIH) postdoctoral fellow at MIT where he studied chemical mechanisms of solar energy storage.

 
Jonathan holds a Ph.D. with distinction, M.Phil and M.A. in chemistry from Columbia University and a B.S. with honors in chemistry from Syracuse University. He has authored 17 peer-reviewed scientific articles on a wide range of technology areas including solar energy storage, mercury remediation and enzymatic mechanism determination.

Tyler Ogden

Analyst

Lux Research Inc.

Tyler Ogden is an Analyst on the Solar Intelligence team based in Boston.

 

Prior to joining Lux Research, Tyler performed residential energy audits under the Massachusetts state energy efficiency program. Tyler also has experience conducting multiple simulation-based research projects in the fields of biophysics, photonics, and quantum physics.

 

Tyler has a B.A. in Physics from Hampshire College where he studied an interdisciplinary course load of physics and political studies that were combined to focus on future energy solutions. 

Victor Oh

Analyst

Lux Research Inc.

Victor Oh is an Analyst at Lux Research and leads the Bio-based Materials and Chemicals Intelligence practice. He provides ongoing technology scouting and strategic advisory for Global 1000 clients around synthetic biology digitization, advanced materials innovation, and sustainable consumer product development. Victor regularly moderates panels and speaks at international conferences and is frequently quoted by press (Chemical & Engineering News, Bloomberg, New York Times, and Environmental Leader).

 

Victor is an alumni of Singularity University’s 2013 Graduate Studies Program, an entrepreneurial program founded by Google, NASA, and Genentech to empower leaders in leveraging emerging technologies to solve global grand challenges. He is also recipient of the 2012 Odebrecht Award for Sustainable Development.

 

Victor graduated from the Johns Hopkins University with a M.S. and B.S. in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering and a minor in Entrepreneurship & Management.

Sara Olson, Ph.D.

Senior Analyst

Lux Research Inc.

Sara Olson is a Senior Analyst at Lux Research in the Life Sciences, leading the Agro Innovation and Food and Nutrition teams.  In this role she monitors and evaluates opportunities coming from technology areas like advanced crop protection, functional foods and ingredients, precision agriculture, and food processing technologies. Sara’s responsibilities include helping clients with questions regarding the diverse regulatory pressures affecting the agri-food industries and developing strategies to drive innovation across the agriculture and food value chains.

 

Sara has a decade of experience in crop genetics and biochemistry. She has led research teams focusing on quantitative functional genomics of crop plants with implications for advancing nitrogen use efficiency, drought tolerance, and biomass generation in both food and fuel-generation applications. She has been an invited speaker at numerous international conferences, and has authored multiple primary publications in major journals on topics including genomics, phenomics, and crop protection. Sara holds a B.S. with honors in Biology and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Texas A&M University.

Shriram Ramanathan, Ph.D.

Senior Analyst

Lux Research Inc.

As a Senior Analyst at Lux Research, Shriram leads the Industrial Big Data & Analytics team.  He brings nearly 20 years of experience spanning technology development, business strategy and operations.  Shriram has led cross-functional teams on multi-million dollar projects and has helped senior management develop a comprehensive understanding of new business opportunities in several emerging technology areas such as artificial intelligence, robotics, wearables, Internet of Things (IOT), healthcare, clean energy and advanced materials.  He has negotiated alliances, identified and conducted due diligence on acquisition targets, and developed strategies for growing into new geographical markets.  In addition, he has helped accelerate innovation within companies by establishing frameworks for lean innovation and design thinking.

 

Prior to joining Lux, Shriram founded his own company to develop and commercialize IOT/wearable products to address needs in the healthcare sector.  In addition to developing business growth strategy for his company, he also established detailed blueprints for sensor deployment and data analytics.  Before that, he held positions at Cornell University, United Technologies and Evonik Corporation.

 

Shriram obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.

Anthony Schiavo

Analyst

Lux Research Inc.

Anthony Schiavo is an Analyst based in Lux Research’s Singapore office.  He leads the Advanced Materials team and supports the broader materials research at Lux.  Under his leadership, the Advanced Materials team conducts research on technical and market trends in areas such as future materials platforms, advanced structural materials, and coatings. His expertise also includes new technological innovations in digital manufacturing, materials informatics, and advanced design technologies.  Anthony often is called upon to provide strategic advice and guidance for executives in the automotive, chemicals, and consumer goods industries.

 
Anthony received a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Virginia Tech. During his tenure at Virginia Tech, Anthony focused his research activities on biomaterial composites and nanoparticle technology and ethics.

Kevin See, Ph.D.

VP of Digital Products

Lux Research Inc.

In his role as VP, Digital Products, Kevin is responsible for the development and deployment of technologies to support research products within Lux, and for providing solutions externally to clients in the digital space. During his career at Lux, he has managed multiple teams in the energy space before launching research areas in robotics, sensors, and the Internet of Things, ultimately leading to managing a broader research program around Digital Transformation.


He and his teams develop digital tools to enhance Lux’s research processes and offerings, as well as provide strategic advice to a global client base regarding new business opportunities for emerging technologies and business models in the digital space. In addition, he has led and conducted studies around best practices in open innovation and technology scouting. He also has been cited frequently in the press, in publications including The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times and has been an invited speaker at conferences across the globe.


Prior to joining Lux Research, Kevin was a joint postdoctoral researcher at The Molecular Foundry at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and The University of California, Berkeley, where he worked on novel nanocomposite materials for thermoelectric conversion of waste heat into electricity.


Kevin obtained his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and has authored articles in leading journals on subjects including nanocomposites, organic electronics, sensors, and thermoelectrics. He also holds a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Cornell University.

Camilla Stice, Ph.D.

Analyst

Lux Research Inc.

As an Analyst at Lux Research, Camilla Stice currently leads the Food & Nutrition Intelligence service, covering the revolution of the food industry relevant to nutrition, ingredients, and food formulation. Camilla provides strategic advice and on-going intelligence relevant to the food industry by analyzing technologies, strategies, and business models of emerging companies in the food and nutrition space.

 
Camilla holds a M.S. and Ph.D. in biochemical and molecular nutrition from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. Her doctoral work focused on the investigation of the molecular mechanisms by which alcohol initiates hepatic injury and promotes carcinogenesis, and the prevention of these pathologies through dietary tomato intervention. Prior to joining Lux Research, Camilla worked as a Research Technician in the Neurobiology of Disease Laboratory at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. During her time there, she worked to elucidate the molecular mechanisms behind the metabolism of amyloid precursor protein to generate the hallmark protein of Alzheimer’s disease, cleaved Aβ. Additionally, Camilla holds a B.A. in biology from Clark University. She has authored several peer-reviewed scientific articles in the fields of nutrition and biochemistry.

Arij van Berkel, Ph.D.

Research Director

Lux Research Inc.

Arij van Berkel joined Lux in the Amsterdam office in 2015 and currently oversees the Energy and Water Intelligence practices. He and his team provide strategic insights in the rapidly changing landscape of energy supply to mobility, residences and industry. Prior to joining Lux Research, Arij worked for Shell and TNO, the public research and technology organization of The Netherlands. At Shell, he conducted research into process safety and combustion. At TNO he worked on a variety of topics including food preservation, emission reduction and biomass conversion. Just before joining Lux, Arij held the position of Director Chemical Industry at TNO, responsible for all projects and interactions with the Dutch and EU governments related to the chemical industry.

 

Arij holds an MSc. degree in mechanical engineering from Twente University and a Ph.D. from Eindhoven University.

Matthew L. Wagner, Ph.D.

Senior Analyst

Lux Research Inc.

Matt Wagner is a Senior Analyst at Lux Research in the Corporate Strategic Intelligence practice. Before joining Lux Research, Matt worked for Pall Corporation. There, Matt led the firm’s global application technology activities in gas filtration, gas purification, and trace moisture analysis for the semiconductor manufacturing market.

 

Previous to Pall, Matt worked in multiple roles in R&D at Praxair, Inc.  These roles included leading Praxair’s Breakthrough Innovation initiative, developing and implementing corporation-wide innovation work processes and tools, developing and commercializing technologies for the use, production, packaging, and analysis of specialty gases and chemicals used in semiconductor manufacturing, and leading a new initiative to develop and commercialize applications of oxygen for customers’ chemical manufacturing processes involving vapor phase oxidation.

 

Matt received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota. His research focused on heterogeneous catalysis and reactor engineering. He also holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University.  He is the author of numerous patents, papers, and conference presentations.

Katrina Westerhof

Senior Analyst

Lux Research Inc.

Katrina Westerhof is a Senior Analyst at Lux Research, managing the Distributed Generation and Solar practices as part of Lux’s broader energy coverage, and advising clients on emerging developments related to the evolution of the power grid. Katrina’s research focuses on topics such as new technologies for power generation, grid integration of distributed energy resources, off-grid and microgrid architectures, and changing utility business models. Katrina has previously supported clients as a member of Lux’s consulting team, leading custom projects to identify and evaluate opportunities, build business cases, and assess partnership candidates, among other topics.


Prior to joining Lux, Katrina was a strategist and engineer for a small energy startup, where she led the design of a novel petroleum processing facility that outperforms traditional plants in economics, safety, and reliability. Additionally, Katrina has worked as an operations and management consultant, with a focus on manufacturing processes and operational excellence in the oil & gas and coatings industries. She has also contributed to the development of a polymeric nanoparticle drug delivery system, a food-grade pigment produced in yeast, and a protein polymer hydrogel for tissue scaffolding.


Katrina holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from MIT, where she worked as a research assistant in the Langer Laboratory.

Tracy Woo

Analyst

Lux Research Inc.

Tracy Woo is an Analyst in the Electronic User Interface (EUI) practice at Lux Research and is based in Boston. She analyzes market trends and technology for flexible displays in the augmented and virtual reality spaces. Her research helps clients take strategic steps and identify disruptive technologies that enable them to make informed decisions for their business.


Previously, she served as an analyst at Aberdeen Group where she was the head of research in the Manufacturing and Product Innovation and Engineering (PIE) practices. Prior to her role as analyst, Tracy worked as an electrical engineer, both in defense and in industry. Most recently, she served as a design engineer at Osram Sylvania doing switch-mode power supply design for solid-state lighting where she earned multiple patents in circuit and mechanical design.


Tracy obtained her M.Eng in Electrical Engineering and B.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of California, San Diego.

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