Energy I-Corps Mentors

High-quality mentorship is the key to our teams' success during the Energy I-Corps program.  Industry mentors enhance the classroom learning and customer discovery process by bringing their own entrepreneurial and industry experience to the team, and by making invaluable connections within their networks.  Our mentors are experienced industry professionals who are eager to share the lessons they've learned and interested in being a part of our nation's effort to drive energy innovation.

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John
Aikens
President
Biotechnology and Materials Science Research

An accomplished corporate leader and senior researcher with proven success driving strategy, research, product development and commercialization of emerging technologies. I have successfully launched, secured funding and managed 5 start-up businesses and serve as trusted adviser to leading organizations in early stage technology.

♦ Developing and leading teams at all organizational levels; group, business unit, company
♦ Innovation development and technology commercialization using multidisciplinary strategies, securing 23 patents in diverse technology areas
♦ Developing technology-based messaging, securing business relationships resulting in up to 30% new revenue, 25% customer retention increase, and launch of 5 new businesses with $15M+ in early stage financing

Steven
Bellinger
President, CEO
Radiation Detection Technologies, Inc. (RDT)

Dr. Steven Bellinger has led the business development and technology development for RDT since its inception. Dr. Bellinger’s expertise in radiation detection comes from over 14 years of experience in the fields of semiconductor device theory and fabrication and radiation detector design, fabrication, and measurement. He manages graduate students in the design, fabrication and characterization of radiation detectors and systems at Kansas State University (KSU) as research faculty at the Semiconductor Materials and Radiological Technologies (SMART) Laboratory at KSU on many projects. In addition, he manages RDT, a spin-off company, to commercialize novel radiation detectors. He has authored or co-authored over 60 publications on radiation detectors and has 8 US patents on detector designs with several radiation detector patents pending.

Tom
Brennan
Venture Partner
ARCH Venture Partners

Tom Brennan has extensive expertise and experience in technology, entrepreneurship, startups, investment, venture capital, corporate interactions and alliances, and government policy. Tom is a self-motivated, action-oriented team builder and leader. His overall goal is to make efficient use of this expertise to own and significantly impact early-stage advanced technology commercialization.

Tom has published more than 120 articles and holds twelve patents issued and pending, is a recipient of two R&D 100 Awards, and has authored more than 120 technical publications and 80 technical presentations.

Tony
Christensen
President
Powell Christensen

Tony joined the Powell Christensen team in 2001, and over the years has served in several roles including Plant Manager, Territory Sales Manager, Vice President of Sales, Director of Wholesale and Transportation and Chief Operations Officer.  In 2014 Tony was named the company’s President.  In his current role, Tony is actively engaged in strategic planning, organizational development, and execution of the company’s business plans. 

Prior to joining Powell Christensen, Tony was worked as a financial analyst at Kemper Insurance, and as the Director of Business Development at MyComputer.com (Omniture.com), which is now a division of Adobe Systems. 

Tony currently serves as the Chairperson for the Shell National Distributor Advisory Council, and is a member of Vistage International. 

Jim
Corboy
Calver Advisors

Jim has been in the securities and investment industry since the mid-1960s, with an early career trading equities and taxable bonds for regional and national investment banking firms. This was followed in the early 1980s by an initiative to assist companies secure debt and equity capital, enter into strategic mergers, and sales of privately-owned businesses. On behalf of clients, Jim has assumed senior leadership roles in turnaround situations and experienced the challenges of supervising personnel and dealing with federal regulatory standards.


Since early 2010, Jim has served as a retained commercial advisor to Abengoa North America, LLC. Jim’s energy is centered on support of its utility-scale power infrastructure strategies in North America - electric transmission, renewable and conventional generation, energy storage, water, and related services.

Bob
Goodman

Experienced C-Level Executive in Blockchain, AI and General Technology

High-energy executive with demonstrated management and leadership expertise in very complex, highly competitive and quickly changing environments.

•Successful in gaining market adoption of leading edge solutions based on breakthrough technology in Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, digital health, medical instrumentation, material science, semiconductor, power utility, wireless and consumer electronics.

•Experienced with serving global markets (U.S., Europe, Japan, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia and South Korea).

•Knowledgeable in working in large corporations, medium size businesses and “start-up” organizations. 

Bill
Hartman
President/CEO
Ion Linac Systems

Bill Hartman led the company formation, business development, and fundraising for Ion Linac Systems, bringing beam performance and dramatically lower costs not possible in other ion linear accelerators. Key markets are particle and neutron cancer radiation treatment, medical isotope production, and non-destructive testing. Bill also led TerraEchos in the first applications and sales of live, in-motion, big data analytics software. He achieved $1.7 million in seed stage investment and nearly $1 million in first year sales.

Bill led the successful turnaround of the Micromanipulator Co., which had a successful exit in 2012. He led MesoSystems Technology to a 400% valuation increase and successful exit. Bill also created employee, customer, and shareholder value through strong teams, strong customer validation, execution, and product innovation.

Wendolyn
Holland
Director
Holland Consulting LLC

Wendolyn Holland is the director at Holland Consulting LLC. Wendolyn helps clients in the clean energy space with their unique business challenges. Prior to Holland Consulting, Wendolyn was the director of Strategic Development and Technical Partnerships at Savannah River National Laboratory. Her focus was on commercialization and technology transfer. Before Savannah River, she was a senior advisor at the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, where she advised assistant secretaries on policy and implementation to foster American markets for efficiency and renewable energy technologies, focused on accelerating technologies born in the U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratories.

Todd
Hunter
CFO & Director
Technology Ventures Corporation

Todd Hunter is CFO & Director of Operations for Technology Ventures Corporation (TVC).  TVC accelerates the growth of globally competitive, high-tech companies by bringing together entrepreneurial talent, innovative federal research, dynamic capital investment and relevant community involvement.

Todd joined Technology Ventures Corporation in 2014. Todd has a strong focus on exceptional leadership and setting the standard with respect to business delivery  and increased partnership.

Prior to Technology Ventures Corporation, Todd worked for Sandia National Laboratories, Wachovia Bank, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Transamerica Corporation in a number of business and financial operations management and executive roles.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Spring Hill College in 1985 and holds two certificates in project management.  

Michael
Leahey
Managing Director
Pace Equity

Michael provides financing, strategic planning, and organizational development expertise to startups in the energy and agriculture technology spaces as well as green real estate and solar energy development projects.   He began his career at GE Capital and Power, financing energy improvements and implementing six sigma process improvements.   As an independent consultant, Michael served companies large and small, including nonprofits and municipalities.   Since joining Pace Equity he has been responsible for managing a $100 million pipeline of green real estate investments.   He was a member of the 6th Energy I-Corps program and is proud to discuss his positive experiences working with the DOE.

Jeffrey
Margolis
Founder, President
Innovations Strategies Inc.

Dr. Jeffrey Margolis is the founder and president of Innovations Strategies Inc, a consulting firm that builds growth and partnership pathways for science and technology organizations, from startups to renowned research institutions.

Dr. Margolis has developed and driven institutions and initiatives across his career that have supported thousands of scientists, innovators, and entrepreneurs. His impact includes:

  • Launching a flagship White House and State Department technology entrepreneurship program 
  • Playing a leadership role in delivering the federal Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) to Illinois
  • Driving the creation of Chicago’s physical production innovation and entrepreneurship center, mHUB

·       Overseeing the launch of a first-of-its-kind secondary education innovation center in partnership with YouTube co-founder Steven Chen

Anders
Olsson
Founder and CEO
Pearl Laboratories

Anders is the founder and CEO of Pearl Laboratories in Fort Collins, Colorado. Anders specializes in offering independent, third-party performance and reliability testing for the solar energy industry through Colorado-based field arrays and an indoor test facility at pearl laboratories.

Prior to founding Pearl Laboratories, Anders served as Senior Vice President at Abound Solar.

Andy
Paliszewski
Wind & Sustainable Energy Consulting

Andy Paliszewski has more than 25 years of experience in power generation and renewable energy projects and markets.  Andy has worked with large original equipment manufacturers such as Siemens, as well as component and  technology, service and equipment suppliers such as Winergy,  American Super Conductor, Wind Tower Technologies, Ethos Distributed Solutions and LogiLube in a Business Development, Project Management and Technology Development capacity.  Mr. Paliszewski spent 14 years at Siemens Energy Inc. in key roles serving wind, steam and gas turbines products.  As the Director of Wind Turbine R&D.  Mr. Paliszewski founded and headed up the U.S. based Wind Turbine R&D efforts for Siemens and lead the Collaborative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) efforts with the U.S. Department of Energy National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).  This effort included project development, PPA negotiations and owner operator roles.  Prior to the Siemens Wind Energy post, he was the New Program Development Manager for Siemens North America and represented Siemens Energy Inc. on technology trade associations.  Mr. Paliszewski has been active in the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) since 2006 and has previously held chairman positions in the Colorado Cleantech Industries Association, Gas Turbine Association and PowerGen Renewables.  From 2008 to 2013, he had a leading role on the AWEA R&D Committee and the NREL Wind Program Industry Advisory Board.  Andy’s background includes experience in nuclear, wind and gas turbine power plant O&M and development.  His longstanding and extensive network of wind industry professional contacts allows him to find and take the initiative on unique opportunities within the industry.    
Mr. Paliszewski is a Certified Navy Nuclear Power Plant Engineer, holds an MBA from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida and a BSIOE from the University of Michigan.

Todd
Pray
Program Head
Advanced Biofuels Process Demo Unit, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory University of California Berkeley Haas School of Business

Todd Pray is a biotech strategy and technical leader with deep experience spanning clean-tech/green-tech fuels, foods, pharmaceuticals, and bio-based chemicals.

Todd’s specialties include:

  • Renewable bio-based chemicals and fuels product development
  • Environmentally friendly food products and production technologies
  • Pharmaceutical R&D for Alzheimer's disease, oncology, malaria, and hepatitis C virus
  • Strategic alliance, program, and project leadership and management
  • Business development.
Bill
Schafer
CEO
Energy Integration Inc.

I have spent my career in the energy and mining industries during a time of spectacular change. I have experienced major restructuring and refocusing beginning with energy industry restructuring during the 1980s and the rapid development of the US PRB coal mining industry, followed by electric utility deregulation, the explosion of energy trading, the growth of renewable energy, and the "shale gale"​.

My executive approach is grounded by experience at the front line in Management and Engineering, and appreciation and understanding of the critical roles played by Finance, Legal, Purchasing, Business Development, and Government Affairs in a company's success. Building teams and guiding the growth of energy companies is my passion.