Management

Cary G. Bullock
President and CEO

Mr. Bullock is a 40-year veteran of clean energy companies, serving in a variety of top-level leadership positions. He was the CEO of ThermoEnergy Corporation for three years, retiring in 2013 and continuing as a Board member. He is also a Board member of medical device company Boyd Technologies and a Senior Advisor to energy project finance firm RENEW Energy Partners, LLC. Previously he served as CEO of Excelergy and Econoler, as well as Vice President of KENETECH and Xenergy. He has a B.S. and M.S. from MIT in Electrical Engineering and a B.A. in Physics from Amherst College.

Donald Cobuzzi
Vice President, Finance and Accounting

Mr. Cobuzzi has over 35 years of experience in finance for startup ventures and multinational public companies. In addition, he has also provided financial consulting services to several companies. He has worked in the pharmaceutical and computer industries holding multiple positions. Don holds a B.S. in Finance from Bentley College and an M.B.A. from Suffolk University.

Mike Gagnon
Vice President, Sales and Marketing

Mr. Gagnon has over 20 years of sales, marketing and product development experience in the power, IT infrastructure and sensors/controls industries. Mike has a distinguished career leading sales, marketing and design engineering teams in a number of high tech companies in New England. He has held positions at large companies such as American Power Conversion and Sensata Technologies as well as smaller start-ups such as Coolcentric. Mike holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an M.B.A. in Marketing from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Dr. Michael Brown
Director of Manufacturing Operations

Dr. Brown has been with Atrex Energy since 2000 working in R&D, Engineering and Manufacturing roles.  He has been involved in the development of the Atrex Energy Fuel Cell product from the raw ceramic powders up to the final Fuel Cell product.  Mike has three degrees - BS, MS and Ph.D - from the University of Wailato, New Zealand.  His MS and Ph.D degree included extensive work and research in the area of solid oxide fuel cell technology.  Dr. Brown holds 4 patents and has published 6 journal papers. 

Dr. Praveen Cheekatamarla
Director of Research and Product Development

Dr Cheekatamarla has over 16 years of experience in R&D and product development primarily in the area of solid oxide fuel cells.  He has been with Atrex Energy since 2009 and has served as the program manager for several DoD/DoE programs.   Prior to joining Atrex Dr. Cheekatamarla was the lead scientist at NanoDynamics, Inc.  He holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Osmania University in India and a Ph.D in Chemical Engineering from the University of Alabama.  He holds one patent and has published over 40 journal papers.
 

Technical Advisors

Dr. Norm Bessette
Dr. Bessette worked at Atrex Energy from 2001 until 2017 and was responsible for the development and design of all SOFC products. Prior to joining Atrex Energy, he spent seven years at Siemens Westinghouse Power Corporation developing the first successful, reliable tubular SOFC technology. Dr. Bessette is well known in the SOFC community and has published 10 journal papers. Dr. Bessette obtained his B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth in 1990 and received his M.S. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1994.

Dr. Jolyon Rawson
Dr. Rawson was with Atrex Energy from 2000 until 2016 and developed many of the  manufacturing processes for the Atrex fuel cell product. He was responsible for all aspects of cell manufacturing development from raw materials to a completed cell. In addition, he was responsible for scaling up production and improving fuel cell components. His previous experience was with Ceram Research. He has 20 years ceramic processing experience, complemented by an M.B.A. from Manchester Business School. He also holds a Ph.D. in materials science from Hallam University and a B.S. degree from Sheffield City Polytechnic. 
 

Board of Directors

James Rosenfield
Non-Executive Chairman

Co-founder of SourceSquared, an investment partnership specializing in energy technology and services, he currently serves as Senior Vice President of IHS Inc. (NYSE: IHS). He is an entrepreneur and innovator who has created and built several firms. He co-founded Cambridge Energy Research Associates (CERA), an international energy research firm acquired by IHS. He is also a founding board member of the New England Clean Energy Council and a Trustee of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Mr. Rosenfield received his M.B.A. from Boston University.

James Wilson
Vice Chairman

Co-founder of Source Squared along with Mr. Rosenfield, Mr. Wilson was a managing director of Boston Ventures since its formation in 1983. Prior to that, he was a vice president of First Venture Capital Corporation, a subsidiary of Bank of Boston Corporation. Jamie received his M.A. degree from Cambridge University, England in 1974.

Douglas Foy
President of DIF Enterprises, a company devoted to sustainable business practices. Previously, Mr. Foy served as the first Secretary of Commonwealth Development in the administration of Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and oversaw the agencies of Transportation, Housing, Environment and Energy. Previously, he served for 25 years as the President of the Conservation Law Foundation, New England's premier environmental advocacy organization. Among other awards, Mr. Foy has received the President's Environmental and Conservation Challenge Award – the country's highest conservation award – and the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service. Mr. Foy, graduated from Princeton University as a University Scholar in engineering and physics, and graduated from Harvard Law School.

Carlos Gonzalez
Founder and CIO of Rivas Capital LLC. Rivas is a privately-held investment firm focused on long-term principal investments in technology-enabled businesses. Prior to founding Rivas, Carlos led business development at Grupo Numar, a leading food and agri-business conglomerate based in Costa Rica. Carlos holds a degree in Economics from Harvard College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Rick Pierro
Co-founder and owner of Superior Controls, a leading automation engineering company that serves clients that desire world-class manufacturing. He has 23 years of control systems experience. In addition to serving on the Board of Atrex Energy, Mr. Pierro serves on the Board of E-Trolz, a leading provider of technology for electrophysiological medical devices. He received a B.A. in Chemistry from Boston University in 1981 and an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of Massachusetts Lowell in 1983.

Gary Simon
Mr. Simon has 42 years' experience with energy and tech companies including two that went public (Northeast Optic Network and Capstone Turbine). Most recently he was Atrex Energy President and CEO from 2004-2009 and 2014-2017.  He has also been in senior management at two Fortune 500 energy companies (El Paso Energy and Northeast Utilities), in management consulting at Cambridge Energy Research Associates (CERA) and in government service (California Energy Commission and California Legislature). He has a B.S. with Highest Distinction from Indiana University and an M.S. from the University of California, Davis.

Wilbert Van Den Hoek
Mr. Van Den Hoek brings a wealth of technical and manufacturing experience to the Board.  He has a distinguished career as a senior technical executive in a number of semiconductor equipment manufacturing companies.  He was until 2008 EVP and CTO of Novellus Systems, Inc. and President and CEO of Novellus Development Company, LLC. He joined Novellus in 1990, after holding several positions at Philips Research Laboratories. Since May 2011, he has served as Board Member of Cypress Semiconductor Corporation in California.  Since 2005 he has served on the technical advisory boards of Cavendish Kinetics, Innopad, Inc., Innovent Technologies, and Process Relations.  Mr. van den Hoek received a doctorandus degree cum laude in Chemistry from the Rijks Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands in December 1979.

 

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