Bill Gross is Co-Founder and CEO of CarbonCapture and Founder and Chairman of leading technology incubator Idealab Studio. Over the last 23 years, Idealab has created and operated more than 150 companies and had more than 45 successful IPOs and acquisitions in the areas of renewable energy, software, online advertising, Internet services, robotics, social media, and transportation. Prior to CarbonCapture, Bill founded a number of energy storage and solar companies, including Energy Vault, Heliogen, Energy Cache, eSolar, Duron Solar, Raytracker, Thermata, and others. Bill received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Caltech.
Mark E. Davis is the Warren and Katharine Schlinger Professor of Chemical Engineering at Caltech and is the Caltech director of the USC-Caltech MD-PhD program and the Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine-Caltech MD-PhD program. He has over 450 scientific publications, two textbooks and over 100 US patents. Mark was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1997, the National Academy of Sciences in 2006, the National Academy of Medicine in 2011, and the National Academy of Inventors in 2015. He founded Insert Therapeutics Inc., Calando Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Avidity Biosciences, and Dantari Pharmaceuticals.
Saeb Besrati holds a PhD degree in Chemical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Thermal Mechanical Engineering. He has more than 10 years of experience in developing technologies to address the fight against climate change. Saeb is a certified model-based system engineer and project manager (PMP). He’s contributed to more than 20 papers and books in the field of renewable-based power generation.
Dan Fang holds a PhD degree in Chemistry-Electrochemistry from the University of Southern California and a BS in Chemical Physics from the University of Science and Technology of China. Her PhD research focused on designing and optimizing energy storage systems using thin film process technology. Before undertaking her doctoral studies, she worked at the Chinese Academy of Science developing novel semiconductor materials for solar cell applications.
Brian Hollman holds a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. His professional experience includes engineering consulting, design, and strategic account management for Aavid and Boyd Corp.
Eric Colbert holds a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and University of Washington, respectively. His professional experience includes working with McKinsey Solutions (part of McKinsey & Company) and Heliogen, Inc. on a variety of production automation, cost-engineering, and greenhouse emission reduction projects.
Donglong Fu is a postdoctoral researcher at Caltech, where he focuses on direct air capture of CO2 using microporous materials. He holds a PhD degree in Chemistry from Utrecht University, a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from East China University of Science and Technology, and a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering and Technology from Northwest University.
Andrea Pedretti is Co-Founder and CTO of Energy Vault, which creates disruptive and innovative solutions for long duration, utility-scale energy storage that enables renewables to deliver baseload power below the cost of fossil fuels. Prior to Energy Vault, Andrea founded and served as CTO in multiple solar and renewable technology companies. Andrea holds over 25 patents worldwide for a variety of applications in energy storage, solar thermochemical science for solar fuels, and civil engineering. Andrea completed his Masters of Science in Engineering at Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich, Switzerland.
Mike Giardello has more than 25 years of experience in developing and commercializing industrial technologies. In addition to working in several start-ups after completing his post-doctoral fellowship at Caltech, he co-founded and served as CEO and CTO of Materia, a developer of advanced materials in the electronic, energy, industrial, and transportation industries. Mike is a Co-Founder and Chairman of Innovate Pasadena, is on the Advisory Board of the Pasadena Bioscience Collaborative Incubator, and served as Vice Chairman of the City of Pasadena’s Economic Development Task Force.
Jonas Lee has been on the founding executive teams of multiple start-ups, including Verus Analytics, Knome, PhotoKharma, Integrated Computing Engines, Redbrick Partners, and Giftcertificates.com. Prior to his entrepreneurial activities, he began his career as a consultant at Bain & Company. Jonas received his MBA from Harvard Business School and bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University.