CEO & Co-Founder
COO & Co-Founder
Jo Norris is a materials engineer, climate scientist, and artist. She is an experienced leader in research and development, building sustainable technologies with cradle-to-grave life cycles in mind. Jo loves coffee, live music, animals, and hiking anywhere with a view.
Nick Martin's background is in chemical engineering, solar energy, and biofuels. An entrepreneur and advocate, he's spent the past few years devoted to the local effort to enrich STEM education for underserved populations and organizing for LGBTQ+ rights and equality. In his spare time, Nick loves eating at new restaurants and cafes, listening to podcasts, and playing the saxophone.
Prashant Ramesh is an engineer with a background in renewable energy and nanotechnology. He has prior experience developing novel solar module technology and scaling up from bench-top to volume manufacturing. He is passionate about combatting climate change, as well as education and social justice. Prashant is pursuing a PhD in Materials Science & Engineering, and holds Masters and Bachelors degrees in Engineering. Outside of work, he enjoys food, tennis, and making music.
Rakesh Ravi is a recent Mechanical Engineering graduate, with experience in additive manufacturing and design. He is passionate about sustainable development and equitable access to education. Rakesh spends his free time dancing, video editing, and cooking.
Lab Tech / Marketing Intern
Claudia Schreier is a junior at the University of Delaware majoring in Marine Science. She is very interested in environmental policy and its intersection with technology. Claudia loves to listen to rock music and cook vegetarian recipes in her free time.
Dr. Washburn completed his PhD in Analytical Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin, Madison following his BS in Chemistry from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He worked for the DuPont Company for over 38 years in a variety of assignments including Analytical Chemist, Production Supervisor, Technical Service Representative, Market Segment Manager, Product Manager, Technology Manager, Global Business Manager and finished in several Senior Technology Manager roles. His experience base was largely in fluorinated polymers as well as Corporate Research and Electronics. Most of his career involved innovation and he played a role in hundreds of projects with a few having major impact to the company. He developed deep skills in Strategy Development and People Development. Since retiring in 2020, he has helped startups by sharing his experiences as it relates to the current state of the startup.
Dr. Gaboury has over 25 years of industrial R&D experience in polymers and polymer application development and has developed or led the development of dozens of commercially successful polymer-based products. He has been heavily involved in scientific innovation, and to-date is co-inventor on over 50 granted patents with numerous additional cases pending. Scott has managed complex regional and global projects through standard project management processes, such as Stage-Gate, and overseen large global R&D teams of over 60 people. Since 2015, he has been heavily involved in identifying novel early phase technology, and has co-founded and mentored several specialty materials related start-ups.
Dr. Farias holds a PhD in Materials Science & Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and a BSE in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University with a research focus on nanomaterials design and processing techniques. Dr. Farias is the CSO and Co-Founder of Materic, a venture studio that specializes in development and scale up of chemical products and custom materials manufacturing from research technology. He has lead technology development and commercialization for several materials engineering startup companies in Materic’s portfolio and successfully lead 2 companies from academic research technology to launched products and revenue. He has also served as a faculty lecturer at Johns Hopkins University since 2016. Dr. Farias has presented at several leading technical conferences on materials processing and properties including the meetings of the Materials Research Society, The Electrochemical Society, Printed Electronics USA, and FLEX.