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.
Product Engineering Manager
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.
Colleen Cavagnaro is a junior at the University of Delaware majoring in Mechanical Engineering. She is passionate about the environment and social justice and hopes to use her degree to make a positive impact on people’s lives and the planet. Colleen likes to work on a mélange of personal projects in her free time, and also enjoys eating good food, skateboarding, dancing, and being outdoors.
Neil 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.
Josh is a seasoned entrepreneur, investor, advisor, and leader. He brings over a decade of experience from product, venture capital, and finance having helped transform startups in proptech, biotech, edtech, and more. Josh was the second hire at RStudio, holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation, and graduated Cum Laude from Macalester College.
Bridget Gildea is a consultant and advisor with over 18 years' experience, working at the nexus between technology, behavioral insights (BI) and public policy, including applying behavioral science approaches to sustainability, product development and learning and knowledge acquisition, thinking about the future of work and social justice, and advising female-led start-ups through the Astia VC Fund. Recent projects have included working with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine on its policy work, the European Climate Foundation on applying behavioral science to its climate initiatives, and with the University of Cambridge, designing projects e.g. on data orchestration models in cities’ response to Covid-19 to help better support their most vulnerable citizens.
Previously as the Director, Program Development at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, she founded policy programmes including the world’s first exec ed programme teaching behavioral insights in public policy and programs on Digital Transformation and Innovation in Government. She also created partnerships with the MacArthur Foundation, for a programme on BI and corruption control in Nigeria; with the Robert Bosch Stiftung in Berlin for a programme at Harvard for Members of the Bundestag, and a 5-year partnership with the National School of Government in Brazil.
Jim has accumulated over 37 years of experience in energy services Industry providing consultation on performance contracting proposals, cogeneration feasibility studies, and energy systems. Services include representation in bid meetings, assist and develop sales plan, train technical staff, prepare proposals, evaluate technical and financial feasibility, calculate energy and operational savings, prepare financial analyses, estimate or obtain firm project costs, identify additional opportunities, and find unique solutions to turn around projects. His range of project experience includes healthcare, manufacturing, biomedical research, research & development, pharmaceutical, educational, and commercial facilities. Jim’s expertise is in the areas of energy management and conservation, project management, technology and the application of integration technologies, and engineering master planning.
Stephen 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. He 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. Stephen 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.
Roderick Ward is an entrepreneur, business owner, and real estate and financial professional with over 25 years of experience. During the last 15 years as an advocate for the environment he has financed energy efficient projects, and developed LEED rated multifamily buildings in Philadelphia. Among his duties at a regional community bank, he formed, and leads, the ESG Committee. In his spare time Rod is devoted to his family, everything soccer, and travelling.
Scott 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.