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Garrett Nilsen, Technology to Market Program Manager

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Garrett Nilsen is the program manager for the Technology to Market team, having spent the previous five years serving as a technology advisor for the team. He works with businesses of all sizes focusing on the development of innovative products and manufacturing technologies to help drive down costs and increase the deployment of solar energy. He enjoys helping all innovators in the solar energy space de-risk their products and processes to make them attractive to private investment along with helping them access the resources and develop the skills needed to make an impact on solar energy.

Prior to joining SETO, Garrett was in graduate school in Sweden and Germany. Prior to that, he worked for Technologies Solutions and Invention, a small business in Connecticut that was an awardee on government contracts to develop optics-based devices for various government customers.

Garrett has a B.S. in physics from Union College (NY) and an M.S. in solar energy engineering from Hogskolan Dalarna (Dalarna University) in Sweden.

Andrew Dawson

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Company: ManTech International

Andrew Dawson has been a technology development manager with the Technology to Market team since 2016. He is focused primarily on photovoltaic projects and dispatchable solar program development, working with multiple offices across EERE and leveraging his background in equipment development, manufacturability evaluations, and systems engineering. He also supports several small business and technology transfer programs.

Prior to joining SETO, Andrew founded and ran Resilient Systems Engineering, LLC, providing technical consulting for sustainable energy systems development. The group performs technology capability assessments, strategic planning, and integrated systems engineering to enable clients to transition from prototype to production operations and to scale up capabilities.

Previously, Andrew managed an engineering group at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He and his team supported the National Ignition Facility, a nuclear fusion research and development program, through the development and fielding of manufacturing and processing equipment for high-precision large laser optics.. Andrew began his career at GE Energy, working for several years on wind energy systems as well as solar technologies and fossil fuel power production equipment. He holds an M.S. in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Cornell University.

Kyle Fricker

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Dr. Kyle Fricker is a technology manager working primarily with the Technology to Market and Soft Cost teams. He manages a variety of projects led by companies developing technology that leverages big data and analytics to drive down lifetime costs of installed systems, expand access to previously underserved populations, aggregate systems for participation in new markets, and facilitate grid interconnection. He also works to strengthen innovation ecosystems and test new pathways to accelerate the commercialization of portfolios of solar and related early-stage technologies. Kyle has been with SETO since 2015, when he started as a Science and Technology Policy Fellow. In his current role, he also manages the SETO fellowship programs, including recruiting talented individuals to support the office’s mission.

Prior to SETO, Kyle co-founded Divvy Power LLC ("Divvy"), an online platform to facilitate the development of community clean energy projects via matchmaking with local professionals and crowdsourcing of capital. Under his leadership, Divvy hosted two pilot projects raising nearly $10,000 from 93 individuals for off-grid solar systems at a school and community garden in the Bronx, NY.

Kyle completed his Ph.D. in earth and environmental engineering at Columbia University, researching the fundamental chemistry of a CO2 capture and storage process based on Mg(OH)2. During his graduate studies, Kyle was a Fellow at Columbia Technology Ventures, where he assessed the commercial viability of new technologies. He also holds an M.S. in earth and environmental engineering from Columbia University and a B.S. in chemical engineering from University of Florida. In his free time, he volunteers with the Clean Energy Leadership Institute, a nonprofit leadership development organization.

Victor Kane

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Victor Kane serves in a cross-cutting role in the Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO), managing process improvement throughout the office and work with national labs. He is also a technology manager for the Technology to Market subprogram, where he helps select, negotiate, and manage cutting edge solar technology research. Victor joined EERE in 2010 and led the expansion of the SunShot Incubator program over 11 rounds of funding. Under his leadership, the incubator model was implemented across all solar technologies from research to deployment, resulting in awardees who have consistently leveraged their proofs of concept into private investment and eventual commercialization. Previously, Victor served as EERE’s Director of National Lab Impact, managing the Lab-corps, Small Business Voucher, and Lab-Bridge programs. Lab Impact emphasizes the importance of commercializing lab work by bringing together leaders from government, academia, national laboratories, and the private sector to increase understanding and communication for an effective lab-industry relationship.

Prior to joining EERE, Victor worked at General Electric and solar cell startup Suniva. He earned a Bachelor and a Master of Science degrees in mechanical engineering and Master of Business Administration from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Jeremey Mikrut

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Jeremey is a technical project officer for the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office and is located in Golden, Colorado. In this role, Jeremey is involved in all stages of financial assistance from drafting of funding opportunities, application reviews, selections, negotiations, award issuance, monitoring, execution, and close outs. Jeremey joined the Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in 2013 and worked as a grants management specialist within the Financial Assistance Office and as a management analyst in the Project Management Coordination Office. In his current position, he manages and monitors a portfolio of 19 cooperative agreements with total project costs valued at $50 million.

Prior to joining the Energy Department, Jeremey worked in the public and private sectors as a program analyst, regional planner, and environmental specialist. He also served as a Corporal in the United States Marine Corps.  

Jeremey earned a Master of Resources Law Studies degree from the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law, with a specialization in Land Use Law and Policy. He also received a B.A. in Environmental and Growth Management Studies from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida.

Emanuele Pecora

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Senior Science and Technology Policy Fellow

Emanuele is a Senior Science and Technology Policy Fellow at SETO since May 2016. He supports the creation, negotiation, execution, and monitoring of funding opportunities, with a specific focus on awards to large companies and start-ups creating and commercializing new innovation in the solar space. His portfolio includes hardware and software projects, as well as projects aimed at creating new investment funds and business models generating innovative pathways to bring new capitals to the solar space. Emanuele is also the office’s Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR-STTR) portfolio manager, overseeing the program, ensuring alignment of office goals and award selection, and monitoring awards progress and impact. In addition, Emanuele leads an office effort to use data-driven statistically-rigorous methodologies to measure the impact of government funding as well as external variables in the success of start-ups in the solar space.

Before joining SETO, he was a PostDoc at Stanford University (2013-2016) and Boston University (2011-2013) working on the interaction between light and matter, with a particular interest on light emission from semiconductor nanostructures, and the use of nanostructures and metamaterials to increase solar cells’ performances. He is author or co-author of more than 40 scientific papers, presented his works at more than 20 international scientific conferences, and published a book on his research activity. He is a reviewer for more than 30 scientific journals and a mentor of young students. Emanuele holds a Ph.D. in Physics (University of Catania, Italy, 2010). He was awarded a full scholarship for his Master program at the Scuola Superiore di Catania (top 1% of his class). Emanuele is the founder and first organizer of a TEDx event in his home town, he was President of his Alma Mater Alumni Association, and facilitator for a class on communication and management at Stanford University. His passion for innovation brought him to volunteer for the Stanford Office of Technology Licensing, where he assessed the business model for new technologies. He was also a communication coach for start-ups in the StartX accelerator.

Manav Sheoran

Company: ManTech International

Manav joined SETO in December 2015 on the Technology to Market team. His primary focus is on the photovoltaic activities, which cover technologies from wafering, cell process to modules, and module form factors. Before SETO, Manav was working as a team leader for the IBC program at Applied Materials, Varian Semiconductor division in Gloucester, MA. He was responsible for leading the development of IBC and other high-efficiency solar cell devices on n-type silicon fabricated using ion implantation, with a focus on lowering of cost and improving manufacturability of these high efficiency solar cells. Prior to Applied Materials, he worked at SpectraWatt, a startup company based in Portland, OR with a mc-Si manufacturing line in Fishkill, NY. At SpectraWatt, he was instrumental in setting up the c-Si R&D lab and improving the performance and yield of the mc-Si solar cells in production. He received his master's and Ph.D. degrees from Georgia Tech in the University Center in Excellence for Photovoltaics Research and Development (UCEP). His thesis focused on lowering the cost and improving efficiency of c-Si solar cells through defect engineering, bulk lifetime improvement and advance cell processing.

Daniel Stricker

Dan has more than 25 years of experience as an administrator with the U.S. Department of Energy and City of San Diego serving as an energy project specialist, management and program analyst, technical project officer (TPO), land development project manager, community planner, and traffic engineer. He has lived and worked in both Germany and Spain and speaks both languages. Since 2010, he has been serving the U.S. Department of Energy, most recently as a management and program analyst and TPO in SETO. In his current position, he manages and monitors a portfolio of over 70 grants, cooperative agreements, and technology investment agreements valued at $500,000,000. He is involved in all stages of financial assistance and contracts from drafting of funding opportunities, application review, selection, negotiation, award issuance, monitoring, execution, and close out. He is certified as a TPO, Level II. All of his assignments with the Department of Energy over the last six years have involved energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, from renovation and energy efficiency upgrades to existing facilities, to renewable energy installations, to the funding of creative and innovative science and research and development efforts by private companies, universities, and national laboratories to drive down the cost of solar electricity deployment.

David Walter

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David Walter is a technology manager for the Technology to Market team, joining SETO in December 2016. He focuses on power electronics, Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR), and codes and standards. Prior to this role, David was a senior engineer for Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company, where he evaluated solar and wind installations for risk exposures from fire and operational issues, as well as provided energy yield analysis. Prior to that, he was the mechanical section leader and a pilot for the deep submergence vehicle Alvin at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, performing research globally in depths up to 4500 meters.

David is a registered Professional Engineer and Project Management Professional, having worked in the solar, energy efficiency, deep sea research, naval nuclear, and biotechnology industries. He has a B.S. in Ocean Engineering from the United States Naval Academy, having served in the U.S. Navy as a Lieutenant and Assistant Engineer on USS Alabama, a nuclear powered ballistic missile submarine.