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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 team since 2016. He is focused primarily on photovoltaic manufacturing projects and serves as a technical lead for perovskite solar technologies, leveraging his background in equipment development and systems engineering. He supports techno-economic and strategic analysis programs, including technology manufacturing and integration cost modeling, as well as small business and technology transfer programs, working with multiple offices across EERE.

Prior to joining the Solar Energy Technologies Office, 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 U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He and his team supported the National Ignition Facility, a nuclear fusion R&D 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 combustion-based 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 with the Technology to Market and Soft Cost teams. He manages a variety of projects developing technology to streamline project development/financing, facilitate grid interconnection, and drive down lifetime costs of installed systems. His portfolio also includes projects that test, validate, and replicate new approaches to expand solar access to previously underserved populations. He also works to strengthen innovation ecosystems and test new pathways to accelerate the commercialization of early-stage energy technologies.

Prior to SETO, Kyle co-founded Divvy Power LLC ("Divvy"), an online platform for crowdsourcing capital and facilitating development of community clean energy projects. Under his leadership, Divvy completed two pilot projects 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, where he researched a chemical process for CO2 capture and storage 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 enjoys snowboarding, vegetarian cooking, hiking, and cheering for DC United. His is originally from Cocoa Beach, FL.

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.

Emanuele Pecora

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Company: Boston Government Services

Emanuele is a technology development manager (advanced solar energy R&D scientist) at SETO since November 2019. Before, he was a senior science and technology policy fellow in the same office for 3 years. He supports the creation, negotiation, execution, and monitoring of funding opportunities, with a focus on awards to for-profit entities (especially 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 in 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 a TEDx licensee and organizer, 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.

Daniel Stricker

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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.