Cohorts

Cyclotron Road announces 2021 Cohort

newscenter.lbl.gov/2021/06/07/cyclotron-road-fellows/

Cyclotron Road Cohort 2021
(Top row left to right) Antonio Baclig, Kezi Cheng, Jae Cho, Pete Christensen, Sam Green, Aaron Hall; (bottom row left to right) Ben Jenett, Fatma Kaplan, David Mackanic, Ahmet Ozcan, Karl Cameron Schiller. 

Cohort 2020

Cohort 2019

Cohort 2019

 

Jesse Adams

JESSE ADAMS


Project: Synopic—A new perspective on smart imaging

Bio: Jesse Adams earned his Ph.D. in applied physics from Rice University where he designed and tested novel cameras using computational imaging for both photography and microscopy with applications ranging from three-dimensional imaging to recording neural activity to face detection. While at Rice University, he worked with Professor Ashok Veeraraghavan with whom he co-founded Synopic to continue developing ground-breaking, computationally driven imaging technology.

Adrian Albert

ADRIAN ALBERT

Project: Terrafuse—AI for climate and weather risk forecasting

Adrian Albert passed away on June 5, 2020.

Bio: Adrian Albert founded Terrafuse to improve climate and weather risk prediction infrastructure. Before that, he was a machine learning research scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, designing machine learning algorithms incorporating physical knowledge for scientific applications. Albert earned his Ph.D. in electrical engineering at Stanford. At startup C3.ai, he worked on AI methods for energy and industrial systems.

Amir Atabaki

AMIR ATABAKI

Project: NuSight Photonics—Accessible material analysis

Bio: Prior to founding NuSight Photonics, Amir Atabaki was a research scientist at Research Laboratory of Electronics, MIT, where he researched photonic and optoelectronic devices and microsystems for applications in communications, computing, sensing, and biomedical devices. He received his Ph.D. from Georgia Tech, where he did postdoctoral research on photonic devices and materials for optical signal processing in microwave-photonics microsystems. Atabaki received his M.S. and B.S. in electrical engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Iran.

Cara Beasley

CARA BEASLEY

Project: Aligned Carbon—Enabling 1000x improvements in computing

Bio: Cara Beasley is an expert in carbon materials, particularly single-walled carbon nanotube growth. As a process engineer at Applied Materials, she spent four years learning about the semiconductor industry and process tool development, while also continuing her work on new materials. Beasley holds a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Stanford University and a B.S. in biochemistry from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Raj Bhakta

RAJ BHAKTA

Project: Funxion—From atoms to apparel

Bio: Raj Bhakta studied smart textiles in Jesse Jur’s research group at the North Carolina State University’s Wilson College of Textiles, where he and Funxion co-founder Hasan Shahariar earned their doctorates in fiber and polymer science. They honed the startup’s vision at the NSF-funded Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors and Technologies (ASSIST) research center. Bhakta earned a B.S. in physics from the University of Texas-Austin and sees textiles as a huge white-space opportunity for innovation.

Christina Boville

CHRISTINA BOVILLE

Project: Aralez Bio—Green enzymes for chemical manufacturing

Bio: Christina Boville received her bachelor's degree in molecular biology from the University of Colorado. After working at Amgen for two years, Boville returned to the University of Colorado and earned her Ph.D. in biochemistry in Hubert Yin's group. She then joined Nobel laureate Frances Arnold's lab at Caltech as a Resnick Prize Postdoctoral Fellow. Her current research focuses on using directed evolution to train enzymes that make useful products in a sustainable way.

Cody Finke

CODY FINKE

Project: Brimstone Energy—Cleaner ways to make industry proven materials

Bio: Cody Finke earned a Ph.D. in environmental science and engineering under Prof. Michael Hoffmann at Caltech. His research has specialized in electrochemistry and techno-economic modeling of economically efficient ways to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Finke also helped commercialize an electrochemical wastewater treatment technology for applications in low-income countries.

Parker Gould

PARKER GOULD

Project: Inchfab—Democratizing micro- and nanofabrication

Bio: Parker Gould completed his Ph.D. at MIT’s Microsystems Technology Laboratory last year. He received a B.S. in electrical engineering from Vanderbilt University, and a M.Phil. in micro- and nanotechnology enterprise from the University of Cambridge. At MIT, he focused on the design, development, and characterization of low-cost fabrication tools and processes for "more-than-Moore" micro- and nanoscale devices. He co-founded Inchfab in 2019 to commercialize these tools and capabilities and provide a new, flexible alternative to existing manufacturing options.

Mitchell Hsing

MITCHELL HSING

Project: Inchfab—Democratizing micro- and nanofabrication

Bio: Mitchell Hsing earned a Ph.D. in the Microsystems Technology Laboratory at M.I.T. Born and raised in California, Hsing completed his undergraduate education at the University of California, Irvine with a B.S. in electrical engineering and physics. At MIT. he focused on the development of a set of low-cost fabrication tools for the production of micro-/nano- devices. He co-founded Inchfab in 2019 to commercialize his research with the ultimate goal of changing the manufacturing paradigm of the microelectronic industry.

Ryan Pearson

RYAN PEARSON

Project: Cypris Materials—Paintable optical coatings

Bio: Cypris Materials co-founder Ryan Pearson earned a Ph.D. in materials chemistry at Colorado State University, where his thesis work focused on synthetic polymer chemistry, catalysis, and computational directed discovery. Pearson's drive to lead a start-up is rooted in his efforts to promote green chemistry and bring sustainable technologies from academic ideas to market. Pearson earned a B.S. in chemistry from Penn State University.

J Provine

J PROVINE

Project: Aligned Carbon—Enabling 1000x improvements in computing

Bio: J Provine is an expert in nanofabrication and interfacial engineering. His research is focused on future-generation electronic and optical devices, nano/micro-scale sensors for chemical, biological, and mechanical interactions, and energy conversion and storage. Provine worked as a senior research scientist at Stanford University for a decade. Prior to that, he held a post-doctoral fellowship at Berkeley Sensor Actuator Center. Provine received his Ph.D. at Cornell University and B.S./B.A. from Rice University.

Matthew Ryan

MATTHEW RYAN

Project: Cypris Materials—Paintable optical coatings

Bio: Matthew Ryan earned a Ph.D. in materials chemistry at the Colorado State University. At Cypris Materials, he leads technical development of paintable nanostructured materials to enable do-it-yourself energy retrofitting. His expertise encompasses catalysis, organic chemistry, and polymer-based photonic crystal materials. He holds a B.S. in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Cohort 2018
Erkan Aktakka

ERKAN AKTAKKA

Project: ActiveMEMS, Cohort 2018

Current Role: Founder and CEO, ActiveMEMS

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Justin Briggs

JUSTIN BRIGGS

Project: Antora Energy, Cohort 2018

Current Role: Co-founder and CSO, Antora Energy

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Nishita Deka

NISHITA DEKA

Project: Sonera Magnetics, Cohort 2018

Current Role: Co-founder and CEO, Sonera Magnetics

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Jill Fuss

JILL FUSS

Project: CinderBio, Cohort 2018

Current Role: Co-founder and CEO, CinderBio

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Christopher Graves

CHRISTOPHER GRAVES

Project: Noon Energy, Cohort 2018

Current Role: Founder and CEO, Noon Energy

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Kevin Kung

KEVIN KUNG

Project: Takachar, Cohort 2018

Current Role: Founder and CTO, Takachar

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Dominic Labanowski

DOMINIC LABANOWSKI

Project: Sonera Magnetics, Cohort 2018

Current Role: Co-founder and CTO, Sonera Magnetics

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Tim Latimer

TIM LATIMER

Project: Fervo Energy, Cohort 2018

Bio: Co-founder and CEO, Fervo Energy

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Alexei Marchenkov

ALEXEI MARCHENKOV

Project: Bleximo, Cohort 2018

Current Project: Founder and CEO, Bleximo

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Jack Norbeck

JACK NORBECK

Project: Fervo Energy, Cohort 2018

Current Role: Co-founder and CTO, Fervo Energy

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Andrew Ponec

ANDREW PONEC

Project: Antora Energy, Cohort 2018

Current Role: Co-founder and CEO, Antora Energy

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Miguel Sierra Aznar

MIGUEL SIERRA AZNAR

Project: Noble Thermodynamic Systems, Cohort 2018

Current Bio: Co-founder, Noble Thermodynamic Systems

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Steve Yannone

STEVE YANNONE

Project: CinderBio, Cohort 2018

Current Role: Founder and CEO, CinderBio

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Cohort 2017

Joe Geddes

JOE GEDDES

Project: Photia, Cohort 2017

Current role: Founder and CEO, Photia, Inc.

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Jessica Morrison

JESSICA MORRISON

Project: Helux, Cohort 2017

Current Role: Founder, Addiction Ally

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Lauren Otto

LAUREN OTTO

Project: Laminera, Cohort 2017

Current role: Founder and CEO, Laminera

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Sarah Richardson

SARAH RICHARDSON

Project: MicroByre, Cohort 2017

Current Role: Founder and CEO, MicroByre

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Vince Romanin

VINCE ROMANIN

Project: Treau, Cohort 2017

Current role: Founder and CEO, Treau

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Adam Vaughan

ADAM VAUGHAN

Project: Dauntless.io, Cohort 2017

Current role: Founder and CEO, Dauntless.io

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David Bierman

DAVID BIERMAN

Project: Marigold Power, then Antora Energy, Cohort 2017

Current role: Co-founder, Antora Energy

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Lance Brockway

LANCE BROCKWAY

Project: Nelumbo, Cohort 2017

Current role: Co-founder and CTO, Nelumbo

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Dave Walther

DAVE WALTHER

Project: Nelumbo, Cohort 2017—Rethink cooling

Current role: Senior Vice President, Engineering, Nelumbo

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Cohort 2016

Colin Bailie

COLIN BAILIE

Project: Tandem PV (originally Iris PV), Cohort 2016

Current role: Founder, Tandem PV

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Chris Eberspacher

CHRIS EBERSPACHER

Project: Tandem PV, Cohort 2016

Current role: Managing Director, Tandem PV

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Pete Frischmann

PETE FRISCHMANN

Project: Sepion, Cohort 2016

Current position: Chief Executive Officer, Sepion

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Chris Kaffer

CHRIS KAFFER

Project: Mallinda, Cohort 2016

Bio: Chief Executive Officer, Mallinda

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Zachary Sun

ZACHARY SUN

Project: Synvitrobio, Cohort 2016

Current role: Chief Executive Officer, Tierra Biosciences (formerly Synvitrobio)

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Andrew Hsieh

ANDREW HSIEH

Project: Feasible, Cohort 2016

Current role: Chief Executive Officer, Feasible

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Philip Taynton

PHILIP TAYNTON

Project: Mallinda, Cohort 2016

Current role: Chief Technology Officer, Mallinda

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Richard Wang

RICHARD WANG

Project: Cuberg, Cohort 2016

Current role: Chief Executive Officer, Cuberg

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Barry Van Tassell

BARRY VAN TASSELL

Project: Feasible, Cohort 2016

Current role: Chief Information Officer, Feasible

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Mauro Pasta

MAURO PASTA

Project: Cuberg, Cohort 2016

Current role: Assistant Professor, Oxford University

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Cohort 2015

Etosha Cave

Etosha Cave

Project: Opus12, Cohort 2015

Current role: Chief Science Officer, Opus 12 

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Deepak Dugar

Deepak Dugar

Project: Visolis, Cohort 2015

Current role: President, Visolis

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Steven Kaye

Steven Kaye

Project: Mosaic Materials, Cohort 2015

Current position: Manager, Advanced Materials, Apple

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Kendra Kuhl

Kendra Kuhl

Project: Opus12, Cohort 2015

Current Role: Chief Technical Officer, Opus 12

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Marcus Lehmann
Marcus Lehmann

Project: CalWave, Cohort 2015

Current role: Chief Executive Officer, CalWave

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Tom McDonald

Project: Mosaic Materials, Cohort 2015

Current position: Chief Executive Officer, Mosaic Materials

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Dan Riley

Project: Spark Thermionics, Cohort 2015

Current role: Engineering Program Manager, Apple

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Jared Schwede

Project: Spark Thermionics, Cohort 2015

Current role: Chief Executive Officer, Spark Thermionics

Raymond Weitekamp

Project: polySpectra, Cohort 2015

Current role: Chief Executive Officer, polySpectra

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