Our Team

A world class team of accomplished scientists and innovators.

Leadership Team

CEO

Daniel Emmett

Daniel has spent 25 years working at the intersection of energy and the environment, with a focus on solutions to improve energy efficiency in commercial buildings and adoption of renewable energy. Daniel was Managing Director of Innovo Energy Solutions Group, specializing in bringing clean technologies to market. He also served as the Executive Director of Energy Independence Now, overseeing programs in policy and advocacy to address petroleum dependence and climate change. Prior, Daniel led a portfolio-wide energy efficiency and conservation program for one of Southern California’s largest owner/operators of Class A commercial office buildings. Daniel also worked on clean fuels and energy conservation issues as the Energy Programs Director at Environment Now Foundation, and in Indonesia and Central America doing conservation based development for U.S.AID and Conservation International. He holds a B.A. from the University of California Santa Cruz in Environmental Studies and Economics, and an M.A. in International Development Policy from Stanford University. Daniel serves on the boards of the Environmental Defense Center and the ULCA Law Institute on Climate Change and the Environment.

CTO

Corey Hoven, Ph.D.

Corey is a co-founder and the full-time Chief Technology Officer at NEXT for over 6 years. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Materials at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). He then served as a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Department of Materials at UCSB. His overall research focus at UCSB was on organic light emitting diodes and organic photovoltaics with a particularly strong focus on device design. Corey’s UCSB committee included two Nobel Laureates, and his work was published in a number of top ranked journals. He received the Graduate Program in Management Practice Certificate from the Technology Management Program at UCSB, where he won the 2010 New Venture Competition for what would become NEXT. He earned a B.S. in Physics in 2005, focusing on renewable energy technology and identifying organic solar as the future of renewable energy. He also received a B.S. in Anthropology at the same time, focusing on barriers to sustainable energy development. Corey leads a technical team at NEXT that is comprised of international leaders in their field of OPV and who are uniquely qualified to bring a transparent organic solar technology to the market by including scientists with world-class expertise in device fabrication and physics, chemical synthesis, materials processing, and characterization across multiple scales.

CFO

Mike Griffiths

Mike is a highly experienced, International executive specializing in technology and the creative industries. As Chief Financial Officer of operational and IP focused companies, V2 Records and Sony Music Entertainment Europe, and manufacturing and deal driven companies, Price Lionheart and Conran Holdings Ltd., Mr. Griffiths brings tremendous expertise and track record building and growing profitable companies and product lines.

Director of Advanced Performance

Andres Garcia, Ph.D.

Prior to NEXT, Andres was a postdoctoral researcher at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory investigating the application of transition metal oxides in organic solar cells. He received his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where his work focused on charge transport and organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs). His work at NEXT is focused on the design and fabrication of high performance organic PV cells

Director of Reliability and Encapsulation

Matthew Lloyd, Ph.D.

Matthew obtained his Ph.D. from the department of Materials Science and Engineering at Cornell University where his research included seminal work on soluble small molecules for organic photovoltaics. He served as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Sandia National Labs. Prior to coming to NEXT, he was a Staff Scientist at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) where he directed their OPV Reliability Effort, a NREL Core Program Funded by DOE. He currently leads NEXT’s Lifetime and Reliability work

Manager of Special Projects

Bruno Caputo, M.S.

Bruno received his BS in Physics from James Madison University and an MS in Materials Chemistry from the University of California, Santa Barbara. At UCSB, he focused on device fabrication and characterization of organic photovoltaics using both polymer and small molecules. At NEXT, his research focus is on fabricating photovoltaic devices coated onto larger area and/or flexible substrates using methods suitable for commercialization. He currently leads NEXT’s Large Area Coatings team.

Director of Chemistry

Arnold Tamayo, Ph.D.

Arnold was a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Geochemistry at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado. His postdoctoral work was done at the University of California, Santa Barbara were he discovered the solution processed small molecules to be used by Next Energy. He obtained his Ph.D. from the Department of Chemistry at the University of Southern California.

Director

Kunjal Patel

Kunjal has worked in various industries pushing products to market and helping teams to achieve streamlined project performance. Prior to NEXT she was part of Tesla’s new product introduction team, launching the model 3 battery pilot and manufacturing lines. Before jumping into green energy, she worked in the medical device industry at Johnson and Johnson, most notably launching the first FDA approved insulin pump for the pediatric market. She has a masters in biomedical engineering and a bachelors in materials science and engineering, both from Cornell University. She holds her PMP certification and is also a certified BollyX dance instructor (in her free time!).

Director of Business Development & Partnerships

Jeff Horowitz

Jeff is a seasoned market strategy professional with 10 years of experience scaling new businesses in the areas of solar project finance and clean energy. Jeff has negotiated millions of dollars worth of business venture agreements between U.S. and Chinese clean-tech companies and supported the closing of >30MW of distributed solar energy across the country. He received a B.A. from Claremont McKenna College, a M.A. from University of California, San Diego’s School of Global Policy and Strategy, and also earned a LEED AP certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Team

Scale Up

Chad Falloon

Chad received his B.S. in Graphic Communication and M.S. in Printed Electronics and Functional Imaging from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo where he learned the functionality and mechanics of large scale printing processes and cutting-edge printing technologies. At NEXT, his research focuses on process optimization for large area solution processed coating and development toward full scale production.

Scale Up

Nancy Gin

Nancy comes to NEXT after 10 years with DuPont Displays focusing on slot die coating. With a rich history in materials science that includes: medical material manufacturing and testing, research and development, ink formulation, materials characterization, and more than 10 years working in solar thick and thin film manufacturing and scale-up , she specializes in process scale-up for the Advanced Processing Group.

Executive Assistant

Lindsey Kasehagen

Lindsey, comes to Next Energy Technologies with 15+ years supporting executive teams, UCSB Engineering Professors, Deans, and private industry. Having worked in architecture, high end construction, academia, and non profits, Lindsey is a local leader in public speaking and corporate improv training.

Scale Up

Cecilia Lee

Cecilia received her BS degree in chemical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and her Master’s degree from McGill University where she researched conductive polymers as controlled drug delivery systems. She moved on to work for Samsung Electronics in South Korea for more than 5 years working in the development and optimization of processes in the areas of printed electronics and semiconductors. At NEXT, her research and development efforts focus on device performance and process scale up optimization.

Reliability and Encapsulation

Jacob Lofman

Jacob graduated from Baylor University in the spring of 2016 with a B.S. in Chemistry. During this time he worked in an organic synthesis lab, under Dr. Kevin G. Pinney, synthesizing natural product analogues that showed potent cytotoxic and antitumor activity through the inhibition of tubulin polymerization. In addition, he also interned at a small specialty polyurethane and epoxy company where he reformulated multiple polyurethanes and made improvements in product manufacturing and quality control. Before joining NEXT, he spent a brief time at UCSB studying organic methodology and chemical catalysis. At NEXT, Jacob works as an engineer focusing on device testing and reliability.

Reliability and Encapsulation

Madhu Sayala

Madhu Sayala brings deep expertise in semiconductor devices having held managerial positions at IBM, Motorola, and Texas Instruments from 1981 to 2006. Following that, Madhu served as the Director of Global Reliability Engineering and Test Operations at First Solar between 2006-2013, and Director of Reliability at Calyxo Solar (Germany) from 2013 to 2016. Madhu will provide an important industrial prospective and production expertise as NEXT scales up to manufacturing.

Advanced Performance

Claire Stachelrodt

Claire obtained her B.S. in chemistry from University of California, Berkeley. There she worked in a Physical Chemistry lab under Professor Naomi Ginsberg mainly focusing on fabricating and developing a new type of imaging device/technique designed to capture high resolution images of live biological samples in a Scanning Electron Microscope. At NEXT, her focus is on fabrication, design, and studying new materials used to build OPVs.

Advanced Performance

Rachel Sullivan

Rachel received her B.S. in Physics from the University of California Santa Barbara in 2012. Through UCSB’s Center for Energy Efficient Materials, she studied organic photovoltaics as an undergraduate in Professor Michael Chabinyc’s research group. At NEXT, she investigates the performance of new materials through device fabrication and testing.

Chemistry

Thomas Wood, Ph.D.

Thomas obtained his Ph.D. in organometallic chemistry in 2009 from University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, followed by a post-doc with professor C.M. Crudden’s materials laboratory at Queen’s University, where he focused on the synthesis of chiral periodic-mesoporous organic silicas. He then spent a year with the medicinal chemistry team at Treventis Corp. before relocating to Santa Barbara to join the NEXT team.

Board of Directors

CEO

Daniel Emmett

Daniel has spent 25 years working at the intersection of energy and the environment, with a focus on solutions to improve energy efficiency in commercial buildings and adoption of renewable energy. Daniel was Managing Director of Innovo Energy Solutions Group, specializing in bringing clean technologies to market. He also served as the Executive Director of Energy Independence Now, overseeing programs in policy and advocacy to address petroleum dependence and climate change. Prior, Daniel led a portfolio-wide energy efficiency and conservation program for one of Southern California’s largest owner/operators of Class A commercial office buildings. Daniel also worked on clean fuels and energy conservation issues as the Energy Programs Director at Environment Now Foundation, and in Indonesia and Central America doing conservation based development for U.S.AID and Conservation International. He holds a B.A. from the University of California Santa Cruz in Environmental Studies and Economics, and an M.A. in International Development Policy from Stanford University. Daniel serves on the boards of the Environmental Defense Center and the ULCA Law Institute on Climate Change and the Environment.

CTO

Corey Hoven, Ph.D.

Corey is a co-founder and the full-time Chief Technology Officer at NEXT for over 6 years. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Materials at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). He then served as a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Department of Materials at UCSB. His overall research focus at UCSB was on organic light emitting diodes and organic photovoltaics with a particularly strong focus on device design. Corey’s UCSB committee included two Nobel Laureates, and his work was published in a number of top ranked journals. He received the Graduate Program in Management Practice Certificate from the Technology Management Program at UCSB, where he won the 2010 New Venture Competition for what would become NEXT. He earned a B.S. in Physics in 2005, focusing on renewable energy technology and identifying organic solar as the future of renewable energy. He also received a B.S. in Anthropology at the same time, focusing on barriers to sustainable energy development. Corey leads a technical team at NEXT that is comprised of international leaders in their field of OPV and who are uniquely qualified to bring a transparent organic solar technology to the market by including scientists with world-class expertise in device fabrication and physics, chemical synthesis, materials processing, and characterization across multiple scales.

Board Member

James G.P. Dehlsen

Jim Dehlsen is recognized as a pioneer and world leader in wind power and renewable energy. In 1980, Jim founded Zond Corporation and served as its CEO/Chairman. Zond advanced wind power technology, becoming one of the largest global companies in turbine manufacturing, power project development and operation. General Electric acquired the Zond manufacturing, technology and products in 2002, for its entry into wind energy and is now a global industry leader. With his son Brent, Jim formed Clipper Windpower, Inc. and in 2002 and with DOE support initiated the advanced 2.5MW Liberty turbine, producing 800 units (2GW) installed in 18 new generating plants. In 2010, United Technologies purchased Clipper for its entry into the wind industry. Jim and his son Brent then established Ecomerit Technologies, LLC in 2010 to develop power systems based on marine renewable energy, forming Aquantis, LLC to harness energy from ocean currents and Centipod, LLC to capture wave energy. Recognition of Jim includes Power Engineering Top 10 most influential people over the past 25 years; the Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Wind Energy Association; Renewable Energy World Leadership in Technology Award; the Venky Award by UCSB’s College ofEngineering; cited in Daniel Yergin’s “The Quest”, on the history of energy; US Department of Energy Wind Pioneer; The Environmental Hall of Fame as a leading environmentalist and “Father of American Wind Energy”; and the Danish Medal of Honor conferred by His Royal Highness, Prince Henrik of Denmark. Jim is a former Director of the American Wind Energy Association; served as an advisor to the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Wind Program; was an NGO delegate at the Kyoto Climate Conference; has testified on renewable energy in U.S. Senate hearings; is a Director of the Worldwatch Institute; holds 22 patents issued with 4 pending.

Board Member

Andy Cohen, FAIA

Andy is one of three Co-CEOs of Gensler, whose collaborative leadership model sets itself apart in the marketplace as a leading global Design firm through its innovation strategies. Andy oversees Gensler’s global platform and its day-to-day operations, which span 4,500+ people, networked across 46 offices in 16 countries. A champion of design, resiliency and sustainability, Andy is Chair of Gensler’s Board of Directors and leads the committee responsible for global design innovation initiatives, spearheading design excellence strategies across Gensler’s 27 diverse practice areas. As an engaged leader, Andy is also Regional Managing Principal for the Southwest U.S., with six offices in four states. Andy has been a speaker at many premier industry conferences, including the Urban Land Institute (ULI), Milken Institute Global Conference, Pension Real Estate Association (PREA), and TEDx. Andy is also a Board Member of the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and an active member of World President’s Organization (WPO). In his role as Co-CEO, Andy is one of the key contributors to what is acknowledged, by its peers, to be the most admired and largest architecture firm in the world, pioneering project types and design innovation strategies for the next century.

Board Member

John Sullivan

Recently, John held the position of Sr. Director at MMI International, a privately held, global supplier to the Data Storage, Aerospace and Oil and Gas industries. In this role, he oversaw the sales and global operations for the Precision Forming Group, a division of MMI, with $150M in annual sales. Prior to this, as Director of Operations, COO and President, John spent eleven years with Intri-Plex Technologies Inc., a leading design, engineering and manufacturing company to the Data Storage, Semi-conductor and Medical industries. In his various roles, he led the development and implementation of strategic sales and operating initiatives that resulted in significant top and bottom line growth. Previously, as COO and President of KR Precision Public Co. Ltd., a publicly held, global supplier of precision mechanical components, John was instrumental in transforming a small privately held company from a niche supplier to a publicly held industry leader. John began his career as an entrepreneur, spending ten years as a small business owner in the security and life safety industry. He grew his company organically and through acquisition, diversified its offerings and expanded its geographic footprint prior to being acquired by ADT International, a global leader in security and life safety industry. He is an inspirational leader who views challenges as opportunities. He inherently sees threads of opportunity that wind through an organization, brings them together into a coherent whole, helps other extend their thinking, and drives material business change. He has served on, or is currently serving on, several Board of Directors and advisory committees including, KR Precision Public Co. Ltd., Alarm Response Inc., SJF&B Co. Ltd., and MDA Co. Ltd. He graduated from Delta College and attended the University of Pacific. He freely shares his knowledge obtained through his forty plus years as a business owner and corporate executive and served as a guest lecture for Emory University’s Goizueta Business School.

Board Member

David Smukowski

Until the recent sale of the company, David Smukowski was founder and CEO of Sensors in Motion, a technology spin-out from the California Institute of Technology and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Labs. SIM developed the worlds most precise MeMs based sensors that represent a paradigm breakthrough in technology. Prior to SIM, he was Managing Director of Boeing Ventures where he founded MessageGate, a message filtering company to manage e-mail content for corporate networks. He also created and was interim CEO of Exostar, the world’s largest business to business internet company. David was President and Chief Operating Officer of Berkshire-Hathaway controlled FlightSafety Training International a global joint venture company. Collectively, he has raised over $221M externally to fund ventures. Before that, he spent 15 years as a Boeing executive managing corporate business strategy and corporate development (M&A activity). These include the formation of multiple internal growth divisions and multi billion dollar acquisitions. He was instrumental in developing lean initiatives, enterprise computing systems, core competencies and competitive strategies. In the 1980’s he managed Boeing energy and environmental affairs. An effective lobbyist, he wrote provisions of the federal Clean Air Act, Clean water Act, Pollution prevention laws and follow on regulations. He became Chairman of Aerospace Industries Association, American Electronics Association, National Association of Manufacturers trade groups for Energy, Environment and Health issues. He was a an advisor to the White House and Department of Defense on Global Warming, Energy conservation, Stratospheric Ozone Depletion and Waste Reclamation. David is active in a variety of academic and global issues of business sustainability and poorest of the poor solutions. Smukowski started with a degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he sits on its Board. He lectures and is a Board member of the University of Washington School Of Business CIE, and advises University of Pennsylvania -Wharton School and the University of Wisconsin on Corporate Innovation, entrepreneurialism and sustainability. He participates on multiple business, trade and civic boards.