Steve co-founded Energy Materials Corporation in 2010, and has been leading the technical development effort since the company’s initial funding in 2011. At Leybold and its spin-off company Inficon, Steve built his international management experience in technology industries specializing in product creation, market penetration and building organizations to support new businesses. He created a new EHS business unit, leading the engineering and business development of the world’s first man portable GC/MS instrument which is standard equipment for first responders around the world today. Steve established five Asian subsidiaries for Inficon after its spin-out from Leybold, and eventually led Inficon’s global sales team. Prior to forming EMC, Steve was the CEO of Daystar Technologies, a pre-revenue, public, thin-film solar module developer. In that role, he refinanced and restructured the company, positioning it for a transition to manufacturing. Steve has a PhD in Applied Chemistry from the Colorado School of Mines and a MBA from Syracuse University.
Les has focused on the photovoltaics industry since founding low-cost GaAs cell and light weight module developer Wakonda Technologies in 2005 and joined Energy Materials in 2013. He led manufacturing process development activities at thin film solar start up Siva Power (nee Solexant Corporation) after their acquisition of Wakonda in 2011. Les has worked exclusively in energy conversion technology since starting his career at Rockwell International where he conceived and commercialized three different products for aggressive chemical environments. He subsequently directed the development and scale up of American Superconductor's current commercial superconducting technology product. After AMSC, Les directed the business development and technology commercialization and licensing activities for ITC Systems, a MEMS and opto-electronics company, supporting the start up and financing of three companies before founding Wakonda. Les has a D.E.Sc. in Materials Engineering from Columbia University, MBA from California Lutheran University and holds 25 patents.