Andreas Roelofs, Founding Director
Andreas Roelofs is a former startup founder and has extensive experience in public and private sector R&D. He founded and directs Argonne Design Works, an industry liaison program for Argonne. He also oversees the Argonne Collaborative Center for Energy Storage Science, which works closely with industry to develop new technology.
Dr. Roelofs opened a U.S. subsidiary of a German equipment manufacturer, which he headed as its president and co-founder, before joining Argonne in 2011. His research focuses on nanotechnology and ferroelectric thin films and nanoparticles for ferroelectric random access memory (FeRAM) applications.
He is a member of the International Institute for Nanotechnology’s Steering Committee at Northwestern University and a member of the International Advisory Board for the Centre for Doctoral Training in Science and Applications of Graphene and Related Nanomaterials at the University of Manchester, U.K.
Dr. Roelofs received his doctoral degree in physics with highest honors from the RWTH Aachen in Germany. He holds multiple U.S. patents and has authored or co-authored numerous scientific journal articles, proceedings, and book chapters.
Brad Ullrick, Deputy Director of Operations
Brad Ullrick is active in the energy R&D space. He leads the partner set resources for the national public-private consortium the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research. He focuses on identifying, developing, and closing patent transactions and developing and implementing go-to-market strategies.
He has worked with technology commercialization for nearly a decade. He is a registered patent attorney, and he was a Senior Attorney for Intellectual Property in Argonne’s Legal Department.
He holds a J.D. from The John Marshall Law School and a B.A. in communications and political science from Northern Illinois University.
Aeraj Haque, Chief Technologist
Dr. Aeraj Haque is chief technologist for Argonne National Laboratory’s technology incubator Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI) and the Argonne Design Works (ADW) center.
He is responsible for forging R&D partnerships with industry, mentoring startup companies, leading entrepreneur efforts, as well as identifying opportunities for Argonne scientists to partner with industry and commercialize technologies grown at the laboratory. His career has included intellectual property law, academic research, engineering work in the oil, auto, and chemical industries, and a stint as a co-founder and chief technology officer of a biotech veterinary diagnostic startup company.
Tona Kunz, Marketing and Communications Manager
Tona Kunz has been marketing R&D programs and services for nearly a decade. She has been involved in the launch of several programs, including an energy investment startup. She is a founding member of the Kellogg Angels investment fund and has served as an advisor for several startups to assess market potential, develop market-entry strategies, and innovation strategies.
She is an award-winning newspaper journalist and science writer and editor. In her work with R&D facilities, she has developed product-marketing strategies, managed media relations, developed outreach programs, and overseen event coordination.
She holds an executive M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a bachelor’s in journalism and political science from the University of Missouri at Columbia. She studied technology product management and venture capital strategy in Tel Aviv. She is a University of Illinois Public Affairs Fellow.
Shigeta Applewhite, Administrative Support
Shigeta Applewhite is the Administrative Assistant to the Chain Reaction Innovations and Argonne Design Works.
She serves as the administrative backbone to CRI by partnering with the Directors and Innovators to manage meeting schedules, conference attendance and travel, plan events. Shigeta’s diverse skill set was gained across a range of industries, including oil and gas, investment management, law, health care and education. She also independently owned and operated a licensed, in-home daycare for several years. Currently she is completing her BA in Organizational Leadership at Lewis University.