Leadership Team

John Carlisle

John Carlisle, Interim Director Chain Reaction Innovations

John Carlisle is a physicist and entrepreneur with a strong passion for translating fundamental discoveries into disruptive products.

As Interim Director of Chain Reaction Innovations, John’s focus is on supporting the next generation of innovators to move hardware-based energy technologies into applications with high societal and economic impact. CRI enables the innovator and their innovation to leverage the extensive resources within Argonne National Laboratory for two years. The long term vision is to more effectively translate high-risk technologies into the market while also enabling a new generation of entrepreneurs to create new businesses that will keep the US at the forefront of energy innovation.

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 Bradley Ullrick

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.

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Aeraj Haque

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.

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 Tona Kunz

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

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.

 

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