Cohort 2 (2018-2020)
Tom is a Ph.D. chemist who is passionate about finding practical solutions to real-world technical problems. Tom serves as Director of the Organic Energy Storage Laboratory at the Michigan State University Bioeconomy Institute in Holland, Mich. In 2014, he co‑founded Jolt Energy Storage Technologies, LLC, where he hopes to use molecular design principles to create organic compounds that will revolutionize the field of energy storage.
Ted is currently devoted to the commercialization efforts of an advanced electrode fabrication technology, which provides a comprehensive and generalizable solution that affords high stability and electrochemical performance to conventional lithium-ion battery materials.
Veronika is co-founder and CEO of Mesodyne, Inc. Developed at MIT’s Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies, Mesodyne’s technology works by burning fuel in a microcombustor to heat a photonic crystal thermal emitter to incandescence, leading to infrared radiation which drives specialized photovoltaic cells to generate electricity. Mesodyne delivers watts of electricity at the fuel flow of a lighter in the palm of your hand.