Veronika Stelmakh

Project: Portable thermophotovoltaic power generator

Veronika is the co-founder and CEO of Mesodyne, Inc.

At Chain Reaction Innovations, Veronika will be developing a portable power generator based on a thermophotovoltaic technology that she developed with Walker Chan at MIT’s Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies. The solution can reduce the weight and footprint needed for mobile small-scale long-duration power currently only provided by battery packs.

Veronika holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington, as well as an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from MIT. Veronika was a National Science Foundation IGERT fellow while pursuing her Master’s degree, when she developed a fiber-coupled source of polarization entangled photons. The focus of her Ph.D. work was the development of a practical photonic crystal selective emitter for thermophotovoltaic applications – sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Defense – which resulted in a world-record benchtop demonstration. She has either authored or co-authored more than 20 technical articles. Prior to graduate school, she worked as an application engineer in power electronics at a semiconductor manufacturing company, International Rectifier, in Los Angeles.