Board of Directors
Dr. B.J. Stanbery, Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors
Dr. B.J. Stanbery has an illustrious career spanning more than 30 years in the solar industry. He is an expert in the business and science of photovoltaics (PV). In 2008, his innovation of inkjet printing of CIGS, won a prestigious 2008 R&D 100 Award. He founded HelioVolt to develop and commercialize a revolutionary FASST® process for manufacturing CIGS thin-film PV that is now covered by 11 patents issued, 9 additional patent applications, and 83 international extensions. Prior to founding HelioVolt, Dr. Stanbery managed Boeing's terrestrial PV program. During that 17-year tenure his team manufactured and deployed PV for spacecraft, and in 1990 achieved the world record in multi-junction thin-film PV conversion efficiency. Dr. Stanbery completed his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering in 2001 at the University of Florida, having previously obtained an M.S. in Physics from the University of Washington and B.S. in both Physics and Mathematics from the University of Texas. Dr. Stanbery also serves on the Board of the Texas Renewable Energy Association (TREIA), and as Chairman of the Board of the Texas Foundation for Innovative Communities (TFIC).
Arno Penzias, Venture Partner, NEA
Arno Penzias joined New Enterprise Associates ("NEA") in 1997 as a Venture Partner from Bell Labs, where he headed its research organization and served as its Chief Scientist. Arno is currently on the Board of HelioVolt and Terrajoule and serves as technical adviser, as needed, for a number of NEA companies, including: Bloom Energy, HelioVolt, Hillcrest Laboratories, Solar Junction, SolFocus, Spreadtrum Communications, Telegent Systems and Tri Alpha Energy. He has written two books and a number of articles on science and technology, especially their impact on business and society. A member of both the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering, he received a BS from City College of New York and a PhD from Columbia University. His awards include a number of honorary degrees, as well as other awards, for his contributions to science, R&D management and public service - most notably the 1978 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work in radio astronomy.
Tim Costello, CEO, Builder Homesite, Inc.
As the CEO of Builder Homesite, Mr. Costello leads a consortium of more than 36 American homebuilders representing more than 275,000 new homes and $60 billion in revenue. BHI was founded to provide affordable and scalable technology solutions to the homebuilding industry. Mr. Costello also co-founded Greenlight LLC, a service provider that enables builders to easily adopt and implement green building practices, including solar system installations. Prior to BHI, he was Vice President, Global Operations at Applied Materials (AMAT), the world's leading manufacturer of semiconductor capital equipment. In this role, he was responsible for analyzing the global manufacturing value stream and the strategic direction of technical programs aimed at driving efficiencies. He received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University.
Henri Arif, Senior Member, Credit Suisse
Henri Arif is a senior member of the Renewable Energy team for the Customized Fund Investment Group (CFIG) at Credit Suisse, leading investments in the sector, overseeing the existing portfolio companies, and holding seats on several boards within that portfolio.
Prior to his work with CFIG, Henri was the Managing Director and founder of Edge Chemicals LLC, a physical commodities NY based trading firm, where he quickly developed an international trading activity in Ethanol and Biodiesel starting in 2001. Prior to that and for over 10 years, he was an executive board member and senior manager at a private family holding company with activities in the Chemical and Petrochemical manufacturing industry, after having held specific positions at the operational and commercial levels of the business.Henri started his career at IBM in France and holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and an M.S. in Operations Management from Boston University.
Perry Ha, Managing Director
Perry Ha is the founder of DFJ Athena, a Draper Fisher Jurvetson affiliate venture fund focused on investments in Korea and the US. He has been an active investor since 1998 when he founded Athena Technology Ventures, a Silicon Valley based venture capital fund with a focus on early-stage startups. He has invested in and/or served on the board of many successful companies including Ipivot (INTC), Demandtec (DMAN), Imparto Software (PKS), ProfitLogic (ORCL), and Zantaz (AUTNF). He also served as an interim CEO at two different companies. He currently serves on the board of several companies in Korea and the US. Prior to venture capital, he led the Technology Management Practice at Gemini Consulting, a global management consultancy, helping Fortune 1000 clients manage technology portfolios and develop new products.
Prior to that, he managed an R&D Group at Amicon, a life science devices company, which was successfully sold to Milipore in 1994. He was granted two patents during his tenure at Amicon. He serves on the board of Korean American Society of Entrepreneurs (KASE), on the Visiting Committee at MIT, and on the Leadership Board of MIT's McGovern Institute for Brain Research. He earned B.S. and M.S. degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He was the captain of his collegiate volleyball team and was selected to NCAA All-American Third Team. He is a life-long student and teacher of Tae Kwon Do, a Korean martial art of which he is a certified Master Instructor.
Dong S. Kim, President of SK Innovation Global Technology & CTO of SK Innovation
Dong S. Kim is President of SK Innovation Global Technology since March of 2009. As CTO of SK Innovation, he is in charge of corporate R&D planning and management. Recently, SK Innovation is focusing on development of technologies for petroleum, lubricants, petrochemicals, polymers, new energy, new materials and batteries. Through the unique "R&BD+E" (Research & Business Development + Engineering) management system, Dong Kim is powering innovations in advanced technologies as well as the development of future technologies in SK Innovation.
Before joining SKIGT, Dong S. Kim has been with Shell Oil Company, a Global Energy Industry, for 18.5 years. During his employment, he has worked on and led various assignments including upstream, downstream and midstream energy sectors. His wide range of experience and technical excellence led to him being named one of Shell's global leaders. He has been managing a global reliability and integrity team which handles the reliability, safety, and mechanical integrity of equipment in many different fields including Offshore, Onshore, Gas plant, Refining, Chemical, Catalyst, Bio, GTL and Wind energy.
Taewoo Woo, Vice President, SK Holdings
Taewoo is a vice president of SK Holdings and leading investment in emerging energy and material technology. Taewoo has a long term experiences in polyolefin catalysts (Ziegler Natta and high temperature resistant single site catalyst) and process/product developments since he has joined SKI in 1984. He also led many projects for renewable energy, such as hydrogen stations, fuel cell systems, secondary EV batteries, bio-energy, CDM. He has published several papers in international journals and was granted 14 patents during his tenure at SKI. Taewoo holds a M.S. and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from KAIST, and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering in SNU.