Our Team


Xuntuo Wang

Nelson Wang is currently a 4th year Ph.D. Candidate and Irwin Jacbos Presidential Fellow in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. He studied at Harvard Business School in business management. He has five years research experience in the EV and smart grid field with the DOE and automotive industry.


Anthony Frisone

Anthony Frisone is currently with the United States Army Corp of Engineers and is charged with establishing footholds in emerging markets. He has worked in Berkshire for over three years, and he graduated from Xavier University with a Business Degree.

Chen Yang

Chen Yang is currently the General Manager of China. He has two years research experience in global theorization on the government policy and soical impact. He previously worked at Quintiles and Departmet of Commerce. He holds a MS from Northeastern University.


XI Rong

Xi (Jerry) Rong is currently a 4th year Ph.D. candidate and Paparlardo fellow in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. He received B.S. degree with Magna Cum Laude honor from Washington University, St. Louis. He has co-authored four peer-reviewed publications and specializes in the design of batteries and fuel cells. Xi recieved the Gustav Mesmer Prize for academic achievement in 2012.

Dr. Hua (Kevin) Bai

Hua (Kevin) Bai received BS and Ph.D. from Department of Electrical Engineering of Tsinghua University, Beijing, China in 2002 and 2007, respectively. He is the author of 1 book (Transients of Modern Power Electronics), 35 peer-reviewed IEEE journal papers, 18 conference papers, and he holds 5 industrial patents.


Yang Liu

Yang Liu is currently a 5th year Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT where he has been working with Dr. Tiantian for two years on the automotive projects which extensively collaborated with Daimler, Shell, Toyota, and V.W. He graduated from Purdue University and Shanghai Jiaotong University in a joint 2+2 program in 2011.


Our Advisors


Dr. James L. Kirtley Jr.

Dr. James L. Kirtley Jr. is of Professor of Electrical Engineering at MIT. He served as Editor in Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion from 1998 to 2006 and continues to serve as Editor for that journal and as a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Electric Power Components and Systems. Dr. Kirtley was made a Fellow of IEEE in 1990. He was awarded the IEEE Third Millenium medal in 2000 and the Nikola Tesla prize in 2002. Dr. Kirtley was elected to the United States National Academy of Engineering in 2007.


Neil Rasmussen

Neil is an entrepreneur, engineer, and technology strategist. He was a 1981 founder of American Power Conversion (APC) where he served as CTO for 27 years. He led the 2008 sale of APC to its new parent company, Schneider Electric, where he recently served as Senior VP for Innovation. Neil has been granted 38 patents, primarily focused on energy efficient power distribution and conversion. Neil holds BS and MS degrees from MIT in Electrical Engineering.

Alain Hanover

Alain has over 30 years of experience in venture capital, executive management, software development, and engineering. He has served as CEO for over 15 years at InCert and Viewlogic, as well as being an early stage investor or advisor in over 20 private companies. He also co-founded CommonAngels, Boston's leading Angel Investor group. Hanover holds B.S. degrees in electrical engineering and mathematics from MIT; an M.S. in applied math from Harvard University; and an executive MBA/OPM program degree from the Harvard Business School.


Ardy Falaki

Ardeshir Falaki is the president of SEC16 and is currently leading an Internet startup he founded in 2010. He has over 20 years of broad business background, including general management, senior product development, and market support responsibilities in leading technology companies. He has worked for Polycom, PictuerTel, Siemens, and GTE. Ardy's undergraduate studies were in electrical and computer engineering, '78-'81, and graduate work in electrical engineering and physics, '81-'84.

Geoff Phillips

Geoff has over twenty years of experience developing durable consumer products. In the past, he was responsible for the development of all vehicle accessories for General Motors in Europe. Geoff has an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan where he concentrated in Marketing and Corporate Strategy. He also holds an MS in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Stanford University with a concentration in Microprocessor-based Design. He holds a BS from UC-Berkeley.