Whit founded ConnectDER™ to give inventors a place to solve meaningful problems and to ensure they have an ownership stake in the solutions they create. His personal mission is to create technologies and business approaches that unlock profitable models for renewable energy. Whit honed his analysis, negotiation, and product development skills through a series of senior managerial positions in energy analytics consultancies and cleantech startups.
Jon manages the design and production of ConnectDER’s core products. He has over 8 years of experience in product development, project management, and consulting. Jon focuses on bringing product enhancements to rapid fruition. Prior to joining ConnectDER, he managed software deployments at Performance Systems Development, an energy efficiency services provider, and led energy efficiency and sustainability master planning projects for a number of major US cities at ICLEI USA.
John is an embedded system designer with a passion for renewable energy solutions. He is responsible for the design and development of the metering and communications systems in ConnectDER’s core products. John has created a multitude of innovative products over the last 25 years including energy monitoring sensors, flow battery storage systems, and data analysis software. He enjoys the entire creative process and strives to keep abreast of the latest technologies.
Cate has been working in the software industry for over 12 years focusing primarily on graphing and analytics software. With a passion for usability and efficiency, she is thrilled to (re)join the clean energy space by working with ConnectDER. As the Operations Manager at ConnectDER, Cate provides the organization and management to our day to day operations with a focus on continuous improvement for our processes and practices. As the product manager for ConnectDER’s web tools, she works to improve the commissioning and provisioning process for our devices.
Junior Production Engineer
Jezreél is responsible for the assembly of ConnectDER subcomponents for delivery. She also contributes to designing improvements for the manufacturing process and works directly with the rest of the engineering team to ensure a high-quality executable product.
Research & Design Engineer
Ben provides design and development of multiple subsystems of the ConnectDER, as well as support for field deployment operations. He was a fellow in the photovoltaics department of Fraunhofer CSE. Ben previously worked in residential and commercial photovoltaics, solar thermal, and biofuels.
Engineering & Market Advisory Support
Paul is an executive, inventor, and engineer with significant entrepreneurial experience within the energy sector serving electric utilities and their customers. His functional expertise includes customer-centric strategic planning involving thought leadership surrounding all aspects of electric utility distribution operations, with an emphasis on aggregation and control of distributed energy resources within the distribution grid or utility back office. Paul provides ConnectDER with critical expertise on design process, business management, and utility market applications.
Business Development Support
Mike is a seasoned solar industry professional who helps ConnectDER develop our business network among government stakeholders, technology providers, and utilities. In his day job, Mike is the Director of Market Development and Government Affairs at Nextility. He also currently serves as the Treasurer for the national chapter of the Solar Electric Industries Association (SEIA).
Dr. Evan Malone
Product Development Support
Evan founded and currently serves as president of NextFab, a hardware tech incubator and product development services company in Philadelphia. Evan and other staff at NextFab support ConnectDER with hardware design, engineering, and prototyping services. Evan has worked in applied physics at DOE’s Fermilab high-energy physics laboratory and has performed research on mobile robotics and additive manufacturing (3D printing).
IP and Design Support
Adam is a fearless hacker/maker who provides design, prototyping, and patent development work to ConnectDER. He has a mechanical engineering degree and experience working on groundbreaking products in the energy, finance, and social media market sectors, many of which he holds patents on. Adam has been a founding member of a number of successful startup companies. When ConnectDER needs go-to support on making things quickly, Adam is the guy we go to.