Team

Olga Boleslavsky

QA Engineer

Olga performs quality assurance, regression testing, and release support for all aspects of ConnectDERs solutions, both hardware and software.

Brad Pulley

Brad Pulley

Electrical Engineer

Brad is an electrical engineer who focuses on various new product development initiatives and Research & Development projects at ConnectDER. He provides support for the design and implementation of testing beds, additive manufacturing, and printed circuit board design.

Ben Lewis

Ben Lewis

Lead Mechanical 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.

Narti Kitiyakara

Narti Kitiyakara

Lead Software Engineer

Narti is an experienced developer with a strong interest in helping other developers work better through the appropriate use of process and tools. He has more than fifteen years of experience creating and leading agile teams, and more than twenty years of experience with a wide variety of programming languages developing business applications and programming tools.

Vince Carter

Vince Carter

Lead Electrical Engineer

Vince has worked in various capacities as an electrical engineer for ConnectDER. He supports the product development front, from diving into Research & Development projects to designing PCBs and working on software and firmware development.

Whit Fulton

Whit Fulton

CEO

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.

Czar McMichael Bey

Czar McMichael Bey

Product Technician

Czar is multi-talent aspiring entrepreneur who shares responsibility for assembling, calibrating, testing, and shipping all of the Smart ConnectDER units made in-house.

Lorena Machado Gomes

Lorena Machado Gomes

Product Technician

Lorena has a background in electrical engineering and is responsible for assembling, calibrating, testing, and shipping all of the Smart ConnectDER units made in-house. She checks each completed unit for quality, accuracy, and functionality, as well as manages logistics and inventory to ensure our production processes are seamless.

Cate Christiaanse

Cate Christiaanse

VP Software and Delivery

Cate has been working in the software industry for over 15 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 VP Software and Delivery, 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.

Jon Knauer

Jon Knauer

VP Hardware and Delivery

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 Schroeder

John Schroeder

VP Innovation

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.

Adam Koeppel

Adam Koeppel

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.
Dr. Evan Malone

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).
Paul Duncan

Paul Duncan

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.