Meet Our Team



Ad is Director of Engineering at Modern Electron and is leading team THOR (i.e. Full Device Engineering) to build thermionic converter vacuum packages. Looking ahead, this will also entail building the system around the heat engine core, and then bringing the system out into the world as a product.

Ad brings more than 25 years of industrial technology experience with companies specializing in the design and application of combustion equipment. Prior to joining Modern Electron, Ad served as SVP of Operations and Product Engineering at Alphabet Energy. He also served as Director of Product Development at Honeywell/Eclipse, one of the world’s largest suppliers of industrial combustion equipment and services, Manager of Process and Combustion Engineering at Aalborg Industries (currently CMI-EPTI), and as Corporate Burner Manager at Cleaver-Brooks.

Ad holds an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands.

In his free time, he enjoys listening to music and podcasts, running and going on long walks. He also like to read fiction and non-fiction and brewing/enjoying good coffee.


Materials Engineer

Alex is a Materials Engineer at Modern Electron with significant experience working at intersection of semiconductor processing and energy technology. He specializes in surface science, thin film processing, solid state and nonaqueous electrochemistry, and vacuum engineering.

Prior to joining Modern Electron, he worked as part of a multi-institutional Department of Energy funded Energy Frontier Research Center, where he successfully developed the first solid state lithium-ion battery fabricated using conformal, vapor-phase chemistry. He is wrapping up a Ph.D. in Materials Science from the University of Maryland based on this work. He has co-authored 20+ scientific publications and one patent on topics ranging from colloidal nanolithography to lithium-air batteries. He holds bachelor’s degrees in Physics and Mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Alex’s hobbies include hiking, diving, skiing, and fossil hunting.


R&D Engineer

Andrew is a research and development engineer for Modern Electron with expertise in low-dimensional carbon materials, ultra-high vacuum systems, and nanofabrication. Andrew earned a MASc at University of British Columbia, where he designed and fabricated nanostructured devices for heat-to-electricity conversion.

During his two-year Master’s studies, he was published in a multitude of peer-reviewed journal papers and conferences. He earned a BS and graduated #1 in Electrical Engineering at The Ohio State University. His passions include writing and producing music, teaching science to grade-school students, and consuming spicy food.


Nanofabrication Engineer

Andy spent a decade building little things while working as a senior engineer at the Washington Nanofabrication Facility, as a graduate student at the University of Washington, and as an undergraduate at Montana State: piezoresistive MEMS, SU-8 microfluidics, flexible solar cells, implantable electrodes, electrochemical sensors, and nanophotonics, to name a few.

His awards include the Max E. Gellert Fellowship, the Nanotechnology Early Bird Fellowship, and the Montana State Award for Excellence. He spends his spare time skiing, hiking, cooking, and trying to convince his coworkers to join him at jiu jitsu class.



Arvind is a Computational Physicist at Modern Electron. He holds a BS in chemical engineering (biomolecular track) from the California Institute of Technology and an MPhil in chemistry from the University of Cambridge, where he was a Churchill Scholar. His research experience spans from protein folding and atomistic simulation to biocatalysis and drug discovery, and he is broadly interested in applying techniques from computational physics and statistics towards problems of societal interest.

Arvind is currently pursuing a PhD in chemical engineering as a Hertz Fellow at Stanford University, where he is working with Professor Jennifer Cochran on enzymology and high-throughput biochemistry projects. He has coauthored ten publications and patents, and enjoys homebrewing and electronic music production in his spare time.


Mechanical and Thermal Engineer

Daniel K. is a mechanical and thermal engineer at Modern Electron.  He has nearly a decade experience in solid-state power conversion ranging from semiconductor materials development and characterization to prototype device design and testing. 

Daniel holds a BS and MS from ETH-Zurich, and earned his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from MIT by spearheading multiple research projects ranging from the experimental demonstration of solar thermoelectric generators, the development of high-temperature solar absorbers and highly thermally conductive polymers. 

He is the author of 20+ peer-reviewed publications and 2 book chapters and is a co-inventor on 7 patents and patents pending.  His hobbies include windsurfing, basketball, exploring cities and national parks by car and foot and trying new restaurants.


R&D Physicist

Daniel M. is an R&D Physicist at Modern Electron. He earned a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Southern California, studying doped superfluid helium nanodroplets. Prior to his Ph.D. he worked at Sandia National Laboratories, analyzing the fundamental chemical kinetics of hydrocarbon combustion, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, applying state-of-the-art metrology techniques to help service x-ray optics at the Advanced Light Source.

Besides work-related subjects, Daniel is passionately curious about a wide range of topics in physics, chemistry and mathematics. He also enjoys running, swimming and hiking in his spare time.


Materials Engineer

Daniel V. is a materials engineer at Modern Electron. He’s an expert in thin film synthesis and characterization through the use of ultra-high vacuum and synchrotron radiation-based techniques for applications in photocathode, photovoltaic and nuclear materials, and is an author of 10+ publications.

Daniel holds a Ph.D. in Accelerator/Condensed Matter Physics from the Illinois Institute of Technology, where he developed ultra-thin multilayered heterojunctions with tunable photoemissive properties. In his free time, Daniel enjoys making and listening to music as well as impromptu road trips.


Mechanical and Thermal Engineer

Dusan is a mechanical and thermal engineer at Modern Electron with expertise in heat transfer, microelectronics thermal management, and phase change systems for energy storage & transport. Dusan earned both his B.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley. As a postdoc at LBNL he worked on Ionocalorics, a novel cooling technology. Most recently as a postdoc at Stanford University he worked on developing a thermal transistor using ferroelectric materials and on developing high efficiency radiovoltaic devices.

Dusan enjoys brainstorming discussions and learning about new topics that put him out of his comfort zone. In his spare time, he enjoys playing sports and traveling and getting acquainted with new cultures and regions of the world.



Eric is a Computational Physicist at Modern Electron.  Eric specializes in modelling physical behavior of plasmas and electromagnetic phenomena in silico.  Eric had built hybrid parallel codes to simulate everything from collisionless shocks to electrostatic instabilities. 

Previously, Eric was at SAIC modelling electromagnetic waves for airborne RADAR defense applications.  He holds a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from UC San Diego, and a Ph.D. in Physics from UCLA.  Eric is an author of 18 publications.


Process Development Engineer

Gary is a Process Development Engineer at Modern Electron. Prior to Modern Electron, he has worked in the semiconductor industry for various companies since 1990. During that time, he has worked in many sectors of the industry including semiconductors, solar and display in both manufacturing and R&D roles. Gary has participated in three fab startups and two company startups and enjoys the challenges involved in these fast-paced environments.

Gary received his B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago and has co-authored 3 patents in the semiconductor and solar industries.

Gary enjoys listening to live blues and jazz music. He can be found on many area trails walking his dog and enjoying all the beauty that the Pacific Northwest has to offer. He is an avid cyclist and enjoys riding with friends on weekend excursions in Oregon and Washington.


R&D Scientist

Hsin-I is a R&D scientist at Modern Electron. She has a decade of experience in applied physics, with expertise in surface science, atomic/molecular/optical physics, cryogenics, and quantum physics.  She holds a PhD from Harvard, where she developed new cooling and trapping methods for molecules, and pioneered magnetic trapping of CaF.  During her postdoctoral work at the Joint Quantum Institute, she optically cooled atoms to the nanokelvin regime and performed quantum simulations.  She’s authored 15 publications in high impact journals including Science. 

Hsin-I was trained as a professional badminton player for 6 years and still enjoys playing competitive badminton.



Jason has over a decade of experience in semiconductor process development, ranging from cutting edge interconnect R&D at Intel to novel silicon photovoltaics development at a startup.

He earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, where he developed devices using nanowires and carbon nanotubes. He received a B.S. with honors in Electrical Engineering and a B.A. in German Language and Literature at the University of Washington, where he was also a Goldwater Scholar and NASA Space Grant Scholar.

He enjoys playing piano, learning about other cultures, backpacking, running, and biking.


Talent Acquisition Lead

Jeanie is the Talent Acquisition Lead at Modern Electron. She is a California native with over 10 years of experience recruiting at Google. While there, she held several staffing roles focused on finding and growing their technical engineering teams, including leadership positions. She holds a BS degree in Business Administration with a focus in Human Resources.

When she’s not connecting talent to opportunities, she enjoys traveling, foreign movies and exploring the vast selection of the Northwest’s restaurants and wineries.


R&D Engineer

John is a R&D engineer at Modern Electron.  He has 20 years of experience working in the field of vacuum tubes and cathodes, ranging from CRT manufacturing to field emission to mass spectrometers and ion thrusters.  He is a co-inventor on 4 patents and co-author on 6 publications.  He has helped start-ups bring products from concept to prototype to market.  John holds a B.S. in Physics from Truman State University.

John’s interests include planetary science, movies, science fiction, and travel.  He enjoys spending time with his family hiking, canoeing, and visiting waterfalls.



Kevin is a Materials Engineer at Modern Electron. His expertise is in thin film synthesis and ultra-high vacuum experimentation. He earned a BS in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon and a PhD from Cornell, where he held a fellowship from the Semiconductor Research Corporation. His thesis work involved atomic layer deposition, and the use of organic layers to control interface formation during thin film growth. Before Modern Electron, he was as a research engineer at the Lubrizol Corporation, and a process development engineer at Intel.

Kevin is also an expert in the area of surface and colloid science in nonaqueous fluids, and co-authored a book chapter on nonaqueous foams. He enjoys hiking, exploring and learning about new areas of science, and is an avid hockey fan.


Office Administrator

Luisa is the Office Administrator at Modern Electron. She is experienced and deeply passionate about improving the overall efficiency of the office. Luisa graduated from Santa Clara University with a B.S. in Public Health. She is eager to combine her administrative experience and knowledge of public health to help the team provide electricity to all.

In her spare time, Luisa enjoys running, hiking, and trying new foods. However, she is also just as content curling up with a good book and listening to the rain.


Co-Founder & CTO

Max Mankin is the co-founder and CTO of Modern Electron. He has nearly a decade of experience designing, fabricating, and characterizing semiconductors and functional nanomaterials. Max earned a BS with honors in chemistry from Brown University and a PhD in physical chemistry from Harvard University, where he held fellowships from the Hertz and National Science Foundations.

Max is an inventor on 17 patents pending and in 2016, he joined co-founder Tony on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list. His hobbies include squash, skiing, and home automation.


Associate R&D Engineer

Morgan is an Associate R&D Engineer at Modern Electron.  She has worked on systems ranging from piezoelectric nanogenerators and nanomagnetic logic devices, to lithium ion batteries and electrochemical solar fuel production.  Her interests are in energy efficiency and nanoelectronics. She received both her BS and MS from UC Berkeley, studying Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering. 

In her free time, Morgan enjoys a wide range of hobbies such as hiking, rowing, camping and exploring new areas. She is always up for a lively conversation around a campfire or anywhere else for that matter.



Nic is the Office & Operations Manager at Modern Electron.  Her expertise is in small business and start-ups, and previously ensured daily operations ran smoothly at Medio/HERE and Atavus.  Nic is also experienced in finance and project management.

Nic’s passions, outside of running awesome office spaces, include rugby, hiking, traveling and home improvement projects. She’s a ‘jack of all trades’ and is always eager to learn more.


Computational Physicist

Peter is a Computational Physicist at Modern Electron, with more than 11 years of experience in quantum mechanics, condensed matter theory, and computational simulations of materials. He received his his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Chicago where he studied high-temperature superconductivity, and his B.S. from Harvey Mudd College. Before joining Modern Electron, he studied methods for atomic-scale fabrication of quantum information devices as a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago. He is the first author on nine papers, and is a recipient of several national fellowships, including the Hertz Fellowship, the Goldwater Scholarship, and the IC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship.

Peter plays cello and piano, pursues landscape photography, and enjoys lightweight backpacking, bicycling, and gardening.


Co-Founder & CEO

Tony is the co-founder and CEO of Modern Electron. He is a polymath inventor of 200+ patents and patents pending, spanning technologies in energy, nanotechnology, and biomedical devices. He went to college at Stanford and obtained his PhD in physics from Harvard, where he held national fellowships from the Hertz, Soros, and National Science Foundations.

Tony is a Global Shaper and member of the Global Future Council on Energy at the World Economic Forum. He was formerly a strategist at Goldman Sachs. In 2015, Tony was one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in science.