A healthier planet via affordable and accessible energy generation.


Empower people to make their own energy by delivering breakthrough technologies.

Company Story

Modern Electron is a breakthrough energy technology company. Our mission is to enable anyone to generate efficient electricity using our breakthrough technology. Over 80% of electrical power consumed worldwide is still produced from heat, using engines & turbines invented centuries ago. Modern Electron is developing advanced thermionic converters, a new direct heat-to-electricity technology, to revolutionize thermal power and enable efficient, on-demand distributed generation.


Meet the Team



Employee Spotlights


Meet the Advisors


Modern Electron Carsten Voigtländer

Carsten Voigtländer

Carsten Voigtländer is a board member of Modern Electron. Previously, he headed the Vaillant Group as CEO until 2018. With 13,000 employees and over €2.5 billion/yr revenue, Vaillant is a market leader in the HVAC market. Carsten has a PhD in thermodynamics. He has more than 25 years of international management experience in mechanical and plant engineering, in series production, in the energy sector and in the service industry.

Modern Electron Alex Molinaroli

Alex Molinaroli

Alex Molinaroli served as the Chairman and CEO of Johnson Controls, a leader in building systems and efficiency products with over 100,000 employees worldwide and $30 billion/yr revenue. He was with the company for 34 years serving as CEO beginning in 2013 to 2017. Prior to that he was the President of the company’s Power Solutions battery business.

Modern Electron CHP David J. LaGrand

David LaGrand

David J. LaGrand was the CEO of Nortek, a major manufacturer of Residential and Light Commercial Heating and Air Conditioning products. He was with the company for 29 years serving as President since 1997 and CEO beginning in 2001 to 2017. During his tenure the business grew more than six fold. Mr. LaGrand also served on the Board of Directors of the Air Conditioning Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI).

Modern Electron Ed Williams

Ed Williams

Ed Williams is a serial entrepreneur in the technology and energy industry. Ed was the CEO of SilLion, Novinda Corporation, Firefly Energy, and Accumedia, and has served on the boards of Solid Power, Catalyst Repository Systems, and the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association.


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Core R&D Intern

Aditya is a Core R&D Intern at Modern Electron. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech, where he worked extensively on data analysis for a research group developing intelligent prosthesis and exoskeleton controls. He is a co-author on a publication for an automated method of motion capture data analysis.

In his spare time, he enjoys playing the violin, writing music, cooking food, and playing video games.


Senior Materials Engineer

Alex is a Senior Materials Engineer at Modern Electron with significant experience working at the 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 obtained a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering 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.


Director of Technology

Amit Goyal is the Director of Technology at Modern Electron. He has over a decade of experience managing research initiatives and commercial business development in areas of sustainable chemistry, catalysts, and process development. He has led several US-DOE-funded programs for first-of-kind technologies, utilizing alternative feedstock for the production of fuels and chemicals. He received a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from Manipal Institute of Technology, India, and a Master of Science and doctorate in chemical engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Amit is an inventor on seven granted and two pending US patents. His accolades include induction to the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame (2008) for his work on methods for electrophoretic deposition of carbon nanotubes for FET and sensor applications. He was awarded the Schering Plough Science and Innovation Award for his doctoral research (2007). He was also selected for the best technology pitch for biomass-derived sugars conversion to acrylonitrile – a monomer used as a precursor for the production of carbon fibers to investors during the “Shark Tank” session held at the World BioMarkets 2017 conference in Amsterdam, Netherlands. His hobbies include badminton, travel, and reading.


Senior Engineering Manager

Andrew is a Senior Engineering Manager 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.


Senior Computational Physicist

Arvind is a Senior 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.


Director of MEMs Engineering

Bill is the Director of MEMs Engineering at Modern Electron. He has over 30 years of professional experience in product R&D, involving a wide range of science and technology. He has led numerous multi-disciplined R&D engineering teams throughout his career. Bill has held leadership positions in a number of start-up companies, and has also worked for a number of fortune 100 companies including Boeing, United Technologies, Dow Chemical, Martin Marietta (now Martin Lockheed), and Johnson & Johnson.
Bill earned his BA in mathematics from Saint Vincent College in Latrobe Pennsylvania, and his BSEE from the Pennsylvania State University. He also holds an M.S. in Physics from the University of Washington.
Bill’s hobbies include cooking, kayaking, fishing, and golf. In his free time, he also enjoys spending time with his family, reading, eating, and watching football and ice hockey on TV.


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.


Product Manager

Dave is a Product Manager at Modern Electron. Previously, Dave worked for Google in their consumer hardware group and for Fluke Corporation in advanced R&D. Dave received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from The University of Washington and an MBA and MS in User-centered Design from Northwestern University.

In his spare time, Dave enjoys playing live music, cooking, traveling, running and brewery hopping.


Associate Electrical Engineer

Ethan is an Associate Electrical Engineer supporting the Core R&D team at Modern Electron. Prior to joining Modern Electron, he worked at Boeing Commercial Airplanes, developing functional test setups and procedures for airplane systems. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from MIT.

Outside of work, he can be found somewhere in Washington climbing a mountain or at home tending his garden.


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.


Senior Scientist

Hsin-I is a Senior 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.


R&D Engineer

John is an 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, and has designed and assembled hardware that has flown to Venus!  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.


Welder and Fabricator

Josh Wolcott is a welder and fabricator at Modern Electron. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts with a major in Fashion Design. He has spent his professional career doing custom design and fabrication in a vast array of materials and spent the last decade doing 3D design, welding, and CNC machining. He is currently teaching himself woodturning, blacksmithing, and finding the next skill to add to his repertoire.

In his spare time, Josh loves working on projects in his home shop, camping, gardening, and spending time with his family.


VP of Product

Justin is the VP of Product at Modern Electron and leads all product development and technology commercialization. He is a serial entrepreneur and prior to joining Modern Electron, he co-founded and grew the leading electrified powertrain technology company in the USA for commercial vehicles, XL Fleet, as well as a fast-growing consumer e-commerce company. Justin earned an MBA from MIT and studied electrical engineering with a focus on machine learning at UC San Diego.

Justin also served as an intelligence officer in the US Air Force on assignment in 26 countries around the world and is a veteran of the Iraq War.


Design Drafter

Justin Gimbel is a Design Drafter at Modern Electron. He has 7 years of combined experience working with electro-mechanical assemblies for research and production.

In his spare time, Justin likes playing games, tinkering with odd projects at home, exploring WA, and mostly spending time with his wife.


Thermal Mechanical Design Engineer

Kristen is a Thermal Mechanical Design Engineer on the Product Development Team at Modern Electron. Kristen has five years of experience in the energy industry in process equipment design, maintenance, and fabrication, including thermal analysis and design of heat exchangers. Kristen obtained a BS in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin.

In her spare time, Kristen enjoys attempting new recipes, exploring the outdoors, and constantly learning.


Engineering Services Manager

Levi is an Engineering Services Manager at Modern Electron specializing in MEMS-based device design and rapid prototyping. He earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Southern California, and has over four years of experience designing, building, and validating implantable drug infusion pump systems and general consumer electronics. Levi has extensive hands-on experience with a variety of fabrication, manufacturing, and testing processes.

In his spare time, you can find Levi skiing, backpacking, mountain biking, or exploring the wilderness on 4×4 overland adventures.


Operations & HR Manager

Luisa is the Operations & HR Manager at Modern Electron. Luisa graduated from Santa Clara University with a B.S. in Public Health. Her passion lies in growing startups & small businesses and working to make the world a healthier place for all, and she’s grateful to be able to combine both passions at Modern Electron.

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.


R&D Engineer

Mark is an R&D Engineer at Modern Electron and holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Florida International University in Miami, FL. His research consisted of understanding and developing next-generation energy-efficient information processing devices. He focused on developing spintronic nanodevices as a promising alternative to the semiconductor microprocessor and memory technologies.

Mark enjoys playing sports and traveling abroad with his wife. He’s passionate about Spanish culture, food, and literature.


Associate Materials Engineer

Matt is an associate materials engineer at Modern Electron. He earned a BS in Materials Science and Engineering from Washington State University and a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Materials Science from Vanderbilt University. His Ph.D. studies investigated thermal conductivity, and in particular, acoustic softening and acoustic stiffening in silicon and zinc oxide nanowires.

In his free time, Matt enjoys skiing, hiking, swimming and otherwise getting outside.


Materials Engineer

Matthew is a Materials Engineer at Modern Electron with expertise in prototyping, development, and automation of experimental test stations, and materials research.  He graduated from UC Davis in Chemical Engineering (MS, 2014) with research projects in the synthesis and characterization of ceramic electrolytes for batteries and fuel cells.

He was involved in the development of novel X-ray sources based on the triboelectric effect at a startup in Los Angeles called Tribogenics and more recently was involved in SBIR projects related to X-ray scanning and optical metrology at Physical Optics.

For fun, he enjoys bouldering, kiteboarding, and board games. 


Co-Founder & CTO

Max Mankin is the co-founder and CTO of Modern Electron. He has a decade of experience building and leading teams, as well as 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 a few dozen patents pending and granted. His accolades include one of Inc. Magazine’s most brilliant entrepreneurs under 30 (2017) and Forbes 30 Under 30 (2016). His hobbies include squash, skiing, and home automation.


Mechanical Design Engineer

Patrick is a Mechanical Design Engineer on the Full Device Engineering team. He brings over 10 years of thermal-mechanical design experience, designing several components in power-generating industrial gas turbines with GE Power. Most recently, he helped develop conceptual designs for hybrid propulsion systems for the aircraft startup Zunum Aero. His engineering experience has been focused on exploring the full design space and bringing parts from sketches to prototype, test, and production phases.

Outside the office, Patrick enjoys attending and performing live music, cooking and eating food, and exploring new cities.


Senior Computational Physicist

Peter is a Senior 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 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 of 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.


Computational Physicist

Roelof is a Computational Physicist at Modern Electron. He has extensive experience in computational condensed matter physics, ranging from ab-initio studies to method development for computing many-body interactions. He holds an MS degree in computer science and a PhD in condensed matter physics from the University of Southern California.

Outside of science he enjoys motorcycle riding, sailing and traveling. He is also a big rugby fan.


Senior Materials Engineer

Stephen is a Senior Materials Engineer at Modern Electron with a background in the development and industrialization of high temperature and composite materials, particularly Ceramic Matrix Composites, for energy, aerospace, and space applications.
Prior to joining Modern Electron, he worked for a major jet engine manufacturer developing Ceramic Matrix Composites, their manufacturing processes, test methods, and lifing and reliability models. He obtained a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an MS in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of California Los Angeles.  He holds 20+ patents on various materials, manufacturing processes, and component design methods for managing thermal, mechanical, and environmental issues.

Stephen’s hobbies include sailing, hiking, and restoring antique cars.


Co-Founder & CEO of Modern Electron.

Tony is an inventor on 250+ patents pending in energy & climate, nanotechnology, and biomedical devices. Past experiences include: Member of Global Future Councils of the World Economic Forum, in Energy & Entrepreneurship. Pro bono consultant on global health, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Global Good Fund. Term Member, Council on Foreign Relations. National fellowships: Hertz, Soros, and National Science Foundations. Formerly with Goldman Sachs. Graduate, Stanford; Ph.D. in Physics, Harvard University. Named to Forbes 30 under 30, MIT Technology Review Innovators under 35, Business Journal 40 under 40.


Vice President of Product Development

Vik is a seasoned industry professional, with over 25 years of experience developing sustainable energy technologies and products going into buildings and transportation, such as HVAC&R, as well as the organizational capabilities that support these. In particular, he has been instrumental in the successful introduction of not-in-kind thermodynamic systems such as absorption chillers, heat pumps, and combined heat and power (CHP) systems, as well as digital enabling technologies such as modeling & simulation. In one of his more recent roles with Ingersoll Rand/Trane, Vik built and led the first Network of Excellence for Modeling & Simulation, a team of 50+ advanced engineers from around the company’s operations worldwide, to support the innovation and product development efforts of all its business units.

Vik has a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering/thermal sciences from Penn State and an MBA in global management from the University of Manchester in the UK. He has over 30 publications as papers, seminars, and theses to his credit, presented in various global forums.

Vik was invited to serve on the Industry Advisory Board for his alma mater at Penn State. He has also been invited as a consultant to the US Dept. of Energy’s Office of Technology Transitions (Technology Commercialization), Building Technologies Office, and Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy on different occasions.

Outside of work, Vik enjoys travel, reading, and most of all, art. He is particularly passionate about music (plays a little piano) and dabbles in amateur theatre (writing, direction, and production).