Management Team

Said Al-Hallaj, Ph.D., Founder and Interim CEO

Dr. Said Al-Hallaj is currently an adjunct professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Prior to UIC, Dr. Al-Hallaj was a Research Associate Professor at the Chemical and Environmental Engineering Department and Coordinator for Renewable Energy Programs at IIT where he obtained his Ph.D. in chemical engineering. His thesis topic was "Scale-up Design of Li-ion Batteries: Electrochemical-Calorimetric, Thermal Modeling, and Safety Studies." He obtained a M.Sc. chemical engineering degree from Jordan University of Science and Technology where his thesis involved "Solar Desalination with Humidification – Dehumidification Cycle: Heat and Mass Transfer Studies."

His research areas include renewable energy systems with an emphasis on photovoltaics, distributed power generation systems, environmental/economic analysis and water desalination using alternative energy sources. He also works on electrochemical/calorimetric studies of batteries and fuel cells such as thermal characterization; safety and heat effect studies of batteries and fuel cells for stationary, personal electronics and transportation applications; modeling/simulating and scale-up design of batteries and fuel cells for electric vehicle (EV) and stationary applications.

Dr. Al-Hallaj has published over 50 journal and conference proceedings papers in the areas of photovoltaics, batteries and fuel cells. He has two patents and five applications related to advanced power generation.

Jake Edie, Business Development

Mr. Edie most recently served as Vice President, Consulting Services for DemandTec, a start-up software analytics company. During his time at DemandTec, he was a leader in the development of the Consumer Products business, a strategic priority that supported the company's successful IPO in 2007. Prior to DemandTec, Mr. Edie also spent time as a management consultant and marketing director. Mr. Edie received an undergraduate degree in economics from Northwestern University and a Master's of Science in environmental science and policy from the University of Chicago.

Monica Cook, Technology Development

Ms. Cook's experience is in the chemical process and allied products industry. This experience includes polyester film packaging and converting, adhesives, chemical and environmental products. Her skills include process engineering, quality (Six Sigma Black Belt Training), manufacturing, technical service and support, product and equipment development, customized inspection systems and corporate planning. She has a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois, an M.S. degree in Environmental Project Management from Northwestern University and is a Ph.D. candidate at UIC.