Executive Leadership Team
Technical Expertise is Essential to our Success
CEO - GERALD HABIB - B.ChE, Chemical Engineering, Mr. Habib is a seasoned executive who has many years of experience in managing technology based projects and in developing new businesses. He has been COO of a $20+ million specialized hazardous waste company with over 100 employees. Trans-Cycle Industries and TCI, Inc, a privately held environmental services company. Mr. Habib has been a Director of three public companies, including a $100 million independent power producer and solar energy company.
Most recently, he had been the Chief Operating Officer of TCI Companies until its sale to a strategic acquirer. Earlier, he had been Director of Worldwide Planning and Business Development for a $1 billion specialty chemicals division of NL Chemicals. His operational and technical experience, spanning over 30 years, is highlighted by the ability to take technology and products to market utilizing internal sales and marketing, licensing, business development partnering, joint venture formation, and mergers and acquisitions in the areas of process engineering and sales of chemicals, polymers and related industrial products.
– Vice President, Business Development, NL Industries: – Director of Worldwide Planning and Business Development, Olin Corporation: – Business Manager, Scientific Design/Halcon: – Process Engineer.
Education: New York University-Leonard N. Stern School of Business: – MBA, Corporate Finance, City University of New York City College: – B.ChE, Chemical Engineering.
CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER - THOMAS P. KAY, The founder of Concentrating Solar Power Utility (CSPU), is a solar old timer who once worked for ExxonMobil back in the 1970’s as a solar consultant, at the age of 22. Thomas P. Kay got his first Solar Patent when he was 24 years old, "Solar Collector Panel and Refrigeration System" At 16 Mr. Kay started his first solar company, TK Solar Distributors in 1970. He marketed hundreds of his solar files to Fortune 500 companies on microfiche/microfilm. He was responsible for installing the first ExxonMobil/Daystar solar hot water heaters in New York State. Thereafter, he became a solar energy consultant to ExxonMobil Enterprises the venture capital arm of ExxonMobil . After working for ExxonMobil, he opened “The Solar Store” in Mastic, Long Island, NY, the first retail outlet in the country that sold every type of solar product available at the time. Products sold were solar photovoltaic panels, solar hot water heaters, solar cookers, solar watches and calculators, solar pool heating panels and books. CSPU is the culmination of Thomas P. Kay’s lifetime commitment to the advancement of renewable energy to help humanity by developing the world’s most efficient MHD electric technology.
Mr. Kay is a inventor with 4 U.S. patents. One MHD patent was jointly developed with two professors from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). Since 1994, Mr. Kay has published several articles, testified before the U.S. Congress and made numerous appearances in the media regarding energy topics. Mr. Kay attended Hofstra New College. and New York University Stern School of Business. Stern is one of the oldest and most prestigious business schools in the world. Mr. Kay will continue as Chief Technology Officer with responsibility for overall system design, integration, testing and product technology refinement.
CHIEF SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING OFFICER - PROFESSOR DOUGLAS B. CHRISEY, Professor of Physics and Engineering Physics, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Cornelia and Arthur L. Jung Chair in Materials Engineering, Tulane University, New Orleans. Adjunct Professor of Materials Science, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Prof. Chrisey has more than 400 peer-reviewed publications and 20 patents and has been honored with the Endowed Jung Chair of Materials Engineering within the Physics and Engineering Physics Dept. at Tulane University. Doug began his stellar engineering and academic career when he earned a B.S. in Physics from the State University of New York At Binghamton in 1983 and later a Ph.D. in Engineering Physics from the University of Virginia in 1987. He spent the next 17 years at the Naval Research Laboratory as the Head of the Laser Processing Section. After spending 1 year as the Deputy Director at the North Dakota State University Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering, Doug joined Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as a Full Professor of Materials Science and Biomedical Engineering.
Currently, Doug is teaching and performing research at Tulane University and is the Jung Chair of Materials Engineering in the Department of Physics and Engineering Physics with Adjunct appointments in the Biomedical Engineering Department at Tulane and at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Material Science Department.
Doug is well known to the world of science and engineering with more than 400 citable publications and over 11,000 citations and an h-index value of 52. He has edited or co-edited 15 books and has 20 patents.
He also serves as a Scientific Advisor to Nanotherapeutics, Science and Engineering Officer at MSI Limited, the Chief Technology Officer for Nano Solutions, and is President of Omni-Metrics.
Doug’s research interests are wide ranging and include the novel laser fabrication of thin films and coatings of advanced materials for electronics, sensors, biomaterials, and for energy storage. Doug is world renown and is considered one of the pioneers in the field of Pulsed Laser Deposition and was the lead inventor of MAPLE processing technique (matrix assisted pulsed laser evaporation). He is currently publishing in areas of metallic nanoparticle fabrication, biosensing, bio-nanotechnology, tissue engineering, stem cell processing, ceramics, and poly-amorphism.
"Over his career, Prof. Chrisey has been the recipient of many multi-year and multi-million dollar gov't research contracts mostly from the DoD and NSF, but also industry sponsors too."
SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING OFFICER - PROFESSOR YOAV PELES, Department Chair and Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering University of Central Florida.
Professor Yoav Peles received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology in January 2000. Following he joined the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to work on the micro engine project.
Professor Peles has served as associate chair of Mechanical, Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering — and program director of mechanical engineering — at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York.
“Enhanced Heat Transfer in Micro Domains”
His research expertise is in the field of convective heat transfer at the micro scale, with special interests in flow boiling. His pioneered research on flow boiling instabilities in micro-channels is frequently cited by his expert peers.
Peles’ research findings have been published in nearly 150 archival journals, papers, book chapters.
His work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research (ONR), Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) and other sponsors.
Peles is the chair and co-founder of the first 2015 Gordon Research Conference on Micro and Nanoscale Phase Change Heat Transfer; was the co-chair of the 2013 Workshop on Micro and Nano Surfaces for Phase Change Heat Transfer; the chair of the 2013 ASME International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels, and Minichannels (ICNMM); and the co-chair of the 2011 and 2012 ICNMM.
He is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering, the recipient of the ONR Young Investigator Award, and the DARPA/MTO Young Faculty Award.
Board of Advisors
STRATEGIC PLANING, SYSTEM INTERGRATION - JOHN SORENSEN, M.S. Engineering Mechanics, PhD Aeronautics & Astronautics, Stanford U, Dr. John Sorensen has over 40 years of engineering, technical project management, business development, and corporate management experience. His technical background has been primarily in the areas of design and analysis of dynamic systems with expertise in automatic control and traffic management. His early technical career was devoted to spacecraft flight control and space booster (rocket) guidance for NASA. Since 1971, he focused on aviation systems design. His work has also included significant contributions to the integration of air traffic management with airline flight dispatch and the flight deck. He has taken over 100 technical projects from initiation to successful completion. In July 1985, Sorensen co-founded Seagull Technology, Inc. where thereafter he was Chief Executive Officer for twenty years. He led Seagull to become a well-respected, high technology company, and in the process, he spun off two related successful companies. In April 2005 Seagull was sold to Sensis Corp. of Syracuse, NY, where Sorensen became a Sr. Fellow. In April 2009, he became an independent systems engineering and organizational management consultant. His education includes B.S. Aerospace Engineering, Iowa State U (1962); M.S. Engineering Mechanics, Iowa State U (1964); and PhD Aeronautics & Astronautics, Stanford U (1970).
Global Strategic and Technology Contacts
MHD Lab goal: To safely conduct MHD experiments in order to enable future MHD engineering applications which can be beneficial to the public.
U.S. Department of Energy - National Energy Technology MHD Laboratory
Driving Innovation - Delivering Results
• In the Future, – More quantitative comparison of predictions and measurements
• Further analysis and processing of experimental data
• Validate developed simulation tools
• Test materials in realistic service conditions
• Improvements to computational model – Add “MHD channel” to experiment and simulations
• Proof of concept testing
• Conclusions and Future Work
Superiority of MHD Power Generation
Superconducting Permanent Magnets
CSPU on BBC Radio
Concentrated Sunlight Heat Electricity - Solar MHD
Highly Disruptive Technology
CSPU Intellectual Property Portfolio
CSPU in Forbes
CSPU in the Press
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Licenses Novel “Magnetohydrodynamics” Technology
Letter from Jian Sun, PhD - Director, Center for Future Energy Systems - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute