Elizabeth Samara-Rubio - Founder

Elizabeth Samara-Rubio


Prior to founding StorWatts, Elizabeth Samara-Rubio led multiple teams that achieved breakthroughs in product affordability, reliability, and commercial adoption. As Director of Energy Markets and Products at Danaher, she led Corporate Breakthrough Innovation, taking products from R&D through Scale targeting the new Smart-Grid Global Electric Utility sector. She also secured $1M in funding for product development. At HP, where Elizabeth led product management, strategic marketing and research, she and her team developed and launched the HP Global Integration and Installation Operations business unit ($110M). She has also held leadership positions at early stage companies including Vice President of Marketing at ARX and Director of Product Management and Marketing at YY Software. Elizabeth earned her M.B.A. from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin, where she was honored with a Fellowship from the Consortium for Graduate Studies in Business Administration. She earned her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Elizabeth was born in Colombia, S.A. and speaks fluent Spanish.

Harold Ackler - Consulting Scientist

Harold Ackler

Consulting Scientist

Harold Ackler is a seasoned R&D professional with over 15 years of postdoctoral experience creating and developing new technologies. Dr. Ackler received his Ph.D. from MIT in Materials Science and his B.S. and M.S. from U.C. Berkeley in Materials Science and Engineering. His professional experience includes positions at national laboratories, universities as a faculty member, large companies, and multiple Silicon Valley start-up companies. He received the Ross Coffin Purdy Award from the American Ceramic Society (with Yet-Ming Chiang) in 2001, and received the Most Promising Young Inventor Award from the State University of New York Research Foundation in 2005 while on the faculty at SUNY Binghamton. His background includes understanding the behavior of physical phenomena as they scale from nano- and micro-sized features through macro-scale objects, materials science and engineering, process development, thermodynamics and heat transfer, renewable energy, and R&D management. Most recently he spent six years at two Concentrated PV startups (CPV) where he developed new and improved technologies for harvesting solar energy and managing excess heat loads. His contributions to StorWatts are primarily in the optimization of heat transfer across interfaces, thermodynamics, and materials engineering and supporting R&D management and business development as needed.

Amirali Dolatabadi - Senior Mechanical Engineer

Amirali Dolatabadi

Senior Mechanical Engineer

Amirali Dolatabadi, Thermal and CFD analyst at Storwatts, Inc. grew up in the capital of Iran, Tehran and went to high school in Dubai, UAE. He earned his bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering at K.N.T University of Technology in Tehran. Growing up in oil reach countries and understanding the level of dependence of the economy on oil, provoked his insight on focusing on transition paths towards using alternative sources. As a senior at K.N.T he designed an on-board fuel conversion device, consuming Compressed Natural Gas in order to extract and use Hydrogen as the fuel. A few weeks after graduating from K.N.T, he started his Master’s in Thermo-Fluid’s Engineering at Santa Clara University. His passion towards expanding the means of transition to sustainable sources lead him to StorWatts which he was introduced to by his advisor, Prof. Drazen Fabris, Dean of Mechanical Engineering Department. He started his research under his supervision over the efficiency analysis of Hydraulically Driven Compressors. He’s currently focused on investigation the efficiency of the expansion regime and the latest analytical and experimental results of his studies on StorWatts prototype model will be presented at ASME’s Fluids Engineering Summer Meeting.

Tom Kosnik - Advisory Board Member

Tom Kosnik

Advisory Board Member

Tom Kosnik is a Consulting Professor, Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP), in Stanford School of Engineering. He currently serves on the teaching teams of three courses: Global Entrepreneurial Marketing, Global Entrepreneurial Leadership, and the Draper Fisher Jurvetson Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Program. He is a member of Board of Advisors of the Business Association of Stanford Engineering Students (BASES) and the National University of Singapore Entrepreneurship Association (NUSEA). Tom Kosnik has worked with over 100 startups since 1978. He also provides consulting and executive education to global companies in imagination-intensive industries. Some of his past clients include: American Management Systems, Apple Computer, Applied Materials, Electronic Arts, Ericsson, Ernst & Young, Genesys, Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, Nuance Communications, and numerous startups. Tom Kosnik earned a BA in History and International Relations from Duke University (1972), an MBA from the University of Virginia (1977) and a Ph.D. from Stanford Graduate School of Business (1986).

Annamaria Konya Tannon - Advisory Board Member

Annamaria Konya Tannon

Advisory Board Member

Annamaria Konya Tannon is a serial entrepreneur. She has been involved in technology enterprise creation and consulting for more than 15 years, predominantly in the Silicon Valley. Ms. Konya Tannon has served as a Global Strategist for IBM with a focus on machine learning and data integration techniques for social media. Since 2008, she has been involved in the Cleantech Open. She also mentors and judges startup competitions, including Astia, the McDonough School of Business Entrepreneur Program at Georgetown University, Startup Chile and Hackathons. Ms. Konya Tannon has been a co-teacher and guest lecturer on innovation and entrepreneurship at Stanford University. She served on boards of several companies and non-profit organizations; at present her board positions include Tripos Software, Just Push Pay and Astia. In addition, she was founder and a co- founder or among the first employees of several Silicon Valley startups: EB Suite, a CRM startup, COBAK, Flock. A native of Hungary, Ms. Konya Tannon received her masters from Middlebury College Monterey Institute of International Studies, and continued her postgraduate studies at Stanford University.

Steve Meller - Advisory Board Member

Steve Meller

Advisory Board Member

Dr. Steve Meller is the Co-Founder and Chairman, Waste2Worth, LLC. Dr. Meller is the managing Director of Creating Dots, LLC where he has built a portfolio of sustainability companies with a strong focus on the developing world. He has hand-selected these portfolio companies because they use disruptive approaches to changing the world in which we live - for the better. He is either the Founder, sits on the board or advisory board of each of these companies. Each company addresses markets that are well in excess of $10 Billion today. Previously, Dr. Meller spent 18+ year career at P&G. He held various R&D roles in Health Care and was ultimately responsible for the Global Health Care Technology and Clinical organizations during the first half of his tenure. For the remaining 9+ years, he was the Chief Innovation Catalyst. Dr. Meller is originally from Adelaide, South Australia. He received his B.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons.), and PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Adelaide and studied as a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Iowa, on the research faculty in Pharmacology.