|Mohan Misra, Ph.D., Founder, Chairman, and CEO—Dr.
Misra directs daily operations and guides technology development and
commercialization strategies. Dr. Misra founded ITN Energy Systems to
pursue the advancement of technologies in energy, space, and
environmental areas, and has assembled a team of top scientists,
technicians, executives, and business staff that shares his passion for
the company's goals. Dr. Misra has pioneered a business model where
technologies developed through advanced research are brought to the
commercial market through strategic alliances with established
Throughout his career, Dr. Misra has
developed and implemented several key technologies, including thin-film
photovoltaics, smart materials and structures, advanced composites, and
lightweight structures. Dr. Misra received Martin Marietta‘s Jefferson
Cup (the corporation‘s highest award for outstanding technical
achievement) in 1984 and 1987, Martin Marietta’s Inventor of the Year
Award in 1982, and the American Foundrymen’s Society award for
Outstanding Technical Achievement in 1980. Dr. Misra holds a
BS-Metallurgical Engineering from Banaras Hindu University – India, a
MS-Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Washington –
Seattle, and a Ph.D.-Metallurgical Engineering from the Colorado School
executive management team meets regularly with potential customers
and/or joint venture partners to determine market needs and
requirements. Product requirements and business objectives are then
communicated to the program area leads to begin the team effort in
formulating a comprehensive business plan. With ITN’s significant
technology transfer and scale up experience, this team has the right mix
of expertise to successfully address the technical and marketing issues
in commercializing these new clean energy technologies.
Dr. Brian Berland, Chief Science Officer—As
CSO, Dr. Berland directs both technology and business development
activities with a focus on moving technologies from the lab to
commercialization. Over the last twenty years, he has led research and
development activities in flexible electrochromic and low-e window
films, flexible lithium solid state batteries, redox flow batteries,
alternate energy generation and storage materials, environmental barrier
coatings, as well as gas and liquid separation membranes.
his time at ITN, he has been an integral member of a team to
successfully bid and execute over $30M in R&D programs with
corporate and government partners, including leading teams
commercializing ITN’s SSLB with leading worldwide corporate partners. He
has been active in all aspects of product development for these
technologies including cost-modeling, development of strategic
partnerships, and definition of product performance requirements/market
identification to support successful commercial transition and scale-up.
Prior to joining ITN, Dr. Berland was a postdoctoral research associate
at the University of Colorado in the labs of Professor Steven George, a
world leader in ALD chemistry. He holds a BS in Chemistry from Carleton
College and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Colorado.
Mr. Ashutosh Misra, Executive Vice President—Mr.
Misra is currently responsible for leading the commercialization of
ITN’s next generation clean technologies, new business development,
strategic partnership & alliances, joint ventures and capital raise.
Mr. Misra was one of the founding team members at Ascent Solar
Technologies, which was spun out of ITN Energy Systems in 2005, where he
served for 6+ years through September 2011. During the course of 6
years, Mr. Misra played a key role as part of the senior management
team, initially as head of Operations and Corporate Affairs and later as
head of Corporate and Business Development. His key achievements
include establishing the initial organization, overseeing the initial
public offering (IPO) on NASDAQ and multiple secondary offering to raise
more than $250 M in new capital, infrastructure expansion (construction
of FAB1, FAB2 & corporate headquarters,) sales, new business
development, strategic partnership and joint ventures around the globe
including USA, Europe and Asia, and managing investor and media
From 1998 to 2007, Mr. Misra also first served as
Manager and later as Executive Vice President at ITN, and played a lead
role as head of business operations in building infrastructure (both
human and capital) to support ITN and three spinoff companies which
includes Global Solar Energy (GSE), Infinite Power Solutions (IPS) and
MicroSat Systems (MSI).
Prior to joining ITN in 1998, Mr. Misra
worked for MTI International for over 8 years as Operations Manager and
was responsible for setting up electronic manufacturing and related
facilities in the US, Mexico, Singapore, Indonesia, and India. Mr. Misra
holds a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Electronics and
Telecommunications from Bangalore University in India, and a M.S. degree
in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.
Mr. Frank Fuchs, Chief Marketing Officer—Mr.
Fuchs serves as the chief marketing officer with a focus on taking
ITN’s emerging Technologies to market. He has more than 30 years
experience in the thin film industry including his most recent tenure as
Schmid Group VP. There he led the Thin Films Business Unit and was CEO
of Schmid Vacuum Technologies GmbH which developed Equipment used in the
Touch Panel and Food Packaging Industry.
Prior to Schmid,
Frank served as Head of the Display Division of Applied Materials,
Germany. During his leadership, Applied Materials German Display
Division reached a record high sales revenue of over US $ 250 Million
with > 10% Net Profits. The responsibilities of the 135 employees
within the Display Division included: Sales & Marketing, R & D,
Product Development, Design and Project Management.
8-year venture with Applied Materials, Frank held a series of
engineering, R & D, and leadership positions in the High-Tech
Industry. His experience includes 12 years in the United States (10
years in Silicon Valley, 2 years in Colorado). Frank was also Employee
number 5 at Headway Technologies, an US Start-Up Company producing
Magnetic Recording Heads, used in Hard Drives. At Headway Technologies,
Frank experienced the successful transition from R & D to Pilot Line
Production and from Pilot Line Production to Mass Production. In
addition to technological and management expertise, his skills include
Project Cost Management, Product Management, Process Engineering as well
as Research & Development. He holds a degree in Mechanical
Mr. Neelesh Ullal, Director of Business Operations—Mr.
Ullal oversees all business operations at ITN, and is responsible for
corporate negotiations with government and commercial partners and
investors. Before assuming this position, he served in two of ITN’s
spinoff companies. With Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Space Systems Group
(formerly MicroSat Systems, Inc.), he was responsible for coordinating
financial project management and large programs as the company
transitioned to its new home. He then became Senior Manager of Sales
Operations for Ascent Solar Technologies, where he was instrumental in
developing financial and infrastructure systems. Mr. Ullal holds
Bachelors of Accounting and Masters of Accounting degrees from Bombay
University, India, and a Masters of Science (Information Systems) from
the University of Colorado.
Ms. Janet Casteel, Controller—Ms.
Casteel is responsible for management of government contracts and
government accounting reporting and compliance with DCAA, as well as
supporting contract development and corporate infrastructure for new
spinoff companies. Between 2006 and 2010, she served as Chief Accounting
Officer and Director of Financial Reporting for one of ITN’s spinoff
companies, Ascent Solar Technologies Inc., (ASTI). At ASTI she was
responsible for meeting all public reporting requirements for the
successful completion of over $100 million in capital raising and
subsequent SEC financial reporting along with implementation of internal
controls for SOX compliance. Prior to ASTI she developed ITN’s
accounting and financial infrastructure for four start-up Research and
Development technology companies including management of government
contracts, reporting, and compliance. Ms. Casteel is a registered
certified public accountant. She holds an Associate Degree in Business
Administration from Nebraska College of Business and a BS degree in
Accounting from Metropolitan State College in Denver.