Shiva Adireddy is Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Advano. Through his visionary leadership, Advano has grown in a few years from an inspired idea to a company pushing the boundaries of renewable energy storage. Dr. Adireddy assisted in the recruitment and assembling Advano’s talented team of experts, whose knowledge and experience in R&D, product design, and manufacturing has helped fuel the rapid growth of the company and positioned it as a pioneer in the field of renewable energy. As chief executive officer, Dr. Adireddy continues to shape the company’s vision and guides product development from concept through manufacturing.
Dr. Adireddy holds a Ph.D. in Nanomaterials Design and Fabrication from the University of New Orleans and an MBA from Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business. Over the course of the last 12 years, he has compiled an impressive track record in energy & materials entrepreneurship, manufacturing diverse classes of materials to solve problems in the fields of renewable energy and clean technology. His expertise in both the technical and business aspects of nanotechnology is testified to by his authorship of articles in more than 40 peer-reviewed publications and registration of numerous patents.
Prior to founding Advano, Dr. Adireddy served as Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Materials Engineering at Tulane. In addition to leading Advano, he has also spent the last five years working extensively with startups as an advisor and mentor.
As a groundbreaking pioneer and accomplished entrepreneur in the burgeoning field of nanotechnology, Dr. Adireddy looks forward to driving further technical and commercial breakthroughs, and to Advano taking its place on the world stage as a leader in innovative technology.
Phil is the Director of Advanced Manufacturing at Advano.
Prior to joining Advano, Phil was Production Director for a global supplier of high purity chemicals serving the semiconductor industry. He has spent over 20 years leading the commercialization of new products and processes serving diverse industries. He has successfully designed and commissioned manufacturing facilities in the United States as well as China and Taiwan. He is excited to utilize this expertise to help drive the commercialization of Advano's advanced Silicon anode materials.
Phil holds a Master's Degree in Engineering Management from Northwestern University and a Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.
Omar is the Director of Operations and Project Management. Over the last decade, his work has taken him to new cities, new states and even new countries.
Prior to Advano, Omar was selected as the deputy project manager for some of the world's largest offshore oil and gas platforms. He has directly managed over a half-billion dollars worth of engineering, equipment, and construction scope. He is excited about bringing his expertise in operations, engineering design, and construction to develop manufacturing facilities for Advano.
Omar graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering and is also the Founder of a community for engineering project managers. He has his certification as a Professional Engineer and is a member of the Association for Project Management (APM ) level 1 accredited. When he’s not busy at Advano, he enjoys hiking, camping and skiing with his wife, Phoenix and their sons, Amias and Judah.
Cambre is the Chief of Staff at Advano. She has over 6 years of experience in high growth startups as an operational and human resource leader skilled in streamlining operational processes, improving employee relations, and managing key stakeholders.
Prior to joining Advano, Cambre served as Chief Operating Officer at a high growth start up driving increased business development, sales, and operational efficiencies.
Cambre graduated with an MBA from Loyola University and a Bachelors from University of Louisiana in Marketing and Finance.
Saheem Absar is a Battery Material Scientist at Advano. He is working on scalable material engineering strategies to enhance compatibility of silicon-based anode materials in lithium-ion battery electrodes, targeting better battery storage capacity and cycle life.
Prior to joining Advano, he served as a researcher at Clemson University and Georgia Southern University, where he led research efforts in solving the technical challenges in scalable manufacturing and material processing of metallic and polymer-based nanocomposite materials with tailored physical and functional properties for structural and biomedical applications.
Saheem graduated from Clemson University with a Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Southern University.
Elliot Alexander Jr. is an Associate Battery Engineer. At Advano Elliot is responsible for developing methods to process materials in different electrode formulations. He also synthesizes electrodes and fabricates coin cells. This role is new for Elliot as he started as a Battery Lab Technician a year ago but quickly moved up because of his adaptability and eagerness to learn more within the cell team.
Prior to Advano, Elliot was a Chemical Analyst for a food testing lab where he analyzed 50+ analytes daily. Throughout his career he has held several team positions that showcased his versatile work ethic: Safety Officer, Lean Team Representative, and Internal Audit Officer.
Elliot graduated from the University of New Orleans with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry.
Mason Babin is an Associate Engineer at Advano where his work supports the development, optimization, and quality management of new processes that deliver superior Silicon-enhanced LiB anode materials. He brings this vision of a carbon neutral future and drive for excellence to his work at Advano.
Upon starting college, Mason’s original plan was to become a toxic site reclamation engineer, which is the reason that he learned Mandarin and attended the NSF Separations Processes REU Program in Fayetteville, Arkansas, while also pursuing his degree at Tulane. After much reflection, Mason decided to join Advano to help solve, in his opinion, the most important piece of the puzzle for addressing climate change caused by fossil fuel use.
Mason followed a lifelong passion for sustainability solutions to Tulane University’s Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, where he graduated with honors in 2019.
Courtney Beaulieu is a Process Lab Technician at Advano. Her love for research began at Xavier University of Louisiana, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. She brings over 7 years of chemistry lab experience to Advano.
Prior to joining Advano, Courtney served as a Lab Operator at various types of companies across the state. of Louisiana, where she gained experience in narcotics analysis, water testing, polymer analysis, and jet fuels. Courtney experience across different industries allows her to bring a diverse perspective to her work.
Andre Chartier is an Associate Engineer Responsible for the day-to-day operations of the pouch cell lab. His work primarily focuses on design, fabrication and testing of pouch cells. Andre is cross trained to support other cell team labs and oversees all tooling development in the cell team labs at Advano.
Andre’s work with Advano started in 2017 as a Process Intern while pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. Soon after graduating from the University of New Orleans, Andre accepted a full-time position on Advano’s cell team.
Brandon Dang is a Research and Development Technician for Advano. He offers support in performing analytical application tests as well as developing methods to integrate new technology into our materials. Brandon brings extensive experience as a researcher specializing in polymer synthesis and CO2 capture and adsorption for industrial use.
Prior to joining Advano, Brandon served at LSU as a researcher specializing in selective PDMS and other polymer synthesis as well as other anionic, ring opening interactions
Through his experiences as a researcher and as an employee at Advano, he has developed a deep passion for understanding and reimagining the way we produce and store energy. With the help of our team, he endeavors to bring to the world a better alternative to a greener future.
Brandon obtained a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Louisiana State University and Biology from Xavier University of New Orleans. He is an active member of the American Institute of Engineers (AIChE) and has certifications in Safety and Chemical Engineering (SaChE) focused in Understanding Hazards and Risk, Pressure Protection, Relief Systems, Process Safety, and Fire Hazards.
Mariah Gewin is a research associate for the R&D team at Advano, where she works on materials development for silicon primary particles and performs materials analysis.
She possesses Bachelor of Science degrees in chemistry, biology, and chemical engineering. At Louisiana State University, Mariah worked under Dr. John Pojman developing polymer analytical techniques.
Shae Jolly is a Battery Lab Technician at Advano where she processes the silicon-containing active material into coated copper anodes. Shae brings 3+ years of lithium-ion battery research experience.
Prior to Advano, Shae served as graduate researcher under Dr. Michael Naguib at Tulane University.
She completed her undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering at Tulane University and graduated with a Master of Science in materials science and engineering in the spring of 2021. During her studies, she worked with Dr. Michael Naguib to complete two projects on MAX phases and MXenes for energy storage applications. The first project was published as ‘Synthesis of Ti3C2Tz MXene from low-cost and environmentally friendly precursors’ in Materials Today Advances in July 2021. Shae has a personal interest in the equity of scientific innovation, the impact of technological advancement on human nature, and scientific sustainability.
Dan Summitt is the Facilities Technician at Advano ensuring the facilities, equipment and material readiness of the company are maintained at a high level. Dan has extensive experience managing and tracking maintenance and critical materials in the military and private sector.
Prior to joining Advano, Dan served as the avionics and material control work center supervisor in the United States Marine Corps. His technical mastery of the material control process and has been recognized as exceptional and was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps achievement medal. Dan also has substantial experience in the critical power and oil and gas industries, installing, commissioning and maintaining UPS, ROV and natural gas telemetry systems. He is excited to contribute his skills to Advano and strives for safe and productive environment.
Dan graduated from American Military University with a Bachelors in Homeland Security.
Taylor Thibodeaux is a Battery Lab Technician and works in the coin cell lab. Her work is mainly focused on cell assembly and performance testing. She is cross trained in the electrode fabrication process and supports the electrode fabrication lab as needed. She is also learning to fabricate pouch cells.
Prior to joining Advano, Taylor was a Main Floor Chemist for Intertek and was responsible for all ASTM, ISO 17025, and octane engine analysis testing (RON and MON).
Taylor graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from the University of New Orleans.
Germaine Townsend is a Certified Professional with the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM-CP) and an active member of both national and local SHRM organizations. Her professional career started in sales and marketing and after 10 years, she made a career change. With over 6 years of experience in a variety of HR functional areas, she successfully uses her human resources background and a blend of experience in various industries to affect positive change within the organization.
Prior to joining Advano Germaine worked as a Human Resource Business Partner at HR NOLA, LLC.
Germaine is a native of Houma, Louisiana and a mother of three. She obtained an Associates in Business Administration degree from Delgado Community College and is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s in Business Management at the University of New Orleans.
Nicholas Tremblay is the Facilities Manager at Advano. Nick brings over 12 years in Electronics Technician, and Machinist. Driven by a willing to help attitude, he takes pride in providing the best facility/operational support possible.
Prior to joining Advano, Nicholas served in the USCG for 6 years as an electronics technician.
As a Facilities Manager, his goals include no unplanned downtime and a safe facility. In addition to his primary job functions, Nick has been recognized by Advano for his extraordinary flexibility and commitment, while taking on other roles to ensure continued operations.
Devin Watson is the Lead Process Technician for Advano. Devin joined the Advano Team in December of 2019 and since has become a critical component to the production of Advano’s lab operations.
Devin began his career at a toxicology company. After about 6 months of working in the toxicology lab, Devin was introduced to the Oil and Gas Industry via Exxon Mobil in Baton Rouge, LA. During his time at Exxon, Devin was certified on multiple critical functions of the company.
While working at Advano, Devin is also serves as key personnel of the 159TH Fighter Wing for the Louisiana Air National Guard.
Devin graduated from the University of New Orleans with a Bachelor’s in Biology Pre-Med (Physical Therapy). Devin also holds an associate from Elaine P. Nunez in Industrial Technology (PTEC).
Nyajia Williams is a Process Lab Technician at Advano. She brings over 7 years of lab experience to the team, and her experience encompasses a vast array of fields including toxicology, petroleum, and sugar refining.
Prior to starting at Advano, Nyajia worked as a Research & Development Technician at a start-up sugar refinery. Her research contributed to the first successful production of xylose sugars by way of raw sugarcane by-product.
Nyajia uses her passion for new challenges, coupled with her vast analytical experience to strive for excellence in the lab. She is goal-driven and readily willing to collaborate on overcoming the next new challenge.
Nyajia graduated from the University of New Orleans with a Bachelor of Science degree.
Kehila Yehuda Perez Salcedo is an Associate Scientist for the Research and Development Team at Advano, where she works on materials development for silicon-based anodes in lithium-ion battery electrodes.
She graduated from Yucatan’s Scientific Research Center (CICY) with a Doctor of Philosophy in Sustainable Energy, and she holds a Master in Material Science and Engineering from Carmen’s Autonomous University where Kehila also got her Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Before joining Advano, she worked in laboratories in the United States, China, and Mexico where her research was focused on fuel cells, supercapacitors and lithium-ion batteries. Kehila contributed to Lithium-ion battery cathode material Research at HiTNano Inc. and she worked for the Offshore Oil Industry for over 4 years. She has been enrolled in Academia and she is a Level I Researcher for the National Researchers System of Mexico.
Tracy Domingues is a Process Lab Technician at Advano. She is a UNO graduate that brings over 15 years of laboratory experience to the team.
Tracy was previously a laboratory technician at a state certified lab where her responsibilities included analyzing all incoming drinking water samples for bacterial contamination and mineral content. She also has extensive experience working as a Quality Control Analyst at a global leader in water soluble polymers. During her time there, she contributed to multiple research endeavors that led to more efficient lab practices on site.
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