Strength with Expertise
Tien Nguyen and Hari Dharan, Ph.D., founded the Company in 2013 recognizing the limitations of batteries and legacy kinetic energy solutions. The founders envisioned a lower cost and more reliable solution to store energy with integrated software enabling rapid and reliable integration. QESC combines metallurgy and materials science, novel electromechanical design, and proprietary software with recently commercialized advances in power electronics. The company has an awarded patent and a deep patent pending portfolio with more than 200 inventions/claims. QESC’s architecture delivers both grid-connected and grid-independent storage. The result is superior economics and performance compared to existing and announced battery technologies. Its integrated and reliable software platform that QESC delivers is capable of delivering all the necessary protocols for microgrid and utility scale integration.
The company has assembled a world-class cross, functional engineering and manufacturing technology team and is building a manufacturing facility based on modular cell concepts which can be scaled for annual production volumes ranging from 2000 to 200,000 units per year.
Tien Nguyen - CEO and Co-founder
Tien Nguyen is a highly successful entrepreneur and business executive having started, financed, and exited several companies. His extensive executive background in technology, wireless systems, and energy provide a unique combination of skills well suited to launch and scale QESC. Tien started his career at QUALCOMM, one of the leading wireless technology companies in the world, and he successfully started and exited CommASIC, a leading wireless broadband semiconductor company, which was acquired by Freescale. Most recently, Tien was the Chief Strategy Officer for On-Ramp Wireless, where he led strategic initiatives in the energy efficiency and utility markets.
Hari Dharan, Ph.D - Inventor and Co-Founder
Before joining QESC, Dr. Hari Dharan was Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. His expertise includes machine design, materials science, and the design and manufacturing of metallic and composite structures. Prior to his professorship at UC Berkeley, Hari was Senior Research Scientist at Ford Motor Company's Scientific Research Laboratories, and subsequently worked on advanced space systems at Ford Aerospace and Communications, Space Systems Loral, and Comsat.
Richard Huang - COO
Richard Huang has held multiple corporate executive positions to define company strategy, overall direction, finance and funding, research and development, human resources, and processes and corporate operations. Prior to QESC, Richard co-founded Iconn Wireless, which successfully exited with an acquisition by Wavecom (a company later acquired by Sierra Wireless). He then joined the management team at CommASIC and helped operate and fund the company. His experience in handling multiple prosperous exits delivers an advantage to QESC’s executive team.
Hung Nguyen - VP of Engineering
Hung Nguyen provides over 30 years of experience in industrial and commercial product development, in addition to management expertise for high tech industries. Hung is experienced in working for high volume consumer electronic product companies such as NCR, General Dynamics, Sony, Cubic, and Proxima. He worked closely with original design manufacturers to setup numerous high-quantity production lines in Taiwan, Thailand, and China. Hung holds a number of U.S. and International patents in Electronic and Control System Design. Hung was awarded IEEE Top Ten Hardware Design of the Year. He is Six Sigma and ISO 9000 product quality certified.
Randy Adams - Product Operations And Supply Management
Randy Adams comes to QESC with over 25 years of supply chain and materials management expertise. Randy spent 22 years with GKN Aerospace, working as their Logistics & Materials Manager, handling detailed and quality oriented responsivities under materials management. Prior to joining QESC, Randy worked for SupplyPro Inc, a nationally recognized leader in the “Point of Use” vending machines for inventory, PPE, and machine tools. Randy was the Director of Materials and his experience ranged from handling inventory, MRP, planning, and material purchasing.
Board of Advisors
Jim Madsen pioneered in the wireless industry over 3 decades - in period where global growth exploded from 10 million car phones to nearly 4 billion wireless phones, and where broadband wireless went from “nonsense” to multi-megabit per second speeds.
Jim most recently served as Executive Vice President and Chief Business Development Officer for NextWave Broadband. Formerly, he held several executive management positions at NextWave Telecom, which he co-founded in 1995.
Beginning in the late-1980’s at QUALCOMM, he headed CDMA Business Development, served as Director of Marketing for OmniTRACS’ satellite data communications business, and was responsible for worldwide VLSI semiconductor business development and marketing.
Jim has two patents related to wireless communications. He has served on numerous industry boards. In addition, he is Chairman of Secure Vizion, a San Diego IT firm, and co-founder of The Farm Winery in Paso Robles, CA. Jim earned his S.B. in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and M.B.A. from Stanford University.
Joaquin Fernandez-Silva (B.S. US Air Force Academy; MBA UCLA Anderson School of Management) is an experienced executive with over 20 years of combined, company operations, investment banking and entrepreneurship experience. Joaquin co-founded Emerging Infrastructure Capital Partners (EICP) with the vision of developing an investment platform for high-yield distributed energy infrastructure filling a large gap in the financing and emerging infrastructure commercialization market. Joaquin previously co-founded On-Ramp Wireless to address the large technology gap for pervasive wide-area wireless for the Internet of Things space. Under his leadership as CEO for 4.5 years, On-Ramp Wireless became an industry pioneer in the Smart Grid space, obtaining a Department of Energy grant and successfully raising $70 million from private equity sources and leading strategic companies such as GE, ConocoPhillips, NRG, Enbridge and Sempra. Also under his leadership, On-Ramp Wireless was selected as a World Economic Forum 2011 Technology Pioneer and a 2011 Bloomberg New Energy Finance Pioneer. Prior to founding On-Ramp Wireless, Joaquin was co-founder, President and COO of Ostendo Technologies Inc., a developer of next generation imaging and illumination optics. Before beginning his entrepreneurial ventures, Joaquin was Vice President at the investment-banking firm Montgomery & Co. Joaquin was also a Captain in the United States Air Force.
Pete leads the consulting firm Better Energies, working at the intersection of technology, policy, and the market to economically decarbonize our energy supply. For the past fifteen years, he has worked for industry, academic, non-profit and government entities focused on the development and commercialization of clean energy and water technology. Prior to starting the consulting firm Better Energies, he was Managing Director for the California Center for Sustainable Energy, an 85 person non-profit headquartered in San Diego.
Pete has worked as a venture capitalist, engineer, researcher, marketing strategist, and consultant in a dozen countries. His clients and employers have included Sharp Electronics, Eurus Energy, EnerNOC, NRG Energy, Solar Turbines (a Caterpillar company), WaterHealth International, Lockheed Martin, General Electric, early and mid-stage cleantech startups, and several non-profits in the developing world.
Pete is fluent in English and Spanish, and holds degrees from Swarthmore College (BS, Engineering), UC Davis (MS, Transportation Technology & Policy), and Cornell University (MBA).
Lionel Bochurberg is an attorney with over 24 years of experience advising clients about complex business transactions and international law. He is a dual French-US citizen.
Lionel began his legal career in France and was the founder of Mandel & Bochurberg, an international law firm with offices in Paris and London. Lionel then built and managed the legal department at Wavecom SA (acquired by Sierra Wireless), a then international publicly listed company with headquarters in France. Subsequently, Lionel became the General Counsel and Human Resources director at InfoVista SA, an international publicly listed software company with Headquarters in Herndon, Virginia and Paris, France. Lionel was Vice President, International Legal Operations at NextWave Broadband Inc. Eventually, he served as in-house counsel for Soitec Solar Inc, a provider of concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) modules and systems for utility-scale solar power plants. Lionel holds a PhD from Paris I Pantheon- Sorbonne University. Lionel is a member of the California Bar.
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