Management & Technical Team

Management

Leonard Dolhert, MBA/Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer

Len Dolhert has a track record of creating new business opportunities. Prior to joining Aither, he was managing partner at West Virginia-based Kinetic Star, helping to finance design and construction of biogas-supplied power plants. Kinetic Star was instrumental in bringing over $30 million in financing to a biogas electricity project in San Diego.

Dolhert was also co-founder and CEO of Primet Precision Materials, a high tech materials company focused on battery energy storage. He located the technology, formed the company, and then led the financing of the company, including raising Series A venture capital equity financing, convertible debt, U.S. government research grant money, and bridge financing to Series B. The company has subsequently gone on to soliciting Series C and D financing. Dolhert has served as venture manager at W.R. Grace & Co., where he was on the start-up teams of several businesses. He has over 20 years of commercialization experience in the areas of energy, chemicals, chemical processing equipment, electronics components, and advanced materials. Dolhert has an MBA from the Wharton Business School of the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Steven Adelkoff, MBA/J.D., Chief Financial Officer

For over two decades, Steve Adelkoff has worked in all aspects of the power, alternative energy and commodities industries. He has led teams negotiating domestic and international transactions involving commodities, power generation development, renewable energy development, and commodity exploration. Adelkoff’s diverse skill set includes expertise in the legal, regulatory, tax and accounting fields. Adelkoff earned an MBA from Cornell University’s Johnson School of Business and a J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Law.

Technical Team

Through its association with MATRIC, Aither has a highly-qualified technical team. The technical team includes former Union Carbide and Dow Chemical technical leaders. Dr. Parvez Wadia and the Aither technical team have extensive experiences in the development and commercialization of new technologies while at Union Carbide, Dow Chemical and MATRIC. The following engineers and scientists have been instrumental in the development of Aither’s technology and business opportunity, and are part of Aither’s technical team:

Parvez Wadia, D.Sc., Chief Scientific Officer

  • Held a variety of technical and senior executive management positions in business and corporate R&D, technology licensing and engineering in his 30 year career at Union Carbide and Dow.
  • Extensive experience in the successful commercialization of new technologies.

Madan Bhasin, Ph.D.

  • Member of the National Academy of Engineering.
  • Over 45 years of experience in the chemical industry.
  • Catalyst Expert. Participated in the discovery, development, and commercialization of 11 generations of improved high efficiency ethylene epoxidation catalysts at Carbide and Dow.

George Keller II, Ph.D.

  • Member of the National Academy of Engineering.
  • Named one of the “Top 100 Chemical Engineers of the Modern Era” per the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.
  • Over 35 years in the Research and Development Department of Union Carbide Corporation.
  • Served in the highest position on the technical ladder at Union Carbide.

William G. Etzkorn, M.S.

  • Nearly 30 years of industrial research and development experience.
  • Extensive project management experience with R&D support of commercial operations, new process and product R&D.
  • Process development experience encompasses process design, development, lab and pilot plant design, construction, and operation.

Mark Nunley, Process and Improvement Engineer

  • 17 years of manufacturing / improvement experience.
  • Areas of experience include chemical process operations support; process design and implementation of new processes and manufacturing improvements from initial conception to commercial production; project management and implementation of operations capacity, reliability, automation, safety, and environmental improvement projects; and economic modeling, evaluation, and authorization.