Team Members

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Surinder Singh

CEO

         Surinder’s distinguished career has focused on advancing and incubating technologies that address climate emergency with a focus on fundamentals of science, systems engineering, and business models. He is spearheading Relyion Energy Inc’s strategic business development to create second-life sustainable solutions for Li-ion batteries. Previously, he was working as Director of Engineering and Center of Excellence Leader for NICE America Research, an incubator for China Energy (CE), and a program leader at GE. CE is the world’s largest overall power producer and renewable power producer by assets. He utilizes system-level thinking to address climate change via clean energy technology developments. He has led initiatives funded by DARPA, DOE, GE, NICE, and others on low-carbon technologies such as alternative fuel production for transportation with low GHG emissions; Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) including DAC and BECCS for decarbonizing the power sector, biofuels and biochar production, fuel cells, hydrogen, and energy storage. He has led multi-million-dollar programs, developed partnerships with renowned universities and technology developers, and developed calls for proposals for funding programs. Dr. Singh is mentoring startups in Climate and Energy at Breakthrough Energy, Third Derivative/New Energy Nexus, On Deck, and STEP-TIET Venture Capital and Private Equity Principals Mentor. He has led multiple cross-functional and cross-organizational teams with chemical, mechanical, electrical, electrochemical, chemists, and material scientists backgrounds. He is a seasoned executive who has authored and co-authored 11 publications, 1 book chapter, and more than 100 technical reports and holds more than 40 patents granted and pending in ClimateTech. His scientific work has been extensively cited. He is also an editor for a renowned scientific journal “Sustainable Materials and Technologies”. He has a Ph.D. from University of California at Riverside and BE from Thapar Institute. He is cited in Fortune ' s “Unstoppable World’s Business Minds” and “Are Second Life EV Batteries Game Changers for Microgrid Owners and the Grid?”

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Ratnesh Sharma

CTO

        Ratnesh leads the technology creation at Relyion Energy Inc. He has over 20 years experience in energy management covering buildings, energy storage systems, microgrids and utility sector, in general. Through his past work at Hewlett-Packard, NEC Corporation and NICE America he has led various teams in technology development of energy storage systems from soup to nuts including AI/ML software for various applications. He has a PhD degree from University of Colorado at Boulder and BTech. (Hons.) degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India. He is a licensed Professional Engineer. He has (co)authored more than 200 papers/technical reports and holds 150 granted US patents.

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Ivan Fujihara

CFO

        Ivan is a Senior finance professional with more than 20 years experience in executive level management in various technology industries, including Enterprise Software, Renewable Energy Technology, Biotech, Financial Services. His background includes accounting management, analytics and audit management for technology companies. In addition to Finance, he has managed operations, HR, administration, IT and marketing.

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Brandon Ohara

Head Of Engineering

        Brandon is a mechanical engineer passionate in the development of clean energy. He has worked on a multitude of projects spanning different technologies including thermoelectric, fuel cells, batteries, and hydrogen fueling. He specializes in design and testing of systems to accelerate technology development. He has a Masters degree from Santa Clara University and has (co)authored papers on his research findings.

Team Relyion

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Kshitij Deshmukh

Intern

        Kshitij has been working as an ESS Intern focusing on the hardware aspect of setting up energy storage systems transitioning from his role at NICE America Research to Relyion Energy. He has always been passionate about Renewable Energy Sources, Smart Grids, Microgrids, and Energy Storage. Kshitij has an MS in Power Systems & Sustainable Energy from Santa Clara University and BE in Electrical Engineering from University of Pune.

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Aaron Juan

Intern

        Aaron is a Junior Mechanical Engineering student minoring in Aerospace Engineering at Santa Clara University. He has internship experience working with x-ray machinery and fluid cooling systems. He was also the Engineering Project Lead and is now the President of the Santa Clara University chapter of Engineers Without Borders.

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Kurt Williams

Intern

        Kurt Williams is a Battery storage intern pursuing a dual B.S./M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and minor in Technical Innovation, Design Thinking, and the Entrepreneurial Mindset at Santa Clara University..

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Pranav Malhotra

Intern

        Pranav is a chemical and environmental engineer from Arizona State University focused on usability and recyclability of Li-ion batteries of various forms, chemistries and origination.

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Dev Patel

Intern

        Dev is a student at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, studying Electrical Engineering. He has interests in Battery Management, Embedded Systems, Cloud Computing, and Power Electronics. Dev has multiple certifications in the AWS Cloud and participates in his schools EV Concept team as part of the Shell Eco-Marathon.