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SolarBridge Technologies, formerly SmartSpark Energy Systems, was founded in 2004 to commercialize power electronics technologies created at the University of Illinois. In early 2009, they launched a new corporate strategy to focus exclusively on the solar industry with microinverter and monitoring solutions. SolarBridge Technologies has a major research and development site in Champaign, Illinois and has recently expanded to include a new corporate headquarters in Austin, Texas. Led by industry veterans and academic professionals, their mission is to reduce the Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE) for solar installations by dramatically improving reliability, increasing energy production, and simplifying installation.
Bill Mulligan has more than 25 years of experience in the solar industry. As president and CEO, Mulligan drives the companys continued development of leading-edge power electronics solutions.
Mulligan has served as a member of the SolarBridge board of directors since 2011.
He was vice president of research and development for SunPower from 1998 until 2010, during which time SunPower grew annual revenues from $8 million to more than $2.2 billion. He led the development of SunPowers low-cost, one-sun silicon PV cell technology and under his leadership SunPower developed and commercialized the worlds highest efficiency solar panel.
Prior to SunPower Mulligan held roles at JX Crystals Inc., National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), AstroPower Inc. and Fairchild/National Semiconductor.
Judd Rabb (CPA) is the Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer at SolarBridge Technologies.
Judd Rabb oversees the financial and administrative operations of SolarBridge, as well as leading future fundraising efforts. He has more than 20 years of comprehensive financial management experience, including mergers and acquisitions, treasury, controllership, strategic planning, fundraising, business development and financial analysis.
He was formerly CFO and vice president of finance at Coldwatt (acquired by Flextronics), CFO and vice president of finance at Illumitex, Corporate Controller at Green Mountain Energy (acquired by NRG), and Corporate Controller at Silicon Laboratories, where he played an instrumental role in the companys initial public offering.
Rabb began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers.
He has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Texas A&M University.
Patrick Chapman leads product development for next-generation microinverters, plans the technology roadmap and manages the companys intellectual property.
Before joining SolarBridge, Chapman was a tenured faculty member at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His career at the university consisted of research, teaching, and professional service in the field of power electronics.
Chapman holds a doctorate degree from Purdue University, and Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from the University of Missouri-Rolla.
As a senior member, Chapman is very active in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and was chairman of the IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference in 2011.
Greg Vance is the Vice President of Engineering at SolarBridge Technologies.
Greg Vance is responsible for hardware and software product development, program management and global engineering of SolarBridge microinverters, Power Manager gateway and Power Portal web-based monitoring system.
Vance served in senior management roles at Dell Inc. for the past 15 years. At Dell, Vance oversaw Dells high end, four-socket server design as well as key functional areas including enterprise power engineering, memory engineering, project management as well as ECAD and engineering software tools development. As senior director of server platform development, he was the primary point of contact for key co-development OEM efforts between Dell and Intel.
He began his tenure with Dell as a senior development manager responsible for the development of Dells dual processor Precision workstations.
Craig Lawrence (Ph.D.) is the Vice President of Marketing at SolarBridge Technologies.
Craig Lawrence is responsible for strategic marketing, product management, product marketing and marketing communications.
Prior to joining the company, Lawrence served in executive roles at SunEdison, a global leader in solar energy, including vice president of products and general manager of Sun Edisons Residential and Light Commercial Business Unit.
Prior to SunEdison, Lawrence led the Energy Practice at IDEO, a global design and innovation firm providing product design, engineering and marketing services to leading renewable energy companies and utilities.
Lawrence also led energy investing activities as a principal at Accel Partners, a top Silicon Valley venture capital firm.
Lawrence holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.
Joe Lamoreux is the Vice President of Operations and Quality at SolarBridge Technologies.
Joe Lamoreux is responsible for product/test engineering, volume manufacturing and quality at SolarBridge. His expertise in manufacturing readiness, global supply chain management and innovative product development enhances every aspect of the companys operations.
Lamoreux was formerly CEO and vice president of operations at Coldwatt Inc., COO of Valence Technology, and has also held senior management positions at Dell, Compaq and IBM.
He graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University.
Joshua Ruch is a managing partner of Rho Capital Partners, an investment and venture capital management company that he co-founded in 1981.
Previously he was an investment banker at Salomon Brothers in New York. He has invested in companies across all sectors in which Rho operates, including information technology, communications, biotechnology and energy.
His current and former board seats include: Ciris Energy, Enerkem, Fractal, GenVec, Human Genome Sciences, Inotek, Verenium, Vidyo and Yantra.
Ruch received a B.S. in electrical engineering from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Gabriel Kra is Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer for Elan Management, overseeing Elans investments in alternative energy and cleantech companies.
Prior to joining Elan, Kra was an investment banker with Deutsche Bank in its Solar and Semiconductor Group in San Francisco.
Previously, Gabriel held management positions in venture-backed telecommunications and semiconductor startups.
He holds an MBA in Finance from the Columbia Business School and the Haas School of Business at UC-Berkeley, an MS in atmospheric chemistry from SUNY Stony Brook, and a BA in Philosophy from Columbia College.
Philip Krein, Ph.D., is co-founder of SolarBridge Technologies.
He also holds the Grainger Endowed Directors Chair in Electric Machinery and Electromechanics at the University of Illinois.
Dr. Krein is widely regarded as one of the top experts and innovators in power electronics, with more than 25 years of experience.
He is a recipient of the IEEE William E. Newell Award, the highest international honor in the field.
He is the author of a respected textbook on the subject and has served as president of the IEEE Power Electronics Society.
Dr. Krein holds a B.S. in electrical engineering and a B.A. in economics and business from Lafayette College.
His M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
He holds 15 U.S. patents, with additional patents pending.
Jason Schoettler is a managing director at Shea Ventures, where he focuses on the firms late-stage investment efforts to invest in previously venture backed and secondary opportunities.
In addition to his role as a SolarBridge director, he sits on the boards of Cool Planet Energy Systems (observer), Evolution Robotics, PropertyRoom and Quickoffice (observer).
His other investments include EKOS, Vascular Control Systems (acq. JNJ), Wavestream (acq. GILT), and Winery Exchange.
Schoettler also sits on the advisory board of Cendana Capital.
Jason joined Shea Ventures in 2002, after an operating role at a JPL/CalTech software startup.
He began his career as a management consultant with Ernst & Young (acq. Cap Gemini).
He holds a BA from the University of Notre Dame, and received his MBA from Claremont Graduate University.