ABOUT VOLTAIQ

Voltaiq was founded in 2012 in New York City by Tal Sholklapper and Eli Leland, driven by their mutual desire to tackle the numerous battery development challenges they encountered while leading two ARPA-E energy storage and electrification development projects at the CUNY Energy Institute.

Today the Voltaiq EBI platform is in use at transportation OEMs, global consumer electronics companies, battery manufacturers and energy storage developers and operators.

Why do we exist? What are we here to do?

Voltaiq company mission

At Voltaiq, our mission is to provide the analytics that accelerate the transition to a battery-powered world.

Why do we exist? What are we here to do?

Voltaiq company mission

At Voltaiq, our mission is to provide the analytics that accelerate the transition to a battery-powered world.

What future state do we seek to make reality?

Voltaiq company vision

Our vision is to become the world’s most trusted platform for developing and optimizing batteries and battery-powered products throughout their lifecycle, enabling a world of safe, sustainable energy.

Voltaiq Company Values

Who are we? What kinds of people do we bring onto the team as we grow?
How do we show up every day, in pursuit of our mission and vision?

Feel the energy

We are bold, ambitious, and excited to accomplish something truly great together.

Take ownership

We are builders and creators, making something big, new, and important.

Collaborate

We lead by example, and actively contribute to building a positive team attitude and culture.

Empathize

We honor diverse viewpoints, backgrounds, and modes of self-expression.

Trust

We protect the security, integrity, and confidentiality of our customers’ data and intellectual property.

Learn more about our company values — including Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Voltaiq.

Our Leadership Team

Tal Sholklapper

Co-Founder and CEO

Dr. Tal Sholklapper is a co-founder of Voltaiq and serves as the company’s Chief Executive Officer. Before co-founding Voltaiq, Dr. Sholklapper was the lead engineer on a DOE ARPA-E funded project at the CUNY Energy Institute, developing an ultra-low-cost grid-scale battery.

Prior to his work at CUNY, Tal co-founded Point Source Power, a low-cost fuel-cell startup based on technology he developed while at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and UC Berkeley. Dr. Sholklapper has a BS, MS and PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from UC Berkeley.

Martin Thall

President and COO

Voltaiq, the industry leader in Enterprise Battery Intelligence™, named Martin Thall, president and chief operating officer. Thall will also serve on Voltaiq’s board of directors.

Thall, who served previously on Voltaiq’s strategic advisory board, brings nearly 40 years of computing technology expertise in the automotive, telecommunications and IT space to the battery analytics pioneer.

Previously, Thall was executive vice president of electronics at Visteon. Earlier, Thall led Microsoft’s automotive and embedded operating systems products, which included launching Ford SYNC® technology in the mid-2000s. In between, he founded and served as CEO of Vehicle ICT Corporation, consulting with automakers, suppliers and technology companies and later served as vice president for Verizon Communications, responsible for connected vehicle strategy, acquisitions and integration.

Eli Leland

Co-Founder and CTO

Dr. Eli Leland is a Voltaiq co-founder and Chief Technical Officer, responsible for the company’s Product and Engineering functions. Prior to Voltaiq, Eli worked at the CUNY Energy Institute as lead engineer on an ARPA-E energy storage and power conversion research project. Before CUNY, Dr. Leland worked at Trilogy Software, where he successfully deployed large-scale enterprise software systems to Fortune 500 companies.

He was a Mirzayan Policy Fellow in Energy and Environmental Systems at the National Academies in Washington, DC. Eli has an MS and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley, and a BSE in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton.

Hemanga Nath

Vice President, Engineering

Hemanga is the VP engineering at Voltaiq. Hemanga brings 20+ years of engineering leadership experience in both startups and large companies, including YouTech, Apple, Niku, and most recently at Loved. Hemanga led the engineering team at YouTech to build a SaaS platform that processed billions of digital coupons before it got acquired by Inmar for a $565m deal.

Before YouTech, he led a global engineering team at Apple, building solutions for its retail business, what we call today as Apple Retail Experience. Prior to Apple, Hemanga joined startup Niku at a very early stage and experienced its IPO and its acquisition by Computer Associates.

Advisory Board

Richard Spitzer

Global Managing Partner Automotive Accenture, A.T. Kearney

Richard Spitzer, Founder and Managing Partner at Escavel Capital, a venture capital and private equity investor with deep knowledge of the automotive space.

Prior to his role at Escavel, Spitzer served as Global Managing Partner for Automotive Accenture and Senior Partner at A.T. Kearney Automotive.

Ralph Szygenda

Former CIO General Motors, Bell Atlantic, Texas Instruments LinkedIn

Ralph Szygenda, Chairman & CEO, RJS Solutions, is a private investor, consultant, and advisor to corporations, governments, and universities around the world, with more than 50 years of information technology leadership.

Szygenda spent two decades at Texas Instruments, where he designed computer systems for defense systems before assuming the role of Chief Information Officer.

He also held the role as Group Vice President and Chief Information Officer at General Motors and served on business and advisory boards for UST Global, iRise, Compuware, Covisint, Handleman, Sodalia, Elastic Outreach, NSA, Department of Defense, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Texas, American University, and Missouri School of Science and Technology.

Rick Wagoner

Director ChargePoint, Former Chair & CEO General Motors

Rick Wagoner, Director at ChargePoint Inc., Excelitas Technologies, Graham Holdings, and Invesco, where he serves as Chairman, had a 32-year career at General Motors where he held senior leadership positions including Chairman and CEO for almost a decade, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and head of worldwide purchasing.

He currently serves as an advisor to Jefferies and Riverwood Holdings, and is an investor in and advisor to a number of startups and early stage companies in the auto space.

Celina Mikolajczak

Vice President of Manufacturing Engineering, QuantumScape

Celina Mikolajczak has spent 20 years working in lithium-ion batteries and has taken on a variety of roles across the field.  At Exponent, Celina helped found the battery consulting group and developed battery failure analysis techniques and safety standards related to consumer electronics devices.

She led Cell Quality and Materials Engineering at Tesla while the company launched Model S, Model X, Model 3, Powerwall and Powerpack products.  Celina joined Uber as Director of Battery Engineering to lead design of battery packs for micro-mobility and urban air mobility applications.  She then became Vice President of Engineering and Battery Technology at Panasonic Energy of North America, which produces li-ion cells for Tesla at the Gigafactory in Sparks, Nevada.

Celina currently works as the Vice President of Manufacturing Engineering at QuantumScape, where she is taking a leadership role in developing QuantumScape’s cell manufacturing capability.  Celina has a particular passion for battery safety.  She has published extensively on this topic, and has served on a variety of li-ion battery safety standards committees including those responsible for UL 1642, UL 2054, and NFPA 855, as well as working groups supporting development of fire codes related to li-ion battery production, storage, and installation.

Careers

Our software helps battery engineers automate repetitive tasks so they can elevate their work and provides powerful analytics capabilities that enable them to leverage their knowledge and experience so they can contribute more value to their organizations.

Here at Voltaiq, we are passionate about helping both our customers and employees be successful at their jobs, do meaningful work and have a healthy work-life balance in that process.