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.

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.

Paul Sinclair

Vice President of Global Accounts

Paul Sinclair is Vice President of Global Accounts at Voltaiq. He brings a consistent track record of delivering transformative business results in firms ranging from startups to global enterprises. He is a proven commercial executive in data, SaaS, software, and mobile solutions. Over his career, Paul has built and led successful sales teams and sales motions that can scale. He relies on a data-driven approach to account engagement and development combined with a relentless focus on growth. Paul has held account leadership roles at: Ericsson, Oracle, RingCentral, Nokia, Motorola, Borland, and others. Paul holds a Bachelor’s degree from University of Maryland.

Christianna Lininger

Director, Battery Science & Engineering

Christianna is Voltaiq’s Director of Applications Engineering. She leads a team of battery PhDs and industry experts, and is responsible for the battery intelligence embedded into the Voltaiq platform. She and her team are passionate about electrification and are proudly pushing the frontier in cutting edge battery analytics.

Christianna completed her PhD at Columbia University where she was a NSF Graduate Fellow and her postgraduate research at UC Berkeley and Lawrence Livermore National Lab. Her research was in the chemical engineering discipline and focused on investigation of electrochemical systems for the exploitation of molecular-to-mesoscale properties to improve device-level performance.

Liam Cooney

Senior Director, Customer Programs

Liam is the Senior Director of Customer Programs at Voltaiq. He is an experienced innovator with a 15-year history of working cross-functionally in the software, energy storage, start-up, and nonprofit industries.

Prior to joining Voltaiq, Liam held a variety of technical and customer-facing roles with Aquion Energy, lastly as their Head of Deployments and Field Services.

Prior to landing into the world of electrochemistry, Liam worked in the Outdoor Education field with organizations such as Venture Outdoors, the US Forest Service and SCA. He is also a trained baker, but couldn’t cut the early hours.

Liam graduated with a BA from Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

John Bertoli

Head of Marketing

John is the Marketing Director at Voltaiq. John brings 12+ years of marketing experience with a focus in developing a fast-paced, highly effective marketing organization to generate pipeline, drive thought leadership, and develop a thriving, sustainable ecosystem.

Working in senior management roles for publicly traded, private equity, and founder-owned companies, John knows how to collaborate to set company priorities, KPIs and strategy. His results-oriented approach to demand generation allows him to transform marketing into a strategic and measurable contributor by aligning marketing and sales to a shared go-to-market strategy. John graduated with a BS from Stevens Institute of Technology.

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.

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.

Paul Sinclair

Vice President of Global Accounts

Paul Sinclair is Vice President of Global Accounts at Voltaiq. He brings a consistent track record of delivering transformative business results in firms ranging from startups to global enterprises. He is a proven commercial executive in data, SaaS, software, and mobile solutions. Over his career, Paul has built and led successful sales teams and sales motions that can scale. He relies on a data-driven approach to account engagement and development combined with a relentless focus on growth. Paul has held account leadership roles at: Ericsson, Oracle, RingCentral, Nokia, Motorola, Borland, and others. Paul holds a Bachelor’s degree from University of Maryland.

Christianna Lininger

Director, Battery Science & Engineering

Christianna is Voltaiq’s Director of Battery Science & Engineering. She leads a team of battery PhDs and industry experts, and is responsible for the battery intelligence embedded into the Voltaiq platform. She and her team are passionate about electrification and are proudly pushing the frontier in cutting edge battery analytics.

Christianna completed her PhD at Columbia University where she was a NSF Graduate Fellow and her postgraduate research at UC Berkeley and Lawrence Livermore National Lab. Her research was in the chemical engineering discipline and focused on investigation of electrochemical systems for the exploitation of molecular-to-mesoscale properties to improve device-level performance.

Liam Cooney

Senior Director, Customer Programs

Liam is the Senior Director of Customer Programs at Voltaiq. He is an experienced innovator with a 15-year history of working cross-functionally in the software, energy storage, start-up, and nonprofit industries.

Prior to joining Voltaiq, Liam held a variety of technical and customer-facing roles with Aquion Energy, lastly as their Head of Deployments and Field Services.

Prior to landing into the world of electrochemistry, Liam worked in the Outdoor Education field with organizations such as Venture Outdoors, the US Forest Service and SCA. He is also a trained baker, but couldn’t cut the early hours.

Liam graduated with a BA from Hobart and William Smith Colleges

John Bertoli

Head of Marketing

John is the Marketing Director at Voltaiq. John brings 12+ years of marketing experience with a focus in developing a fast-paced, highly effective marketing organization to generate pipeline, drive thought leadership, and develop a thriving, sustainable ecosystem.

Working in senior management roles for publicly traded, private equity, and founder-owned companies, John knows how to collaborate to set company priorities, KPIs and strategy. His results-oriented approach to demand generation allows him to transform marketing into a strategic and measurable contributor by aligning marketing and sales to a shared go-to-market strategy. John graduated with a BS from Stevens Institute of Technology.

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.

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.

Kevin Whalen

Automotive, Product / Dealer Council Toyota, Lexus

Kevin Whalen, President of Rohrich Automotive Group, brings more than 40 years of automotive retail experience to the board. Whalen was a founding member of Fortune 500 company Group One Automotive and Ascent Automotive.

He also served on the Product Advisory Committee for Toyota and as the Chairman of the National Dealer Council for Lexus.

Robert Galyen

NAATBatt, SAE, Former CTO CATL, VP President Magna International

Robert Galyen, Chairman of Galyen Energy LLC, has over 40 years of experience in the battery technology and business space. Over more than 20 years at General Motors, he helped to develop the GM Impact electric car concept, and was the former President of Global Cells and Battery Pack Systems at Magna International and Chief Technology Officer at the world’s largest battery manufacturer, Contemporary Amperex Technology Company Limited (CATL).

In addition to his board role at Voltaiq, he also serves as Chairman of Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Battery Standards Committee and NAATBatt International as CTO and Chairman Emeritus.

Prof. Dr. V. Sumantran

Former Chair Ashok Leyland, CEO Tata Motors, Director General Motors LinkedIn

Dr. V. Sumantran, Chairman at strategic advisory firm Celeris Technologies, has over 35 years of global automotive experience specifically spanning the Americas, Europe and India.

Sumantran’s background includes serving on the Board of Directors of Tata Motors where he was chief executive of the Car Division. Sumantran was also Vice Chairman of Indian commercial vehicle company Ashok Leyland, Special Advisor to the Leadership of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, and is currently on the advisory board for multiple Fortune 500 companies.

Carl-Peter Forster

Former CEO Tata Motors, General Motors Europe, Board Volvo Cars, Geely

Carl-Peter Forster, brings extensive board and management experience from the world’s biggest automotive companies to the Voltaiq Advisory Board. Forster served as General Motors Automotive Strategy Board (ASB) member, CEO and President of General Motors Europe, and as CEO of Tata Motors where he was responsible for Jaguar LandRover, and held various senior management positions at BMW AG. His last position at BMW was head of Global Manufacturing.

He has also held board positions at Volvo Cars, Geely Automotive Holdings, LEVC (London Electric Vehicle Company), CEVT and Rolls-Royce Plc. Currently he is the Chairman of the Shareholder Committee at Hella KGaA and Chairman of Chemring Plc, a NED at IMI Plc as well as Babcock Plc and serves on the boards of the automotive related small cap/startup companies LeddarTech, Envisics, ClearMotion, Gordon Murray Design, Kinexon and The Mobility House.

Chris Perry

Chief Innovation Officer Weber Shandwick

Chris Perry, Chief Innovation Officer at Weber Shandwick has served as the communication agency’s lead for the General Motors for over twenty years—and has worked with global brands including PepsiCo, IBM, Novartis and Verizon to modernize marketing and PR functions.

He also serves on a number of boards, including First Draft News, a leading non-profit research center that protects communities from harmful disinformation campaigns.

Luke Wilhelm

Former Engineering Leader Uber Elevate, Apple, Quantumscape, A123

Former VP of Engineering, battery pack lead at Apple, Quantumscape, A123

Peter Haeussermann

General Manager Mitsubishi Electric, Former Daimler AG.

Peter Haeussermann, General Manager of Mitsubishi Electric, brings more than 40 years of expertise in automotive technology development to Voltaiq including 38 years at automotive company Daimler AG.

Haeussermann has also served as an advisor to various OEMs and component suppliers in the automotive business. In addition to his role at Mitsubishi, he is also the Senior Expert at Hanselmann & Compagnie GmbH.

Dan Steingart

Co-Director Columbia Energy Center, Co-Founder Feasible

Daniel Steingart is the Stanley Thompson Associate Professor of Chemical Metallurgy and Chemical Engineering and the co-director of the Columbia Electrochemical Energy Center. His group studies the systematic behaviors of material deposition, conversion, and dissolution in electrochemical reactors with a focus on energy storage devices. His current research looks to exploit traditional failure mechanisms and interactions in batteries, turning unwanted behaviors into beneficial mechanisms.

His efforts in this area over the last decade have been adopted by various industries and have led directly or indirectly to five electrochemical energy related startup companies, the latest being Feasible, an effort dedicated to exploiting the inherent acoustic responses of closed electrochemical systems. Steingart joined Columbia Engineering in 2019 from Princeton University where he was an associate professor in the department of mechanical and aerospace engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment. Earlier, he was an assistant professor in chemical engineering at the City College of the City University of New York. Even earlier he was an engineer at two energy related startups . He received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2006.

David Park

VP Marketing PDF Solutions, Former Optimal+, Synopsys, Cadence

Vice President of Marketing at PDF Solutions,
Former VP Worldwide Marketing for Optimal+

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.

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.

Kevin Whalen

Automotive, Product / Dealer Council Toyota, Lexus

Kevin Whalen, President of Rohrich Automotive Group, brings more than 40 years of automotive retail experience to the board. Whalen was a founding member of Fortune 500 company Group One Automotive and Ascent Automotive.

He also served on the Product Advisory Committee for Toyota and as the Chairman of the National Dealer Council for Lexus.

Robert Galyen

NAATBatt, SAE, Former CTO CATL, VP President Magna International

Robert Galyen, Chairman of Galyen Energy LLC, has over 40 years of experience in the battery technology and business space. Over more than 20 years at General Motors, he helped to develop the GM Impact electric car concept, and was the former President of Global Cells and Battery Pack Systems at Magna International and Chief Technology Officer at the world’s largest battery manufacturer, Contemporary Amperex Technology Company Limited (CATL).

In addition to his board role at Voltaiq, he also serves as Chairman of Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Battery Standards Committee and NAATBatt International as CTO and Chairman Emeritus.

Prof. Dr. V. Sumantran

Former Chair Ashok Leyland, CEO Tata Motors, Director General Motors LinkedIn

Dr. V. Sumantran, Chairman at strategic advisory firm Celeris Technologies, has over 35 years of global automotive experience specifically spanning the Americas, Europe and India.

Sumantran’s background includes serving on the Board of Directors of Tata Motors where he was chief executive of the Car Division. Sumantran was also Vice Chairman of Indian commercial vehicle company Ashok Leyland, Special Advisor to the Leadership of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, and is currently on the advisory board for multiple Fortune 500 companies.

Carl-Peter Forster

Former CEO Tata Motors, General Motors Europe, Board Volvo Cars, Geely

Carl-Peter Forster, brings extensive board and management experience from the world’s biggest automotive companies to the Voltaiq Advisory Board. Forster served as General Motors Automotive Strategy Board (ASB) member, CEO and President of General Motors Europe, and as CEO of Tata Motors where he was responsible for Jaguar LandRover, and held various senior management positions at BMW AG. His last position at BMW was head of Global Manufacturing.

He has also held board positions at Volvo Cars, Geely Automotive Holdings, LEVC (London Electric Vehicle Company), CEVT and Rolls-Royce Plc. Currently he is the Chairman of the Shareholder Committee at Hella KGaA and Chairman of Chemring Plc, a NED at IMI Plc as well as Babcock Plc and serves on the boards of the automotive related small cap/startup companies LeddarTech, Envisics, ClearMotion, Gordon Murray Design, Kinexon and The Mobility House.

Chris Perry

Chief Innovation Officer Weber Shandwick

Chris Perry, Chief Innovation Officer at Weber Shandwick has served as the communication agency’s lead for the General Motors for over twenty years—and has worked with global brands including PepsiCo, IBM, Novartis and Verizon to modernize marketing and PR functions.

He also serves on a number of boards, including First Draft News, a leading non-profit research center that protects communities from harmful disinformation campaigns.

Luke Wilhelm

Former Engineering Leader Uber Elevate, Apple, Quantumscape, A123

Former VP of Engineering, battery pack lead at Apple, Quantumscape, A123

Peter Haeussermann

General Manager Mitsubishi Electric, Former Daimler AG.

Peter Haeussermann, General Manager of Mitsubishi Electric, brings more than 40 years of expertise in automotive technology development to Voltaiq including 38 years at automotive company Daimler AG.

Haeussermann has also served as an advisor to various OEMs and component suppliers in the automotive business. In addition to his role at Mitsubishi, he is also the Senior Expert at Hanselmann & Compagnie GmbH.

Dan Steingart

Co-Director Columbia Energy Center, Co-Founder Feasible

Daniel Steingart is the Stanley Thompson Associate Professor of Chemical Metallurgy and Chemical Engineering and the co-director of the Columbia Electrochemical Energy Center. His group studies the systematic behaviors of material deposition, conversion, and dissolution in electrochemical reactors with a focus on energy storage devices. His current research looks to exploit traditional failure mechanisms and interactions in batteries, turning unwanted behaviors into beneficial mechanisms.

His efforts in this area over the last decade have been adopted by various industries and have led directly or indirectly to five electrochemical energy related startup companies, the latest being Feasible, an effort dedicated to exploiting the inherent acoustic responses of closed electrochemical systems. Steingart joined Columbia Engineering in 2019 from Princeton University where he was an associate professor in the department of mechanical and aerospace engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment. Earlier, he was an assistant professor in chemical engineering at the City College of the City University of New York. Even earlier he was an engineer at two energy related startups . He received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2006.

David Park

VP Marketing PDF Solutions, Former Optimal+, Synopsys, Cadence

Vice President of Marketing at PDF Solutions,
Former VP Worldwide Marketing for Optimal+

Board of Directors

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.

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.

John-Absmeier

John Absmeier

Chief Technology Officer, Woven Planet

Absmeier is a technology forward business leader with more than 25 years of experience leading software and technology programs at both start-ups and publicly traded companies globally. John is the Chief Technology Officer of Woven Planet, a subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corporation created to help accelerate its transformation to a mobility company. Not recently, Absmeier was with Lear Corporation, where he led all aspects of innovation and technology as the Chief Technology Officer. He previously served as Senior Vice President and General Manager at Harman International and Vice President of Smart Machines at Samsung Electronics, where he led the acquisition of Harman by Samsung.

He started his career at Delphi, where he held multiple roles of increasing responsibility, including Managing Director of Delphi Labs @ Silicon Valley and Autonomous Driving as well as Business Director for Electronic Controls and Electrification in Asia-Pacific. Absmeier served in the U.S. Marine Corps and holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University, and Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Management of Technology from the University of California at Berkeley. He also serves on the boards of directors of Sensata Technologies, the California Mobility Center, and Voltaiq.

Michael Berolzheimer

Founder, Bee Partners

Michael committed early and hard to business and its drivers–teams, finance, and technology–starting his first company at age 11. In the years since founding Bee Partners, he has invested in over 50 startups, using an uncanny level of empathy to support founders, gathering their teams and resources, and helping perfect their world-changing machines.

Whitney Haring-Smith

Co-founding managing partner at Anzu Partners

Dr. Haring-Smith is a co-founding managing partner at Anzu Partners, an investment firm focused on industrial technologies and life sciences. At Anzu, he led the acquisition of Axsun Technologies Inc., the Koninklijke Philips N.V. spin-out, returning approximately eight times investors’ invested capital, and MultiMechanics, which was acquired by Siemens in 2019. In addition, he has led the IPO-crossover investment into Ai-Media, a global provider of technology-enabled live and recorded captioning, transcription and translation services, led the mezzanine financing for Pivotal Systems Corporation, a gas flow monitoring provider and control technology platform for the global semiconductor industry, and serves on boards of multiple private technology companies. He was formerly a Principal with BCG in San Francisco, Hong Kong, Nigeria and the United Kingdom, where he led transformations for multi-billion-dollar business units of large publicly-traded companies. Dr. Haring-Smith received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Yale University in Political Science and his doctorate from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar.

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.

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.

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John Absmeier

Chief Technology Officer, Woven Planet

Absmeier is a technology forward business leader with more than 25 years of experience leading software and technology programs at both start-ups and publicly traded companies globally. John is the Chief Technology Officer of Woven Planet, a subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corporation created to help accelerate its transformation to a mobility company. Not recently, Absmeier was with Lear Corporation, where he led all aspects of innovation and technology as the Chief Technology Officer. He previously served as Senior Vice President and General Manager at Harman International and Vice President of Smart Machines at Samsung Electronics, where he led the acquisition of Harman by Samsung.

He started his career at Delphi, where he held multiple roles of increasing responsibility, including Managing Director of Delphi Labs @ Silicon Valley and Autonomous Driving as well as Business Director for Electronic Controls and Electrification in Asia-Pacific. Absmeier served in the U.S. Marine Corps and holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University, and Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Management of Technology from the University of California at Berkeley. He also serves on the boards of directors of Sensata Technologies, the California Mobility Center, and Voltaiq.

Michael Berolzheimer

Founder, Bee Partners

Michael committed early and hard to business and its drivers–teams, finance, and technology–starting his first company at age 11. In the years since founding Bee Partners, he has invested in over 50 startups, using an uncanny level of empathy to support founders, gathering their teams and resources, and helping perfect their world-changing machines.

Whitney Haring-Smith

Co-founding managing partner at Anzu Partners

Dr. Haring-Smith is a co-founding managing partner at Anzu Partners, an investment firm focused on industrial technologies and life sciences. At Anzu, he led the acquisition of Axsun Technologies Inc., the Koninklijke Philips N.V. spin-out, returning approximately eight times investors’ invested capital, and MultiMechanics, which was acquired by Siemens in 2019. In addition, he has led the IPO-crossover investment into Ai-Media, a global provider of technology-enabled live and recorded captioning, transcription and translation services, led the mezzanine financing for Pivotal Systems Corporation, a gas flow monitoring provider and control technology platform for the global semiconductor industry, and serves on boards of multiple private technology companies. He was formerly a Principal with BCG in San Francisco, Hong Kong, Nigeria and the United Kingdom, where he led transformations for multi-billion-dollar business units of large publicly-traded companies. Dr. Haring-Smith received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Yale University in Political Science and his doctorate from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar.