President & CEO
Dr. Brad Clevenger joined SolAero Technologies Corp. in June 2001 and held various leadership positions within Engineering, Operations and Business Development on his way to becoming President and CEO. Prior to joining SolAero, he was a Member of the Technical Staff at Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory. Dr. Clevenger holds a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida. He has published over 50 journal articles and holds four U.S. patents.
Executive Vice President & COO
Jeff Lassiter joined SolAero Technologies Corp in 2015 with the acquisition of Alliance Spacesystems, LLC., where he served as the Chief Financial Officer. Prior to his executive role at Alliance, Jeff spent several years as an investment banker executing M&A and corporate financing transactions with Houlihan Lokey’s Aerospace, Defense & Government (ADG) Group, after spending several years in Deutsche Bank’s Semiconductor & Electronics Investment Banking practice in San Francisco, CA. Jeff began his career as a satellite systems engineer, working key roles across several MILSATCOM (Milstar, AEHF, MUOS, TSAT) and Intelligence Community Programs. During his time as a systems engineer, Mr. Lassiter worked at The Aerospace Corporation, Lockheed Martin Missiles & Space, LinQuest Corporation, and The Boeing Company. Jeff has a BSEE from UCLA, an MSEE from USC, and an MBA from The Anderson School of Management at UCLA.
Senior Vice President
Navid Fatemi joined SolAero Technologies Corp. in 1998. Mr. Fatemi oversees the Business Development, Sales & Marketing and Proposal Management functions at SolAero. He has 28 years of experience in the Aerospace and Photovoltaics industries. Prior to joining SolAero, he was a partner at Essential Research, Inc. in Cleveland, Ohio and was also involved with Photovoltaic Research & Development activities for space applications at NASA’s Glenn Research Center. He holds a Master of Science degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Cleveland State University and Case Western Reserve University, respectively.
Vice President, Finance
Phyllis Sullivan joined SolAero Technologies Corp in March 2016. Ms. Sullivan oversees the Finance, Accounting, Treasury and Contract functions within SolAero. Prior to this, Ms. Sullivan worked for Crane Aerospace & Electronics in the Microwave Communications division in Chandler, AZ where she held the lead Finance & Accounting position for this 5 facility & international division. Ms. Sullivan has 20+ years of experience in the high-tech manufacturing industry and began her career as an auditor with KPMG. She holds her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of New Mexico, Anderson School of Business and holds an active CPA license with the State of New Mexico.
President & General Manager, Alliance Spacesystems
As President and General Manager of Alliance Spacesystems, Rick oversees all facets of the business with a clear focus on customer satisfaction and products of the highest quality. Prior to becoming President, Mr. Byrens was Business Development Manager for Alliance / MDA Space Structures from 2006 through 2011, and oversaw growth in the business unit from $4.5 Million per year to $28 Million in 2011. Mr. Byrens was Business Development Manager at ATK Corona / Programmed Composites, Inc. from 1999 through 2006, spent 3 years as General Manager at Intec Composites (Anaheim, CA), and was also General Manager of Hexcel’s Satellite Products Business Unit (Gilbert, AZ) from 1997 through 1999. Mr. Byrens has a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of California, Irvine, and has over 30 years experience in the composite materials and structures business.
Chief Technology Officer
Dr. Paul Sharps is the Chief Scientist for SolAero Technologies Corp. and also manages the Advanced Concepts Team. He received his PhD in Materials Science in 1990 from Stanford University, and since that time has been involved in R&D in high efficiency, multi-junction cells. He has 15 U.S. patents, as well as a number of international patents, and over 100 technical presentations and papers. He has managed a number of development programs, including one that developed the first GaInP2/GaAs/Ge triple junction device to achieve an efficiency of greater than 27.5%. Dr. Sharps won an R&D 100 award in 2008 with Dr. Mark Wanlass for development of the IMM cell, and also was the recipient of the Irv Weinberg Award in 2014. He has been on the organizing and/or program committee for the IEEE PVSC for the past 8 years, and is also on the planning committee for the WOCSEMMAD conference.
Senior Director of Product Development
Pravin Patel joined SolAero Technologies Corp. in 2006 and currently serves as Director of Engineering. In this position, Mr. Patel is responsible for Product Engineering and Manufacturing Engineering departments across the solar cell and solar panel product lines. His professional career began with SolAero Technologies as a Solar Cell Device & Materials Development Engineer and has progressed through various leadership roles as a Product Development Engineer, Engineering Manager of Solar Cell Product Development, and now Director of Engineering. Mr. Patel holds a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Mexico, with a focus in Optoelectronic Materials and Devices.
Senior Director of Programs
Richard Lutz joined SolAero Technologies Corp. in 2008 and currently serves as the Director of Programs where he is responsible for the oversight of program management as a component of the Business Development department. He has 18 years of industry experience and has previous engineering, management and program management experience with Intel Corporation. Mr. Lutz holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from North Carolina State University.
Director of Human Resources
Silvia Gentile joined SolAero Technologies Corp. in 1996 and currently serves as the Human Resources Manager. In this position, Ms. Gentile is responsible for all of the functions involving the organization’s employees, including, recruitment, hiring, salary & benefits, 401(K) administration, performance management and employee relations. Prior to joining SolAero, Silvia worked for the Miller Brewing Company as Regional Office Manager for the New York Market Area.