Hunter McDaniel, PhD is UbiQD’s Founder, CEO, and Chairman of the Board. He transitioned from a postdoc position at LANL to the company’s first full-time employee in 2014. He has extensive relevant technical experience as he has worked on both traditional II-VI QDs (including those that contain cadmium) and I-III-VI QDs and has demonstrated leadership abilities. During his career, Dr. McDaniel conducted research at top-tier research institutions; Los Alamos National Laboratory (2011-2014), Argonne National Laboratory (2011), University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (2006-2011), and University of California at Santa Barbara (2001-2006)). He is highly experienced in materials science and spectroscopy of semiconductor nanocrystals and their optoelectronic device applications (e.g., solar cells, LEDs). He also has worked directly with a major industrial partner Sharp Corporation on photovoltaic technology via a corporate R&D agreement. This work led to first-ever certification of a QD sensitized solar cell, generating three patent filings. He received several awards for leadership of the Young Investigator Committee of the Center for Advanced Solar Photophysics (CASP), a Department of Energy funded Energy Frontier Research Center.
Board member Katharine Chartrand is the former Executive Director of the New Mexico Consortium (NMC), a non-profit corporation formed by the three New Mexico research universities to advance scientific research and education in New Mexico. She also serves on the Board of Directors of High Mesa Institutes, a Los Alamos non-profit economic development corporation. As part of the agreement with NMC for office and laboratory space, Katharine recently became a managing board member of UbiQD, LLC. Katharine holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Comparative Religion from Columbia University and Master’s Degree in Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. She oversaw the development and implementation of the first financial network in Russia. After obtaining her Master’s Degree, she worked on managing drinking water quality risks in California and Chicago. As a staff scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Katharine worked on the management, analysis and visualization of large-scale scientific data sets. Katharine has led the NMC partnership since 2007. She is responsible for the development and implementation of a joint program development strategy for the partnership. She oversaw the development and management of $40M in collaborative research and education programs in the NMC and built the organizational infrastructure at the NMC from the ground up. She has overseen the financing and construction of $11M in facilities to support NMC’s research programs.
Board member Colin Cumming is the founding principal of TechVen Partners, LLC, a private equity firm focusing technology investments. He negotiated TechVen’s first investment, SensiQ Technologies, Inc., and currently serves as CEO and Board Member for SensiQ Technologies. Mr. Cumming also currently serves as a Board Member for High Desert Discovery District an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization committed to technology development in New Mexico. Mr. Cumming serves on the Oklahoma Governor’s Science and Technology Council. Prior to forming TechVen, Mr. Cumming served as CEO and President of ICx Technologies, Inc. guiding it through an IPO and then through the acquisition by FLIR Systems, Inc. in 2010 and served as a General Manager for FLIR. Prior to ICx Technologies, Mr. Cumming founded in 1994 and served as CEO of Nomadics, Inc. Mr. Cumming has extensive experience in technology businesses, especially in identifying key technologies and securing the rapid development and commercialization of emerging technologies. Mr. Cumming holds BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from Oklahoma State University. He brings significant business expertise to UbiQD including numerous successful exits.
Board member Dudley McDaniel oversees environment, health, and safety and financing at UbiQD. He is the former COO of Hillwood International Energy (private oil and gas partnership in Dallas) in charge of upstream shale gas development and international oil and gas deals focused on North Texas, Kurdistan-Iraq and Russia. Prior to Hillwood, Dudley had a 30 year career with Chevron in upstream offshore oil and gas management (Texas, Louisiana, Gulf of Mexico, California, Angola, Zaire, Congo, Nigeria, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, etc.), inclusive of 15 years in Africa. He led the Chevron entry into Thailand prior the acquisition of Unocal. He retired in 2008 from Chevron as Sr. VP Saudi Arabia Chevron. Critically, he managed Chevron’s environment, health, and safety team in USA for several years. He designed, implemented and led a team of experts in oil field “best practice” systems and standards for Chevron’s oil fields worldwide. Dudley received his BS in ocean & petroleum engineering in 1978 from Texas A&M.
Scientific Advisory Board Member Dr. Brian Korgel is the T. Brockett Hudson Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, Director of the National Science Foundation I/UCRC Center for Next Generation Photovoltaics, and Scientific Advisor to UbiQD. Brian was a Founder and Board Member of Piñon Technologies (2007-2011) and Innovalight (2001-2006). Innovalight was acquired by DuPont in 2011. He serves as Associate Editor for American Chemical Society journal Chemistry of Materials. Brian has won numerous awards and honors for his pioneering work in Chemistry, including International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) Young Observer (2013), American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow (2012), American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Professional Progress Award (2012), Nanoscale Science and Engineering Forum (NSEF) Forum Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) (2011), Edith and Peter O’Donnell Award (TAMEST) (2009), and many more. Brian completed his B.S. (1991) and Ph.D. (1997) in Chemistry at University of California at Los Angeles. After a post-doctoral fellowship at the University College Dublin, Ireland (1997) he became Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Austin (1998). Brian’s contributions to the team arise from his many publications and experience with the synthetic chemistry of semiconductor nanocrystals and their application in low-cost thin film solar cells. He has worked on I-III-VI colloidal nanocrystals since 2008 and brings critical insight into the preparation of these materials as well as the solar cells that incorporate them.