Hunter McDaniel is Founder and CEO of UbiQD, an advanced materials company powering product innovation in controlled-environment agriculture. Hunter earned a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, before joining Los Alamos National Laboratory in the Chemistry Division. He founded UbiQD, Inc. in 2014, and the company has raised more than $10M, employs 16 full time. Their first product, UbiGro, is a layer of light that uses fluorescence to help plants get more from the sun in a greenhouse. Ultimately the value proposition is about boosting crop yields and quality without the cost or energy impact of lighting. Hunter fundamentally believes that novel materials underpin every significant technology advancement, and he and his team are focused on leveraging new materials to have a lasting and sustainable impact.
Brad is an entrepreneur and seasoned business development executive with a passion for technology, media, entertainment and lifestyle. Brad has a great deal of experience launching new ventures. While attending MIT, he helped launch a joint MIT-Harvard incubator. During this experience, Brad worked at the earliest stages with many dynamic companies including Endeca Technologies.
While serving as Director of Media Strategy and Development at AOL, Brad co-authored 3 patents in search, geo-tagging, and personalization, with Edmund Fish, Senior Vice President and General Manager at AOL. Following AOL, Brad helped raise $40M in venture funding for a contextual online advertising network. Prior to launching his business career, Brad was a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and served in the United States Army for five years, earning both Airborne and Ranger qualifications before retiring as Captain. He resides in Austin with his wife, Angie, his son, Elvis and his daughter, Scout.
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 at UbiQD, and is one of the company's largest investors. 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.
Brian Lewis serves on the Board of Invest Southwest, a non-profit focused on connecting regional entrepreneurs and investors through seminars and networking events. Mr. Lewis is currently a Board Member for the United Way of Santa Fe County where Brian serves as both the Treasurer and Chairman of the Finance Committee. Brian is a member of Santa Fe’s Capital Improvements Advisory Committee to which he was appointed by Councilor Romero-Wirth.
Mr. Lewis joined Sun Mountain after graduating from Whitman College with a Bachelor of Arts in both Physics and Economics, and a minor in Mathematics with Cum Laude distinction.
Katie is a venture associate focused on sourcing great companies in New Mexico. She currently resides on the board of directors for New Mexico Angels and oversees RiskSense and Aspen Avionics, and she has in the past served on the boards of Lavu, Figaro and Dotgo. She managed investments in Exagen and Lumidigm, both successful exits. Katie is the founder of Ski Lift Pitch, an annual event at Taos Ski Valley that attracts investors from all over the country and gives startup founders a unique opportunity to connect with investors in a meaningful way. She has served on many boards within the entrepreneurial ecosystem, and she has taught a class in tech entrepreneurship at UNM’s Anderson School of Management. Katie received the NM “40 Under Forty” award in 2013, the NM Tech Council’s “Women in Technology” award in 2015, and the “New Mexico Woman of Influence’ award in 2020. She is the CEO and co-founder of BabyPage, a startup in the parenting space, and she has previous experience in strategy, consulting and engineering. Katie earned a bachelor of science degree in engineering from MIT and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Adam is a highly skilled and versatile professional with an interdisciplinary background and extended history serving various industries and organizations. He is an MBA graduate of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, an MPA graduate of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and he holds undergraduate degrees in both Computer Engineering and Liberal Arts/Psychology. Following graduate school, Adam joined McKinsey & Company as a strategic management consultant where his work crossed functional disciplines and spanned a range of clients in the public, non-profit, and private sectors. Adam also has experience in private equity, policy analysis, and working directly with early-stage startups; additionally, he has run his own boutique consulting/advisory service, supporting individuals, companies, government agencies, and different elements of the US Special Operations Command. Prior to graduate school, Adam was a decorated member of the US national security community where he served in various capacities and locations around the world. His broad range of assignments and interdisciplinary training exposed him to critical foreign affairs and international security issues, afforded unique insights into behavioral analysis and psychological assessment, and provided him with substantive experience working on the development and deployment of advanced, over-the-horizon technologies.
Lindy Fishburne is the Managing Partner of Breakout Ventures and the Founder of Breakout Labs, the seed-stage program for hard science at the Thiel Foundation. Lindy has an MBA from UT Austin and serves on the board of various companies.
Jeff is a highly energetic leader with a passion for profitable growth. Proven experience in developing new and growing existing markets. Exhibits strong market focus which is applied to developing a thorough understanding of a market place and how best to expand the business. Deep knowledge in the glass, filtration, and nonwoven industries, and experience in many others. Demonstrates effective leadership and coaching skills that motivate teams and mentor newer employees. Extremely strong customer relationship skills. Selected acomplishemnts:
Seth was co-founder and CTO of QDVision, whose IP ultimately sold to Samsung in 2017. He earned a PhD in EE from MIT with a thesis relating to QDs, which led to the formation of QDVision. Currently he is CTO of Luminit, a light shaping optics company. Seth brings tremendous experience with IP strategy, product development, partnerships, and deep industry domain expertise.
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.