Daniel Bullard, PhD

Daniel Bullard, PhD

CEO & Founder

Dan is an accidental entrepreneur. Prior to starting Arcanum Alloy Design, he spent 18 years within the integrated steel industry performing various tasks ranging from fundamental research, process improvement on the manufacturing floor, quality control and sales & marketing. Throughout his career in integrated steel Dan looked for ways to innovate by building bridges between technology silos; however, he was continuously frustrated by the lack of vision within the organization. He was constantly told, “that will never work”, or “that is not how we do things”. Frustrated by the forces preventing him from stepping out of the “box”, Dan often found himself wondering what he would do if he were running “Dan Bullard Steel”; how would he change the industry?; How would he manage innovation?. During these dark days, Dan often contemplated striking out on his own to pursue his own ideas, but he could never quite figure out how to do it. In early 2011 through a series of serendipitous meetings, Dan seized the opportunity to cofound Arcanum Alloys.

Education:
• MBA, Northwestern University Kellogg School of Business
• PhD Materials Engineering, University of Arizona
• BS Chemistry, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
• BS Metallurgy, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

David Keifer

David Keifer

VP of Sales & Founding Team Member

David started his career as a Tool and Die Maker while working on his undergraduate degree at Western Michigan University. After becoming a Journeyman he worked at General Motors as a Die Engineer, where he managed various new technology such as hydro-forming and sheet metal laminate programs. Fascinated by the benefits of custom laminate materials, he joined Material Sciences Corporation (MSC) as a Technical Specialist and Resident Forming Expert. After completing his MBA at Michigan State University he was promoted to the Automotive Sales organization. Soon after David was asked to join a newly formed Consumer and Industrial group at MSC where he met Dan Bullard. Together, with their shared passion for engineering solutions and outside the box thinking, they developed and sold new specialty materials to the Consumer and Industrial markets. Their success led David to a Consumer and Industrial Product Line Director position, where he was responsible for the supply chain, pricing, and profitability. In November of 2012 David joined the Arcanum founding team as Director of Sales. His experience in manufacturing, product management, sales, and industry knowledge is a tremendous asset to our team.

Education:
• MBA, Michigan State University
• BS, Western Michigan University

Ravi Oswal

Ravi Oswal

VP of Operations

Ravi started his career at Raychem Corporation, developing novel products based on polymers and advanced materials for industrial and commercial applications. After 9 years in product development, he switched to Operations in various leadership roles in Manufacturing, Quality and finally as Director of Worldwide Operations for a major division. Since 1999, Ravi has spent his time as an executive in several early stage startups and is passionate about building and scaling the teams, processes and infrastructure for high volume Operations. As VP Technical Operations for Bloom Energy, he scaled up stack manufacturing and supply chain, built the process and equipment engineering capabilities, established and ran the India operation and played a key role in ramping the company from early stage to significant revenues. As VP Operations at Primus Power, he built the Operations team from scratch, established Quality systems, revamped the supply chain and led the assembly of the first commercially shipped product.

Education :
• S.M. Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
• B.Tech, Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi

Adam Thomas

Adam Thomas

Senior Scientist and Founding Team Member

Adam grew up knowing that he wanted to turn world-changing ideas into realities. After completing his undergraduate studies, he greatly expanded his practical knowledge of systems and process engineering under the direction of senior engineers at Honeywell Aerospace’s research and development pilot-plants while he furthered his understanding of chemistry by taking master’s classes at night. After several successful years with Honeywell, Adam’s search for a world-changing idea lead him to Arcanum. Though metallurgical engineering represented unknown territory for him, the team was made up of people whose passion for pushing the technological envelope matched his own. In January of 2012 Adam joined newly formed Arcanum Alloy Design in the technology incubator at the Illinois Institute of Technology, and ever since has enjoyed developing Arcanum’s platform technology as much as he has enjoyed developing Arcanum’s unique culture.

Education :
• MS Chemistry, DePaul University
• BA Chemistry, University of Illinois at Chicago

Travis Shaw

Travis Shaw

Senior Materials Engineer

Travis was drawn to the chemical sciences by a desire to create new and interesting materials. After receiving his Bachelor of Science in biochemistry from The University of Texas, where he focused strongly on the study and synthesis natural products with the ability to promote neuronal nerve growth, Travis began his doctoral studies at Princeton University as an NSF Graduate Research Fellow. Upon entering graduate school, Travis’ interest was captured by the idea of turning atmospheric carbon dioxide into commodity chemicals and fuels using renewable energy. Applying the synthetic chemistry skills he acquired as an undergraduate, Travis pursued research at the nexus of catalysis and electrochemistry to develop novel organometallic architectures for catalytic CO2 reduction. Travis’ continuing desire to propel ambitious and world-changing ideas forward led him to joining the Arcanum Alloys team.

Education:
• BS Biochemistry, University of Texas at Austin
• MA Chemistry, Princeton University
• PhD Chemistry, Princeton University

Zachary Detweiler, PhD

Zachary Detweiler, PhD

Senior Characterization Engineer

Zach has always loved thinking about difficult problems, and combined with his enjoyment of hands-on work, was led to experimental scientific research. During his graduate studies in materials chemistry at Princeton University he became well acquainted with a wide range of materials characterization techniques. At Princeton Zach was supported by an NSF IGERT program in nanotechnology for clean energy, which afforded him the opportunity to interact with engineers and scientists approaching energy utilization from different points of view. This experience demonstrated the benefit of interdisciplinary research efforts and established Zach’s drive to continue working on problems with world changing impact. Zach joined Arcanum Alloys due to the potential impact of the technology they have developed and the collegial atmosphere cultured around the interdisciplinary background of the team and a strong “work hard, play hard” attitude.

Education:
• BS Chemistry, University of Mary Washington
• MA Chemistry, Princeton University
• PhD Materials Science and Chemistry, Princeton University

Joseph Kotansky

Joseph Kotansky

Technical Service Representative

Joe began his career at Material Sciences Corporation (MSC) as a Sale Representative. In this role, he was responsible for various automotive and appliance customers. Joe met David at MSC and they worked together within the Consumer and Industrial group. His out of the box thinking brought on several new segments. He excelled due to his drive for success and was quickly promoted to Technical Sales, taking on outside quality issues as well as pricing negotiations. Supporting new product launches, both domestically and internationally, he documented material flow from raw material to the final application. Joe joined the Arcanum Alloys in September 2014, excited to share is knowledge and be apart of the Arcanum Alloys’ team.

Michael Powers

Michael Powers

Maintenance Manager

Jared Warrick

Jared Warrick

Quality Engineer

 

Rich Johnson

Rich Johnson

Gibraltar Operations Manager

Rich has always had a deep interest for materials chemistry and processing, which he initially pursued as an undergraduate at the University of Michigan, double majoring in chemical engineering and materials science. His initial research background comprised of depositing crystalline organic semiconductor materials for OFETs and bulk-heterojunction solar cells at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and characterization methods of silicon-based thermoelectric materials at the University of Michigan. By chance, that thermoelectric project led to the launch of Silicium Energy, where Rich was brought on as their first hire following his graduation from Michigan. Staying true to his desire for a more fundamental education, Rich enrolled for graduate studies at Stanford University. While at Stanford, Rich researched the nucleation and reaction mechanisms of platinum thin films deposited by ALD using in-situ characterization methods at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource. Also while at Stanford, Rich maintained a strong relationship with Silicium, where he met Martin Janousek. Longing to return to the fast paced start-up life, Rich joined Arcanum as a Materials Engineer after completing his master’s in materials science.

Education :
• MS Materials Science and Engineering - Stanford University
• BSE Materials Science and Engineering - University of Michigan
• BSE Chemical Engineering - University of Michigan

Dan Grap

Dan Grap

Testing and Characterization Engineer

Advisors
Gary Workman

Gary Workman

Strategic Advisor

30 years manufacturing experience specializing in the application of lean manufacturing and quality management systems in high volume production and rapidly growing new technology start-ups. Specialized at leading cultural transformation to improve operational excellence.
Serving as an advisor and consultant to businesses aimed at advancing U.S. companies in manufacturing, the environment, medical, and public education.
Five years at Bloom Energy during a period of rapid growth, the company launch, and the commercialization stage of Bloom Energy's electric fuel cell energy server. Built the quality team, quality systems, and the company culture of self-assured quality.
Fifteen years at the Toyota-General Motors joint venture New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc. (NUMMI). Specialized in the the principles of the Toyota Production System at NUMMI and Toyota's suppliers to achieve front-runner status in safety, quality and productivity.
Ten years at Federal-Mogul Corporation implementing quality systems and converting manufacturing plants to lean manufacturing.
Formerly advisor to Willow Garage and Redwood Robotics.
Serving on the San Jose State University ISE advisory board. YMCA Board Member.
Avid open water swimmer.
Specialties: Quality Management, Operations Management, Supply Chain Management, Human Resources Development.

Ryan Kottenstette

Ryan Kottenstette

Strategic Advisor

Ryan is driven by technology that enables people to do things better and faster. He has worked on a wide spectrum of projects including: enabling vehicle electrification and renewable energy on the grid through novel energy storage, improving the lap times of Formula 1 racecars with innovative heat exchangers and reducing operator workload with autonomous robotics.
Prior to joining Khosla Ventures, Ryan was one of the first team members at Amprius, a venture-backed company developing next generation lithium ion batteries based on groundbreaking material science from Stanford University. At Amprius, his responsibilities included business development, strategic partnerships, and government relations. Ryan also handled Amprius’ venture fundraising and intellectual property portfolio management.
Prior to Amprius, Ryan was an emerging technologies research engineer at BMW Group, where his projects ranged from energy conversion and storage to location-aware data applications. Ryan spent considerable time working on energy technologies including thermoelectrics for cooling and waste heat recovery, exhaust gas treatment, and vehicle electrification. He also conducted research at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) focused on structural analysis of wind turbines and grid energy storage.
He holds several patents related to thermal management and smart materials, and several peer-reviewed journal articles related to fatigue and materials failure in wind turbines and pressure vessels.
Education:
• MBA, Stanford Graduate School of Business
• BS, Mechanical Engineering, Santa Clara University

Sanjiv Kapoor

Sanjiv Kapoor

Technical Advisor


Al Santucci

Al Santucci

Technical Advisor


Prof Martin Heilmaier

Prof Martin Heilmaier

Scientific Advisor


Jeff Schwartz, PhD

Jeff Schwartz, PhD

Technical Advisor


Board of Directors
Fred Jauss

Fred Jauss

Advisor

Fred joined US Steel in June of 1969 as a co-op student working in their Metallurgical Department, joining full time after graduation in 1972 from Drexel University. Much of his early career was spent in various positions within quality assurance principally focused in rolling and finishing. In these positions, he developed expertise in electro-plating, rolling, annealing, and product quality requirements, eventually leading to 2 years as technical liaison to appliance OEMs.
As Manager of Quality Assurance at Fairfield works, he learned to build and execute business, develop personnel, optimize organizations, and deliver objectives. From a technical perspective, the motor laminations, appliance, and high-strength steel programs were all successfully developed and implemented during his tenure.
He was next promoted to General Manager of Research at US Steel Research. Enormous progress was made in the development of new automotive high-strength and high formability steels during his tenure. His final position in technology was Managing Director of Technology, where he had corporate responsibility for all mill quality assurance, research, and customer technical liaisons. In this position he set the direction for all US Steel product development. His integration of these three departments significantly improved the rate of product development, quality improvement, and response to customer issues.
Ultimately he served as both General Manager for USS Great Lakes Works and USS Gary Works. In these roles, he had full P&L responsibility and was the primary interface to both state and local governments. To this day, he holds monthly and annual profitability records for USS Gary Works and production and quality records at USS Great Lakes. He also completed a very successful 8 year term as a member of the Board of Directors for the Pro-Tec Coating Company, a USS - Kobe Steel joint venture, which received the Malcolm Baldridge Award for quality and was recognized as the leader in automotive steels.

Education:
• BS Metallurgical Engineering, Drexel University