IMPEL+ Innovators may be building technologies researchers from national labs, Building Technologies Office (BTO) staff and fellows, BTO’s SBIR/STTR and FOA awardees, or university students affiliated with BTO’s programs.

Innovators arrive to the workshops with an idea of what they are pitching for, whether it’s funding to further their R&D, a new industry collaborator to co-develop or pilot a technology, a new team member, or otherwise. With the guidance of IMPEL+ Coaches, Innovators will hone in on their primary audience--be it private industry, grants, government, or a philanthropic opportunity--and will learn how to pitch in clear and concise terms what exactly they do, who they do it for, how they do it, and why they are different than potential competitors.

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Innovators (2019-2020)

Golden, CO Innovators 2020

Allison MahviPostdoctoral Researcher, NREL
Blake DresselScience and Technology Policy Fellow, Building Technologies Office
Craig McKenzieFounder, Pacific Air-conditioning Services
Daniel GerberPostdoctoral Researcher, LBNL
Domi ColegroveProject Manager, NREL
Grant WheelerResearch Engineer, NREL
Judith VidalBuilding Energy Science Group Manager, Thermal and Materials Research Team Lead, NREL
Kara BrooksSustainability Program Manager, American Society for Health Care Engineering
Lindsey BrackettPresident and Co-Founder, Legacy FM, LLC
Lucas PhillipsResearch Engineer, NREL
Michael DeruSenior Engineer, NREL
Rawad El KontarResearcher, NREL
Rohit ChintalaPostdoctoral Researcher, NREL
Sarah TruittProject Leader, NREL
Shuang CuiPostdoctoral Researcher, NREL
Steve NorwoodAIA President, Norwood Architecture, Inc.
Wale OdukomaiyaDirector's Fellow Postdoctoral Researcher, NREL
Yanfei LiResearcher, Systems Engineering, NREL

Boston, MA Innovators 2020

Ankur PodderResearcher II-Mechanical Engineering, NREL
Boker AgiliResearcher, Research Laboratory of Electronics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Brian SimmonsChief Scientist, Onboard Data
Bryan KeatingControl Systems Engineer, DemandQ
David BlumPrincipal Scientific Engineering Associate, Berkeley Lab
Donna ChildsFounder, CEO, Prisere LLC
Eeshitw Kaushal SinghGraduate Student, Northeastern University
Elise StrobachCEO, AeroShield Materials, Inc.
Gregory La Vardera CTO, ByggHouse
Jungho KimProfessor, University of Maryland
Mark IsaacsCEO/Founder, GS Research LLC
Mary HubbardTechnology-to-Market Manager, DOE BTO
Matt DavisCTO, Ground Energy Support
Nian SunProfessor, Northeastern University
Nicholas MattiseResearch Associate, University of Maryland Co-Founder, BuildSci Inc.
Ratnesh TiwariAssistant Research Professor, University of Maryland
Scott HedgesCEO, ByggHouse
Shadi EmamStudent, Northeastern University
Song DengTechnical Advisor, Bee USA
Yi BaoAssistant Professor, Stevens Institute of Technology

Washington DC Innovators 2019

Nikitha RadhakrishnanPNNL;Technical Adviser Building Technologies Office
Wyatt MerrillAAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow, Building Technologies Office
Heather GoetschAAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow, Building Technologies Office
Jelena SrebricProfessor of Mechanical Engineering, University of MarylandOwner, BuildSci
Karma SawyerProgram Manager, Emerging Technologies program, Building Technologies Office
Benjamin KnoppBuilding Science Consultant
Nehemiah EmaikwuGraduate Researcher, University of Maryland
Adam HaszScience and Technology Policy Fellow, Building Technologies Office
Nicholas RyanORISE Fellow, Building Technologies Office
Brian WalkerManager, Lighting R&DBuilding Technologies Office
Terrence MosleyAAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow, Building Technologies Office
Tao CaoResearch Associate, University of Maryland

Berkeley Innovators 2019

Christoph GehbauerSenior Scientific EngineerBerkeley Lab
Wangda ZuoAssociate ProfessorUniversity of Colorado Boulder
Antoine GautierPrincipal Scientific Engineering AssociateBerkeley Lab
Shreya AgarwalResearch AffiliateBerkeley Lab
Nari YoonRosenfeld FellowPostdoctoral ResearcherBerkeley Lab
Ronnen LevinsonStaff ScientistLeader, Heat Island Group Berkeley Lab
Mohan MahalFounder & CEOSIDCO Homes Inc.
Han LiScientific Engineering AssociateBerkeley Lab
Anothai ThanachareonkitScientific Engineering AssociateBerkeley Lab
Erik PagePresident, Erik Page & Associates, Inc.
Spencer DuttonPrincipal Scientific Engineering AssociateBerkeley Lab
Luis FernandesScientific Engineering AssociateBerkeley Lab
Zhe WangPostdoctoral ResearcherBerkeley Lab
Pranav GuptaAssociate Data ScientistBerkeley Lab
Huaping LiChief ScientistAtom Inc.
Handi Chandra PutraPostdoctoral ResearcherBerkeley Lab
Aditya KhandekarSenior Scientific Engineering AssociateBerkeley Lab
Sam BirenbaumChief DesignerSmart House Homes
Rui TangSenior Scientific Engineering AssociateBerkeley Lab
Yimin ChenSenior Scientific Engineering AssociateBerkeley Lab

Innovators (2018-2019)

Team 1:

Hi-R Windows

Team 2:


Team 3:

Primer-Less Self

Healing Sealant

Team 4:

Unique Building


Team 5: