Nicholas Eckelberry is a creative genius who succeeds by connecting academic research silos. He laid the foundation for OriginOil in 1988 when he first worked with Japan’s Hideto Uematsu on the breakthrough OHR MX static mixer system which led to the granting of mechanical patent US 6,279,611 (28 Aug 2000) for the mixing of fluids at a microscopic level. This technology has since been implemented at some 2,000 sites in the Japanese waste water industry, and led to the development of Quantum Fracturing, OriginOil’s first patent filing for making CO2 more bio-available to algae cultures. In 2003 Nicholas launched Nano-Cal, a product line based around a uniquely formulated and highly bio-available form of calcium.
As co-founder of OriginOil in 2007 through the present, Nicholas Eckelberry has authored or co-authored thirteen patent applications in the field of algae production and commercialization. Recently, Biofuels Digest ranked him one of the Top 300 People in the Bioeconomy for 2013-2014.
Mr. Sanchez is a veteran in the design and field operation of open pond, photobioreactor and dark-growth algae production systems, as well as an experienced executive in product and intellectual property development. An expert in the commercialization of algae, he designed Mexico’s first biodiesel plant and advised Mexican lawmakers in the creation of the country’s biofuel industry.
Before joining OriginOil, Jose Sanchez was General Manager of Aurora Mexico, a subsidiary of San Francisco-based Aurora Algae, where he launched Aurora’s Mexico-based field operations, built and opened its R&D facilities, managed initial scale-up endeavors, provided information to decision makers to aid in site selection, and carried out negotiations on land acquisition, water rights and CO2 procurement. Sanchez also introduced landmark Mexican legislation to address the environmental, water management and land use aspects of algae production systems.
In 2007, Sanchez was the founder and CEO of AgroSens, a wireless sensor automation company based in Ensenada, Mexico. From 2006 to 2008 he was Biofuels Research Division Director at LP Bond/CENI2T, also in Ensenada. Earlier, as Engineering Director at furniture manufacturer Good Companies in Tijuana, he managed product development teams in Mexico, China and the USA. He also served from 2001 to 2004 as Computational Analysis and Product Engineer at the Delphi Dynamics & Propulsion Innovation Center in Ciudad Juarez, where he collaborated on two patents and seven records of invention.
Sanchez holds a Bachelor’s degree in Science in Mechanical Engineering and an MS in Manufacturing Systems, both from the InstitutoTecnologico de Monterrey. He earned an MS in Environmental Health Management from Harvard University. In a recent Biofuels Digest industry poll, he was named one of the Top 100 People in Bioenergy for 2012-2013.
Dave Anderson began working in aquaculture in Hawai’i over 20 years ago, and has since cultured salmon, catfish, trout, cobia, oysters, shrimp, giant clams, and many other fish and invertebrate species. He has also worked in algae culture and live feeds, aquatic animal health, and seafood sustainability. His experience with culture systems includes the design, construction, and operation of marine and freshwater RAS facilities (Recirculating Aquaculture Systems) for growout and broodstock conditioning.
Prior to joining the sales team at OriginOil, Dave earned his Master’s degree in genetics from the University of Southern California. He has since worked in science outreach at the Aquarium of the Pacific and other non-profit organizations that promote marine science education. Dave brings an exceptional level of technical expertise to the OriginOil Sales Team, along with an in-depth understanding of the commercial applications for OriginOil’s aquaculture product line.
With over 14 years experience in construction and fabrication fields, Andrew Davies heads OriginOil’s Operations.
Davies began in the Maritime industry both on deck and in the engine room, earning numerous certifications aboard motor vessels in the Caribbean. His building experience began with hotel construction where he learned advanced levels of carpentry, fabricating, wiring, PVC, and operating heavy machinery of all kinds. He has also completed an apprenticeship in the field of Heating, Cooling and Air-conditioning, and is a licensed forklift, articulating man-lift, extended boom forklift and bobcat operator.
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