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.
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.
Lee Portillo has over a decade experience working in the water technology sector. Over that time his work has focused on the Research & Development, Application Engineering and Engineering Sales of new water treatment technologies for a range of applications including produced water treatment, seawater desalination, waste water reclamation, surface water treatment and ground water remediation.
Prior to joining OriginOil Mr. Portillo worked in the Applied Research Department for Montgomery Watson Harza (MWH) conducting independent third party testing of new membrane technologies. Following his time there, Lee was a founding employee with NanoH2O where he participated in the successful development and commercial launch of three nano-particle composite thin film membranes for use in seawater desalination. Most recently Mr. Portillo worked as the Product Development & Engineering Manager for Water Planet Engineer commercializing new technologies for use in the treatment of produced water for the Oil & Gas sector.
Through that experience Mr. Portillo has focused his career on the cost of treated water and the economic applications of new technologies, in order to define and generate a value proposition through their implementation. Lee has a Mechanical Engineering degree from Texas Christian University.
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.
Stephen Taddeois OriginOil’s Electrical Engineer, specializing in work with power converters and associated energy management hardware and software.
Stephen’s 33 years in electronics come with a wide range of accomplishments. His power converter and energy management software flew aboard AeroVironment’s all electric Puma Unmanned Aerial Vehicle when it broke the record for flight time on a single Oxygen-Hydrogen fuel cell.Later, he was Director of Electrical Systems at Green Charge Networks when he designed and manufactured seven 100kW bi-directional grid storage systems for Consolidated Edison to stabilize New York’s fluctuating electrical grid.In 2012, Stephen’s team also introduced the American Auto Association’s first electric vehicle rescue truck, featuring energy storage and management functions and capable of fast-charging a stranded electric vehicle quickly enough to be done at the side of the freeway.
Stephen graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, with a minor in Mathematics, and also has training in biology, anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, chemistry and physics.
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