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Technology Team

Nicholas Eckelberry — Chief Research Officer

Nicholas Eckelberry is co-founder and chief research officer of OriginOil. He is responsible for inventing OriginOil’s proprietary Electro Water Separation (EWS) technology, the high-speed, chemical free process to extract organic contaminants and valuable materials from large quantities of water. Nicholas first laid the foundation for OriginOil in 1988 when he first worked with Japan’s Hideto Uematsu on the breakthrough OHR MX static mixer system; a system that received the 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. Nicholas is also responsible for the launch of Nano-Cal in 2003, a product line based around a uniquely formulated and highly bio-available form of calcium.

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.

Lee Portillo — Vice President of Engineering, Oil & Gas

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.

Dave Anderson — Director of R&D Science

Mr. Anderson has more than 20 years’ experience in the algae and aquaculture industries, where he has worked closely in the design, construction, and operation of marine and freshwater RAS facilities (Recirculating Aquaculture Systems) for growout and broodstock conditioning. Dave’s experience also includes Quality Assurance and Quality Control testing for aquatic animal health products. At OriginOil, he is responsible for supporting Research & Development with science, including process testing and validation.

Prior to joining the technology 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.

Andrew Davies — Director of Operations

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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