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Dr. Ajeet Rohatgi is a Regents’ Professor and a John H. Weitnauer, Jr. Chair in the College of Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He joined Georgia Tech’s ECE faculty in 1985 and is regarded as one of the world’s leading research scientists in photovoltaic (PV) technology. Dr. Rohatgi is also a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar, the founding director of the University Center of Excellence for Photovoltaic Research and Education (UCEP, where Suniva got its start) and the founder and CTO of Suniva®, Inc.
Dr. Rohatgi has positioned Suniva as a U.S. leader in the research, development and manufacturing of high-efficiency, low-cost crystalline silicon cells using unique technology that evolved from his work at UCEP. Dr. Rohatgi continues his research on the development of low-cost high-efficiency cells, innovative cell designs, and cost and technology roadmaps for attaining grid parity with silicon PV.
Under Dr. Rohatgi’s leadership, Suniva has accomplished several industry firsts and achievements, including the fastest ramp-up to 100MW production in the industry (and current expansion to 170MW); the raising of $270 million in capital since Suniva’s inception; the successful production of cell efficiencies exceeding 19%, and R&D cell efficiencies exceeding 20%.
Honored as an IEEE Fellow, Dr. Rohatgi has published more than 400 technical papers in the PV field and has been awarded 16 patents. Dr. Rohatgi is recognized globally for his research and development contributions:
Dr. Rohatgi received a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, in 1971, and a M.S. degree in Materials Engineering from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA in 1973. He received a Ph.D. in Metallurgy and Material Science from Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, in 1977.
Prior to joining the Electrical Engineering faculty at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Dr. Rohatgi was at the Westinghouse Research and Development Center in Pittsburgh, PA in 1977 and became a Westinghouse Fellow while working on the science and technology of photovoltaic and microelectronic devices.Close -
Alex Zhu is the President, SFCE America, and has oversight responsibility for all SFCE operations in North America, including operational oversight of Suniva. SFCE America is the North American operating unit of Shunfeng International Clean Energy Limited, the global provider of low-carbon, integrated, clean energy generation solutions. SFCE’s global investments include over 2 GW of global solar manufacturing assets, energy management and storage, sea water power and ground source heat pumps. Additionally SFCE has developed and owns over 1.6GW of solar power plants connected to the grid.
Prior to joining SFCE, Alex spent over 7 years at Suntech, ultimately serving as Managing Director of Suntech North America, after serving in multiple Product Management roles, including his role as Global Head of Product Development and Product Management.
Alex holds a BSC in Chemistry from Fudan University, a MSC in Chemistry from The National University of Singapore, and an MBA from The University of Michigan.Close -
Matt Card brings over 25 years of marketing, business development, sales and product management, and media and government relations experience working and leading in high-technology companies ranging in size and diversity from engineering start-ups, to pre-ipo/early-stage technology and manufacturing, established software development firms and global telecommunications providers. Matt’s experience includes commercial affairs in both the private and public sector, and domestic and international markets.
One of Suniva's first 20 employees, Matt has been instrumental in building Suniva's worldwide customer base since 2008, having led or managed the development of many of the company's key customer relationships. Under Matt's guidance, Suniva's sales organization has developed strategic commercial relationships with leading EPCs nationally and internationally, with major customers in North and South America, Asia, and Europe, and developed an industry-leading distribution channel. Matt also leads all branding and media relations efforts for the company. During his tenure, Suniva has grown from start-up to the second-largest manufacturer of photovoltaic cells and panels in the United States.
Additionally, he is responsible for Suniva’s government affairs, and has extensive working experience with multiple Congressional and Senate offices, as well as experience working with the White House Council on Environmental Quality, and the U.S. Departments of Commerce, Energy, Defense, State and Veteran’s Affairs. Matt also serves with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee, chartered with improving export competitiveness of these sectors. In June, 2016, Matt was appointed to a two-year term with the joint U.S. Department of Commerce/U.S. Department of Energy U.S.-Mexico Energy Business Council, chartered with deepening U.S.-Mexico economic relations and strengthening commercial ties between energy industries in both countries.
He has also held senior positions in Sales, Marketing, Channel Development, Strategic Alliances, Product Management, and Systems Development, at various high-technology companies including Air2Web, Infinium Software, KnowledgeWare, after starting his career in application development at Sprint Telecommunications and MCI.
Matt holds degree a degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Georgia, and has done graduate studies, majoring in International Business, at Georgia State University.Close -
Marc brings more than 25 years' experience to Suniva, spearheading corporate services and project management for large capital developments, including more than $2 billion worth of construction projects during his career. He is responsible for Suniva's supply chain operations; real estate, construction and manufacturing project management; insurance and purchasing logistics, and facilities management operations. He acts as Suniva's chief procurement officer.
Marc joined Suniva as Senior Director of Corporate Services, helping to secure the most appropriate site for Suniva and negotiate the incentive packages. He was responsible for the build-out of Suniva's corporate offices and manufacturing plant, taking the building from an empty shell in July 2008 to full production in October 2008 -- achieving the fastest production ramp-up in solar manufacturing. Marc is also focused on Suniva's continued growth, achieving speed-to-market for Suniva's manufacturing expansions in 2009 and 2010.
Prior to joining Suniva, Marc was Vice President of Real Estate and Construction for Aarons, a public furniture company based in Atlanta. Under Marc's leadership, Aaron's successfully grew from 300 to 1,500 locations in seven years.
Previously, Marc was Vice President of Corporate Services for Health Images (later acquired by HealthSouth), managing the construction, facilities and equipment purchasing for all of the company's medical outpatient diagnostic centers.
Marc graduated from Georgia Tech with a B.S. degree in Architecture and Building Construction.Close -
Paul Schneider has spent more than 19 years in photovoltaics working on capacity expansion, manufacturing process development, technology transfer, engineering management, and operations management. Paul’s work has involved all aspects of the PV manufacturing value-stream. He has extensive experience in running large-scale photovoltaic manufacturing operations.
As VP of Norcross Operations, Paul leads Suniva’s cell manufacturing, cell technology, and quality assurance groups. Currently, Paul is leading the expansion project to bring the Norcross site to 400MW of cell production capacity while at the same time introducing Suniva’s next-generation cell technology.
Previously as Plant Manager in Norcross, Paul led process of hiring and training the plant manufacturing team from the ground up, and developed and installed manufacturing systems which were used to successfully start up the first Suniva production line in record time. Paul’s team rapidly expanded the production output of the Norcross facility, and collaborated with Suniva R&D to introduce ion implantation technology into cell production, achieving industry-leading solar cell efficiencies.
Paul comes to Suniva from BP Solar (formerly Solarex), one of the largest vertically-integrated PV companies in the world with factories in Maryland, Madrid, Bangalore and Sydney. Paul worked in Operations Management from 2003-2008 at BP Solar. Prior to that, he worked as Engineering Manager with BP Solar working on major expansion and technology transfer projects. Paul has extensive project management experience leading major projects and is an effective practitioner of Lean Manufacturing methodologies.
Prior to working for BP Solar, Paul worked 9 years at Black & Decker in various roles in manufacturing and new product intorduction.
Paul holds a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from Virginia Tech.Close -