2018 Energy Fellows

Hunter Albright

Hunter helps companies grow through experimentation, developing ideas and opportunities that transform businesses. He is the co-founder and CEO of Curve10 and has extensive senior executive experience in startups and Fortune 100 companies across financial services, consulting, software and energy industries. He has worked for and with leading brands in the US and Europe, including Visa, HSBC, Barclays, BBVA, and Nordea. Hunter earned his bachelors, masters and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in Systems Engineering. His research focused on optimization and artificial intelligence. Hunter lives in Boulder, Colorado with his family.


Mahesh Albuquerque

Mahesh is the Director of the Colorado Division of Oil and Public Safety, and has served in this role for over a decade. His vision has always been to change the public perception of government. He also serves on several national boards and technical committees striving to improve codes, standards and regulations related to environmental protection and public safety. Mahesh’s career began as an environmental consultant, prior to founding his own company. He joined the Division in 1999. Mahesh received BS and MS degrees in Geology from the University of Bombay, and completed the Executive Leadership program at Cornell University.



Marc Atlas

Marc is a power & energy executive with significant experience growing companies, raising capital, establishing strategic partnerships, commercializing technology and developing talent. Marc has raised over $2B of capital and worked in storage, wind, solar and natural gas-fired generation. In addition to having held executive finance roles for multiple high-growth and industry leading companies, Marc has lead international expansions into markets such as Mexico and Japan. Previously, Marc served as CFO of a solar developer and before that was VP Finance & Director of International Development for Invenergy, a highly innovative developer, owner, operator of power generation projects. Marc is particularly interested in power, energy, mobility, agriculture, water and fiber, and has a BA from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.


Darren Green

Darren’s professional career began as an energy engineer for Siemens. After two years, He returned to Penn State and earned a PhD in mechanical engineering. His graduate studies and research focused on energy conversion and energy efficiency with a goal of producing a novel micro engine. In graduate school, Darren also spent time teaching science and engineering curriculum pertaining to thermal science, clean energy, and transportation technologies. Following graduate school, he worked as a engineering consultant. The work included consequence and risk analysis for petrochemical facilities, accident analysis, and conducting testing programs to improve risk assessment. Following the consulting work, Darren started a water damage restoration business where he built and managed the business for almost 6 years, selling the company in late 2017.


Beth Hartmann

Beth Hartman works at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) as Project Manager for the Incubatenergy Network (www.incubatenergy.org), an initiative funded by the Department of Energy to strengthen connections between clean energy innovators around the country. For the last few years prior to joining EPRI she was a Senior Analyst at E Source, where her research focused on utility customer engagement and marketing strategies, and before E Source she worked as Marketing Manager at Simple Energy. Beth has a master’s degree from the University of Colorado and completed a year-long fellowship at the Silicon Flatirons Center in the CU Law School, where she managed the CU New Venture Challenge and wrote reports on topics including smart grid, privacy, and entrepreneurship.


Laura Levesque-Catalano

Laura is the Director of Business Development for a solar thermal start-up and loves taking new products to market, creating catchy marketing content, and forging business alliances. By day, Laura is focused on the use of technology to combat climate change, by night, she volunteers on her hometown’s Sustainability Advisory Board and is a founding member of Colorado’s Climate Reality chapter. She has worked in Amsterdam and studied in France and at CU-Denver where she holds a Master’s degree in International Business. Laura spends her weekends mountain biking, skiing, beekeeping, gardening, and exploring new places.


Jessica Megill

Jessica Megill has served as a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State since 2004. She is specialized in environmental, political, and economic affairs. Her overseas postings include China, Germany, Paraguay, and East Africa. Domestically, she has worked at U.S. Department of State headquarters as well as at U.S. Pacific Command headquarters. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and was a National Science Scholar. She graduated with a Master’s Degree from the University of California, San Diego’s School of Global Policy and Strategy, where she majored in international environmental policy and international economics.


Richard Robertson

Richard is a C-suite global executive who leads expansion and turnarounds in the clean technology sector, with the goal of advancing energy efficiency. Recognized for spearheading profitable international expansion, and turning around underperforming operations, Richard brings a wealth of knowledge in strategy, marketing, sales, manufacturing and product development. He has led global operations spanning 6 continents, with special expertise covering Asia and the Middle East, where he lived for 25 years. Richard regularly mentors cleantech entrepreneurs in the Colorado startup community. Richard is a graduate of CU Boulder and holds an MBA from Rutgers University.



Mark Shamley

Mark is a hands-on technical executive with over 30 years of engineering and managerial experience. He has an electrical engineering degree but has focused the past twenty years on operational management. Mark’s experience lies across the water, wastewater and energy industries with extensive knowledge of utility metering, radio frequency and cellular communications, instrumentation/controls, sensors, embedded systems and multiple levels of software. Mark has successfully led product development, supply chain and manufacturing operations with an emphasis on innovation and quality. He is extremely excited and passionate about the exploding field of IoT and cloud computing and their potential in the utility and industrial markets


Russell Shriver

Russell’s 20+ year career has spanned various roles in product management, marketing, business development, general management and mergers/acquisitions. After a tenured career developing, managing and marketing award-winning innovative product portfolios in the telecom industry throughout the early days of the Internet and Cloud Computing, he saw a similar rapidly evolving technology and policy landscape in the energy sector. Russell transitioned into the renewable energy industry in 2014 through acquiring a small solar equipment distribution business, and then subsequently earned his Master of Science Degree in Global Energy Management from the University of Colorado in 2018.