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Meet Our Team

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John Lee

Co-Founder & CEO

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Mike Grubbs

Co-Founder & COO

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Andrew Hanna

Head of Product & Brand

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Brent Nichols

Government Solutions Advisor

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Elijah Bales

Manager of Government Solutions

Hayley Kleciak

Chief of Staff

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Joshua Cisco

Battery Engineer

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Nader Shokair

Director of


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Dr. Sanzida Sultana, PhD 

Battery Scientist

SAFIRE Inventor


Dr. Gabriel Veith, PhD


Dr. Gabriel Veith is the inventor of SAFIRE. He is a Distinguished Staff Scientist in the Chemical Sciences Division at ORNL. His research focuses on the fundamental studies of liquid-solid and solid-solid interfaces, as well as on the development of new materials and processes related to energy storage/conversion applications. Areas of focus include solid state batteries, sodium ion battery chemistry, using neutrons to probe reactive interfaces, physical vapor deposition processes to coat vacuum stable materials, kinetics of interfacial reactions, and fundamental physical chemistry of materials processing. He has 257 published papers, 13 patents, 8 patents submitted, and two R&D 100 awards.
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