ACTIVEcharge LLC is a University of Maryland wind energy innovation startup founded in 2018, working on energy harvesting and autonomous wind turbine system monitoring without battery replacement.
Located in Washington D.C./Baltimore area, we are collaborating with multiple federal/state agencies, research labs, and industrial partners.
Pranay P. Kohli, Chief Executive Officer, is an internationally experienced energy sector executive and consultant. Has advised Fortune 100 corporations, the German, Swedish, Saudi Arabian, Turkish, and Indian Governments, The European Commission, The World Bank, and the US Department of Energy (DOE) on Energy issues. Pranay has served on the Advisory Board of Maryland Clean Energy Center (MCEC), Board of Directors of Maryland-DC-Virginia Solar Energy Industry Association (MDV-SEIA), and has been an Adviser to Washington DC-based Institute for Energy and Environment Research (IEER). Pranay has earned MS (Physics) and MTech (Energy Systems) degrees from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi; he has worked as an energy scientist at the Technical University of Munich (Germany), and studied business administration at Stockholm University (Sweden).
Soobum Lee, Chief Innovation Officer, received his Ph.D. degree from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Daejeon, South Korea, in 2007. He worked with Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute as a Researcher, with the University of Maryland at College Park as a Postdoctoral Fellow, and with the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana, USA, as a Research Assistant Professor. He is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD. His main research interests include energy harvesting device design, structural topology optimization, and robust, reliability-based design optimization.
Ahmed Abdelaziz, Chief Technical Officer, received his Ph.D. degree from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), the USA in 2019. He worked as a credential course Instructor in the Electrical Engineering department at UAB for teaching electrical circuit courses. He has more than ten-year experience in academic research and teaching electrical undergrad courses. His research work focuses on hardware security in carbon-based digital integrated circuits. Dr. Ahmed’s current focus is on the development of power circuits using carbon nanotube field-effect transistor (CNTFET) and graphene nanoribbons field-effect transistor (GNRFET).
In addition to the initial team members, the company is in an excellent position to leverage its university association around Washington DC and Baltimore area for high-quality interns and employees. The company plans to recruit experienced professionals as the business grows via industry meetings, personal recommendations, and proactive search on professional networks. The field test of ACTIVEcharge harvester is underway with widely connected local/global collaborators from academia and industry.