At ViZn Energy, we have assembled a visionary team of scientists, engineers and business leaders with the common goal of creating and commercializing a revolutionary energy storage technology. Through the innovative efforts of our employees and by leveraging the vast knowledge and experience of our world class team of technical and business advisors, we have created a truly breakthrough product. At ViZn Energy we share a common vision and passion for innovation. The result of our efforts is best described by our mission.
At ViZn Energy, we will enhance the quality of life for tens of millions of people around the world who need consistent, efficient, and safe energy to use in their daily lives. We will accomplish this by providing readily accessible, environmentally friendly, sustainable and safe energy storage solutions that eliminate the enormous waste in the world’s precious resources, and energy production and distribution system.
Van Dell graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, with honors, from Michigan Technological University and was a member of Eta Kappa Nu. He received Key Technologist and Management Awards at General Electric, served on the Board of Directors – NC State University Engineering Foundation, on the Europe Committee of the Confederation of British Industry, was Cited as a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum and Co-chaired a Session on High Performance Teams at the World Economic Forum, served as Chairman’s Delegate to the US-ASEAN Business Council, received the first-ever Technology Achievement Award by B’nai B’rith International, was inducted into ECE Academy – Michigan Technological University and has served on both public and private company Boards of Directors.
Van Dell currently chairs the Industrial Advisory Board for the College of Engineering at Michigan Technological University, served as Chairman of the Clean Energy Council for the Austin Chamber of Commerce in 2012, was appointed by Austin City Council to its Local Solar Advisory Committee in 2012, serves on the Oversight Committee for the M-TRAC commercialization program of the Michigan EDC and as an Advisory Fellow, NSF Center for Next Gen PV, University of Texas.
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Bill was most recently a Director of Business Development for Switching Products at Broadcom Corporation, a leading communications IC developer. He was responsible for the StrataSwitch Ethernet Chip family and closed significant design wins with Cisco, 3Com, Nortel, Lucent and Hitachi, among others. During his tenure at Broadcom, Burger also led the acquisitions of both AILayer Communications and Altima. Bill came to Broadcom via the Company’s 1999 acquisition of Maverick Networks, where he was a co-founder and served as Vice President of Sales and Business Development. He played an instrumental role in negotiating the acquisition by Broadcom. He negotiated Maverick key foundry process technology licensing deals and co-led the Company’s initial funding agreements.
Prior to Maverick Networks, Bill was Vice President of Business Development and Foundry Operations for IC Works, a startup specialty foundry and clock manufacturing company. He secured the company’s first tier customer base, which included IBM, HP, Compaq, Dell and Seagate. Bill also formed the company’s profitable, $20M Foundry Business Unit where he managed all business aspects of the Company’s foundry activities and led a subsequent $50M foundry expansion program.
Prior to his 6 years at IC Works, Bill spent 17+ years in various technical, sales and business development management positions at Hewlett-Packard, Intel and then Adaptec. Bill started his career as a Member of Technical Staff at Bell Laboratories and has an MSEE from Northwestern University and a BSME from the University of Wisconsin.
Most recently Shah served as the first CEO of the Carbon War Room, the global organization founded by Richard Branson and Virgin Unite to harness the power of entrepreneurship to unlock the potential of proven climate change solution technologies to be deployed at scale.
Jigar founded SunEdison in 2003; today the world’s leading solar services company. SunEdison, through Shah’s perseverance and vision, simplified solar as a service through the implementation of the power purchase agreement (PPA) business model. That model changed the status quo, allowing organizations to purchase solar energy services under long-term predictably priced contracts and avoid the significant capital costs of ownership and operation of solar energy systems. The SunEdison business model is a recognized catalyst that turned solar PV into a multi-billion dollar industry worldwide.
Prior to that, Shah managed mergers & acquisitions, corporate strategy, and sales efforts for BP Solar, specializing in national commercial accounts. He also worked as a contractor for the Department of Energy on alternative vehicles and fuel cell programs.
Shah holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, and an MBA from The University of Maryland. Besides the Carbon War Room, he also sits on the boards of the SolarNexus, KMR Infrastructure, Prometheus Institute and Greenpeace USA.