Our Organization

The Energy Impact Center is a research institute focused on near-term climate solutions that align individual prosperity and environmental health. Founded in 2017, by leading Silicon Valley technologists and first principle thinkers, EIC analyzes and supports the solution set of tools that can enable an energy transition which generates climate stability, clean air, clean water, and energy access for all. Our growing team boasts a media arm, top engineering and economic experts, and global researchers. Our work is closely followed by 10,000's of science and technology experts, energy enthusiasts, and our thought leadership has been viewed by an online audience of over 4 million and counting!


Our Team

Bret Kugelmass

Managing Director

Michelle Brechtelsbauer

Dir., Stakeholder Relations

John Saunders

Mechanical Engineer

Mark Blomstrom

Building Info Mgmt.

Biren Patel

Substation Engineer

Taj Bahadori

Civil Engineer

Barry Liss

Chemical Engineer

Colin McConville


N. Prasad Kadambi

Nuclear Licensing

Erin Keogh

Media Writer

Juan Padin

Animation Editing

Azra Rasid

South East Asia Research

Olga Kens

Central Europe Research

Josh Tolbert

VP, Engineering

Mark Johnson

Dir., Technology

Michael Beckert

Multi-Physics Engineer

Karan Pol

Research Analyst

Jim Menge

Health Physicist

Aaron Adams

Project Engineer

Dan Sampson

Secondary Water Chem.

Brooks Klimley

Energy Finance

Olu Olajide

Podcast Host

Henrique Rossatto

Graphic Design

Kian Ransom

Audio Editor

Valeria Garcia

Web UX Design

Beatriz Llerena

Western Europe Research

Adam Zuckerman

VP, Business Development

Josh Mesner

Operations Manager

Mitch Costley

Electrical Engineer

Olivia Columbus

Podcast Producer

Andrew Hummel


Dominic Napolitano

Nuclear Reactor Analysis

Jim Brown

Project Management

Reuben Vabner

Project Finance

Jadwiga Najder

Podcast Host

Miguel Oliveira

Audio Editing

Daron Christopher

Technical Writing

Timothy Mwangi

Eastern Africa Research

Godwin Enebeli

Western Africa Research


Dan Poneman

Nuclear Energy Advancement

Former Deputy Secretary of Energy

Jeff Merrifield

International Regulation

Energy Section Leader and Partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Amy Roma

Nuclear Export Law

Partner at Hogan Lovells US LLP

Todd Allen

Energy Innovation & Engagement

Chair and Professor, Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences, University of Michigan

Shane Johnson

Nuclear Research and Development

Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Science and Technology Innovation, DOE

Finis Southworth

Advanced Reactors

Former Chief Technology Officer, Areva



This is a massive economic opportunity for us. It's a massive leadership opportunity for us. And it's an incredible opportunity to just do the right thing for the future of our planet for the future of our kids, so that my seven-month-old daughter, can grow up in a much better world.