AltaSea BLUEC2C

Bringing Blue Concepts to Commerce

AltaSea has launched BLUEC2C, a 360° support ecosystem for blue economy businesses; a place where innovators can start, grow and scale.

Located on a 35 acre historic pier at the Port of Los Angeles, BLUEC2C is a collaboration incubator where ocean innovators work together to create solutions to the world’s greatest challenges.  We offer state-of-the-art makerspace infrastructure for R&D, prototype, pilot, demo and commercialization.  The cutting edge 400,000 square foot campus provides unparalleled access to the deep ocean, more than 4,000 feet of linear dock space, circulating seawater and marine life support systems, laboratories, research facilities and hands-on educational and job skills development areas.

One-Stop-Shop:  START + GROW + SCALE

BLUEC2C provides business assistance, support and investment platforms for innovators and entrepreneurs who seek to develop, grow and scale their blue businesses in the renewable energy, regenerative aquaculture and blue technology sectors.

BLUE C2C connects businesses with world class research institutions, strategic business partners, funders and investors, new markets and clusters, key government regulators and the press for maximum market adoption and traction.

It’s All Here

Collaborative Makerspace*

  • 35-acre ocean waterfront campus on a historic pier
  • 4,100 linear feet of waterfront dock and wharf space
  • Direct harbor and open ocean access
  • Berths, Wharfs, Docks, Dive Lockers, Boat Moorage
  • Wet Labs/Tanks, Dry Labs
  • Drone Test Pads
  • Seawater Systems, Aquarium and Mesocosms
  • 3D Printing
  • Machinery & Infrastructure
  • 2MW Photovoltaic Solar Canopy

*In development

Partners

Campus

Resident Companies*

  • Braid Theory
  • Carlsbad Aquafarms
  • Holdfast Aquaculture
  • Marine and Environmental Training Trust
  • Montauk
  • Mountain and Sea Education Adventures
  • Nautilus Data Technologies
  • NEXRAD
  • Ocean Exploration Trust
  • Pacific6
  • RCAM Technologies
  • Tekever
  • Texel
  • University of Los Angeles
  • University of Southern California

* Continually growing

  • STRATEGIC PARTNERS

    STRATEGIC PARTNERS

    We partner compatible, complementary innovations for coordinated application and swift commercial adoption….A wave energy technology is paired with an ocean energy storage technology to form a complete marketable product, ready for adoption….  We facilitate the transfer of deployed technologies into new market applications.

  • TECHNICAL & SCIENTIFIC EXPERTISE

    TECHNICAL & SCIENTIFIC EXPERTISE

    Innovators have access to AltaSea’s science and technical facilities and infrastructure to validate their product/process, design their pilot study, develop their prototype, and demonstrate their work.  Innovators are mentored by leading University R&D scientists and technologists from UCS, UCLA, Scripps, SCMI, and AltaSea partners.

  • COMMERCIAL CONNECTIVITY

    COMMERCIAL CONNECTIVITY

    Our global commercial supply chain pipeline ecosystem is ever expanding and includes Boeing, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Port of Los Angeles, Toyota,  American Honda Foundation,  Edison International, So Cal Gas, Air Products, and more.

  • FUNDING & INVESTORS

    FUNDING & INVESTORS

    We provide intel and support with government grants, fundraising readiness, and appropriate introductions to private, public and NGO funders and investors.  Program members are also eligible to apply for funding from our AltaSea BlueTech Innovation Fund (ABIF).

Business Programs

BLUEC2C offers three programs for innovators and businesses at different stages of development and scale. All programs are led by BLUEC2C Expert Advisors. Learn which program is right for you:

INCUBATE BLUEC2C

For founders seeking scientific, technical or business validation. This program is offered individually or as part of a cohort class. Innovators will dive into business, scientific and technical learning, including blue economy supply chain, market fit, customer identification, strategic partnerships,  business modeling and planning, and funding and investment pitch development.

ACCELERATE BLUEC2C

For growing companies with validated technical, scientific and business concepts seeking to define their market fit and commercialization path, and/or develop their prototype, pilot and/demonstration.

With AltaSea’s ecosystem of subject-matter experts, companies will be paired with right-fit advisors for customized mentorship.  Curated introductions will be made to potential partners, customers, market specialists, government regulators and investors depending on participant needs.

SCALE UP BLUEC2C

For revenue-generating companies ready to scale to larger customers and/or  enter new markets or territories. This program focuses on connecting businesses to the new commercial partners, funding sources and investors.  Curated introductions are made to potential business partners, customers, market specialists, government regulators and investors depending on participant needs.

Contact us for more information.

BLUEC2C Leadership

Chief Executive Officer

Terry Tamminen

Director of BlueTech Strategies (Consultant)

Portia Cohen

Chief Executive Officer

Terry Tamminen

From his youth in Australia to career experiences in Europe, Africa, China and across the United States, Terry has developed expertise in business, farming, education, non-profit, the environment, the arts, and government. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed him Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency and later Cabinet Secretary, the Chief Policy Advisor to the Governor, where Terry was the architect of many groundbreaking sustainability policies, including California’s landmark Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, the Hydrogen Highway Network, and the Million Solar Roofs initiative. In 2010 Terry cofounded the R20 Regions of Climate Action, a new public-private partnership, bringing together sub national governments; businesses; financial markets; NGOs; and academia to implement measurable, large-scale, low-carbon and climate resilient economic development projects that can simultaneously solve the climate crisis and build a sustainable global economy. He also provides advice through 7th Generation Advisors to Pegasus Capital Advisors, the Green Climate Fund and numerous global businesses on sustainability and “green” investing, as well as assisting governments and philanthropists with climate solutions, including Fiji, India, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation. An accomplished author, Terry’s books include “Cracking the Carbon Code: The Keys to Sustainable Profits in the New Economy” (Palgrave Macmillan). In 2011, Terry was one of six finalists for the Zayed Future Energy Prize and The Guardian ranked Terry No. 1 in its “Top 50 People Who Can Save the Planet.”

Director of BlueTech Strategies (Consultant)

Portia Cohen

Portia Cohen has extensive senior leadership experience in law, public policy, public affairs, advocacy and negotiations in the corporate, government and nonprofit sectors.

A former Mayor, Councilmember, and Attorney-at-Law, Ms. Cohen is a seasoned and accomplished communicator, aggregator and strategist for a myriad of interests and stakeholders.

Portia is and Advisor to 7th Generation.  She previously served as Senior Strategic Market Liaison to the Chief of Strategy for UCLA Health System.  Her previous positions include Executive Director of Global Los Angeles at the Pacific Council on International Policy; Mayor and Councilmember of the City of Manhattan Beach, California; Director of the Energy Independence & Petroleum Project for Environment Now Foundation; Senior Counsel for Gensler Architecture Worldwide; Corporate Counsel and Government Compliance Officer for Burns and Roe Enterprises, Inc.; Litigation Associate for Cole Schotz Meisel Forman & Leonard; and Researcher/Writer/Editor for the Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Portia serves on a myriad of advisory and working boards including Rutgers University Douglass College, the Cancer Support Community, Sustainable Conservation, Friendship Foundation, and was Founder of the Mayor’s Youth Council of Manhattan Beach.

Portia holds a B.A. in political science (Pi Sigma Alpha) from Douglass College, Rutgers University, and a J.D. from Widener University School of Law, where she was a member of the Delaware Law Review and is published on the issue of corporate governance.  She received the American Jurisprudence Award in Contracts.  Portia is licensed to practice law before the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, U.S. District Court of New Jersey, State of New Jersey, and State of Pennsylvania. Her full bio can be found at www.Linkedin.com/pub/dir/Portia/Cohen

BLUEC2C Expert Advisors

CEO, Co-Founder, Braid Theory and Chief Innovation Officer, LA Council District 15

Ann Carpenter

Principal at Chawkins Communications Consulting, Inc.

Ken Chawkins

Founder, CEO, Managing Director, Pegasus Capital Advisors

Craig Cogut

Director of Business Development, TEKEVER

Paulo Ferro

Executive Director, Energy Independence Now and AltaSea Special Advisor, Clean Energy

Brian Goldstein

Director of Maritime Operations, Pacific6 and AltaSea Special Advisor, Marine Infrastructure

Nick Hajek

Managing Director of Operations, 3Q Investment 3Q Partners

Jennifer Hickman

Founder and CEO, Blue Robotics, Inc.

Rustom Jehangir

Co-founder and Managing Director of Proteus Environmental Technologies and AltaSea Special Advisor, Research Initiatives

Anthony F. Michaels

SVP, Portfolio Manager of ESG Thematic Investment Strategies, Rockefeller Capital Management

Rolando Morillo

Principal Investigator, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences Professor of Biological Sciences

Sergey Nuzhdin, Ph.D.

Pritzker Professor of Sustainability and Henry Samueli Fellow at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science

Gaurav Sant

Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Southern California

Anupam Singh, Ph.D.

President & CEO, The ADEPT Group, Inc.

Alex Spataru

Executive Director, Entrepreneur Educational Center Inc. and AltaSea Special Advisor, Entrepreneurship

Barbara J. Stanton

Co-Chair, O’Melveny’s Project Development and Real Estate Practice

Greg Thorpe

CEO, Co-Founder, Braid Theory and Chief Innovation Officer, LA Council District 15

Ann Carpenter

Ann Carpenter is a strategic and market-focused entrepreneur dedicated to building the tech entrepreneurial community in the emerging blue and clean economies, with domain expertise in ocean tech/blue tech adjacencies.   Her company, Braid Theory, connects technology entrepreneurs with industry to build opportunities and solutions for market traction and growth, in industry sectors including marine/maritime, agriculture and biotech, transportation and goods movement, advanced and specialist manufacturing and aerospace.  Ms. Carpenter also serves as the Chief Innovation Officer for Council District 15 of the City of Los Angeles, working to build the LA Harbor area into an innovation cluster and blue economy center. She is a member of the Board of Governors for The Ocean Exchange, Smart Freight Center, San Pedro Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, and an Advisor to Blue Action Lab, and founding member of the Long Beach Sustainable Business Network.   In addition, Ms. Carpenter serves as a Small Business Commissioner for LA County.  Ms. Carpenter is a graduate (B.S., Math) from University of Michigan.

Principal at Chawkins Communications Consulting, Inc.

Ken Chawkins

Ken Chawkins is the Principal at Chawkins Communications Consulting, Inc.  His current retained clients include Gemini Motors and South Coast Air Quality Management District as a Policy Advisor to Member Michael Cacciotti.  He serves as a consultant with National Demographics Corporation helping public jurisdictions throughout California navigate the process of developing electoral maps.

Chawkins served as the Government Relations Manager for Air Products and Chemicals, a world-leading Industrial Gases company. He acted as the principal liaison to local and state policymakers to advance company priorities and all growth platforms, with special focus on Hydrogen for Mobility and Carbon Capture and Sequestration. Additionally, Chawkins supported business development activities by developing advocacy campaign strategies, crafting appropriate and effective messaging, and planning and executing strategic government engagement plans. As Government Relations Manager, Chawkins designed and executed stakeholder and managed overall communication strategies,

His work with Southern California Gas Company as Manager of Public Policy and Business Policy Manager relied on Chawkins’ expertise within the energy/utility industry. SoCalGas is the largest national gas distribution company in the United States, and Chawkins was responsible for advancing the company’s policy agenda with external stakeholders at the local and state governmental levels. Additionally, he framed the public engagement strategy and worked with various organizations and interest groups to build coalitions seeking the safe, clean and affordable use of natural gas as an energy source.

Chawkins started his journey in the Energy/Utility industry at Southern California Edison where he built a foundation of knowledge in one of the largest electric utilities in the country. Over the 18 years that Chawkins was with Southern California Edison, he served in both staff and operational capacities, starting as a region manager for public affairs, serving as Special Assistant to the CEO, running a local operating district and serving as Project Lead for the Business Process Integration and Training Manager for the Operations Support Business Unit.

Chawkins is civically active in Southern California currently serving as Chair of The Children’s Partnership, Chair of Pasadena Media, a trainer for Water Education for Latino Leaders and an advisor to the Glendale Education Foundation.  He has previously served on many other boards, including Coro Southern California, Leadership Southern California, Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation, Legacy Los Angeles, Environmental Leadership Institute and Sustain Southern California among others.  Chawkins holds a BA in Political Science from UCLA, a MA in Public Policy from Claremont Graduate University and was a Coro Fellow in New York City in 1989.  He lives in Pasadena with his wife, Dr. Lan Nguyen Chawkins and has two adult daughters, Dania and Emma.

Founder, CEO, Managing Director, Pegasus Capital Advisors

Craig Cogut

Craig Cogut is founder, CEO, and co-managing partner of Pegasus Capital Advisors and co-founder of Pegasus Sustainable Century MB, L.P. Since 1995, Mr. Cogut has executed over 70 transactions at Pegasus, and has assembled a world-class team of investment, operational, and policy professionals. He has led Pegasus to focus on businesses that secure competitive advantage through resource conservation, efficiency, and security.

Pegasus Sustainable Century brings capital and expertise to businesses that can compete successfully on the basis of resource efficiency and sustainability. Pegasus recognizes that population growth, fluctuating energy and commodity prices, recognition that resources are not unlimited, a progressive legislative agenda driven by constituent demand, and a new consumer buying equation are bringing sustainability to the forefront of our economy, creating the most exciting investment climate of our age. Pegasus’ more than 30 operating advisors have unsurpassed expertise in all aspects of sustainability, uniquely positioning the firm to identify both opportunities and pitfalls as sustainability emerges as a driver of growth across our economy.

Mr. Cogut has over 27 years of private equity investing, complex financial restructuring, and legal advisory experience. From 1990 to 1995, he was a senior principal and a founding partner of Apollo Advisors, L.P., involved in virtually all aspects of Apollo’s largest investments. From 1984 to 1990, he was an advisor, principally to Drexel Burnham Lambert Incorporated and associated entities. He serves as chairman of the External Advisory Board of the Brown University-Veterans Administration Center for Restorative and Regenerative Medicine, chairman of the Cogut Center for the Humanities at Brown University, as a trustee of Brown University, as a director of Human Rights First, and as a director of the Gettysburg Foundation. In 2008, he was selected to receive the New York League of Conservation Voters Corporate Pioneer Award.

Mr. Cogut is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Brown University.

Director of Business Development, TEKEVER

Paulo Ferro

Paulo Ferro is Director of Development at TEKEVER, a global AI firm that designs, develops and commercializes advanced technology products and services in areas including the digital economy, manned and unmanned aerial vehicles and space industries.  Mr. Ferro brings decades of business development expertise in unmanned robotic systems and sensor technologies for commercial, public and defense applications. Adept at strategic planning, business development, and supply chain management, Mr. Ferro is a seasoned proposal development, contractual negotiator and B2B relationship catalyst. He previously was Director of International Business Development for AeroVironment, a global leader in intelligent, multi-domain robotic systems in the aviation and aerospace manufacturing industries. Prior to that, Mr. Ferro served as Strategic Development Director for General Atomics Aeronautical Systems.

Executive Director, Energy Independence Now and AltaSea Special Advisor, Clean Energy

Brian Goldstein

Brian Goldstein is Executive Director, Energy Independence Now (EIN).  He leads EIN in its mission to support a transition to a clean transportation system. With a background in finance, Brian has professional experience in the alternative fuels, renewable energy, energy efficiency, transportation technologies, and financial services sectors. He has served as CFO of a motorcycle design and manufacturing firm as well as CFO of a hydrogen transportation technology company, where he focused on both public and private financing initiatives, infrastructure acquisitions, automotive technology development, and fleet adoption of hydrogen technology.

Brian has worked to develop alternative fuel distribution networks in California and Colorado. He has also served as a technical and financial consultant to the US Department of Energy and he continues to serve as a judge for the Clean Tech Open business plan competition as well as the DOE National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition.

Mr. Goldstein graduated with a B.S. in International Business from the Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado, and earned his MBA with focus on Finance and International Business at the Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business Management, where he received a Merit Scholarship. Mr. Goldstein is an Eagle Scout.

Director of Maritime Operations, Pacific6 and AltaSea Special Advisor, Marine Infrastructure

Nick Hajek

Nick Hajek is Director of Maritime Operations at Pacific6.  As an international marine contractor, he manages several maritime projects focused on offshore farming, commercial scale aquaculture, carbon capture, and hybrid/all electric vessel designs, as well as continuing his work over seas year round. Nick comes from a maritime family and is an 8th generation Norwegian captain who is heavily involved with installing and supporting commercial scale offshore farms in various countries as well as overseeing the progress and operations of several cutting edge projects here in the United States. Mr. Hajek is extremely hands on and practical. He is an internationally recognized captain, commercial diver, paramedic, aquaculture engineer and although born in the USA calls New Zealand home.

Pacific6 is a California-based investment and development partnership committed to important and inspiring projects that have a positive impact on people and their communities.  With a heavy focus on aquaculture and the environment, Pacific6 partners and collaborates with research institutes, scientists, environmentalists, government agencies and fishermen/farmers to explore ways to develop and promote marine aquaculture is the U.S through safe, sustainable practices and a responsible ocean stewardship, catalyzing new industries, preserving working waterfronts, solving the enormous US seafood trade deficit, and demonstrating how to sustainable feed a hungry world.  The company operates Pacific6 Ocean AquaFarms, Pacific Mariculture, Pacific Hybfreed, and Symbrosia.

Managing Director of Operations, 3Q Investment 3Q Partners

Jennifer Hickman

Jennifer Hickman is a Managing Director of Operations for 3Q Investment 3Q Partners, a New York-based buyout and special situations private equity firm with a commitment to social impact post-acquisition.

Prior to joining 3Q Investment Partners, Jennifer led market assessments and operational diligence of investment opportunities at Pegasus Capital Advisors. Jennifer focused on sourcing companies for investment in the food, agricultural; water, and energy space; creating value and developing new markets for existing portfolio companies; and identifying and researching “best in class” sustainable technologies for agricultural production and the residential and commercial building industry. She was also an Advisor to the Renewable Energy & Sustainable Infrastructure Credit Fund.

While at Pegasus, Jennifer co-founded an agricultural company for small-holder farmers in Tanzania called The Great African Food Company which is a logistics agricultural company for small-holder farmers in Arusha, Tanzania.  Jennifer Identified the opportunity to export fresh produce from Tanzania to Europe and to integrate farmers into the global supply chain.

Before joining Pegasus Capital Advisors, Jennifer was the CEO of an agricultural company that developed food security initiatives in the United Arab Emirates.

Jennifer is currently a member of the Board of Advisors for Liberty and Justice, the first fair trade apparel manufacturing company in Liberia, and has also Executive Produced two documentaries; both of which had their United States premiere at the Tribeca Film festival.

Jennifer is also a Board member of GoFOR, the last-mile logistics company.

Founder and CEO, Blue Robotics, Inc.

Rustom Jehangir

Rustom Jehangir is the founder of Blue Robotics, which makes components for marine robotics including thrusters, watertight enclosures, sensors, and the BlueROV2 vehicle.  The company’s goal is to enable growth and innovation in the marine robotics field by providing components at a fraction of the price of existing products.  Mr. Jehangir’s previous work as an engineer was at Advanced Tactics, working in the development of large-scale multi-copter helicopters for civil and military applications.  Mr. Jehangir earned his B.S. in mechanical engineering and software engineering as well as an M.S. in aerospace engineering from University of Southern California.

Co-founder and Managing Director of Proteus Environmental Technologies and AltaSea Special Advisor, Research Initiatives

Anthony F. Michaels

Dr. Anthony Michaels is a nationally recognized leader in sustainability, innovation and environmental science across multiple business sectors and academic fields. He is the co-founder and managing director of Proteus Environmental Technologies, a leader in the transition of technology innovations to scale and CEO of EVEA Farm Management, a new venture to create vertically integrated supply chains for organic crops and monetize carbon and other environmental benefits from the next generation of regenerative farming technologies.  Previously he was CEO of Midwestern BioAg, a leader in soil health and sustainable agriculture.  Its network of 4,500 farms use a systems approach to farming that results in higher yield, lower costs, increased farmer profits, improved environmental outcomes and more nutritious crops.  Midwestern BioAg has worked with about one-third of the organic farms in the Midwest, a network of progressive conventional farms and has a 35-year history of creating and marketing innovative fertility products for both conventional and organic farmers.  In addition to operational roles in sustainability-centric companies, he also was Chief Scientist at Pegasus Capital Advisors.  This middle-market Private Equity firm was a leader in building successful companies around a resource scarcity theme, including energy efficiency, renewable energy, biofuels, recycling and a variety of circular-economy sectors. Earlier in his career, he studied global nutrient cycles in the ocean, was a tenured Professor at the University of Southern California and was the founding Director of the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies. He has published over 100 scholarly papers.  He has long-standing board roles at the National Council for Science and the Environment, The Julie Wrigley Global Institute on Sustainability at Arizona State University, the Catalina Island Conservancy and the National Science Foundation Environmental Research and Education Advisory Board.

Education

  • 1983 – 1988  Ph.D. in Biology (Biological Oceanography), University of California, Santa Cruz.
  • 1982 – 1983  M.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona.
  • 1980 – 1982  B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona.  With Highest Distinction and Honors
  • 1976 – 1979  University of California, San Diego and Scripps Institute of Oceanography.

Highlights of Professional Career

  • 2020 – Present   Co-Founder and CEO, EVEA Farm Management LLC.  This company builds vertically integrated organic crop supply chains, starting with operating the farms, building ingredients with the crops and contracting directly with large food and feed companies
  • 2007 – Present   Managing Director, Proteus Environmental Technologies LLC.  Proteus has a unique approach for scaling sustainability innovations from the university and entrepreneur through a partnership/investing approach with existing middle-market companies.
  • 2014 – 2019   Chief Executive Officer, Midwestern BioAg Inc.  This company is a 38-year leader in regenerative and sustainable agriculture.
  • 2010 – 2014   Chief Scientist and Operating Partner, Pegasus Capital Advisors.  During Michaels’ tenure, Pegasus had $3.5 billion in AUM and build iconic companies to solve resource scarcity, climate and environmental challenges.
  • 2012 – 2013   President, MPH Energy.  Scaling a novel re-use of recycled materials into a pollution control technology for coal-fired power plants.
  • 2008 – 2013   CEO, PhycoSystems Inc.  An algae-biofuels startup
  • 1996 – 2012   Associate and Full Professor, Biology, University of Southern California
  • 1996 – 2008   Director of the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies.  At its time, the leader in a new generation of academic environmental programs that built unique relationships between university scholarship and
  • 1993 – 1996   Risk Prediction Initiative, Bermuda Biological Station for Research, Inc.  An innovative program between academic and the global re-insurance industry to redefine the management of the property insurance for catastrophic risks like hurricanes, floods and climate change.
SVP, Portfolio Manager of ESG Thematic Investment Strategies, Rockefeller Capital Management

Rolando Morillo

Rolando Morillo has decades of executive investment expertise working for Rockefeller Capital Management.  With a formidible record of success in identifying, analyzing, and recommending progressive, global public equity, solution -oriented companies for ESG investment strategies, Mr. Morillo’s companies have consistently outperformed or exceeded expectations relative to their  benchmarks.  Mr. Morillo holds an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business and a B.S. in Environmental & Business Economics and Geography from Rutgers University.

Principal Investigator, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences Professor of Biological Sciences

Sergey Nuzhdin, Ph.D.

Dr. Nuzhdin runs the USC Nuzhdin Research Laboratory at AltaSea, a 6,000 square foot sustainable seaweed aquaculture lab pursuing ground breaking research on regenerative aquaculture.

Nuzhdin’ a lab aims to advance the sustainable use of ocean resources, and has partnered with Holdfast, an aquaculture-focused startup, to co-develop the AltaSea aquaculture site.  The lab for using on regenerative aquaculture, the breeding, rearing and harvesting of macro algae and shellfish, as well as the commercial. Application of new technologies, including biofuels made from kelp that could reduce the need for fossil fuels.  Nuzhdin’ a lab conducts molecular and computational work on campus, whil also conducting field research at the AltaSea site to advance the commercial production of seaweed and to develop varieties that are particularly well-suited for producing biofuels and bio chemicals, as well as alternative livestock feeds from the ocean.  This work has the potential to contribute to the reduction of global warming, to produce biofuels from the ocean, to restore keep populations and to provide a natural solution for the security of the California shoreline.

Dr. Nuzhdin earned his Ph.D. In Genetics from the Institute of Molecular Genetics, and his received his B.S. (Honorary) in Biophysics from Moscow State University.

Pritzker Professor of Sustainability and Henry Samueli Fellow at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science

Gaurav Sant

Mr. Sant holds faculty appointments in the departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and is a member of the California NanoSystems Institute.  Mr. Sant is also the director of the Institute for Carbon Management at UCLA, where he leads the institute’s cross-disciplinary teams to create sustainable solutions for carbon removal.  In 2021, he led the UCLA CarbonBuilt team, which developed a new technology that turns carbon dioxide into concrete, to win the $.5 million grand prize in the COSIA Carbon XPRIZE competition.  The institute’s ongoing projects include SeaChange, an energy-efficient technology that removes carbon dioxide dissolved in seawater; X/44 a method for achieving electrochemical direct air capture; and EPOCH, an electrochemical process for producing Portland its, a limestone and cement replacement, designed to greatly reduce the carbon dioxide emissions associated with cement and concrete production.   Technologies developed at the Institute are bing commercialized by UCLA startup companies including CarbonBuilt, Concrete-AI and SeaChange.

Mr. Sant received a Ph.D, M.S., and B.S. in civil engineer from Purdue University.  In addition to his groundbreaking research, Mr. Sant has published more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific publications an his work has been supported by federal d state agencies, foundations and Fortune 500 corporations. He has relieved numerals awards from the National Science Foundation, American Concrete Institute, American Institute for Chemical Engineering and International Union of Laboratories and Experts in Construction Materials, Systems and Structures.

Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Southern California

Anupam Singh, Ph.D.

Dr. Singh earned her PhD in Molecular and computational Biology from the University of Southern California.  Dr. Singh provided invaluable research to Dr. Sergey Nuzhdin in developing statistical models to identify genetic loci and genes regulating key domestication traits, including flowering time in wild, cultivated and hybrid Cicer.

Her expertise is in understanding relationships between genotypes and phenotypes.

Her research is focused on using linear models, mixed models to understand the genetic basis of important domestication traits in terrestrial and marine plants. Dr. Singh earned her M.S. in Molecular Microbiology and immunology, Regulatory Science, where she was President of the Molecular Biology Graduate Student Association.  She earned her B.S. in Biotechnology at the Chaitanya Baratheon Institute of Technology.  In addition, Dr. Singh conducted medical research for Keck Medicine of USC as well as John Wayne Cancer Institute.

President & CEO, The ADEPT Group, Inc.

Alex Spataru

Alex Spataru honed his professional expertise in aerospace, oil & gas, and management consulting throughout the U.S. and abroad.  He served as a U.S. Army Officer from 1969 to 1974. He completed his undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering and business at UCLA.  In 1983, Mr. Spataru started the ADEPT Group, Inc., an engineering consulting and green tech transfer firm that provides cost-effective solutions to energy and/or environment challenges. With the ADEPT team, he completed numerous product development and market penetration/acquisition engagements.  While at ADEPT, Mr. Spataru completed several international technology transfers and commercialized nascent technologies, including instantaneous gas water heaters, LPG & CNG dedicated engines, low-NOx burners, indoor and outdoor air quality sensing systems, emulsified diesel for heavy-duty engines, ocean going vessels performance management systems, and ultrasonic instruments.  Mr. Spataru has completed numerous engagements in the green sector, including geothermal plants, LFG extraction & processing, onshore & offshore wind energy, waste to energy systems, commercial & utility scale solar, and water conserving appliances.  Mr. Spataru is a Certified Gas Engineer. He’s a member of one UL committee, two NFPA committees and one ISO committee. He serves on the Board of the Coalition for Clean Air. He lectures at the UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and at the UCLA School of Engineering & Applied Science, and conducts applied research projects with the Bourns College of Engineering at UC Riverside.

Executive Director, Entrepreneur Educational Center Inc. and AltaSea Special Advisor, Entrepreneurship

Barbara J. Stanton

Barbara Stanton runs Entrepreneur Educational Center Inc. (EECI), a Watts-based non-profit founded by Dr. Richard H. Zeus Kirk, the late world-renowned educator and Director of the USC Entrepreneur Program, where Ms. Stanton served as a USC Program Specialist.  AltaSea and EECI have partnered to accelerate employment opportunities in emerging blue economy sectors by bringing small business and equity to the local area to benefit residents in Black and Indigenous People of Color communities.

Co-Chair, O’Melveny’s Project Development and Real Estate Practice

Greg Thorpe

Greg Thorpe, Esq. represents developers, tenants, and lenders in the acquisition, development and financing of office buildings, hotels, casinos, retail and entertainment centers, mixed use facilities, master-planned communities and other facilities. He also has assisted developers of real estate projects in creating the leasing, financing and operating structure for a variety of real estate developments.  Mr. Thorpe is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University, J.D., cum laude, where he served as Chief Articles Editor.  O’Melveny is a global law firm with broad practice with a strong focus on CSR and ESG.

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