The Paradigm Shift in Energy Storage®

Our Team

Dr. Riccardo Signorelli

Founder, CEO

"We need to take a more common-sense approach to the energy storage problem, and question why the best we can expect from ‘state of the art’ storage technologies today are expensive, volatile devices that cannot be safely and reliably used in the conditions in which people need to use them — like in vehicles, aeronautics and energy exploration. We should question why scarce, toxic and even precious metals are used in batteries when abundant and cheap alternatives are available. FastCAP’s mission is to challenge the current energy storage paradigm — to make strides in pushing energy storage beyond the status quo into an era of safe, reliable and inexpensive solutions. Consumers should expect nothing less."

Riccardo serves as the founder, CEO and principle investigator of FastCAP. He holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from MIT, and his doctorate research serves as the foundation of FastCAP’s breakthrough ultracapacitor technology. Prior to his doctoral studies, Riccardo began his career as an engineer at GE Global Research. He has been widely recognized for his research and entrepreneurship in publications such as the New York Times and Science magazine, and was recently honored to be named one of Technology Review’s ‘35 Innovators Under 35’ and one of the 12 most innovative people in Massachusetts by The Boston Globe 100. Riccardo originates from Morengo BG, a small town in the northern Italian countryside. His hobbies include competitive poker, snowboarding and, in days past, wingsuiting.

Dr. John Cooley

Co-founder, Director of Engineering

"Continuous innovation is an underlying principle at FastCAP, and one that our engineers live by. Our priority is to create value for our customers by maintaining a culture of innovative excellence. Breakthrough engineering and development requires a tolerance for risk, and we encourage our engineers to try new and completely out-of-the-box solutions. When you aim for transformational outcomes, conservative approaches in the development process simply aren’t an option."

John serves as co-founder and director of engineering at FastCAP. He holds five technical degrees from MIT, including a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering. John has led FastCAP's engineers through the design and specification process for FastCAP’s first commercial products, and has been an active participant in several successful grant application teams at the company. He has published dozens of papers and patents related to his research at MIT and FastCAP’s technology. John resides in Boston with his wife, and together they have successfully raised a 20-year-old leopard gecko and FastCAP’s canine mascot, Annie. His interests include hiking and statistical mechanics.

Jamie Beard

Counsel, Director of Operations

"Small, incremental change is a widespread problem in the energy storage industry. In an industry that celebrates 5% or even 1% performance improvements, it’s no wonder that energy storage technologies are often the weak link in the systems they are designed to power. FastCAP innovates with much broader visions in mind. Our aim is not for 1% or 5% improvements — but for 100% and 1,000%. Cookie-cutter improvements that ‘tinker around the edges’ won’t take energy storage to the next level. You either go big or go home."

Jamie leads the legal, operations and administrative departments at FastCAP, and plays an active role in the company’s day-to-day operations and community outreach programs. She holds a JD from Boston University School of Law. Before joining FastCAP, she worked as an associate counsel in the environmental department of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr, and as a legal intern to the Honorable Judge Juan R. Torruella in the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Jamie paints murals in her spare time, and is passionate about wilderness preservation, renewable energy and mountaineering. She was once a competitive fencer and pianist.

Alberto Crema

Director of Finance

"FastCAP has maintained impressive growth during a period when many companies are scaling down. That achievement was enabled by development of unique and breakthrough value propositions for our customers, and by significantly shortening the time typically required to turn a laboratory innovation into a high-impact commercial product. People often ask when I mention my work for an early-stage start-up company, what venture firm we work with or how much money we plan on raising. It’s always fun to see their reaction when I say we are already selling products."

Alberto holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Parma, Italy, and serves as the head of FastCAP’s finance department. Before joining FastCAP, Alberto served as internal auditor of Fiat Group, gaining international expertise by traveling across Europe, the U.S. and Mexico performing financial and operational audits. He has also served for six years as controller for the American subsidiary of ARGO Group, and as controller of the export department for the Immergas Group. Alberto is classically trained on the double bass and performed in theatrical productions for children in Italy before pursuing his career in finance. He speaks four languages fluently.

Arunas Chesonis

Lead Investor, Chairman

"What really gets me excited is when I see a start-up get off of the ground with a really cutting edge idea - the type of idea that could have a significant global impact in energy or sustainability. It's even more rewarding to be involved in a hands-on way with the entrepreneurs, inventors and innovators who are making these big things happen - and to pass along the experiences and lessons I learned when I was in their shoes. 95% of breakthrough innovations come from small, entrepreneurial companies like FastCAP, and lending a hand in helping those big ideas and innovations develop into a successful commercial deployment has become one of my most passionate hobbies."

Arunas serves as chairman of the board at FastCAP Systems. He also is CEO and chairman of Sweetwater Energy in New York, and is actively engaged as an investor, advisor or board member in a number of early-stage energy companies. Arunas most recently served as founder, chairman and chief executive officer of PAETEC Holding Corp., a Fortune 1000 telecommunications company acquired in 2011 by Windstream Corp. (NASDAQ: WIN). He is a passionate philanthropist and supporter of clean technology research. Arunas is a squash and chess enthusiast, and lives with his wife and children in Rochester, N.Y.