The Paradigm Shift in Energy Storage®         


The Paradigm Shift in Energy Storage®         




Dr. John Cooley

John Cooley, President and CTO

Dr. Cooley co-founded FastCAP Systems in 2009, where he currently serves as President and Chief Technology Officer and focuses on technology development and commercialization.  In the past, he has worked in the defense and medical device industries and has consulted in IP litigation.  At FastCAP, John has led the execution of our first product lines and has co-authored multiple winning grant proposals.  Dr. Cooley holds five (5) technical degrees from MIT including the Ph.D. from the Electrical Engineering dept.   At MIT, he won both the David Adler Memorial Thesis Prize and the Morris Joseph Levin Award for his thesis work, and was a Martin Family Fellow in 2009. Dr. Cooley has been issued several patents including four (4) for his thesis work. He has presented and published papers in the areas of power converter control and modeling, linearized circuit analysis, capacitive sensing, building energy management, and in education. Journal publication venues include the IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, IET Transactions on Circuits, Devices and Systems, and the Journal of Solid-state Circuits.  John’s interests lie in energy-related problems of scale and the ways in which we can impact those with technology and policy.  John is a member of the IEEE and Sigma Xi.

Matt Fenselau

Matt Fenselau, General Counsel

Mr. Fenselau joined FastCAP in 2014 and serves as General Counsel. He holds an M.Phil. in atomic physics from Yale University and a J.D. from Boston College Law School. His technical experience includes quantum optics, atom trapping, and the study of ultra-cold quantum gases. During a decade in large law firm practice, Matt focused on intellectual property portfolio development, technology transfer, and licensing. He has advised venture capital funds and portfolio companies in the structuring of strategic relationships and joint ventures around technology developments. Mr. Fenselau’s interests include promoting STEM education and entrepreneurship in Boston area schools.

James Harris

James Harris, VP of Finance

Mr. Harris is FastCAP’s Director of Finance. Prior to joining FastCAP Systems he has held financial and operations management roles in fortune 50 companies as well as start-ups. Mr. Harris also has extensive international experience in China and Europe. He earned an MBA from Boston University and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin with majors in Accounting and Finance. In his free time he enjoys traveling and Olympic distance triathlons.

Mike Carter

Mike Carter, VP of FET

Based on a career spanning over 28 years in the oil industry, Mr. Carter has experience in all aspects of operating and divesting of oilfield based service lines, including wireline, contract drilling, micro seismic, frac fluid and equipment rentals. From March 2013 to December 2014 he completed 6 transactions while divesting of service lines, technical IP and assets. Mr. Carter managed all aspects of global directional drilling service line which included operations in the US, Mexico and Colombia. He has held executive positions with large providers (Nabors) to small public co’s (Calmena) providing a fresh and energetic approach to the current happenings and opportunities in the market.

Chet Simmons

Chet Simmons, VP of FAST

Chet has over 35 years in aerospace starting as Lead Engineer on Launch Complex 39A and continuing as the Launch Site Operations Leader at the Kennedy Space Center for the Space Shuttle Program before moving to the International Space Station processing program as Facilities Manager and later as Senior Propulsion Engineer/Scientist on the Delta IV Rocket Program at Cape Canaveral. Throughout Chet’s career he has always had a passion for improving systems and processes. These passions lead to Chet becoming the Innovation and Continuous Improvement Leader for the Delta Launch Team. Chet continues to work with our government and commercial customers to meet their needs as efficiently and reliably as possible. He has a BS in Professional Management from Nova Southeaster University and has achieved lifetime Certification as a Lean Six Sigma Advanced Master Black Belt from Villanova University. Chet was awarded the NASA Astronauts Silver Snoopy award and multiple NASA Achievement Awards.



Arunas Chesonis

Arunas Chesonis, Chairman

Mr. Chesonis is currently Chairman and CEO of Sweetwater Energy, a biochemical and biofuels technology firm based in Rochester, New York. Mr. Chesonis also served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PAETEC Holding Corp., a Fortune 1000 telecommunications company acquired in 2011 by Windstream Corp. (NASDAQ: WIN) for $2.3 billion. Mr. Chesonis founded PAETEC in 1998. He previously served as President of ACC Corp. until it was purchased by AT&T in 1998. Mr. Chesonis received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, the Herbert W. Van Brul Entrepreneurial Award by the College of Business at Rochester Institute of Technology and was elected to the Rochester Business Hall of Fame. Mr. Chesonis has a long history in renewable energy. His private philanthropic organization, the Chesonis Family Foundation, supports many environmental and renewable energy research projects, and has also given almost $10 million to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to support breakthrough technology research to address climate change and sustainability. He holds a B.S in Civil Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and MBA from the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business at the University of Rochester, and an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Rochester. Mr. Chesonis is also a member of the MIT Corporation and is a trustee at the University of Rochester.

Riccardo Signorelli

Riccardo Signorelli, Vice Chairman

Riccardo 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's hobbies include competitive poker, snowboarding and, in days past, wingsuiting.