Ronald Chance

Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology; Distinguished Scientific Advisor Emeritus with Exxon Mobil (retired)

Dr. Chance is a Professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology, with research focused on energy, CO2 capture, and CO2 utilization. Dr. Chance also works on a broad spectrum of problems related to the generation of transportation fuels from cyanobacteria. Additionally, Dr. Chance is Executive Vice president of engineering for Algenol Biofuels, an advanced biofuels company located in Bonita Springs, Florida.

Dr. Chance began his career with Honeywell Corporation, where he served at Research Manager, before accepting a position with Exxon as the Director of their Polymers and Fluids Laboratory, after which he became their Division Manager of Parafins Technology. After serving Exxon in these capacities for a decade, he has continued to work with Exxon as a Distinguished Scientific Advisor for the last 12 years.

Dr. Chance has edited two books and has filed over 30 U.S. Patents and patent applications. In 2006, 2007, and 2008, Dr. Chance was appointed Distinguished Scientific Advisor Emeritus with Exxon Mobil, and he is the associate director of the Strategic Energy Institute.


Roger Chuppa P.E., PMP

Principal, Chuppa Consulting LLC


Mr. Chuppa led design and construction activities for Global Thermostat’s Carbon Capture Pilot Plant located in California. He has more than 25 years of project management, construction liaison and mechanical engineering experience associated with a variety of projects at oil refineries and chemical plants located in the states of California, Texas, Louisiana and Wisconsin. He also has been an entrepreneur / general manager of an income tax preparation business.

Rocco Fiato

Vice President and General Manager of Business Development & Planning, Accelergy

Dr. Rocco Fiato is Chief Technology Officer at Accelergy, and advanced alternative fuels company utilizing exciting Gas-to-Liquids and Coal-to-Liquids technology, as well as algae photo bioreactors. Dr. Fiato has over 25 years of experience in strategic planning and intellectual property management from the Oil and Gas industries. Dr. Fiato held various senior positions at Exxon’s Corporate Science Laboratories and executive staff positions in ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company, including Technical Advisor to ExxonMobil Law Department, where he coordinated major gas-to-liquids (GTL) patent litigation cases before the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He was the Head of Competitive Assessment in the Gas Processes Division of the Engineering Department and, most recently, Intellectual Property Manager of the GTL Technology Division. Dr. Fiato managed the development of corporation-wide IP strategy and the enforcement and licensing of 3500+ patents in ExxonMobil’s GTL Technology portfolio.

Dr. Fiato has served as Chairman of Energy Frontiers International (EFI) and Finance Chairman of the Natural Gas Conversion Board (NGCB) since 2005. He is also a member of American Chemical Society, a corresponding member of SAE and has been actively involved in programs for DOE, NSF and National Research Council. Dr. Fiato is a named inventor on more than 65 US and 250 issued or pending foreign patents and has published over 42 industry publications on a range of catalytic processes.

Dr. Fiato is a named inventor on more than 68 US patents and 280 issued or pending foreign patents. He has published over 44 scientific publications on a range of catalytic processes for CO2 utilization, high temperature oxidation chemistry and natural gas and coal conversion to fuels and petrochemicals.

Dr. Fiato received his Ph.D. Physical Organic Chemistry from the University of Rochester and BS in Physical Organic Chemistry from Clarkson College in New York.


Masahiro Nagasaki

Executive Vice President, IHI Inc. (formerly Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries; Ret.)

Mr. Nagasaki has more than 30 years of experience in the energy industry, serving on boards of director, executive management, and in business development, project management, engineering, construction management, financial planning, and M&A. Mr. Nagasaki recently accomplished the successful acquisition of 5 power generation plants in California and a bio-fuel company in Nevada for IHI.


Mitchell Zuklie, Esq. – Orrick

Corporate Counsel

Mr. Zuklie is the Chairman of Orrick, a partner in the Emerging Companies group, and has held numerous previous positions at the firm, including Managing Partner for Orrick’s 600-lawyer Transactional Group. He also serves on the firms Board of Directors and Management Committee. Mr. Zuklie focuses on the formation, financing and corporate counseling of technology businesses. Mr. Zuklie represents leading venture capital firms, including: Accel Partners; Benchmark Capital; Bessemer Venture Partners; Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers; Mohr Davidow Ventures; U.S. Venture Partners; and Sequoia Capital. He also represents investment banks such as Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse and the venture investing arms of some of the largest corporate investors. He was one of the authors of the National Venture Capital Association’s model venture capital financing forms, and has completed several hundred venture capital financings and numerous public offerings, mergers, acquisitions and technology licensing transactions. In 2011 Mr. Zuklie was named as one of the top 25 clean-tech lawyers in California by the Daily Journal.


Paul Sutton, Esq. – Sutton Magidoff

IP Counsel

In addition to being a co-founder and partner at the IP law firm of Sutton Magidoff LLP, Mr. Sutton is also a Ph.D. candidate and adjunct professor at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University. Previously, Mr. Sutton was Senior Equity Partner at the 1,800-lawyer firm of Greenberg Traurig, where he was Chair of the 200-person National Patent & IP Practice and a member of the firms Executive Committee. Before that he was a Senior Equity Partner ad Thelen Reid & Priest, and a number of other law firms, as well as having been in-house patent counsel to Gulf + Western Industries Corp. He began his career as a design engineer, where he worked for companies including Douglas Aircraft and M.W. Kellogg. Mr. Sutton as received numerous awards and recognitions, has several dozen publications to his name, and holds two patents.