Governing Board:

  • Armond Cohen is the Executive Director of the Boston-based Clean Air Task Force.  Founded in 1996, the Clean Air Task Force (CATF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring clean air and healthy environments through scientific research, public education, and legal advocacy.
  • Leslie Field-Barth, Ph.D. has wide-ranging experience in engineering, industrial R&D, consulting, invention and entrepreneurship.  She earned degrees from MIT (BS and MS in Chemical Engineering) and UC Berkeley (MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering with a MEMS specialization).  She has worked at HP Labs/Agilent Labs and Chevron Research, has founded and run two successful technical consulting companies and is a Consulting Professor in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University where she teaches an annual Fall-Quarter seminar class in Engineering and Climate Change.
  • Nicole Kerness, Ph.D. is a Director of Technology Research and Development at Maxim Integrated Products. Previously Nicole was the VP of Product Engineering at Silicon Microstructures Inc. (SMI), a MEMS pressure sensor company, was a post-doctorate at Stanford University, and worked at Lockheed Martin Federal Systems as an engineer in MEMS and system reliability in radiation environments. She holds a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering / MEMS from Eidgenoessische Technische Hochschule (ETH) Zurich, Switzerland, an M.S. degree in Nuclear Science and Engineering from Cornell University, and a B.S. degree in Engineering Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
  • Steve Payne is an M&A Partner at Architect Partners, an innovative mergers & acquisition advisory firm focused exclusively on the rapidly converging internet, mobile and digital media sectors. Previously he was Managing Partner of Stinson Ventures and Ignite Ventures. Steve has extensive background in high tech management, venture capital and strategy consulting and works with a number of Cleantech startups, including mentoring one of the winning teams in the 2008 California CleanTech Open. He holds a degree in Engineering and Public Policy from Washington University and an MBA from Harvard University.

Founder and CEO:

  • Leslie Field-Barth, Ph.D.  has been working on slowing down the melt of polar and glacial ice since 2006. Dr. Field also teaches an annual Fall-Quarter seminar class in Engineering and Climate Change at Stanford University..

CTO Instrumentation and Field Testing:

  • Satish Chetty is the CTO of Beyond 66, and specializes in polar instrumentation and open source solutions. Mr. Chetty also founded the Polar Technology Conference 10 years ago.

CTO IP and Optics:

  • Shalini Venkatesh, Ph.D. is a Physicist and Patent Agent with deep expertise in Optics.

Corporate Secretary:

  • Nicole Kerness, Ph.D. has extensive experience in engineering and engineering management.


  • Ellen Baum is a Senior Scientist with the Clean Air Task Force.
  • Professor Roger Howe is in the Electrical Engineering Department, Stanford University.
  • Anthony Manzara, Ph.D. is a Chemist focused on deployment and measurement issues for Ice911.
  • Professor Terry Root is a Biologist in the Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University.
  • Susan Strehlow is a Management Consultant, a strategic senior level manager and Cisco veteran.
  • B. Stephen Toben is the President of the Flora Family Foundation.
  • Nathalie Udo is an expert in Global Business Strategy and Sustainability.
  • Kimberly Wiefling is a Physicist and successful international business leadership and project management consultant.

Cleantech Open Mentors: Generalist, Specialist, and Metro:

  • Xavier Cross, Gary Rosenberg, Kim Eva Van Keymeulen, Rich Horan, and Ian Foraker.

Legal Counsel:

  • Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has provided comprehensive pro bono legal services to this project.