Meet Our Team
Prof. Robert Erickson
Co-founder, and CTO
Prof. Robert Erickson is a world-renowned expert in Silicon Carbide Power Electronics. Prof. Erickson’s power electronics lab at the University of Colorado-Boulder has received over $4.4M in funding from the Department of Energy for SiC converter research. BREK is built upon this foundation. Prof. Erickson is a fellow of the IEEE and of the CU/NREL Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute. His highly regarded research in power electronics has led to over 100 peer-reviewed publications and 13 issued patents. Previously, Prof. Erickson served as CTO for Phobos Energy, Inc., a startup focused on increasing power generation of residential PV systems.
Dr. Kala Majeti
President and Co-founder
Dr. Kala Majeti is an expert in IP licensing having worked at The University of Colorado–Boulder in their Technology Transfer Office. It was there that Dr. Majeti learned of Prof. Erickson’s research. She previously founded 4 startups, and with over a decade of experience in the global solar industry, she saw the potential of Dr. Erickson’s work. From their collaboration, BREK was created. Dr. Majeti has over 25 years of experience in product and business development including senior management positions at AT&T and Lucent Technologies’ Bell Laboratories.
Co-founder and Treasurer
Roger Bell is an expert in power electronic systems. He is a former senior engineer at Lockheed Martin and has been modeling, designing, and testing high-reliability power electronic systems for over 33 years. He worked on power electronics for NASA’s Mars and Jupiter probes.
Sreenivas Cherukuri has nearly a decade of experience in founding and growing startups. He previously served as Co-founder and COO of a medical device startup, which had a profitable exit after 7 years. Mr. Cherukrui was also Director of Lotus Bank and navigated it through the 2008 financial crisis.
Mark Durniak is an entrepreneurial scientist with 7 years of experience with wide bandgap semiconductors and has a passion for clear and concise technical marketing. Mr. Durniak completed the NSF I-Corps Site program with his previous startup and conducted over 100 customer interviews to identify key pain points, unmet needs, and market trends. He served as author and PI on two NSF SBIR grants.
Electromechanical Systems Architect
Mr. Rogers previously studied under Prof. Erickson and patented a Solar Microinverter for Building-Integrated Photovoltaics. He has since worked as a senior electric-mechanical engineer for a number of energy startups including Phobos, Southwest Windpower, and Solid Power Battery.
Reuben Valeriano graduated from North Carolina State University with a bachelor’s in electrical engineering, concentrating in renewable electrical energy systems. He has spent the last 5 years of his career helping bring energy storage systems to market. As a senior electrical engineer at sonnen inc, he helped in the design and certification of their first inverter and photovoltaic optimizer. He then helped in the integration of these power electronics devices into energy storage products that we sold in North America, Europe, and Australia. Reuben is currently pursuing a masters in electric power systems engineering concentrating in wide band gap technology from North Carolina State University.
Ashwin Karthik Muralidharan
Power Electronics Controls Engineer
Ashwin graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder with a Master’s in Power Electronics. He is currently working on developing the controls and firmware for BREK’s 3 phase grid connected inverters. Before joining BREK he worked in the Advanced Engineering division of Power Electronics at Borg Warner where he was involved in developing and testing LLC Resonant converters for On Board Chargers. He also has significant experience developing controls and firmware for Full Bridge DC-DC converters when he worked at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras.
Tamara Garcia ensures the day to day operations of BREK run smoothly.
Richard graduated from the Colorado School of Mines with a bachelor’s in computer science and a minor in Digital Systems. He currently works on developing the firmware for BREK’s inverters.
John has an extensive background in manufacturing, including, assembly technician for Altitude Automation, Denver Concrete Vibrator, and as an electronics technician and final test technician for SMA Solar Technology, AG.