The Solterra Leadership

Board of Directors

Stephen Squires - Chairman of the Board / President & CEO Solterra Renewable Technologies
Stephen is the Principal Inventor and Chief Technologist for Solterra Renewable Technologies, Inc., an advanced technologies innovation group. He has over 25 years experience in advanced materials and technologies. Prior to Solterra, Stephen was at McDonnell Aircraft developing and adapting advanced materials for combat aircraft applications. He was also CEO of Aviation Composite Technologies Inc., which he grew to have over 200 employees and $20 million in revenue. ACT was merged with USDR Aerospace in 2001. He has pursued his interest in advanced materials and more specifically Nano fibers and carbon Nanotubes, where he quickly recognized the potential of the unique quantum features these materials held.

Dr. Michael S. Wong - Principal Investigator, Associate Professor in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering , Associate Professor in Chemistry (Joint Appointment)
Dr. Michael S. Wong joined the Department of Chemical Engineering in 2001, and received a joint appointment in the Department of Chemistry in 2002. Before coming to Rice University, he did post-doctoral research with Dr. Galen D. Stucky of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at University of California, Santa Barbara. Michael's educational background includes a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Caltech, an M.S. in Chemical Engineering Practice ("Practice School") from MIT, and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from MIT (under the supervision of Dr. Jackie Y. Ying, "Supramolecular Templating of Mesoporous Zirconia-Based Nanocomposite Catalysts"). With the underlying theme of designing and engineering novel materials for catalytic and encapsulation applications, his research interests lie in the areas of nanostructured materials (e.g. nanoporous materials, nanoparticle-based hollow spheres, and quantum dots), heterogeneous catalysis, and bioengineering applications. He is particularly interested in developing new chemical app roaches to assembling nanoparticles into functional macrostructures.

Awards and Achievements

  • Smithsonian Magazine "37 Under 36" Young Innovator Award (2007)
  • 3M Non-tenured Faculty Award (2006, 2007)
  • GOLD 2006 Conference Best Presentation Award, for "best new idea in gold catalysis" (2006)
  • AIChE South Texas Section Best Applied Paper Award (2006)
  • AIChE Nanoscale Science and Engineering Forum Young Investigator Award (2006)
  • MIT Technology Review's TR35 Young Innovator Award (2006)
  • Hershel M. Rich Invention Award (2006)
  • National Academy of Engineering Indo-America Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, Invited Speaker (2006)
  • Smalley/Curl Innovation Award (2005)
  • National Academies Keck Futures Initiative (NAKFI) Symposium, Invited Participant (2004)
  • Oak Ridge Associated Universities Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award (2003)
  • National Academy of Engineering Japan-America Frontiers of Engineering (JAFOE)
  • Symposium, Invited Participant (2002)
  • Rice Quantum Institute (RQI), Fellow (2002)
  • Robert P. Goldberg Grand Prize, MIT $50K Entrepreneurship Competition (2001)
  • Union Carbide Innovation Recognition Award (2000)
  • MIT Chemical Engineering Edward W. Merrill Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award (1997)
  • Faculty advisor for Phi Lambda Upsilon, chemical sciences honorary society (2003 - present)

Ghassan E. Jabbour - PhD
Professor Jabbour has been selected to the Asahi Shimbun 100 New Leaders of the USA and has received the Presidential Award for Excellence from the Hariri Foundation in 1997. Dr. Jabbour's research experience encompasses flexible-roll-to-roll-electronics and displays, smart textile, moisture and oxygen barrier technology, transparent conductors, organic light emitting devices, organic and hybrid photovoltaics, organic memory storage, organic thin film transistors, combinatorial discovery of materials, nano and macro printed devices, micro and nanofabrication, biosensors, and quantum simulations of electronic materials. Dr. Jabbour attended Northern Arizona University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and the University of Arizona and is an SPIE fellow. Prof. Jabbour has authored and co-authored over 300 publications, invited talks, and conference proceedings. He is the editor of several books and symposia proceedings involving organic photonics and electronics, and nanotechnology. Prof. Jabbour is the guest editor of the MRS Bulletin issue on "Organic Photovoltaics". He is the Chair and/or Co-Chair of over 50 conferences related to photonic and electronic properties of organic materials and their applications in displays and lighting, hybrid photosensitive materials, and hybrid integration of semiconducting and nanotechnology.

David Doderer - VP Solterra Renewable Technologies
David has over 20 years of research and development experience in emerging technologies including biotechnology, nanotechnology and quantum physics. Most recently serving as principal investigator for USGN, he co-authored numerous patents/patents pending and proprietary processes, and managed Hudler Titan LLC, a technology consulting company.