Conference Agenda

2013 TransTech Energy Business Development Conference

Wednesday November 6

 7:30  Poster Presentations, Exhibits, and Project Demos Set-up

8:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 8:45 Welcome and Introduction to the Conference

8:45 – 10:15 Pitch Session 1 – Bio and Catalytic Conversion

Panel moderator: Fonda Holehouse, Associate Professor, WVU Division of Agriculturaland Resource Economics, Director of WV Technology Entrepreneurship Challenge

  • Biomass Unit Ops, LLC (Indianapolis, IN), Peter Schubert
  • BioAdhesive Alliance (Greensboro, NC), Daniel Oldham
  • BioStar Energy Group, Inc. (Somerset, OH), Aaron Fuleki
  • MP Bio Mass, LLC (Palos Park, IL), Jay Wesley
  • *Visible Light Photoreduction of CO2 (NETL Pittsburgh), Chris Matranga – presented by Michele Migliuolo

10:15 – 10:30 Break

10:30 – 12:30 Pitch Session 2 – West Virginia Based Companies and Projects

Panel moderator: Jon Hammock, President & CEO, KeyLogic

  • Vandalia Technologies, LLC (Princeton, WV), Bruce Mutter
  • Aspinity, Inc. (Morgantown, WV), Brandon Rumberg
  • Plasma Igniter, LLC (Bruceton Mills, WV), Tom Mahoney
  • *Laser Spark Plug Ignition Systems (NETL Morgantown), Dustin McIntyre
  • *Transpiration Purging Access Probe (NETL Morgantown), John VanOsdol

12:30 – 2:00 Lunch

Luncheon Panel Session: Funding Sources for TTE Start-up Companies

Panel moderator: Matt Harbaugh, Director, WVU Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center of Excellence

  • Michele O’Connor, WV Jobs Investment Trust
  • Chuck Brandt, Innovation Works
  • Guy Peduto, Innova Commercialization Group
  • Joe Barron, BlueTree Allied Angels
  • Ron Basini, WV Angel Network
  • Tim Fogarty, Crimson Hill Ventures

 2:00 – 3:30 Pitch Session 3 – Environmental Sensors, Control, and Monitoring

Panel moderator: Lindsay Emery, Business Development Manager, WVU Office of Research & Economic Development

  • Smart Farm Systems, LLC (Nicholasville, KY), Bob Farinelli
  • E3 Clean Technologies, Inc. (Athens, OH), Kent Shields
  • Excavation Alert Systems, LLC (Charlottesville, VA), Ryan Dunn
  • *Basic Immobilized Amine Sorbent Process (NETL Pittsburgh), McMahan Gray – presented by Michele Migliuolo

3:30 – 3:45 Break

3:45 – 5:15 Pitch Session 4 – Renewable Energy

Panel moderator: Kevin DiGregorio, Executive Director, Chemical Alliance Zone

  • SAVD Solar, Inc. (Pittsburgh, PA), Mark Vernallis
  • SolarCast, LLC (Pittsburgh, PA), Eric Casteel
  • WindPax, LLC (Morgantown, WV), Justin Chambers
  • *Preston Machine, Inc. (Kingwood, WV), Josh Matheny

5:30 – 7:00 Welcome Reception: Demos, Exhibits, Networking

• WVU Solar Home Entry for 2013 U.S. DOE Solar Decathlon Competition
• Morgantown Area Robotics Club Demonstration
• 3-D Printing (Additive Manufacturing) Demonstration – Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing
• Sustainable Energy Park: TTE Business Development/Investment Opportunity – Northern WV Brownfields Assistance program
• WVU College of Law Entrepreneurship and Innovation Law Clinic
• Start-up companies, commercializable projects, academic programs, and more

7:00 – 8:30 Conference Dinner

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Eric Rohlfing, Acting Deputy Director for Technology, U.S. DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E)


Thursday November 7

 8:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 8:45 Welcome and Introduction to the Conference

8:45 – 10:45 Pitch Session 5 – Natural/Shale Gas

Panel moderator: Pradeep Fulay, WVU Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources

  • Terves, Inc. (Euclid, OH), Gerald Willnecker
  • Pyrochem Catalyst Company (New Brighton, PA), Jeffery Harrison
  • REV LNG, LLC (Ulysses, PA), David Kailbourne
  • OPTIMUM Pumping Technology (Pittsburgh, PA), Glen Chatfield
  • *Fiber Supported Ionic Liquid Sorbents (NETL Pittsburgh), David Luebke – presented by Michele Migliuolo

10:45 – 11:00 Break

11:00 – 12:30 Plenary Panel Session: Strategic Partnerships for Start-up Companies

12:30 – 1:30 Networking Lunch

Panel moderator: Carl Bauer, former director, U.S. DOE NETL

  • Steve Winberg, VP for R&D, CONSOL Energy
  • Dante Bonaquist, Senior Corporate Fellow, R&D, Praxair Inc.
  • Michael Makowski, PhD, Innovation and Technology Manager, Corporate Science & Technology, PPG
  • John Thames, Director of Engineering for International Operations for Power, Fluor
  • Kevin Donovan, Program Manager, Energy and Construction Research and Engineering Services, URS

1:30 – 2:00 Celebrating Accomplishments – TransTech Energy Alumni and Others

2:30 – 3:00 Awards Reception – Crowd Choice, WVU Research Office Technical Assistance Award, Best of TransTech 2013, and drawing for an HP Pavillion 14 in. Chromebook

3:00 Adjourn the Conference