About NevadaNano

Sensor-Based SaaS Solutions Protecting People, Property, and Planet

NevadaNano provides safety and climate solutions for many of the world’s largest corporations, with innovative multi-gas sensing products and continuous IoT monitoring systems based on our proprietary MPS™ sensor platform.

The Management Team

CEO and Board Member, NevadaNano; General Partner, Sierra Nevada Partners; Chairman, New Energy Nexus (California Clean Energy Fund); former VP Worldwide Partnerships and former VP Enterprise Services, Microsoft.

Ian Rogoff

Chief Executive Officer

Over 30 years of startup management experience, including roles at Silicon Light Machines, FormFactor Inc., and Nanogen, Inc. Specializing in MEMS commercialization. Secured $20M in non-dilutive funds for NevadaNano through licensing and NRE.

Ralph Whitten

Executive Chair

30 years of experience in finance and accounting, managing businesses ranging from $1B to $45M in annual sales. Experience includes multiple M&A events on the buy and sell side and implementing multiple equity and debt structures to ensure optimal outcomes for stakeholders.

Janet Smagala

Chief Financial Officer

With over 30 years of experience in product, test, and manufacturing, he has honed his skills across various industries. Notably, he served as the Director of Global Test Operations and Manufacturing Engineering at Xilinx, where he played a pivotal role in driving operational efficiency and product quality.

Ronnie Mack

Vice President of Manufacturing

As the Director of Engineering for Sensing and IoT Advanced Technology at Honeywell, he lead the charge in pioneering cutting-edge solutions. With over 15 years of experience in sensor and systems development, he brings a wealth of expertise to the table, driving innovation and pushing the boundaries of technology in the field of sensing and IoT.

Adam McBrady, PhD

Vice President of Engineering

With over 15 years of international sales leadership within Fortune 100 companies, excelling in managing large teams and driving sales exceeding $30M, his career spans the safety and oil and gas sectors, consistently delivering exceptional results.

Gary Collins

Vice President of Sales and Marketing

30 years of experience leading product development teams at Landis+Gyr, eMeter Corporation (now Siemens), and CellNet Data Systems (acquired by Schlumberger). Naren holds a patent for innovative meter data systems, showcasing expertise in technological advancements.

Naren Prasad

Chief Software Architect and Delivery Officer

Board of Directors

Dr. Dawson has served on eight boards as either a director or advisor covering the oil & gas, automotive, finance, and renewable energy industries.
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Matthew Dawson

Greg is a Venture Partner with Advantage Capital. He serves on the boards of Hortau, Cultiva, Ocean Aero and NevadaNano.
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Gregory Hulecki

Brian, a seasoned private banking veteran, served as Lieutenant Governor and State Treasurer of Nevada, driving economic expansion, achieving financial milestones, earning awards for public finance work, and serving on the Nevada Gaming Commission.
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Brian Krolicki

Ian Rogoff co-founded Sierra Nevada Partners, managing sustainable businesses in the Western US, and now leads Nevada Nanotech Systems, driving clean energy policy with a diverse educational background.
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Ian Rogoff

Ray Stata co-founded Analog Devices in 1965 and served as President, CEO, and Chairman until 2022. He remains on the ADI Board of Directors, actively involved in public service, venture investing, and philanthropy.
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Ray Stata

Alexandra Twyman is a Vice President at Advantage Capital. She is focused on sourcing, underwriting, closing and management investments with a focus on equity and mezzanine debt. Alexandra serves on the boards of NevadaNano, Intelliboard, DOmedia and other growth stage companies.

Alexandra Twyman

Ralph Whitten, co-founder of NevadaNano, raised $70M and pioneered gas measurement tech, including MethaneTrack™. With a background in startups and advanced technology, he holds 21 patents and a degree from MIT.
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Ralph Whitten

Technical Advisory Board

Dr. Julian Gardner, BSc PhD DSc FIET FREng, leads the Microsensors & Bioelectronics Laboratory at the University of Warwick. With over 500 technical papers and 8 books, he's a pioneer in silicon microsensors & MEMS devices, and co-founded Cambridge CMOS Sensors Ltd.
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Julian Gardner

Dr. Marc Madou, Chancellor’s Professor at UC Irvine, is a leader in MEMS and NEMS research, with notable contributions in chemical and biological applications. His expertise spans academia and industry, including roles at Nanogen and SRI International. Dr. Madou also spearheads UCI’s initiatives in Advanced Manufacturing and Educational Outreach.
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Marc Madou

Dr. Thomas Kenny, Richard W. Weiland Chair at Stanford, is renowned for his work in micromechanical structures. With a track record of founding startups like Cooligy (acquired by Emerson) and SiTime (acquired by Megachips), and serving as DARPA Program Manager, his impact is profound. Dr. Kenny has published extensively and mentored numerous PhD students.
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Thomas Kenny

Dr. Mike D. Cable, leading BSAC since 2016, brings extensive experience from early-stage tech companies and national labs. With roles at Matrix Sensors, Xenogen, and others, his expertise spans MEMS-based sensors and bioluminescent imaging. Holder of over 40 patents, he earned his Ph.D. in Nuclear Chemistry from UC Berkeley.
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Michael D. Cable

Dr. Jesse Adams, with honors in mechanical engineering from the University of Nevada, Reno, pursued advanced studies at Stanford. There, he developed groundbreaking nanotechnology, earning awards and patents. As an assistant professor at UNR, he pioneered self-sensing microcantilever platforms and authored a seminal nanotechnology textbook.
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Jesse Adams

Dr. Peter Hsi, renowned in gas sensor technology, co-founded two Silicon Valley startups. AOT, acquired by Hewlett Packard in 1991, specialized in semiconductor testing, while RAE Systems, acquired by Honeywell in 2013, focused on portable gas monitors. Dr. Hsi serves as a leader and advisor in numerous technology startups.
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Gregory Hulecki

Greg is a Venture Partner with Advantage Capital. He serves on the boards of Hortau, Cultiva, Ocean Aero and NevadaNano. Prior to Advantage Capital, Greg was a Partner and founder of FA Technology Ventures, which funded successes like iRobot, E Ink, BinOptics, Softricity, CreditSights and A123. He served on the boards of BinOptics, Autotask, Softricity and Concentrix until their successful exits. He was also a board observer at CreditSights until its sale to Fitch.

Greg has an extensive history in private equity investing and investment experience across every stage of the private equity life cycle, most recently as a founder and Managing Partner with FA Technology Ventures, a $100 million successful VC fund (top quartile performance per Cambridge Associates) that has been completely exited. Greg was a Managing Director and founder of Seacoast Capital (1994-2000), a $100 million growth equity fund. Prior to founding Seacoast, Greg managed a portfolio of financial assets for Signal Capital, a Sam Zell-backed fund that invested in a wide variety of assets and distressed securities. After the successful monetization of the Signal Capital portfolio, Mr. Zell became the lead investor in Seacoast.

Prior to Signal Capital, Greg worked as a Principal at Capital Growth Partners, a middle market private equity firm focused on providing growth equity, and Venture Founders, an early-stage technology venture capital firm where he was involved with successful investments in Vicor (NASDAQ: VICR) and MatrixOne (which went public and was subsequently acquired by Dassault Systems in 2006). He started his career as an engineer and manager on the factory floor of General Motors, followed by Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC), where he helped design state of the art manufacturing systems to rapidly scale mass production of VAX computers.

Greg has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from General Motors Institute (now Kettering University).

Brian Krolicki

A veteran of the private banking industry and a master of municipal finance, Krolicki began his career on Wall Street, subsequently working overseas in Europe and the Middle East. In the aftermath of a tragic airplane crash in 1990 involving Nevada’s State Treasurer-elect, an anticipated ninety-day temporary appointment to serve as Chief Deputy State Treasurer turned into a distinguished and high-profiled 24-year public service career with the state of Nevada. Krolicki, who has never lost an election for public office, won four statewide elections to Constitutional Office, twice as State Treasurer (1998 & 2002) and twice as Lieutenant Governor (2006 & 2010). He is the first individual in Nevada to be term limited twice.

As Lieutenant Governor, Krolicki was responsible for a broad array of critical duties on behalf of the state of Nevada, including serving as the Chairman of the Nevada Commission on Tourism (NCOT), Chairman of the Commission on Economic Development (NCED), President of the State Senate, Vice Chairman of the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT), Vice Chairman of the Executive Branch Audit Committee, and Cabinet Member for two Nevada governors.

During his eight years as Chairman of NCOT (2007-2015), Krolicki aggressively, innovatively, and collaboratively promoted Nevada’s world-class tourism industry to domestic and international markets. To retain his institutional experience and strategic relationships throughout the tourism and hospitality industries, Governor Brian Sandoval tapped Krolicki in 2017 to serve an additional four years on NCOT as a Commissioner (2017-2021). As Chairman of NCED for six years (2007-2013), Krolicki provided inspired leadership to Nevada’s formidable economic expansion and diversification efforts. He spearheaded legislation which helped Nevada earn the reputation as a preferred global location for new and expanding businesses. As President of the Nevada State Senate, Krolicki presided over four Regular Legislative Sessions and six Special Legislative Sessions, the latter category necessitated by issues ranging from state budget emergencies to locating Tesla’s Gigafactory in Nevada. By Gubernatorial Proclamation, Krolicki served as Chairman of the Nevada Sesquicentennial Commission (2013-2015), tasked with organizing the celebration of Nevada’s 150th Anniversary of Statehood.

On the national level, Krolicki received appointments from both the Bush and Obama Administrations to serve on the United States Intergovernmental Policy Advisory Committee (2003-2015), regularly advising the Office of United States Trade Representative on trade negotiations. Additionally, Krolicki served as Chairman of the International Committee of the National Lieutenant Governors Association (2010-2012) and as Chairman of the Republican Lieutenant Governors Association (2010-2013).

As State Treasurer, Krolicki’s duties were primarily focused on his responsibilities as the state’s Chief Banking and Investment Officer, overseeing all cash, investment, debt, and unclaimed property activities. He served as the Chairman of the College Savings Plans of Nevada, a Member of the State Board of Finance, and a Member of the Executive Branch Audit Committee. Krolicki was responsible for a legacy of notable accomplishments on behalf of the state, including Nevada becoming the first state to receive the “Certificate of Excellence in Investment Policy” and obtaining the first-ever upgrade to the state’s credit rating since original assignment in the 1960s. He is particularly proud to have created the Nevada Prepaid Tuition Program and the College Savings Plans of Nevada (both highly successful 529 Qualified Tuition Programs) and to have been entrusted by Governor Kenny Guinn in 2001 to design, roll out, and administer one of the most consequential programs in Nevada’s history – the Guinn Millennium Scholarship Program.

Krolicki was honored with the following national recognitions during his tenure as State Treasurer: selection by his peers in 2004 as the “Nation’s Most Outstanding State Treasurer” (Unruh Award); selection by the municipal industry in 2004 to be the annual recipient of the national award for “Excellence in Public Finance” (Gritz Award); and election as President of the National Association of State Treasurers (NAST) in 2003. Krolicki chaired the following NAST Committees: Corporate Governance (2002-2007); Legislative (2003-2005); Credit Rating & Debt Management (2000-2001); National Institute for Public Finance (1999-2007); and was the Founder & Chairman of the NAST Foundation (2002-2007). Previously, Krolicki served as the Secretary to the Nevada State Board of Finance (1991-1999) and President of the Nevada Government Finance Officers Association (1997-99). He was recognized in 1996 by the Association of Government Accountants as a “Certified Government Financial Manager.” Krolicki continues to be associated with NAST, serving in 2022 as Chairman of the NAST Corporate Affiliate Advisory Board of Directors – whose membership is comprised of individuals from the leading financial firms in the country. He was honored in 2022 as NAST’s “Corporate Affiliate of the Year.”

Krolicki voluntarily stepped away from elected office in 2015, actively returning to his roots in the banking and finance industry. He is also leveraging his decades of professional experiences, financial skills, and networking to board rooms around the globe – serving on public corporate, private corporate and not-for-profit boards of directors in the United States, Asia, and Europe. Krolicki continues to dedicate himself to various causes for which he is passionate: hosting elite world sporting events in Las Vegas (the Men’s World Curling Championships in 2018 and 2022); working with the International Olympic Committee in Lausanne, Switzerland (since 2016 he has twice been elected to serve as a Member on the Executive Committee of the World Union of Olympic Cities); education (Founding Board Member of the Davidson Academy since 2006 – a Reno-based charter school for profoundly gifted students which in 2022 was ranked the #1 Best Public High School in America); and the Rodel Fellowship (selected in 2007 to this ongoing Aspen Institute Leadership Fellowship Program recognizing the nation’s rising political leaders).

Krolicki continues his public service on behalf of the state of Nevada, having been appointed to the five-member Nevada Gaming Commission by Governor Joe Lombardo in February 2023 to a term expiring in 2025. Krolicki was also elected in 2023 by his global peers to serve on the Board of Trustees of the International Association of Gaming Regulators.

Krolicki is a graduate of Stanford University, and is a long-time resident of Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

Ian Rogoff

Ian Rogoff is a Co-Founder and General Partner with Sierra Nevada Partners, an investment management company designed to buy and grow sustainable businesses located in the Western US. He currently serves as CEO and Board Member of Nevada Nanotech Systems, a developer of semiconductor-based gas sensing and IOT systems, and Chairman of New Energy Nexus (California Clean Energy Fund). Ian actively supports development of clean energy public policy initiatives in the U.S. and has been appointed to Federal and State-level economic development and energy industry committees. He previously served on Nevada Governor Sandoval’s Energy Task Force, as well as the Board of Directors of a number of companies, nonprofit organizations, and higher-educational institutions. Ian holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Miami, a Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from The Georgia Institute of Technology, a Master of Liberal Arts from Stanford University, and has completed an executive management program at Dartmouth College.

Ray Stata

Ray Stata co-founded Analog Devices in 1965 to focus on high-performance signal processing technology, initially targeting operational amplifiers but later expanding to other linear integrated circuits (IC) and digital signal processors (DSP). He has served as President and CEO from 1971 to 1996 and as Chairman of the Board from 1973 to 2022 and continues to serve on the ADI Board of Directors today.

Mr. Stata is active in the high technology industry and in public service, including being the co-founder and the first President of the Massachusetts High Technology Council, a Board member of the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) from 1996 to 2013, and serving from 1987 to 2005 on the Executive Committee of the Council on Competitiveness. Ray holds a BSEE and MSEE from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and has remained actively involved with his alma mater over the years, including serving until 2010 on the Executive Committee of the MIT Corporation and as Chairman of the Visiting Committee of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Ray is a member of the National Academy of Engineers and American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Since stepping down as CEO of Analog Devices, Ray has been actively engaged as a venture investor in early-stage startup companies. Outside of the high technology industry, Ray is an active philanthropist and contributor to the community in which he lives.

Matthew Dawson

Dr. Dawson holds a Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has served on eight boards as either a director or advisor covering the oil & gas, automotive, finance, and renewable energy industries. His forte is in developing and commercializing emerging technologies. He began his career as a research engineer with energy industry titans including ExxonMobil, Chevron, Equnior, and Schlumberger. His prolific technology development resulted in him being the first recipient of an ExxonMobil Innovation Award. Over the course of his career, he developed several technologies that went on to be widely deployed in industry, including the foundation of the ORCHID completions platform. After his career in technology development, he became a Venture Capital Investment Director with Equinor (a Fortune 500 energy company) where he led investments into early-stage energy start-ups. In this role he championed early adoption of multiple emerging energy technologies and helped companies build commercial traction.

He brings a wealth of experience in growing technology companies, having built several successful enterprises over the past nineteen years as a founder, CEO, CTO, CIO, and Director. These companies raised over fifty million dollars in capital and generated hundreds of millions of dollars in value. One of these start-ups was acquired by Kappa Engineering. Prior to its acquisition, it received the World Oil Award and E&P’s Meritorious Award for Engineering Innovation. Another company he founded (Utility Global) is currently in its growth phase, deploying decarbonization technology in hard to abate industries like steel and chemicals manufacturing. It’s attracted investment from a world-leading private equity firm as well as global industry leaders such as Aramco, Samsung, and Saint Gobain.

Ralph Whitten

Ralph Whitten is the co-founder and Executive Chairman of NevadaNano. Prior to his current role, he served as President of NevadaNano for 18 years, raising a total of $70M to develop and commercialize breakthrough capabilities in gas measurement technology. Most recently, he served as Product Strategist for MethaneTrack™, a Hardware Enabled SaaS solution that provides continuous, automated detection of methane emissions. MethaneTrack™ enables Oil and Gas, Landfill, wastewater, and mining operators to meet their greenhouse gas reduction goals with the lowest Total Cost of Ownership and often, a positive Return on Investment.

Prior to starting NevadaNano, Ralph led product development for four start-ups — three in Silicon Valley and one in San Diego, using Micro-Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS) to create breakthrough products for optical displays, wafer testing and DNA analysis. 

Before becoming an entrepreneur, Ralph was part of the Advanced Technology team at Monolithic Memories (later acquired by AMD), creating high speed wafer fabrication processes for Programmable Array Logic (PAL) products.

Ralph has a degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is inventor or co-inventor of twenty-one patented innovations.

Julian Gardner

Julian Gardner BSc PhD DSc FIET FREng is the Professor of Electronic Engineering at the University of Warwick, UK. His research interests are in the field of silicon microsensors & MEMS devices, with specialities in artificial olfaction, chemical sensing, smart sensors, and multi-sensor signal processing methods.  He has published over 500 technical papers and is an author of 8 books. He was an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow in Germany in 1994 and Fellow of the Institute of Technology in 1997.

In addition to being professor of electronic engineering, he is Founder and Head of the Microsensors & Bioelectronics Laboratory in the School of Engineering at Warwick University. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2006 and won the IET JJ Thompson Medal for Achievements in Electronics in 2007. He has been involved in the spin-out of three companies; most recently he co-founded Cambridge CMOS Sensors Ltd (CCS Ltd) and was its CTO from 2008 to 2014. CCS Ltd was voted Company of the Year in both 2012 and 2015 at the Business Weekly Awards and was acquired by ams AG in June 2016.

Marc Madou

Dr. Marc Madou is the Chancellor’s Professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of California-Irvine. His research interests include miniaturization science (MEMS and NEMS) with emphasis on chemical and biological applications. Current projects include polymer actuators (for drug delivery), C-MEMS and CD based fluidics.

Before joining UCI, Dr. Madou was Vice President of Advanced Technology at Nanogen in San Diego, California. Dr. Madou was the founder of the SRI International’s Microsensor Department, founder and President of Teknekron Sensor Development Corporation (TSDC), Visiting Miller Professor at UC Berkeley and Endowed Chair at the Ohio State University (Professor in Chemistry and Materials Science and Engineering). Dr. Madou’s introduction to MEMS and NEMS, the third edition of “Fundamentals of Microfabrication,” was published in July of last year. Dr. Madou currently leads UCI’s efforts in Advanced Manufacturing and in Educational Outreach in Advanced Manufacturing.

Thomas Kenny

Dr. Thomas Kenny joined the Mechanical Engineering Department at Stanford in 1994. He is currently the Richard W. Weiland Chair and Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs. His research investigates fundamental issues and applications of micromechanical structures.

Dr. Kenny has been co-founder of 3 startup companies (Cooligy – acquired by Emerson, SiTime – acquired by Megachips, and Applaud Medical – currently raising seed funding). He served as Program Manager in the Microsystems Technology Office at DARPA from 2006-2010. He was General Chair for Transducers 2015 (just concluded), and has been involved in several other conferences. He has advised more than 50 PhD students and co-authored more than 250 technical publications and has more than 50 issued patents.

Michael D. Cable

Dr. Mike D. Cable has been the Executive Director of the Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center (BSAC) since January 2016. Before coming to BSAC, Dr. Cable worked at a number of early-stage technology companies commercializing university-based research. These include CEO of Matrix Sensors (MEMS-based biological and environmental sensors), CTO of Xenogen (pre-clinical bioluminescent imaging), and high-level positions at Nanomix, Xradia, Fovi Optics, and Quantum Dot. He has also worked at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (laser fusion) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (physical biosciences). Dr. Cable has over 40 patents and received his Ph.D. in Nuclear Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley and his B.S. from Iowa State University.

Jesse Adams

Jesse received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering with a business minor from the University of Nevada, Reno. He graduated Summa Cum Laude and also received the outstanding mechanical engineering senior award. After winning a NSF graduate fellowship, Jesse went to Stanford University, where he received a Masters of Science in mechatronics. His research interests led him to pursue a Ph.D. in nanotechnology working with the co-inventor of the Atomic Force Microscope, Calvin Quate. He developed a high-speed multi-probe AFM, which necessitated extensive work in the Stanford clean room to fabricate active AFM probes. This research was enhanced by a learning technology and educational reform component under the direction of Larry Leifer, then Director of the Stanford Learning Laboratory. While at Stanford, Jesse served on a special committee for the provost, then Condoleezza Rice, to explore and recommend emergency graduate housing solutions. Jesse also served two terms as the assistant director of the respected sophomore college at Stanford.

While an assistant professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, Jesse developed a self-sensing microcantilever platform being investigated for explosives detection, chemical vapor detection, and water quality sensing. In addition, Jesse did research on laser physics targets and developed a new course in nanotechnology that trained students in a broad understanding of the field. Jesse is a co-author of a first-of-its-kind textbook, Nanotechnology: Understanding Small Systems, as well as more than 20 technical papers. He has multiple patents and patents pending, has given invited talks on scanning probe microscopy and microcantilever chemical sensing and won a regional and a national speaking award, as well as a national design award, a university innovation award, and the 2004 Scientific American 50 award in the defense category.

Peter Hsi

Dr. Peter Hsi is a highly-respected expert in the chemical (gas) & environmental sensor technology and industrial safety/ hazmat industries. He co-founded two technology startup companies in Silicon Valley in the last 30 years. The 1st company – AOT manufacture mixed signal semiconductor device/wafer tester. It was acquired by Hewlett Packard in 1991. The 2nd company – RAE Systems manufacture portable/fixed and wireless gas monitor. It was acquired by Honeywell in 2013. Dr. Hsi has held the position of co-founder, chief technology officer and board of director in these two companies. In addition, he is also involved in many technology startup companies as adviser, mentor and/or angel investor in the last 10 years.