Science makes change possible.
Scale makes change happen.
We do both.
We’re not just a materials science company. We’re a material solutions company. Every day, we work together to scale the energy storage breakthroughs that will fuel our electrified future. We dedicated our first 10 years to bringing a revolutionary lithium-ion chemistry to market. We’ll spend our next 10 scaling it to power billions of phones and millions of EVs.
Our people power our work.
Solutions to energy storage problems come from Silazens. Our award-winning team of scientists, engineers, and innovators is the reason that we have revolutionary materials in market today. And because of our people—and the passion, integrity, and diverse personal experiences that they bring to work every day—we’re ready to take on the toughest energy challenges ahead of us.
Gene BerdichevskyCo-Founder & CEO
Gene Berdichevsky is the Co-Founder & CEO of Sila. Prior to co-founding Sila, Gene was the seventh employee at Tesla Motors where he served as Principal Engineer on the Roadster battery, leading the development of the world’s first, safe, mass-produced, automotive lithium-ion battery system.
Gene holds two degrees from Stanford University; an MS in Engineering with a focus on energy and materials, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering. He has co-authored 42 patents and 4 academic publications. Gene has been named to the Forbes 30 under 30 list, the MIT Technology Review 35 Under 35, and was a recipient of the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans.
Gleb YushinCo-Founder & CTO
Gleb Yushin is a Co-Founder & CTO of Sila. He is also a Professor of Materials Science at Georgia Institute of Technology and an Editor-in-Chief for Materials Today. Gleb has co-authored over 170 peer-reviewed publications, and over 140 US and international patents and patent applications. For his contributions to the development of energy storage materials Gleb has received numerous awards, was elected to be a Fellow of the Materials Research Society, a Fellow of the Electrochemical Society, a Fellow of the EU Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors and was recognized as one of the world’s most influential scientific minds.
Gleb holds BS and MS degrees in Physics from Polytechnic Institute and a PhD in Materials Science from North Carolina State University.
Warren L. DeSouzaCFO
Warren L. DeSouza is the Chief Financial Officer at Sila. Prior to Sila, Warren served as the Chief Financial Officer of Aimmune Therapeutics, Inc (NASDAQ:AIMT) and was responsible for Aimmune’s initial public offering. Prior to Aimmune, Warren served as Vice President of Finance for Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc (NASDAQ:ONXX). In this role, Warren was responsible for all accounting, SEC reporting, purchasing, tax and treasury functions of the company prior to its $10 billion acquisition by Amgen. Prior to that for 15 years, Warren was employed as a senior manager at the accounting firms of Deloitte & Touche, LLP and Arthur Andersen LLP, respectively.
Warren received a B.B.A from the University of Notre Dame and is a certified public accountant (inactive).
Bill is the Chief Operating Officer at Sila and manages the manufacturing, supply chain, and process and equipment engineering teams. Prior to Sila, Bill was Executive Vice President of Global Operations at SunPower Corporation (NASDAQ: SPWR). Prior to that, Bill was CEO SolarBridge Technologies until it was acquired by SunPower in 2014. Prior to SolarBridge, Bill served 12 years as Vice President of R&D for SunPower, during which time SunPower grew annual revenues from $8 million to more than $2.2 billion. Under his leadership, SunPower developed and commercialized the world’s highest efficiency solar panel. Prior to SunPower, Bill held positions at JX Crystals, the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), AstroPower, Fairchild, and National Semiconductor.
Bill holds a PhD in materials science from the Colorado School of Mines, an MSE in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan, and a BS in chemistry and a BA in history from the University of Washington. He has co-authored 11 patents and over 30 publications.
Alex JacobsCo-Founder & VP, Engineering
Alex Jacobs is a Co-Founder & VP of Engineering at Sila. Prior to Sila, he designed and developed battery packs at Tesla, including those used in the Roadster and Daimler’s Smart Fortwo electric drive. He later oversaw battery cell build and test at lithium ion materials manufacturer Amprius. Earlier in his career Alex worked in product design at IDEO, where he co-developed two novel medical devices for a Fortune 500 client, both now FDA approved and in production.
Alex holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and has co-authored 18 issued or pending US patents.
Michelle ChangVP, Strategy
Michelle is VP of Strategy and was one of the first employees at Sila. Prior to Sila, Michelle served in client advisory roles to technology companies, working in China, across the United States and Australia. She worked as an investment banking analyst in Morgan Stanley’s technology group; then as a management consultant in Silicon Valley with Boston Consulting Group. Michelle also spent summers at Google, Microsoft, and O’Melveny & Myers while pursuing her graduate studies.
Michelle holds four degrees from Stanford University – a JD from Stanford Law School, an MBA from Stanford GSB, an MA in Sociology with a focus in Organizational Behavior, and a BA in Economics.
Kate MartinVP, People & Culture
Kate Martin is the VP of People & Culture at Sila. She is responsible for talent acquisition, leadership and organizational development, total rewards, employee relations, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, and Sila’s commitment to a culture that fosters teamwork and innovation. She came to Sila from Chevron where she held six positions including Process Engineer, Technical Manager, and Executive Advisor to the President of Oronite. At Chevron, Kate developed processes, facilitated leadership teams, and built empowered technical teams that solved multi-disciplinary problems in complex operating environments - like those in Nigeria, Kazakhstan, Indonesia, refineries, and chemical plants.
Kate holds a BA in Physics from Reed College and a PhD and MS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Engineering Systems and Technology & Policy.
Steve DriskillVP, Legal & Compliance
Steve Driskill is the VP of Legal & Compliance at Sila. He is responsible for overseeing and identifying legal issues across the company and industry. Prior to joining Sila, Steve was a partner at the DC area law firm of Muncy, Geissler, Olds & Lowe. Steve’s practice included handling and advising his clients on intellectual property and associated matters in a wide range of technical fields, including energy storage devices, semiconductors, electronic circuits, web services, and telecommunication systems.
Steve holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and a BS in Physics with a minor in Mathematics from the University of Virginia and a JD with a specialty in Patent Law from the George Mason University School of Law.
Kurt KeltyVP, Commercialization
Kurt Kelty is the VP of Commercialization at Sila where he leads Business Development, Sales, and Marketing for the Automotive market. He brings more than 25 years of experience in the battery industry, including 11 years at Tesla, where he most recently served as Senior Director of Battery Technology. There he was responsible for leading numerous key initiatives, including setting the company’s battery cell usage strategy, delivering the batteries implemented in the Roadster, Model S/X and Model 3, and leading partnerships and material sourcing efforts at the Gigafactory, among many others. Prior to Tesla, Kelty was Director of Business Development at Panasonic, where he founded the U.S. battery R&D lab.
Kelty holds a BA in Biology from Swarthmore College and a Master of Science from Stanford. He is the author of 16 patents.
Sila's path to an electrified world.
We became Sila.
After a few years as a Georgia Tech start-up, we incorporated under the name Sila Nanotechnologies. Sila, pronounced see-luh, means power in Russian and ethics in Buddhism. We believe it suits us.
Big firsts and funds.
Following a key laboratory breakthrough, we received our first federal grant from the Advanced Research Projects Agency to produce our next-gen battery material. We also signed our first development partnership with automotive leader, BMW.
Lab and factory build-out.
To begin scaling our material, we moved to our new headquarters in Alameda, CA. Our campus build-out included a new lab and production line to bring our breakthrough chemistry to life.
After years of material testing and manufacturing process refinement, pilot line production begins at our Alameda facility.
Milestone patents & partnership.
We filed our 100th patent, commemorating years of continuous chemistry and engineering innovation. We also began a long-term partnership with Daimler to help revolutionize the performance of electric vehicles.
Sila science ships to market.
We launched our next generation material in the WHOOP 4.0—one of the most advanced, 24/7 health and fitness wearables. We also closed $600 million in Series F funding to begin development of a new North American 100 GWh plant.