Mr. Sandeep Nijhawan is co-founder and CEO at Electra, whose mission is to decarbonize iron and steelmaking through an electrochemical, renewable-energy-powered process. Prior to starting Electra in May 2020, he was an operating partner of True North Venture Partners from February 2018 until December 2019 and president of two electrochemistry-focused cleantech startups: AquaHydrex, which developed an electrolyzer for the hydrogen economy, from February 2018 until December 2019, and Staq Energy, which developed distributed energy storage solutions, from February 2016 until December 2019. Earlier in his career, Nijhawan was a senior vice president at Intermolecular, specializing in accelerating R&D of innovative semiconductor, photovoltaic, battery, and energy-efficient glass materials; founded and was CEO of LED start-up Siorah Incorporated; and progressively held senior roles at Applied Materials (Nasdaq: AMAT). Mr. Nijhawan holds a B-Tech in Aerospace Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, India, an MS in Aerospace Engineering and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota, and an MBA from the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne, Switzerland.
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