Mike’s 30+ year career includes leadership roles in public and private technology companies, ranging from advanced materials to bio-based chemicals to fuel cells. Prior to Prieto, Mike was the CEO of Novinda Holdings, an advanced material company that produces a product to remove mercury from the emissions of coal fired power plants. Prior to Novinda, Mike was President and CEO of OPX Biotechnologies, a company that develops and produces bio-based chemicals and fuels, where he completed the successful sale of all the company’s assets to Cargill in April 2015. Mike holds an MBA degree from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, and received a B.S. degree in Chemical and Petroleum Refining Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.
Dr. Prieto is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Colorado State University, and the Founder and CTO of Prieto Battery, Inc. She earned her B.A. in Chemistry and Philosophy at Williams College. She then earned a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, where she was a Cooperative Research Fellow supported by Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies. Her postdoctoral work was performed at Harvard University, where she was named one of the first L’Oréal USA for Women in Science Fellows. Prof. Prieto founded Prieto Battery, Inc. in 2009 with the goal of commercializing a novel three dimensional high power density, safe lithium-ion battery made from aqueous based electroplating baths. In 2011 she was named the ExxonMobil Solid State Chemistry Faculty Fellow (an American Chemical Society award), a Presidential Early Career Awardee for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE, an honor she received from President Barack Obama) and won the Excellence in Storage Technology Commercialization Award from the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association. She is an Associate Editor for Chemical Communications, and has been inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Her batteries are currently on display at the Smithsonian Institute, Lemelson Center in the “Places of Invention” exhibit.