High Energy People: The Solena Fuels Team
The creation of any renewable energy facility is a combination of vision and science; Of financial expertise and hard-hatted construction muscle; Of sophisticated project management and marketing finesse; Of the pragmatic needs of industrial society and the ideals of enlightened environmentalism.
The Solena management team has more than 20 years experience in plasma heating systems, the political and social context for green energy, international marketing, finance and the conversion of urban waste, biomass into sustainable fuels.
Dr. Robert T. Do., M.S., M.D.
President and CEO
Dr. Do is the author and inventor of our proprietary technology. While running his own general physician practice in the early 1990s, Dr. Do researched the journey medical waste took once leaving his office. He learned that the high-temperature gasification industry had to date been focused on destroying waste while relying on tipping fees for its income. Dr. Do sold his practice and set out to develop a high-temperature gasification system designed for efficient energy extraction/recovery while also destroying the waste.
Solena was effectively born, patents were awarded and several industry trends have converged resulting in Solena Fuels Corporation having a market leading position in the drop-in, sustainable fuels markets. Dr. Do is responsible for the overall strategy and technology offering of the Company and has graduate degrees in Physics and Medicine from Georgetown University.
Dr. Do has extensive experience as an entrepreneur, environmental scientist and in executive management positions Dr. Do has been advocating the uses of bioenergy for the reduction of greenhouse gases to combat climate changes and has been lecturing extensively in the US, Europe, and worldwide on the importance of alternative renewable energy. Dr. Do is a Co-Chair for the Transportation Initiative of the American Council on Renewable Energy, a member of the AMA, a Diplomate of the American College of Forensic Examiner, a member of the National Sciences Council for Science and the Environment and a member of the Nationals Who’s Who of Registered Executives and Professionals. He is also founder of the Green Cup, a non-profit charity polo event held annually in DC for the benefit of the environment.
Brian C. Miloski
Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Miloski is responsible for our finance strategy and has over 16 years of finance experience in the energy and technology sectors funding all levels of investment from early stage venture equity to senior secured debt. His energy experience includes biomass, exploration and production, downstream petroleum, natural gas vehicles, advanced lighting, wind and solar. Mr. Miloski’s prior employers include BMO Capital Markets, a NYSE-listed universal bank with over $500 billion in assets. Mr. Miloski received his Masters of Science in Finance from the University of Baltimore and his Bachelor of Science in Economics from the State University of New York at Cortland. Mr. Miloski is an FAA-licensed private pilot and a LEED® Accredited Professional.
David K. Lyle
Vice President, Executive Project Director
Mr. Lyle is an accomplished project executive with over 30 years of experience providing project management and EPC contract development and execution services to a broad range of energy industries including oil & gas, petrochemical and combined cycle power generation in domestic and international markets. Prior to joining Solena Fuels, Mr. Lyle served in senior project management positions with WorleyParsons Project Consulting, ExxonMobil Development, Halliburton/KBR and Shaw/Stone & Webster. Mr. Lyle has acquired professional certifications in project and contract management from the Project Management Institute and National Contract Management Association respectively, and is a licensed Professional Engineer and patent holder. Mr. Lyle received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tennessee.
Dr. Sylvain Motycka, M.S., Ph.D.
Vice President, Process & Technology
Dr. Motycka leads the engineering teams responsible for Solena’s Gasification Island as well as the Waste-to-Liquids plants and the related fuels sustainability compliance. Prior to joining Solena in 2006, Dr. Motycka was a scientific researcher at the Institute of plasma physics; Academy of sciences of the Czech Republic, researching hybrid gas‐water stabilized DC thermal plasma torches. Previously, he designed plasma torch systems for Surfx Technologies applied to the semiconductors, medical devices and aerospace industries. Sylvain Motycka holds a Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from The George Washington University and he received a Master of Science in Plasma Physics from the Université d’Orléans, France and a Master of Science in Electronics and Optics from the Ecole Polytechnique de l’Université d’Orléans, France. Dr. Motycka is co-author of several US patents and pending patents.
Rocio M. Velez, Esq
Assistant General Counsel & Business Development Latin America
Ms Velez is responsible for legal negotiations and contracting stages in all project development of the company’s sustainable fuels projects in the US, Europe and Latin America. She brings over 15 years of experience in international marketing, public speaking, environmental advocacy and business development in the fields of renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable fuels. She is in charge of launching and executing the company’s communications and public relations strategy as well as website design and development of company storyboard.
From 1999 to 2001, Ms. Velez was the Associate Director at the Grants Division of the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration in Washington D.C, where she provided extensive training in areas of procurement and federal compliance, grant writing and economic development and served as a lead legislative liaison to more than 58 municipalities in Puerto Rico and over 200 non-profit organizations and Hispanic-based community organizations in the north eastern region. From 1993 to 1995, Ms Velez was a corporate sales executive at American Express, Inc, where she established individual and commercial accounts that represented over $3 million dollars in annual sales for the Company with multinational client corporations including, Playtex Corporation, Wendy’s, Inc., and Keebler Company.
Ms. Velez is an attorney holding a Juris Doctor degree from the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico and her BA in History and Political Science from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Ms. Velez is as an active member of the Bar in the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
Vice President, Business Development
Ms. Hager brings with her over 18 years of senior management experience in strategic planning and marketing in Europe and the U.S., including 7+ years of renewable energy sector specialization. She has founded and managed a successful international strategic consulting firm specializing in trans-Atlantic marketing and business development in the renewable energy sector, assisting numerous firms with strategic expansion across the Atlantic. Prior to that, Ms. Hager served as the Commercial Liaison at the Royal Danish Embassy in Washington DC, representing Danish commercial interests in the U.S. acting as a facilitator to the international development community.
She has held senior management roles in Europe with a division of the Anglo American group and with a renowned German consultancy, where she led multiple project teams in the retail and consumer goods sectors. Ms. Hager graduated with a Master’s of Science degree in business administration & economics from Copenhagen Business School.
Adriana L. Branch
Manager, Business Operations
Ms. Branch is responsible for preparing financial statements, maintaining cash controls, managing the payroll and personnel administration, purchasing, maintaining accounts payable and managing office operations, and human resources. Ms. Branch also is responsible for assisting the VP of Finance in corporate finance and assisting the CEO in various activities. Ms. Branch has been instrumental in organizing and coordinating the company’s administrative and financial matters in all of Solena’s office as well as its representative offices worldwide. From 1998 to 2001, Ms. Branch acted in the same capacity for Global Plasma Systems. From 1996 to 1998, Ms. Branch acted as a supervisor at Georgetown University Medical Center and as business manager for a medical practice. Ms. Branch has a BS in Finance and an MS in Financial Management and Accounting from the University of Maryland.
Engineering & Procurement
Mr. Prado is responsible for project management and logistics of European projects. From 2003 to 2006, Mr. Prado was employed as project manager by Watlow, an electric heater and control systems manufacturer in Europe. From 2000 to 2003, Mr. Prado was employed as an energy trader by Conectiv Energy, an asset-backed merchant energy company owned by Pepco Holdings, Inc. As an energy trader, Mr. Prado was responsible for trading in electricity in the hourly and daily markets in the NYISO, New England ISO and PJM Interconnection and finding new and lucrative trading opportunities with other major RTOs in North America including MISO, SPP and Ontario Independent Electricity System Operator. Mr. Prado holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland at College Park and a B.S. in Physics from Washington College in Maryland.
Junior Process Engineer
Mr. Choroser is responsible for process engineering related to optimization and integration of Solena’s proprietary gasification technology within our overall IBGTL solution. Daniel obtained extensive knowledge of solid to liquid fuel processes as well as statistical analysis techniques as a chemical engineering undergraduate. Mr. Choroser obtained his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Lafayette College (Pennsylvania) in 2013 and studied overseas in Germany and China.
Ms. Wang combines here finance and environmental science training to support Solena’s finance and project development functions. Hannah gained valuable insight into the renewable energy industry during her time at the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) and her graduate studies. Ms. Wang holds her B.S. in Finance from University of Illinois-Champaign/Urbana and her M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from George Mason University.