LEADERSHIP
TEAM

LEADERSHIP TEAM

Kyle R. Shen

President & CEO / Managing Partner

Kyle R. Shen is a proven leader with the ability to transform businesses, develop high-performing teams, and dramatically increase revenue. Mr. Shen has successfully led four businesses with revenues ranging from $10 to $200 million in the food, industrial manufacturing, and industrial services industries. He received a Master of Business Administration from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia and Bachelor of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering and Management Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Randall M. Stacy

Chief Commercial Officer / Managing Partner
Randall M. Stacy is a strategic business leader with extensive experience in leading global commercial initiatives in the industrial packaging business. Mr. Stacy has led a global sales team with customers in over 120 countries. In addition to his vast commercial success, Mr. Stacy started a very successful global brokerage firm and a packaging components company. Both ventures resulted in successful exits with large global companies. Mr. Stacy is a graduate of Fairmont State University with degrees in business and political science. Mr. Stacy builds lasting relationships with customers, partners, and suppliers.

Scott L. Swartz, Ph.D.

Chief Technology Officer
Scott L. Swartz, Ph.D. is the Chief Technology Officer and a co-founder of Nexceris. Dr. Swartz led Nexceris’ early technology development activities, resulting in Nexceris’ emergence as one of premier technology providers in the areas of solid oxide fuel cells, sensors and related technologies. He currently is focused on government business development, managing the growth of Nexceris’ intellectual property portfolio, and providing technical leadership and vision to the company. Dr. Swartz holds a B.S. in Ceramic Engineering from Alfred University and a Ph.D. in Solid State Science from The Pennsylvania State University. His previous affiliations include Battelle Memorial Institute and Mission Research Corporation. He has authored more than 60 papers in the technical literature and has received 20 U.S. patents.

Matthew M. Seabaugh, Ph.D.

Vice President, New Product Launch

Matthew M. Seabaugh, Ph.D. is responsible for leading Nexceris’ Product Accelerator Team, which is a multidisciplinary team of scientists, engineers and technicians who apply structured product development methods to fast-tracked technologies. Dr. Seabaugh joined Nexceris in 1998, after completing his B.S. in Ceramic Engineering at the University of Missouri-Rolla and his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Seabaugh has led a broad range of materials development efforts at Nexceris including advanced ceramic composite materials for SOFCs, design and production of electrochemical sensors, and oxide protective coatings for metals. This work has led to ten issued patents and six pending applications

Gene B. Arkenberg

Director, Fuel Cell Business Unit

Gene B. Arkenberg is the Director of the Fuel Cell Business Unit at Nexceris. Mr. Arkenberg holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from The Ohio State University. He joined Nexceris in April of 2004 as the lead engineer for catalyst development activities. Mr. Arkenberg was promoted in 2018 to lead the Fuel Cell Business Unit where he works with military customers to implement Nexceris’ solid oxide fuel cell technology. In Mr. Arkenberg is an author and co-author of eleven technical papers, one international patent, one U.S. patent, and two pending U.S patent applications.

Nathan D. Cooley

Sr. Director, Materials Business Unit
Nathan D. Cooley is the Senior Director of the Materials Business Unit at Nexceris. In 2006, he joined the sales and marketing department of Nexceris. His work focused on increases sales, building lasting relationships, and brand recognition within the solid oxide fuel cell market for Nexceris’ Fuelcellmaterials (FCM) division. He was promoted in 2008 to Account Manager, and again in 2011 to Manager of FCM, During Nathan’s time with FCM, the business expanded its reach to over 700 customers in 70 countries, and sales increased beyond $2.5 million. In 2013, Mr. Cooley took over all of Nexceris’ commercial sales activities at the Director of Commercial Sales. Mr. Cooley uses his business experience in technical fields to form partnerships with industry leaders to create mutual benefit. Mr. Cooley graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Human Ecology.

Stephen R. Cummings

Director, Sensor Business Unit
Stephen R. Cummings is the Director of the Sensors Business Unit at Nexceris. He joined Nexceris in 2004 after completing his B.S. in Chemical Engineering at The Ohio State University. He was promoted in 2008 to Sensor Development Group Leader, and again in 2015 to Senior Applications Engineer. Mr. Cummings has extensive technical expertise related to gas sensor product development, including materials science, data acquisition programming, validation test planning and analysis, and sensor fabrication and testing. Mr. Cummings has led Nexceris’ sensor development efforts, with primary responsibilities in sensor design and validation testing. Mr. Cummings is a co-inventor on several of Nexceris’ issued patents and pending applications on gas sensors.

Neil J. Kidner, Ph.D.

Director, Materials Science
Neil J. Kidner, Ph.D. is Director of Materials Science at Nexceris and leads the technical team developing new technologies for a range of advanced energy and environmental applications. Dr. Kidner has more than ten years’ experience in process development and manufacturing scale-up. Dr. Kidner holds a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Northwestern University and a M.Sc. in Materials Science and Metallurgy from the University of Cambridge.

Geoff Merchant

Director, Operations

Geoff Merchant is the Director of Operations at Nexceris, and he oversees all ceramic materials and component manufacturing, quality control and safety assurance work. Geoff has more than 25 years of experience in industrial manufacturing, most of which was with Greif, the world’s leading industrial packaging company. Mr. Merchant has a proven record of successfully transforming Operations throughout his career. He received a Master of Business Administration from the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University.

Douglas A. Mitchell

Director, Engineering

Douglas A. Mitchell leads Nexceris’ multidisciplinary Engineering Team responsible for supporting all cross-functional teams and business units from research and product development through manufacturing. This is accomplished via control systems, signal processing, algorithm development, testing and manufacturing automation, design and fabrication. Mr. Mitchell received his M.S. (2007) and B.S. (2006) in Mechanical Engineering from The Ohio State University studying fluid and wave dynamics, heat transfer and thermodynamics. For seven years, Mr. Mitchell led a team in the Advanced Engineering group at Cummins Emission Solutions studying multiphase flow, mixing and decomposition as well as developing diesel emissions measurement techniques. In 2014, Mr. Mitchell joined Nexceris leading the development of advanced electrochemical sensor systems, testing excellence and automation, multiphysics modeling and physical property measurements of new materials. His career has so far resulted in tens of patents with multiple more pending applications.

Lisa K. Stoker

HR Manager
Lisa K. Stoker is responsible for leading Nexceris’ Human Resources/Administrative Team. Mrs. Stoker graduated from Bowling Green State University in 2004 with an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science for Health and Human Services. After moving to Columbus in 2006, Mrs. Stoker joined Nexceris as the Administrative Assistant. As her experience within the company grew, Mrs. Stoker was promoted several times and ultimately became the HR Manager for the team in 2018. In her spare time, Mrs. Stoker enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She enjoys camping, hiking and general exploring of new places.

ADVISORY BOARD

William Dawson

William Dawson is a board member of Nexceris. He was a co-founder of Nexceris and its CEO for 23 years. Mr. Dawson led the growth of the company from two founders in 1994 to a team of over 40 engineers, scientists, business professionals and manufacturing personnel. Mr. Dawson served 10 years on the Advisory Board for the OSU College of Engineering and on the Board of the Advanced Energy Economy Ohio. He has served on numerous other volunteer boards in the community including Edison Materials Technology Center and Case Western Engineering Advisory Board. Mr. Dawson received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from The Ohio State University and his M.B.A. from the University of Dayton. Prior to founding Nexceris in 1994, Mr. Dawson was Project Manager at Battelle Memorial Institute for 11 years.

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