Robert W. Shaw, Jr.
Dr. Shaw retired as president of Aretê Corporation, a venture capital management firm, at the end of 2010. While at Aretê, he served as the manager of the Micro-Generation Technology Fund, a venture capital fund investing in small-scale alternative energy systems, from its inception in 1997 to completion at the end of 2008. From mid-2007 until his retirement, Dr. Shaw managed SC Green Tech Ventures for Sumitomo Corporation. He continues to invest as an angel investor in a portfolio of alternative energy companies.
Beginning his venture career in 1983, Dr. Shaw was founder and president of Aretê Ventures, Inc., and served as the managing partner of the five Utech Funds from their inception to completion. These venture funds were the first in the world to focus on energy-related technologies. Dr. Shaw has also served on the investment committees of Zurich-based Emerald Technology Ventures, and Commons Capital, as special limited partner of Nth Power Technologies and of Atrium Capital/Honda Ventures, and as an advisor to Earthrise Capital. Prior to forming Aretê, he was a senior vice president and a member of the board of directors of the management consulting firm, Booz, Allen & Hamilton, where he was a founder of the firm’s energy division. Earlier in his career, he conducted solid state physics research at Bell Laboratories and at the Cavendish Laboratory in the U.K., where he was an AFOSR postdoctoral fellow. During this period he published 15 refereed papers in Physical Review B and the Journal of Physics C.
Dr. Shaw has served as chairman and a director of Distributed Energy Systems Corp (DESC)/ Proton Energy Systems (PRTN) from its inception in 1996 to 2007, as chairman and director of Evergreen Solar, Inc. (ESLR) from its inception in 1994 through 2005, and as a director of NanoPhase Technologies, Inc. (NANX). He has served on numerous other corporate boards during his venture capital career, most recently as a director of H2Gen Innovations, Inc., and as a formal observer on the boards of ACAL Energy, ActaCell, Bandgap Engineering, Lilliputian Systems, and Potomac Photonics.
Dr. Shaw has been a member of the DOE’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee since its formation in 2006, and currently serves as its chair. He has also served two terms on the Board on Energy and Environmental Systems of the National Research Council. Dr. Shaw received a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Stanford University in 1968, MSEE and BEP degrees from Cornell University in 1964, and an MPA in Organization Design and Development from American University in 1981. He has been a member of the Engineering College Council at Cornell University since 2005 and currently serves as its chair. In addition, he serves as a trustee of the Society for Science and the Public, which manages the Intel Science Talent Search and publishes Science News. He is a member of Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi, and Phi Kappa Phi, and has been listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, and American Men and Women of Science. Dr. Shaw writes and speaks frequently on investing in energy technologies, climate change issues, and investing in sustainable business.