Management & Advisory Team


    Steve Smiley


    Steve has more than 30 years of experience working in a variety of companies ranging in size from M&M/Mars, Home Depot Supply, and Colgate-Palmolive, to a small trucking start-up. Currently a management consultant, Steve held senior leadership positions in the functional supply chain areas of strategic sourcing, operations, logistics, and sales and operations planning. While starting-up and operating his own trucking company, he performed many functions including raising capital, accounting, and human resources. Steve has a BA in Economics from Dartmouth College, and an MS in Food & Resource Economics from the University of Florida.

        Dr. Shu Ching Quek

        Technical Advisor

        Dr. Shu Ching Quek is a technologist in the renewable energy and aerospace industries for 21 years. His experience included heading multi-million-dollar programs and technical leadership for 8 years at GE, 1 year as a research associate professor at Tufts University and, 2½ years at Ming Yang Wind Power Group (MYwind) as VP of Engineering for MYwind–China and President of MYwind–USA. In addition, Dr. Quek has also held R&D roles for photonics involving the use nanostructures, active flow control, active seals and thermionic energy recovery. While at GE, Dr. Quek received several management awards for his innovative contributions to the solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) program to achieve one of the world’s best performing cell. He leads the team to develop the world’s largest carbon based jointed aeroelastic blade at GE. In addition, he delivered the Ming Yang Wind Power’s first DNV/GL certification. More recently he has also consulted with one of the world largest concentrated solar power projects (1GW plant) with Glasspoint and significantly increasing their manufacturing yield and product operational life. Currently, Shu Ching is the CEO/Founder of Novuswave specializing in clean energy systems. He has received his Aerospace PhD from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He currently holds over 20 patents in the areas of wind turbine blade, tower fabrication, inspection technologies, ceramic matrix composites, sodium batteries and fuel cells.

            John Impeduglia

            Technical Advisor

            John Impeduglia is a Mechanical Engineer who has worked primarily as a development engineer in the automotive industry. John is currently an independent consultant helping vehicle OEMs and suppliers solve difficult noise and vibration problems. John received his ME degrees from Georgia Tech (BME) and University of Cincinnati (MSME) where he focused his studies on system dynamics. Notable projects include cylinder deactivation and dynamic skip fire (Tula Technology), active noise cancellation and electronic sound synthesis (Harman International), and validation of BMW X family diesel variants, including the launch of the BMW diesel in the US market.

                Ali Ogut

                Technology Advisor

                Dr. Ali Ogut is the founder and President/CTO of Environmental Energy Technologies, Inc. He is also a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). He received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maryland at College Park. He has a demonstrated record of project management and development of technologies designed for energy efficiency, pollution reduction and environmental protection.

                In his role as CTO, Dr. Ogut guides EET’s technical strategy and development of the Clean Diesel product for commercial introduction. He has, over 16 years of research and product development experience as the Principle Investigator of funded projects from New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), New York Power Authority, NSF and NASA. At RIT, Dr. Ogut is the principal researcher on energy efficiency and sustainable environment in the Mechanical Engineering Department. He conducts research in the general area of fluid mechanics, energy conservation, environmental engineering, and computational flow analysis.

                Dr. Ogut is the inventor of the RIT/EET’s Clean Diesel Technology and has six patents issued on this technology.

                Dr. Ogut is an active member of American Society of Mechanical Engineers Fluids Engineering Division (FED) where he served as the Senior Member, the Division Chair and the Conference Chair of the 2003 FED Summer Meeting. He also spent two summers (1989 &1990) as a NASA Fellow at NASA Glen Research Center in Cleveland. He is a member of ASME, SAE and AIChE professional organizations and active in local civic organizations and served as President of the United Nations Association of Rochester for the 1999-2000 term.