We are an international water + energy innovation company based in Alameda, CA
We have created an exciting, dynamic office and manufacturing space in a former “super hangar” on the former Alameda Naval Air Station. We have stunning views of San Francisco and the Bay with easy access to San Francisco and the East Bay by freeway, ferry and bus.
To redraw the map of where and how hydropower is developed.
We are driven by a vision of climate resilient hydropower that solves the problems inhibiting traditional hydropower: capital intensive to develop, negative environmental and community impacts, and inflexible in the face of climate uncertainty.
We are launching a new hydropower product which enables cost-effective production of low impact, distributed baseload energy while maintaining the health of watershed ecosystems and the communities who surround them.
Technically diverse and experienced in product development, renewable energy, and commercialization.
Turbine & Project Sales
Gia Schneider is a co-founder and the CEO of Natel Energy. Gia holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from MIT and has 20 years of experience in the energy industry. While in the utility practice at Accenture, she provided strategic solutions around asset management to major energy companies. After Accenture, she worked at Constellation Energy on optimizing generation asset value. Gia left Constellation in 2004 to help start the energy trading desk at Credit Suisse; and in 2005, she started the carbon emissions trading desk at Credit Suisse, growing it to a profitable business in its first year. Gia co-founded Natel in 2009 with her brother, Abe Schneider, motivated by the theme of climate change driving changes in water patterns and focused on the opportunity for innovative hydropower solutions to be force multipliers for positive change given hydro's position at the energy-water nexus.
Gia is passionate about finding economically viable solutions to mitigate climate change, foster sustainable development and produce inexpensive renewable energy. In her spare time, she can be found surfing, kiting, and cooking with friends and family.
Abe is co-founder and Chief Technology Officer at Natel. In addition to helping set technical direction, Abe also contributes to a range of technical areas, especially hydraulic design, design, and testing for fish safety, and balance of system design.
Abe earned undergraduate and master's degrees in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and gained experience with large firms like The Timken Company and innovative startups such as Makani Power, now part of Alphabet (Google X). At Timken, he worked as a Senior Engineer in Advanced Product Development, developing innovative gear reducers, hybrid vehicle drivetrains, and micro-scale energy harvesting systems to power intelligent bearings. At Makani, he managed a group of engineers broadly responsible for their aero-mechanical systems. Additionally, Abe has provided independent consulting services on small hydropower refurbishment projects in the Northeast US.
In his spare time, Abe enjoys the outdoors, particularly surfing and kitesurfing, climbing, and flyfishing, with his wife and friends.
Upstream Tech Lead
Marshall is the Managing Director of Upstream Tech and a co-founder, overseeing the product development, growth and partnerships. Prior to co-founding Upstream Tech, he worked in a number of early- and late-stage technical companies that have collectively raised over $100M USD in venture capital. He was awarded Forbes 30 Under 30 in Energy and has served on panels for the United Nations Economic and Social Council. Marshall holds a BA in Computer Science from Tufts University.
General Manager of Hydro
Nicolas recently led the GE Hydro activity in France as well as the Product Management function of the GE Hydro business, overseeing the development and improvement of all GE Hydro’s products and solutions. His previous role was Executive Key Account Leader for French utilities, where he successfully concluded deals in onshore wind, offshore wind and hydro. Nicolas joined GE from Alstom, where his last role was the France Director for the Offshore Wind business, managing the offshore wind activities in the French Territory. Nicolas also started the Floating Offshore Wind Initiative, culminating in the award of two pilot wind farm projects. In those roles, Nicolas contributed to the successful development of the offshore wind business from a startup to where it is today. Prior to this, Nicolas was a manager within the Corporate Strategy Department of Alstom where he oversaw the power and grid areas. Before joining Alstom, Nicolas worked for the French Development Agency where he managed infrastructure projects in the fields of energy and transport, as well as for the World Bank, based in Washington D.C.
Nicolas is an engineer and holds two Master’s degrees: one from École Polytechnique and the other one from École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées. He is a French national and has two boys, Arthur and Octave, with whom he enjoys doing outdoor activities.
VP Accounting & Administration
Dave manages finance and administration functions for Natel. He has 25 years experience in finance and operations for both public and privately held technology and energy companies, with extensive experience with growing businesses from $10 to $200 million in revenue. As CFO for emerging companies, he has managed finance, administration, IT, legal and corporate development activities, raised funds from a variety of sources, and established a foreign subsidiary to support manufacturing and back office functions. He managed strategic partnerships and international sales through distributors for 40 countries. Earlier, Dave held progressively responsible finance, corporate development and general management positions for publicly reporting energy and technology companies including Gulf Oil Corporation, Eastern Gas and Fuel Associates, Triad Systems and Epicor (formerly Activant).
Dave received his BS in Economics from MIT, an MBA from Stanford, and began his career in the San Francisco office of KPMG. Dave was awarded a patent for a system that optimizes supply chains with predictive models combining demographic and demand data.
Dana is Natel’s office manager. Prior to Natel, Dana worked in finance for a healthcare management consulting firm. Dana received her BA in International Relations from San Francisco State University. She is interested in learning about the development of social, healthcare and environmental policies.
Gregor joined Natel June 2018 as Director of Engineering for the OEM turbine product. He acts as the technical staff and program lead for hydroengine development, coordinating development efforts with the rest of the organization to drive for Natel's overall product objectives. An MIT Aero-Astro grad, he brings over ten years of engineering and management experience in fast-paced startup environments as well as a passion for clean energy technology. When not at work, Gregor spends time with his wife and dog hiking, biking, cooking, and traveling the world.
Testing and Mechanical Technician
Alex is a testing and mechanical technician at Natel. He spends his time fabricating and assembling hydroEngine machinery, as well as running and maintaining Natel’s various hydraulic and fatigue testing equipment. He has experience operating both manual and CNC machine tools, welding, and repairing electronic components. Prior to Natel, Alex worked as a bicycle mechanic.
In his free time Alex enjoys building and flying quadcopters, watching documentary films, reading nonfiction books, and mountain biking.
Technician Team Lead / Manufacturing Engineer
Alex leads the prototyping technician team at Natel’s Alameda, CA headquarters, building and testing new turbine hardware. He is also working on the hardware manufacturing effort for commercial production as well as ISO certification for the company. Alex holds a BSME from UC Santa Barbara where he gained a passion for environmental preservation and renewable energy technology. Prior to joining Natel, Alex spent 10 years at Makani Power, building and testing Energy Kites in California, Hawaii, and Norway.
Outside of work, Alex enjoys camping with his family, backyard gardening and entertaining, and restoring vintage VW campers.
Software Developer, Multimedia Designer
Andy is a Software Developer and Multimedia Designer at Natel. Currently he splits his time between developing hydro turbine analysis and controls software, and designing graphics, animations, videos, and websites.
Andy received a BA in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota, and has worked as a web developer, graphic designer, photographer, and video editor.
While not at Natel Andy enjoys working on personal projects which combine his interest in photography, art, and computer science. He also enjoys watching and listening to audio-books, podcasts, YouTube videos and films.
Bobby is a Field Technician helping to commission new hydro-turbine systems at physical site installations as well as bring up prototype systems at Natel HQ in Alameda, CA. For 4 years previous to starting at Natel he worked at Makani, an Alphabet company, as an engineer filling various roles including designing, building, and testing flight electronics hardware on prototype 600kW electric energy kites. He helped to commission flying energy kite systems in Alameda, Southern California, Hawaii, and in the North Sea off the coast of Norway. 2 years prior he worked as a prototyping facilities and electronics technician at Makani.
In his free time he works on (and sometimes drives) an OEM 2000 Ford Ranger EV he converted from NiMH to Lithium Ion batteries. He also makes art and music and likes going on night hikes in the Oakland redwoods.
As a technician for Natel, Chris draws from experience in a broad range of fields including the building trades, motion picture production and the automotive industry. He is excited to be working in clean energy.
Chris is an East Bay native and, before joining Natel, maintained his own workshop in Alameda for 10 years where he performed general fabrication and prototyping for a variety of clients including designers and scientists.
Chris enjoys eating out, cycling, motorcycling, dreaming up mechanical design projects, and rescuing stray cats.
Ian is a Mechanical Engineer at Natel working on test equipment design. Prior to joining Natel he completed his master's degree at the University of New Hampshire in mechanical engineering where he designed the support infrastructure for a tidal turbine as a part of the Living Bridge Project. In his free time Ian enjoys cooking and spending time outside, especially skiing.
Sr. Mechanical Engineer
Johannes is a mechanical engineer at Natel working on testing, control systems, and mechanical design. Prior to joining Natel he spent five years working at a startup, building a high-compression ratio, liquid tolerant natural gas compressor and gaining experience with taking a new technology from concept to field operation.
Johannes holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering.
Outside of work, he enjoys building an riding his bikes, photography, and eating delicious food.
Jun provides fabrication and testing support for hydroEngine development. Prior to Natel, he developed and implemented efficient commercial HVAC programs for utilities and was also a museum exhibit designer. He has a BSME from UC Berkeley and trained at Laney College on the operation of manual and CNC machine tools.
Jun is interested in machine design and climate change issues, and outside of work, he enjoys traveling with his family, making things with cardboard, and dabbling in film making.
Sr. Mechanical Engineer
Kelsey works as a mechanical engineer at Natel and her primary interests surround mechanical design and design for manufacturing. Prior to joining the Natel, she carried out research in alternative energy sources in Douglas Hart's lab at MIT where she completed both her B.S. and M.S. degrees in mechanical engineering as well as a minor in architecture.
Outside of work, she participates on a gymnastics team and enjoys planning and building her own hardware/electronics projects.
Miguel is a Mechanical technician at Natel with a focus on Milling and CNC Machining. He currently attends Laney College for Machine Technology and Industrial Maintenance. Prior to Natel Miguel worked as a bicycle mechanic.
In his free time Miguel enjoys cycling.
Onur is a Jr. Engineer at Natel, whose primary focus is mechanical design and design for manufacturing. He graduated from Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. At Olin, he found a passion for alternative energy generation and storage, and designed the chassis and suspension geometry subsystems for his Formula SAE Electric team.
In his free time, Onur likes to read and explore cities on foot. He also loves trying out new recipes, particularly Turkish ones, and cooking large meals for his friends.
Sr. Mechanical Engineer
Peter is a Sr. Mechanical Engineer at Natel working on power train and composite structures. He is primarily interested in mechanical design. Peter brings with him experience in composite structures for aerospace applications.
Peter has a B.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering from The Cooper Union, and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT.
Outside of work you will find Peter enjoying photography and/or hiking.
Rodrigo holds an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Universidad Simon Bolivar and a master’s in Manufacturing from MIT. He has a broad set of previous experiences in industries ranging from oil and gas to electronics manufacturing to medical devices. He specializes in design for manufacturing and assembly and development of stochastic models for systems design.
Within the company Rodrigo help build cost models for different hydropower technologies, has designed and constructed several test benches for key system components and has built numerical models for assembly and manufacturing. At Natel, Rodrigo’s main role has been the development of the drive-axle system; structure and power take-off systems, and the tolerance stack up management for the system.
Rodrigo also enjoys bread baking, beer brewing, mountaineering and doing statistical analyses on traffic and political elections.
Sr. Mechanical Engineer
Sterling is a mechanical engineer at Natel, interested in mechanical and system design for sustainable energy technologies. Prior to joining Natel, she was a graduate student at MIT focusing on village-scale, solar-powered desalination system design and optimization for the developing world. Sterling earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from MIT.
Will is a Program Manager for Natel's product development team. His focus is building out technical programs that deliver critical infrastructure to both Natel's engineering efforts and hydroEngine installations. Prior to joining the company, Will launched several R&D programs at Google [x], with projects that ranged from wearable headsets to passenger ferry services. He is a co-inventor of a floating photovoltaic power generation system, holds a long list of certifications relevant to large hardware projects, and brings enthusiasm for adventuring the unknown.
Outside of work, Will enjoys learning to speak Norwegian, shaping surfboards in his garage, and spending time with family and friends.
Director, Project Engineering
Adam is a project engineer at Natel, focused on project diligence, interconnection, and construction design. Prior to joining Natel, Adam was lead electrical engineer for the distributed generation solar group at NextEra Energy Resources. He has spent 12 years as a senior engineer in the solar industry on many sides of the table - EPC contractor, developer, and owner. Adam’s expertise includes solar design, electrical engineering, grid interconnection, electrical code compliance and production modeling, and he has a portfolio of over 600 projects totaling over 300 MW.
Adam holds a M.S. in Engineering from the Building Systems Program at the University of Colorado at Boulder and a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Dartmouth College.
At Natel Ben works on the Commercial team in project development and customer support. After several years of service in the US Navy, Ben graduated from Johnson & Wales University. He also holds a solar installation NABCEP certification. Previously Ben focused on the build out and launch of critically acclaimed Bay Area restaurants, emphasizing the use of renewables and sustainable practices.
Business Development, North America
Dan is a member of Natel Energy's OEM sales group. He comes to Natel with 10 years of experience in sales and business development in renewable energy. He is focused on building strategic partnerships, educating customers on Natel's technology, and assessing site feasibility.
Prior to Natel, Dan worked for a non-profit in Haiti providing shelter and sanitation solutions after the 2010 earthquake, provided market analytics to grow solar integrators with Repower, and led a technical sales team at CivicSolar.
Dan received a BA in Economics from the University of Vermont.
In his spare time, Dan can be found sailing, flyfishing, tinkering with old engines, and going for long bike rides with his partner, Amy.
EMRAT NUR (TATIANA) MARZAN
Tatiana supports Natel’s Business Development team through the provision of GIS-based analysis and related research of prospective project sites and the ecosystem service endowments associated with these sites. She also uses her background in civil engineering to support our development team on one-off projects. She graduated with an MS in Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University and earned bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. In her free time, she enjoys good food, books and travelling.
Jessica Penrod is the Western US project developer and builds strategic partnerships for Natel Energy. The Western market is primarily in partnership with irrigation districts and government water agencies. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Spanish from the University of Oregon and a Master of Science in Energy Systems Management from the University of San Francisco.
In her free time, she can be found exploring oceans and the water as Captain Jess and working with organizations to bring awareness to plastic pollution and ways to manage the damaging elements of plastics in the ocean. She is passionate about sharing her respect of water, and helping others understand the importance of conservation and conscious living.
Jin works as an Civil/Environmental Engineer. Jin graduated from UC Berkeley with a M.S. degree in environmental engineering in 2015. He holds a B.S. degree in civil engineering from University of Michigan, and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Shanghai Jiaotong University.
Director, Project Engineering
Joe is a project engineer at Natel, tasked with the field installation of the hydro engine at sites across North America. He started his career flying around Alaska in helicopters, prospecting for uranium. He later went to work for Nerco Minerals, where he ran computer simulations to optimize ore extraction, designed containment systems for toxic materials and supervised an engineering team at the Cripple Creek gold mine. After earning his Masters, he switched from mining to telecommunications. While working for US Cellular, he managed the design and construction of numerous wireless broadcast and switching facilities. Following that, he worked for NextEra Energy designing and building commercial-scale PV solar projects. He has a BS in Geological Engineering and a Masters in Satellite Communications. He is a Professional Civil Engineer registered in Colorado.
Business Development, S & SE Asia
Michael leads Natel Energy’s business development efforts in South and Southeast Asia, which currently includes sales and pipeline development in Bhutan, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Myanmar, the Philippines and Vietnam.
Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies from St. Olaf College and a Master’s Degree in International Development Policy from Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy. Michael brings 15 years of experience as an entrepreneur, development consultant and project developer in geographies spanning mainland Southeast Asia on issues and projects related to rural electrification, infrastructure and agricultural development, sustainable natural resource management and the water-energy-agriculture nexus.
Michael is passionate about people and the limitless potential of the human spirit to help create of a more equitable and compassionate world. A Colorado native, he enjoys slow-cooked food, star-filled skies, deep breaths of crisp mountain air and long hikes with his wife and family.
Alden Keefe Sampson
Alden is Upstream Tech’s Technical Lead and a co-founder of the company. After working at several software technology companies including Crashlytics, Twitter, and Drift, Alden co-founded Upstream Tech to apply advanced data analysis to our planet’s most pressing environmental challenges. Awarded Forbes 30 Under 30 in Energy, Alden focuses on large-scale data processing pipelines and machine learning to derive environmental measurements from satellite data and large geospatial datasets. Alden holds a BA in Computer Science from Tufts University. He is based in Syracuse, NY where he can often be found enjoying the outdoors with his dog.
Growth & Partnerships
Abby is part of the Growth and Partnerships team, where she leverages her background in environmental management to work with clients in the agriculture space. Previously, Abby managed an agroforestry system at the Yale Landscape Lab, worked as a research communications fellow at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), and consulted companies on supply chain sustainability. Abby holds a Master of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and is always up for a nature walk or trip to the farmers market.
Amadou is a Software Engineer at Upstream Tech focusing on backend data ingestion pipelines and machine learning. Prior to this role, Amadou worked at Google, and then co-founded and was CTO for a company that raised over $1M to build a music social network. He was awarded The Boston Globe’s 25 under 25 for that work. Amadou holds a BS in Computer Science from Tufts University. Amadou is based in Brooklyn, NY where he loves to surf and make pasta.
Camilla is a Software Engineer at Upstream Tech focused on our data pipelines and Lens product. She has been working with geospatial tech since 2008, when she fell in love with the ability of maps to effectively display information and enable informed decision making. She worked in cartography and data management for the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans and the Trust for Public Land. She then studied remote sensing and global weather systems at Clark University. Most recently she helped build the image processing pipelines and global imagery layers at Mapbox.
Growth & Partnerships
Carolyn is a member of the Growth & Partnerships team at Upstream Tech, helping lead growth strategy in agricultural planning, conservation property monitoring, and other conservation work. Prior to this role, Carolyn was a Senior Director at Quantified Ventures developing financial transactions in the agriculture, resilience, and forestry space. She also served on the venture capital team at Massachusetts Clean Energy Center investing in early-stage water and energy companies. She currently serves on the boards of The Trust for Public Land in Massachusetts, the Conservation Law Foundation finance committee, and the MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative. Carolyn holds an MBA from MIT, an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School, and a BA from Stanford University. She spends as much time as possible outdoors hiking, biking, and exploring with her family.
Dan is a Software Engineer at Upstream Tech focusing on user interface development and data processing. He holds a BS in Computer Science from Tufts University. Dan is based in Cambridge, MA, where you can find him running along the Charles River and eating waffles.
David is a Software Engineer focused on machine learning algorithms used to extract information from large geospatial datasets and satellite images. Previously, David worked in quantitative finance building statistical investment models for currencies and fixed income at Putnam Investments. He has also held positions at the TransMarket Group and NIBC Bank. David holds a Masters in Engineering from Cornell and a BSc in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Luxembourg and from London School of Economics. David lives in the Boston area but is often found in the mountains climbing or skiing.
Eliza is a Software Engineer at Upstream Tech. In her previous lives, she worked at Facebook as a Data Scientist, and on film sets in LA as a Production Assistant. Eliza holds a BA in Applied Math and Earth and Planetary Science from Harvard where she did research on the relationship between weather and violent conflict in East Africa. Eliza is based in San Francisco and is most likely to be found on her bike, surf board, or in a climbing harness.
Emily is a Software Engineer focused on Upstream Tech’s online geospatial tools. Previously, she worked on map design and hosting platforms at Mapbox, behavioral design and marketing at Opower, and coral geometry research at Northwestern University, the Shedd Aquarium, and the Field Museum. Emily holds a BA in Environmental Science from Northwestern University. She lives in Austin, Texas where she enjoys local food and long runs.
Fiona is a Software Engineer at Upstream Tech working on the web frontend. She previously led webapp development for the City of Boston’s Digital team. Before that, she built tools for mobile developers at Twitter and was frontend tech lead for Blogger.com at Google. Fiona has an ScB and an ScM in Computer Science from Brown University. She lives in Cambridge, MA. When she’s not coding, Fiona is probably crocheting, soldering, cutting things with a laser, or coding, but for much smaller computers.
Growth & Partnerships
Jessie is a member of Upstream Tech’s Growth and Partnerships team and leads our efforts in Property Monitoring and Wetlands evaluations. In this role, she brings her experience working with stakeholders in water and environmental management from land trusts to engineering operations. Previously, Jessie worked at the Massachusetts Division of Fish and Wildlife in wetlands conservation, and at Stantec (formerly MWH) as an environmental engineer evaluating green infrastructure and climate change resilience in the US and Latin America. She currently serves on the Advisory Board for Living Observatory, a Massachusetts-based non-profit focused on wetland restoration. Jessie holds an MS in Water Resource Engineering and Environmental Policy from Tufts University, and a BA in Geography from the University of Texas. Jessie is based in Cambridge, MA, but is often found looking for warmer weather outside of the city.
Machine Learning Engineer
Kevin is a Machine Learning Engineer at Upstream Tech focused on backend engineering and machine learning. Prior to joining Upstream Tech, he worked on several early stage startups developing production-grade predictive models using large datasets. Kevin holds a Masters in Science from Columbia University and a BSc in Mathematics from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Kevin lives in Denver, Colorado. In his spare time Kevin is most likely to be found riding his bike around the city, perfecting his mole recipe or recording music in his home studio.
Growth & Partnerships
Kristi is part of the Growth & Partnerships team, where she leverages her background in GIS and project management to support clients in the agriculture and land conservation space. Prior to this role, Kristi supported Stonyfield Farm’s work with the Open Technology Ecosystem for Agricultural Management (OpenTEAM) platform, worked on mapping policy for autonomous vehicles, and managed wind energy projects and their GIS needs. Kristi holds a Master of Science in Agriculture, Food and Environment from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. Kristi is based in Cambridge, where she is most likely to be found biking around the city or drawing.
Growth & Partnerships
Lori is focused on business development and growth strategy for Lens. Previously, she managed customer relationships with conservation NGOs for Esri, leveraged GIS and species distribution modeling to inform regional conservation priorities for the North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative, consulted on various aspects of regulatory permitting for onshore and offshore wind energy projects, and she is a proud SCA/Americorps alum. Lori holds an MS in Environmental Conservation from UMass Amherst, an MA in Geography from King's College London, and a BA from Skidmore College. She enjoys hiking, exploring nature and experimenting in the kitchen. Lori currently lives along California's Central Coast where it's always sweater weather.
Paige is part of the Product team, where she leverages her background in sustainability and business consulting to derive customer insights that inform product planning and prioritization. Prior to this role, Paige supported Vantage Partners' consulting practice, owning project management across client engagements in Alliance Management, Pharma, and Outsourcing. Paige holds a Masters of Environmental Management, specializing in corporate social responsibility from The Yale School of the Environment. Paige is based in the Boston area, where you'll likely find her biking around the city, and consuming books and television at a rapid pace.
Sam is a Software Engineer at Upstream Tech focusing on data processing and machine learning. He’s previously worked on online video delivery systems at Brightcove, and mobile application performance analytics at Crashlytics, Twitter, and Google. Sam holds a BS in Computer Science from the City College of New York. You can find him walking around Philadelphia, PA.