Management Team

Said Al-Hallaj, Co-Founder, Chairman/CEO
Said Al-Hallaj is the co-inventor of AllCell’s PCCTM technology and a world-renowned expert in thermal management of lithium-ion batteries.  He possesses 20 years of experience in renewable energy research and development (with a focus on thermal management and electrochemical engineering of lithium-ion batteries) and is an adjunct professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). 

Said’s research ranges from the design and optimization of renewable energy systems to the use of advanced battery and fuel cell systems in electric vehicles and has been published 32 times in peer reviewed journals.  Additionally, he has been a featured speaker at over 25 alternative energy and battery conferences and has three registered patents.

Said holds a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology and an M.Sc. and B.Sc. in chemical engineering from the Jordan University of Science and Technology.

Nazar Al-Khayat, Vice President Engineering
Dr. Nazar (Naz) Al-Khayat is an accomplished engineering manager with more than 20 years of product development experience in the industrial, power generation and high-performance automotive sectors. He previously worked as Director of Advanced Powertrain at Cummins Inc. and more recently as chief engineer for Williams Grand Prix Engineering.

During his career, Naz has published over 35 technical papers and holds 10 patents covering powertrain architectures and controls, novel electrical machines topologies, power electronics configuration and controls and renewable applications.

Naz holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Nottingham Trent University (UK) and an M.Sc. in Electronics Engineering from University of Manchester (UK) and is a charted engineer and a full member of IET and IEEE.

Tom Nation, Vice President Manufacturing
Prior to joining AllCell, Tom Nation led manufacturing and product development of electrical, electronics, and cooling products in the automotive industry for over 30 years. Tom began his career at Ford Motor Company in their electronics division as the auto industry began the rapid and massive incorporation of electronics into cars. He progressed through a variety of roles with Ford—and its spin-off Visteon—for 32 years, including several years in Europe where he was responsible for operations at over a dozen manufacturing plants. He is well versed in lean, six sigma, and TPS manufacturing processes and practices and has managed the full range of small to very large manufacturing sites. Tom is also an accomplished photographer and fine art printing specialist. He has a BS in electrical engineering from the Ohio State University and post graduate studies in digital imaging and signal processing.

Richard Ott, Vice President Finance
Richard Ott has over 40 years of experience as a CFO, controller, financial officer, and accountant. Richard began his career as an audit supervisor with Grant Thornton, where his clients included a variety of private and publicly traded companies. He then went on to hold a number of different financial management roles, primarily focused on manufacturing firms, including Driv-Lok Inc., RB&W Corporation, Winward Roofing, and MBL Corporation.

His experience includes consulting, process redesign, and implementing accounting and financial reporting systems. Richard holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Illinois Chicago, and he was certified as a CPA by the Illinois Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Jake Edie, Vice President Business Development
Jake Edie has 15 years of experience in consulting, marketing, and software. Jake most recently served as Vice President, Consulting Services for DemandTec, a start-up software analytics company.

During his time at DemandTec, he was a leader in the development of the Consumer Products business, a strategic priority that supported the company’s successful IPO in 2007.

Prior to DemandTec, Mr. Edie also spent time as a management consultant at Booz & Company (formerly Booz-Allen & Hamilton) and regional marketing director for The Princeton Review. Mr. Edie received an undergraduate degree in economics from Northwestern University and a Master’s of Science in environmental science and policy from the University of Chicago.

Jeremiah Schatt, Vice President of Corporate Development
Jeremiah Schatt is an experienced finance professional with a passion for growing early stage ventures. He previously worked at Bioscan Inc., a leading manufacturer and supplier of pre-clinical imaging systems. As Manager of Financial Planning & Analysis, he helped the firm raise over $15M in debt and equity capital while improving its long-term revenue and cash flow projection capabilities.

Mr. Schatt’s early career was spent in politics and international affairs, where he primarily worked for the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF). While employed a GMF, Mr. Schatt was responsible for overseeing a broad portfolio of projects, including: developing and managing major public opinion surveys, assisting the foundation with its long-term strategic planning processes, and overseeing a portion of the foundation’s grants making activities.

Mr. Schatt holds an MBA with a concentration in economics and entrepreneurship from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and a B.A. in Religious Studies from Wesleyan University.

Mohamed F. Alzoubi, Director of Research & Development
Dr. Alzoubi is an accomplished mechanical engineering professional with more than 15 years of significant experience in managing R & D engineers and scientists as well as teaching future mechanical engineers. Dr. Alzoubi is a patent level designer and inventor of unique testing instruments and techniques for viscoelastic materials. Also he has a leadership in combining technical and business solutions to support overall corporate strategic goals.

Dr. Alzoubi previously worked as a senior scientist in the R&D department at Tempur-Pedic Production, and joint recently AllCell Technologies as the Director of Research & Development. Mohamed has published several journal and conference papers and holds several patents and proprietary trade secrets covering new techniques and equipment for testing viscoelastic materials.

Mohamed holds a Ph.D. in materials, mechanical and aerospace engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology and an M.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington and B.Sc. in mechanical engineering from the Jordan University of Science and Technology.

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